Sister Parish in Vogue

Sister Parish, doyenne of decorating, was interviewed for an article on current home trends in the June 1974 issue of Vogue. Swathed in leopard and floral fabric and outfitted in pearls, what she tells Vogue could be very well be published today. In ’74, she felt a resurgence of 18th century French and English furniture, and a return to both florals and unique, hand-made, high-quality items. She’ll mix them with modern elements, but traditional pieces will remain the bones of her rooms. It’s so fun to uncover these small pieces of history from titans of design. Though over forty years old, I think her advice and style will always remain relevant. Then again, I’ll always agree with her school of design.           

(Photo by Horst P. Horst)


the unswept floor

I could not believe my eyes when my professor showed my art history class this Roman mosaic circa the 2nd century B.C.E. Located in Pompeii, the decorative piece remains only because it was preserved by the same volcanic ash that destroyed the city.

The mosaic was inspired by the aftermath of a wild upper class dinner party, where it was de riguer to throw remnants of food onto the floor. I’ve always been fascinated by trompe l'oeil – one of my all-time favorite pieces of furniture is Jacqueline Kennedy’s wardrobe in her White House dressing room (see here, too). Apparently, the Romans loved trompe l’oeil as well. It’s strange to think that those of ancient civilizations were just like us.

When I buy my dream home, I’m going to commission an artist to paint this on my kitchen floor. I’ll keep you posted.  


a tour of kansas city

A few Sundays ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of some of my favorite places in Kansas City. They're very patient and let me pose and photograph them with my Instax, which was wonderful. I thought I'd share the results and detail a bit about our day just in case you ever visit :)
Megan, Kayla and I first went to Donna's Dress Shop for her annual Garden Party, the event at which the store rolls out their new Spring inventory. Donna's is like a brick-and-mortor Modcloth. It's amazing. I didn't buy anything that day, but my friend Megan snatched the most beautiful silk floral frock ca. 1940. Insert clapping emoji here.
Next we visited Prospero's Books (located just a stone's throw from Donna's). I always say that Prospero's is Kansas City's answer to New York's Strand. It's filled with a vintage assortment of books on every topic imaginable. I'm always impressed by their gardening and art inventory. The colorful spines of the books make the ladder-lined ailes look like candy. We could have easily spent several hours here.
But we were hungry. There is a crêpe place in the crossroads, Chez Elle, which is delicious and has outdoor tables shaded by big red umbrellas. The only downside: sunshine and two crêpes (one sweet, one savory) are a deadly combination and will cause naps.
We couldn't take naps because had to stop at Hall's, a beautiful independant department store that sells the best of everything. I was on a mission to find the perfect "I'm-not-wearing-lipstick" lipstick. In the midst of the hunt, Megan introduced me to Creed's Spice and Woods, a $710 perfume that smells like heaven. When I'm an old woman, this is what I'll wear. I did find my lipstick, by the way: Givenchy's Rouge Ectasy #509. It's worth every bit of the $35 price tag.
After a long weekend in Chicago, I was happy to come home to my little city. We may not have an Hermès, but we make up for it in kindness. Come visit soon.

Models can be found here:
Kayla (instagram)
Megan (blog, twitter, facebook, instagram)


clinique happy heart

Do you remember this Clinique Happy campaign from so many years ago? It's one of my all-time favorite advertisements. It reminds me a little of Jenna Rink's revamp for Poise in 13 Going On 30. I'm cheating a bit by using an image from a Clinique Happy Campaign because I'm really here to talk about Clinique's Happy Heart. I smelled it a few days ago in a department store absolutely fell in love. It's a beautiful fresh floral with a hint of warmth. wearing it makes me feel so feminine. My friend who lived in Europe for several years told me that it smelled like Florence. I can't think of anything better! Spritz it on during your next department store run -- I'd love to know what you think.

(photo un, photo deux)


dream car

I've never been one for cars. However, I had a change of heart on Tuesday evening when a pretty older woman drove past me in this exact pale green Fiat, top down, grey hair blowing in the wind. The moment I saw the car, I knew I had to have it someday. I’ve never had a desire to drive anything but black or silver cars in the past, but I am enamoured by this green hue. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that my high school french teacher, who I adored, drove a little VW this color. At any rate, a new car is sadly not in my immediate future. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t test drive one, right? :)