Friday, May 29, 2009

Princeton Reunions

Princeton Reunions are upon us and I can't wait to pile on all of the orange clothes I've been collecting all year and join the orange sea at the Prade!  If only I could go on a shopping spree right now, here's what I'd be picking up:

Emilio Pucci geometric print silk dress, $1191,
Ukranian Egg Ring, $38,
Large Saint Louis Goyard Tote,
Princeton grey tee, $30,
Searle multi tier high waisted skirt, $248,
Knee length linen skirt, $15.80,
Tory Burch jelly reva equestrian, $95,
Cole Haan trillby driver, $104.40,

CCSkye screw enamel bangle, $74.12,
Halston silk new shirt dress, $1,396.50,
Kenzie lock bracelet, $155,
Longchamp planete nylon tote in fox orange, $145,
Bajra orange flower stole, $330,
Kate Spade orange stripe cabana platform wedges, $138.99,

Thursday, May 28, 2009


These pictures really make me want to go straight home, dig through my stash of fabric and sew.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

I really like this Triumph of the Sign series by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.  It's a bit heavy-handed with the high-art vs. mass-market theme, but really pretty and striking nonetheless.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gypset Style

I am so intrigued by the cover of Julia Chaplin's new coffee table book Gypset Style (Gypset = Gypsy + Jet Set).  It feels vaguely shabby chic, but easy on the shabby.  The antique quilt, the dramatic curtains and of course, the bohemian darling draped over that gorgeous silk chair - it's all perfectly lived-in, but still decadent.  And those vibrant blue die for.


I saw these playful Nymphenburg bowls at Bergdorf the other weekend - I'm not sure how practical they are (maybe they would work with a bed of leaves and cubes of cheese or bunches of grapes), but I'm enamored nonetheless. It's an odd idea, but the incredible detail and impeccable quality makes these read as fine art rather than kitsch.

Animal Bowl Series, Bowl with Hippopotamus, prices not listed on the website 

Animal Bowl Series, Bowl with Hare 

Animal Bowl Series, Bowl with Fawn
Animal Bowl Series, Bowl with Bird
Animal Bowl Series, Bowl with Snail 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Skull Extravaganza

I know it's not Halloween, but I have quite the skull obsession and couldn't resist sharing these lovely pieces I've come across lately.  I think they're graphically beautiful and morbid in a refreshingly cheeky way.

Nymphenburg, from the Sacred Figures collection,

Swizzle sticks, D.L. & Co., Memento Mori collection 

D.L. & Co. place card holders
Alexander McQueen skull cocktail rings, $330 and $225

Dior Coffret de Vicitoire rings
D.L. & Co. note cards

Alexander McQueen bubblegum clutch, $1389

Damien Hirst Diamond Skull
Biscuit Plate, Innocence, $350,

Alexander McQueen chiffon scarf, $260

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Todd Romano

The elegant, eclectic Manhattan apartment of interior designer Todd Romano is impeccible.  There's just enough flounce, but it's still fully masculine.

All pictures from New York Social Diary

Opal Necklace

When I saw this necklace I was immediately in love.  The wings, the diamonds, the irregular opal (I have a love affair with opals).  I would wear this peeking out from under a crisp white unbuttoned oxford.

Bouldwing Necklace, $2,975,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Figural Napkin Rings

My grandma has a spectacular collection of silver napkin rings - not just the typical circles, but the most intricate and fanciful figures.  We spent hours polishing them together when I was little and they still hold a very special place in my heart.  I can't wait to use them all the time when she passes them on to me.  Like my grandma, I think they are best enjoyed as part of a table setting, not just stored in a cabinet.

Rip Van Winkle, $2,200,

from 1885, $695, 

from 1885, $650,

Amy Bennett

These oil paintings from Amy Bennett's Neighbors series are oddly haunting - like they are from an opening sequence in a Tim Burton film about suburbia.  She creates the eerie effect by building miniature models first and then painting them.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Love this rug...

This amazing rug just puts me in a spring mood.  It's happy and feminine, but the brown-tan background keeps it from being too intense.  Plus, there are so many accent colors to pull out - maybe some orange throw pillows, some black lacquer pieces on the coffee table...

Gloria's Garden Rug, $348-$998,

Vacation Sun Hat

I'm heading on vacation soon, for a (hopefully) sun-filled cruise on the Dalmatian Coast and I'm on the lookout for an amazing wide-brim hat.  I'm becoming more and more paranoid about the sun and can't think of a better way to prevent wrinkles while looking stylish. 

Kim Cattrall from the Sex and the City movie - the hat may be entirely over the top, but she is definitely my style inspiration for the hat quest.
The floppy, oversized look is just glamorous and the gathered brim is a really unique detail.
Hollywood Sun Hat by Kokin, $425,

Wire in the brim of this hat lets you scrunch it and move it as you please - down for the sun and a little flip up for conversation.
Hideaway Hat, $28,

This has a decided 'Out of Africa' aesthetic.
Victor Osborne Villa Oversized Sun Hat, $325,