seven things: sylvia plath 

There is a list in my latest read, Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953, of young Sylvia's "vitals." I enjoyed them so much that I thought I'd share a few of my favorites here! These are taken word-for-word from the book... if you're a fellow (fashion) history nerd, scoop up a copy as fast as you can! Trust me.

1. She went on sixty-seven dates between July 1 and August 31 in the summer of 1949.

2. She adored Marilyn Monroe but disliked Brigitte Bardot and Lolita.

3. She never wrote in cursive.

4. She once bought a raincoat for its pink lining – “because I have never had anything pink-colored.”  

5. She drank her coffee black in America but added cream in Europe.

6. She could cook only one dish – devil’s food cake, from a mix.

7. She once adopted a twirling stray cat and named it Nijinsky – because of its leaping grace.

(Umbrella sketch by Ms. Sylvia Plath herself; via)


girl crush: léa seydoux

I’m a huge fan of Léa Seydoux. You know, that beautiful French actress whose character won over Luke Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris? And more recently, the (well-suited) face of Prada Candy? Anyway, girl’s got amazing style both on the red carpet and off. The red lipstick fiend I am, I’m super excited to try her YSL Pur Couture recommendation (I bet she wears "Le Rouge"! Confession: I just ordered it...). Also, I’ve never seen Jean Cocteau’s La Bell et la Bête – must get on that ASAP. If you’re on the fence about Léa, just try to watch this interview without developing a huge girl crush. Can we say adorable?!    


une citation

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.
If you have that awareness, you have good manners,
no matter what fork you use.

-Emily Post

(illustration by Julia Rothman)


mary mcdonald's dollhouse

One of my absolute favorite interior designers, Mary McDonald, recently partnered with Martin Lawrence Bullard to design a couture dollhouse (he decorated the top floor, she le rez-de-chaussée). Not that I even need to say this, but this wasn’t just any dollhouse. As the final product was to be auctioned off for a cause (UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital, to be exact), Mary went all out. Among other things, the house comes with de Gournay-esque wallpaper, custom upholstery and plastic pugs. Basically, I want to move in! All I have to say is that when I have kids, I’m going to have wayyy more fun with their dollhouses than they do :)

(a special thanks to James at MMI for sending these photos! xo)


chanel + la montre première

The styling in this Chanel film is so spot-on! It also doesn't hurt that I'm a watch person (you can see what I wear everyday here :). Before you press "play", you may want to whip out a pen and paper to take notes - this little promo definitely got my wheels spinning. My favorite prop were those adorable helmets... I think Colette sells them and I think I should have one. Anywho, enjoy! x