What do ancient Chinese royalty, Freddie Mercury (rock royalty), and Blair Waldorf have in common? This. The other day when I got out of work early on Friday, and discovered there was nothing to see at the theatre, I strolled the mall. I wasn't looking for anything in particular. And left with a bottle of Chanel black satin polish. I've never worn black nails. I used to think it was too goth, but the last season of Gossip Girl really changed my mind. I love how they paired black nails with springy florals on Blair. So not only is it not just a color for the dark winter months, but it's been around for a bazillion years and will be forever.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I'm obsessed with lists and checking off lists. A few lists that I'm currently checking off are the 100 best modern novels, Nina's 100 pieces every woman should own, and the 1000 places to see before you die. I actually go to the drug store and get those little round fluorescent stickers and check each thing off as I accomplish it. So when I was in a client meeting the other week and heard one woman say how she is making her way through the top 100 restaurants of Dallas list I knew this was something I would love to try. It's two things I love. Lists and amazing food. There are a handful that I've already tried, but last night my husband and I got all dolled up and went to check out Lumi.
It's a really unique place because they serve Brazilian dishes, as well as Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. So on the ride down Leo read aloud yelp recommendations so we were prepared when we got there. I started out with a lychee mojito (amazing!) and we had the ahi tuna nachos. These were great too, but we could do without them next visit. Then we ordered the feijoada which is a brazilian stew made of black beans and meat, topped with fried garlic, onions, and collared greens. We also tried the chinese 5 spice duck and leek dumplings and the picanha steak dish with a side of spinach. It was all so incredible, but unfortunately I had no room left for dessert. The night was just so perfect.
After that we strolled over to the Magnolia and saw Woody Allen's new movie, Whatever Works. Thumbs up.
Posted by Nicole at 1:34 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The post title is stolen from a friend's facebook status, so I can't take credit for that brilliance. Here's a celebration/tribute to Michael's genius style. Also, Leo's friend in Brazil who's a DJ down there put this mix together. Enjoy!
Posted by Nicole at 2:53 PM
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
You've probably heard, but I'm going to express my excitement anyway, that Tim Burton is re-making Alice in Wonderland to come out in 2010. His old steamy standby Johnny Depp is in it, along with Helena Bonham Carter (Burton's wife), as well as Anne Hathaway and Michael Sheen (New Moon). Alice in Wonderland is on my summer read list. I've stood in the aisle at Borders and looked and felt each different Lewis Carroll copy and just couldn't decide which I wanted to make my very own.
Posted by Nicole at 2:37 PM
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
That tree sticking out is where I read, and just behind that is where girls had archery.
The Japenese garden tucked away that we'd float under.
Some of my favorite moments ever were when I spent the summer before my senior year of high school working as a canoe counselor at Cranbrook Kingswood girls camp. On my time off, I would flick my shoes off and spread out on my belly below this enormous old tree (you can see it in that top pic) and read Anna Karenina. The campus is just gorgeous. I even knew at the time that this was living. Today I dream of those days that summer. And I want two things. A big tree (preferably in a Japenese garden), and a book that is as wonderful and rich as AK. Oh and those perfect 75 degree afternoons.
As as side note, I was wandering around the Borders site and saw their "If you like this, try this" section. And wow did they nail me! Figuratively. So if you liked Lolita (which is officially my favorite book), try these.
Posted by Nicole at 2:14 PM
So I did end up going to the Crow on Saturday afternoon, despite the 102 blazing temperature. And it was worth it. It made me realize that my Saturdays get so monotonous. Piano, gym, then laziness ensues. But I loved the Crow. And the best part was the animated shorts by Kihachiro Kawamoto. I wanted to include my favorite that I pulled off youtube since I hadn't in a previous post. Enjoy!
Posted by Nicole at 12:30 PM
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I've never had an lbd. I don't think. I can't remember. But I've scoured and scoured and you wouldn't believe how difficult it is to find simple, classic cuts. I love looking at Audrey photos for inspiration and I love this particular one she's wearing because it has a V in the front and back, is cinched at the waist and hits the knee (well I'd hem mine to hit the knee). Well, I just found the one I chopped up up there on the JCrew site and best of all it's cotton. So it's pretty casual. And let's be honest. There are few times I'm not wearing a t-shirt and jeans. So a cotton dress is a comfortable and easy way to dress up a Thursday night date.
Posted by Nicole at 8:12 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Takasha Murakami for Louis Vuitton
Oh the ubiquitous monogrammed LV. I love it. I hate it. Then I love it all over again. I just can't wait for it to not be so 'in.' Or at least not be so everywhere. Because it is quite a lovely bag. It's rock/glam/prep all rolled into one. The one I'm talking about specifically is the Speedy, and more specifically the Speedy 25. The speedy was created in 1932 for champagne vintners to transport bottles. And today...blackberries, lip gloss, bubble gum, floss, and trashy pocket novels.
Posted by Nicole at 8:02 AM
Thursday, June 11, 2009
There is an unbelievable amount of awesomeness happening in Dallas this weekend. With the Dallas Art Fest going on there will be tons of music, food, and free art to soak up. With the weather forecast predicting 100 degree days, I'll probably be staying inside most of the time. But I am really looking forward to checking out the Crow Collection and the Asian Art History 101 lecture at 3 followed by the Asian Animated Shorts at 4.
Posted by Nicole at 8:22 PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
"With serpentine legs that resemble nothing so much as octopus tentacles, the 'r.n.i.' series of tables by Chule An Kwak is actually inspired by images of running horses. Sculpted from wood, these designs offer the same sort of flat surface you'd see in a conventional table but with legs that seem kinetic and alive."
Posted by Nicole at 10:42 AM