Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
Henry James

Courtesy of the Hippstamatic Iphone app. Seriously if you don't have it- you MUST get it!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Talitha Getty was full on, decadent, 70's Moroccan elegance.
She was "glam boho"- lots of jewelry, kohl eyeliner, and undone hair.
I plan to emulate her this summer in my bikini: wearing heaping amounts of gold bracelets, kohl eyeliner, wearing my long hair down and undone, and a short chiffon caftans
In other words- taking unnecessary elegance to the pool or beach...
After that I am going to close my eyes and pretend I am in Marrakesh:)


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There has always been a cheesy cork board above my desk area in my apartment holding ragged snippets of inspiration I have torn from magazines, old Playbills, etc.
In other words- a horrible mess! I wanted to create something that would provide a burst of daily inspiration, fuel creative thoughts and basically start my day off in a happy way!
I was at my local office supply store when I saw this cork board edged in a chic, black frame and knew this was what I was looking for- a cork board that didn't really look like a cork board per se

I gathered photos/mementos/ads that either made me feel happy, fulfilled,or inspired. Some of these things include:
1) Homer Winslow postcard of "Nuit D'Ete" ("Summer Night"- quite appropriate given the season)
2) My nephew Mason's birth announcement- so chubby and delicious!!
3) Dreamy Miss Dior Cherie ad campaign shot by Sofia Coppola
4) Old black and white photo of my beautiful mom feeding her horse and lambie
5) Picture from my trip to Cap Jean de Ferret in the South of France last year. Seriously, one of the most magical, beautiful places I have ever been!!
6) Postcard of Audrey Hepburn and Carey Grant in "Roman Holiday". Can you really get any better than Audrey and CG?
7) Picture of me feeding my Frenchie Henri Xavier a dog friendly Sprinkles cupcake
8) Silly Polaroid of me from a costume party last year
9) Pierre Herme business card from Paris- I vow to eat those macaroons in the very near future!

Finished Product

Monday, May 16, 2011

One of my favorite movies is "An Education" with the simply adorable Carrie Mulligan and Peter Skaarsguard. If you have not seen it I highly recommend it - you will not be disappointed!
I can watch it over and over and never tire of it.  Nick Hornby of High Fidelity and About a Boy (also great movies) created the screenplay and it is beyond charming, hilarious and bittersweet. One of the things I like the most is the 60's era fashion, hair and make-up. As today is Monday.. I thought we could all use a little inspiration..

Love the silhouette of this dress and the lush floral print!

Cat eyeliner and a soft updo

The perfect outfit for a Parisian rendez-vous- right down to the cat eye sunglasses

So dapper! Love the skinny tie and hats

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dreaming of warm summer days full of bikinis, sunbathing, and cocktails by the pool Calypso has released their chic but super affordable line for Target!
I happened to walk in Target at the perfect time when there was still product left of some of the best pieces!
White Cotton Sleepset
I am so excited about this little sleepset! Usually, I wear some of the most unattractive things to bed- a.k.a work out clothes, old mismatched clothing.  So when I saw this sleepset I was excited to actually feel pretty and comfy in this chic little white cotton set perfect for balmy summer nights
Maxi Dress
I saw this brightly colored maxi and knew that it would be the PERFECT cover up for the pool/beach. Throw on some wedges and you are good for a casual night out!

Sequin tote
Perfect for hauling all my stuff to the beach/ pool! Trust me - I usually bring enough stuff for me to camp out there for 3 days/ solutions to any situation that may pop up

I am also OBSESSED with the original Calypso St Barths line. To say the the Spring / Summer collection is drool worthy is an understatement! See the link to the website here.
The price points are much higher , but I am thinking about purchasing a statement dress from there as my summer "go to dress".

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tomorrow is Monday- my least favorite day of the week! This weekend was so amazing- fun and relaxing at the same time. I didn't want it to end..
I was going through my archive and found these pictures I took of a vacation I took to
Prague, Czech Republic ( called "Praha" by the locals) a little over a year ago.
Baroque and romantic, there are beautiful little treasures to discover around every corner
Here are a sampling of some of the pictures I took there to make your Monday a little more dreamy..
Have any of you loves been to Praha? Isn't it amazing?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hi Loves! Sorry I have been so MIA-my computer had a virus! I am back and I promise never to be away this long again!
As I am always obsessed with some new beauty product- here are a few of my current favorites I have been swooning over:

Mountain Ocean Coconut Skin Trip
I decided to FINALLY try this hippie chic lotion after reading about it numerous times on
Into the Gloss/ Top Shelf posts. I had no idea what to expect and if the all natural product would be moisturizing enough for my super dry skin that only the Body Shop body butter would quench. However, I soon discovered that this lotion is PERFECT! Super moisturizing , but lightweight , with a very subtle coconut milk scent that lingers deliciously! I can't stop raving about this lotion!

Why has it taken me so long to discover this amazing scent?
One of L'rtisan Parfumeur original scents it was created in 1978 and has been a cult classic ever since.  The perfect combination of a clean, white musk and in the drydown, the slightest tinge of bright blackberry. However, the blackberry really is so subtle, that it really just adds to the allure of the musk. I say this because I normally am not a fan of any fruit based scents- AS for me they read too saccharine and junior. This is clean , yet simultaneously sexy scent that smells tres francais! L'artisan has also just released Musc and Mure body butter, lotion, solid perfume and bath gel to add to my addiction.

Oil of Olay Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths
I have had issues with my skin and blemishes my ENTIRE life! I go through stages where I am super clear, and then stages where I have horrific, deep blemishes! However, ever since I have been using these budget friendly cleansing cloths my skin has been consistently clear! I really like the fact that they are disposable (therefore, uber hygienic), very inexpensive and remove all my makeup in an easy swipe

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Being that I have been a girly- girl as I could wear a dress I naturally adore the sweeter, prettier things in life.
This includes my taste in fragrance which ranges more towards the floral and lightly sweet varieties. However, I am very particular in regards to the sweeter scents- it is crucial that they not be too saccharine. I need them to have either a warmness or freshness about them.
Below are a few things I am lusting for that define my perfect lightly sweet scent:

Voluspa Macaron Candle
When strolling through a boutique yesterday my eyes immediately darted to the word "Macaron" (french for "Macaroon"). After smelling this lightly sweet candle I was instantly transported back to Laduree Paris- because this is exactly how this candle smells.
It is lightly sweet and delicious - in other words perfection... 

Laduree Rice Powder Home Fragrance
Speaking of Laduree..I  first smelled this delicate, powdery fragrance in a small perfume shop in France. I am still kicking myself for not buying it - because it was a true love affair.
However, now the whole line is available in the US or online
  Imagine what you think the clouds of heaven may smell like and you have this room spray. 
From the atomizer, to the pink enamel bottle , to the gorgeous box it comes in- fabulous!

Creed Virgin Island Water
When I smelled this fragrance on a co-worker last week it smelled light and fresh and just slightly coconut in it's undertones. It was if one had taken a shower in the purest tropical water, and you could still smell the ocean breeze on the skin. Usually, I detest(!) tropical fragrances because they smell so loud and overly synthetic - really not what an island destination smells like. Virgin Island Water cannot be classified as a "tropical" fragrance but maybe as a super exclusive romp on a private beach in the Virgin Islands..
The perfect spring /summer fragrance!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


There is nothing I love better than to slip into a pretty dress and enjoy the sunshine!
I purchased this little white dress on sale at the end of last year  from Guess by Marciano ,and it has fast become my go to sundress for all the extra balmy weather we have been experiencing in Southern California.
What really drew me to this dress is that I thought it had a great Mod/ 60's silhouette. The floral cutouts and detail are unique and add just the right girly touch. Normally, I do not wear any accessories with this dress so that the these girly details can really take center stage.
Hope you guys had a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Whenever I'm "in a mood" the only thing that really cheers me up is my furson Henri Xavier- a French Bulldog of two years.. So to give everyone a mid week smile I decided to post a montage of Henri photos. Don't worry I won't be one of those crazy dog ladies that do this every week!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

French actress Clemence Poesy has been a style icon of mine for a very long time..
Being that she is french, she always looks effortlessly put together with an amazing head of perfectly mussed hair.
Her choices are always simple , feminine,  well tailored silhouettes in great colors and fabrics.
She always looks dangerously sexy , yet very mysterious. Below are a couple of my favorite Clemence looks...
The perfect casual yet feminine look

Can we please talk about the hair? So pretty and tousled while still looking brushed!
In French Vogue.. loooooving the stripes with the polka dot tights!
In crisp all black and Chloe sunglasses
Love the mix of fabric and textures with amazing shoes
All black and the perfect little cherry red dress

Simple and stunningly angelic in white

Monday, March 28, 2011

For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with peacock feathers.
The colors are so rich and gorgeous and they even have an iridescent sheen.
I even found some peacock feathers at the Rose Bowl and clustered them into a stained glass vase I have for decoration (see below)
Whenever I can find something that has a peacock print or is in that rich gorgeous peacock blue/ teal I immediately snap it up. See below some peacock inspired looks I am lusting after..

Free People

Laundry by Shelli Segal


Peacock decor by moi