Thursday, September 27, 2012 find: "shio" other worldly lights

Finally!  A kickstarter project gone right! I want one!  However, the economics might not work out in favor for the artist if these really go into production...  I think they take FOREVER to form.  This just reaffirms my opinion of how awesomely awesome salt is.  Now who wants to donate 950 big ones to me, so I can own this and make people watch the artist's kickstarter video? 
View this discovery HERE.

inspiration: trot like a fox

The majestic and sly fox is not to be worn, but rather idolized! Here are some carefully selected fox items that I have fallen madly in love with.

$48 Here & There Tee (Fox) 

$51 fox linen cushion

$138 Jonathan Adler Fox
$28 handmade plush fox 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

get the look: my top outerwear picks

My picks for the most adorable fall & winter outerwear trends:

1.  Little red riding hood would even envy this innocent and adorable cape, by Steven Alan.

2.  Lose the collar and opt for mod! Simplicity is always chic.

3.  A little bit blazer, a little bit jacket. I am in love with this Whistles creation.

4.  Ruffle around the edges. This jacket is timeless, yet playful

5.  Not your run of the mill zig zags, this jacket/wrap stands out from the rest.

6.  Leifsdottir's classy color block jacket is perfect for making any outing elegant. I envision a romantic evening of iceskating in this.

7.  All about houndstooth! Maybe it's the Sherlock Holmes craze, but I am so pleased to see this vintage pattern on many jackets this season.

8.  Military jackets will always be a favorite of mine. I am particularly in love with this rendition. It's not too masculine, yet not too feminine - therefore it must be flattering!

Monday, September 24, 2012



'Lovely' post about the beautiful website, from one of the most adorable and yes, 'lovely' blogs on the net, Lovely Clusters

Did I mention the lovely party? See for yourself...

Friday, September 21, 2012

places: belize

 1. I love travel.
 2. I hate flying
 This makes the odds of you sharing a miserable, drunken flight with me more likely, which is uncomfortable - for you.
I will be the one asking at any slight jolt of turbulence "is that normal?" and I will probably be crying with a drink in hand.
Of course there is no rational portion of my brain working while 30,000 ft in the air, so you either have to move (which is what many opt for, if the option is available) or you fall asleep (while holding my hand.)
I am not a drinker, nor would my choice drink be a screwdriver, however, it has become my flying ritual and it must not be tampered with, otherwise I will be more unbearable!
 Belize was sort of a random "let's go on an adventure" trip. I had heard only great things about it and I wanted to see a place that hadn't been too severely tampered and tainted in central america. The culture was diverse and interesting, but let's be honest, Belize is all about the cheap lobster and ruins!  Aside from Tikal, (which is in Guatemala) the most memorable portion of the trip was the trek/swim into Aktun Tunichil Muknal (ATM cave.) It was simply majestic and for the first time since my visit to the Amazon Rainforest, I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones film, since that is how I reference the world around me.   
The Mayan's considered the cave systems to be portals to the underworld and where they would have closer access to the underworld Gods. Gods of which they would sacrifice young men, women, children and babies... basically anything that walked on two legs.  Their bones still remain mostly intact over hundreds, some even thousands of years.  The cave was intensely silent (unless you were close to a rapid stream of water) and boy did it sparkle! I recommend this adventure to all!  Just be warned... it is not for the faint of heart, nor the claustrophobic. There is one point in which you have to squeeze your neck between to large boulders, which could give "worst case scenario" thoughts a lot of material to work with. I was fine with this, because I wasn't in an airplane.
The adventure was a long one... after over 1 week in the jungle, it was time for some R&R. That meant visiting the one beach in Belize that wasn't a forest grove, Placenta, I mean... Placencia. 
I took the bait to stay on a private Caye. This sounded marvelous - private home, chef, kayaks, coral reefs. 
All of this was true, however the quality of service was comical. 
The chef and caretaker of the island seemed apathetic and specialized in fried chicken and wasps nesting in the beds. Due to its over priced ruggedness, I opted to only stay one night and resort to a resort, which was too bad... but sleeping with wasps at my head is where I draw the line. 
The kayaking was unreal, especially at sunset - Adventuring to islands that are inhabited mainly by pelicans, sea birds  and rogue sea monsters is a surreal experience. 

All in all, if you must go somewhere... go to Belize!  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

get the look: 1930's beach glam

Whether you're near, or far... one can add the glamour and elegance of a 1930's/20's inspired beach stroll to their look.
Now if only I could manage to replicate that perfect finger wave hairstyle!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

inspiration: stationery & other things made from trees

I have most recently decided, that I am going to begin corresponding with friends/family via stationery, rather than e-cards. Although e-cards are ecologically friendly and the odds of me having your e-mail address rather than your home address is highly likely, I nonetheless have some beef with internet greetings. 
There is just something special about a solid object one can hold, smell and feel.

Recently I walked down one of my favorite streets to window shop in San Francisco, and I came across 4 different paper and stationery supply stores within blocks of one another.  I found these stores to be overwhelmingly pleasant, as if I had walked into estrogen heaven and decided upon myself that I must make a reason to own these perfectly adorable stamps, pencils, pens, cards and cleverly designed stationery sets!

Monday, September 17, 2012

get the look: hit the hay

The older I get, the more important my sleep has become and it doesn't just take a great mattress to send me off to dreamland, I need to feel comfortable and climate appropriate in my sleep outfit. 
Here are some calming blue options I've concocted for ya'll!

From top to bottom: 
Sleep Mask 
Pajama Set
Lounge Shirt
Silky Shorts
Rugby Socks
Pintuck Bra
Pintuck Panties

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HOME: get the look "my boy blue"

On a dime...


Wallpaper :: By Sanderson
Couch :: By Sandy Wilson
Mint Dresser :: By minthome on Etsy
Lamp :: By Sarasota 
Pillow :: By PopOColor on Etsy

Big spender...


Wallpaper :: By Room Service
Mint console cabinet :: By TheVintageGoodyShop on Etsy
Sofa :: By Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Lamp :: By Jonathan Adler
Pillow :: By Missoni Home 

Monday, September 10, 2012

etsy find: hella slingshots yo find: stackable skeleton coffee mugs

A set of four white bone china stackable coffee mugs from Phoebe Richardson featuring a black skeleton design.

Designed by the masterful, gothic eye of Phoebe Richardson.
Richardson is a London-based designer who specializes in fine bone china. 
Her line "Bone China" features a skeletal muse with a waif frame and high cheekbones.  ;) 
Stacking mugs has never been so creepily entertaining! 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

you've got to, give me some a lovin'

HOME: get the look "natural & beautiful - doodads & whatnots"

Warm wood, amber and white - one just can't help but fall into meditation with this relaxing treasury of doodads & whatnots.  Now if only I coud literally be in a room full of this inspiration, rather than a hectic coffee shop.  

All items are handmade, or vintage - ecologically kind, I have the earth in mind. 
Whoa... I just made that rhyme up...  This is what shopping meditation does to a person.
Let me google it and see how clever I am ______ yep, it was an original thought. 
I often am convinced I wrote a brilliant new song, only to find out that it is a classic. 

What I have collected for you: 

etsy find: the knit kid

I discovered this amazing knitwear shop via Etsy. 
At first I thought, hmmm love the colors, but looks frumpy... now I am pretty tempted to buy out their entire line of fun, elegant, happy colored knits.  

From their scarves to coats - everything is handmade in Berlin, Germany using such materials as, merino, silk, alpaca and mohair.  

Shop the US line 

Shop the Euro line
For large detailed images: Find on

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

etsy find: fletcher and fox

Need an original gift for a friend?
Need something to trump your friend's wedding centerpieces?
Tired of boring old flower bouquets that get droopy after a few days?

Solution:  Arrows!

Designed by Stacey at  Fletcher and Fox  these unique arrows make for a great conversation piece regardless of the occasion.

You may also find them on

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

get the look: foggy san francisco day

San Francisco strangely experiences some of its chilliest days during the summer - especially around the Marina District and Outer Sunset...  Therefore, one must come with layers of preparedness to face the elements! 
I compiled an outfit perfect for a "summer" day in San Francisco. 

One may further beat the lack of heat and seasonal "lack of summer" depression by:
(a) Driving to Sonoma and treating oneself to a Spa Day at the Sonoma Mission Inn  
(b) Treating oneself to the most diabolical cupcake recipe known to all of planet earth.
I will be sweet and share the recipe...

Recipe courtesy of: & Anthony Valerio, Cupcake Wars, 2011


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ounce red liquid food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Fiery Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 6 to 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 shot cinnamon schnapps


For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with 24 regular-size cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, all-purpose flour, cake flour, cocoa, cayenne powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Set the bowl aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the oil and eggs on low speed until combined. Add the red food coloring and vanilla extract. Continue beating until the mixture is well combined. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and add the flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating between the two, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
Fill the cupcake liners approximately half full with batter and bake until the cupcakes are set and a toothpick is removed cleanly, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool the cupcakes completely.
For the frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. With the mixer on low, begin adding the powdered sugar, alternating with the schnapps, until the desired consistency is reached and the mixture is smooth.
Frost each cupcake with the fiery cinnamon cream cheese frosting and serve.
This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

get the look: hello september fall

Keep it Dandy, Keep it Femme.


1.  $22.99 NARS Trouville Pink Nail Polish on ASOS
2.  $95.00 Jaspe Scoopneck Popover on J.crew
3.  $49.00 Green Leather Ankle Boots on Etsy  
4.  $355.00 Patricia Underwood Fedora on J.crew
5.  $229.91Cambridge Satchel Company Pink Satchel on ASOS
6.  Classic Tweed Trousers
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