Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rose . Byrne

Rose Byrne is one of my favorite actresses today. I love her on Damages, plus, unlike a lot of other starlets, I think she takes different sorts of roles, so we're not just seeing her as versions of the same thing over and over.

Photos: Muse #27

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fenton . Fallon

So these crazy//beautiful//ginormous earrings and necklace from Fenton Fallon's spring 2012 line are statement pieces from heaven and I want, want, want them.

Wide . Open . Spaces

Photos: English Muse, AMM Blog on Flickr, and Walking Around Where the Sidewalk Begins

Monday, September 26, 2011


Photos: Grey Magazine, Fall / Winter 11.12

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A . to . Z

Questionnaire time!! I'm pretty sure that I could fill out lists and questionnaires all day, every day. If there were a job that asked you to do that, I do it. This one comes from the lovely Shrimp Salad Circus -- as always, feel free to copy, and leave a link to your answers // posts!

A. Age: If I told you, I'd have to kill you.
B. Bed size: A double-bed from Ikea; + we use the foldout in the living room sometimes when we’re watching a movie and sleepy all at the same time.
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the bathtub. If it weren’t for the boy, I’d have to pay someone to come in do just this single thing.
D. Dogs: I have no dogs but really, really, really want one. (Everyone chime in and tell B. how much we need one!)
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee.
F. Favorite color: Blue, today.
G. Gold or Silver: Both. Sparkle.
H. Height: 5'8"
I. Instruments you play: I used to play the clarinet. I was first chair without ever really trying, though I gave up at the start of high school. Queue: missed opportunities and lost chances.
J. Job title: (1) Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Faculty. (2) Vintage Proprietress (I could just say “store owner,” but it doesn’t have that ring to it)
K. Kids: Nope, nope, nope.
L. Live: Michigan
M. Mother’s name: Cynthia
N. Nicknames: I had the nickname “Muffin” when I was really little, but I’m thinking we’ll leave that one where it lies.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Twice for different surgeries.
P. Pet peeves: People who are rude for no reason - like at the grocery store. What is it about the grocery store that brings out the nastiness in folks?
Q. Quote from a movie: I’m not sure I get this one. Is it just to see if I can remember any quotes at all? Because I’ve got a ways to go before senility kicks in.
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: One brother. Story: I saw him the other night at BluesFest and was talking to a friend, Gail. I told her I hadn’t seen him since May, and she was all, “Oh you should show him around!” And I was like, “He lives here.” Yes, we live 10 minutes apart and I see him every 4-5 months or so.
U. Underwear:  Yes.
V. Vegetable you hate: Beets, maybe.
W. What makes you run late: My significant other.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: I’ve had cat scans, and then the super obnoxious ones that they take at the dentist.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Macaroni & Cheese!!!
Z. Zoo animal: Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!

Photo: AngelY on Flickr

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011


Recommended { save }

Left | JCrew Academy Coat in Sandstone | $325
Right | JCRew Wool Icon Trench in Camel | $325

Recommended { splurge }

Left | Thakoon Wool Blend Trench Coat | $1970
Right | Joseph Wool and Cashmere Blend Coat | $1095

I know that everyone is falling all over themselves to be the brightest and most colorful this fall, but I really think that you can't go wrong with a classic pairing, like a wool blend and soft camel color. Almost any style or silhouette - trench, shawl collar, cape, swing - is going to be the perfect polish to any outfit. Besides, you can always toss on a pair of jewel-tone pants (I like the yacht blue or the bright dahlia) to brighten up the look.

Tip: Look for a vintage fur collar - like this one - to add to your coat in the chillier months. This saves you the $$$ you'd spend on a new coat with fur // you can transfer it easily to other sweaters and coats // and you can find a variety of real or faux, plush or sleek, light or dark

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Prague { Mini Post - The Charles Bridge // Karlův most }

We made it back to Michigan late Friday night after what turned out to be a very long day of traveling: Leave for airport by 8:30am Prague Time // 2.5 hours at the airport // 1.5 hour flight to Amsterdam // 3 hours in Amsterdam // 7.5 hour flight to Detroit // 2 hours in Detroit // 1.5 hour bus ride to Lansing // Arrive at 11:45pm Lansing time, 5:45am Prague time = 22 hours of travel.

Yesterday was pretty much a do-nothing recovery day, though now I'm fairly certain I'm expected to be a productive member of society again. Sigh...

So over the next couple of days I've got a few mini Prague posts that I'll throw up. These photos were all taken on The Charles bridge on our last day in Prague. The bridge is easily one of the most touristy and crowded places in all of the city, but also one of the most beautiful. The statues that line the bridge tower over everyone, and it looks incredible from afar - whether a cloudy day, or lit up at night, there's a reason that everyone flocks to it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Prague { Part 2 }

Our hotel - Vila Lanna - from the grounds

Yesterday B. was in conference sessions all day, so I was left to my own devices. I did a pinch of shopping - my favorite was this little antique store. The woman didn't speak any English, and it was just lovely to listen to her talk about these beautiful vintage clothes in Czech.

I also walked about the city a bit more, going through the Old Jewish Quarter, the main square, and then spending some more time along the river.

This morning is filled up with more conference sessions for B., though then I believe we're going to wander up to the castle. The castle is supposed to be impressive in and of itself, but apparently there are magnificent views of the city from high on the hill as well. I've also heard that there's a monastery, + a little restaurant with excellent Czech beer!!