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Color Spotlight: Emerald

November 16th, 2011 by alex | No Comments | Filed in Color Color Color, inspiration, trends

color spotlight: emerald

Today’s color spotlight is one of my favorite up-and-coming colors:  Emerald.  I am not sure if it’s because it reminds me of my favorite musical of all time, but I just really love this unexpected green hue.  I have seen emerald popping up here and there in my favorite blogs and magazines – however I expect it is going to emerge as a big player in the next couple seasons to come.  What do you think?  Do you love emerald too?

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Glittery Round Up

November 7th, 2011 by alex | No Comments | Filed in Fashion and Style, inspiration, Outfit Inspiration, trends

A round up of some sparkly and glittery finds for your Monday afternoon(err… evening!)

Catch you all tomorrow!

boots, clutch, earrings, scarf

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October 10th, 2011 by alex | No Comments | Filed in inspiration, trends

This morning the today show was discussing a hair trend that I have loved for a few years now – the braid.  Endless options and ways to wear make this a great trend for women of all ages.  Above are some of our favorite looks found on the internet and below is the clip from this morning’s Today Show segment.  Are you inspired to try any of these looks?

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Trending – Cat Eye Sunglasses

July 5th, 2011 by alex | No Comments | Filed in inspiration, trends


Lately I have been noticing a fun trend emerging in the sunglass arena – enter the Cat Eye sunnies!  I think this is a fun and welcome change from all of the aviators that have been popular for so long.  They are definitely a statement piece – but the good news is that depending on the size of the frames the style looks good on most face shapes.  See below for a few of my favorites!  Loving this trend… Yet another return of the retro if you will!

trending - cat eyes



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Giveaway Winners + Scenes of Spring

March 21st, 2011 by alex | No Comments | Filed in inspiration, Spring 2011

We have announced the winners for our Room It Up Spring Giveaway on Facebook!  Click this link to see if you were one of the winners! A big congrats to those who won, and a big thank you to everyone who entered!!  Don’t frown if you didn’t win this time – because we have another giveaway in the works for the VERY near future!

On another note – Sunday marked the FIRST official day of Spring!!  While we have been experiencing Spring like temps for awhile now, we are excited that all of our friends in the north will get to bask in some of this awesome weather!  Today I created a little pinboard on pinterest showing some images that are currently inspiring me for spring!  Just click on the image above to view the full board.  Enjoy the rest of your spring Monday!!

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Who’s your Valentine?

February 9th, 2011 by alex | No Comments | Filed in Daily Musings, inspiration

Sorry for my MIA of posts lately!!  We have been busy over here at the RIU office – that is when we are actually in the office!!  So far we have jumped right in to 2011 by attending trade shows in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and NYC!  Before I head off to Las Vegas (MAGIC!!) I wanted to share a little Valentine’s Day inspiration with you all.  Secret – valentine’s day is actually one of my favorite holidays.  What can I say?  I just love hearts, sparkles and memories of little paper valentines stuffed into homemade boxes in grade school.  Are you doing anything fun this valentine’s day weekend?

Valentine's Day


Colorful Room Candy

October 13th, 2010 by alex | No Comments | Filed in Color Color Color, Daily Musings, inspiration

I love a room with some COLOR!  I can always count on one of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy to have a healthy dose of colorful room decor eye candy.  In fact Apartment Therapy has declared October as “color month” and along with Behr is running a contest where readers can upload pictures of their colorful homes for a chance to win Behr paint!  Seeing all of the unique ways that people use color in the decor is pretty fun and a great source of inspiration for my own home.  You can see all of the entries, and enter you own picture here.   Click here to view more colorful rooms!  Below are a few of my favorites!

images via apartment therapy

What is your favorite color to decorate with in your home?

Nail Polish Inspiration: Confetti Dot

September 17th, 2010 by alex | No Comments | Filed in Daily Musings, inspiration

I don’t know about you – but I love Nail Polish – it’s one of the best ways to change your look and accessorize without too much commitment!  For around $8.00 for a bottle you can instantly change up your look and make a fashion statement.  OPI and Essie have recently come out with some great colors and I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of them were in similar shades to our Fall’s most popular print: Confetti Dot!!  I am loving all of these – and will for sure have to pick up that OPI Sparkle-icious – how fun!  What is your favorite nail color shade to wear right now?

pictured above: OPI The Color to Watch, OPI Sparkle-icious, OPI Diva of Geneva, OPI DS Mystery and Essie Sew Psyched

On another note – Happy Friday!!!  Wishing you all a fab fall weekend!

Favorite Home Decor Source via Lonny Mag

September 16th, 2010 by alex | No Comments | Filed in Daily Musings, inspiration, RIU Loves

My name is Alex: and I have an obsession I would like to share with you all.  I am obsessed with online home decor blogs, e-zines, etc…  I just can’t get enough of viewing inspiring spaces.  I know that I am in good company here at RIU HQ – as a few others here also share this passion.  Maybe its the “Room” in our name but to me there is just nothing like looking at adorably styled room decor images!  For today’s post I wanted to share with you one of my favorite sources for said inspiring imagery:  Lonny Magazine – which just got a whole new website re-design – now making the magazine both iPhone and iPad friendly!!  They also updated their website to include a whole slew of fun things like: decorating tips, editors picks, and more.  If you haven’t checked out the September issue – it is not to be missed!  Click on the cover below and it will take you to the e-Zine!  What are your favorite go-to’s for home decor inspiration?  I’d love to know!  

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