Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ruby slippers from Etsy

Since this post (see bottom image specifically), I suddenly NEED a pair of red heels. When I saw these vintage ones on Etsy...well, my heart melted a little bit.

"Vintage Red Racer Heels" by Allen Company Inc., $29.00, from Etsy. Buy them here.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Highlights: Chanel

Continuing today's theme (highlights from the couture shows), there were a lot of looks to love at Chanel. The collection is mostly white (some pieces are accented with black) with a few black dresses. View complete Spring 2009 Couture Chanel collection here. Read about how paper influenced Karl Lagerfeld here.

Two of my favorites:

(photos by Alessandro Lucioni/ImaxTree from, designs by Chanel)

Highlights: Valentino

I'm obviously partial to the Elie Saab & Givenchy shows, but I did want to share some highlights from Valentino, etc. View complete Spring 2009 Couture Valentino collection here.

Two of my favorites:

(photos by Marcio Madeira from, designs by Valentino)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I heart Elie Saab

Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier & Valentino Spring 2009 Couture shows are now posted at As for the Elie Saab show...I'll have one of each. View complete Elie Saab collection here.

(photos by Marcio Madeira from, designs by Elie Saab)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Amazing gowns at Givenchy

Chanel, Anne Valérie Hash, Christian Lacroix & Givenchy shows are now posted on Loved Chanel (obviously). But I was absolutely taken by the gowns at Givenchy. Love them so much. View complete Givenchy collection here.

(all 3 photos by Alessandro Lucioni/ImaxTree via, designs by Givenchy)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Paris + couture = heaven

Ah, my favorite time of year in fashion...the Paris couture shows. Weee! So, this blog is gonna be couture central for a few days!

Shows posted today on Alexis Mabille, Armani Privé & Christian Dior. Dior is my favorite. The whimsy. The ruffles. The DRESSES. Love. View complete Christian Dior collection here.

Here are some of my favorites:

Oh & they got even more dramatic:

(photos by Alessandro Lucioni/ImaxTree from, designs by Christian Dior)

3 more pre-fall collections

Akris, Givenchy & Richard Chai pre-fall collections are now posted on Sorta loving the sharp, sleek Akris collection. View complete Akris collection here.

(photos by Todd Norwood, courtesy of Akris, via, both designs by Akris)

This is cool: Manhattan then & now

Thought this composite image from The New York Times article, "Henry Hudson’s View of New York: When Trees Tipped the Sky," was pretty cool...had to share. It depicts Manhattan today (right side) vs. Manhattan in 1609 (left side).

Read accompanying article here.

(image by Markley Boyer for The Mannahatta Project via The New York Times)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Farewell Coach Yow

I was raised to be a Wolfpack fan. There are a lot of universities around here and we take our ACC sports very seriously, especially basketball. I'm personally affiliated with two big name universities, but will always be loyal to the Pack. Was sad, therefore, to hear that Coach Kay Yow died Saturday after a long battle with breast cancer.

When I was younger, my dad would take me to State basketball games & my elementary school friend, Lauren Parker, & I were members of the Kay Club (I believe that's what it was called). Back in the 80's this involved going to women's basketball games at State & getting a lot of free stuff (stickers, etc). Fun memories.

Made me feel good to see all of the wonderful media coverage, nationwide, of Yow this weekend. She will be missed by so many, but more importantly, she was loved by so many.

Read article, "Coach Yow Passes Peacefully Saturday Morning" on the State site here.

(photo by Karl DeBlaker from the North Carolina State University site)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, Carole!

Want to send a birthday greeting to a dear friend, Carole. Happy 26th! Oh, & I made some sweet ice cream cone cupcakes inspired by this Martha image for Carole's party. They were SOO much easier than I expected. If you want to try these, don't make them in advance! The cones will go from crisp & warm to soggy. So serve immediately. And add sprinkles to make them extra festive!

View Martha's recipe here.

(photo from

Pink rooms, variations

Lately I'm all about a pink room. I know some are quick to dismiss pink rooms (some think they should be left to the under 12 set & I have a few friends who claim to HATE pink), but I'm convinced pink is one of the most versatile colors to use in the home. Here are some of my favorite examples...

serene & relaxing pink:

bold & fashionable pink:

strong & welcoming pink:

(& a personal favorite) welcome-to-my-fabulous-home pink:

Top "serene & relaxing" photo of Martha Stewart's Maine guesthouse bedroom from

"Bold & fashionable" photo from

"Strong & welcoming" photo by Paul Costello from

"Welcome-to-my-fabulous-home" photo of designer Nisi Berryman's pink front door from

Oh, & I can speak firsthand about pink rooms. My condo's hallway is bright fuchsia. The paint effect is ombre-like (it fades in color from ceiling to floor). Love a pink room.

By the way, a little style note-the walls in 2nd image & front door happen to be Benjamin Moore’s Peony.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A classic, I love this book...

Checked this book out at the library a few weeks ago. Love it. Absolutely classic & gorgeous! Perfect addition to any library or coffee table (again, it's gorgeous). Perfect gift, too, to bring along to a housewarming party, wedding, your design junkie friend's birthday party, etc. Check it out!

image from

Winter Nights

Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Christian Lacroix & Chloé pre-fall shows are now posted on Sorting through these collections, I noticed so many wonderful options from these designers for evening. Bundling up for freezing temperatures is not always sexy or chic, but I found a few inspiring looks/styles for winter nights.

For the uptown night:
For the downtown night:
For the romantic night:
For the perfect night:
Top "uptown" design by Chloé. Photo by Valentin Roman, courtesy of Chloé, via
View complete collection here.

"Downtown" design by Christian Lacroix. Photo by Grégoire Alexandre, courtesy of Christian Lacroix, via
View complete collection here.

"Romantic" design by Alberta Ferretti. Photo courtesy of Alberta Ferretti, via
View complete collection here.

"Perfect" design by Moschino. Photo courtesy of Moschino, via
View complete collection here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My favorite pic from the inauguration parties

Of all the inauguration festivity photos (including our new First Lady in her amazing gown), this is my absolute favorite. It was taken at the Commander-in-Chief ball (the military gala).

(photo by Todd Heisler for The New York Times)

I'm behind!

So, I must confess I've had a busy week. Between gathering info on my local government (I've been assigned to report on the Town of Chapel Hill for the next few months) & working on putting together a themed exhibit for a big art project, I haven't been on top of the blog. BUT, I did want to wish everyone a belated Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! If you haven't read this book (or parts of it-it's very long), you should!

Oh, & I dug up an old photo of a community service project I worked on last year with my family on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It was a mural designed by my mom & students at a local high school. We all painted it together. Was a fun, memorable experience!

(book image from

Heaven is a place on earth (Part II)

In a post before Christmas I referred to an amazing tree farm in the mountains as heaven on earth. Well, Monday I found another heavenly destination: Mary Jo's Cloth Store. Ah, 32,000 square feet of fabric & notions. Love. Mary Jo even has her own blog. Love, also.

Oh, & one day, I want a crafts room like Martha's for storage of all my fabulous fabric/DIY supplies. Yeah, heavenly.

View Mary Jo's site & place online orders here.

(photo from

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Lady Fashion

So, I've been wondering what our new First Lady would be wearing to today's inauguration for MONTHS now (exhibit A & B). Turns out she DID choose Isabel Toledo. Sweet. And the way she accessorized it all with gloves & Abraham Lincoln's bible...perfection.

Learn more about First Lady Michelle Obama here.

(photo by Doug Mills from The New York Times)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Giambattista Valli & Louis Vuitton pre-fall

Giambattista Valli & Louis Vuitton pre-fall collections are now up on Ah, Giambattista Valli, love. I think I NEED this black blouse. I mean over jeans-to die for. I'd even sleep in it. Well, Giambattista Valli does have a history of taking my breath away!

View complete Giambattista Valli collection here.

View complete Louis Vuitton collection here.

(top photo at Giambattista Valli by Stefano Massè/SGP from, bottom photo by Dan Jackson courtesy of Louis Vuitton from

My Spring/Summer 2009 Race Calendar

This is how I hope to spend a few of my Saturday mornings this Spring/Summer...

March 28:
Bank of America Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon & 5k (downtown Raleigh) register here

April 25: Tar Heel Ten Miler & Franklin 5000 (downtown Chapel Hill) register here

May 16: Hope for the Warriors-Run for the Warriors (Camp Lejeune) get more info here

June 13: Komen Race for the Cure (Meredith College) get more info here

Interested in running in a few races this Spring? Now's the perfect time to begin training. Oh, & don't forget to read this book before you start! :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Andrew Wyeth

According to yesterday's obituary in The New York Times, Wyeth's favorite saying was,“What you have to do is break all the rules.” I like that.

(photo by Sara Krulwich for The New York Times)

Floral dresses, light as air

Continuing today's baby shower theme, these floral dresses from Neiman Marcus are so feminine/airy...perfect for a baby shower. Love.

Elie Tahari Adeline Dress:

Alice + Olivia Belted Floral-Printed Dress:

The chic nursery, toddler's room

Inspired by a shopping trip for Jodi's baby shower, I thought I'd post some nursery/toddler's room images. For the chic baby/toddler...

Chicest crib ever:

For the little boy:

Toddler girls:

top image: Sandra Baby Crib by Miguel

2nd image: Kelly Wearstler's son's room, designed by Kelly Wearstler, image from Apartment Therapy

3rd image: red nautical room from domino photographed by Douglas Friedman

bottom image: chic red & white girl's room from HousetoHome

Friday, January 16, 2009

Loving Lanvin

This week more pre-fall collections are being presented. Lanvin & Proenza Schouler collections are posted on It's not my intention to bore anyone with MORE pre-fall fashion, but I took one glance at this Lanvin look & thought it would be criminal not to share it.

View complete Lanvin collection here.

View complete Proenza Schouler here.

Other pre-fall coverage: inspiring styling, my favorite pre-fall trend & my favorite pre-fall collection.

(photo courtesy of Lanvin via

Right to Hike updates

So I promised I'd post updates from Right to Hike as I got them. This week, I got an email from the organization. Here's the latest:
  • Ella's Run received the 2008 Gwinnett County Event of the Year award
  • this Saturday (Jan. 17) in Atlanta: microchipping event at PAWS Atlanta (10 am - 4 pm)
You can give directly to Right to Hike, Inc. by visiting their site here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

DIY food labels (DRAFT ONE)

Thought it would be nice if we made food labels that coordinated with whatever stationary we chose/designed. Thought it might be a nice touch to include each person's nickname (we are a big nickname family) + the name of the food.

DIY party invitations (DRAFT ONE)

We're planning a small 50th wedding anniversary shindig for my grandparents. Thinking about DIY invites. Was toying around & came up with this draft. Casual dessert/light hors d'oeuvres reception is what we were thinking. Wanted something casual & stylish in an invite to reflect this.

My thought process: wanted something stylish, yet simple. Wanted to keep it casual, don't care about what formal invites look like or what's included in them. Wanted a wedding reference but NO gold & white like that found in store bought invitations (used traditional vow language instead to reference the 'wedding' theme). Oh, & Long Valley is their home. Anyway, I'm just in the beginning phases of thinking about this...thought I'd share.

Cozy, with a view

So, reading this book has made me hyper-attentive to all things design/architecture related. While driving to school today I found myself comparing the old, magical homes on Franklin. Homes with porches vs. those without. What does the front door say about the house & what's inside? How could the entry be more inviting, etc?

Well, I've had this image from Point Click Home for a good bit now. Always loved it. Gallagher argues in her book that our spaces need to have some sort of refuge, a place tucked away, where we can enjoy our surroundings but feel cozy & safe. The breakfast area in this Adler-designed kitchen reminds me of Gallagher's point. She is right. It works. (Creating cozy nooks can be done with furniture arrangement, natch, if you don't have a place like this built in already.)

(photograph from Jonathan Adler's book, My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living, via

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Warm, bold & happy

Love Easy Living Magazine...was thrilled to see the site has a couple new editorials up. This image is from the "Make a Splash" feature. Love the colors. How could one possibly experience the winter doldrums wearing something like this? Impossible.

View complete slideshow here.

(photograph by Olivia Graham from Easy Living Magazine)

good home = good life

I'm finishing up Winifred Gallagher's House Thinking & I can't recommend this book enough. First, if you care at all about design/architecture, this book should be in your personal library. It explores environmental psychology & how our homes & spaces affect our lives. Matters not if you live in a studio or McMansion, you must read this book. Oh, & if you love history like I do, you may appreciate Gallagher's research on historic homes. This book is absolutely fascinating.

(image from