Sunday, July 31, 2011

Shop: Bonpoint

Fall/Winter 2011 collection.

Truth be told, I find children's fashions just as exciting as adult fashions—except pieces for children often have even more fun styles and colors. And because I love retail (and have worked in retail part time for about ten years) and adore children and childrenswear, I often spend my weekends in a fine fashion boutique for little ones, ranging from infant to twelve years. (a fond story here) It is so much fun helping excited Grandparents put outfits together for a new baby in the family, or seeing a pregnant lady so excited for her little one to arrive, or watching children come in, wanting to wear so many of the wonderful things within their fingers' reach. I love it.

And besides brands such as Eliane et Lena, Marèse, Jacadi, Noa Noa, Talc, Dino e Lucia, and a few others, I adore Bonpoint's shops (the owner is also that of Merci in Paris) and the lovely collections that they produce—twice each year. The collections are classic, slightly elegant, full of ease, and all the while often embodying an element of "cool". Isn't the lookbook and new collection sweet?

+ do not forget—tomorrow is the last day to enter to win this beautiful clutch!

Images: Carlotta Manaigo via Bonpoint

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Giveaway: Nanette Lepore Clutch

A day for celebration and a giveaway.

Today marks a wonderful day—the third Anniversary for Haute Design! I can hardly believe that it was three years ago that I began this blog... since, it has turned into something far more wonderful and rewarding than I could have ever imagined. The many conversations and meetings I've had with different bloggers and readers, the discoveries of international talent, and exploration of places throughout this incredible world is such a delight, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. I don't know how to thank you for your kind words, keen observations and the fun we share in blogging. As year three commences, there are some new things in the works that I look forward to sharing with you soon... but for now, there is a giveaway just below!

To celebrate, I will be giving away this beautiful Nanette Lepore Trapunto clutch. As you see, the graciously soft stone grey leather features a textured leather flap, a hidden detachable chain strap, and beautiful tassel detailing. The luxurious, yet cool look and texture of this handbag instantly brings to mind iconic walls as seen in places such as Greece and the Mediterranean, don't you find? The perfect companion for your ankle-skimming bright orange dress, perhaps your favorite comfortable jeans and tank top, or even a simple black linen dress...

To enter, please feel free to leave a comment below, along with your email address so that I may contact you. Open Internationally / The winner will be randomly selected on Monday, August 1st / Good luck!

Images: 01, Nicolas Mathéus, 05, 07 Henri Del Olmo, 03, 04 Bernard Touillon via Coté Sud J/J 2011 | 02, 06 Mario Sierra for Elle

News: Rue Issue 06

A blogger side-by-side feature in Rue magazine.

A warm thank you to the lovely people of Rue magazine for featuring Daniella, of Dress, Design & Decor, as well as myself on their blogger side-by-side feature for issue 06! Please note though that Daniella's and my questions and answers were actually mixed up. Mine (all except for my boy crush) are on Daniella's side of the page, and hers are on my side. The Rue team has been very, very busy working away at creating an issue for us to enjoy, featuring style inspiration and homes abroad, so it is understood that a little error may happen here and there, and I am happy to know that this will be corrected shortly.

Also, the custom illustrations were created with surprise outfits of Daniella and I. Though my signature style is quite a bit different, (most recently, here) I do enjoy seeing each artist's interpretation and the creation of different looks. Katie Rodgers has illustrated everything from pretty perfumes to ladies in elegant gowns, developing a wonderful style of her own... what did you enjoy most about issue 06?

Images: Rue Magazine, by: Jose Villa, with additional credits within the magazine

Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekly Finds № 02

Painted florals, careful details and cooled, serene spaces.

01 Beautiful ceilings by Stevensons of Norwich—their extensive work is fascinating
02 | 03 Mo+Mo Living: a site dedicated to modernism and living well (via Gaile Guevara)
04 Hang your prettiest shoes as art, with a few ideas for inspiration
05 Bleu/Vert/Gris color inspiration from a fabulous new-to-me blog
06 Patina Style: a new book by Brooke and Steve Giannetti (of Velvet & Linen)
07 Amanda, of Lace & Tea shared some amazing treehouses
08 Cecilia featured a Belgian home that is quite calm and serene...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Interior: Colorful Compliments

A classic, contemporary, colorful, comfortable home.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Friday so far, with great plans for this coming weekend! A slight unintentional alliteration to begin today's post, and with a grand home that masks its size by the creation of the most comfortable and warm living spaces. Intensely colored fabrics to cover chairs, vases and tabletop pieces, artwork, and such make for such a lively home. One can certainly appreciate the décor direction, as created by Parisian decorator, Joelle Pléot. With a canvas of classic, traditional French texture combined with some more modern/contemporary pieces, the look is instantly refreshing. One of my personal favorite spaces would have to be the living room area, with the large trees and unique coffee table—isn't it fabulous?

Images: Coté Sud A/M '08, by Henri Del Olmo

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Inspiration: La Carnaval de Versailles

A magical evening of opulence & competition.

Can you just imagine? As I was enjoying these pictures this morning with a cup of coffee, I thought of how fun it would be to attend—and what a lovely idea for a competition. A little quote from the event's official website: "If there is one place where all the extravagances may be permitted it is certainly the Palace of Versailles. Let yourself be swept away in this baroque setting saturated with history. Be a royal figure, a courtier, a Venetian Doge, a musketeer, a Russian archduke, a lady in waiting or a Persian princess: the only requirement is to meet the demands of the Court. Some commoners may mingle with the guests, but they will do so at their own risk!

You must be at your most inventive in matching petticoats, bodice. The Orangerie of the Palace of Versailles will become for one night the most elegant, the most fanciful and the most refined ballroom..."

These images by Alix of The Cherry Blossom Girl are such a wonderful depiction of the evening. (Part 01) I know that I would certainly wear my most treasured, dainty antique gloves. If you were attending, what would you like to wear? Tones of pink, lavender, green, red, or gold perhaps? Would you wear a little lacey mask and adornments in your hair? The imagination soars!

Images: The Cherry Blossom Girl
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