Monday, June 29, 2009

Here's the thing...

I've fallen off the wagon, obviously. Truth is this is an extremely busy/transitional time for me & between preparing to move/finishing school/working on this & applying for this, something had to give. Please be patient while I navigate this very busy time. I plan on returning to blogland eventually...all the best!

photograph from abby tries again photography, view/purchase this photographer's amazing work (on Etsy) hereJustify Full

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

[Another] look inside Aerin Lauder's homes

ELLE DECOR has a new slideshow up of Aerin Lauder's digs...Lauder in her East Hampton country home:
Her Manhattan dining room:
So it seems like every couple of years Lauder's country home finds its way into the pages of ELLE DECOR, VOGUE, etc. And every year it looks completely different. But, I always love it - so as long as Lauder keeps redecorating & the magazines keep featuring it, I'll keep eating it up! View the complete slideshow here.

photographs by Simon Upton

dejarnette new orleans

Lately I'm loving necklaces from dejarnette new orleans. Owner Katherine Dejarnette Babin writes on the Web site: "I am now living out my dream…creating one-of-a-kind pieces that I myself would love to wear."

There are so many styles to choose from & each necklace is stunning & interesting. You must check these out!

images from

A Sporty Summer breaks down some popular summer sports in the recent feature/slideshow, "The Games People Play"

Love it. Not exactly sporty or fit? I'm thinking summer is a great time to get outside & get moving! Find something physical you love to do this summer & keep it up throughout the year!

top photo by David Mushegain, bottom photo Courtesy of Vlada Roslyakova, both from

Style Inspiration: 1 Dress, 4 Seasons: Fall!

Continuing this week's posts on how 1 great dress can be worn season-to-season by simply changing out accessories, here is my look for fall. Wear the dress as a tunic then layer on other pieces. Almost any cocktail dress can go casual by adding booties, a jacket & leggings. Check back tomorrow to see this dress transformed for winter!

Antik Batik dress/Splendid leggings/Miu Miu jacket/Isharya cuff from Net-a-Porter, Christian Louboutin booties from Barneys

Style Quote of the Day

-Tasia Malakasis, owner of Belle Chèvre from this Country Living profile

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A fresher bun

Love these fresh takes on the bun from Real Simple:
If you know me, then you know I wear my hair in a bun about 90% of the time. While I would love to say I do so only because I'm that impossibly chic, truth is running as much as I do wreaks havoc on my hair, plus I tend to get ready pretty quickly, so the bun works for me. Was thrilled, then, to see an entire slideshow dedicated to simple hairstyles, like these buns.

top photo by Bill Phelps, bottom photo by David Eustace (both from

Now that's a party!

Considering how astoundingly beautiful floral designer Ariella Chezar's work is, it's no wonder her 30th birthday party looked just magical/perfect (image above). Draw inspiration for your next party/view more images from Chezar's party here.

image from

Style Inspiration: 1 Dress, 4 Seasons: Summer!

Thought I would dedicate this week's style inspiration posts to showing how 1 great dress can be worn season-to-season by simply changing out accessories. The dress: a fabulous Antik Batik silk mini. For summer I thought some pretty aqua accents would make it light & fresh. Check back tomorrow to see this dress transformed for fall!

Antik Batik dress/Monica Vinader earrings & cuff from Net-a-Porter, Celestina clutch/Christian Louboutin pumps from Barneys

Style Quote of the Day

-Actress Emma Watson from a TEEN VOGUE interview, via

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Read: "Good Practice for a Tough Fatherhood" by Douglas Brown

This Modern Love essay is appropriate for Father's Day. It is slightly heartbreaking but so very tender & sweet. Oh, & if you don't read Modern Love essays from The New York Times, you must start!

Read this essay here.

All Aflutter

Welcome back to another Weekends are for Weddings!
Butterflies = huge in weddings right now - so these darling, delicate seating cards from TimelessPaper's Etsy shop, totally caught my eye. I like the way it looks like butterflies just casually landed on all the glasses. I think these would be perfect for summer dinner parties, not just weddings!

Oh, prefer the DIY route? Check out some butterfly wedding projects here (on Martha's site).

Images from TimelessPaper

...and smell the roses

I can't think of a more beautiful setting for a pretty wedding than a rose garden. What's more? Most cities have them & they are usually controlled by city parks & recreation departments with very reasonable rental fees. I like the way brown & champagne anchor this look. As always, view all my inspiration boards here.

Column 1, T to B: bride photographed by Ashley Garmon Photographers from Once Wed, ceremony chairs photographed by Elizabeth Messina Photography from Project Wedding, photograph of man with rose from Kiss the Groom
Column 2, T to B: rose garden reception photographed by Amorology, tree decoration from Snippet & Ink, rose vignette photographed by Ashley Garmon Photographers from Once Wed, musicians photographed by Michelle M. Mitchell from Snippet & Ink
Column 3, T to B: envelope photographed by stacey ilyse photography from The Bride's Cafe, woman in tree photographed by Peter Frank Edwards from Charleston Magazine, bar photographed by Elizabeth Messina from InStyle Weddings
Column 4, T to B: umbrella photograph by Natalie Norton Photography via the Amorology blog, seating card display from Martha Stewart Weddings, flowers arranged by Ariella Chezar

Style Quote of the Day

-Celebrity Wedding Planner Lisa Gorjestani from this InStyle Weddings story

Friday, June 19, 2009

Have a charming Friday!

Speaking of charming...
...I was totally charmed when I found Sharon Montrose Photographs on Etsy. Actually, charmed is not the word. Blown away is more like it. I love photography, but this might be my favorite find yet. Her work is so simple/minimal but so very very very stunning! Buy her incredible photographs here.

photography by Sharon Montrose Photographs

Purple + Yellow (for your home)

Two of my favorite colors...don't they work beautifully together?

When I saw this gorgeous home on two ellie earlier this week, I knew I had to repost & find more images - because these rooms are just that perfect!

original images photographed by Donna Griffith from Canadian House and Home

Narciso Classics

So, Narciso Rodriguez didn't win this week. But, because I adore his work (he's my favorite designer, & that is big considering how much I love design), I decided to put together some of my favorite Narciso Rodriguez designs to celebrate his work (click to enlarge):

credits -
column 1, T to B: Rodriguez with pal Claire Danes at the CFDA awards earlier this week photographed by Billy Farrell/PatrickMcMullan from InStyle, Carolyn Bessette on her wedding day photographed by Denis Reggie from MSN, First Lade Michelle Obama on election night 2008

column 2, T to B: detail shot from the Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear show by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse from, Fall 2005 Ready-to-Wear show photograph by Marcio Madeira from, detail shot from the Fall 2005 Ready-to-Wear show by Don Ashby from

Savannah's The Paris Market & Brocante

After stumbling on these images of Savannah's The Paris Market & Brocante (via Curious Expeditions) I decided I need to get to Savannah, Georgia, like, immediately. Um, this is the kind of place I would have to tour alone. Because I would stay there for hours. Until then, thanks to blogland, I can drool over these images.

images from Curious Expeditions, an amazing [online] destination in its own right

Ties [that don't suck] for dad

In honor of Father's Day I thought I would post these great tie finds from Cyberoptix Tie Lab:

Made in downtown Detroit, Cyberoptix Tie Lab offers customers "ties that don't suck" (via their Etsy shop). There are TONS of options...they've thought of everything (& every dad).

Shop Cyberoptix Tie Lab here.

(all images from the Cyberoptix Tie Lab Etsy shop)

Style Inspiration: Working Girl (Post #4)!

I wanted to wrap up this week's what to wear to work feature with something casual for Friday. Love red, white & blue + a tunic that could be used as coverup on the beach.

Etro top from Net-a-Porter, Paul Smith Black trousers from My Wardrobe, flats from Forever 21, Aurora Lopez cuff/Lanvin bag from Barneys

Style Quote of the Day

-President Obama, from a new Parade story, via this post

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Selby Paris 2nd Edition

available now:
buy it on The Selby now for $37 (free US shipping)!

image from The Selby

Sequins + Denim

Loving these new Antik Batik sequin/beaded tops:

I'm even more in love with the sequin-denim combo, though. Buy these items from Net-a-Porter.

images from

Prop shop is latest recession victim

Hollywood's 20th Century Props is closing. The New York Times story about the closing is so terribly sad. Here are some cool images from their coverage, though:

Read the full story, "Dress the Set With Tears: It’s a Wrap," here. View the accompanying slideshow here.

photos by Marissa Roth for the New York Times

Harper's Mr. Mom Spread

Speaking of working girls, I love Harper's recent Mr.Mom-ish feature:

Pencil skirts = to die for. If only I had the height for them! View the complete slideshow, "Mr. Big Gets Downsized" (which includes Chris Noth) here. Sort of a refreshing tongue-in-cheek commentary on the recession, non?

photos by Alexi Lubomirski from

Style Inspiration: Working Girl (Post #3)!

Continuing this week's what to wear to work theme, here's my version of the power suit. If this outfit could speak I think it would have a simple message: "Bring it!"

Oscar de la Renta dress/Christian Louboutin pumps from Net-a-Porter, Belmacz earrings/Marc Jacobs tote from Barneys, Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet from My Wardrobe

Style Quote of the Day

-Tracey Ullman at the CFDA awards, from The New York Times story, "Hard to Name Real Winners at Fashion Awards"

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Be right back...

Short on time + loads of work to do today, but I promise to surface tomorrow with some great posts.

In the meantime, I'm loving Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse's detail shots from the Zac Posen Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection. View more detail shots from this show here.

photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse from

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bonnaroo Dresses

Ah, it's that time of year again: music fest time! A myriad of crimes against fashion are always committed...& I love it. I found these photographs from's Bonnaroo coverage refreshing, though.

Love a dress for this time of year & I love seeing how other women choose to accessorize them! View the complete slideshow (including some delightfully hilarious outfits) here.

all photographs by Amy Dickerson from

DIY Tutorial: Log Table

Design Dish has an awesome tutorial up on how to go from this:

to this:

PointClickHome Executive Editor Anne Collins was inspired to make her own table after falling in love with a similar $10,000 one. See how she did it, here.

photographs from

Bright + Ruffled @ Arden B.

Can't think of a more cheerful combo for spring/summer.

Arden B. has this trend covered with tons of bright/ruffled [affordable] dresses & tops. How can you not be happy wearing pieces like these?

all images from

Style Inspiration: Working Girl (Post #2)!

Continuing this week's what to wear to work theme, I found lots of separates that can be mixed & matched for endless outfit possibilities. Now, get back to work! :)

Stella McCartney cardigan/Diane von Furstenberg top from Net-a-Porter, trouser from Forever 21, Henry cuir shoe/Sandra Dini ring from Barneys

Style Quote of the Day

-Design advice from the Better Homes and Gardens book, Style on a Budget

Monday, June 15, 2009

The CFDA Fashion Awards are Tonight...

...And I'm rooting for this guy:
Narciso Rodriguez is up for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Hope he gets it since I have loved his work for years.

View all the awards/nominees here.

photo of Narciso Rodriguez after his Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear runway show (presented back in February) by Marcio Madeira from

John Derian Trays

Found John Derian's decoupage glass trays on the Cursive New York site & I'm smitten. Aren't they just perfect? View Cursive's site for even more of these lovely trays.

all images from

Style Inspiration: Working Girl (Post #1)!

This week's Style Inspiration posts are dedicated to spring/summer looks for the office. Enjoy (and get back to work)!

Tibi dress from Net-a-Porter, Pierre Hardy pumps/Valextra bag from Barneys, bangle set/necklace from Forever 21

Style Quote of the Day

-VOGUE's Meredith Melling Burke on designer Jason Wu's nomination for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear 2009 from this story