Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!


I hope the weather reports are wrong and there is snow on Christmas Day!

Pheasant

I am making pheasant for Christmas Eve dinner for my family.



For your pheasant fashion needs this pair of pants from Orvis is $175.00.

While this pair from Ralph Lauren is on sale for $79.99.

Mod Cloth

I just discovered a new Web site, Mod Cloth, with all sorts of cool stuff. It advertises that it sells vintage clothes and accessories, but it has many more weird and interesting things.



Like this La Regle Du Jeu Dress for $157.99, that is "ideal for a weekend of romance and intrigue".

Or this Bike Tour Wallet on sale for $17.99, "slim enough to fit in your back pocket while you take a ride around town!"




And these sunglasses that appear to be Ray Ban Wayfarers, but are actually Big Ben Shades for $11.99. Yep, that's right, Big Ben from the Steelers.

 


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Beret


To further my point on berets here are some famous people who have rocked the french hat. And maybe the reason why I wasn't so keen on them in the first place. 

DyShaun from Stylista
The U.S. Olympic team
He is not famous.
Julia Roberts in Notting Hill

Monday, December 22, 2008

Buzz words






Grant Barrett, lexicographer, lists some of 2008's buzz words in a New York Times article. Some of my favorites include Caribou Barbie and Phelpsian. Did he miss any?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

White House Interior Design

This photo holds no significance as far as interior design I just like it. Jackie and I have many things in common, among them our love for French style.

Obviously the Nixons. Look at that elaborate wall paper.

Those Reagans love their red. This photo looks like it could have been taken in any home in America.

These images go along with this story in the New York Times.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Goop


Gwyneth Paltrow has a fashion and lifestyle newsletter called Goop that you can sign up for. And apparently she is a bit of a foodie as well, sharing recipes and cooking tips. Now I can pretend to be her best friend, like I have always wanted!

LIFE Archive


What caught my eye immediately from the LIFE photo archive.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Fall



I watched the Fall this weekend and it was one of the most beautifully made movies I have ever seen. It also was just released in the U.S. in May of this year and has only been shown in select theatres. So, now I feel special. Check it out.

Feeling French


So, I jumped on the knit beret bandwagon and picked one up this weekend. After fidgeting with it at the store for several minutes I found out that berets actually can look good on me. I don't really want to be a hat person but Cleveland winters have forced me to and maybe the desire to look like a parisian. The best part about the knit beret is that it's much looser than most knit winter hats. It doesn't mess up my hair and it doesn't squeeze my bulbous head.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A couple of things


(Photo by Patrick Demarchelier)

I'm so glad the weekend is almost here. Here are a few things that caught my eye.

Is it true that Anna Wintour is leaving Vogue? Here are some suggestions for what the Queen B should do next.

Some hot scotch recipes to keep you warm.

The dress I would wear if I had a holiday party to go to.

Four bucks IS dumb!

Thanks to Bunny Tomerlin I have a girl crush!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Found


An inexpensive but nice place to get your nails done in Cleveland: Anthony Vince Nail Spa in Legacy Village. Manicures start at $17 and a spa manicure and pedicure combo is only $47. The people there are friendly and everything looks spotless from the marble countertops to the faux-crystal chandelier. 

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Christmas Story


Be prepared to stick your tongue to a metal pole and eat soap Tsai-entology, you potty mouth! I went to the Christmas Story House this weekend.

Located in the neighborhood of Tremont, just west of Cleveland, the house itself was just used for outside shots, but the inside has been transformed into a permanent replica and tribute to the movie. You can look in Ralphie’s room where a letter to Santa sits on his desk asking for the infamous Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time. Also inside the house are the BB gun, the leg lamp, and 1940s paraphernalia.

The best part of the tour is the museum located in another house across the street. That is where you will find authentic props and costumes from the movie, such as original toys from Higby’s window and Randy’s red snow suit.
Right now is the best time to go as snow gives the outside an authentic look, but the house is open all year long.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Academy tightens ranks


Is the Academy making the right move by tightening its ranks? Hollywood has certainly become more commercial and although ratings for the the Academy Awards Show are down the Academy itself is taking the more indie, artsy route. I thought this article from the New York Times was interesting.

Australia Fashions





It was a good movie despite being over the top at times. The fashions Nicole Kidman wore were classic. I like the blue and white nautical-inspired skirt and jacket as well as her more rugged khaki (linen?) pant and white button up blouse with scarf. It is very Ralph Lauren about to join the hunt, or as seen, the cattle drive.  And who doesn't love the little boy in the movie played by Brandon Walters?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I had to pass on this positive thought for the day via a cup of jo, via the Sartorialist.

Straight No Chaser


You may have heard Straight No Chaser, a men's a cappella group from Indiana University, singing their version of "The 12 days of Christmas" on the radio. One of the most intriguing twists in the song is a bit from "Africa" by ToTo. These guys are awesome.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


Norman Rockwell's "Freedom from Want"

Love JCrew











Bearded men



Beards are in along with flannel shirts and lambs-wool double-breasted cardigans. Sounds like something Will Ferrell's character Roger Clavin would wear. But recently I have seen some postings on beards and I can't help but put in my two cents. I think they are distinguished and yes, even manly. They are much better than dealing with the day-old stubble that manages to pierce my face in every single way possible. And yes, I sometimes have relations with a man who rocks a beard. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Look at my poor, willing friend posing for a photo that may either cause upheaval and distress or praise and glory. Is Allison's fish cardigan and turtle neck combo a fashion don't or a fashion hell yes? It is a bit kindergarden teacher-ish, but I just admitted to loving tights and loafers. So I can't talk! Personally, I love the fish cardigan and the color of the turtle neck. That is a color you don't see on many kindergarden teachers.

Shoes


With my love of loafers, tights and skirts expressed, I find it odd that I will scoff at highly priced clothes, being the "bargain shopper" that I am, but spare no expense for shoes. I think it must be the practicality of shoes that attract me. However, clothing is no less practical. What is it about shoes? Do you find yourself feeling the same way? Is Carrie Bradshaw right? Or is this just my problem?

Outfit




There is nothing I love more than wearing a cute skirt, tights, and loafers or flats. Classic and comfortable. Call me an old lady or even a Catholic School girl past her prime, I don't care! I love it!

Skirt~ Forever 21 $22.80
Tights~ Forever 21 $8.80
Shoes~ Audrey Brooke for DSW $59.95

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wake up!


I'm sure you can agree with me that an alarm buzzer is the worst noise in the world, especially after staying up all night watching Noah's Ark, drinking wine, and eating stale Domino's pizza with your friends (or by yourself). Every time my alarm goes off in the morning I wake up angry that this horrible alarm demon is waking me from my comfortable slumber.

So, I tried setting my alarm to music. I downloaded Ingrid Michaelson's The Way I Am and set my phone alarm to that song. I don't wake up any easier, but at least I wake up happy.

What's in your medicine cabinet?


I saw this guide on mondemeladie and was surprised to see that the blogger uses a cold cream. My assumption is that she is neither old nor wrinkly, but further explanation told me she uses it as a preventative measure.

I am 23 and still fighting mild acne. It seems morbid to think about wrinkles already, but many young celebrities are already getting botox. I mean, who doesn't want to maintain their taut, supple young skin? Using a little cold cream now, seems like a much better option than getting extensive procedures in the future.

New blog


I just found a new blog on cooking and the life of the cook, Nicole. It looks like a good read. 

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