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I celebrated President's Day this weekend by visiting the historic Williamsburg Premium Outlets. The Outlets were founded by Captain John Smith in 1607 after he arrived at the head of the James River and realized that, in addition to limited supplies, there was no where to buy brand name leather goods, or even Harry & David gift baskets. 400+ years later, you can still barter with shopkeepers to own an authentic COACH wristlet or Burburry scarf (a favorite of Captain Smith's because of the cold winters).

My favorite part of these historic shops was the newest addition, a recently renovated Kate Spade store. The best part? In addition to the bags, there were some really great decor ideas I want to try at home!

Wouldn't this be a fun way to do a feature wall in a closet? A few floating shelves from West Elm, a collage of favorite images, a brightly painted credenza, and a pop-of-color light...

The walls above the cashier's counter were covered in massive floral prints and a stenciled story about the "Kate Spade girl." The umbrella, shoes, and book were actual items glued to the wall. I wouldn't recommend THAT at home, but the wall mural would be fab in a living room.

Also loved the shadow boxes for purses - totally doable!

The only reason I didn't leave with this stool was because I couldn't figure out how to fit it in my purse. SO FAB. Maybe Kate Spade furniture is in the future?
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The September Issue... you've seen the movie, now buy the current issue that did not inspire it (that would be 2007). I enjoy the comfort of hundreds of pages of economic stimulus, even if the magazine has more heft than the cover girl. But the autumn ads in Vogue were an uninspired bunch - mostly severely made up, sourpout models with laquer for hair, wearing plaid I'd be embarrassed to see lining a '70s suitcase.

A pity that we won't be allowed to at least dress nicely to face the hurricanes, earthquakes, and financial tsunamis of our Fall future. Did everyone hire Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke for their campaigns this season?

A few duds that aren't duds...

Tory Burch - Visionary

J. Crew Invokes A Scottish Ballet

The Royal Tenenbaum-Hilfigers (Preppy = Happy)

Iconoclast at Alexander McQueen
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I got what seemed like a brilliant idea the other day - a photo display wall to fill a vacant corner above my couch. But large photo walls are so expensive:  custom framing, the art or photography on display, and usually a professional installer to hang them just so.

This Vogue vintage cover wall from Domino Magazine was a great inspiration. 

So what to do? My first stop was IKEA, king of inexpensive home accessories. Even if the frames weren't glam, a matching set always looks more elegant.

IKEA Ribba frames at $10 a pop - including the mat!

But what to put in the frames? I have years of fashion and shelter mag editorial and advertising tearsheets lying around, so I raided my stash to find a series of photos suitable for framing. The guidelines were to 1) find images in various shades of jade to pick up the green themes in my apartment, and, 2) to find them with as few words on the page as possible (editorials are best for this).

After choosing favorites, I framed them up and laid out the photos to find the best arrangement.

I settled on a mix up of home decor, accessories, and fashion images from over the years. Vogue had the best fashion options (of COURSE), but Town and Country takes the prize for absolutely gorgeous accessories shots (note the Tony Duquette brooch picture in the center).

With a little help from the IKEA frame inserts, and a lot of measuring, I framed out the job.
Tips:  Be sure to measure the space between each frame too, so the distance is right. I then penciled in the exact spot for each nail hole on the paper, and drove the nail right through the paper, pulling off the wall papers when I was done. Easy peasy!
(Remember, in an older building, it can be really tough to find the perfect "center" since the walls may not be perfectly straight. Your best bet is to trust your eye as well as your measuring tape, moving things around until they look right. Also, keep in mind that the frame insert papers are a great guide, but they're slightly smaller than the frames. You'll need to add in an extra inch or so for the perfect fit.) 

The final result:  ta-da - inexpensive photo wall!

The set dresses up an otherwise dull corner (apologies for the window glare). 
Total cost? $120 for frames. $0 for old magazine tearsheets. Yay!

I tried the same affect in my bathroom with vintage nature prints and a shell craft basket. Again with the glare. Sorry!

Have you found a special trick for making great wall displays?


My apartment is a studio, but while I'm a happy camper living in one large room, I refuse to pretend that I live in a large BEDROOM. Luckily, the layout is such that with a great (massive) bookcase, I've created free-flowing separate living vs. sleeping areas. Even though the bed isn't the centerpiece of the apartment, I still wanted it to feel luxurious, and since it's in a dark corner, cheery.

And the most cheery thing I could think of was Mr. Bunny. I sketched Mr. Bunny back in my aspiring artist days (middle school?) and he's always struck me as having a sweet, if rather coy, temp√©rament. He's obviously fond of clover blossoms:

Since my current headboard is a massive chinese screen, I had to hang the sketch with visible cording. After a brief trip to the hardware store, I established two things:  a) they had no appropriate cording or wiring that could hold the picture's weight AND look good, and b) it was 100 billion degrees outside and I wasn't going to look anywhere else. Luckily, after a few minutes of aisle cruising, I found this roll of jute twine. Rustic chinoiserie? You bet!

Here's Mr. Bunny all hung up. In real life, the sorrel colored bedding is a nice compliment to the bright orange of the screen - in the photos it looks odd. The lovely pillows in Windsor Smith Pelagos Haze by Kravet are from one of my favorite Etsy stores, ZzzBoutique.

The chinese screen is a score from a Southern vintage shop - it's covered on both sides and framed in oak. Would you believe it was only $110??!! It almost didn't fit in my car - let's just say I got very cozy with the screen on the way home. 

The little glass and brass bamboo bedside table is the perfect size for the corner, and another vintage store find.  The lamp was a Home Goods score last week - $45.00, and it came with the shade, which has a rougher woven pattern in the same style family as the jute cording (hard to see in the picture). It also came with a cheezy porcelain finial, but I had purchased brass fretwork finials in a vintage store a while ago, even when I didn't have lamps to go with them. If I find something I really like, I just go for it. Inevitably, it finds a home. I love how ridiculously large the lamp looks on that teeny table - it's fun. 

Better view of the lamp (and that weird mismatched color thing again). The bedding is West Elm cherry blossom in sorrel.
That's the room! I'm not done - a different rug, pictures on the wall, and eventually, an actual headboard (I'm thinking grey velvet), as well as a bedskirt in matching Windsor Smith fabric are all in the future! 



I hate swimsuits and Swimsuit Issues,
Seeing those models brings out the tissues -
Whether these are less hate-able
Is somewhat debate-able
But they are quite charming -
And certainly less alarming!

If you miss the classic look of the "bathing sweeties", check out Jantzen's line of suits.


Design house Marchesa has long been like the runner-up for best supporting actress:  stunning and never quite taken seriously. For years, Marchesa's creations have been passed over as so much eye candy. Stars love the gowns, but the fashion elite have been much more reserved ...Marchesa is Hollywood courted, but never haute couture. However, a few forays into Indie style (body suits?) and their long term staying power may finally win Marchesa the Oscar. And based on the Spring 2011 collection, I think it's time to say, "the envelope please!"




"Love of beauty is Taste. 
The creation of beauty is Art."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

.spring couture.






/Asada wood block print, Pagoda and Cherry Blossoms + Givenchy Spring 2011/ 
/Steven N. Meyers Parrot Tulip I + Dior Spring 2011/ 
/Mark Rothko Green White and Yellow on Yellow + Dior Spring 2011/ 
/Pablo Picasso Sketch for The Demoiselles d'Avignon + Dior Spring 2011/
/Georgia O'Keeffe White Flower + Givenchy Spring 2011/



I have had it up to HERE baby. Right up to where my itchy scarf is wrapped around my freezing neck. Is it summer yet? Is that an ice cream truck I hear? No… it's the zamboni. Because the street is an ice rink.

The very LEAST I can do to survive this frozen tundra formerly known as the United States (and not the Alaska part) is bundle up stylishly. But it can be tough to combine function and chic, as these designers prove. Below, the hypothermia hall of shame:

Are you kidding me with these Prada? Where are we going in this get-up - a Versailles reception √† la the 17th century (plenty of exposed space for hand kissing)? Good thing blue flesh is a complimentary color to khaki.

Is it a cape? Is it a coat? Is it made for women with short arms? Who wants to wear three quarter length sleeves in a snowstorm? Nobody, that's who. 

Another glove fail. Not only do they NOT KEEP HANDS WARM, which is the de facto purpose of gloves, but they look like nasty old tube socks mauled by a glue gun and some grosgrain. An Etsy disaster. That costs $135. Shame, Milly. Shame.
/Prada gloves, FC coat? cape?, Milly gloves/


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