Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Post-wedding Depression

Now that the weekend has passed not only do I have to deal with the post-partum of thew edding being over but I have to live in this severe state of jealousy due to my sister and new brother-in-law's highly enviable honeymoon. So I decided I'd go backwards in filling you in with all of the wonderful details of my weekend! The wedding was such a success, and it looks like the newlyweds are adjusting well to married life.

This is easily one of the my favorite places on Earth - Chateau de la Messardiere, in St Tropez. A beautiful pool, comfortable bed, fabulous shopping, wine, cheese, crepes, what more could you ask for!

Don't fret, I'll fill you in on all the details but have patience! I'm still waiting for some better pictures than the ones I took as I was pretty distracted all weekend with my Maid of Honor duties (which really didnt' require much seeing as how my amazing mom did everything.)

Monday, September 21, 2009

T minus 4 Days!

The wedding is this weekend! I can't believe it but it is here and I am headed to the great state of Ohio on Thursday morning so if I MIA this week I apologize but I promise to make it up to you all with a copious amount of pictures of every detail. Sadly this is the current outlook...but that's supposed to be good luck, right? (However, does not a good-hair-day make!Just a quick fun detail to share, can't give too much away. Today I ordered 10 lbs of Pistachio Macaroons from Mike's Pastry in Boston to be delivered in Columbus this weekend. My sister decided against having a wedding cake and opted for a variety of special deserts so this is just one a few but I promise you they are delicious...and while Mike's is known for its cannolli I'd say these are my favorite thing from there.
Image via The Open Road

Eeee! I wish I could show you all of the clothes that are going to be a part of this glorious weekend but I don't want to spoil anything so you'll have to hold out for the pictures!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Birds and the Bees

I was discussing with my friend, Sohee, the other day how there are things we dislike in real life, but LOVE on clothes, jewelry, furniture, art, etc. Some perfect examples are; birds, bees, and horses. I won't bore you with why I dislike them in too much detail but birds have always creeped me out, obviously no one likes bees, and I have not liked horses since my mom made me take horse back riding at Camp Sequoya. However...put any of these things in a patter, on an earring, or in a frame? Love! I mean, what would Hermes be without horses?? Here are a few lovely examples of these not-so-lovely beings...

Extra wide enamel bracelet from Hermes

I bought this belt a couple years ago at JCrew and have worn it way more than I ever thought I would! It looks so cute with jeans and a tucked in button-up or even just a t-shirt.
I love this bird trivet from Terrain - I had to add it because I just saw it on DesignSponge today!

I saw this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag last weekend in NY and fell in love, it's so cute and fun...perfect weekend bag (only complaint, is there isn't a shorter-strap option)
These are all from Jonathan Adler's Acapulco line of patterned pillows and serveware - so cute!

I can't decide if these bee earrings from Antrhopologie are a little too preppy for me but I think they're adorable
Just adding the little bee to this basic glassware from Ballard Designs makes them so much cuter, and perfect for everyday

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Today at work I had to take my earring out to talk on the phone and got made fun of for being an old lady! It made me remember when I was little and my mom would take off her big "doorknocker" of a clip-on earring to talk on the phone and I thought it was like the epitome of being a grown up....(just to keep you up on my train of thought)...then I continued to think of all the huge earrings my mom used to have that were hot-glue-gunned pieces of fun. I remember one pair that had an old watch gear in it somewhere, and then it dawned on me...they're back! And now I find myself thinking of all the great attention-getting earrings I've been noticing and coveting as of late - especially after my sister gave me these awesome Indian-inspired green earrings last time I saw her (they were form ABC Home, so unfortunately I can't find a good picture of them but I'll take one next time I wear them!) . Anyway, here' s a little preview of a few I love right now...

Mystery of the Mojave earrings by Lizzie Fortunato (obviously!)

Jeweled garland earrings from JCrew

Vintage Chanel earrings from eBay
** for those of you in Boston, there is an amazing little vintage jewelry store with tons of stuff like these great Chanel earrigns on Charles St. in Beacon Hill, its called Twentieth Century Ltd**

Clip-on fan earrings from Badgley Mischka (available from Charm and Chain)

Large gold crystal ivy earrings from Alexis Bittar

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back to TV

Now that I don't have a college campus filled with all my friends and football games to look forward to ever fall my anticipation has turned to the new season of TV that starts in September - yes, being a "real person" has proven to include a few downgrades in terms of anticipated events. None the less, we have to enjoy the little things! So my wait with baited breath all summer has finally come to an end as I once again get to indulge my guilty pleasures; Gossip Girl, The City, The Hills (skeptical this year for obvious reasons,) Real Housewives of, well, just not Atlanta to be honest. And so to pay homage to my friends that I'll get to finally see again in these next few weeks why not take a look at a few reasons I've missed them! I'll go ahead and start big, the Van Der Woodsen apartment on Gossip Girl? I don't even know where to begin.

I honestly have dreams about the Kartell lamp in Serena's bedroom, I first noticed it at Shreve, Crump, & Low in Boston and have been pining for it ever since.

I'm sorry but I don't know if anyone deserves to get an Eames Chair and Missoni Fabric in one item!
Images from Apartment Therapy Los Angeles

Now as much as I hate giving any press to Olivia Palermo I must commend her taste, and ability to keep an all-white living room clean (but lets not kid ourselves, she doesn't take care of that herself.) Anyway, I obviously love the Hermes tray that she has in her living room - I'm really a sucker for any kind of tray - and I'd like to give myself a little pat on the back for finding it! Hudson, my favorite home store here in Boston had a similar one in a Louis Vuitton print so I asked and they can order the Hermes version as well.

Image via New York Post
I love Erin's gallery wall in her living room and you can't really see it here but to the right of Whitney she has some great lucite bar know how I feel about lucite.
Image via MTV

And then sometimes TV is best, because it shows us the worst...

...sorry Alex and Simon.
Image via Brownstoner

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Runway to (almost) Reality

I've realized that the stop in between Runway and Real Life is Celebrity. First it's in fashion week, then its on the red carpet, and then I find something that maybe-sorta-kinda-might look like it at Forever 21. Here are a few examples of some fabulous looks I'd die to not only have in my closet, but to have somewhere to wear them!

More to come.....

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Matisse, please!

I've been obsessing over this print for years now and its one of those things that is always there so you never buy it, do you ever have that? For example it took me 5 years to finally buy a plain Longchamp bag, because I knew it would always be available. I have no problem impulsively buying things on sale, or one-of-a-kinds, or even just a rash purchase of an outfit for a night but the things that I actually really want for long periods of time just never seem to make it into my possession! (this dilemma was part of the motivation behind actually making a Fall shopping list this year) So anyway, without further adieu....
I know its not much but that's why I love it, its simple and classic and would go with everything. I had kind of forgotten about it until last night I found a past issue of Elle Decor (the one with the beautiful pictures of Aerin Lauder's home) and the artwork on the cover reminded me of it. Look how great the black and white silhouette artwork looks in this room! I love how crisp and clean it looks.

So that's what I'm thinking of today, now I'll have to decide on an accent color because I'd love for it to be the center of a mostly black-and-white room but then add a turquoise, or green...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fall Shopping List

So I'm heading out of the office to enjoy this long beautiful weekend in Boston and thought I'd share some of my fall must haves! Maybe I'll pick a couple of them up if I'm lucky....

I loooove this jacket, it's from Madewell and fits perfectly! (images from ShopBop)

This Jerome Rousseau shoe is so beautiful - it's so flattering because it's almost like a cowl neck for your leg so it doesn't cut off at your ankle like a lot of booties do, and it was very comfortable when I made the bad decision of trying it on! (available at Moxie in Boston)

This Marni necklace would go with so much, jeans, a black dress, a nice work suit and I love the detailing on the pendant.

J.Crew's new Pixie Pants are so adorable and would go with everything - they'd look great with heels to go out, tucked into boots during the day, or like they're shown here with flats for the office, and the gold zipper detail is perfect!
So sue me...I like a good new Tshirt to cheer on my Buckeyes every fall and Homage by far makes the best (obviously, they're from Ohio.) They are the perfect material and all have great artwork - definitely check out their sirethey have some awesome stuff.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Incredibly Camelot

I have suffered from a severe Kenney-complex for years now. It started in high school when we were offered to take fun classes every year for 2 weeks in May, appropriately dubbed May Program. The idea was to take all different classes every year, but for 3 years in a row I sat through the same lectures, videos, and books known lovingly as The Kennedy Legacy. Our teacher Mr. O would open pretty much every class with "The Kennedys loved 2 things, sailing and flag football." So in the wake of Ted's death I'd like to sidestep any political commentary and just take a few moments to enjoy at least the style and iconography this family has provided us with. Call me shallow, but I think that in this case a picture really is worth a 1000 words.

The family's 3 residences that comprise the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis (courtesy of NY Times)

JFK, Jackie, John Jr, and Caroline in Hyannis. (courtesy of the JFK Library)...I think Jackie has been so praised for her fashion because it truly is completely timeless - I would love to wear this on vacation, a gingham dress, Jack Rogers and long necklace? Just as popular now as it was in the 60's!

Also pictures on the right are Ted Kennedy and first wife Joan with their young children Ted Jr. and Kara in Palm Beach (image from The Palm Beach Post) - why don't people still look this chic when they travel?? If I see one more Juicy sweatsuit on a plane....

I just can't get over how beautiful this picture from JFK Jr's and Carolyn Bessette's wedding is. The tiny chapel is on Cumberland Island, Georgia and doesn't even have electricity. The only major expense of the wedding was Carolyn's dress - by Narciso Rodriguez. (Images courtesy of Denis Reggie, and MSNBC)

And just a small collection of some of my favorites...