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Monthly Archives: February 2014

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equipment silk polka dot pajamas | heart printed matchbox | love potion | vintage brass cats | striped hammam towels | brass lamp | gold-leafed bar cart | agate door handles | leopard slip-on sneaker | bow sweatshirt |

lately, when i get home, all i want to do is rip off my work clothes (okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. rip makes the act sound way sexier than it actually is), throw my hair into a messy bun, take off my makeup, and put on some seriously comfy pjs, stat. which is silly, really, since i wear leggings pretty much every day, and work in a place where ‘business casual’ is so casual that i could pretty much wear ANYTHING and no one would blink an eye. maybe it’s a function of the frigid weather, maybe it’s that when i get home, i want to be in oversized, not-at-all constricting clothing (since leggings are so constricting and all)…or maybe it’s that i found these pjs, from equipment, and i just want to wear them ALL THE TIME. what can i say? i am a comfort first girl.

other finds this week include the most awesome door handles of ALL TIME IN AGATE (YES, AGATE. i die. these with a mid-century console would be insane), the cutest matches ever (file these under “things i absolutely do not need”), adorable little brass cats i’m eyeing (you can never have enough tchotchkes), and my number one “must have” shoe for spring: leopard slip-on sneaks.

brass cats…come to mama.

happy thursday!

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Imagei’m not really a glamorous type of girl. sure, i can rock red lipstick with the best of ’em, but i’d never describe myself as the glamorous, nor sophisticated, type. but that doesn’t stop me from loving glamorous people, and glamorous spaces, when i see them. such is certainly the case with lauren santo domingo’s paris apartment, a study in black, white and gold. this space is BEYOND chic. there’s really no other word for it besides glamorous. i can’t imagine living in a space like this – it seems more like a museum than a home – but i sure can take a long hard look at the eye candy. enjoy! 

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i am a born and bred northeasterner. i doubt i’ll ever move out west. i don’t love san francisco, california doesn’t call my name, and i’ll be visiting los angeles for the first time this spring. but all that being said, i fell hard for patrick dempsey’s home, as featured in this month’s architectural digest. the home is an original tin (tin!) structure designed by the inimitable frank gehry in the late 1960s; dempsey and his wife updated it with the help of interior designer estee stanley (also the brains behind one of my favorite new interior sites, domaine, as well as justin timberlake’s other half in the homemint collection). estee epitomizes california cool, so it’s no wonder i love this home, even though it’s way out of my design style and comfort zone.

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i’m especially in love with the living room, what with those gorgeous clean-lined sofas (custom pieces, of course) and beautiful reclaimed wood pieces. that oversized mercury glass lamp is calling my name (try anthro’s silver etched lamp bases for a similar look). also, we can’t not talk about the stacked wood situation going on on the sides of the fireplace. i mean, HELLO, statement. i’ve seen this done quite a bit over the past few years, but mostly on a much smaller scale. here, stanley really went for the gold (ahem, wood-toned), and it totally works. your eye immediately goes to the fireplace, then gets drawn upward by that antique mirror. love the finish on that, and how it’s just a few shades away, but very much in the same family, as the mercury glass lamp on the side table.

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also, can we talk about this room? it’s dempsey’s wife’s art studio. the architectural in this space is beyond. the couple has a few kids, and i like that the studio also includes a comfortable seating area for the family (and perhaps potential clients?). again, we’re seeing lots of reclaimed wood, and hints of industrial style scattered amongst the more california bohemian pieces.

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i’m surprised at how much i like this kitchen. it’s way too modern for my taste, and yet, i would LOVE to cook a meal in here. those concrete slab countertops are so crisp and fresh, and i love the way the sun drenches the space in light. a true gehry traot. i’m also loving the wide-plank wood floors. it almost, almost, gives the space a bit of a northeastern farmhouse feel.

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and of course, who could forget that they have an AIRSTREAM TRAILER in their backyard? i mean…uber cool. the raised beds hold flowers, veggies, and herbs. all the better to cook fresh food in that gorgeous kitchen, of course.

love it. do you?

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recently, i participated in an old school email chain that asked me to send words of inspiration, words that had gotten me through hard times, to a person i did not know.

i didn’t send this quote; i sent one by margaret shepard (“sometimes your only transportation is a leap of faith”). but i sort of wish i’d sent this one instead. i know it’s corny to love a quote from the help, but i have always found this little mantra so empowering, and so wonderful. because we always forget that we are kind, and we are smart, and above all, we are important.

the next time you have a tough day, i hope you repeat these words to yourself. perhaps write them in lipstick on your mirror. perhaps print this out and hang it up in your cubicle at work. perhaps make it an iphone background. whatever you choose, make these words your magic.

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i’m a huge fan of note to self, a blog penned by sarah tolzmann. sarah has an incredible eye for design, typography, and all things pretty (as her day job, she works as a web design for ralph lauren. cool, right?), and has been sharing lovely bits and pieces on the interwebs since 2009. i’ve been a reader of note to self for basically as long as i’ve been reading blogs, and a fan of sarah’s aesthetic since day 1, so when she launched her print shop on society6, i ate that ish right up and promptly ordered a few pieces for my gallery wall. it’s been almost a year since i redid my dining corner, and i’ve been thinking that perhaps my wall needs a bit of love in the form of new prints. lucky for me, sarah recently updated her shop with a few new pieces, and i am LOVING them. my favorite, in particular, is tucked, a fashionista-in-a-striped-shirt rendition that would look so cute against my grey walls.

just for fun, i put together a little board of the new prints i’m loving – all in black and white.

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{taylor tomasi hill as photographed for the cut during the first day of NYFW}

in a world where street style has gotten to be an atrocious, howridiculouscanidress game, taylor tomasi hill continues to bring her a-game, proving that you can get dressed (and be successfully photographed) without looking like you got dressed in the dark.

sweater, warm coat, and sneakers. aka, what most other new yorkers are wearing in this weather. thank goodness SOMEONE isn’t trying too hard.