Take a cue from Micheal Cera and Jonah Hill this weekend...
Let loose. Move your feet. Hit the dancefloor.
"What really knocks me out is a book, when you're all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it."J.D. Salinger, from Catcher in the Rye
I was just browsing the February issue of SKI magazine (with Sun Valley on the cover!) and I stumbled upon this winter treasure on page 40...Please take in the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands in Northstar-At-Tahoe, Califronia. It's a ski-in ski-out hotel nestled halfway up the mountain at Northstar, and is accessed by gondola from the village below. Every room has a fireplace and goose-down comforters. The 17,000 square-foot spa has a heated outdoor lap pool. Their restaurant also boasts a world-class chef imported from San Fran serving up French-California cuisine. Sign. Me. Up.
Please? Someone? Just for like, a week?
(Rates range from $249 - $699 a night.)
" I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can." ~ The Catcher in the Rye
J.D Salinger died today at the age of 91. Like pretty much every kid in high school, I remember loving reading The Catcher in the Rye because it was the only book we read that was fantastically well written and about something, and someone, we could understand. Holden Caufield represented the frustrations, isolation and impulses we all felt as teenagers. And he was cool.
“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”
J.D. Salinger, 1919 - 2010.
So remember when I showed you this last week, as where I was mentally for the weekend? Well the picture above looks pretty damn close, doesn't it? That, my friends, is Treehouse Point, in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington. Oh yes. It's real, it's a hotel, and it's close. You can get married there, have a dinner party there, or just stay the night. Look at this excellent photo gallery. How badly do you wanna go? There's great hiking in the area and it's seriously less than an hour from Seattle. It would be a fun, sunny getaway in the summer, but I'm thinking... how beautiful and magical would it be to stay in a treehouse in the snow?
Still not convinced? Watch this...
(I don't know about the whole "Stop Work" thing, because it's definitely a real, working hotel currently. Treehouse Point won second place for Best Bed & Breakfast in the 2009 Northwest Escapes - however, the reviews on TripAdvisor.com are mostly less-than-stellar.)
I still want to go.
Hand me the Sudafed, heat up the lemon tea, gimme a couple squirts of Afrin and play this song nice and loud.
MSTRKRFT ft. John Legend - "Heartbreaker"
(You like? You better. There's a reason I've played it 145 times on my itunes... it's amazing.)
*UPDATE: This song brought to you by Hailey Jamar :)
Here are a few of my favorite looks from the Chanel Couture Spring 2010 collection:
Isn't Spring couture fashion week just magical? I love the fantasy and opulence and optimism of it all. I have to say, I like this collection a lot more than the fancy hoedown Karl showed us in the Fall. From these fanciful, silver-lined looks there are definitely a few trends I think we'll see a lot of come actual Spring:
- girlie - pastels - bangs (!) - short suits - silver accessories & tights - lingerie (boudoir dressing) - silk & sequins -
(I'm just going to go ahead and hope that the big hair bows don't catch on...)
Check out the rest of the collection on The Cut.
I love Mary-Kate Olsen's black-on-black-on-black look here. The short length of the shirt-dress is countered by long sleeves and mostly covering patterned tights. I know I've echoed Blair Waldorf's cries that 'tights are not pants' but I think this saucy little outfit is great. It probably helps MK that she's barely 5'2". For the more conservative real world, just pick a shirt-dress thats more of a dress than a shirt, like the James Perse one. (Image from Olsensanonymous.blogspot.com)
Ryan Reynolds keeps warm in the snow at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival premiere of "Buried."
*Guys take note, this is how you wear a coat. You should all own a nice warm coat that isn't a ski parka or rain jacket.
I don't know what to say, except that I have loved these Chloe sunglasses since i tried them on at Nordstrom last summer. Could I throw down just shy of $400 for a pair of shades? No. Can I throw down $170? Maybe. I do love them. And I mean, loooove them. Like, wear-them-every-day-they're-bigger-and-more-unique-than-my-Wayfarers love them. That being said, I'm going to search around a little more. I saw these for less than this on Gilt a few months back, and lets be honest, shipping from places like the Outnet, Gilt, and Shopbop can tack an extra $12 on the total.
Finding them in-store and walking out with them resting right on my nose sounds much better, don't you think?
As I'm sure you guys know, Gilt Groupe is a blessing and a curse. I often delete their emails before even opening them in the morning, just to save myself from being tempted by too many really great deals on designer clothes. Girl on a budget, people.
One time i never skip my Gilt email, though, is when I see those four glorious words: Marc by Marc Jacobs. I always browse the MJ sales because you never know what great little deals you might find. This morning while babysitting, I was feeling down that I didn't have a ticket to the sold out Phoenix concert at the SODO Showbox this weekend. Wallowing in self-pity, I started to browse today's Marc by Marc sale. I was in the mood to let the money I would have spent on a ticket be diverted to a purchase I could wear.
Behold, the Marc By Marc Jacobs Ikat Jersey Top. Originally $138, this cool, comfortable top went for $54 on Gilt. Because items on Gilt Groupe sell out very quickly, I made a split-second decision, added it to my cart and clicked "Buy It Now."
I can't wait for it to arrive in 5 to 7 business days so I can throw it on with skinny jeans, silver ballet flats and cool earrings. I'm also already imagining that it will be great in the spring with my jorts.
I adore this image. The woman is so beautiful and chic. The light is perfect and uncomplicated. It totally makes me want to get a felt hat to traipse around in for these last few months of winter. Not to mention the vintage Ferragamo sweater and stacks of rings are perfection.
(image from www.garancedore.fr)
I'm so gangster, I'm so thug, you're the only one I'm dreaming of.
Do I listen to it very loudly and dance around my bedroom while picking out clothes for work? Absolutely.
Will I cop out and say this is a 'guilty pleasure?' No, I will not.
I love this song. It's romantic and makes me happy. So there.
"Hey Soul Sister" by Train.