Dog Days Got You Down?

If you are like me, then the relentless scorch of late summer heat is beginning to get to you. During these last several weeks of triple digit temperatures, everything around us seems to be intensified…the sun’s heat, the cloudless sky, the glare in our car windows, and the sweat on our forehead before you’ve even reached the car. But one of the most rewarding features of the dog days of summer are the brilliant colors that we find in the form of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. So, don’t be discouraged. There’s more to be appreciated in this long season of extremes than one might first consider. Pick yourself up with some cheerful colors and playful patterns such as these below.

Photo Credit: Elle Decor

Photo Credit: Domino Magazine

Photo Credit: House Beautiful

Photo Credit: Elle Decor

Photo Credit: via Coco Kelley

Photo Credit: House Beautiful

I’ve been recently inspired by Rubie Green’s bright and lively, eco-friendly upholstery fabrics. Who says sustainable products can’t be attractive?…certainly not this company! Here is a collage of my favorites that they have to offer this season.

Photo Credit: Rubie Green

Photo Credit: Rubie Green

You can find out more about their process of production and chic products HERE.

*And don’t forget to vote in the CB2 and The Selby Contest! You can support Hilary Inspired by casting your vote HERE.

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CB2 and The Selby

Ok, folks…I’ve got some exciting news! You remember this guyTodd Selby, a photography and style inspiration. Well, I have the chance to meet him!!! Maybe…hopefully! But I need your help. CB2, a hip furniture and decor company specializing in all the best of modern furnishings, is hosting a contest in collaboration with The Selby. The winner is awarded a CB2 gift card and private PHOTO SHOOT with THE SELBY in their place!!! Contestants must submit three photographs of their unique and personalized living space and then get out and gather the votes. The contestants with the most votes proceed to the next round where their spaces will be judged by Todd himself. So, I’ve submitted my entry and now I need your vote! My old photographs of our apartment worked well for this post but I made some improvements and updated the shots. If you would like to help me out and see the new photos, hop on over HERE and cast your vote! It only takes a second and your support would mean so much to me.

I’ve also included a compilation of my favorite CB2 items (inspired by these images below) that I would love to add to our new home.

Photo Credit: Johnny Miller

Photo Credit: Johnny Miller

Image Credit: via CB2, Collaged by Hilary Walker

Wish me luck and cast your vote!

* UPDATE: If you are having trouble voting through Facebook, I recommend following the link above and creating a profile through CB2. It only takes a moment and requires no obligation.

Verde Vision

I have been having the best time with my newly acquired green lens sunglasses. Everywhere I go I view a sea of vibrant green! I found them during my recent trip to Minneapolis at the coolest vintage shop, Tatters. Great prices and gorgeous pieces. If I hadn’t been flying home and on a budget, I could have taken so much more home with me! It was probably for the better, though. While choosing between several different glasses, the clerk assisting me put in his vote for the green pair and then mentioned that green lenses are a more common color in vintage frames (although these are not vintage).

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Well, of course that sold me! But then I started thinking about what might be the reason for the color green. Just aesthetics? Probably not. So I began my research to uncover the purpose behind emerald lenses. (*read: I did a quick search on Wikipedia). Turns out that many early sunglass lenses were made with mineral glass to filter out the ultraviolet and infrared rays and the color green maintained true color perception. Fascinating!

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

So, the next time you go shopping, take a moment to consider how and why that item got to be the way it is. If you’re really studious, try doing some research. You might be surprised by your findings!

Rue, Right Around the Corner

In case you missed it, the very exciting news of Rue Magazine’s first launch sneak peek hit the web last week. AOL’s Shelter Pop wrote a wonderful review of the magazine’s much anticipated launch this September 16th. You may remember Crystal from Plush Palate and my guest post for her a couple weeks ago. Well, she and three other ladies of the new online shelter magazine have been working long and hard for the past several months and their work certainly shows. We’ve all been aflutter over the Dallas project they featured and I know you’ll love it, too.

Photo Credit: Manny Rodriguez for Rue Magazine

Photo Credit: Manny Rodriguez for Rue Magazine

I invite you to visit Shelter Pop to read the complete review.

POST UPDATE!!!

Just In: Another wonderful Rue Magazine Sneak Peek just hit the web at CasaSugar. Catch up on all the excitement HERE.

An Encounter with the Past

Yesterday evening I had the delight of  driving by a ballet studio here in Fort Worth en route to other non-dance related errands. As I peered through my car window and into the studio space, a rush of memories overcame me as I watched young teenage girls in pink tights, black leotards, tightly wound buns, and shiny satin point shoes dance from one corner of the room to the other. My heart swelled! I forgot how much I enjoyed that…the weekly dance classes and weekend rehearsals. The hours of practice, sweaty brow, fatigued muscles, and swollen feet. It had a strange way of satisfying me. No matter the troubles or trials of the day, they all washed away in my effort to focus my mind and body on something transformative…dance. Then, later in the evening, as I was trodding through my evening computer work and listening to the classical station on Pandora Radio, I heard the immediately recognizable melody of the Sugarplum Fairy’s Petit Allegro solo from The Nutcracker, a yearly tradition for me for nearly all my childhood. A small tear trickled from my cheek…I continued to listen and let my mind wander further into long past fond memories. What can I say, I love to dance! It connects with something so deep within me, I couldn’t tell you why or where it comes from. As I sat and listened, I thought ‘this is something worth sharing’. So, today I have compiled a few photographs that in some way capture the spirit of what draws me to this beautiful art.

Photo Credit: Arthur Elgort

Photo Credit: Arthur Elgort

Photo Credit: National Geographic

Photo Credit: via Ascending Dance Star

Photo Credit: Harmon Photography

Photo Credit: Arthur Elgort

For all you ballet buffs out there, what’s this dance? *Or if you’re just curious and no one replies, then I will tell you.

Photo Credit: Arthur Elgort

Photo Credit: NYC Ballet

Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Harvey Edwards

Photo Credit: Le Ballet de National

And I should accredit much of my early dance inspiration to a VHS film produced by Kultur and sharing the story of the great prima-ballerina, Ana Pavlova…I can’t even tell you how many times I watched it. In fact, I think I may still own it. She was fascinating to learn about and inspiring to watch!

Photo Credit: via All Star Pics

Photo Credit: via All Star Pics

Time to enroll in a dance class.

*Post UPDATE: Here are a couple photos of me back in the day. 🙂

Autumn Planning with Polyvore

So, what is the latest buzz about town?…Fall is Right Around the Corner! Retailers and publishers alike have been tempting us with heavy knits, long sleeves, and sassy boots at every angle. But now it is your chance to take on your own Autumn planning. I have long been a fan of Polyvore for blogging purposes, so I think it’s awesome that they have recently made it available for individual sites…and with a little incentive I should add: an opportunity for one blogger and one reader to win a $1,000 Polyvore gift card! Polyvore, an online site that lets you shop, create, and explore your favorite looks, has built a tool that allows you to pick and choose pieces from a collection and compile them into your personal outfit set. Sadly, the Mini-Editor is not compatible with WordPress (which is what I use, of course), so I am sending you to someone else who is participating in the contest, Anne of The City Sage. As you plan and “publish” your cool weather outfits from her favorite pieces, you get the chance to win a $1,000 Polyvore gift card for the Best Fall Look! The more you make, the better your chances. And let me tell you, it is a ton of fun! I’ve already created a few looks myself.

Fancy Sophisticate

Fancy Sophisticate by Hilary Inspired

Now it’s your chance to create the looks of your dreams. Stop by Anne’s lovely site and let yourself be creative for a few minutes. You never know what might happen!

* And if you want to keep up with my selections, visit my personal Polyvore profile here:

Creations by: Hilary Walker via Polyvore

Quiet Corner

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

In a quiet corner, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of residents moving in and out, is the most gorgeous entry area original to our apartment building’s catholic chapel. With it’s hushed blues, greens and golds, this unexpected side hall offers a moment of calm in our mostly crazy lives. Each day I have the privilege of walking by this room and every time I pass, these words come to mind: beautifully serene!

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

I love that at most anytime during the day you can find a private nook to retreat into. On just such a quiet morning, I found the opportunity to take some photographs.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

And the room supplied me with the perfect little perch to shoot from.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Now my question is, why don’t we beautify our spaces like this anymore? I know…cost, time, skill, etc. But maybe it could be a fun DIY project? I could see this detail around someone’s dining room light fixture. Where do you see this motif repeated?

Summer Succulents


Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Summer brings to mind so many different emotions and images. This past (well not quite past yet) summer will be remembered for many things…thisthis…and definitely this. But I will also enjoy recalling my trip to the Minneapolis Walker Museum Sculpture Garden and Conservatory. I happened upon these brilliant succulents during my walk in the greenhouse and they just eeked late summertime to me.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

The misty mix of blue, green, and coral colors make me think of this watercolor print dress from Anica Boutique. I love the idea that each dress is unique…art on clothing.

Photo Credit: via Anica Boutique

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Reviewing these pictures makes me think that I would like to start an indoor succulent colony/garden. Just a handful of sturdy greens to brighten the room. Does anyone know if this is a reasonable task?

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

What late summer images have been inspiring you?

Oh, and you’ve probably noticed, I adopted a NEW webpage layout! Today is the inaugural post for the new look. I felt like it was time for a few changes and hopefully an improvement. Let me know what you think…is it easy to navigate? Do you like the white background better than the gray? Is the sidebar too distracting or do you like the extra information? I would love to hear from you. 🙂