did you know...

Over the weekend while browsing through the New York Times’ digital archives (yes, this is the kind of thing that I do in my freetime…), I discovered this lovely snippet about one of America’s favorite idioms, “I die!” Widely (re-)popularized by Rachel Zoe, the Times suggests that the phrase originated from the late Diana Vreeland. Which makes me like it so much more. If you'd like, you can read the entire article, published on December 29, 1975, here. It's simply to die!


tablescape envy

House Beautiful does tablescapes the way that House & Garden did vanities (if you can't recall that feature, click here!). Surely you've noticed one of HB's gorgeously dressed tables before - always guest-curated by someone fabulous, they're show-stopping. The two above, saved from past issues of the magazine, are my favorites. The first was designed by Charlotte Moss and the second by Georgiana Chapman + Keren Craig of Marchesa. Are you swooning yet? In her feature, Charlotte Moss had some food for thought that I simply had to highlight: "My mother always said, 'knock yourself out or don't bother.' If you're not entertaining yourself and your guests, why bother?" Touché, Ms. Moss. I couldn't agree more :) 

(photo one: thibault jeanson, two: jessica antola. scanned by moi)


unwrapped: design darling

Hi There! I'm Mackenzie from Design Darling and I'm delighted to be a guest on a lovely being today. This is my very favorite time of year so I'm excited to share a few things I have my eye on this season! 

un: I love these Zara boots! The color is that perfect shade of goes-with-everything tan and I love the tassel detail on the zipper. 

deux: My jewelry collection could use this over-the-top fabulous Loren Hope necklace. It would go perfectly with every holiday ensemble! 

trois: I've had my eye on this Chris Callahan print for ages! It would be the perfect gift for a friend or sibling moving into a new apartment. 

quatre: One of my favorite gifts - to give and to receive! - is new stationary and this Gadabout card set definitely fits the bill! Hanna did a custom illustration for my blog and I just love her work. How pretty would these be with a cherry red envelope? 

cinq: This catbird ring is the most darling thing I've ever seen! It's also availalbe with one initial which makes it an easily customizable gift for all the ladies on your list. 

six: This Nube Green throw looks so cozy! The fact that it's made from all-recycled materials makes it the perfect gift for an environmentally-minded friend or sibling. 

sept: And if any of my family or friends are looking to splurge on my gift this Christmas, I'll take these IOMOI loafers in a size six ;) Hot pink and elepants have my name written all over them! 

Thank you so much for having me, Fallon, and happy holidays to all! 


une citation

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile,
I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” 

-Marilyn Monroe 


ce petit coeur

Every once in awhile, I’ll stumble across an amazing photographer whose work blows my mind. Dara Quesada, a cute young thing who lives in Madrid, is one such artist. Upon sighting the Nina Campbell “perroquet” wallpaper that makes numerous gust appearances in her photos, I knew she was one of my own! Her eye for color and design, in my opinion, is one of a kind. In other words, I’m obsessed :) For more Dara, visit ce petit coeur, her lovely flickr account, + girly, her aptly-titled tumblr. I’m waiting on pins and needles for her next photoshoot - I just know it'll be jaw-droppingly beautiful.