Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Might as well end the hottest month of the year with a sizzling photo // look. Because - while wearing clothes - I don't think it gets much hotter than python cigarette pants, a leather tee, pointy black pumps, and red lipstick. Love all of it.

P.S. -- As you may have noticed, this is my first post this week, and as this week has turned into a whole big commotion of craziness, it may be all that I can squeeze in. If so, I hope everyone's week is going well, and I'll see you next week!! xoxo

Picture: I Know What You Wore Last Season

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Night Sky + Cat

Since Saturday's post was filled with images of a sunny blue sky, Sunday's might as well move to some really lovely nighttime photos of a sneaky little kitty cat.

All photos from the newest blog that I'm reading, A Cat, A book, and A Wardrobe. As well as these pictures, she also has a post on probably the best skirt ever found at a flea market.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday . Favorites { but on Saturday }

Yesterday was mostly taken up with a day long retreat // meeting, and then my ability to do pretty much anything after that was sapped away. So unfortunately blogging fell by the wayside.

On Thursday, however, I went with my mother out to a friend's house in the country to drop off some things, and was pretty stunned by how lovely a simple blue sky with clouds looked. I'm probably not much for country living, but every now and then it seems kind of wonderful.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Coco + Venice

Venice - Behind the Scenes from Coco Rocha on Vimeo.

Some of the flicking back and forth between different moments is a bit spazzy for my taste, but overall this behind the scenes video of a shoot that Coco Rocha did in Venice is just peachy keen.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

48 . Things

I borrowed (see: stole) this questionnaire from newly discovered The Wiegand's. I love lists. I love questionnaires. Love. Feel free to steal it as well, and leave me a link to your post // responses!!

Happy Saturday everyone!!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 10 am

2. How do you like your steak? I don’t eat meat

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema: Crazy, Stupid, Love. Meh. Though between this and Blue Valentine I have a nutso crush on Ryan Gosling.

4. What is your favourite TV show? The Vampire Diaries. ( Can I admit that? )

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Bora Bora or Key West

6. What did you have for breakfast? Special K w/granola, walnuts, raisins, and strawberries

7. What is your favorite food? Sushi or Macaroni & Cheese

8. Foods you dislike? Beets. Sorry beets.

9. Favorite place to eat? Sansu (best. sushi. ever. except for this place in Seoul, but that’s kind of far away.)

10. Favorite dressing? ranch

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Prius!!

12. What are your favorite clothes? Maxi skirts // dresses

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Cambodia

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Empty.

15. Where would you want to retire? Bora Bora or Key West. Hello redundancy!

16. Favorite time of day? Not the morning. See: question #1

17. Where were you born? Lansing

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Boxing.

19. What is your favorite fragrance? Very Irresistible Givenchy or J’adore Dior

20. What is your favorite face cream? Chanel
** Admission: I read this as "What is your favorite ICE cream?" and didn't realize my mistake until I got to the actual "What is your favorite ice cream?" question, and was like, wait, what? I am currently trying to go sans dessert for awhile, and clearly it's affecting my brain.

21. Favorite baby/kids products? No children, so....

22. People watcher? yes.

23. Are you a morning or night person? See: question #1

24. Do you have any pets? Gerdie, Ivy, and Nico (our kitties!!)

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Fingers crossed but -- I just started saving money to rent a house for a month in the Caribbean next year!!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? An actress or a marine biologist. Obviously, neither of those worked out ;)

27. What is your favorite memory? Hmm... too many to choose from.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? both.

29. Are you married? kind of

30. Always wear your seat belt? yes

31. Been in a car accident? yes. (I’ve had three cars totaled by drunk drivers!! Knock that shit off people!)

32. Any pet peeves? rude people at the grocery store

33. Favorite pizza toppings? tomatoes, feta, asparagus, broccoli, tempe, onions, pineapple....

34. Favorite flower? tulips

35. Favorite ice cream? Cappuccino, but I probably wouldn’t turn many away either!

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? I don’t eat fast food

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? none

38. From whom did you get your last email? Barneys

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Barneys

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? not really

41. Like your job? job #1: meh. job #2: love. I’ll let you figure out which is which.

42. Broccoli? yes!!!

43. What was your favorite vacation? summer trips to the lake. all of them.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? B.

45. What are you listening to right now? Jordi Savall

46. What is your favorite color? green

47. How many tattoos do you have? none.

48. coffe drinker? it’s 8:22pm and I’m still drinking coffee, so, yes.

P.S. -- If you really like questionnaires - which I do - Courtney at My So Called Denver does Fill-In the Blank Friday. She also encourages list stealing :)

P.P.S -- Just added! Links to others' "48 Things" { Karen at Small Earth Vintage // here } { Owlet // here } { Charisse // here }

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fall . Fashion . Inspiration

Technically I'm not thinking about fall yet - summer temperatures in Michigan typically last through the beginning of October, so there's very little use in planning out full-on jeans and boots combos. Also, summer could last all year as far as I'm concerned.

But since climate change won't totally kill off all of our seasons for at least another 10 years or so, there's no harm in having a pinch of fall on the brain.

Jewelry: Kelly Wearstler
Street Style: Pinterest ( *If anyone knows which street style blog this came from, please let me know! The Pinterest links just kept looping. )

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Family . Album

I popped over to my parents' house earlier today and spent some time sneaking through the family album...

Where it all started: my parents getting married! How fabulous is my mom's white suit?! Love it.

Mom + me
Mom + Me at our house on Bates Street

Dad + me
Dad + Me

Mom + me + camero
My mother + her sports car... that she sold!! Boo.

Me and grandpa
Me sitting with my grandpa Ted. Worried that my parents were letting me drink a can of soda at such a young age? Don't worry. It's beer.


Scott finds the fridge
Little brother comes along! This is my favorite photo of him - even as a wee tot, he found a way to open the refrigerator.

Perfect bangs
The bangs, the natural blonde, the perfect messy hair... where are you now hair?!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More . Kimonos

I can't seem get enough of vintage Japanese kimonos lately. This new group will be photographed promptly and stuck in the shop over the weekend!

Wouldn't it be kind of magical to have a brick & mortar that just had racks and racks of vintage kimonos? Daydreaming...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The . Loot

I did my share of shopping in Montreal, but really only a teeny pinch of buying. There were things that I saw, but with another big trip on the horizon, travel is certainly more important than things.

That said, I could hardly come home entirely empty handed!

My purchases were limited to jewelry from a couple of different stores in Old Montreal ( a little trinkety store tucked into a cobblestone alley ) and in Downtown Montreal ( the chain, Aldo Accessories ). My favorite is easily the gold armor ring. It runs the whole length of a finger, and I've been wearing it pretty much non-stop!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In . the . Details

When I've seen photos of couture collections before, I've always been moved by the beauty of the pieces - the fit, the movement, the color, the glamour - all stunning, all works of art.

Yet until I saw the Gaultier collections up close, "work of art" really just meant "very pretty." Without seeing close-ups, it's nearly impossible to appreciate how much work goes into making every.single.garment.

The dress above contained one of my favorite surprises. From even a few feet away, the dress looked as though it was crafted from fur. But no. The entire thing is beaded. All of it. Beaded. How long that would take even the more seasoned couturier, I can hardly imagine.

Another wonderful detail was on this pair of tights - someone had taken a regular pair of tights, and then cut out teeny leather pieces and then stitched them to the tights to make them look like real python skin. My eyes go wide just thinking about it.