snapshots | eurotrip highlights

Some of you may recall that I took a little trip abroad in June/July.  Despite that I used up every vacation day I have for the year (totally worth it), it already feels like a lifetime ago.  Funny how that works.

Since I’ve barely made a dent in the 5000 photos I took (not even exaggerating), I finally combed through and pulled some of my favorites to share with you all.  Alas, this doesn’t include some of the amazing little Tuscan towns we visited…not to mention Paris.  More to come.  Prost!

Cappuccinos for the ladies, beers for the men…good morning, Amsterdam.

Next up, an overnight train to Munich (with a side excursion to Neuschwanstein castle).

Then off to magical Prague, one of my favorites of the trip.

After catching Germany play Italy in the semi-final of the Eurocup back in Munich, we overnight trained again to Venice…I couldn’t put my camera down in the few hours we spent there.

Photos of Arezzo, Montepulciano and Firenze (Florence) to come…but for now, let’s get a quick preview of Roma…

…before ending with deep relaxation in the Cinque Terre.



anticipating autumn | fall comfort & end of summer checklist

There’s something bittersweet about the end of summer.

In New York, particularly, there’s an obvious shift in the season. The Hamptons empty and the city manages to fill up further than the already-at-capacity feeling it seamlessly contains in the warm, travel-filled months. The office atmosphere tightens back up as all your coworkers return from their last vacation and prepare to buckle down until Thanksgiving.  Ice cream trucks are swapped out for hot chocolate vendors and women are already stocking their wardrobe with Fall’s best new pieces.  Previously accessories, scarves become necessities when Central Park works backward in the rainbow from green.

To help you make the most of these last few summer weekends, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite summer activities.  While you’re enjoying those, it can’t hurt to daydream about the new booties you can’t wait to bust out next month.

Visit the beach one last time – my favorite: Silver Beach in St. Joseph, MI

Wear your brights!

Take a road trip with the windows down and savor the warm summer air whipping through your hair.

Visit the Hampton’s and go to Tate’s (above) and Wolffer Estate Vineyard (below).

And don’t forget to be spontaneous:

Stroll through outdoor parks and stop to read – one of my favorites: the cluster of Bertoia chairs at Lincoln Center.

Take in the scents and sites of summer (or stop and smell the roses, whichever you prefer).

…then pick some wildflowers and enjoy them before they’re gone.

Eat ice cream!  – My favorite: ABC Kitchen’s Salted Caramel Sunday.

Then go dancing, because that’s the best activity any time of the year.

It’s almost time to mix those pumps with your favorite comfy sweatshirt…

…and eat warmer, gooey goodies (get these at Baked by Melissa – they’re awesome).

And some parting words to sit on until I see you next:

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guest post | black & white plus color

Today, I’m excited to feature my first guest post on the blog (Welcome, Jessica!).  Enjoy!

Hi everyone! I’m Jessica with Arcadian Lighting, a wonderful online source for beautiful and affordable light fixtures. I’m excited to be guest posting on Cityclectic today because I’d like to share a collection of inspiring interiors that feature a rather chic color scheme – black and white with a brilliant accent color. The stark quality of a monochrome color palette, like black and white, doesn’t have to be so intimidating when you include a vibrant shade that really pops. I hope you enjoy!

Black and White Bedroom
The modern lines and energetic patterns make this black and white bedroom anything but boring. The vase of blooming roses on the nightstand adds a lovely burst of color.

Black and White Living Room with Gold and Silver Accents
The wonderfully eclectic wall of art in this living room certainly creates a unique atmosphere. Shimmering gold and silver accents offer an extra bit of elegance.

Black and White Living Room with Red
Fiery red accents completely transform the feel of this stylish living room. A black sculptural table lamp matches the heavy, yet intricate pieces of décor throughout the room.

Black and White Living Room with Turquoise
The brilliant turquoise blue accents create a fresh and serene feel to this living room. The glittering pendant light adds just a bit of sparkle and shine.

Black and White Living Room with Emerald
The black features of this living and dining room don’t overwhelm the space thanks to plenty of white, with a splash of emerald green wallpaper. The velvety sofa lends a textural aspect to the room.

Black and White with Gold
A pair of matching scarab prints with golden yellow wings add definite character to this home office. A bold pendant light creates a stunning focal point for the room, as well.

Black, White, and Pink Dining Room
This simple, all-white dining room reflects a cool, modern flair with black and pink accent colors. Fresh flowers are always a great option for bringing color into a room.

Black and White and Purple
The rustic, industrial feel of this cozy living room is softened with purple throw pillows and a blanket. The mix of numbers and letters on the pillows adds a quirky touch, as well.

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What do you think of black and white rooms with a splash of color? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to stop by Arcadian Lighting for a brilliant lighting fixture to add plenty of color to your home!

summer season successes | my favorite fuscia findings

I know Fall is nearly upon us and I’m sure many of you, like me, are itching to dive into a new season of fashion (particularly booties, scarves and my beloved Michael Kohrs coat).  BUT, I have to say, I loved this past season’s trends.  Many of them have been/will be staples in my wardrobe for more than just Spring/Summer ’12 (particularly pastels, tweed and this mix).

I know tangerine was a favorite for bold colors (it did get Pantone color of the year), but I couldn’t help but slowly pick up pieces of PINK.  So, today I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to use that lovely lighter shade of red – both loud and subtle (and some other fun things, as usual).  Maybe it’s because August is such a hot month, but it feels like the perfect time to enjoy them.

Rose…always in style.  Cheers!

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