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Shopping Guide: Beach Essentials

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I just got back from a fabulous beach vacation in Florida – and it was an amazing week of fun, friends, sand, and surf! That trip inspired me to come up with my list of essentials for the best beach getaway ever.

If you’re headed for the coast, this will give you some great ideas for your packing list. And if you are doing more of a staycation, these summer-inspired items will bring you that feeling of warm sun and ocean breezes!

Happy shopping!

xo,

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  1. Ted Baker Round Dial Leather Strap Watch– This beautiful floral face watch is perfect for any beach outfit, from day to night!
  2. ‘St. Tropez’ Beach Umbrella– Going on vacation should be fabulous and relaxing! So why not add some glamour to your beach trip with a floral printed umbrella, complete with fringe trim?
  3. kate spade new york Water Bottle– Whether you like to tan, make sand castles, or surf the waves, it is important to drink plenty of water when you are out there in the sun all day. Ditch the ugly disposable water bottles for these cute Kate Spade containers!
  4. ‘Wish You Were Here’ Floppy Sun Hat– Maybe your best friend couldn’t make the beach trip this year, so snap a quick pic for her in your new sun hat! This embroidered hat keeps you cool in the shade and lets her know you miss her.
  5. Giant Inflatable Flamingo– Let your beach crew know you are ready to fla-mingle this summer with this awesome flamingo inflatable – perfect for floating around the beach or pool in style!
  6. Sunnylife Underwater Camera– Capture all your favorite beach-time memories without fear of the water with this underwater camera. You can even snap a few shots under the water!
  7. Sunnylife Beach Blanket– Lie back and relax with this beautiful striped beach blanket. These fun summery stripes will match any swimsuit!
  8. Ray-Ban Round Clubmaster Sunglasses– Beach trips are the best excuse for new sunnies! This pair of round club masters from Ray-Ban are chic for lounging on the beach or playing in the sand.
  9. ‘Ringer’ Flip Flop– Time to kick off your high heels and dig your toes in the sand. Grab these cute and comfy flip flops and get to the beach!
  10. Lilly Pulitzer Gimme Some Leg Palm Beach Tote– Pack up all your beach essentials in this fun tote that you won’t want to leave behind.
  11. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face/Body– Sun protection is no joke, and this SPF 50 from Shiseido features WetForce technology, so it becomes even more effective when exposed to water!
  12. Bicolor Tunic Swim Cover Up– This easy and breezy cover-up in bright summer color blocks is great for running up to the restaurant for a quick bite before heading back down to the water!
  13. Sunnylife Beach Seat– Maybe you like to sit right at the water’s edge with a good book and your toes in the sand – me too! That’s why I always need a cute and easy-to-carry beach chair.
  14. Lulu DK for Matouk Pineapple Beach Towel– This cool pineapple beach towel is sure to turn heads when you spread it out in the sand!

Gift Guide for Graduates

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It’s that time again already. The time that lots of our family and friends are reaching the milestones of High School and College Graduation. And I, for one, am always trying to find the perfect gift for them, particularly for the girl grads in my life. Because I know they are the ones who especially love my clever and creative gifts. So here are a few of my favorite finds, and there are even a few on here (like the mophie–ok maybe in another color) that even the guys will love!

Onward and upward my graduating friends! xo,

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  1. Scalloped Leather Card Holder: Hold all of your new business cards in style with this leather scalloped card holder!
  2. Black and White Bluetooth Speaker: Pump up the jam to your graduation party with this dice inspired Bluetooth speaker!
  3. kate spade new york Tackle Box: This isn’t your grandfather’s tackle box! This fabulous gift box features everything your graduate will need to make their new office one-of-a-kind!
  4. Ikat Nestling Box Set: Getting organized has never been so easy or chic! I love these ikat leopard print boxes for storing all of those little odds and ends!
  5. Acrylic Stapler: Give your grad’s new office a sleek look with this acrylic stapler!
  6. Acrylic Tape Dispenser: I love when something boring can become a beautiful source of inspiration, like this acrylic tape dispenser!
  7. Acrylic Letter Tray: Everyone will want to fill up your inbox when it looks this fabulous! In fact I have all 3 of these gorgeous acrylic pieces from Kate Spade on my own desk!
  8. Navy Greek Key Notepad & Holder: Any gift can be even more special when it is personalized! This classic Greek Key notepad will surely help keep your new grad organized while on the job hunt!
  9. Daveney Laptop Bag: Is your grad always on the go? This classic black and white stripe laptop bag is perfect! You can always fill it with other goodies!
  10. Mophie Juice Pack Ultra Charging Case: Nobody wants to miss that all-important job offer because their phone died! Save the day with this sleek gold phone case that can extend your phone’s battery life by more than 150%!
  11. Rose Faux Leather Passport Holder: Do you know a graduate that’s jetting off on vacation as soon as they get their diploma? I do! And this fun, floral passport holder can get her there in style.
  12. SeeThru Snap On MacBook Laptop Case: I love this bright blue laptop case that can add some fun personal style to the work place!
  13. Beats by Dr. Dre in Rose Gold: I love these rose gold headphones. They are perfect for travel, the commute to work, or that 5 o’clock workout!
  14. Elana Pointed Toe Pumps: Dress your grad in these classic black pumps that never go out of style! Perfect to wear from work to play!
  15. Slim Runway Leather Strap Watch: Timing is everything! And nobody wants to be late for a job interview! Keep your graduate on time this summer with this sleek gold watch with a white leather strap!
  16. Personalized Passport Case & Luggage Tag: Does their new job require a lot of travel? This set of personalized passport case and luggage tag can make all of those business trips extra sweet!

 

 

Gift Guide: Living the Good Life

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Living the good life. Do you want to? Well it isn’t always about having lots of money and buying expensive things. It’s mostly about making memories, especially during this time of the year.

But yes, there are those of us who love fine things, myself included.  And sometimes it’s more about good taste than a high price tag, right?  So whether your budget allows for expensive splurges this Holiday season or you just want to look like it does, here’s my mix of High and Low priced lovely things that will have you and your loved ones living the good life.

And since it’s Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, I bet you can get some deals on many of these fab finds today only. Good luck! (P.S. I have 2 more days of gift guides to help you finish your shopping before December has hardly started. So stay tuned for my last few favorites coming your way this week!)

Happy Shopping Darlings! xo,

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  1. Valentino “Rock Stud” Pumps–A splurge for sure, these gorgeous red studded pumps from Valentino will have you looking like the Bell of the Ball this holiday or maybe like a rather fancy Mrs. Claus. Are these the perfect gift for YOU this year? Then your honey needs to be sent a link to purchase these hot little numbers to put under the tree. I’ll vouch for you that you’ve been a good girl! Don’t love the Red? Well don’t worry. These babies come in many colors so you can pick the one you love most.
  2. Beaded Pillow–this “Ritzy”-looking Rizzy Home beaded pillow only looks expensive. Add a few of these to your sofa to jazz things up a bit. Or gift these to your friends with a new home or your stylish college student for her bedroom. You’ll have them all looking glamorous in no time!
  3. Aerin Match Striker–I have a thing for gorgeous Match Strikers. And boy did Aerin Lauder ever make a fabulous brass one! Yes, it’s pricey but I’m ordering this beautiful piece for myself today. Merry Christmas to me! It’s so pretty it doubles as an accessory so it’s my favorite sort of piece, beautiful and functional all at the same time. This makes a great gift for those hard to buy for friends and family who live the good life and seem to have everything already.
  4. Manolo Blahnik Book–So maybe splurging on a pair of Manolo’s isn’t in your budget right now, but putting his gorgeous book on your coffee table just may be. This is a  gift that all those “Carrie Bradshaw’s” in your life will appreciate. So if you are a fashionista or an interiors enthusiast or have some of them on your list, this will be the perfectly pretty and inspiring gift to decorate their homes.
  5. Kate Spade “Money” Phone Cover–It’s all about the Money, Money, Money. Ok, so maybe you don’t have as much cold, hard cash as you wish this holiday, but not to worry. This adorable “Money” phone cover won’t break the bank. Designed by the creatives at Kate Spade, this glam little item will have you feeling like a million buck while you Cyber-shop on your iPhone. It is perfectly sized for a stocking stuffer too. And at this great price, maybe you should buy 2!
  6. Marabou Vest–What could be more glamorous and chichi than a Marabou Vest? Well thank goodness for Betsey Johnson because she came to the rescue with this adorable one! This piece is great for layering and if you don’t want black, no worries. It comes also comes in blush and gray. I think this gift will get squeals from those Fancy peeps on your list.
  7. Pointy Toe Leather Bootie–This gorgeous and classic leather bootie by Sam Edleman exudes style and sophistication. And though it looks top of the line, the price tag isn’t too bad. Yes, still an investment but one that will go with anything and everything for seasons to come and it looks MUCH more expensive than it really is. I think this is the perfect gift for those shoe-lovers on your list. And if you’re wondering, I’m a size 8. (wink!)
  8. Oversized Leopard Clutch–Ok, another Splurge item but Oh My! This gorgeous leopard clutch is dreamy. Forget Sugar Plums, I have visions of Leopard in my head and this zip top clutch with gold hardware makes my dreams super sweet! Do you have anyone on your list who would love to be “seeing spots” with this cutie under the tree?
  9. Nest Holiday Candle–Nest brings the Glam to candles. And they have the BEST scents! Looking lovely and high style in it’s gold packaging, I think the Nest Holiday Candle (Birchwood Pine Scent) is the perfect Hostess Gift or Stocking Stuffer. I can hardly wait for the holidays to roll around each year so I can light one of these lovelies and make my whole house smell like Christmas!
  10. Osis “Dust it” Hair Powder–Want to look like you stepped out of a high-dollar salon all season long? Well this product will do the trick. I love Dust it Powder to give my hair control and long-lasting hold while still looking soft. It’s like dry shampoo but better. Drop one of these in the stocking of all the ladies in your life. I see some glamorous hair in their future!
  11. Celine Havana Sunglasses–Celine brings us these gorgeous and totally chic sunglasses to help you and yours look like a star. The bold black frames are detailed with red edges and a beige interior for some added appeal and Hollywood Style.
  12. Parisian Bar Cart–A Bar Cart definitely makes the list of my favorite things! Seriously, what’s more glamorous than serving drinks from this black and brass beauty to all your Holiday guests? And the top Shelf doubles as a removable tray to make serving that much easier. Oh Santa Baby, I’ll have a martini, please! And pair it with this stylish bar cart from Serena and Lily if you don’t mind.
  13. Gold Caviar Serving Set–Dahling, if you’re serving Caviar at your next soiree, this Gold Imperial Caviar 4-piece hostess set by Marchesa is a MUST have. For those on your list who have a sophisticated palette, this would make the perfect gift.
  14. Red Tory Burch Tote–The slender handles and gold logo hardware keep this handy Tory tote looking chic. It’s a perfect carry on for all those Jet-setting friends and family of yours. So put this under the tree and they will think of you as they travel the world in the year ahead.
  15. Black Leather Gloves with Bow–The darling bow detail and soft leather make these gloves dreamy. I love the feminine styling and it will help your girly-girls look lovely and stay warm all at once.

My New Partnership with Duralee

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This summer, I was thrilled to partner with Duralee for the Hampton Designer Showhouse! They have been one of my favorite vendors for years, but getting to work so closely with them was great. Their team was an absolute dream to work with – and now I am even more excited to announce that we’re going to continue that partnership with a new Duralee Designer: Tobi Fairley fabric collection! I am over the moon to be the next designer in Duralee’s amazing line up of Designer partners. My collection is set for debut at the wholesale Fabric Show, ITMA Showtime, in December 2015 in High Point, NC, and will be available to the Interior Design Trade in April of 2016. So that means by Spring of 2016, you can buy my fabrics from your favorite designers and manufacturers around the country.

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We have been hard at work on my fabric designs since last summer, and the process has been fun and fabulous! I can’t wait for you to see the patterns and colors that we’ve come up with – but I can tell you that the fabrics will definitely fit my brand of Bright, Bold, and Tailored! The gorgeous fabrics I used for the Showhouse (shown above) are from Duralee’s Bailey and Griffin Collection. And you’ll be excited to know that my Duralee Designer: Tobi Fairley Collection will have equally large-scale fabulous prints and bold colors that are right in line with my Tobi Fairley style, perfect for your pillows and drapery. Plus there will be brightly-colored woven geometrics and florals that are hard-working and perfect for your upholstery!

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As you know, I’ve been producing my own fabrics for a few years now. You can see those patterns above. But it is SUCH an amazing opportunity to move onto a national stage with a premier fabric company like Duralee. They really get what designers need and ultimately what consumers want in their interiors, and together we are going to produce fabrics that are fashion-forward and essential!

I’ve formed some terrific partnerships this year – including those with CR Laine and Soicher Marin. And you’ll be able to see those incredible collections at the upcoming April High Point Market. With Duralee added to that list, all three of these companies really fit my brand and my aesthetic. But they also are just terrifically great people to work with – and that’s what is really important to me and the people in my company. And look for at least one more company to join up with us for this fun ride in the near future and round out the great offerings I am bringing you for your home.

Thanks for coming along with us!

xo,

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Sunday Fun Day on Instagram!

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Did you know Sunday is the most active day on Instagram? Likely because people have more down time on Sunday to enjoy this beautiful and creative site. I sure do my fair share of posting on Instagram on Sunday and every other day of the week.

 

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If you are not following me on Instagram, you are missing out on a lot of gorgeous Interiors I am working on (like this fab pool and pool house), delicious food I am cooking, and my daily inspirations and motivations.

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So jump on the Instagram bandwagon and follow me there. You can find me on Instagram as @tobifairley. And be sure to leave me comments about your thoughts on my postings. I love the personal interactions I have in the comments on this FUN site!

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I can’t wait to hear from you each day. To me Instagram is like no other site because it’s spontaneous and often real time. So if you have always wished you could be my shadow as I live the life of a designer, blogger, world traveler, business coach (and even a cook and a mom)…Instagram is your chance!

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And be sure to say “Hi” if you are just starting to follow so I can say Hello to you too!

I’ll see you there! xo,

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