Tuesday, August 30, 2011

fast forward 10 years or so...

If my future husband / baby are not as cute as this, I don't think I want to be a grown up.
If you're a cynical, single girl in your 20s, living in a large, metropolitan area and attempting to date men, this is probably not the blog for you.
Rockstar Diaries is literally the cutest, most dreamy vision of a family I have ever seen.
Click through that link if you dare.
Seriously, they're too much.

(*Thanks / ugh to Cait for sharing this one.)

Friday, August 26, 2011

tgif round 3: the barbie wedding album

Ok, I just saw this link from Katy Atlas' (@sugarlaws) Twitter feed, and it's simply outstanding.
Via Glamour.com

You have to see the rest, they are spot on.
(Photos by Beatrice de Guigne)

tgif: the hurricane edition

I'm sure you've already heard, but that unstoppable category 3 terror they're calling Irene is threatening to make her way towards New York City. I can't even begin to tell you what a pain this is, especially now. Come on, Irene, it's the weekend! One of only two left in the whole damn summer! So. Rude.

Anyway, if we must ride out this tropical storm, we might as well do it stylishly. Here's what I'm thinking...

To wear:

Hurricane Chic

I mean truthfully, I'm probably not going to spend too much time outside when Irene decides to make her whirlwind tour of New York City. If it's necessary though, I'll pretend a small umbrella won't get turned completely inside out, throw on a borrowed Barbour jacket, some jorts and Hunters, and make a run for it. Where could I possibly need to go? That's yet to be seen, but Duane Reade, and Spice seem like the only realistic places. For staying indoors all weekend, even though it's not particularly chilly, I'll still cozy up in a soft sweater, PJ pants and moccasins, and give myself a manicure while drooling over Kate Moss' wedding photos.

To watch:

I mean, right? I don't know why you wouldn't watch an epic natural disaster movie based in New York City while an actual natural disaster approaches our fair city. It's Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid vs. Mother Nature. It's awesome.

To drink:

Mix these things together...

And you get the perfect Hurricane Irene cocktail - a Dark 'N' Stormy!
I'm pretty sure that a themed cocktail (or three) is exactly what's in order to ride out this crazy weather.

Seriously though, all my East Coast friends, pay attention to the news, stay safe, and find a floatation device.
See you on the other side!


For no reason other than it's Friday, it's Clueless, and it's never going to get old.

*Thanks to Karina for sending this :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

the muppets take manhattan... with nail polish?

Tully loves The Muppets.
I love OPI nail polish.
This is OPI nail polish inspired by the new Muppets movie.
I didn't know there was such a thing, but now I'm excited. So is she.
Perhaps the best part of this collection is the names of the polishes, which include:
Wocka Wocka
Meep Meep Meep
Rainbow Connection
Warm & Fozzie

That's all, I just thought you should know.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

monday night movie: The Hustler

So on Monday night I crawled into bed with some vintage Paul Newman. I started watching The Hustler, and definitely fell asleep before it was over, but I just thought, if my readers enjoy Paul Newman even a quarter as much as I do, they will love some screen shots just of him smiling and wearing a jacket. And, am I right? Look at him! I tell ya, Ryan Gosling has nothing on Paul Newman.

In the movie he's an up-and-coming pool shark with a sweet spot for Jack Daniels, and he plays against this dude named Minnesota Fats. I'm interested to see what happens next, so perhaps later in the week I'll let you know. He just met a girl, and I think he might like her. She drinks a lot, too. Anyway, if I've piqued your interest, it's currently streaming on Netflix.

I loved this moment where "Fast Eddie" and "Fats" both take off their jackets and really get down to business in their high-stakes pool game.

I mean, come on. Those blue eyes shine even in black and white.
Le sigh. There will never be another.

SJP for Marie Claire September issue...

Obviously, I just love this image of SJP in Oscar de la Renta from the September issue of Marie Claire.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

i am ready i am ready for the fall...

ready for the fall

ready for the fall 

Just some things I'm thinking about...
More on this later.
First week on the job though, and I must focus!
I shall return with a vengeance very soon.

Monday, August 22, 2011

from my favorite book...

"It's difficult to explain, but I just somehow feel that I never really have lived; that I never really will live--exist or whatever--in the sense that other people do. It drives me crazy. I was terribly aware of it all those nights waiting for you in the Ritz bar looking around at what seemed to be real grown-up lives. I just find everybody else's life surrounded by plate glass. I mean I'd like to break through it just once and actually touch one. "

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{what a girl wants} biker buckles...

biker buckles

biker buckles

Let's be real for a second: biker boots and buckles are not a new trend. They're hardly a trend at all. I just love them, and have yet to add any to my closet. There are so many elements of some of these boots that perfectly represent my personal style. The flat-soled riding boots have that classic, timeless shape I crave in a good shoe, and the buckles add a tough, sort-of masculine edge that I like to incorporate into my looks. I am envisioning them being perfect for work with skinny jeans and a feminine long-sleeved blouse, but also great for a more casual outting with black leggings and an oversize cashmere sweater.

My stand out favorites are the Enzo Angiolini taupe boots (third from the left, bottom), both for their price and overall look. I also adore the Steve Madden "Lindley" (second from the right, bottom). I am most in need of some brown boots this year, but as you can see, there are quite a few black models tempting my wallet this season. Oh, and red, apparently. Can you imagine how divine those red Frye boots would be with dark denim and a camel sweater?

What boots are you guys craving for fall?

scenes from the week / weekend...

The last week or so has been total madness (in the best way) over here. One of my best friends from college arrived in town on Wednesday, and my best friend from Seattle arrived Thursday. Since then we've been like whirling dervishes on the streets, parks and subways of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here's a little peek into the events and adventures...

On Wednesday night, just minutes after Megan arrived from JFK, we hopped the subway out to Prospect Park, beers, blankets and snacks in hand, and parked in the grass to listen to the Bon Iver concert. Alli, Tully, Megan and I met Anderson and Inslee under a shady tree, and let the sounds of "Calgary," "Skinny Love" and "For Emma, Forever Ago," carry us into the late evening.

Thursday evening I was invited to the Anthropologie showroom to celebrate their Color + Print event. In the company of some of my other favorite style bloggers, I had my hair and make up done (red lips = my new favorite thing) and tried on clothes from the fall collection.

After my blogger event, Megan, Jessica and I headed to Los Feliz for a few margaritas and then to so-trendy-it-hurts Beauty & Essex to meet Moira and Tully.

Friday night we merged all kinds of friends and visitors at Company in the East Village. We indulged in 2-for-1 cocktails, and it was a terrific mish-mash of friends I hadn't seen in months and friends I see on the regular.

 So on Saturday we decided to take an adventure to try and see the set of Boardwalk Empire (by recommendation of TimeOut New York) in Brooklyn. Here's a fun fact: You can't. It's all kinds of gated and fenced. So don't believe TONY! Additionally, as illustrated in the candid photo above, it's really hard to find. It takes approximately four iPhones.

After haggling with the security guard for a while, and getting formally rejected, we walked the streets of Brooklyn, through a crazy Cuban street party and made it to Berry Park, a fantastic beer garden with an even more fantastic roof.

Oh, it's just me and my Persols enjoying a Leffe Blonde under the slightly overcast and insanely pleasant skies Saturday afternoon. Wearing Megan's perfect sleeveless-and-slightly-sheer button-down from Forever 21, which I am now obsessed with. 

Alli, Tully, Rach, me & Megs @ Berry Park.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

{FYI} i'm doing that Pinterest thing...

As if we all needed one more thing to be checking up on online, I've added Pinterest to my routine. I just joined today, so my "boards" are not very robust, but stay tuned, I'm sure they'll be brimming with beauty soon enough.

Follow my pinning adventures here.

happy birthday to the material girl...

Happy 53rd to an original and an icon, the one and only, Madonna.
The Immaculate Collection is just, you know, everything.

premature mid-week music moment: Foster The People (RAC remix)

Oh, hi! Sorry it's been a minute since I posted, but I've been in the midst of lots of fun and exciting things. To tide you over while I pull my life together a bit, here's a song to kick your Tuesday into gear. It's about as dreary as it gets out there, and this Foster the People remix is guaranteed to keep you going when the coffee wears off.

(Thanks to Megan for the intro to this tune.)

Friday, August 12, 2011

{outfit post} home turf happy hour...

I swear to you guys, I don't spend my entire life going to brunches, happy hours and parties with other bloggers. However, it really seems like it sometimes, doesn't it? We just have an understanding. A no-judgement-if-you-want-me-to-take-pictures-of-you-crossing-your-ankles-and-admiring-your-own-shoes understanding. Aside from that though, we style bloggers are really genial and fun-loving people, so why wouldn't we get together all the time and eat omlettes and/or drink $3 beers? Exactly. Hence we get together all the time. If you want to get technical, the transitive property proves that the more I socialize, the more outfit-y my blog gets. Just go with it.

To that point, I met up with Sonia on Friday afternoon, just around the corner from my apartment, for a happy hour drink and some serious catch-up. We sat at the bar of this sort of random-but-cute-and-nicely-air-conditioned restaurant on 8th Avenue called Donnatella. The beer was cold, the conversation was lively, and then we took pictures.

7 for All Mankind jorts (cut from old bootcut jeans); H&M tank; Forever 21 vest (borrowed from Tully); Persol sunglasses (similar to these); Lyndi bag c/o Kooba; vintage necklaces; Urban Outfitters wedges.

Here's the part where I say, "Hey Tulls, thanks for letting me borrow your vest while you were out of town,  even though I didn't really ask, since we share a closet and you hijacked my shirt to take to Salt Lake City. I realize that it's the best part of the whole outfit, so really this post is like an homage to our shared good taste." Or something along those lines. (I've said it before and I'll say it again: What is the point of having roommates if you can't treat their closet like an extension of yours?)

 Michael Michael Kors watch (similar to this); Tiffany & vintage rings.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kate moss x Mario Testino wedding shots...

As you probably guessed, the outtakes from Kate Moss' July wedding, shot by Mario Testino are absolutely gorgeous. Check them out right now on Fashionista.com, and soon in the September issue of American Vogue.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

mid-week music moment: Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Towers

He's performing tonight for free in Prospect Park in Brooklyn @ 7 p.m.

{outfit post} summer storm...

I must be starting to sound like a broken record by now, but last week I met up with Meghan to go to yet another fashion event that involved canapes and champagne. It's a tough life, I tell you, but somebody's gotta blog about it.

Whist sipping and snacking, we brainstormed with the design team behind Brahmin to come up with our ideal handbag. It was an interesting evening of creativity and clashing ideas, but ultimately really fun to learn about the logistics of a bag's construction, detailing, hardware and materials all come together.

The even was held at the Hotel Giraffe on 26th and Park Avenue South, so I made a vain attempt to hail a cab, which, if you're a New Yorker you'll understand, is nearly impossible in the rain. By the time I had walked five blocks waving one arm in the air, I was already half-way there.

H&M dress; Fendi bag; Mee Too flats; vintage necklace.

This is the new H&M dress I bought last week, and I'm just obsessed. I love the mustard color, and sometimes there's nothing easier than a long-sleeved mini dress. 

Believe it or not, I purchased this little Fendi baguette when I was 17. I was in Paris in July, during the the French soldes, when all the stores have their amazing sales. I think I paid about 89 euros for it, and to this day it's one of my favorite treasures. As overly branded as it is, it's neutral and just big enough to hold all my going-out necessities, which keeps it in heavy rotation in my closet.

This last picture is one of my all time favorites, big ups to Meghan and her photography skills!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

{crush this} new miles fisher...

Sometimes I have a really hard time deciding if I crush harder on Ryan Gosling or Miles Fisher. That's right - sometimes I spend extended periods of time thinking about which insanely attractive and musically gifted actor I would rather take as my lover - like it's an actual problem in my life.  Since I haven't seen Crazy Stupid Love yet ( I know, I need to. Can I borrow $13.50, please?) it's currently Mr. Fisher. I mean, what's not to like here? The video is a ridiculous spoof on Saved By The Bell with that same kind of twistedly comical and gory humor like This Must Be The Place, a la American Psycho.

Additionally, the song is sweet and fun, though I'll admit I couldn't really listen to the lyrics until I stopped watching the video. The fun kicker is that everyone in the video is also in Final Destination 5, hence all the dying. So now the question is, do I want to see Miles Fisher die, or watch Ryan Gosling get it on with another woman? #Whitegirlproblems?

*This post has been brought to you by Duncan, who shared it with Tully, who shared it with me. I'd be nothing without my music-loving friends, I tell ya.

Download both of my fav MF songs here.

from Amanda Pearl's tumblr: a little Shel Silverstein

Good ol' Shel really hit the nail on the head with this one.

Monday, August 8, 2011

{outfit post} what i wore + DKNY party...

On a rather sweltering Thursday evening a couple weeks ago, Meghan and I met up in Soho to check out the launch party for What I Wore blogger Jessica Quirk's first book, also titled What I Wore, hosted at the DKNY Soho store. As per the usual with our fashion party adventures, we sipped champagne, admired some really gorgeous clothes and mingled with the other guests.

When I think of DKNY, I think chic, and I think black and white. So I kept things pretty simple, and wore my most basic black mini and a white button down, with some vintage chains and jazzy blue flats.

H&M (men's) button down; Express skirt; Steve Madden flats; Ba&sh clutch; vintage chains; Michael Kors watch; Tiffany bracelet; Persol sunglasses.

In my opinion, there are few sexier articles of clothing than a button down shirt, for a man or a woman. I love to get mine from the men's department of places like J. Crew, Gap and H&M because the fit is slim, but more relaxed than a woman's cut. They tend to be a bit longer as well, making them wildly versatile for tucking, untucking, half-tucking and tying. This look is a pretty standard combination for me, I can't seem to get enough of a good button down these days; especially pairing one with a saucy little skirt for a night out. For me, it strikes the perfect balance of masculine and feminine influences, and with a few vintage chains and flats, you basically have my uniform.

I feel like Meghan had a bit of a Jak & Jil moment with this photo, no?

(Thanks again for snapping the pics, Meghan!)