Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kestrel at the LA River




I've written a few times about my pal Troy and Falcon Motorcycles (he works there). He and Falcon ignited my curiosity in motorcycles and the lifestyle which surrounds. As a result, I'm a burgeoning fan of vintage bikes and I'm equally captivated by the fashion/style of the riders themselves.


Here's a lovely little video featuring Kestrel, which debuted earlier this year in northern California.




Monday, August 30, 2010

The 2010 Emmys: Fashion!

I missed the Emmys last night. I was too busy watching True Blood and Mad Men. I can't even do laundry or hear what my husband is saying when these shows are on TV. It's not enough for me to DVR them (and even then it's only a precaution in the event I NEED to re-watch any choice or confusing bits).

I wish I saw last night's red carpet portion of the Emmys. It's my favorite part of any award ceremony and last night did not disappoint! A few of my favorites...

Of course I must include fellow newlywed Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen.


I like how January Jones goes the complete opposite route of her super coiffed and almost frigid character- it's a nice balance.


We all know how much I love Christina Hendricks. I thought she looked lovely in Zac Posen. Lavender is so beautiful with her coloring and vibrant red hair.



If you saw my wedding dress, you'd know I'm all about the shoulder action. I really like Kristen Wiig's graphic pattern too.


Keeping with the black and white theme, Lauren Graham's modern Yizal Azrouel gown was equally graphic and seems very flattering (not that the woman needs it!).


I just loved the color and simplicity of Julia Ormond's raspberry colored dress. Her loosely tousled hair completed a very sexy end of summer look.


More vibrant hues - this time on Jenna Fischer. Coral is one of my favorite colors of the season and I don't think I've seen enough of it represented on the red carpet.


And we end with another newlywed - this time the whole pair. They are so darling with their subtle matching colors (his bow tie, her dress by Dior). Very sweet.


So many more - but I'll leave it at this. XOXO


All photos from The Huffington Post


End of Summer

Today I'm dressed for fall. It's a sort of rebellion. Nicky started school today. Mr. W started his brand new job! I needed to feel like I was starting something new today too.

Maybe it's just everything going on - or a reminder that another summer has gone by, but days like today I wish my dad were still around. XO


The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday Sweetness





I'm loving this look captured by Garance Dore!

This girl looks so sweet with her softly swept hair and ruffled blouse.

I love red, white and blue together and not just for the 4th of July. The combo has a cute graphic quality that's much softer than red, black and white, don't you think?






And while we're talking sweet, aren't these the cutest little studs by Sabrina Dehoff? XO


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Definitely a Fan of: J-LEP!

Have you heard of J-LEP? Also known as Jennifer the Leopard, and really, really rad.



I love these ladies. They're an inspiration for doing what you want, when you want! Their t-shirts are pretty great too - collect all four. XO


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back to School Stock Up

It's about that time! I love the anticipation of Fall. Fall is like my Spring - when the real growth and evolution happens.

I'm a fan of new school supplies (pencils! paper!) it's about the simpler things though I wouldn't mind accessorizing. A few things I'm currently coveting around the web:

Mike T. and the rest of the OBEY Clothing crew keep it functional with this backpack that doubles as a shoulder bag. Available at Blackbird.




iPhone 4, you will be mine very soon and when we're together, I'll need a case to keep you. I was waiting patiently for the white iPhone, but since that's not coming out anytime soon, I may have to make due with a white case - like the Incase collaboration below (via Acquire).




What Fall season would be complete without college football? Mr. W is partial to The Ohio State Buckeyes. So by marriage, I am too. A little note from Coach Woody Hayes via ACL.



Mmmm, and of course there are all the Fall foods (Oktoberfest!). I can't wait for a cool Autumn Sunday when I can try out this pancake recipe from Smitten Kitchen.



And last but not least, for those autumnal night caps I'll need to add a bottle of SNAP! from Art In The Age to my minibar. I was lucky enough to sample a little at Jean's house last night. I detected a hint of coconut in the liqueur, which I don't mind. Check Jean's post on SNAP! and its sibling: ROOT! here.




Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday Night TV

Anyone watch Mad Men last night? It's a ne'er miss at our house.

I got excited to see a brand that I'm presently working with featured on the show. One of the highlights for me was Peggy doing donuts on the motorcycle in the sound stage.

I'm keen to see how SCDP pitches the auto business! Very exciting.




PS - A little plug for a little project I'm currently working on: link.

PS2: Random note, in an effort to be frugal and efficient on morning before work, I've been brewing my own coffee and last night I baked my own scones - pre-True Blood! I made lemon scones, using fresh peel from our backyard lemons and I added flax seeds for a health boost.



Friday, August 20, 2010

Brand New Words

In time for back-to-school season, Oxford Dictionary (based on how the English language is really used) just released its newest edition with over 2,000 new words and phrases.

Some of my favorites below.









Note: the definitions aren't the official Oxford definitions, but my own personal comments/thoughts.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Le Bowl


Last night, Mr.W and I finally went to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time THIS season. What took us so long? It was lovely breaking bread (and cheese and pate) with good friends while taking in the sounds of New Orleans.


(check the doubled trumpet action!)


Le swoon: the world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band
(Sorry for the blown out photo. Too bad because these guys have style: red socks on the trombone player and the glasses on the pianist made them even more endearing.)


The annual Jazz Fest closers: The Neville Brothers
(For Steph and me, Aaron Neville's iconic falsetto brought about recollections of our moms)


All that was missing was Abita and Crawfish Monica (and beignets and pralines). A bonus was the stunning dance performance by the Trey McIntyre Project! I hadn't heard about them until last night. Check them out if you can.

And see our post concert silliness/giddyness taking photos by the stage.

Mr. W is SO serious.


But look who's serious now...


And now...


I was remiss in taking a photo of our pal Troy by the stage, but alas, too much excitement for the evening made me forgetful! Next time dear friend. XO

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer Swing

How lovely would it be to sit in a rainbow?


With an equally colorful snow cone, all is right with the world.

PS - this is from the W Resort, Vieques Island in Puerto Rico. Makes this rainbow even better!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Definitely a fan of: Blanca Gomez

One of the art directors here turned me on to Ms. Gomez, an illustrator based in Spain. Her work has a vintage quality and the simple geometric shapes and friendly faces make me smile and want to put them in my pocket! XO




All work available at her shop: Cosas Minimas

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gelato U.

I've debated going back to school, but I think I've made my decision. I'll be getting my masters at the esteemed Carpigiani Gelato University.



I bet orientation is delicious, I mean serious. Of course, they offer courses in the U.S. but why not go to the motherland and take an 8 week immersion course in Bologna, Italy?

I think I could be really passionate about this.

PS. I'm not really going to do this, but I bet it would be a super dense stratiatelli (or my favorite: bacio) blast!


Vintage Peepers

My happiest purchases of eyeglasses were vintage and ever since then I'm always on the look out for the next unique pair. Particularly, I've been on the hunt for the just right shade of pink plastic glasses - like the shade of strawberry Nesquik.

It just dawned on me to check Etsy and of course there are a lot of stunners. None of the pink ones struck me, but here are a few of my favorites. XO


With face framing fringe and oversized baubles, these say summer to me.

Lots of fun, but their shape is a little more serious than the first.


As eyeglasses they look scientifically sexy!


Dramatic black, an interesting round shape (a little reminiscent of bamboo) and rhinestones.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Re-Belle Yell

I could build an entire wardrobe around these shoes.


And they're faux suede too.


Studded Faux-Suede Boots by Stella McCartney at Net-A-Porter

Friday, August 13, 2010

GASP

That's what I accidentally typed in my browser instead of GAP.com, oops!

I have been paring down for some time now. May be the economy, may be age (intentional gasp), may be an attempt at efficiency or a personal conundrum about consumerism (yes, I work in advertising AND I love it).

Let's be honest. I won't ever be that black pants everyday lady or these uniformed girls but there are days when I tire of the myriad patterns and color and "new" trends based on old things. Usually those days are weekends, which should require the least bit effort. Right?

Enough with my rant and on to why I'm really typing. Have you seen the legging jean from Gap? My always stylish friend Fern has some and I will copy her.




It's GAP so they are somewhat egalitarian. They have black, so maybe I will be the black pants, uniformed lady on weekends only! And while we're here, I'm a sucker for a man in a denim or chambray shirt. They have those too (here). Ahem, Mr. W! Oh - and they have the requisite timeless plaid shirts too, just in time for pre-fall. XO


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Life These Days



And by life I mean work, which has been quite challenging lately.

I'm not complaining though. I try to remind myself that the challenges make for sweeter results and let's face it, there are worse ways to spend our days!

XO

Print/photo by Douglas Wilson


Monday, August 9, 2010

What Home Looks Like

These days, weekends are filled with garden harvests that go into easy grilling and baking! much needed sleeping in, trips to the market, Real Average F.C. soccer games and just a teensy bit of Sunday night television that even the dogs enjoy. It's a pretty full life. XO

Zucchini Bread without nuts (for Nicky) and with.