I just began reading one of the longest works of fiction in literature, all inspired by this painting by Nicolas Poussin. It's 12 volumes and I'm going to see if I can read one volume per month. This sounds like a New Year's resolution to me!
I am absolutely loving this relatively new (well new to me) show on IFC called Dinner with the Band. Chef Sam Mason hosts different bands at his NYC loft where he cooks and they all sit around talking about music, life....the food just looks delectable and he also creates cocktails that pair with each dish. Check it out, every Tuesday night at 10/central.
Coat: vintage, brooch: grandma's, sweater: J Crew; jeans: Gap; boots: Frye, jewels: grandma's + my own
A couple weeks ago I bought vintage on ebay for the first time. It was really scary because you can't touch it or try it on or anything, so it's hard to tell how quality it is. This is a 60s swing coat. And I forgot to photograph it from the back, but it's really cool because it only belts in the front and then swings in the back. And it feels like the good fur/hair, not the cheap stuffed animal looking stuff.
I debuted it last night for the first time at The Art Conspiracy in Dallas. We had a lot of fun but stayed WAY too long, but it was all worth it when we ended up at Metro Diner scarfing down eggs, bacon AND sausage, pancakes, and coffee. YUMMMM.
Oh yeah, I wanted to share the shop on ebay I got it from. I love them.
With New Years just around the corner, I thought I'd post these photos from one of my favorite bloggers (and most beloved French blogger) Cherry Blossom Girl. I love her spin on the party dress by pairing them with tough boots. Trés cute.
My days and weeks have been incredibly full and delightful and I think the year may end up okay after all. Especially now that I've seen Wes Anderson's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Roald Dahl books were so much a part of my childhood, and I'm so happy that they're just alive today as they were when I was young. I can't wait to share them with my children one day. This was one of those movies that when you sit down and see the very first few shots, you just know that you have to savor each moment because it won't last long (especially considering it's stop motion animation). The art direction was of course superb. And I got a kick out of the Fantastic Mr. Fox's wardrobe looking just like Wes'. Yes, we're on a first name basis.
I got out of work on time last night and was really excited to have time to make dinner, it's been a while! Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who's been picking up the cooking slack with his Brazilian dinner creations.
I'd been wanting to try and make a sort of improv soba noodle dish. And it ended up turning out really well so I thought to share this super easy and quick recipe. I looked up a ton of different recipes and kind of pieced together what I liked, and then tried to figure out how to make it the quickest.
So here is what you need:
Ramen noodles (this was my idea, but you could also use spaghetti)
1/4 c. Soy sauce
Seedless cucumbers (I used the baby ones)
Roasted black sesame seeds
White wine vinegar (this is just what I had in the cupboard)
Peppercorn Pork tenderloin (according to Leo, it's not dinner without meat)
Cook meat! Prepare ramen according to package (drain broth, keep a little in the pot to keep noodles from sticking).
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 c. soy sauce, 1 shallot finely sliced, approx. a teaspoon of shredded ginger (I was very generous), a couple tablespoons of white wine vingar (just eyeballed), and a couple glugs of sesame oil. Pour concoction over lukewarm noodles. Chop up the cukes. Put cukes and sliced pork tenderloin on top of noodles. And sprinkle roasted black sesame seeds on top. DO NOT skip the sesame seeds. This was the best part.
We devoured this with a bottle of red and the finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Good night it was!
Whenever I'm thinking about redecorating the pad, the first thing I dream about is how to organize my books. I have a few book cases and then baskets and baskets and drawers full of books. And these are the ones I simply can't part from. My one dream, which has become a mandate when the day comes that I move into a house, is a wall with built-in book cases, and a ladder of course. The ladder completes the fantasy. But I'd also love to have a big old stately looking case, as a statement piece. Even if it houses my favorite paperbacks it would be beautiful. Obviously this one here would never be a reality for me, but something inspired by it perhaps!
An 18th century painted breakfront bookcase based on designs by Thomas Chippendale and possibly by Wright and Elwick. Locks and hinges original. This bookcase owes much of its inspiration to Thomas Chippendale’s designs published in the 1754 “Director” (plate CVI) with their spirited interplay of Rococo, Chinoiserie and Gothic motifs; however the cabinet maker’s application of these design motifs are here realized in a more exuberat and playful way. The cabinetmakeing firm of Richard Wright and Edward Elwick was the most prominent in Yorkshire in the second half of the eighteenth century and their country house work prospered particularly in the 1760’s. The patronage that this partnership received reached the same level as Robert Gillow’s firm based in Lancaster and London. Some of Wright and Elwick’s most reputable clients.
Love her or hate her, you can't deny she is the absolute epitome of chic. I watch The City just to see how she pulls things together. But part of me loves when she flubs up. Like last night when she was sitting at that party claiming what a die hard hip-hop fan she is but hadn't heard of A Tribe Called Conquest. Jigga please!
There aren't many places around where I'm working right now to walk outside. So that leaves me with the Galleria mall. I was headed there to cash in a gap gift card (and I got a super sexy new pair of jeans from their new premium line). But I digress. I always park at Banana at the Galleria and walk through it to get to the mall. And on my way out I spied the cutest toggle coat in the world. So scratch my old toggle post, I think this one takes the cake. And when I was in Michigan about a month ago, my mom got me a knit hat just like the girl in the picture there, from Anthropologie. Unfortunately the weather in Dallas is 75 and sunny. But I did get lots of wear in Michigan. I can't wait for it to get cold here!
Dress, DVF vintage; lace cami, Banana Republic; trench, Banana Republic; shoes, Nine West
Friday night was a night to celebrate. My brother passed the bar and was ready to party for the first time since August! We went out and had big fat steaks, calamari, fries, mac & cheese, martinis (with extra olives!!) at Nick & Sam's and then headed to Sambuca for dessert (one of everything on the menu please!). It was magnificent! The people watching was also rather um, interesting?
I'm not quite sure what he's wearing around his neck. Some sort of good luck thing that his landlord made him wear.
I usually don't write about interiors, but this one particular site is too spectacular to go un-shared. Thanks Sergio! It's called Remodelista. And the part about it I really love is when they take homes (like Julianne Moore's West Village apartment, top photo) and deconstruct them and then find pieces, paint colors etc that are comprable (and sometimes much cheaper!). These are two rooms that I am really drawn to. Mostly because all I wear and love is gray, black, white and tan/khaki/beige/whatever.
I saw this movie last night and just loved it. I don't know if it's the fact that I just returned from a trip back home where my old friends and I (and even my photography teacher) sat around over drinks remembering the good old all-girl catholic school days, or me reading the wonderfully exquisite book "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", but this movie made me seriously miss high school, uniforms and all.
When a coat's been around since World War II, it's safe to say it's here to stay. And when you can find it in a wonderfully luxe-looking camel, well that's just perfection. This particular one is a wool blend and can be found at Eddie Bauer and I think it's simply adorable.
While I was home in good 'ol Troy, Michigan for a week, my mom and I did a lot of shopping. Well, correction. A lot of walking around the mall, eating veggie burgers, drinking coffees, and sneaking sweets wherever possible. Anthropologie is always a place we end up stumbling into. Feeling, smelling and trying on many many things. When I saw these pants I knew they would never come off my body, and they haven't since I got them last week. They're like if jeans and leggings got married and had super awesome kid that got all the best traits and so they quit having kids after that because, well, what's the point? So there you have it. The pant you must go buy now. I know that $138 buckeroos is a lot to spend on a single pair of pants, but when you divide that by the infinite number of times you'll wear them and all the different ways to wear them, well that equals like $1. And that's a deal.