Saturday, February 28, 2009

Life is short















Take time to enjoy the little things...delicious cupcakes, warm coffee in those pretty teacups that are packed away, ice cream out of a glass, those untouched candles you've been dusting, breakfast in bed or outside in the fresh air, watch a chick flick while getting ready in the morning...anything that makes life a little sweeter.

On a side note, I am saddened to know that the iconic Rachel Ashwell, creator of Shabby Chic and the well-known Shabby Chis style, is going through troubles with her company and doing anything she can to avoid bankruptcy. I have followed this talented lady since the 90's, when I landed my first retail job at a pretty boutique store and sold many of her products. I can remember how excited I was to visit her flagship store in Malibu, where Shabby Chic first born, as well as the New York location in SoHo. When she began Shabby Chic in the 80's, people seemed to instantly love her soft and refreshing flair and style, as well as her talent for finding beautiful, vintage pieces. Perhaps closing a few locations and leaving the main stores is the best route for her to go, for if she closed her doors permanently, I know there would be a lot of very very dis hearted people. I know I would be one of them.

The photos shown above are some of the large range beautiful products sold on her site. (excluding the teacup) To go to her site, click here/or to visit her blog, click here. Her blog expresses her feelings, info. about her company, new products and more.

/images 01 to 05 via her site/image 06 link.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Wind at my back...





Just the other day, it was so sunny and beginning to show promise of spring. It was delightful! As I was driving around, I noticed a very chic girl on her bike...oh, I wished I could be her. In Europe, bikes are a regular means of transportation, and while I was there, I noticed so many beautiful colors and styles. I would like to purchase one, perhaps next summer. If you have any suggestions of where I could purchase a great bike, please share! Hope your weekend is lovely!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eye Candy

























































I have officially begun my shopping hiatus, with the encouragement of Paula, of Two Ellie, who has been my inspiration and has been doing very well on hers! However, looking forward to my reward (shoes in 3 months time), I began browsing through some of my favorite sites for fashion, footwear and accessories. I started with footwear and haven't been able to move on from Piperlime since. Piperlime is a great source for shoes...from inexpensive options to stunning designer choices. I compiled a few of my favorite picks for spring above. Can you just imagine the outfits?

I will not click on "checkout"...I will not click on "checkout"...
/image o1 link/shoes via Piperlime

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fashion Monday




A few of my favorite, great fashion moments to inspire your own fashion ensembles this week. All photos are from Garance Doré.

Favorite Features
01 the liquid liner is utter perfection as is the au-so-naturel tousled hair.
02 love the scarf and fur. Such a wonderful, confident lady!
03 the cozy, chic neutral, not boring, ensemble with perfect layering. What a great look...so ad worthy!

Outdoor Living Spaces









As spring is fast approaching, there is hope that our yards will go back to normal. One thing I have always loved and appreciated about home is the different outdoor living areas that my mother has always created. One near the willow tree at the top of the yard and one on the lowest part of the lawn. My favorite, though, is the quaint gravel courtyard... which is a true French style courtyard, complete with tables and chairs and hanging light fixtures. When I move, I will miss this...

It's so nice to be able to sit outside, read, have a lunch, and just enjoy nature. This summer, we're thinking of hosting an outdoor party with a fun Asian theme. We're thinking bright lanterns as the starting point and to work from there. If you have any ideas or inspiration, please share!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Vicente Wolf











I love his work and find his talent intriguing. My mom first introduced his design to me about 8 years ago and we have since been collecting his books and have enjoyed reading about him in several magazines. I recall hearing somewhere that he is actually dyslexic, but this disability has never stopped or discouraged him. Instead, he heavily relies on his keen eye...He is one of my favorite designers and I hope you also enjoy his work.

"In the world of design, Vicente Wolf has been at the top for over 30 years. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City, where his company is headquartered, Wolf and his team build on his passion for design that’s guided by integrity and simplicity. He maintains this focus throughout his many creative endeavors: photography, art collection, interior design and global travel.

Wolf’s portfolio offers a snapshot of the ultimate American aesthetic, from multinational conglomerates to private homes, from hotels to restaurants. His list of residential interiors is expansive and includes homes in the United States and abroad in France, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. House Beautiful named Vicente Wolf one of the 10 most influential designers in the United States, and Interior Design Magazine inducted Wolf in its Designer Hall of Fame. He was selected as one of the top 100 designers in both Metropolitan Home’s "Design 100" and Architectural Digest’s "AD 100". Wolf is also the publisher of two books, Learning to See (Artisan, 2002) and Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design (Monacelli Press, 2006), that focuses on the many design inspirations found throughout the world through the eyes of a traveler. He is currently planning his third book for launch in 2009."

/quote and images via his site, here.

Saturday, February 21, 2009






"Decorating is not about making stage sets, it's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it's really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul."—Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

This is exactly how I feel when approaching my space. It has taken years to collect pieces that I love, are memorable, or just really suit the space and are somehow a reflection of my personality. After all, it's often the quirky pieces, the pieces that may not "fit" that can make a space your own, your personal reflection...and in that, they are beautiful. Hope your weekend has been wonderful! /image 01 link/image 02 link/image 03 link/image 04 link/image 05 link.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Viceroy Hotels








If you have the chance to stay in one of these hot and haute hotels, do. Designed by world famous interior designer, Kelly Wearstler, this beautiful accommodation is sure to please even the most discerning eye. (to go to directly to her site, click here)

My parents have stayed in their Santa Monica beach location and were quite pleased! "City-smart and by the sea, Viceroy Santa Monica fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious Santa Monica beach boutique hotel. Whether for business or pleasure, experience exceptional seaside living, luxurious accommodations, exquisite dining options and the finest amenities at this Santa Monica hotel by the beach."

Unlike many hotels, I find The Viceroy offers surprising and personalized touches, unique objects and arrangements, and goes out of its way to provide all guests with a place as comfortable as home. They have also been named one of the top 100 hotels in all of the United States and Canada. To learn more about the Viceroy Hotels or simply to view more pretty pictures, click here.

/quote and images via The Viceroy Santa Monica

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Carrie Bond, Photographer








I've been daydreaming ever since I came across this stunning photography collection by the talented Carrie Bond. Oddly enough, the sweet, scruffy dog has striking similarities to my own terrier, who often gladly accompanies us on weekend trips. *Note to all who bring their pets: W Hotels offer super cute "doggie gift packs" to keep your furry friend entertained and primped the entire time, complete with luxe treats and a sweet ball.

Goodbye city, chaos, work, and clutter. Hello refreshing scenery! I so want to be there...Time for a weekend getaway it seems! Would anyone care to join me? /imagery link.

Mike & Chris







Oh, these clothes are amazing! They're the kind of feel—good, buttery soft clothing that you want to wear all day long. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the haute fashion; the cinched waistlines, figure clenching dresses, and form fitting bottoms, but sometimes a girl just wants to be comfortable. I'm not a fan of the whole tracksuit look, but Mike&Chris provides that much—needed comfort level with style and appeal in mind.
/images via their site.
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