Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bonjour Paris


The bags are packed. The to-dos have been checked off the list. I'm on my way.

Back soon, hopefully with loads of Paris goodness and photos to share - until then you can find me on Instagram (idreamofjeanne).

Hope you have a lovely rest of the week, my friends!

Au Revior! XO

Monday, January 20, 2014

Inspired By: Diane von Furstenberg


Happy Monday, everyone! I don't know about you, but I spent way too much time in front of the television yesterday. Between football (go Seahawks!), Downton Abbey, and Sherlock I'm feeling entirely glazed over.

So how about a little glamor, style and inspiration to energize us for the week? 



This year marks the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenburg's wrap dress, which is currently being celebrated by Journey of the Dress at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a colorful, print-happy tribute to the game-changing dress and the woman who dreamed it up.




I remember my first DVF wrap dress, purchased just after I landed my "dream job" at Nordstrom, giddy with my discount but nervous as heck about how I would measure up, both in terms of getting the job done and dressing the part. The iconic dress - in the same print as this one Diane wore in 1974 - gave me confidence I just pretended to have at the time.


A few years later, I had the luck of meeting and interviewing Ms. von Furstenberg. A goosebump-making moment. Beautiful, poised and smart, she radiated passion and strength - I honestly couldn't tell you what we spoke about (I was out of body) but I'll never forget her energy.


What I find most inspiring about Diane von Furstenberg is her resilience. She created a fashion phenomenon at the age of 26, revolutionizing women's apparel and becoming the most marketable woman designer since Coco Chanel. She sold five million wrap dresses by 1976, but in the 1980s her business crumbled from over-saturation. She staged a comeback in 1997, relaunching her company and the wrap dress and influencing a whole new generation of women.




She's proof positive of the age-defying properties of working hard at something you love, and that true beauty belongs to those who are comfortable in their own skin.



"You have to accept who you are," she told W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi in a recent interview at LACMA. "And it's not always great. I mean, sometimes, I feel terrible and look horrible and then I have to do pictures. But then I just go for it, and then it's okay. You just go for it. And that's it! Life is very short. Insecurity is a waste of time." 


Happy Anniversary, DVF. Thanks for the dress and the inspiration!

Journey of a Dress is on view at LACMA though April 1


Friday, January 17, 2014

Paris Resolutions









The best resolutions are the ones you know you can keep! With less than a week until Paris, I've come up my definitive list of "must dos." What do you think? Anything you would add?

Happy Friday, all! Hope your weekend is lovely! XO



1/Liane Ellis, 2/ Liane Ellis, 3/This is Glamorous, 4/My photo, 5/My photo, 6/My Photo, 7/Here, 8/Here

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Art Of Gratitude

And here we are, halfway through the month of January. How are those resolutions coming along? Did you make any? What kind? I tend to toggle back and forth between very specific to-dos (makeover the blog) and recommitting to attitudes and practices that can always be improved. Like living in gratitude.


To me, gratitude is linked to noticing life. Slowing things down, finding joy in simple moments. One of my favorite things about January is sitting down to do thank you notes. It's like opening the Christmas gifts all over again. Hand-painting my thank yous gives me time to reflect on the amazing people in my life, how grateful I am for them, how much I appreciate the gifts they chose. Like the Beauty At Home book I received from my gorgeous friend Dana, recognized with a little watercolor of Aerin Lauder's dressing room. Or Paris, An Inspiring Tour, from my Francophile friend, Liane, which inspired a painting of pink Parisian doors to say "merci".


Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips recently wrote a terrific post on why handwritten thank you notes matter and tips for making the task a fun, learning opportunity for kids. I have to say I am forever grateful to my mother for insisting on the importance of a personalized note, even when I complained and dragged my feet. As with pretty much all things, she was right. Thanks mom.

Speaking of gratitude, thanks so much for all your kind comments about the new look over here. Glad you like it! 

So, what are you grateful for today?

PS: If you are looking for an extra special way to express your gratitude to someone, I'd be happy to talk to you about a custom created and personalized little piece of art. Just email me at jeannemckay@yahoo.com

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dreaming in Blue and White


It shouldn't be too surprising, when I rest my eyeglasses on a nightstand that looks like this...


And fall asleep on pillows that look like this...


That sometimes I dream in blueandwhite.




Don't you think these Equipment pajamas would be perfect for lazing the morning away? Wish we could, but Monday calls! Hope yours is lovely. XO

PS: Finally! After over three years, this little blog got a makeover. Hope you like it. It's a placeholder for now, and a few more tweaks are required, but I couldn't go another day publishing teeny tiny images. A big thanks to Mr. H. For the IT support.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Mademoiselle Paloma Goes To Paris

Happy Friday! Isn't January just flying by? Less than two weeks and I'm off to Paris! When not mentally packing my suitcase, I'm indulging in favorite memories of past trips. If you've been following along for awhile you may remember a post about my adventures there with a friend of the smaller set - Mademoiselle Penelope when she was just two.


She's a very grown up girl of almost 11 now, and returned to Paris last summer with little sister Paloma, who is three, in tow. Looks like they could advise me on a few things I should do and see during my trip!








Photos from Heidi Diaz

What do you think of their sight-seeing highlights?

Have you been to Paris with a little one? They help you see an entirely different city, I think.

Bon weekend tout le mond! XO

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Best Friend

You know those new items in your closet that immediately feel like you've been wearing them forever?


My new best friend is this cozy fisherman sweater from SHAE. Super soft - not at all itchy - just roomy enough to be comfortable, but not so much that it looks like I ate more cookies than I actually did over the holidays. I love the dark cuffs that make it a bit different than your average fisherman sweater. And best of all, it doesn't leave little white fuzzys on my favorite black pants! I could wear it every day - it's become the sartorial equivalent of the blanket I carried around as a little girl.

I hope that all of you who've been stuck in the "Polar Vortex" the past few days have been cozied up in lots of layers! Brrrr. I'm crossing my fingers that the temperatures start climbing for you today.

Stay warm! XO

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snow What Fun!



Happy 2014, friends! Is your year off to a sparkling start so far?


Ours began hidden away in a cozy inn, where the biggest decisions of the day were if we should snow shoe or cross country ski, and what bottle of wine should we uncork for dinner by the fire.


We glided across the valley floor or crunched up into the hills, obliterating so many calories that we could eat carbs, sugar and fat without a second thought.








And while my guess is that you East Coasters might be over the cold and snow, there is something about starting the year off under a blanket of beautiful white. A fresh start. Ready to make new tracks.

So tell me, what have your first days of 2014 been like? Hope things unfold beautifully for us all! XO

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