Headbands

November 13, 2009

twinkle headband

moth love bands

Free people headband

rosebud headband by Heart of Light

I never really fancied myself a headband girl, but my hasty decision to cut blunt bangs awhile back has left me with a chunk of unruly hair that needs taming. Enter the headband. A wonderful way to keep the wispys at bay and achieve that stylish school girl” look at the same time. No longer reserved for the prep set, weve come a long way from the puffy ribbon styles of yore. I prefer the ones with beaded and floral embellishments, they have a sublte tiara effect that appeals to my bohemian side. (pssst.. it is also a quick way to neaten up seriously ratty, dirty hair. A situation I find myself in all too often.)

Tenoversix

November 11, 2009

10 over six

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I just discovered this store called TENOVERSIX and immediately found 3 things I want to buy. The coat is so chic and I love anything you can wear in the winter thats not black. Driving gloves have become a new obsession and have me shopping endlessly on leatherglovesonline for the perfect pair. But these just might be it. I love the zipper. The heels from Loeffler Randall

well, as Rachel Zoe says, I die.

Kid dressing for adults

October 25, 2009

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Kimchi Blue skimmer

I dont know what it is about fall but as soon as the tempature drops I start wanting to dress like an 8-year old. Little cardigands mary janes, knee socks. Maybe its all the “Back to school” dressing that has been permenantly ingrained in my mind over the years, but I love to have a prim and proper wardrobe of grays and navy for the cooler times. Also, I love this teddy bear.

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Colorscope

September 17, 2009

colorscopeI like this little color grid from one of my favorite creatively inspiring shops and personal pocketbook drainer- The Paper Source. The shades are so pretty and I picked fuchsia which seems pretty accurate..

(Click here to see in a separate window and zoom.)

Bees

August 4, 2009

Sometimes I spot a thing that I didn’t even know I was into but it just keeps following me around until I submit to liking it.

But enough about my love life. Zing!

For serious: I’m liking bees as a design icon recently and have been seeing bee and hive inspiration popping up everywhere. They are responsible for about 35% of the food we eat, and fuhgettabout their huge effect on the plant life…

So why not pay an homage to them? And here’s some real info about them

letter press bee card

from Paisley Dog Press

"flight of the bees" dress

A beehive inspired inspired pattern from Anthro

lilly suit

I never considered myself a Lilly Pulitzer girl.. but (gulp) I kinda love this bee-print bikini. Just in time for the last of the season swim in icy waters of the Atlantic. Really what I do is not swimming per se, its really called “swimping.” (Consider that term coined. You heard it here first) Despite a plethora of beach trips I have only submerged my body once this summer. I just do the good ol’ “spash and pat” made famous by old ladies and prissy moms alike. Sometimes I even do a hair dip. It gets the job done for us swimpers out there.

Nautical things

July 18, 2009

tutti boy girl collage

 

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Maybe it is because of my recent trip to The Mermaid Inn, but I’m really into nautical things recently. Along with everyone else, it seems. I wonder if this trend will ever go out of style. To me there is nothing more classic than a striped shirt. (I happen to still be on my never-ending search for the perfect one.. this one is gettin’ there) I am just obsessed with piping, marine blues and rope details. Its all so “Jackie on the vineyard.” Retro and modern at the same time.

steven alan dressAlso I think I might like to pay a visit to the newly renovated Montauk Yacht Club. Or move in there. Whatever.Montauk Yacht club room

room with a sea view

Pale Aqua

July 17, 2009

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tulip dress by sarahsevenwavesRecently a friend sent me a pic of this dress from Sarahseven on Etsy. I am completely in love with the color of it. There is just something about the paleness of it that reminds me of the ocean waves and soft beach glass and crisp cool water. I guess I’m really jonesing for something refreshing in this heat. Jeez I have to get some air conditioning in my apartment..

One of the many hats I wear is a personal shopper and wardrobe stylist. Since I am always in the process of cleaning out my closet and assessing what I really need, I thought I would share this list for  Six Spring Must Haves with you. This year it’s all about streamlining and shopping smart. At least that’s my mantra for now.

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The Statement Necklace

 

The best Spring investment as far as I’m concerned is a great necklace or piece of jewelry. It can be worn every day, always fits and usually yields more compliments than any item of clothing. This season its about statement pieces that take risks and dress up an outfit. Pick one that speaks to you and has a bold style.

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The Nude Heel

If you don’t already have a nude-ish heel in your closet than you are missing out on a big fashion workhorse. Not only do they create the illusion of legs that go on for decades, but they look elegant and springy with everything from bright colored dresses to white pants. Unfortunately, some of the cheaper versions are made with an icky leather that looks like those comfort sneakers nurses wear. Be sure to look for a pair in suede, patent leather or snakeskin will help to avoid that strange, fleshy tone. Chunky sandals in a neutral tone will work too.

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The Tulip Skirt

The tulip skirt is a great new silhouette that looks fresh for spring. It somehow manages to conceal wide hips while creating a tailored waist. They key is to find one that isn’t too snug, hits above the knee, and has an interesting print. You will be amazed at how this chic look goes from work to cocktail in a snap. Extra points for pockets!

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The T- Shirt Dress

I cannot emphasise the importance of a great simple dress enough. When it comes to the warmer months, its just a no brain-er that you would want the simplicity of a tee shirt in dress form. Its so easy to dress it up or down. I even have a few tank dresses that I layer under sparkly dresses for a more casual look. The look has a rocker edge when it’s not too snug, highlighting what you add to it- accessories, cardigans and structured jackets.

 

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The Boyfriend Jean

 

It seems that the trend in denim is slowly migrating away from the skinny jean. While the pencil thin leg is still a relevant shape, a look that is more current and comfortable is the Boyfriend jean. They are best when beaten up as if you’ve spent weeks working in the field or on the railroad (you know, the usual.), and then paired with some fab heels or top for an unexpected twist. Roll the bottoms up to keep the silhouette dainty and chic.

Marimekko for Anthropologie

 

The Printed.. Anything

One big mistake most people make is stocking up on basics like tees and jeans and forgoing the special “impulse” buys. Remember that if you don’t have a few fun things you love, then you’ll end up with a closet full of nothing to wear. Indulge in a few special pieces that speak to you and make you stand out. A sign of a truly stylish lady is one that isn’t afraid of prints and spring is the time to celebrate that artful side. I love when I see someone in a bright Orla Keily coat that seemingly doesn’t match with anything she’s wearing. Sometimes impulse buys end up being the pieces you are really passionate about and thus withstand the test of time. A splashy scarf or a printed sundress is a a good, recession-friendly way to add spice to your wardrobe. 

For more information or personal styling visit www.britaolsen.com

Rustic chic

April 14, 2009

While scanning the craft blog at Etsy I came across this picture of my dream kitchen realized.

Kitchen

Its reminds me of the Jamie Oliver show and I love how he’s always scooping things into a chipped bowl that looks a hundred years old. Etsy is great place to find vintage and hand crafted items that still look hip and don’t break the bank. (That sounded like an advertisement, but I dont get any cred for saying this stuff, honestly. I just love it over there. However if they were willing to pay for an advertisment I definitely wouldnt turn my nose up.. ahem. cough. cough..)

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Kate Moss for Topshop

April 9, 2009

Today Topshop opens in New York. I have been getting geared up for this since last year (when they said they would open. grrr) so its been a long time coming. Then when I heard yesterday that they were setting up barricades for the throngs of people that are expected to show up, it kinda turned me off. And then this survival guide had me thinking what I’ve long known in my gut to be true: skip the lines and the pushing and shop online. Only one itty bitty problem: the Kate Moss stuff is practically all sold out. Including this jacket that I adore to smithereens!

What’s a girl to do? Do I dare brave the storm? I wish they had a street cam..

Cake and Milk stationary

March 30, 2009

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I love personalized stationary. Its right up there with mascara on the list of things I feel compelled to buy no matter how much I have sitting at home. Perhaps its that “bygone era” thing that draws me to it, or the fact that when it arrives on the other end the recipient will say “Man, that girl has class.” A reaction I am always striving for. I love this set from Cake and Milk because the stitching keeps it from looking stuffy but still has that ladylike look. Is there a support group for addiction to luxury paper goods? Who knows, maybe one day you’ll find me buried under heaps of personalized stationary with my nude lashes wondering where all my spending money has gone.

My drug

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I love you Jamie, oh yes I do… I love you Jamie, and your food line too. When your not on my TV, Im blue… Oh Jamie, I love you.

(But not in a “have your baby” way. More like a “watch every show you do, and giggle at your accent” kinda way.)

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Screen printed tees

February 16, 2009

Pause for shameless self- promotion. I just wanted to share these tees I made last week. Each one is hand printed by moi with an old knot illustration that I thought was pretty neato. Now available at my  brand-spanking-new Etsy shop for a limited time. Men and Women sizes available in a few different colors. Check it out and if you are an Etsy member, maybe you want to heart my shop, perhaps?

French General

February 12, 2009

French General

I came across this site awhile back and I tend to frequent it and do my usual interactive window shopping. This is where I shop a site for a length of time, making up excuses for why I need each little thing, place them in my “shopping cart,” only to realize about an hour later that I have hit the hundred dollar mark and have nor real use for anything, I have romanticized how crafty I am and then quicky close the window and flee. Note: It is possible to do this in real stores as well and I often employ a similar technique, standing at the register with an armful of clothes and when the line seems a bit too long, I realize: I can get out now free of charge. Kinda pointless and oddly satisfying.

Although sometimes it does backfire. For example after one of my recent episodes, I received an order of 5 pairs of knee socks in the mail after trolling Sock Dreams late at night.

Anyway, French General is a really unique site and I just happened to be inspired by their main page collage this month. Kinda reminds me of Twig & Thistle’s  Valentine’s DIY project. So cute and vintage looking!
 
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They also have a feature that’s called “view from France” where they post random snippets of life in the french countryside. Purchasing not required.

As I mentioned in my previous post, guys need love too. I like buying Valentine’s Day gifts because there isn’t a lot of expectation and it does not have to be anything big. In most cases a homemade card or hunk of steak will do the trick for the man in your life. Or like I said before, a mix CD is always a good idea. That is, unless it’s your second date. 

Spice coated rack of lamb

1. This recipe is so impressive looking but wont have you slaving away all day in the kitchen. I also like the fact that you get to tell your butcher to french the bones. Ordering a butcher around really makes me feel like a lady.

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2. Give him something that will invariably conjure up a “huh. that’s cool looking.” Which you may not know but that is the highest praise from a man. Also its a succulent, so it’s hard to kill. But if he somehow finds a way, it only set you back $5!

ella studio letterpress cards

3. Speak his language with a card that says “I fucking love you” in pretty pink letterpress. Now that’s sincere.

Car Bomb Cupcakes

4. Somebody went and turned the Irish car bomb into a cupcake. Guinness cake, Jameson filling, Baileys frosting- pure genius. Now, why didn’t I think of that? Via Smitten Kitchen.

Breton "Trinch!" Cab Franc

5. You can’t go wrong with a nice bottle of wine and this one is rife with romantic connotations. It is made by a husband and wife team, and named “Trinch!” for the french term of two glasses clinking together. It has big, tannic qualities that will satisfy male taste buds, and best of all: it’s ready to drink now. None of that “keep it in the cellar” nonsense.

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6. These classy highballs have an elegant shape but are sturdy enough for a real drink. And who doesn’t always appreciate nice glassware?

Boxer briefs

7. Why should girls be the only ones to get undergarments on V-day? Guys need them too (sometimes more so) These are printed by hand in Portland and have a funny football guy on them. The back says “its good!” Perfect for that man in your life that doesn’t take himself too seriously, and let’s be honest- aren’t those the only ones worth keeping around?

mustache hankerchief

8. I always admired a man who carries a handkerchief, though I’m beginning to think they are going the way of the teacup. Not really needed and a bit old-fashioned. I guess the idea of carrying a snot rag around in your pocket is not appealing to some anymore. But if you think about it- its very green idea. Let your dude live out his ‘stache dreams with this quirky hanky. Pretty sweet.

Love in the Afternoon

9. As the title suggests “Love in the Afternoon” was a very risque film for its time. Though its an old romantic film, this movie does its best to entertain both sexes. For the gents: a very Bond-like character in Gary Cooper and for the gals: you have Audrey Hepburn with all of her impossibly chic Audrey-ness.

 

Barista's Beans

10. Barista’s Beans is my favorite kind of coffee. It’s fair-trade, organic and roasted fresh in small batches in beautiful Vermont.( Ok, yes, the roaster happens to be my brother, and that’s my nephew above, but that is a mere coincidence.) Everyone loves a good cup of coffee and you can feel good knowing you are supporting someone other than the Starbuck’s monster.

There you have it: “Flirty under $30” Valentine’s day fun. And P.S.- whatever happened to the grade school days of making valentines for everyone in your class? I liked when this holidays represented love amongst friends and wasn’t relegated to coupledom. So if you are living the single life, there is no shame in pouring a big glass of wine for yourself and chomping chocolates in front of the TV. In fact, I think that’s how I spent last Saturday night.