Friday, October 30, 2009

The Plaza Residences



The Plaza...home to little, mischievous and fictitious Eloise, featured in numerous films such Home Alone 2, and Bridewars...a place that is above all else, elegant, and one that many dream to be a part of...and what a dream to be able to own a piece of it! With around the clock service, legendary amenities, and most importantly, an exquisite pied-à-terre, who would want to leave?










For some reason, each year, I crave a visit to New York in the Winter. Perhaps it's the beautiful idea of ice skating in picturesque Central Park, being bundled up, wandering the crisp streets and window shopping, (and window display admiring, of course!) the outstanding performances, or maybe the romantic notion that the hustle and bustle of it all is so wonderful to be a part of. I typically visit during summer months, but wouldn't it be amazing to spend a Christmas there one year? Have you ever dreamed of spending Christmas in New York?

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A Little Interesting Info.

"The French Renaissance chateau—style building was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and opened to the public on October 1, 1907. At the time, it cost $12.5 million to construct. When it opened, a room at the Plaza Hotel was only $2.50. Today, the same room costs $3,750.00." (More info here)

"After a $400 million, threeyear, lobby to roof restoration by New York's ELAD Properties, The Plaza Hotel re-opened in March 2008.

The Plaza continues its long tradition as New York's premier six-star hotel, while welcoming a new tradition
The Plaza Residenceswhich New York's lucky few can call home. This iconic Beaux-Arts masterpiece, at the crossroads between the fabled Central Park and the legacy of Fifth Avenue, is considered to be a cornerstone of New York. The restored masterpiece is now home to 180 elegant condominiums, including multilevel penthouses, magnificent suites and grand apartments."

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I hope that you have enjoyed today's posta little glamorous eye-candy to keep you going throughout the day...And with that, I wish you a marvelous weekend!

/secondary quote + video link/remaining images via The Plaza Residences/

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Noa Noa Winter '09















This luxe Winter/Christmas '09 collection from Noa Noa has me totally re—thinking my possibilities for Christmas attire! Seeing all these plums, silvers, grays, backed with black and white has changed everything. Now I'm thinking brooches, romantic, silver, textured layers, and plenty of glamour...What do you think of their collection? Have you started thinking about Christmas fashion?

Also, how sweet is their children's collection! I love stopping in at Aimee B, a truly lovely boutique in Fort Langley. Aimee has impeccable taste, and I admire how she will bring in pieces that I, and my Mom love. (we have so much fun shopping together!) There's a gorgeous range, from luxurious loungewear to the most stunning evening wear. All carefully selected and well—merchandised...

For a few more inspiring posts that you might also enjoy...

* Vera's Done it Again
* New Hermès ads
* A Very Stylish Lady
* Just Beautiful

/seen on Beautiful Things To Share/ images from Noa Noa's site/

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dallas Shaw + Designer's Guild





The perfect match. Beautiful original artwork, by Dallas Shaw, combined with this decor, by Designer's Guild—stunning! I could see one, or a few, layered, front and centre on the mantle...

Aren't these illustrations fun, fashion—y and feminine? If you too are loving her style, be sure to visit Dallas Shaw's website, an interactive site that showcases new artwork, tee shirts, notecards, photos, news, and much more. I, personally, really love the illusration above with the girl holding the balloon, as well as this one. (celebrating fashion with beautiful lines, and such a vintage feel) She also has a sweet blog, called Dilly Dallas, in which she showcases her pieces, news about her work, as well as delightful fashion and decor...




The bold florals, combined with this clean and fresh palette is so lovely. (as is the moulding work!) I enjoy how Tricia Guild combines textures, so perfectly, mixing old, reclaimed wood flooring, with ultra-glossy finishes, plush cushions and velvety flowers. I highly recommend this book, for further inspiration and an endless supply of great ideas...

/artwork via Dallas Shaw + images scanned from Designer's Guild/

Monday, October 26, 2009

Detail of the Week


I hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing weekend. I hardly ever get sick, but I'm feeling under the weather today, so I fear this post will be a fairly short one. Last week, while working on a fun guest post (coming up very soon—and I'm so excited to share with you!) I came across these incredibly cute, carved pumpkins and found them irresistible! Those scalloped edges would be fun to try. What do you think? I actually don't celebrate halloween, but I do enjoy what nature brings and the wonderful, hearty colors that inevitably follow...

Wishing you a productive and enjoyable start to your week
—Don't forget to treat yourself to something delicious!

/photography by James Baigrie/

Friday, October 23, 2009

Noir Complet—Chic




Good afternoon! The rain has cleared, the sun is shining, and I can't wait to see what's in store for today! Some shopping, gift—giving, and dinner out, perhaps...do you have some fun plans for tonight, also?

This morning, I was looking through my wardrobe, putting together some possibilities in my mind, and discovered that I have amassed quite a sea of black fashion. Don't get me wrong, I also have some lovely cream, purple, gray, pink and blue, but I don't think that I could ever tire of black...a classic color that always looks good no matter what, can be called upon to coordinate a look, go with other colors, and of course, one that anyone can wear! Are you loyal to black, also?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jane Aldridge for Urban Outfitters




I was so excited when I heard that great news that Jane Aldridge, of Sea of Shoes, would be working with Urban Outfitters to put together a shoe collection. How fitting. I have followed her blog for some time now, oohing and aahing over her great vintage finds and of course, her shoe collection! If you are not familiar with her blog, it's a must—see for those who appreciate fashion. (As I know that so many of you do!) I don't know about you, but I'm giddy over that pink pair in the first photo, and the one she is holding in the last. How sweet are they? The good news is that you can order a pair (or two) online here!
I think I have my first Christmas wish list item *wink

/photos taken by Shannon Sewell/

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Relaxing Space






I can't believe it's Wednesday already! It's midweek and I feel like it's still Monday afternoon...I have had quite a full week so far — including my sweet little pup, having to have surgery (ouch!) — and am falling a little behind on visiting your blogs. (I apologize) I can't wait to spend some time tonight, sitting down and enjoying your recent posts with a cup of tea...

Hope you have a lovely night as well...

/images via Sarah Kaye represents/

Monday, October 19, 2009

Detail of the Week



Scarves. Plaid, striped, floral...plain, tasseled, ruffled...tied around the neck, head, wrist, or handbag handle...LV, Burberry, Hermes...don't you just love scarves?

"The history of the scarf dates back at least as far as ancient Rome. A linen kerchief known as a sudarium (Latin term for “sweat cloth”) was used by the Romans to wipe their necks and faces. The ancient Romans developed the scarf into a diverse men's fashion accessory, whether knotted to a belt or worn around the neck. Of course this style was quickly adopted by women also, and the scarf has since become synonymous with women’s fashion." (source link here)










On a more fashion angle, scarves are a must—have and classic item, particularly now that Autumn has arrived! (though light weight ones are lovely in spring/summer) I love how they can take a boring outfit and make it vibrant, coordinate colors, and bring an outfit from casual and simple to elegant and sophisticated. French women are famous for their natural ability to don a scarf, last minute mind you, and wear it with such ease and style. Last night, I was watching "Le Divorce", starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts, in which there was a whole little scene, showcasing all of the elegant women in Paris and the many ways in which to style their scarves and shawls. Incroyable!

I felt so inspired to try some new looks, I went in search of different ways to tie, drape, and knot...I came a cross an amazing site! (Click here) This site illustrates over 40 ways to wear your scarves! I hope you feel inspired to try a few out! Also, as an added bonus, they offer special care instructions for silk scarves. Do you like to wear scarves, also?

/image 01 Louis Vuitton/ image 02 & 03 Garance Doré/image 04 link/image 05 to 09 Garance Doré/

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Choos Have Landed!






News of the partnership of Jimmy Choos and H&M...here's a peak at their first campaign photos! I admit, I'm a little intrigued. Could be the styles, my expectancy of the quality, or the fact that I really, really need (okay, want) a new pair of shoes! I'm loving a few pairs here, like the middle pair in image 02 and 03, as well as those featured in the last image. Perfect for a date night, or going out with girlfriends. Would you buy a pair?

Have a great Friday night!

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