Saturday, August 28, 2010


lovely leathers

Thursday, August 26, 2010

simple black skirts

I bought a stretchy black pencil skirt from J. Crew back in 1997 or so and wore it to every graduation, fancy family dinner, and job interview for about a decade. The elastic waistband finally gave out and I've been keeping my eye out for a good replacement ever since. 

This season's got some good ones:

Gary Bigeni Stam long skirt from Frances May

Eileen Fisher stretch crepe skirt

Eileen Fisher calf length skirt


Some inspiration:
Kate Moss, 1994

Reed Krakoff Fall 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

on the bandwagon

I can't wait for this:
I was late getting on the Franzen bandwagon. I just read The Corrections (and was duly swept away) after reading this fantastic short story of his in The New Yorker. Turns out the short story is an excerpt from his new book, Freedom

As part of their cover feature on Franzen, TIME asked him to name five books that have inspired him. I'm really interested in reading The Greenlanders, The House of Mirth and East of Eden after reading his brief descriptions. 
Oh, looks like this guy might be reading Freedom, too.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I love this photo of Stella Tennant wearing a vintage John Galliano dress. Drapey and calm, with polka dots.
photo: Joshua Bright, from the August issue of Vogue.

Her style hasn't changed too much, has it?
Here she is in Vogue, c. 1996.

(from my scrapbook)

And getting married in a Helmut Lang dress in 1999.
photo: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Rex USA

Monday, August 16, 2010

mod squad

I'm really liking these shoes by Repetto:

Those boots!

more at:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom. When we were growing up, I never saw any photos of her at this age. She'd hidden them away, deep, deep in the attic. When she finally brought them out for me to view, I got to see my mom in her early twenties, sporting mini dresses and headscarves and, at one point, a Bob Dylan haircut. I was so happy to see some confidence and perhaps even a bit of swagger in some of the photos. When I saw this photo in particular, I was really moved by her adorableness, and also by what she's wearing: the white dress is  something I would love to wear myself. I love the simple shape, the white lace, the scoop-necked, short-hemmed cut. After years of mother-daughter fighting over clothing (culminating in her secretly throwing out my favorite jeans back in 1995), it was nice to come across this photo and see our tastes overlap so completely.


I recently bought this dress from the Beacon's Closet online shop.
It needs a lot of work (they didn't list that the hem was held up by masking tape, or that one of the darts needs mending), but whenever it's fixed, and I finally get to wear it, I'll think of my mom.

Final white dress: Winona Ryder in Reality Bites.
I love how she's dressed in this movie. I was trying to find a clip of this scene -- she comes out dressed like this and Troy says she looks like a doily -- but I found this fan video instead...and, well, I watched the whole thing. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010


the turkish art of marbling, ebru

and, of course, nail art
i'm fascinated by how much time it takes to do one nail. these ladies are committed!

extra credit: rodarte fall 2009

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

gardening tools

I realized my favorite soaps and lotions all smell like mint, rosemary and basil: Mrs. Meyer's basil hand and dish soapC.O. Bigelow rosemary mint lotion, and  Saipua gardener's soap.

I bought a bunch of Saipua soaps about a month ago, finally giving in to the allure of Saipua! They're all beautiful, but the smell of this one was instantly my favorite. I haven't even opened it up yet, but its scent, especially during the heat wave, filled up my studio with the best herbal mint smell. 

I can't wait to use it. Although then I'll miss having the smell in my studio.
Speaking of gardening...
Claire Nereim has a beautiful new poster of seasonal vegetables.
I missed out on her last one, so I'd probably better grab one of these or else I'll be kicking myself for not having those awesome tomatoes nearby.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

public access

We were talking about Zach Galifianakis over the weekend -- seems there's a part of him (or lots of parts) for everyone. The table's love for him was universal. Have you ever seen Between Two Ferns
At work yesterday I saw we had a copy of the new GQ with him on the cover. GQ asks Zach (and Tracy Morgan and Paul Rudd) what things are never not funny.

Zach: You know what is always funny to me, also? And this is pretty specific. It's the tuba. ... Actually, horns in general. For some reason, I can't keep it together when I hear trumpets at a wedding. I have to leave the wedding, because I'll just start laughing.

Friday, July 23, 2010

friendship and bracelets

I've been eyeing Lauren Manoogian's natural leather bracelets for a few months, ever since I saw them on the Maryam Nassir Zadeh website. When I modeled for Jenny the other day, she let me borrow her own LM bracelet to wear with two of the outfits. When I got home, I thought, "Ok, that's it, time to buy that little red zig zag."

I got these two from Pour Porter and I can't wait to wear them today.
In other news, my very best girlfriend, Alison, and her husband and son are coming to visit this weekend. We haven't seen each other in two years, and I know we will have lots of delicious catching up to do. I am such a homebody, but whenever she visits we both treat ourselves. Try cute little restaurants and find jukeboxes to dance by. Photo boots to linger in. Patios to sip beers upon.

She really is the most lovely person. We met ten years ago when we both worked at Black Ink in Boston. When I was posing for Jenny, I tried to channel her grace.
Above photo by me, from my flickr.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

chalky pastels

I'm always really drawn to chalky, pastel colors. Things that have a quiet hum to them, like paintings by Giorgio Morandi.

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (1956)
Lauren Manoogian cuff from Anica Boutique

Mociun Diamond Dress, Arches Print

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life

Shabd Tank Dress from Anica Boutique

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (1961)

Dieppa Restrepo oxfords from Anica Boutique

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (1953)

I just discovered the store Anica yesterday.
It's so nice.
I even love their logo.

I clicked on their blog and here's what I saw:

So beautiful! Love everything about that.

ps: I visited the Museo Morandi when I was in Bologna a few years ago. You can sit for hours among all the still lifes. It's great.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

dancing by the jukebox

I love this photo from the August issue of W Magazine.
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan  
 Styled by Jane How

So many elements in this editorial remind me of Twin Peaks. The sweaters and kilts. The shoes. Those curtains. The landscape painting.
Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne

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I think she's crossed over to the Red Room in this one.

* * *
All non-Twin Peaks photos:  Alasdair McLellan
Twin Peaks photos from around the interweb.

Monday, July 19, 2010

smile with your eyes

Wow. I was so lucky (and completely surprised) to be asked to model for Jenny of Wiksten. I still can't quite believe it. I've been a fan of Jenny's blog and her designs for a long time, and it was hard to imagine myself doing her clothes justice. For one thing, I'm not a model. But the clothes did a lot of the work for me -- they're so beautifully made, such beautiful colors and prints, and they're really flattering, too. I honestly think everyone would look good in the chambray ikat dress (sort of like the magical jeans in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, not that I've seen that film or its sequel and thoroughly enjoyed them both or anything*). The jewelry Jenny had was awesome, too. I left the shoot realizing I need more necklaces in my life. I love thisthis and this one from Alyson Fox.  

I felt such nervousness last night and this morning knowing that Jenny was going to post the pictures today. I knew my blog views would increase from a modest average of, oh, let's just randomly say 4 people to about 7,002. I felt extreme writer's block. And fear. I had no idea what to post. 

So I posted something. And then erased it. And now here I am, just telling you about the experience instead. 

So... Thank you, Jenny! And thanks to everyone who left nice comments, too. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm going to try to get back to everybody. It will be nice to have some more blog friends.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

mad men

I cannot wait for Season 4.
photo: Mike Yarish/AMC

 i love this show -- the writing, acting, costumes, sets, camera work, pacing, everything. we don't have cable, so last season i'd purchase each episode from itunes. this year i'll be smart and buy the season pass.

ps: interviews with cast members and the costume designer here.  

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

razzle dazzle

The Chanel Couture show for Fall 2010! Oh, Karl Lagerfeld. You frighten me, and then you dazzle me. Sort of like the severe but brilliant ballet impresario, Boris Lermontov,  from the film The Red Shoes.
View more here, here and here.

Dazzle number one: a massive golden lion.

Dazzle number two: cranberry red.

Those beautiful, heavy coats against a backdrop of snowy white, along with the recurring lion motifs throughout the show, made me think of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which I loved as a child! (The BBC version, of course.)

Dazzle three: the finale pieces, which reminded me of the beautiful Medieval tapestries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I really love these other pieces from the collection, too, but they don't quite fit into my Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe/Medieval theme...

Chanel Fall 2010 Couture collection: all photos from
Medeival tapestries: both South Netherlandish, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Database
The Red Shoes: The Criterion Collection