Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Of the moment girl crush: Alexa Chung

Too apropos, no? I think that after a short while/ hot second her name and her rep will go down in flames due to overexposure - I don't really care though - she is uber chic, amazingly funny and charms the pants off of Bradley Cooper. No dice. No, DIIIIIICCEE.

Who says 16 is so bad?

If you ask me, super-blogger, Jane Adridge makes post pre-teen/ mid adolesence look pretty damm near appealing - if I had her mom's closet and the same shoe allowance, I don't know if I would ever complain about awkward acne (the condition not the lanvin for acne denim the chick owns), oddly shaped body parts and prom dates.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mrs. John L. Strong - wowo!

I adore Mrs. John L. Strong's stationary, so it's only natural that her bookmarks are worth noting as well. In 5 assorted prints, they would act as a beautiful hostess gift (for a book party perhaps), or work as a darling little treat inside stockings, atop gift baskets or alongside a good read atop your own night stand. With stores in Manhattan and retailers such as Barney's New York promoting the goods, you have no excuse as to your shopping delay!

Check out Barney's online store for more details: John L. Strong Stationary


Stella McCartney has always been an all time favorite of mine - as both a person and a designer. I appreciate her subdued feminine aesthetic and continually work towards recreating the sharp, tailored extras that provide a bit more edge to the lace and dainty details of some of her RTW. Ms. McCartney's Fall 2009 Collection was certainly no exception, proving that a little bit of lace goes a long, long way. I certainly haven't been one to shy away from a garment due to the price tag, but this was the first collection (with singular looks or pieces) that I could rationalize spending over 3K for. I know it sounds like a lot of money - but to me, it's an investment of a lifetime.

Marc - y Marc does Paris

Marc Jacobs seated in his Paris apartment - a cozy den filled with his contemporary art collection, furniture and sleek design.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Chic women's wear (3)

Pretty Biddies (2)

Kathryn Neale Schaffer

(i.e. Anna Wintour's Daughter in-law) Lucky lady.

A Vogue Idea ....

Oldies but goodies ....

lovely ladies

saucy sirs


beautiful biddies





(start chanting it, it gets pretty catchy) ...


I <3 T. Anthony

To Buy:

Classic Duffle
Style TA34
22" x 12" x 11"

- Canvas with leather trim or black ballistic with black leather trim
- Lightweight
- Removable, adjustable shoulder strap
- 2 inside zip pockets
- Monogramming available


Hudson told her decorators she wanted a house that was livable but with a hint of formality, "comfortable but with one uncomfortable piece in the room."

Kate Hudson in the main stairway of her Pacific Palisades residence. The house is actually the actress's childhood home, which Goldie Hawn had bought in 1979.

Kate Hudson recently worked with W to produce a shoot of her bohemian California retreat that she shares with son, Ryder and her boyfriend dujour. Hudson, a lovely actress and uncanny resemblance to her iconic mother, Goldie, seems to have quite the knack for interior design (a tasteful fusion of an elegant, thoughtfully curated and artful space).

The spread, shot in a grainy - almost out of focus style, seems to fit appropriately with both the space and the mistress of the home.

Kelly Wearstler for SFERERRA

Kelly Wearstler's new life for SFERERRA lacks in lustre - makes me jump to the conclusion that an eye for interior design does not always translate into design for commercial interior extras.

There are some smart pieces, very over priced and for the most part, not that daring.

Not convinced? You decide.

Damn, that Sting has bite ...

Or at the very least his Upper West Side NYC apt does ... it's currently on the market at Halstead if you're so inclined to drop a few million ... if anything, it may get you an introduction to the famous artist - at the very least, a note closer to where he and Trudi practice endless hours of [yoga]?

Those windows make for quite some voyeuristic dwellers ...

Hot Stats:

Price: $19,000,000.00
Maint.: $9,437.00
Financing: 50%
Listing Type: Cooperative
Type: Duplex


Cross Streets: 68/69 Sts

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The real birth of cool

Smalls Jazz Club

home to the world's deepest base - smoothest rye and pluckiest of strings.

ooo lalala

i dare you to become addicted to garancedore.fr ... yes ... in french.

pretty biddies in french dressing ...

deal with it.

Monday, March 2, 2009

never say never

While my mother always encouraged me to stay out of trouble, I could be easily convinced to do illegal/ hugh grant-esque ventures in order to save up for this Diamante on Lace Necklace by Alessandro Dell'Acqua.

Yes, in fact - VERY illegal things.

Simply Sweet

I usually hate butterflies ... but hey, a gal's gotta learn to change sometime, eh?

Argema Mittrei Framed Butterflies
by Distant Origin


Passe? Nah. A bit over-done and gauddy - indeedy. But the serious problem here, is that I still like it. Does that make me tasteless?

I'm willing to take the risk ... or at least allow you to lie by omission....


kindly give me all your monies

i die.

SWALLOW Neon Light by Tapp Francke (by Voltz Clarke) - $3,700.00 @ vivre.com.


The only over-weight item Valentino ever allowed into his atelier ... a wildly expensive coffee table book - a recent venture between the storied design house and Taschen books. If you want colorful spreads and inventive text - saddle up and go out of the apt for your own personal copy.

VALENTINO COFFEE TABLE BOOK @ Amazon now for only, $1,000...

Bergdorf Goodman does Tony Duquette


A Slipper In Just My Size


Design/ Inspiration Favorites online

For those of you who love interior design, I'm going to make the presumptuous leap and say that you probably love aesthetics, arts and design generally, no?

If my speculation was correct, I'm going to suggest that you become accustomed to the daily online searches/ and browsing of sites:



the sartorialist.com

Domino: It all falls down ...

The death of a trademagazine, regardless of its content, is always a sad day - so when my beloved Domino (love child of Conde Nast's House & Garden and Lucky Mag) announced that their March issue would be their last - I shed a tear - or at least threw my arms up in dispair.

Sadness again - as every pretty woman's how-to mag bites the dust.

Damn economy.

Damn price of paper. Damn environmentalists.

Damn cost of living.

Tear, tear.

Monday, January 12, 2009


In case you have a few extra dollars to burn through on lovely sculptural art. Check out Vivres' home-decor section on their websiite.

C'est Moi

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

James Dean's NYC Pad

Until 1953 James Dean was often difficult to locate: He rented a dozen hotel rooms in midtown, none of them for more than a few weeks at a time. His flighty behavior was an attempt at remaining elusive, as his private life was often unconventional and messy. At last however, he settled into a cheap fifth-floor walk-up at 19 West 68th Street, a tiny room with only enough space for a daybed, a built-in desk and a hot plate; there was no kitchen, and the common bath was down the hallway. Guests invariably found his room cluttered with empty bottles of liquor, left-over cartons of food, unsleaved records and dog-eared books.

When the Hollywood icon chose to leave his apartment for an afternoon, he was often seen drinking a beer at Louie's Tavern in Sheridan Square, over a cheap plate of spaghetti at Jerry's Bar and Restaurant on Fifty-fourth Street or lapping up chicken soup at Riker's on Fifty-seventh.

Super size it! Molyneux designed Paris Apartment

“It’s a powerful blend of antiques and art,” designer Juan Pablo Molyneux says of the Paris apartment of antiques dealer Benjamin Steinitz and his wife, Nadia Fakhoury, on the rue du Cirque. This single photo alone reveals a pair of Greek Revival French chairs, a Korean jar and leather armchairs from the 1930s stand in the living room in front of a circa 1980 diptych, Threshold, by Harland Miller. The marble-top table, which is inlaid with onyx, is 17th-century Italian. (AD, April 2001)

Hubert de Givenchy's Paris Apartment

In the late 1960s Hubert de Givenchy renovated his Napoleon III Paris apartment with designer Charles Sévigny. Givenchy moved the salon’s Louis XV marble mantel to the dining room, where mirrored panels—some concealing cupboards and doors—provide a backdrop for collages by Braque, right, and Nicolas de Staël, left. A Robert Courtright mask faces a table encircled by Jacob chairs. (AD, October 2002)

Jean-Paul Beaujard's Paris Apartment

In the airy living room of Jean-Paul Beaujard's Paris apartment—a 1910 building in the seventh arrondissement—whose ceiling reaches 25 feet, stands a Jansen daybed. The chandelier is 1950s French; the rug, from the same era, is American. (AD, September 2007)