{Sneak Peek} Inside my Apartment

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I've been busy lately, especially with moving from my (tiny) Manhattan apartment to my (tiny, but cheaper) Brooklyn apartment. For someone with a closet as big as mine, this is not a small undertaking. On the upside: A new place to decorate! It's still kind of a mess, but I managed to capture a few snippets so you could see how it's taking shape. A full apartment tour to come when I get my act together (i.e., clean this place up and maybe even do the dishes).

Let's start here. Brass chandelier, spraypainted blue and hung in the living room:

I'm obsessed with dinosaurs lately (you'll see). Lucite box full of 'em.

Top of my dresser. My bedroom is full of all different shades of pink, from pale to neon. Loved these cheap, bright frames I found at Target.

OK, so also obsessed with neon pink lately. I took this white dressing table (and Ikea mirror) and gussied it up a bit.

An apartment is never complete without a proper gallery wall:

Why, look! It's mah puppies! And yes, I do dress them hipster-style in American Apparel baby tees.

If I had any energy, I would've cleaned this up for you. However. I did want you to see the awesomeness of this vintage hotel mailbox. (Bonus: Holds lots of junk!)

A bright pink T-Rex keeps watch over my bed.

My lifelong dream -- inspired my Alber Elbaz's own giant red dinosaur -- of owning a giant red dinosaur is now complete.

My collection of white ceramics and milk glass is becoming famous! (Or infamous! Whatever.) But you need some white when you're as color-obsessed as I am.

Aaaaaand... {fin.}

NYC Readers: Your Bergdorf Goodman Movie Giveaway!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A week from Friday, the fashion star-studded documentary "Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf's" comes out. But the night before -- on May 2 at 7pm, at a downtown NYC locale -- there will be a special sneak preview of the film just for bloggers, super-fans and a few lucky others.

We've got a pair of tickets to give away to one reader to the special screening! To enter, just leave your name in the comments (NYC-, or those willing to travel to NYC-, only please) and we'll pick a winner early next week.

OK, now that you've left your name... What will you wear if you win the tix? For that matter, what will *I* wear? Decisions... {#GetScattered}

OB. SESSED. {with Emily Henderson}

Monday, April 22, 2013

My friend Kevin — he of Vintage Roadtrip 1 & 2 fame, if you've been following me for a while — has the best taste of anyone I know. Just look at his perfectly perfect living room above. (The rug? Swoon!) We're like design soulmates, except he's an utter minimalist and I'm a complete... uh, maximalist? (He also loves mint, and I haaaate mint, and we only just discovered this and the rift may never be fully repaired.)

But, really, on our Vintage Roadtrip jaunts (we're hitting Palm Springs next month!), we agree to work from opposite ends of the thrift store so we cannot reach for the same thing at the same time. I have a beautiful decanter on my bar cart that makes me feel super-guilty every time I see it, because I snatched it before he could in a Lewes, Delaware, church group thrift store. (That was, in fact, the moment we agreed on the opposite-ends rule. Now things are much smoother.)

But I digress. During a long-overdue catch-up session last week, Kevin turned me on to decorator/stylist Emily Henderson's blog and I'm smitten. I've actually been unknowingly admiring her work in HGTV magazine (my second favorite magazine, after Country Living), but now I'm gobbling up her blog archives like it's mah job.

I want *everything.* Literally, I was about to run to the thrift store earlier to look for ballerina figurines that I could spraypaint neon pink, when I sat myself down and reminded myself that a) I'm not really into ballet; b) I have no room for anything else anyway. Still. I will probably spraypaint ballerina figurines one day. Soon.


Adventures in Woodworking

Having found myself with a little extra time lately, I've plunged headfirst into the World of Making Things. Whether it's slightly misshapen pillowcases or experimenting with spray paint, my projects have been pretty fun — and pretty educational. As in, I now know the wrong way to do a lot of things, from experience. {oof}

But my best work so far? This pair of benches, constructed from a few cut pieces of wood and paired with a vintage chrome-edged table from the Salvation Army. I drilled, I painted, I stenciled — and I dream of moving the whole thing out into the middle of my friends (and neighbors) Amy and Siwat's increasingly pretty backyard, sitting with friends, drinking wine and eating snacks under the big, leafy tree. I have a big imagination when it comes to entertaining.

Here they are in various stages. More, nicer pictures when that gathering under the tree is fully realized.

♥ ♥ Lemlem ♥ ♥

Monday, April 15, 2013

I'm always a little suspect of models (or actresses) turned "designers", but I fell in love with Liya Kebede's line Lemlem before I even knew it was hers (and judged it...). The woven fabrics, usually mixed with super-bright stripes, are made by weavers in Liya's home country of Ethiopia, and they're just gorgeous. I first spotted it at J.Crew, where they have a mini-collection (some pieces above), but there's even more goodness on the Lemlem website.

I may have even officially resolved to stop judging model/actress fashion lines, at least before I see them... maybe.

California, Californiiiiiaaaa, here we cooooome!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I am literally counting down the days/hours/minutes/nanoseconds to my Memorial Day vacation, a trip to Palm Springs with Kevin (he of "Vintage Roadtrip" partnership fame) and pals. Palm Springs = midcentury mecca, vintage bastion, retro retreat of sun, fun and 1950s architecture...

Of course, I started packing weeks ago. And while retro caftans and bakelite bangles are totally in the bag (so to speak) already, there are some other fun things I need/want/must have for the perfect throwback getaway. Teensy vintage convertible (and matching headscarf, because you know I have one that's been waiting for this very trip) to come.

From top right:
+J.Crew retro bikini (on sale currently!);
+Zara silver sandals (low enough to walk in; high enough to pair with floaty maxi dresses for dinner);
+Baggu sailor stripe weekender (um, obsessed with their new canvas bags) (also -- weekender? it's like what I carry everyday...);
+Gap neon pink shirtdress (for when you need to depart the pool and hit the vintage home stores)...

Any Palm Springs stores I should not miss? Let me know!

Jenna Lyons + Pink Shoes = Major Uncontrollable Lust

Friday, March 15, 2013

I sort of freaked out over this video of Jenna Lyons' insane shoe collection. Next to Eloise (from the books), Iris Apfel and Katie Holmes-in-the-early-Tom- years (bobs4eva), she's pretty much my go-to fashion role model.

When I saw the neon pink cap toes on super-sale, I realized my closet needed them. OK, wanted them. Whatever.

Next up: Sussing out Jenna Lyons' facialist/face routine. Her skin! My gosh.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

More and more, I skip trends and just look for pieces that I love. My regular haunts these days include several Soho consignment shops, where I can find beautiful designer pieces that are just a few years old for much less than their original cost. These are perennial pieces that I'll easily wear for years — not a fleeting trend. It feels right.

Oh, but then I do sometimes find a trend that I love, love, love. Enter the "lips print" — ever since Miuccia sent it down the runway on perfect pleated skirts I've lusted after it. (Also loving this season: the box clutch, the pointed-toe D'orsay heel, the army jacket.) Luckily, lips are starting to appear everywhere — even on jeans.