Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Read: "Heroes of the Environment 2008" by Peter Gumbel

This TIME story is about how 2 businessmen popularized biking as public transportation in Paris recently. Their model is interesting because the program is not funded by taxpayers.

Read it here.

Top 5: My Favorites from ICFF

Scoured Core77's image gallery from the fair, here are my top 5 picks (click images to enlarge):

5: Marcus Arvonen's SPRAKA Pepper mill for the IKEA PS Collection
4: NYC Metro Cuff from Design Hype
3: Lotte van Laatum's Boomkast/Tree Cabinet
2: Katya Marritz's Book Landscapes
1: C-mesh pendant lamps from Scott Strickstein

See all of Core77's coverage here. View the rest of my ICFF coverage here & here.

Style Inspiration: The Stylish Tourist!

Relaxed but not sloppy. And I love the subtle nautical reference. Plus I love a dress for travel because 1) it's easy to pack, 2) 1 garment replaces several, 3) it can be dressed up depending on shoes, 4) it dries easily, ETC, ETC...

Chloé dress/Marni sandals/Marni belt from Net-a-Porter, Barneys New York Organic Shopper/Jill Platner earrings from Barneys

Style Quote of the Day

-Twice Shy founders, on their philosophy & why they created the organic fashion line, from the Web site

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Temperley for the bride

Welcome back to another Weekends are for Weddings!

My jaw dropped recently when I saw these gorgeous Temperley London gowns:
Not sure why, though, considering the beautiful dresses on Temperley's spring 09 ready-to-wear runway:

Oh, & Temperley London's new Web site will launch soon (June 09). Awesome!

top images from New York Weddings Magazine
bottom images from, photographed by Marcio Madeira

Emerging table trend I love...

Loving tiny fabric/ribbon flowers as linen accents. So sweet & thoughtful. Hope to see more of this!

L photograph by Aaron Delesie from Project Wedding, R photograph from Martha Stewart Weddings

Laid-Back & Lovely [Brunch]

A casual wedding incorporating white, berry shades & greens. Would work perfectly for a Sunday church wedding followed by a brunch reception (a crepe cake like this 1 & lots of beautiful pastries would be nice). This is also a great way to stretch your budget. Bridesmaids could wear lovely dresses (like this 1) from Victoria's Secret.

Column 1, T to B: bride photographed by Thayer Allyson Gowdy from Brides, crepe cake by Lady M from Martha Stewart Weddings
Column 2, T to B: ginger & molasses cupcakes from Martha Stewart, bouquet by Claire Bean photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo from Brides, groom photograph from Martha Stewart Weddings
Column 3, T to B: Bing Cherry Mojitos from Martha Stewart, church entrance photographed by Amy Neunsinger from Brides
Column 4, T to B: guitarist photographed by Union Photography from Project Wedding, dress from Victoria's Secret, bouquet photographed by Jordan Kallias from InStyle Weddings
Column 5, T to B: calligraphy by Love, Jenna, reception photograph from Martha Stewart Weddings, basket of parasols photographed by Cameron Ingalls from InStyle Weddings

Desert Luxe

Lush & unexpected. Don't be narrow-minded when considering your venue/location/region/ & don't let it dictate your style. Instead of desert colors & rustic details, I decided to take this board in the direction of luxe. I can't think of anything more bewitching than erecting a romantic tent in the middle of the desert for a formal dinner with your closest friends. Why not?

Column 1, T to B: bride photographed by David Mignon from Brides, tulip bouquets photographed by Marla Christina Aufmuth from Brides, tent by Raj Tents
Column 2, T to B: orchid boutonnieres from Martha Stewart Weddings, desert photograph by Adam C. Jeffery Photography, cake by Fleur de Lisa photographed by Union Photography from Project Wedding
Column 3, T to B: Frédéric Lagrange photograph from Santa Barbara Wedding Chic, bride & groom photograph by Next Exit Photography from Snippet & Ink
Column 4, T to B: flowers arranged by Ariella Chezar, reception photograph from Martha Stewart Weddings, kiss photographed by Christopher Baker from Brides

Style Quote of the Day

-Wedding advice from VOGUE's Devon Schuster (from Read more of Schuster's advice/about her wedding planning here (she'll marry in Switzerland this winter).

Friday, May 29, 2009

Have a lovely Friday!

Hope your Friday shapes up to be as beautiful as these amazing photographs by Au fil de...this photographer's work is stunning & features lots of simple subjects but the details captured are always breathtaking. Check out more photographs by this artist at Au fil de...'s Etsy shop.

Don't forget to check back in this weekend for another Sunday Read & Weekends for Weddings Posts (featuring Temperley, a table trend I'm in love with + 2 new inspiration boards). Happy Friday! xoxo

Spring/Summer Classic: The White Suit

Put together some of my favorite interpretations from the spring 09 ready-to-wear collections:
So many options. This look is just eternally chic. Prefer a colorful suit for spring/summer? Flashback to this post.

uptown looks, L to R: Douglas Hannant, Derek Lam
downtown looks, L to R: Balmain, Jenni Kayne
cropped looks, L to R: Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera

all photos by Marcio Madeira, from

Chairs & sofas on your chairs & sofas

As a design lover there are 2 things I can't get enough of: fabric & furniture. How perfect, then, are these original Scarlet Fig fabrics? I love the idea of upholstering a fabulous sofa or chair in a print like this...too witty. Buy these fabrics & other goodies from Scarlet Fig's Etsy shop.

Love chairs? You might also want to check these out.

Style Inspiration: Sultry Summer Date!

While this color combo doesn't scream sultry, metallic gold & fun accessories heat this dress (& look) up!

DKNY dress/Christian Louboutin sandals/Juicy Couture bracelet from Net-a-Porter, Hobo Internation clutch from Piperlime, earrings from Forever 21

Style Quote of the Day

-Erin Wasson from the recent [incredibly] insightful Harper's Bazaar story "How to Look Fashionable - Secrets of Effortless Fashion"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mary Ann Wakeley

My latest Etsy obsession is artwork by Mary Ann Wakeley. I am totally in love with her paintings! These 2 works, in particular, manage to be both bold & serene, which I love. Check out the Etsy shop for more of this incredible artist's work.

top painting is "road runner"
bottom painting is "untitled abstract 2009"

Eyelet by Isaac

If you follow this blog you already know I'm an Isaac Mizrahi fan (hello!). His passion for style is just so infectious! So, when I saw these lovely eyelet pieces from his Liz Claiborne line I had to share! Love eyelet for this time of year & although I usually prefer it in black or white, how cheerful is it in pink? Love.

Check out Isaac's beautiful site here.
Belted Eyelet Dress with Ruffled Hem & Eyelet Trapeze Top from

The Selby features Sally

Sally Singer (as in VOGUE's Sally Singer) & her NYC home are featured on The Selby this month.

Justify FullLove Sally's work & love (love, LOVE) The Selby so I'm pretty excited about this! Highlights include cool books, photography, & a pretty mean shoe collection (natch)! Pay close attention to the lighting (lamps, fixtures, etc) - my favorite part of her home. Check out Sally's home here.

Image (Sally's Q & A) from The Selby

Style Inspiration: Flamboyant Night Out!

Just screams fun. Love it!

Diane von Furstenberg shorts/D&G Dolce&Gabbana top from Net-a-Porter, Christian Louboutin heels/Philip Crangi bracelet & necklace/Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch from Barneys

Style Quote of the Day

-Kate Moss, from a recent Q & A, on her new Topshop collection

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

W Features Fall

W magazine unpacks fall fashion in its latest feature, "100% Fashion." My favorite looks from the feature? This monochromatic Ralph Lauren look (top image) & short structured dresses by Erdem & Oscar de la Renta (bottom image).

View the complete slideshow here. Photos by Craig McDean, styled by Alex White

Arrangement matters

This image has been on my desktop for weeks & I can't stop looking at it! While there are so many obvious things to love about this room (the lighting, the chairs, the art, the colors) I think I appreciate the furniture arrangement the most. It's unexpected. Plus, several months ago I moved my own bed from the center of the room close to a wall, which has made the room feel completely different, more cozy & open.

Anne Gridley and Gary Graves' master bedroom, photo by Gridley + Graves from Country Living

Attention Kmart shoppers!

Style snobs, stop reading now. This post might pain you. :)

Kmart's clothing line, Attention (yeah, funny, no?), is surprisingly right on trend: berry, brights & basics for spring. My mom & I have visited the Kmart near her new house about a million times getting things like hardware, etc & looks like these pull us in, like a magnet, each time. In person, the colors are so awesome. Who knew? Had to share.

find out more on the Kmart site

New in Tabletop

A couple of new tabletop items from Neiman Marcus:
I love these for a summer party! The fabulous part...if you are on a budget you could make napkins like these & scour thrift stores/flea markets for a set of colorful glasses. Would make for such a cheery summer table (inside or out).

Left: Kim Seybert Tie-Dyed Napkins
Right: "Renaissance" Drinkware

Go to the Neiman Marcus site for details

Style Inspiration: Worship Time!

Remember long ago when people actually dressed to go to their place of worship? Yeah, I miss that. I love a deeper gray with a deeper pink. Plus gold. Unexpected & fun.

Bamford dress/Christian Louboutin pumps from Net-a-Porter, ring from Forever 21, Prada bag from Barneys, Dogeared necklace from My-Wardrobe

Style Quote of the Day

-from the Good Housekeeping feature, Dress Better for Less

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Derek Lam Store

Was excited to see a slideshow by The New York Times on the new NYC Derek Lam store. Is the dressing room (bottom photo) amazing or what?

both photos by Suzanne DeChillo from The New York Times

Pottery Barn Lighting Sale

Haven't been to the Pottery Barn site in ages. Found cool lighting on sale there yesterday. Am impressed by the design AND the price of the Calvin Pendant ($69.99):

Am in love with the glass base of the Canton Floor Lamp (less in love, though, with its sale price - $499.99):

Swimwear classic: black & retro

Speaking of the one-piece, the retro look never gets old to me. I think it works best in its simplest form: black & a vintage cut. Amp up the look with big accessories (think Jackie sunglasses & straw hats).

column 1, t to b: retro bustier from Victoria's Secret, solid boy short one-piece from dELIA's
column 2, t to b: Lux Lamour one piece from Urban Outfitters, Jantzen ruched vamp one-piece from Macy's, Red Carter 2-in-1 swimsuit from Neiman Marcus

Style Inspiration: Chilly Night Out!

I honestly just wanted an excuse to feature this amazing Stella McCartney jacket. Love it.

Kain tank/Stella McCartney jacket/Stella McCartney clutch from Net-a-Porter, Betty Jackson shoes/Nudie jeans from My-Wardrobe, bangle from Forever 21

Style Quote of the Day

-Advertiser Graceann Bennett, from a story on the reemergence of nice from The New York Times

Monday, May 25, 2009

Don't forget to remember...

While relaxing, etc today, don't forget to remember the amazing men & women who sacrificed their lives so that we might be free. To the servicemen & servicewomen stationed around the world today, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all that you do. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

photo by Dolce Chic, via Etsy, buy their photography here

One-Piece Wonders

Sometimes, no matter how flat my tummy or how [faux] tanned my skin, I want a one-piece. These gorgeous Ashely Paige runway looks make me never want to slip into another bikini again!

designs by Ashley Paige, FW08, from the Web site

It's in the shade

Loving these shades from the Etsy shop, Nice:
Buy these shades, & other wonderful goodies, here.

Prettiest Engagement Photos Ever!

When I stumbled on these photographs by Steep Street Photography via The Bride's Cafe, I knew instantly that I had to share them (especially since I took the weekend off & there were no Weekends are for Weddings posts). How refreshingly beautiful are these images? Love.