Thursday, November 6, 2014

At Long Last!

At long last, it's here- the coat of my dreams. How I've waited for you, sweet outerwear perfection! I first saw you during Fashion Week in MARCH on the shoulders of the ever-so-chic Sarah Rutson. Then you miraculously and wonderfully reappeared yet again with Sarah during September's Fashion Week. I love how effortlessly Sarah wears this coat, layered over everything from a leather bomber and cargo pants to a belted blazer and silk trousers. Stripes, florals, red, green, black, navy- nothing is off limits and yet so many others would have felt limited by this eye-catching coat. Then imagine my delight when I uncovered this coat was from J.Crew. The stars have aligned!


Now you are available for the price of -gulp!- $895. Ouch, universe, fashion gods, J.Crew. OUCH. I knew coats were expensive but for that price, I could almost get a Burberry.

Here's hoping there's a sale in J.Crew's future. Until then, at least you are pretty to look at online...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Major Updates...In My Own Words

Dear Readers, 

Sorry for the radio silence lately. There have been a lot of crazy things happening around me and I have focused so much energy on preparing for/reacting to those things that this poor blog has fallen by the wayside. Add to that a week of being sick, a little bit of travel and one amazing Paul McCartney concert and the laptop has collected some dust...

I have debated how much to share about what is going on in my personal and professional life because this blog is supposed to be all about style and design and FUN. Some of these details are not fun but I hope you can understand my cathartic need to share some with you. For those of you who don't know, I have spent the last nine years working in the Art and Set Decorating Departments in North Carolina's film industry. While I have stayed busy in Wilmington, my work has also taken me to Louisiana (where I met my beau of SIX and a half years), South Carolina, Georgia and even New Mexico. I have made so many great friends and contacts as well as met and worked with (closely sometimes) Hollywood A-listers, cornerstone producers and writers, major movie directors, Oscar winning directors of photography, renowned production designers and even a MAAAAJOR rock star. I was lucky enough to be part of a team that won an Art Director's Guild Award. I've helped create everything from county fairs with only two weeks to complete from start to finish (TWICE!) to a 1920s brothel in New Orleans to a high end nail salon in Heaven, of which famed "Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn played the role of a St. Peter-type character. (Sorry, had to name drop that one!) It's been a wild ride full of ups and downs.

But our film industry is now on shaky ground and that's putting it lightly. Production companies are attracted to states by film incentive programs and North Carolina has been successful by offering a 25% tax rebate. The state's economic incentives are passed by politicians and North Carolina's recently yanked the rug out from underneath the 25% rebate. I won't go into any more details but the result is a major screech in the number of shows that are coming to NC. What does that mean for me? Fewer and fewer opportunities for work. I could possibly make it here if I never wanted to advance in my career and maintain my own professional status quo. But that's not me. I'm a goal-oriented over achiever. I've sat still in one job for seven years and can hardly stand it. In order to advance, I have to compete with people who have 25 years of experience but I'm no slouch with my nine. I truly believe if we had a strong incentive that attracted more shows, then I would have ample opportunity to excel. But now I know that opportunity will be stifled and it already has been. The bottom line is I don't want to just work. I want to excel. And so I had to make a choice. 


Meet my choice. For the last six months, I have been helping friends update and redecorate their homes. It started small with some of my assistance being offered through texts, phone calls and a few product suggestions. Then I started visiting the spaces, creating design schemes and shopping for them. It was an organic entry into the residential interior decorating world via the film industry. In September, I made the LLC official and so, out of necessity and interest, L. Suggs Interior Decorating was born. My goal with the LLC is to create beautiful but functional interior spaces. We all swoon over images on Pinterest and pictures in magazines but that isn't always real life. I aim to bring the charm into everyday living.

Wilmington is home to many extremely talented interior designers whom I truly respect and admire. I weighed heavily my decision to enter into the design world. It felt like the right thing to do so that I could still be working yet also be available to day play on films should someone need assistance here and there. Experience in one realm only adds to my knowledge of the other. It's just that I couldn't keep all of my eggs in one crumbling basket. Rather than sit back, wait and collect unemployment, I am pulling myself up by my boot straps and forging ahead. One thing I want to emphasize to everyone is that most of what is happening with the overall film biz is out of my control but having poor timing on trying to get a promotion is my own fault. Part of forging ahead also includes working part-time at Wilmington's high end gifts and linens shop, Protocol. I am so lucky to have that opportunity and spend time around beautiful things and nice people. Parts of this situation are truly terrifying to me, including sharing so much on the Internet, but if your dream doesn't scare you, it isn't big enough. I appreciate everyone's understanding and hopefully your support as well. In the meantime, please tune in here for project updates as well as follow me on Instagram @l_suggs and Twitter @lsuggsinteriors! 

Thanks so much for reading and I promise to make this wordy post up to you soon with some good pictures! 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopbop's Friends & Family Sale

Stop everything. Put down your coffee cup. Go to Shopbop right now and don't look back. It's time for their semi-annual Friends and Family Sale where nearly everything is 25% off!! Now is a great time to stock up on basics like super-soft tees from T by Alexander Wang or solid black booties like the ever-so-popular Rag & Bone. Or if you have your basics covered, then 25% off can make a splurge more affordable. I could bundle up all winter in this 10 Crosby blanket coat and sass it up with fabulous over-the-knee boots like these from Alexandre Birman whenever the mood struck. 

Shop more of my suggestions below or just get on over to Shopbop's site right now before all of the best stuff is gone! This sale is the real deal and only happens a few times a year so don't dilly dally! Make sure you enter FAMILY25 at checkout to save.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Currently Coveting: Aerin Culloden Lamp
A good lamp is hard to find. Am I right, ladies? Sometimes you go looking so hard for THE ONE that you force the love and try to so hard to make it work. Then things just don't and you leave with regrets and shame...and maybe a smaller bank account. And then it happens. When you stop looking for it, you find THE ONE. There are so many factors that go into finding the right lighting for you: your lamp of choice has to be the proper height, width, color, and PRICE. I've seen many a beautiful lamp that costs well over $500...for just one lamp! I've also found great looking, affordable lamps that turn out to be 10" tall. Will there ever be a happy ending??

When Aerin Lauder rolled out her line of home furnishings, I instantly fell smitten with her pebbled Culloden Lamp. It was love at first sight. The beautiful blue watercolor scheme, the textured pebbled base, the glamorous gilded accents at the finial and had me at hello. And still, the gorgeous guy was a bit out of my reach with its $420-$515 price tag (depending where you shop). Imagine my delight today when fairy godmother Horchow included the Culloden Lamp, among other things, in its Finders Savers Event! Through tomorrow only, the lamp is 40% off!! Is this lamp cheap? Heck no. Smart girls know the value of a dollar. But it is a good deal...dare I say, a once in a lifetime deal...

How would I use the Culloden Lamp in my life, you ask? I would play up that pebbled texture, those gorgeous watercolor blues and the entire nature-at-its-most-glamorous vibe.

Horchow has tons of other great pieces included in this sale. Shop them below and let me know when you find the one to light up your life...wherever and whenever that may be.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shop For Fall

Successfully stocking your closet is all about timing. Waiting for a discount code can save you loads of money over time and enable you to use your money for other more sweaters! So if you've been eying the goods at J.Crew, then you're in luck! Through midnight tonight, everything at J.Crew is 25% off, including the new fall arrivals, and final sale items are an extra 30% off. Enter code SHOPFORFALL at checkout to redeem and check out some of my favorite J.Crew items below. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Golden Delicious

Welcome to the first day of fall! It's that time of year when we predictably see an onslaught of grey, black and navy clothing options. When you're a pale redhead, grey and black pretty much only look good on you in the dark. So imagine my delight when I noticed this year that, if you look very closely, there is actually some color out there!

Jenni Kayne (#1 and 3) and J.Crew (#2,4,5) images via
It seems that more than ever before we have a wide range of warm toned fall colors at our disposable. Burnt orange, tangerine, warm blush, antique rose and burgundy are just a few of the gorgeous fall tones designers gravitated toward for Fall 2014. The overall effect is one of optimism and happiness rather than the seriousness and somberness brought with typical black and grey. Ground your warm autumnal hues with olive green and camel to keep your look more modern and less crazy cat lady. For that very reason, I highly recommend NOT mixing patterns in these color families or you can quickly venture into "Revenge of the Nerds" status. Here are a few of my most coveted finds below...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Furrrr Sale

Jack by BB Dakota Faux Fur Vest, Size XS, $45 $35

PRICES UPDATED + A NEW ITEM! See mark downs in red!

It happened last fall.
Several pieces of my clothing were just too small.
I'm so sad to admit
But these clothes still don't fit! 
 Rather than stare at them and sigh,
I thought maybe you would like to give them a try.
If you see something you like, let me know
And to your house they will go.


That's my fancy (distracting) way of saying outloud that I'm too big for some of my favorite fall staples and it's been that way for at least a year. It's time for me to cut my losses. So if you see anything you want, please contact me or comment below. These pieces are clean and gently used. I'll ship your requested item to you for the listed price plus $10 shipping. Or if you're in the Wilmington area, I'll be happy to meet you! If you want to see more pictures or need more details, please contact me. I'll be happy to send you anything to help you make your decision.

J.Crew Grey Sequin Cardigan, Size Small, $12 $8

 J.Crew Navy Blue Velvet Blazer, Size 0, $60 $40

ReSound Gray and Black Tweed Bomber Jacket, Size 2, $30 $20
(Sorry for the bad shadow- that's my iPhone's shadow...not a giant discolored place on the jacket!)

Corey Lynn Calter Brown and White Top, Size M (this top runs small), $20 $12

New Item:
J.Crew Trousers, Size 2, $20

I hope my loss can be someone's closet's gain! Happy almost fall, y'all!

If you are interested in any of these pieces, please contact me by Friday, Oct. 3-!