Sunday, December 8, 2013
I must admit, the first snowfall of the year is glorious - even our front yard became a winter wonderland. We quickly went outside and frolicked in the first snow of the season. No question about it, it's going to be a white Christmas this year.
I'd been shopping around for a snowsuit for little E for a while and finally bought a gorgeous faux fur hooded Ralph Lauren snowsuit but apparently, it's made for giant Swedes because the size 24 months is 4 feet tall (!!!). My little bean wouldn't fit in it until fifth grade maybe. Luckily I found an even better snowsuit from Mini Rodini from Blue Carrot Boutique and it couldn't be any cuter. All of December looks like a subzero cold snap so most of our outfits will be little beady eyes peaking out from being tufts of hooded fur. Well, what better reason to shop for the winter.
Let the holidays begin! Cheers!
Coat Twenty-29 from Yoox
Hat Cossack faux fur hat from Topshop
Pants J. Crew
Baby snowsuit Mini Rodini
Baby boots Tundra
Baby mittens Janie and Jack
Monday, December 2, 2013
So it was a rather crazy November this year but no fear, the holidays are nigh and I've stocked up on plenty of styles for the long cold winter - for the home and outside. Here is a preview of my Cyber Monday shopping. By the looks of it, I have a lot more shopping to do for the hubz and bebe. Cheers!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Fabric shade / Waterworks bath accessory / White bed linen / Cotton bath towel / Acrylic blanket / Crate and Barrel glass carafe / LSA International home decor, $26 / Window mirror / Fragrance candle, $64 / Signature Chocolate Truffles Gift Box GODIVA / Linea robe, $81 / Ethan Allen king size bed frame / Lacquer furniture / Furniture / Kai perfume oil / Graphic Image Vogue Covers / Canvas Double-sided 6-foot Amalfi and Riviera Room Divider (China) / IKEA EGEBY Rug, flatwoven, medium brown / Pottery Barn Blacksmith Clothes Rack / IKEA Smycka / Bedeck Sanctuary slippers one size whi, $23 / GARDENING 1950s Book Collection, Decorative Books, WildFlowers,...
We've lived in this house for 3 years and not once has anyone visited, except for my my mother in law once when our girl was born, but we stuffed the futon in the nursery and called it a day. Sadly, I've invited my sister in law and her family to visit us this year for Christmas but she's rebuffed me more times than I can count. Why wouldn't anyone want to spend a holiday freezing their asses off here in the tundra, right? So, much to my sheer delight, some old friends are visiting from out of town - from Orlando no less! The average temps there are in the 80s this week. I asked my husband when they confirmed the dates - "are you sure they are coming to visit us... in NOVEMBER?" They're either crazy or in for a big surprise, so as to lessen the blow of the harsh weather outside, my project this week is to convert our dank basement corner into a warm inviting guest room. As has been said, if you build it, more might come, right? I will be covering the before/after when all is said and done.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Winter has hit us fast and hard. Throughout an unusually warm autumn, my fall gear was neglected by the interminably warm summer - sweaters, tartans, and jackets piled up waiting to be worn. Then all of a sudden in October, the cold snapped. In fact, it's snowing right now. Winter has come... In an attempt to think more positively about this winter, the only way to make the coldest place Earth even remotely tolerable is to adopt a bit of glamour from Mother Russia.
Many moons ago, when I was in fashion school in New York, I once knew a Russian girl. One chilly winter night, I met up with her for oysters and champagne at Grand Central Oyster Bar. She sauntered up the road to meet me, all cozy bravado in her heavy fur. She was the real life Mary Kate/Ashley, 5 ft tall, teeny tiny in a skintight red dress and a 5 foot long mink coat, regaling catcalls and jeers with her fabulous self. She pursed her bright matte red lips out at me and said, "Russia is cold, we wear furs", she said.
It just made so much sense.
She has left an indelible mark on my sense of style. The weather here is the same if not worse than Russia but this is the land of parkas, fleece and tennis shoes - not even boots. Growing up, the less you wore outside, the braver you were. Stupid really; I'd rather dress like an old Russian fishmonger . Why can't one dress up with some pizzazz in the winter: big wooly coats, furry hats, bright gloves, bold scarves, long socks and thigh high boots. The possibilities are endless.
I'll leave the ethics of wearing fur up to you. I personally love the look of furs. I once had a vintage mink stole but had to sell it because I was allergic. Apparently, minks are in the same family as cats and I'm deathly allergic to cats. My stance already comes from an ethically dubious position - we do run two leather goods businesses. Even so, when I look at my little Yorkies my stomach turns a little, imagining them sewn up into a stole. I wouldn't buy a new fur... but a vintage fur, well, what's done is done and it just oozes that old Hollywood glamour. Of course, there's always faux.
This winter, I'm investing in some classic pieces for now and all my future winters: brights in crimson, emerald, sapphire, and gold, wool coats, and furry stoles, hats, coats, jackets with military details, long sleeve dresses and long boots to keep me warm.
What is your inspiration this year?
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I've been griping about getting a haircut ever since I got my hair hacked by a not distant enough family friend. I thought I could come out with a balayage and simple cut, but instead I got frosted streaks, frizzy hair and burnt ends. Yikes! I'm currently loving the messy wavy bob - these are my hair-spirations today. What's yours?