i love california, i have so many happy memories there and cannot stop dreaming of a day where i am finally able to pack up and leave the Midwest for the Golden State. needless to say, i am currently stuck out in the hot and muggy middle of America, meaning that i am magnetically drawn to any reminder of my favorite state. today i found a California cutting board! :
ohhh I would love to serve up some brie off this pretty board! and the heart over L.A.? - how clever!
I'm a fairly crafty girl and I'm also on what the roomies and I like to call a "bujay" [think "budget" pronounced with a terrible fake-French accent]. The natural solution to overcoming this decorating obstacle is creating my own unique designs. Here is a sampling of DIY projects I have found, to be filed away for when I have the time and drive to make them.
Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli certainly have had big shoes to fill - Valentino Garavani's designs have been synonymous with sexy and glamorous for decades now. But if you had any doubt they could rise to the challenge, check out the Valentino Resort 2011 collection. Two reoccuring details in this ultra feminine collection are lace and bows... so obviously I'm in love!! Here are some personal faves:
LOVE this collection! And the tan and black shoes with lovely bows?! Perfect.
I love interior design, fashion, and all things feminine and fun. So imagine how happy I was when I came across this post on the blog alkemie, which highlights a room on the British website 1st Option. The room itself is simply beautiful - possibly a little overwhelming to actually live in, but lovely as a piece of design art. There are many little details in this space that I absolutely love, but for right now I will just point out the creative use of fashion as wall decor. Here are my two favorite examples:
Beautiful frilly dresses hung as artwork in a bedroom:
More dresses as decor, along with lovely pink heels hanging on empty wall space:
If you like this "Bohemian Chic meets the Modern Marie Antoinette," to quote alkemie blogger Karen Olivia, definitely check out the rest of the article and oooh and aaah over its extravagance.
If I ever own a bookstore [dream], I hope it's as beautiful as this one shown below! This is a picture of an actual bookstore in SF [in 2004]. The owner, Chris Cobb, and his 16 volunteer helpers stayed up all night organizing the entire store's inventory by color. Why?, you ask. It's impractical and a waste of time, you say.
I love books. I love design. Thus, I love bookcase design.
In my mind, a bookcase is an integral of any room - here is a perfect example of how a bookcase is not just an addition to a room, but rather, a necessary part of its very structure:
The only thing that could make this wall o' books better is if the window were even larger [perhaps a full bay window?] and accompanied by a plush cusion - the perfect place to curl up and read after choosing one of the hundreds of books that border the little nook.
my magnetic attraction to all things soft and feminine has continued.
here are just a few favorite pieces of the day:
vintage coral dress:
Things I love about this vintage dress: deep pink color [reminds me of the fairy from the Disney film "Sleeping Beauty" - a fave!], the flowing chiffon, the sheer sleeves with flower detail on the shoulder, the combo of a sweetheart neckline and sheer covering - a perfect way to show off skin while not showing too much!
there is absolutely nothing that I don't love about this dress, and Anna Kendrick wore it beautifully. I love the soft rose color, the subtle draping, the flowing material, the flower at the top, the lace lining... everything! I especially love the changes Kendrick [or, rather, her stylist] made to the original Elie Saab dress - lining the dress, lowering the slit, wearing it off the shoulder. When it comes to feminine formal, I cannot think of anything more perfect than this.
Anna Kendrick wasn't the only gorgeous actress at the 2010 Oscars donning a gorgeous Elie Saab dress - check out Rachel McAdams in this soft watercolor dress! I have a slight love affair with Rachel McAdams; I think she is simply beautiful and a fun actress to watch - the best compliment I've ever gotten is that I look like her [a claim I find untrue, but still...]! I think the best part about this dress is the sweetheart neckline complimented by the criss-cross fabric on the bodice. Oh, and that it looks perfect on the perfect actress!
Most people know that as far as fashion goes, there are two things that fit perfectly into my classic and feminine 1950's aesthetic: b&w, and bows.... and there's a couch that combines the two?! Soo lovely!
~I got this from the blogger, little blue deer. Here is the article, I suggest looking at it because there is also a matching bench and an absolutely breathtaking LBD