Monday, January 27, 2014

When the Shoes Hit the Fan

You guys know about The Coveteur, right? The digital mainstay dedicated to behind the scenes spreads of the best of the best's closets, homes, offices...etcetera, etcetera. 

English, please?

You wonder what the inside of Kourtney Kardashian's closet looks like. (Don't lie.)


"There's no such thing as too many Hermes bags."

You are, in fact, correct, and Lori Goldstein (Elle Magazine's Editor-At-Large) agrees 100%.

You can browse the rest later.

Y'all. (totes weird, I know.)
The best thing has happened.
My girl (yep.) SJP is taking the world by storm with the latest title added to her resume (do celebrities have resumes?): shoe designer.

The Coveteur got an exclusive peak when O Magazine's Adam Glassman gave them a chance to check something off of their bucket list.

Gayle King, The Crosby, & cronuts?
Sign me up.



Available exclusively at Nordstrom, the shoe line (and handbags!) are a partnership between Parker & everyone's favorite (especially Carrie's), Manolo Blahnik.


Inez, Fawn, Iva, Ina, Tanny, Bobbie, Brigitte, Slim, Jill, and, no duh, Carrie.


The collection debuts next month; I'll be rifling through these pictures until then! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

No Business Like Show Business

The Hollywood Foreign Press gave us cause for celebration last night as the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards officially kicked off the 2014 Awards Season.
I've already penciled in (more like permanent marker-ed & cancelled all other conflicting events) the shows for the remainder of the year (the SAG Awards are in less than a week!) & I am R-E-A-D-Y ready. 

In summation of last night:


Anything else that happened is irrelevant.

Happy 2014!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Window Shopping

I've said it before, but I think it needs to be repeated.
I love Tiffany's at Christmas (and every other day of the year).
The 2013 Holiday Window Displays at the Fifth Avenue store are up & glittery & officially have me in the holiday spirit.
This year's vision: classic and charming apartments on the Upper East Side give you a peak at the holiday traditions that happen inside their hallowed halls.
I'm sold.


 

Application:

 
 
 
 

Tiffany's, you never disappoint.
Let's play a game, shall we?

I spy with my little eye...
Mistletoe kisses
Children hanging stockings
A happy little cat
A Prima Ballerina (no doubt home from her last Nutcracker performance)
Piano duet
A baker in the kitchen (cookies for Santa, I'm sure)
Little Drummer Boy

Because who doesn't want to take a break from their day job to play a game of I Spy with Tiffany's?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rules to Live By

J. Crew opened its first chain store in London (crazy, right?) last week, complete with balloon frill, bespoke cabbies & blooms galore.


It might be the most charming thing I've ever seen.
London is calling, I just can't find my passport.

In honor of their newest venture, The Guardian chronicled Creative Director Jenna Lyons' (style icon #2) 10 Commandments. 



Here's a few I've chosen to live by:

1. Don't divide your wardrobe into smart and casual, but mix them up.

"For example, if you have one of our flip-hem wool skirts, you can wear it smart and flirty with a blazer and shirt and jewels and a heel. But you can also wear it dressed down, with an oversized sweatshirt and New Balance trainers."


I haven't totally committed to the New Balances yet, but never say never. 

2. Freshening up your look doesn't always have to be about buying something new.

"We might have a sweater on sale for six months, and we'll shoot it in six
different ways for the catalogue, which comes out monthly. It's a
challenge, but that's where the fun is. We're all about suggesting new
ways to wear the clothes you have."


Love this rule. More bang for your buck!

3. Party dressing should never be head-to-toe shine and sparkle.

"If you're wearing a jeweled top, then maybe wear it with a menswear trouser and a loafer. Things that play off each other, instead of matching up, create a fun mood."
No head-to-toe sparkle? Sorry, Jenna, but I disagree. More is more!

4. Mix colours in your jewelry, as well as your clothes.

"Try a stack of bracelets on each wrist, and rings on both hands, in a mix of yellow and rose-gold."


Done and done.

5. A masculine element will make any outfit more chic.

"Menswear is at the heart of everything we do at J. Crew. Even if it's a very fancy, feminine piece, like a jewelled T-shirt, if you drill down you'll find a tailored shape at its root."
I am LOVING this...commandment? (NO.) Suggestion? Way of life? You get it.


6. Don't ignore all those fabulous neon orange and moss-green pieces because you are not confident with color.

"Colour isn't easy for anyone. It's not easy for me! It's a challenge. It feels good to embrace a challenge."
I don't know about THAT but if I haven't worn most of the colors in the crayon box in one day, I find myself feeling unfulfilled. 
A few rules of my own I'd like to add:

1. Pattern on pattern is mostly a good thing. (Case in point)
2. Don't pay full price for anything unless it's absolutely necessary. In which case, it is absolutely necessary. (Like if you absolutely needed this. Which you do.)
3. Go big or go home. (See what I mean?)

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Lady Antebellum + Stevie Nicks

Do you guys like Fleetwood Mac? 
I do. 
I didn't know I did, but a few weeks ago, CMT Crossroads changed all of that.


Ladies & Gentlemen--the best collaboration. Ever.
Yes, it is as good as it sounds.
I've been singing these songs for weeks. 
Feel free to watch the whole thing here (totes worth it, trust me).
Although all you really need to see & listen to is this:







Favorite song in the history of songs. 
Okay, so maybe just Top 10. 
Although I might be partial to Dixie Chick's version
Can we bring them back?


They sang several other songs (Stop Dragging My Heart Around might take the cake), & the harmonies are PERFECTION in every single song.
Seriously.
I'm not asking for an encore, but I'm expecting one.
Bravo!

Friday, November 8, 2013

VicTory

Isn't that title just so hilarious?
I thought so.
But it's absolutely true. 

In my spare time (of which is shrinking to miniscule amounts by the hour), I decorate homes that I don't have. So when the Tory Burch Home Collection debuted just a few weeks ago, I'd already managed to plan a living room makeover for a living room I don't have. The Collection triumphs (just like the title says).

Tis a trifling thing.

You've seen Tory's Southampton home right? So you understand my excited & furthermore understand that it's well -placed, correct?


Tory's parents are both avid needlepointers (didn't know that was a thing but I'm ready to join the club)--these pillows (handmade, of course) are based on cushions they gave each other years ago. As Tory explained, they learned to needlepoint on a six-week cruise in the Mediterranean. Well, if that's where I need to go to learn, by golly--Bon Voyage.


Apparently, I'm super into lucite & have always loved #allgoldeverything so this Collection hits the nail right on the head for me. I'll take one of everything & two of each pillow.

Tory photographed at home by Noa Griffel

I'll also take that dress she's wearing. And that velvet sofa.
Who am I kidding? 
I want the whole room!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Sister's Keeper

I've got a spot in my heart for the Ephron sisters. I've mentioned my love for Nora, & if my bookshelf is any indication, I don't plan on loving her any less in the near future. 

I read all of Nora's books last year (I Feel Bad About My Neck & I Remember Nothing rank high on my list of favorite reads); I treated myself to a performance of Love, Loss & What I Wore as a "Happy Birthday to me!" gift this past April & I've watched both Sleepless in Seattle & You've Got Mail in the past 4 days alone. I recommended Nora's memoirs to a friend before I was even halfway through her thoughts on hating her purse: "If I ever write a book," I said, "it will read just like Nora's."

But it's Delia who's making my head turn this month. The October issue of Vogue houses Meg, Nora & Me, a portrait of the three days it took Meg Ryan to record Delia's latest audiobook of Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.) in New York, three things quintessential Ephron: words, the Big Apple &, well, Meg Ryan.


Can I be honest here? We're all friends, right? 
I'd never cried while reading Vogue & never felt that need to. I might have gotten a little teary reading this.

The piece, nestled between an excerpt from Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (she's back!) & the issue's FLASH section, is appropriately categorized as nostalgia; a sort of sentimental longing crept in & before I knew it I had tears in my eyes. It's the perfect peek into the bond Delia shared with her sister & an honest account of the moment she realized she'd have to live life without her.

I'd copy the whole feature here if I could, but, alas, you'll just have to go & buy the glossy yourself (Sandra's on the cover & is fierce!).

This turned into an expose & I'm okay with it.

"Getting Nora to change her mind was like trying to reverse a very strong current."


"All work/meetings/adventures should begin ideally with the possibility of friendship, & in the case of women, maybe even sisterhood." 


"Did I have all the fun I could? Did I work hard enough? Did I thank everyone enough? Did I honor my sister in all those ways? And in the book itself? Or is it only my standards I have to live up to now?"

I picked up Delia's book yesterday. I'll let you know how it goes. I've prepared myself to love it almost too much. Here's hoping!