March 31, 2010, 1:51 am

The Glorious GATSBY....

As my friend Rowena would say, I am absolutely 100% “head over heels in love” with this line by Longchamp : GATSBY.  The purse above I am most definitely going to have dreams about.  It’s the perfect color, texture, vintage, and modern at the same time- and the hardware is just gorgeous!  The perfect neutral and the texture is so luxe…I would carry this with a black shirt dress and patent leather shoes. 


This beauty is in THE COLOR of spring.  This tote is timeless, elegant, and would look absolutely stunning with anything gray, taupe, or pale pink.  I’m thinking silk or something like this asymmetrical cocktail dress in a great neutral from HELMUT LANG.

Of course, I had to throw out the wild card with this tiny little number in CITRINE.  How fun!  This would look fabulous with the black and white trend by day with something like this tunic by K by Karl Lagerfeld.  Or, the perfect bag for a night out with something like this.  

March 31, 2010, 1:04 am

NPR | "Move Over, Cupcake: Make Way For The Macaroon"

listen here.  Americans like macaroons because they look like hamburgers?  So, say the french…

March 30, 2010, 12:09 am

The Elephants of STYLE.

What is it about elephants?  They are enormous, yet lovable.  Exotic and familiar.  They are graceful with their long ivory tusks and curvy shapes, but how many stories have we heard about the clumsy or odd elephant.  Elmer the Elephant was always one of my favorite books growing up.  Whenever the librarian would choose to read it to our class, I was instantly captivated.  I thought Elmer was fantastic looking!

It seems safari themes go in and out of style, but elephants are a certain classic.  And, now, there are so many interesting and unique ways of bringing elephants into both your wardrobe and your home.  They are almost as cool as Elmer.

The Hindoustan print by the legendary ZUBER french wallcoverings.. you should see what these are going for on Christie’s [mere FRAGMENTS of the paper]!

And, of course, apparel - like these hats from brooklynbetty.net


Safari Sighting Pillow, Anthropologie. [*thanks Holly]


Jacqueline Kennedy with her sister Lee Radziwill on an elephant ride in Jaipur, India on March 19, 1962.



Elephant Trays from VIVRE.


from la dolce vita… [*Holly]

Chic Diamond Elephant on bangle.. from 1st Dibs.


Christopher Ross elephant belt… Posh Glam.

This wallcovering from the Peak of Chic… [love the freestanding tub as well..]  I want elephants on my bathroom walls!

Elephant Study by Faulkner .. Mecox Gardens [*Holly :)]

stationary from iomoi… [*H]

And, you can’t have elephants without….

[more] of  MY FAVORITE ADVERTISEMENTS OF ALL TIME:



Wide enamel bracelet in gold plated from Hermés

Elephant and monkey tape dispenser… and last but not least (though I featured it before…)

Dovima with Elephants was taken by Richard Avedon at the Cirque d’hiver Paris in August of 1955. The dress Dovima is wearing (*the first “supermodel” Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba) is the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.  I am fully aware that elephants can be trained (hence, why they are circus animals) but isn’t it STILL amazing to see an image like the one above?  Just beautiful.. and again, AMAZING!


March 28, 2010, 10:17 pm

I’m ready. JK Capri here I come!

March 26, 2010, 12:33 pm

Happy FRIDAY!

YSL TRIBUTE PLATFORM PUMP in a GORGEOUS tangerine ORANGE.

Because THESE I must say make me crazily happy <3 Have a wonderful weekend!

March 19, 2010, 1:33 pm

NY MAG | After Split With WWD, Who Will Edit ‘Dysfunctional’W?

NY MAG | After Split With WWD, Who Will Edit ‘Dysfunctional’W?


http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/03/yestedays_news_that_the_high-e.html

March 17, 2010, 12:01 am

meet | Plum Zinnia

So, on top of my crazy schedule with PinkMemo and evenings taking in events and socializing for my Dallas SCENE column, I recently picked up a brand new Bichon Puppy in February and named her Plum Sykes.  So, Plum, is essentially a Bergdorf Bichon- ha- totally kidding.  But, she is taking up ANY AND ALL other time I have left and I thought I’d finally give her a spotlight on Nonsense & Sensibility.


Voila, Plum {Zinnia} Sykes - the bichon.

all photos courtesy of my iphone.

March 9, 2010, 12:24 am

Dear Neiman Marcus,

WHY IN THE WORLD did you sell out of this vintage jersey Heritage Halston Jumpsuit when it’s still simply pre-order and a brand new collection?  I mean, I will admit, I more than likely deleted one of the thousand emails you send a day letting everyone know a new collection has been unveiled, HOWEVER, this does not make up for the fact that you are sold out of an item that hasn’t yet shipped.  I think your buyers missed the mark on this one?



Now, HOW am I going to get my 70’s icon Bianca Jagger Halston jumpsuit?  Unless I plan on becoming a size 12 in time for the 4/07/2012 ship date, it looks like I’ve missed the disco…..


The above is pretty fab too, BUT STILL NOT THE SAME.

Please advise,

Haley


March 8, 2010, 11:58 pm

And it was all YELLOW....

Truly, madly, deeply, I think yellow can be an extremely hard color to pull off whether one is talking decor or attire. Just like a now famous statement I once said to a few close friends that has for some reason or another gone down in the books (that being: “You either want it or you don’t”), for yellow, it either works or it doesn’t.  Some people can’t pull yellow off for the life of them and some people wear it flawlessly (and often, enviously)!

For me, it depends on the shade.  I adore a deep mustard or gold, but put me in any shade of canary, and it’s over like the Britney Spears comeback.

Stella McCartney Pumps - OBSESSED + they are SATIN.

That is why I was SO EXCITED to find in my pile of magazines ($61.79 worth) at LEAST two images that captured my heart and allowed me to give yellow a chance AND a bold one at that.  This is not the deep mustard that has been a trend color the past few seasons (both on the runways and at J.Crew), but the bright sunshine yellow that we all so fear.  HOWEVER, in both cases canary has gone LUXE.  The picture below just may effuse the most gorgeous bed I’ve seen in ages.  So bright, crisp, clean, and inviting.  It’s a hotel gone mod, comfy, and personally stylish.  And, of course, it is paired with a LOVELY gray, to which my intuition was recently confirmed by local Dallas design expert and owner of Again & Again Design Studios, Leslie Pritchard, who shared with me that the elusive color (of gray) is most definitely the new nude.


CASE #1: BEHOLD- the bed of designer Sasha Adler. I absolutely love everything about it.  It’s classic without being stuffy and has a slight mod art deco feel.  It’s given enough femininity with the addition of mirrors, the tufted headboard, and the curvy bedside table.  It has pizazz, personality, and a clean comfort at the same time.  MY NEXT BED will be this fantastic. (*House Beautiful - March 2010)



CASE #2: The velvet yellow couch of Casey Fremont.  I don’t have to say much about this.  I just sit in my living room and picture it sitting on top of my dark gray slate floors with a Missoni throw and it pretty much says it all. (*ELLE March 2010)

ANYWAYS, I think I will be giving yellow a second glance this spring, who knows, maybe I will even try on a canary-colored pieces for size, the ones that make me oh-so-aprehensive.  Yes, hello… yellow!


*UPDATE: check out this YELLOW chair recently featured on one of my absolute favorite blogs: style/SWOON - stunning!  It’s in the air….

March 7, 2010, 10:21 pm

my new favorite song that I’ve been listening to: over and over and over and over and over. more to come on charlotte again.


Hard to imagine, but I covered she and her half sister Lou Doillon almost a year ago. And, just in case you were wondering, Balenciaga Paris smells AMAZING.  Pretty sure I could swim in it.

But for now, check out this post on gainsbourg on one of my new favorite blogs: CAFFEINE PLUS NICOTINE EQUALS PROTEIN which includes cool pictures like this one - love the bag - love the DOG - and of course Jamie (below)!

Herman.

Jamie and Herman.

CHECK IT OUT!

March 7, 2010, 9:32 pm

CONFIRMED: Elizabeth Saltzman Walker has great style.

So, this is how FAR behind on life I am these days.  I received this lovely newsletter from GOOP on September 17th of last year featuring Fall 2009 fashion tips from Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, a friend of the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow and the Fashion Director of Vanity Fair.

The living room of Elizabeth Saltzman Walker from the very kind Martha, of NIBS.

*From article titled ‘Elizabeth the Great.’ Photographs by William Abranowicz for Elle Decor, October 2002

Even with her exemplary fashion credentials, I did need to confirm the statement on my own terms with a bit of research.  And, not only does she have fantastic taste in clothing, her home (previous or current) is equally appealing.  Please enjoy some of my personal favorites below!


great mix of patterns and the clutch is gorgeous…




ADORE her hair and tights! Beautiful!





And, finally, with GWYNETH.



*Photos from style.com

March 5, 2010, 2:20 am

officially a celebrity.

My belt and I were featured on SEA OF SHOES.  Instant celeb. Case closed. :)

Guess I better work on my very own fashion line* now…! ha… (*see twitter)

No, but it was pretty cool to have a pic on one of my absolute fave blogs! xoxo - fab event and as always, gorgeous pieces… be sure to see full post: http://seaofshoes.typepad.com/sea_of_shoes/2010/02/trunk-show-at-vod.html

March 4, 2010, 5:28 pm

The March of LOVE and BLOOMS.

Please check out my newest SCENE column on PinkMemo.com for March 2010:

“THE MARCH OF LOVE AND BLOOMS.”

“Dallas has certainly been cozying up to March and once again, hand in hand, is love and spring. Charles Dickens once wrote, “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
A most fitting description of the Dallas social scene that hasn’t quite made up its mind as it skips from winter into the fresh new season. From the glamorously dark Mardi Gras Masquerade at the House of Blues, to the bright and flowery Saint Valentines Day Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas events soaked up the remnants of evenings in velvets and furs while catching a scent of the colorful bouquets of fashion shows and spring events to come…”
March 2, 2010, 2:13 am

My favorite abode in the entire world.

VOILA la trés trés belle maison de Chantal Thomas

*[love the music on her lingerie website as well I might add…]

I’m in love. I have been waiting MONTHS to post this home from a french ELLE DECOR I picked up in the fall.  It’s absolutely STUNNING and since my scanner was delightfully delivered this past weekend, I am finally able to share it.  The colors, crown molding, light fixtures, quirky details, mélange of fabrics, everything is just fantastic. I hope you ENJOY it as much as I continue to….


The screenprinted CoCo pillows, what a lovely touch.

Pink, gray, fuschia..  love.