Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I really love almost everything Paule Marrot does. I don't know why either, it's not particulary my style. It doesn't look like anything in my house, my mother's, sister's, grandmother's, or aunt's, for that matter. But maybe that's why I am so attracted to it. 

I'm sure you are familiar with the first painting, "Feathers", as it is constantly popping up on blogs and in magazines. I've often wondered who was the mind behind the textiles and was hard pressed to find much information on her. What I did find is that Marrot was a Parisian textile designer, engraver and painter. Known for her two-dimensional, hand-painted, mostly floral designs, she became popular in the US  after World War II. She is often considered an art-deco artist for her abstract, geometric work.

These days, companies from Nike to Anthropologie continue to spread the art by using her designs and selling her work.

Monday, August 29, 2011

a.Stalk Slicer $12.95 b. Prep Taxi $9.95 c. Strainer Cutting Board $24.95 d. Spiral Peeler $12.95 e. Five Blade Scissors $14.95 f. Vinaigrette Shaker $19.95 g. Garlic Slicer $39.95

I think I'd be a regular Giada DeLaurentis with these things. Thanks, Cooking Enthusiast.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm lusting over these Brian Atwood shoes. I spotted them in WWW a week or two ago and keep going back to them. The combination of cobalt blue, leopard and calf hair make these spot on for fall!

Available at Saks.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blog crush: The Decophile

I am always in awe of the assortment of amazing, creative, thoughtful blogs there are out there. You have no idea how much time and effort one of these little things takes (or maybe you do, as you've seen how lazy I've been this summer), and most people are doing this on top of their full time jobs and lives beyond that. 

So, when I see particularly creative one I like to share. This brings us to The Decophile. In the blogger's own words, "The Decophile is an exploration into reinventing traditional style for the way we live today.

At the ripe young age of 25, the blogger, a native Texan and NYC resident, has the taste and know-how of someone twice (triple...) her age. Her site is visually clean and charming, something that I strive for, as cluttered blogs tend to really turn me away. She will wow you with her how-to's, shopping picks and recipes, all the while delivering informative content on a fairly regular basis. There's a Shopping Cart on the site that is not yet set up, but I am quite curious as to what she'll be offering there. 

Anyway, I thought I would pass along this little Internet golden nugget to you. I think her site has tremendous potential and I can't wait to see where it goes in the future.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Taking a cue from my sweet friend Emily, I headed over to the Borders going out of business sale today after work. I was a bit hesitant since the sale has been going on for a while, but much to my pleasure, the selection was not too picked over. I left with the books above (sorry for the poor picture quality) and will probably go again before it's all over. The cookbooks were especially plentiful, as was the literature, so I may go back just for gifts and bookshelf fillers, and I suggest you do the same!

If you haven't already, you should also check out Emily's cute blog: http://www.simplysouthern.org/

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thanks, Martha

Laminate and put in your laundry room or somewhere handy! Click the image to enlarge.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Best birthday present

I mentioned that Missoni for Target will be launching on my birthday in a post a few months ago, and after glimpsing at the sneak preview I am now even more excited. The 400 piece collection debuts September 13 and the pieces look to be both beautiful and affordable - happy birthday to me! USA Today and Pop Sugar have some great previews.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Clockwise from top left: Jeffery Campbell $165, Missoni $425, Sam Edelman $150, Yosi Samra $66, Tory Burch $250, Tory Burch $192.50, Steven $120
All available at Shopbop

While perusing Shopbop the other day, I got very excited about ditching my gladiators, flip flops and peep toes, for Fall flats. You can usually find me in driving mocs or ballet flats in the cooler months, but this year I'm looking into the penny loafers and tuxedo flats that are showing up everywhere. Paired with skinny jeans or a cute skirt any of the shoes shown above will come off anything but flat!

PS: The Same Edelman calf hair tuxedo flats are available in black and leopard at a bientot in Houston for only $98! Call 713-523-3997

Monday, August 8, 2011

With summer drawing to a close, and signs of fall are all over the fashion world, I can't help but still be inspired by this white ensemble. A pop of pink Hermes, a colorful belt and a long dainty necklace complement but don't take away from the crispness of the all white.