Party Dresses!

November 19, 2009

Yesterday was my 200th post and what better way to celebrate than with a glimpse at some of my fave dresses for the holiday season? This weekend I am working on the decorations for my Thanksgiving/Birthday shindig and I couldn’t be more in the party spirit!!



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.)

Embroidery hoops

November 7, 2009

chalkboard hoop

Bliss in a Teacup



Five Trees via Poppy talk


The Inspired Room

Using embroidery hoops for wall decor: quirky, cost effective and oh so hot right now.

I’m kind of impatient when it comes to crafts, so I don’t think actual embroidery is for me. Yesterday I was working on my napkins for Thanksgiving (I’ll share the whole process very soon!) and I was sewing so fast my machine sounded like it was going to take flight. Needless to say my hems are more than sorta crooked, they would make my Home-Ec teacher hang her head in shame. Ah well.

Crocheted stones

November 4, 2009

crocheted stones

the measure of autumn

leaves on a garden bench

I recently happened upon Resurrection fern, a lovely nature inspired blog. The crocheted stones boggle my mind. I don’t understand how someone could crochet something so intricate and form fitting that its not removable. Her photos of organized foliage remind me of one of my favorite artists, Andy Goldsworthy. Boy, I need a walk in the woods.

Buy her photos and crafts here.

Kid dressing for adults

October 25, 2009




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.


Where the wild things are

October 14, 2009

12 days since my last post. Egads! I have no good excuse other than I have just fallen out of the habit. I hope not to go that long without a peep ever again.

(I have also been very busy jewelry making, you can peruse the fruits of my labor here.)

I have to say, falling out of touch with your blog is a bit like letting to much time pass among friends. I miss you blog, and now there’s the awkward part where I wonder what I should say next… um. Hey, aren’t you looking forward to that “Where the wild things are” movie. Looks awesome right?


And now some “wild things” inspired things..

opening ceremony inspiration

its all about fur and crowns



I came across a “make your own wild things fort” contest and I’m in love.

Great excuse to relive one of my favorite childhood activities!





July 19, 2009

teal beads

yellow jade necklace

blue tears necklace

A little sampling of my recent craft projects.. available for purchase here.

Pale Aqua

July 17, 2009


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..

Paris in my mind..

May 27, 2009


I know it has been a slow week here on the ol’ blog, but don’t give up on me. I’m just gearing up for what promises to be a week filled with things I like to look at at, do and consume. After I posted about my hunt for the perfect place, the man and I found a great little apartment in the Marais that seems to meet my high standards. And if it doesn’t? Who the heck cares? Tomorrow I’ll be in Paris and all I really need is a place to rest my macaron- filled belly. The recommendations from our dear foodie (and wine-obsessed) friends got to be so much that I even created a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. I will simply not tolerate a bad meal. And in a wonderful stroke of luck, my tax return arrived in the mail today, so it looks like I won’t have to scrimp after all! So with that, I am off. Next post will be from abroad!

Au Revoir!

Rustic chic

April 14, 2009

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


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..)


il_430xn660322241Ring necklacemilkbottles

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.


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.

smokey highball glasses

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.

Amelie’s bedroom

January 19, 2009

Amelie's bedroom

This is one of my favorite movies. I think the majority of what I like about it is the production design. I’ve often daydreamed about dousing my apartment in the warm red color scheme but then I realize it wouldn’t really be the same without the careful lighting of a film set. I think the feeling of Paris streets waiting outside your doorstep and having Audrey Tatou as a cute french inhabitant helps too. I also love silly pictures of animals wearing jewelry and was happy to see the artist of the ones in the film, Michael Sowa now has prints for sale online. Though it would be hard to not expect them to burst out talking every now and again like they do in the film.

So tell me readers: how many  quirky pictures of animals can you have in your apartment before it crosses the line from offbeat to creepy? 4? These are things I need to know because I already have one of a dog wearing diamonds and am kinda in love with these.