Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Taking A Napa

Hi all, I'm off for a few days, heading here:


For a little of this:


And hopefully, a lot of this:


See you in a few days!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pack Your Bags...Paris Awaits

Thanks to at Amanda at Oliveaux, I've found my perfect Paris apartment. Come visit me there, won't you?


You'll find me through this grand door off the Place des Vosges, the oldest formal square in Paris, once home to Victor Hugo and Madame de Sévigné.


I'd love to invite my dearest girls to a ladies' Champagne tea in the pretty Salon d'Ete.




Or the entire gang over for a wine tasting beneath the beams in the warm and cozy Salon d'Hiver.



I'm sure that between the Parisian markets and this gorgeous kitchen, I could manage to cook up a somewhat delicious dinner...


Or we could go out for a stroll through the Marais...



...and end up at one of the neighborhood cafés for a bite, while we watch the world go by.



And I can't imagine having anything but the sweetest dreams in this perfect bedroom.



What do you think? Would you come for a visit?

All images from Pavillon de Madame

Learn more about this amazing retreat, designed by Jacques Granges in collaboration with architect Alain Baudouin, here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Singin' In The Rain

Seattle's spring has been a bit soggy and unpredictable so far, but like this sweet little mite, I'm not going to let a few puddles get in my way.

Image from the Wall Street Journal 

The cherry blossoms, magnolias, camellias and daffodils are too beautiful to miss, and getting a bit wet is well worth it for a little playtime outdoors. Although I'm afraid I'm not nearly as cute in my rain gear as this little one.

Maybe I need a pair of these:


What about you? Are you game for singing in the rain and splashing in puddles? Or would you rather stick to the great indoors until the sun comes out?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Where the Wild Things Are

Happy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend? If you are in Seattle and looking for something to do, may I recommend a trip to SAM for the Nick Cave "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" exhibit?


Mr. H. and I went a couple weeks ago and loved it. Mr. Cave's Sound Suits, wearable fabric and found-object suits, are utterly delightful--Dr. Seuss meets Sesame Street meets Where The Wild Things Are meets Couture. They're also thought provoking, bringing up themes of beauty vs. ugly, treasure vs. garbage, stranger vs. familiar. But mostly, in my eyes, the suits are fun and playful.


They put in an appearance in the September 2010 issue of Vogue, and when you look closely at the fabrication and craftsmanship, it's no surprise that Mr. Cave is the director of the graduate fashion program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 September 2010 Vogue

In fact, it seems to be a pretty short leap between Mr.Cave's whimsical Sound Suits and what we're currently seeing on the runways and the street.

 


Kate Moss (The Cut)

 
Anna Dello Russo (Vogue.com)


 The ubiquitous Prada fur stole (Tommy Ton)


House of Holland (Style.com)


Mary Katranzou (Vogue.com)


Mary Katranzou (Style.com)

I think even some of my youngest friends would love this exhibit if their moms have time to take them to SAM. Penelope, Bobby, Sophia, Lane and Cole, let me know which suit is your favorite! (I'm fond of the furry ones, myself!)

Have a wildly fun weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Sure Sign

My favorite white camellias finally bloomed.


They do typically lag behind the pink ones--which popped weeks ago--but this year seemed even shier than usual. Finally...one bloom, then two, then three.

Photos courtesy of Mr. H.

A sure sign that happy spring days are truly here. They remind me of this...


And these...


The thought of wearing them poolside when I head south next week makes me giddy. But until then, I'll be content to watch the white blooms out my window, while I wait to wear white blooms on my feet!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lobster for Lunch

I love the the "Tory Entertains" posts on the Tory Burch blog. Wouldn't you love to be invited to this spring break lobster luncheon?

Image from Tory Burch

Blue and white and lobster are a few of my favorite things, so found Tory's invitation especially inspiring. I have a couple lobster feasts on the horizon... I owe my friend Pam a lobster pot pie, and have a "crazy lobster night" summer tradition with some dear friends. So what would my spin be on this lobster fest?


I would start with my favorite vintage blue and white plates.

Image from Costal Living

Add some relaxed blue linens... and maybe some white flowers...

Image from Carolyne Roehm A Passion for Blue & White

Or perhaps a pretty pop of pink! An outdoor setting is a must, so we'll hope for warm weather and sunshine.

Al fresco dining at Pam's (photo Heidi Diaz)

What to wear? 

 Image from Nordstrom.com
A Tory seashell tunic...

 Image from Nordstrom.com

Or this relaxed hostess dress would be perfect! 

Of course, it's the friends around the table that make the meal special. Who wants to join me for lunch? 

PS: Thanks, Amy, for the inspiration!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Bright Side

Happy Spring Monday, friends! I think it would be hard to wake up on the wrong side of the bed in this bright and beautiful bedroom even on a Monday morning, don't you?

 Image from Canadian House and Home

It would be like living in a cherry tree in bloom.


Hope your week is just as bright and cheery!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Green Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Image from Vogue.com

Image from 1stdibs

Image from The Coveteur

Image from Tommy Ton


Image from The Coveteur

Image from NY Mag.com

Image from the Coveteur

Image from Vogue.com

Image from Tommy Ton 

Image from The Coveteur

Image from The Sartorialist

Image from Tommy Ton

Are you wearing your green today?

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