May 28, 2010, 10:54 am

Friday Night Romper & Beach Chic.

Because I’ve had MORE time than usual to think about it, I’ve been thinking about what in the world I’m going to wear tonight to hear my favorite Motown band play live by the ocean this evening.  Thanks to J.Crew, 75% of my outfit was delivered yesterday!  Because I am vacationing in the fabulous Seaside, Florida, I knew the ring below would be positively perfect.  I’m wearing it right now as I type - and I’m in love!

I’m pairing it with this ADORABLE black silk romper, that I was a little worried about, but it’s flowy, flattering, and incredibly chic! 

I’m going to try to wear my hair in a top knot and I’m wearing my favorite nude silk platform heels I purchased last year at BCBG.  Paired with my fabulous new natural berry stained “Naughty Berry” RED lipstick from Terry at Barneys New York- I’m hoping the outfit is complete! 

I didn’t ever think I could or would wear a ROMPER!  EVER! 


Have a wonderful weekend!

May 28, 2010, 10:28 am
“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.”

John Mason

from the NeoTraditionalist

May 27, 2010, 10:30 pm

For the love of shoes....

Bouquet Platform- Christian Louboutin

Rose Platform Sandal - Valentino


Sublime Sandal- Yves Saint Laurent

May 25, 2010, 1:04 am

Jamie Hayon and one gorgeous restaurant

I have been continuing to explore the May 2010 issue of Canadian House and Home and fell in LOVE with the chair below.  There are both indoor and outdoor versions. 

The chair is by the young Spanish artist and designer, Jamie Hayon.  The chairs are part of the Showtime Collection he’s designed for B + D Home.

Jamie has worked on the amazing La Terraza del Casino restaurant in his hometown of Madrid.  The images are breathtaking!  He has such a fresh take on contemporary design.  It’s certainly like a pair of oxfords with a twist! 


The classicism and baroque styles are apparent, but painted over in glossy vinyl with additional quirky and interesting attributes for a bit of pizazz.




La Terraza del Casino restaurant in Madrid





Anyways, I think his style is just gorgeous!  I will certainly be keeping my eyes on Jamie Hayon!


Other AMAZING things:

Miami Art Basel


London Design Festival 2009

The designer.

May 21, 2010, 8:15 am

subscribe to NONSENSE!

HELLO!

After advising a phenomenally inspirational friend last night to add a subscription aspect to her website, I thought I should probably promote mine a little more as well.  Not that I update nearly as regularly, but, when I do- it will email you to let you know instead of having to check all of the time (because of my irregularity with blogging)!  So, to direct your attention to the email feed, please see the email entry box on the right side of the page.  I promise I won’t SPAM you.  I don’t post nearly enough to come close!

RITA HAYWORTH bicycling- image from Riding Pretty.

In the meantime, I stumbled across this adorable blog last night called Riding Pretty.  It’s all about bicycles!  How chic, spring, and fun!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

May 20, 2010, 12:32 am

Serendipity.

I forgot how much I love this movie.  Fate.  Wouldn’t it be loverly to think so?

ser·en·dip·i·ty

  –noun
1.an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2.good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

May 19, 2010, 1:26 am

my new favorite magazine.

Well, VOGUE aside (because you simply can’t compare VOGUE with another magazine), I have a new favorite publication.  It is called: THE GENTLEWOMAN.  Go ahead, laugh at its name, but wait to be in awe of its pale pink cover and exclusively raw (and real) interviews.  I love its style.  It’s fresh, honest, direct, and quirky.  And, let me tell you, I receive A LOT of magazines.  So many so, that this past weekend I had to actually buy something comparable to a massive antique china cabinet to store all of my back issues of Vogue (three years worth and that’s not including the issues I have at my parents house from high school and college), Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, ELLE Decor, Domino, Town and Country, countless European editions of American titles, and miscellaneous decor publications.

I feel so lucky to have snagged a first edition copy from the Borders Uptown Dallas location.  It’s simply fantastic and when reading it, I’m completely engrossed which I would say is atypical of magazines that you could: get a pedicure and read, talk on the phone and read, drive and read… (oops).

“The Gentlewoman is a biannual style magazine for a new decade. Featuring inspirational, international women, it pairs ambitious journalism with a sartorial and intelligent perspective on fashion that is focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress.” – Gentlewoman Magazine

For me, the Gentlewoman has the addictive qualities comparable to a great novel. And if nothing else, it is extremely entertaining. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Modern Manners

Julie Verhoeven is a virtuoso illustrator who appreciates good behaviour and happily talks with Bethan Cole about how to be a nice person.

      Bethan: When you were growing up, what was the worst word you ever said?

Julie: Bloody.

      Bloody?

That was really pushing it. I only ever learnt to swear recently. It doesn’t come naturally to me.

   [ … ]

       What circumstances normally really irk you?

Dropping litter is the height of arrogance, I think.  I do let people know if I think they have perhaps “dropped something”.  And I do tend to judge people by the absence or arrival of a thank-you card.  I know they are perhaps considered rather quaint and outmoded, but I really do stand by the sending of a handwritten, rather than an emailed, thanks for a meal or gift.  We are so spoilt in this industry that we should acknowledge gratitude when fitting.  I know it’s pretty severe and I don’t like myself for doing it, but my views of people definitely become tainted by the lack of thanks on paper.

      Would you point out if someone failed to say please or thank you?

Yes, definitely.

      Where do you think your sense of decency came from?

My mum was a real stickler for it.  I had one friend in particular who she’d tell off every time she sniffed.  That was really mortifying but I never rebelled against manners.


Excerpt END.

There is truly so much more I’d love to share, but you have the idea.  The interviews present facts and answers to questions that actually make a person interesting, different, and real.  The Gentlewoman’s interviews paint portraits that bring the characters to life.  I mean, do you really care what lipstick color an individual is wearing?  It probably won’t look the same on you anyways, so why not pick out one that makes you look as fantastic as the individual- only it’s yours.

Seriously.  Many magazines now choose the same style and voice to interview people.  For artists, celebrities, or designers it’s “where they draw their inspiration,” “how they became an actress,” or “describing the woman they design for” - SO BORING.  Instead of those general lofty questions, why doesn’t one ask what their favorite place in the world is to which they’ve traveled?  What music they enjoy that gets them through the day?  Their favorite candle scent?  The one place they feel most at peace?  Do they use postcards or paper stationary?

One of my favorite questions in the “Modern Housekeeping” interview with model Daisy Lowe in The Gentlewoman was “What do you wear when doing your chores?” to which she replied: “I like wearing my apron.”

Of course, this led me to ponder what I wear when I do my chores!

Oh, and what is Daisy’s FAVORITE APRON?  “I love the Chanel apron, and I also have a candy-pink one that is all frilly and beautiful.”

Wouldn’t questions like these tell so much more about a person than those redundant ones that don’t really tell us anything about an individual other than something we probably could have guessed?

Ok! Publications!  Be more like The Gentlewoman, or don’t, and I just won’t buy you (unless you are VOGUE).


p.s. The interview with Philo alone is enough reason to purchase the publication.  I had two of her Céline Spring 2010 Collection handbags (above) ACCIDENTALLY on hold at Barneys New York two weeks ago.  Seriously, if I did have the opportunity to purchase one, I have NO IDEA which I would have chosen.  And, lets just say the one on the left sported a double hold tag: one for me and one for Conan O’Brien’s wife if that further proves that it was indeed an accident ;)

May 16, 2010, 9:35 pm

Anna Spiro's Bungalow

After loving the closet spread in House and Home, I purchased the May issue over the weekend after eyeing it at Borders.  I immediately fell in love with this spread of Australian Interior Designer, Anna Spiro.  I was delighted to find she is the blogger behind Absolutely Beautiful Things, which I visit frequently.  Browsing through her blog this evening, I found that she of course mentioned the feature, but I wanted to present some larger images as hers simply don’t do its loveliness justice.

I think this is my absolute favorite picture.  I adore the mix of chairs and artwork.  I even love the peek of the black and white striped awning through the window!  This is tastefully eclectic.

I thought this chandelier was just gorgeous!  And, I love the covered pink chairs :) so feminine and chic!

Yes, everything looks pretty and pristine, but I laughed when I spotted one of Anna’s recent blog posts. She of course wanted to show that her house is quite livable, normal, and— dog friendly!  I can see why the pups appreciate her fantastic taste!  What a gorgeous home!


May 13, 2010, 11:14 pm

They call it spring fever?

Please excuse my lack of posts the past few days. I am in the midst of moving and do not currently have an internet connection in my new residence. Me? Without internet? Shocking I know. Anyways, I wanted to share this song with you because ever since I heard it live last week, I haven’t seemed to get it completely out of my mind! I love the live saxophone!

I actually burned a CD this week, so that I could keep listening to it in my car and seem to be replaying it over and over. Anyways, it’s the popular “Girl From Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto. Astrud Gilberto was a celebrated 1960’s Brazilian songstress and I actually enjoy everything by her daughter, Bebel Gilberto as well. Anyways, I really am enamored by this song and I think it will be perfect for the summer cocktail parties I am dreaming up for my patio - Audrey Hepburn gone samba?

(*Bebel’s albums make for great background music to accompany yoga workouts by the way)

May 10, 2010, 11:37 pm

'Scuse Moi - More is More!

Clutter is BEAUTIFUL!

It’s not only the fact that she used to work for Domino magazine that I follow Rita Konig’s posts on The Moment blog religiously.  It’s because she gets it and I agree with EVERYTHING she says, does, and features.  The very first line of her most recent post states: “I find abundance very reassuring.” Yes and yes!  Look how fabulous this clutter looks:


I’ve been meaning to read this book, for quite some time.  I completely judged it by its cover and most excellent title: “A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder.”  I feel as if it perfectly suits me and my personality. The book asks:

“But are messiness and disorganization really such terrible things? If so, why do people who keep their desks very neat spend an average of 36 percent more time looking for things at work than people who keep a fairly messy desk?” ha!

For instance, while most people think of moving homes as a chance to reflect upon their belongings and get rid of junk, I’m one to think, yes, I have more walls for bookshelves = I can buy more books!  I have extra closet space = I don’t need to get rid of ANYTHING at all!  I find comfort being surrounded by my things, be it postcards, movies, old notes and cards from friends, and of course, my clothes that I just know will be vintage hits years down the road :)  To me, a certain amount of somewhat organized clutter, feels like home.  A room that is far too planned and meticulous feels cold and sterile. 


b.o.r.i.n.g. 

I do realize this living room from Elle Decor is modern, so it is not completely fair to compare the two styles, but truthfully, would you rather come home to the room above (mundane, stark, predictable) or the ultra comforting Parisian living room below of Hamish Bowles as featured on Habitually Chic?


The pink is FAB- every piece in his apartment has a story.

So you see, I think things are WONDERFUL.  Pillows, vases, colors, fabrics, photographs, frames, artwork, surround yourself in beautiful and lovely things- whatever makes you feel happy, lively, and loved.  And, this is exactly what I will be celebrating as I continue to brainstorm and develop the aesthetic and style core of my townhome.  After all, clutter in a negative sense is overrated.  Be a perfect mess! 




May 7, 2010, 9:15 am

It's a HAPPY FRIDAY ... in these shoes.

I thought I’d post these gorgeous knotted-toe ballerina flats from the Prada spring collection available at Bergdorf Gooodman.  I think they are so beautiful and fun for summer!  Of course, they are in a peony foulard twill print!

love. love. love.  HAPPY WEEKEND!

May 5, 2010, 1:20 am

Art Brussels

Are you as amazed as I am?  Trying not to think of the oil spill, I have been gluing myself to VOGUE.  French VOGUE, American VOGUE, Italian VOGUE, VOGUE Living Australia, etc.  A new VOGUE is my version of Audrey Hepburn’s Tiffany’s since nothing bad can ever happen to you amidst the hundreds of glossy pages.  No, only good things of course! These fantastical things include the trip to a modern day OZ above.  These are pieces from the recent art fair in Brussels, Belgium, properly named: Art Brussels.  What amazing things & people!  This year’s Art Brussels was held from April 23-26th. I would have loved to have gone!  Maybe next year?  I do love Belgium (or at least, very much idealize it). 

love this shot..

Art Brussels attracts over 30,000 art lovers each year and one in five people visit the show from outside of Belgium. 


172 galleries participate in the show and 80% of the exhibitors come from outside of the country as well.  The main emphasis of the exhibition is on contemporary art from young and/or up and coming artists.

this would have most definitely been me:  fascinated by the double-sided tree.

The fair was held at the Brussels Expo Halls replete with beautiful outdoor sculpture gardens.

all images and video are from art brussels

this one should be titled Gulf Oil Spill

Anyways, cute video and some amazing things!  It definitely makes me want to plan a trip to Belgium next April! So fun!

Art Brussels 2010 video from Art Brussels on Vimeo.

 

May 4, 2010, 9:15 am

Love to the Gulf.

A roommate used to always comment on the fact that she’d never seen me cry.  And no, I do not cry that often.  I think it’s a matter of when it’s warranted. For me, something has to hit just the right chord and feel almost unsurpassable.  So, no, I never cried over The Notebook, or a past relationship, or anything that wasn’t real and couldn’t be fixed or handled with strength and a high head…

Hanna Bernhard - from Sea of Shoes

Though my favorite poem is “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop (I live by it), there is one thing we can’t risk losing, a healthy planet with sustainability.  Yes, I can tell you, that something does affect me through and through are things like THIS, the man made oil spill that is already wrecking havoc on our beautiful and innocent sea creatures and set to inflict an unimaginable amount of damage (most probably irreparable) onto the already fragile ecosystem. 

one ugly map.

National Geographic.

This isn’t a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, this is US - simply destroying our planet.

Loggerhead Knob - Anthropologie

I could go on forever, but I won’t, because I’ve only had time to research so much on the issue.  I’m not going to begin to pretend I’m an expert, but I do believe that no matter how many details exist of which I’m unaware, the incident is wrong on so many more levels.  We most certainly need to change our ways so that this doesn’t happen again.  It’s easy to feel hopeless as an individual (especially when you are landlocked and working a full-time job). 

Arribada Current Dress

So, I’m going to try to implement little changes myself to feel as if I am lessening the growing problem- no matter how insurmountable it looks.  For instance, next week, after the move, I am going to walk to and from work (switching shoes like professional women often do on the New York Subways)!  Yes, you can think this is crazy, but truly, I don’t even think twice about getting in my car and if one assumes the average person is exactly the same way, then Houston we have a problem.

Whale Wallpaper

Hanna Bernhard on Sea of Shoes

So, everyone please keep the beautiful beaches in your thoughts and/or prayers, and of course, all of the exquisite living things of the sea.

 

Is this a future staple of our daily forecast?

Think of the fish and the Gulf today and any tiny little thing you can or may do to lessen the overall problem.  Visit the beaches of South Walton message boards for volunteer information. Even if it’s just because you enjoy sushi.