Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Looking for a great gift for a friend, or just need a new tabletop embellishment? Hop over to Furbish (sorry, if you are a regular here I'm sure you're sick of me referring to this store) and check out all of the fun trays Jamie is selling. Priced from $15-$65 they would make a great present for a friend or yourself!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Best in Texas

Ahi tartare (YUM!) from Neighborhood Service Bar & Grill in Dallas

Restaurant critics from across the state gathered to recognize the two best restaurants from each of the five big cities in Texas - Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Here are their picks:

Fort Worth:
Brownstone Restaurant and Lounge located at 840 Currie St.
Gerard's German Restaurant  technically in Roanoke (NE of town). By the appearance of the website this is an interesting choice...

Neighborhood Services Bar and Grill located at 10720 Preston Rd. Must order that ahi tartare...
Lucia 408 W. Eighth St. "Can't accomodate parties over 6" sounds nice to me

Bootsies Heritage Cafe not in Houston but in Tomball
Latin Bites Cafe 1302 Nance. I've seen something else on this before and have been meaning to try it

Uchiko 4200 N. Lamar. Sister restaurant to Chef Tyson Cole's Uchi. Must be good
Foreign and Domestic 306 E. 53rd St. Menu is probably a little different than you are used to (think: crispy pig ears) there is still a great selection of eats

San Antonio:
L√ľke 125 E. Houston. Annoyed I haven't been here yet
La Gloria while I am a fan of this interior Mexican food, my family is not. Don't go expecting TexMex and you should be fine

For more descriptions and reviews on the picks, read the article on

Friday, January 21, 2011

Love & Elephants

Added a few new items to the site this week! Beautiful, sparkly earrings (the Chloe series), a pair of great everyday earrings (Katie), an addition to the agate series (Breck) which I hope to make in many more colors, and the Tate elephant necklace which will be great for layering with all of you other ELD pieces! 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Coffee like the Jetsons

The future is here. And guess who brought it? Starbucks announced Wednesday that you may now pay for your purchase using your iPhone. You simply scan your phone at the counter rather than using cash or a credit card. It's basically like having a gift card on your phone - you put money on your account via the Internet or on your phone and then it automatically deducts when you swipe. Add that to the list of genius (and not so genius) apps that I wish I had invented. Read more here.

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yes please

While at Central Market this weekend getting groceries for a dinner party I needed a quick but semi-homemade dessert so I picked up these brownies from Barefoot Contessa. Mainly because I love Ina but also partly because I wanted something new and convenient. Let me say, excellent choice on my part. They are a little richer than your regular boxed brownies but that's OK with me! 

Collage collections

Martha Stewart

Southern Living

Everyone loves a good photo wall, but if you've ever tried to create one you may have found that it wasn't as simple as you thought. I think these three collage walls are great examples of walls that are full but still easy on the eye. I chose these three examples from the million that you've probably seen because they are so different from each other, but you may see a common trait between them. You'll notice that while there is a mish-mash of different sized frames, there is always a line of symmetry or a focal point somewhere. Those two things are the key because your eye needs somewhere to focus and a line on which to run. Keep those two things in mind (and make sure you lay out your design on the floor first!) when creating your wall and it may come a little easier next time!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mauze and Moorman

If you live in San Antonio and haven't had a chance to stop by Mallory and Amelita's shop within 5 Broads off Broadway, go now! It's a great mix of old and new pieces as well as a great price range. I have picked up a few little things from here and have a bit of a list of things I hope to get for my next place. They both have a great eye for design and I look forward to seeing how their shop grows!

 If you don't live in SA you can follow the girls on their blog until the next time you visit the Alamo City.

Black again

Now this girl knows how to put together an all black outfit. The different textures of the pieces, along with the purse and gloves definitely make it standout. And who can resist that red TB belt? Love!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Something happened

Something happened on Facebook when I tried to invite everyone to 'like' my page - it didn't send the invitation! AND NOW it won't let me send the invite to anyone it thinks I have already sent it to... does that make sense?

Anyway, you can like my page now!

This will continually be up on the ELD tab/page on this blog. Make sure to tell your friends!

Thanks and have a good weekend!


I've seen a couple of sites who suggest organizing your jewels like this. I have a ring dish on my bedside table and in my bathroom and feel like they have saved my jewelry from being lost into the abyss of my room on more than one occasion. I think it's a great way to organize your stuff - and how fun to collect vintage saucers, dishes and cups! If you have alot of jewelry this could be a way to organize the things your wear most often or just your earrings and rings in the drawer and your necklaces and bracelets displayed outside.

DVF in the house

She's been wrapping ladies in her iconic dresses for decades now and it doesn't look like there's an end in sight. And now, Diane Von Furstenburg has come out with a line of fabulous cotton fabrics. (Sort of an inside peek at her line of tableware, bedding and bath accessories that are soon to hit stores.) I guess this was the next logical step after designing several hotel rooms at London's Claridges Hotel.

Check out the funky, bold fabric:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Since I picked up the pieces to make my agate slice necklaces (more to add to that collection soon!) for ELD,  I have become quite fascinated with the colorful rock slices. I had a few geodes when I was little so I guess this is more of a rekindling than a new love.

After a quick search I realized that there are tons of uses for agate slices. Definitely going to need some of these things in my next home...

Elizabeth Lanier Designs Agate necklaces


More coasters


another plate

bottle stoppers

Agates are fun because no two are alike and they come in an array of deep, rich colors. I think the plates would be great for serving appetizers or as a cheese plate. One store mentioned using them as a candle base. Whatever way you want to use them they seem like they'd be a fun addition to the house!

Agate bottle stoppers from Uncommon Goods. Everything else from Rain Collection.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Some day...

If there ever is a legit Elizabeth Lanier Designs workshop (you know, other than the floor in my childhood bedroom) I will definitely need a set of covers like this for my bookshelf. 

This guy has come up with a brilliant idea which is simultaneously saving the book world from Kindles and iPads and benefiting the design world. Read more about Juniper Books.

On another note, this actually may be a fun (or tedious?) DIY project for the future...

Monday, January 10, 2011

High Gloss, high livin'

Can't wait for High Gloss Magazine's inaugural issue to launch February 1. The newest addition to Internet magazines is run by some of my favorite bloggers: Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita, Erin Gates of Elements of Style, Shannon Wollack of Life.Style., Kyle Knight of Knight Moves, Lauren Rauter of Rock Paper Scissors, and Ashley Steen of Orchard 11. (Side note: If you watch Chelsea Lately you may recognize Shannon Wollack's husband as the redheaded, goofy comedian who is often on there!) I'm interested to see each of these different bloggers bring their ideas onto a common platform.

The magazine is based in Houston and will be devoted to design and lifestyles. In a recent interview with, founder and editor in chief Paloma Contreras said "I’d say about 40 percent of the magazine will be devoted to [interior design]. We are dedicating about 20 percent to fashion, 10 percent to entertaining, and 10 percent to travel. Our goal is to make High Gloss “a guide to a well-lived life”."

In their own words...
"High Gloss is... glamorous, modern, and chic....loves high style, but can't resist a good constantly searching for inspiration, even if it meansscouring the about living a fabulous life with grace and style....appreciates great design in all forms....embraces change but loves old favorites....loves to entertain with good food, a beautiful table setting, and even better all about the mix: high mixed with low, bold mixed with neutral, modern with classic, masculine with a guide to a well-lived life."

Should be quite a treat! For now we'll just have to resort to the High Gloss Blog and the blogs of the ladies above.

In the jungle...

So excited about my new Lynn Chase Jungle Jubilee dinnerware - now if only I had a house in which I could use them!

Photos from Lynn Chase Designs

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Love & Elephants

Lots of new merchandise at Elizabeth Lanier Designs today - several pairs of earrings and the new Corinna line of necklaces. Also, please note that I added a page to the top of this site for ELD so you don't have to search anymore - just click on that tab and the link is provided on that info page. I'll have more exciting news on the line next week, with some possible show dates in San Antonio and Houston. Have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sartorially in love

I think I just fell a little more in love with the Sartorialist. Watch this short video he posted on his blog today. It's a neat little look into the life of everyone's favorite street photographer.

For some reason the video comes up quite large on my page so if you want to watch it over on his site click here.

Gold standard

Awesome understated 18K yellow and white gold horse head ring by Albert Lipten. A little out of my price range but still in love. This ring was found on, but it looks like his pieces are sold at Tiffany and Neiman's. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Warby Parker

You may recall I suggested Warby Parker glasses as a gift suggestion in the gift guide for fashionistas in December. Being blind as a bat myself and once again embracing my seeing glasses, I have become mildly obsessed and quite fascinated with this line.

It's a company with a vision (ha), it's styles are up-to-date and retro, and best of all they give back to the community.

I guess you could say they are kind of the Tom's of the eyeglasses world. For each pair of glasses they sell they give a pair to a person in need. "In doing so, we enable you to share the gift of vision with someone who can’t see today and give them the opportunity to read, to work and to live a fuller life." (ha! of course I fell for them...)

The four founding members (all men) met at the Wharton School of Business and seem to be on to something great. Each pair of glasses is only $95, which if you wear glasses yourself you realize this is a great price. Prescriptions are so expensive that it is refreshing to find a pair of frames that doesn't break the bank.

On top of the community service, the great styles and the price, Warby Parker does something else just right. Not only can you virtually try on the glasses by uploading a pic or taking one on your webcam, but you can also order 5 pairs as a trial run with no obligation. You just send them back after 5 days and order the pair you would like or don't order any at all - so nice and so much better than going to the store! AND there's free shipping - my fave.

Check them out here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fifi love

I feel as though I may be a little behind on the Fifi Lapin following but who can't help but love this little bunny fashionista? Inspired by the runway, Fifi, or rather her creators, post a drawing almost everyday of her dressed up in their version of the latest runway hit, along with the outfit that did the inspiring.
If you haven't checked out her site (or her book) go now! (you're welcome for yet another mindless deterrent for your day...) And if you really fall in love with Fifi you can always order from her Etsy store or website.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

So far in 2011 I have spent quite a bit of time like this guy, but have no fear I will be back soon with new posts and some new Elizabeth Lanier Designs items!