Gloria Vanderbilt: Style Icon

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The new HBO doc Gloria Vanderbilt: Nothing Left Unsaid is a surprisingly entertaining look back at one of the world's most notable heiresses (and most prominent style icons). The glimpses of photo shoots and magazine features over the years were total fashion eye candy -- but what really had me drooling was this gorgeous choker of cream egg-shaped beads that she wears several times during the film. Fervent Google searches haven't turned up any replicas, to my chagrin...

Did you see the film? Anyone else like it?

Flying Tiger, Hidden Goodies

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

If you are, like me, an unapologetic devotee of Ikea's Marketplace section (cute napkins! cute placemats! cute whisks!), then your mind will be blown at Flying Tiger a Danish emporium of the cute, cheap and Scandinavian-designed. There are just two outposts in Manhattan at the moment, but definitely worth a NYC stop, particularly if you are in the market for some ice cream-shaped salt and pepper shakers or decorative wire baskets or small toolboxes to hold your pencils or trays in a paint-by-number print. Phew.

The selection changes rapidly and the inventory is bright, cheerful and instantly covetable. And now, if you'll excuse me, I have some brightly colored Danish kerchiefs to tie on the dogs.

Met Gala: Best of the Best

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

I saw the highly enjoyable documentary The First Monday in May (seriously, go see it) over the weekend, so I was totally ready for the Met Gala red carpet. And while I can't say it didn't disappoint at times -- I know it's fashion-forward, but some of those dresses are just plain weird -- I did have some favorite picks (that's them above).

Who got your vote for best dressed? (Don't say Kanye. Although his interview with E! was pretty hilarious. "Vibes.")

Louise Dahl-Wolfe & the World's Most Perfect Coat

Friday, April 22, 2016

Is there anything more perfect than a Balenciaga coat? I submit not.

A new book on legendary Bazaar photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe gets the slideshow treatment on Worth the click for beautiful shadows and sculptural bathing suits. And that coat. Ohhh, that coat. Drooool.

Cult Following: Danish Pepper Mills

Thursday, April 21, 2016

There is an unbelievable obsessive following for Danish teak pepper mills, especially those vintage ones designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk. (OMG, vintage Dansk in general. Don't even get me started. Waaaant.) These simple, sculptural pieces typically go from anywhere from $30 upwards to $200 for the unique ones on eBay -- although a few deals can be found if you're willing to go with non-branded versions (just stick to the terms "danish teak salt pepper") and if you keep close watch for good deals (hello, ebay alerts!).

Not that anyone really neeeeeeds 15 pepper mills, but gathering a cluster of these chess-like pieces on a simple tray looks so elegant and cool. And therefore, so awesome.

Must Watch: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's been out for almost a week and I can't believe I still haven't binge-watched the new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where mysteries get solved using old Babysitter's Club books and where the instant classic "Peeno Noir" first came to life (NSFM -- aka Not Safe for Moms, probably. Aka you, mom.) Anyone else obsessed?

Watch Your Wallet: The Land of Nod

Monday, April 18, 2016

I don't have any children. I don't plan to have any children anytime soon. But one of my very, very favorite shopping sites is The Land of Nod, the uber-cute, not-just-for-kids-IMHO site that's full of sculptural toys and great lamps and amazing (and amazingly pink) bedding, like my own bedding, above. (Side note: Not for the single; it seems to be a repellant to boys, who do not want to envelop themselves in ruffles of pink.)

New stuff is always popping up, like the new Charley Harper collection (as seen below); the "Wow that's a big lamp" Lamp (oh, yes, one day you will be miiiiine); vintagey Strong Man artwork (see this post on my recent obsession with all things vintage circus); the classic Jenny Lind beds and these amazing rainbow blocks, which I would surely keep on my coffee table for easy building.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Currently Obsessed: iittala's Kastehelmi Design

Monday, April 11, 2016

It may have been created in 1964, but Scandinavian brand iittala's Kastehelmi (literally, "dewdrop" in Finnish) style is just as gorgeous and relevant today. I've been sussing out vintage pieces (much better quality than the modern versions you can buy today, or so I'm told) and have a little stockpile of pretty, elegant glass dishes that always makes me smile.

Your Very Own Hipster Boyfriend... Sort of

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I'm a little obsessed with vintage circus memorabilia as of late (so is everyone else, judging by the crazy eBay bidding wars that happen over old-school Freak Show signs). I'm pretty sure it was my particular interest in the Strong Man that led me to Etsy shop Blue Raspberry Designs, which makes the absolute coolest hand-painted dolls (including the Hipster Boyfriend -- complete with bushy beard -- and the Vintage Sailor, covered with nautical tattoos). I kind of want one for myself. Oh, but which one?

Obsessed (Part 55 of 273): LLBean Boots

Monday, February 08, 2016

Confession time: Despite all the cute shoes in my closet, in the winter I wear one of two things: my OTK flat boots (current pair: Frye) or a pair of LLBean boots (current pair: shearling lined). Paired with skinny jeans, a flannel shirt and a chunky sweater, it's my cold weather uniform. Kind of like hot cocoa in outfit form.

Swoonworthy #72: Rifle Paper Co. Cards

Thursday, February 04, 2016

When is a greeting card not a greeting card? When it's a little piece of art. I'm obsessed with just about everything from Rifle Paper Co., but especially their adorable card line -- perfect for sending to a friend or hanging in a frame.