Music Monday : Jessie J in the Subway


    Boombox Series // Jessie J from Arcade44.tv on Vimeo.


    When singers share their voice with people passing by on the street it is so cool and 22-year-old British sensation Jessie J singing in the subway in New York City is brilliant. She has some serious pipes! With only a tiny boombox to accompany her you can really see how her voice shines. What have you seen/heard while walking around on the street? Some of my favorites were awesome break dancers in France and a violin quartet in New York. Do you think popular artists should do more of this, who would you want to see/hear?

    Read more about this here.

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    The only cool thing about being sick is the awesome get well cards my little V makes for me.
    I have a really bad case of strep the doctor told me today, I will see you on the flip side when I am feeling better.


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Have a great weekend!


    Working on turning my sad face around ... (because of this) This photo made me instantly smile from Kate Spade's tumblr.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

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Diane von Furstenberg Shows No Minimalism

    After being "Phoebe Philo-ified" this fall with all our camel and minimalism, it looks like this Spring and next fall we are going to be "Prada-ified." Miuccia Prada declared she was tired of minimalism, and was she ever. Her bold color blocking, crazy prints, and colored furs from the Prada Spring 2011 show are appearing in different iterations on the NYC runways for Fall/Winter 2011. Throw in some old West American spirit and you've got Diane von Furstenberg's "American Legends" Fall 2011 show.

    Wide-brimmed hats with stampede strings and suede accessories accented with fringe indicate that Fall 2011 will head in a decidedly Western direction. You have to look closely but if you look at the boots on the right and left images you can see the fringe swinging in the back, and you can see the fringe coming off of the coat the model wears in the center image. 

    I've never been happier that I own a pair of cowboy boots. I also own a gorgeous camel sweater with fringe that runs along the back of the sleeves and across the back. I will definitely be taking these items out next fall!

    These are merely two images (of many possible options) from the show to illustrate that Diane's customer should have no fear of print. Prints certainly gel with the tradition of the house, but I think there were a lot more over-the-top prints on top of prints at this show. And of course, runway shows are not how things get styled on the street, so this is naturally open to interpretation by the consumer, but this consumer is not going to be afraid of getting noticed next fall. Speaking of getting noticed...

    You best not be afraid of color! The colors are certainly in a different palette than Prada's, less bright more deep, but the boldness is the same. I love the center image with the aubergine coat over the raspberry dress. Beautiful color combination. Also, colored fur is reigning supreme for next fall.

    And finally, here is my absolutely favorite look from the show. I want to buy it NOW. I would wear it to a nighttime summer wedding:


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Pajama Jeans: No. Just No.

    It pains me that I even have to say anything about this:


    NO.

    And don't give me the "But it's comfortable!" argument.  So are actual pants.

    Don't bother with the "But they look JUST LIKE jeans."  Like hell they do.

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Frocking Friday 3


    Apologies for the crap lighting.

    Outfit Details: Dress: Anthro; Shoes: Anthro, Necklace: J Crew

    Dress it up: Change shoes to something higher and dressier, add cocktail ring or bracelet.

    Dress it down:  Swap heels for flats or boots, change statement necklace for something more delicate.

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Shop This Place: Ruche

    (Disclaimer: it's possible I have blogged about this pace before, because it's been so long since I've meant to.)

    My friend, E Dub, tipped me off about Ruche and now I am seeing pieces from the site all over the fashion blogs I read.

    The vibe looks like Anthro, Free People and ModCloth, but (mostly) at much lower price points.  I am into the following:

    Love My Nest Necklace ($16.99):



    Three of a Kind Necklace ($15.99):


    Fly Away Home Necklace ($24.99):


    FINE. I will post something other than bird necklaces.

    Here's the Wise Little Owl Print Cardigan ($42.99):


    Ok, ok.  Here's something entirely BIRD FREE:

    Summer In Paris Floral Dress ($46.99):

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Another Gorgeous White Kitchen...



    I don't know why I never tire of white kitchens! I especially like the stainless steel counters sand white marble, oh and those lights are pretty unique and neat too. See more of this space over here.

    (photos by Donna Griffith from Style at Home)

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Pretty Dresses from Fashion Week


    1. Diane von Furstenberg
    2. Jason Wu
    3. Oscar de la Renta
    4. Carolina Herrera

    (All photos from Style.com)

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King of NY Fashion Tells Us What to Wear

    Marc Jacobs tells us what we will be wearing next season. His Spring show featured bold colors and 1970s silhouettes. Check out any website or fashion magazine right now and what trends are they touting as the musts for spring? Oh that's right, bright color mixing and 1970s inspired outfits.

    So what now Mr. Jacobs? What will I be wearing next fall? It looks like I will be wearing a lot of plastic, deep, strong colors like black, white, gray, cognac, navy, maroon and hunter green, tons of polka dots, longer lengths, lace, and even some polka dots mixed with lace. Let's take a look at the trends Marc Jacobs set for fall 2011 on February 14th, 2011.


    This fall 2011 woman is bad. ass. She isn't about easy dressing, that's for sure. She is about highly structured and honestly, not the must comfortable fabrics - like rubber. According to style.com, Marc worked with House of Harlot to create these skirts and dresses out of rubber to look like sequins. We are about 100 miles away from the floaty, effortlessness of his spring collection.



    As you can see, polka dots EVERYWHERE. Covering the entire garment and in accent, big polka dots, small polka dots, and on tights. Just. Everywhere. Embrace it. It's happening. These looks also give you a good sense of the color palette. 

     And here is the lace! I actually LOVE the bits of lace applique applied to the skirts and tops. The broad shoulders and structured silhouettes don't exactly cry out "feminine," so the lace elements are a nice touch. In the center we have polka dots mixed with lace and a touch of the Wild West in the collar there (a trend echoed in DVF and Rodarte, and a couple other of the later looks in Jacobs' show). And finally, we have that gorgeous red all-over-lace dress.

    Jacobs is certainly sticking with the trend of longer lengths that we have been seeing the evolution of lately. Skirts and dress that graze below the knee and mid-calf are going to carry us through spring to next fall. Start your shopping list folks, we have got a lot of Fashion Week to go...

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Looking Forward To...


     I cannot wait for the Proenza Schouler show today. I have planned my schedule today around watching it live on their website airing at 8PM EST. Above is a look from the Fall 2011 line, and I can't wait to see the larger collection that it fits in with. 

    The image is from Vogue.com's "First Look" series where they offer one look from fashion shows before the show takes place - it's a great inside look. Read the brief article about the collection here, it really sounds spectacular.

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Live the Language




    These fantastic video clips for the EF Live the Language campaign have been making the blog rounds, I absolutely adore them! The typography, cinematography, message is perfection! Have you seen them yet? It makes me want to get away to Paris right away! See more clips for other countries here. More advertisers should take their lead don't you think?

    Directed by Gustav Johansson // D.O.P. : Niklas Johansson // Typography by Albin Holmqvist

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Dots for Fall 2011


    What do I love as equally as stripes? Polka-dots, so I was thrilled to see photos of Marc Jacob's new Fall 2011 collection. Go Dots! According to Style.com Jacobs himself said the new collection was a reaction against the loose, fluid feeling of his Spring outing. "I wanted something strict and severe," he said. What do you think?

    (photos from Style.com)

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The Rainbow House


    The Rainbow House designed by AB Rogers Design in London looks like a cheerful and brilliant place to hang out, the house itself is a beautiful work of art! How much fun would this place be to explore? Check out this clip to see the whole place on a magical tour, oh and the floors in every room are incredible. What do you think?

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Music Monday : 10 songs about love

    For Music Monday I'm doing a little something different to celebrate Feb. 14th. I'm sharing 10 love centered songs that I really like -- some you may have heard, some maybe not...( in no particular order).



    1. Adele's cover of 'Make You Feel My Love' gives me the chills. Her voice is incredible. (above)
    2. Be My Man: Love ASA's modern yet classic sounding voice and the quirky dancers in the video.
    3. Home : beware... this song gets really, really stuck in your head!
    4. Addicted to Love cover : I heart Florence & the Machine.
    5. Inside Out : Holy cow this song/cover is amazing live!
    6. Had to throw this one in, haha.
    7. A classic : go guitar fingers, go.
    8. No words to describe this guy and song...no words, one of my ultimate favs.
    9. Real Love : Again, another great live performance.
    10. This has remained one of my favorite love songs, I sang it to my husband on our wedding day, I can't believe we are coming up on ten years in a few months, wow-wee!

    What about your favorite songs about love... Shout 'em out!

    Happy Music Monday!

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Romantic Press...

    Being Valentine's Day, I thought it was appropriate to share my recent magazine press in the February issue of Romantic Homes. They asked me to talk about what I believe Romance is and I am very honored to be included in their annual "The Romantics" roundup with such amazing ladies, wow ... thank you Romantic Homes!

    Since it was tricky to get a good readable shot, you can read what I wrote below if you are interested... What about you, what does romance mean to you?




    "Romance to me is often about experiencing unexpected surprises. Some of the more memorable and romantic times of my life have included these serendipitous moments while traveling. Exploring new and interesting ingredients in a farmer’s market, seeking out vide-greniers (flea markets) throughout the French countryside, and discovering a new city with my camera and journal in hand are all experiences that have greatly enriched my life.

    Although these grand experiences and surprises don’t occur as often as I would like, by pausing each day for what I call ‘beautiful moments’ I have found my life instantly fill up with more meaning and ‘joie de vivre’. Some of these simple moments include sipping a cup of hot herbal tea while flipping through a gorgeous book, bringing home freshly cut flowers, lighting candles while listening to a lovely piece of music, taking a nice long hot bubble bath, hand-writing letters to loved ones, and enjoying a nice meal with my husband.

    He and I surprise each other with thoughtful gifts at unexpected times. Once he gave me a journal full of letters that he had written to me each day. This is one of those gifts I thumb through often and will forever cherish. It is a secret to him, but I am currently working on a response to those daily love letters he wrote me.

    The most romantic thing I've ever done is blindfold my husband and take him on an adventure up in the mountains that included a personalized music soundtrack and picnic."

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Happy Friday!

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Salad Toppings


    My last suggestion for how to use Weight Watchers new cheeses (see previous posts here) is in a yummy salads. Do you ever come up with different salad combos? My husband thinks I'm hilarious for sometimes putting everything but the kitchen sink in them, but salads are great place to put in some power veggies and fun ingredients. Unless I am going with a particular recipe, the salads I make are usually different every time. This one has cucumbers, pinto beans, tomatoes, carrots, arugula, baby spinach, and some Weight Watchers cheese. I like how you can add flavor with their cheese without the extra fat and calories and it is nice to throw a little more calcium in there too.

    What do you put in your salads?

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Paper Twins


    Check out this fun street art by the Paper Twins that is just awesome. See more of their work on flickr -- couldn't find a website. What type of street art do you like?

    (Spotted on Unruth)

    photos: Paper Twins flickr stream

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Wear With Two Tone Brogues

     
     
    A fun and more prepster way to wear two-tone brogues is by pairing black and white brogues with an on-trend black jumpsuit.

    Over the jumpsuit, wear an American classic - the denim jacket. Throw on a circle scarf with thin black and white strips to ramp up the prepster vibe, and then wear an oversize gold watch. I love Michael Kors watches, how they are refined and yet mens-like because of their oversize.

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Clear Baby Cribs


    This may one of the coolest slices of baby crib/bed design I've ever seen since this  ... How rad is it that a child would be able to see the world around them without bars?! They also have another selection which is nifty and is less pod-like but equally as cool. Some great designers have their thinking cap on over at Ubabub in Australia.

    In case you are wondering, which I did at first they are safe too.

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Lovey, Dovey...

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Wear With Two Tone Brogues


    An unconventional way to wear classic menswear two-tone brogues is to make them edgy. Wear leggings as pants - a controversial choice, I know - but I do think it's okay if your top covers your bum.

    Therefore, wear a long tunic in a fun pattern - like this leopard tunic. It looks sheer so I would wear a black tank top underneath. Obviously it's freezing outside, so wear a shearling lined leather jacket over the printed tunic. Finally, wear a neutral colored scarf, like this sand colored one in a nubby, natural texture.

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Cave Hotel




    There is something quite surreal and mysterious about people who used to live in caves and places carved out of rocks back in the day. I've always been fascinated by them especially after seeing caves while traveling to Petra in Jordan. Three cheers for the Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel in Turkey, so quirky and interesting, this is going into my travel files. Would you stay here?

    (photos from Yunak Evleri)

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Striped Ribbon Necklaces

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Music Monday : Oh Land


    The adorable Kelsey sent me over a gem of a band that I've never heard of before that is perfect for Music Monday today! Have you listened to Oh Land? The Danish singer Nanna ├śland Fabricius is super creative and on her website it says she grew up in a incredibly stimulating envoirnment with an almost 'circus-like' upbringing with an opera singer for a mother and a theater organist for a father.

    She is a trained ballet dancer and her performance style is 'a soundscape of dreams'. She is enchanting and has a unique and eclectic style that is refreshing, I want to hear more of her electropop music. She stated that her goals is "to sound like I'm from 2050, but still feel really classic, like the music is an old friend." Since I like her so much, today I am sharing two videos ....

    First up her Fleet Foxes cover which is pretty great showcasing her pretty voice...



    and then White Nights Live which shares more of the playful side of her spirit...





    Oh Land- White Nights (Live) from Oh Land Music on Vimeo.

    Her other clips are also amazing... see them here. I purchased her EP, you can get it from itunes here or Amazon here for $3.96. (purchases made from these links support B*E Music Mondays.)

    (photos : Thomas-a & Elisabeth Heltoft for Soundvenue)

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Shop This Place: eShakti

    I am dying to order this bird motif cotton dress from eShakti:

    I can customize the skirt length, sleeves, neckline, and while those alternations cost extra, the dress starts at only $79.95.

    What's awesome about this site is that you can tweak clothes to work better for you without having to design something from scratch.  The clothes are well-priced, come in extended sizes (XS - 26W), and are unique.  The styles are similar to Anthropologie, ModCloth, bebe, and BCBG.

    I love having something customized to fit me or look exactly as I wish.

    For this dress, I plan to change the neckline to a wide V, change the sleeve type to a cap sleeve, and make the overall length hit the knee.

    I also have my eye on these pieces:

    Flying Birds Safari dress (comes in 4 colors): ($79.95)


    Floral Embroidered Color Block dress: ($59.95)

    Felted Wool Shift dress: ($79.95)

    Rosette Pins Silk top (comes in 2 colors): ($64.95)

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Frocking Friday 2

    For Frocking Friday several weeks ago I cheated and wore a skirt.  But it's one that I love, and have since found a MUCH better top to pair with it. 


    Outfit Details: Top: Aqua; Skirt: Anthropologie; Tights: DKNY; Boots: Cole Haan; Ring: don't remember.

    Dress it up: switch out boots for heels, add way cuter top- loving this tuxedo ruffle tee:


    Dress it down: swap tights and boots for flats, un-tuck shirt

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