Thursday
Apr102014

a lovely being + etsy



Sometimes, I go a little overboard when I go antiqueing. And by a little, I mean a lot. I'd like to blame it on Kansas City for being such a thrifting goldmine, but the truth is that I've been doing this for years! My little studio apartment is practically bursting at the seams with vintage goods and so I've decided to start an Etsy shop to pass these treasures onto you. Above are a few choice offerings from a lovely being boutique. Each item listed on the site was hand-selected simply because I was drawn to it. I had a lot of fun with styling and setting up the store front, and I can only hope that you take a peek. I'll be adding more pieces (lord knows my apartment needs it) in the next few weeks. If you'd like, drop a line - I'd love to hear what you think! 

above: vintage dalmation figurine, yellow and cream striped vintage vase, vintage needlepoint accent pillow, pair of heavy brass vintage pelican bookends, vintage basketweave ceramic pitcher, painted malachite and brass jewelry box  

Sunday
Mar302014

want of the day

A few years ago when Tom Ford's "Nikita" sunglasses came to market, I purchased the ivory pair. They are the most fun to wear and totally make me feel like a '50s movie star (even in workout clothes!). This Spring, I'm aching for the "Nikita" in tortoise. They're so damn chic! As I plan to sport cat-eye glasses my entire life, I'll be wearing them well into my 80's. And then I can pass them onto my grandchildren. I think it's a good investment, don't you? :) 

Thursday
Mar272014

in the studio with leanne shapton

Leanne Shapton is the kind of woman who does it all. Formerly the art director of the NYT Op-Ed page, she now writes and illustrates books, runs a nonprofit press with a friend (which she founded, of course), creates and sells her own incredible art, and generally kicks ass in the game of life. I fell in love with her Manhattan studio a few years back when it was featured in The Paris Review. She's nailed the eclectic look while staying completely true to herself... it seems as if everything in her space has a story. I've looked at these images too many times to count. I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Tuesday
Mar252014

not your grandmother's pearls


I LOVE pearls. Real, faux, I don't discriminate. But sometimes they can be a bit difficult to wear without looking too "Barbara Bush." The above wishbone posts + cuff necklace from Anthropologie don't fall into that category. The earrings are a no-brainer and can be worn with essentially everything. The cuff (named the "Double Pearl Necklace") is fierce... I see it with a minimalistic black dress, or maybe paired with an Alexa Chung-esque babydoll dress to give it a little edge. Once again, Anthropologie for the win.

Monday
Mar242014

chez carolina issa

I discovered these lovely images of Carolina Issa at home in London on Tod's website (while looking at shoes that I can't afford :). First of all, the burgundy suit, pale pink secretary blouse + nude pump combo is killer. Second, her shelves are beautiful! As you can tell in these photos, they go over the doorway and have no rhyme or reason. I love that they’re not perfectly organized and kind of magpie. Clutter can sometimes stress people out, but I find it energizing to be surrounded by my things. They make me feel at home. Minimalism is wonderful and I certainly appreciate it, but I simply don't know how to do it! Maybe in my next life. See the rest of Caroline's feature here