Saturday, June 16, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Bear with me, if it gets a bit boring around here. My motivation to blog is at a bit of a low. But my life is pretty simple these days. I dress similar to The Classics list provided by Dreams and Jeans. I enjoy painting my nails in colors like the light blue provided (and will probably acquire this color from Nars + Thakoon at some point) and living is easy. England was fantastic and I look forward to seeing all my friends again in August when I return. And that's pretty much it. I know! Lame. I'll try and muster up some motivation for something more exciting later. Hope you're all doing well and having a lovely summer. Hit me up on twitter if you feel so inclined. xo.
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Monday, May 7, 2012
These beauty tips from JCrew's tumblr, made me smile. Because who doesn't love free and cheap beauty? The aloe tip has been in my family a long time. That's what we applied to all cuts and burns when visiting St. Thomas as a child. But I will be trying the olive oil and brown sugar exfoliating scrub this summer as I have vowed to take the best care of my skin possible. After all, it's the only skin I' ll have. Plus it's a model favorite and they know a thing or two about skincare.
Posted by etoilee8 at 6:48 AM
Friday, May 4, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Lately I've thought about why I don't do more outfit posts. There is no simple answer but I am a lazy outfit blogger, which is a crying shame because I live with a photographer!! But every now and then I corral him into taking my photo. Very rarely do all the elements come together. For instance if being wrinkled were a "thing". It would be my thing. My make up is rarely polished in that way where other bloggers nail it. And I get bored standing there. This is what I wore to the Washington Ballet's Alice in Wonderland. The show was magnificent and that last pose was flamingo inspired.
Dress - Whistles
Shoes - Sam Edelman
Posted by etoilee8 at 9:30 AM
Monday, April 23, 2012
Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. from Frans Hofmeester on Vimeo.
Probably my favorite video I've seen in a while. Even if you're not smitten with the concept of watching Lotte grow up at high speed, at least love the music which her father created just for this video. Amazing.
Posted by etoilee8 at 7:33 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Recently in a moment which could only be described as madness (fueled by white wine), I declared that I had yet again lost my phone. Oh the tragedy. I dug through my bag twice, dumping out all the contents out before announcing to the entire dinner party (sis, James, new friend Candi, Mike and Lisa + the roommates) that I had lost my phone. And I had to make an important call as well! I gathered my keys and told them all I would be back in a flash. I ran out of the door and realized I forgot my umbrella as I dodged the chilly spring rain drops on my walk home. Once in the door, I tore apart my bedroom, pulled the cushions off the couch, but alas, no cigar. A few moments later I heard my front door pop open. It was Mike, who had walked down to my house to let me know, my phone had been at my sister's house all along. When I returned back to the party, there was a message waiting for me from my phone evidently. It said:
"Hey. this is your phone. just wanted to say you are a dumbass because you were sitting on me. love, your phone."
I shit you not.
When I start carrying around my new Retro Pop Receiver with me, this will not happen again!
Posted by etoilee8 at 10:37 PM
Friday, April 13, 2012
TAKEN FROM MESSAGE TO PENPAL
Let's see, do I have anything new to report? My car cost me $1500 in repairs today. And then as I was driving home, the headlight went out. Well I'm so pissed having to spend that money on my car that I went and bought myself a bracelet from Hermès. Because if I'm going to spend stupid amounts of money on shit I don't want to spend money on, I might as well buy some stuff I DO want to spend money on, right?
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
There are a variety of fantastic perks that come with taking adult classes at The Washington Ballet. The teachers are excellent (you improve quickly), the studios are spacious, there's live music with every class (a variety of talented pianists) and occasionally you might glance to your left and notice the person next to you is a company member.
I am so thrilled to see Alice in Wonderland on April 13th. It is my absolute favorite story from childhood and I'm quite positive The Washington Ballet will bring it to life in a way I have yet to experience.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Even though certain days this week were somewhat exciting for me, the bigger part of the week was not. It was stressful. I know it sounds strange that I should be complaining about stress when I don't even work full time right now . . . but still somehow it happens. Certain aspects of my television job are so stressful it gives me nightmares which I can't fall back asleep from. I feel like such a wimp admitting this, but it's true. Driving to work today I felt my heart palpitating from the three cups of coffee I drank coupled with the lack of sleep and then I felt the strange need to cry over the sudden realization of my own mortality yet again. Geez. What a fucking mess. By the way, Alpha is perfect music for listening to when you're feeling down. It adds an edge of normalcy to any dour mood. And on a rainy day it is ace. Try it.
I also took a dropper full of Sweet Aja and hoped for the best. Sweet Aja is a mixture that Rebecca of Cauldrons and Crockpots whipped up for me. After a series of emails, Bex (as I lovingly call her) told me she'd have something in the mail for me right away. What arrived was a glass elixir with basil, ashwaghanda, St. John's Wort and some other key ingredients. I take it four times a day to keep the bad mood at bay. Taste like ass, works like a charm. If you haven't had the chance to explore her wonderful website, you are doing yourself a disservice. There's recipes galore and tons of excellent information. And if you find yourself feeling poopy and down or just behaving like a jerk, contact her immediately. She'll fix you right up.
(Photos from Piccsy and Caudrons and Crockpots)
Friday, March 30, 2012
I'd like to thank James for making sure to circle my head here with an arrow. Just in case anyone in my family missed it or confused me for the man to right. And with that I officially retire from my career as a human backdrop. Way too much pressure. Do I smile? No, it's serious. But if I don't smile I look like I'm frowning and then everyone's going to lament to me "Why did you frown so much, standing there?"
So instead I just looked towards the clouds, or rather the roof snipers. I am the worst backdrop ever.
Things I Like About The President:
- He apologized for keeping us all waiting when he greeted us in the meeting room, humility.
- He repeats people's names when meeting them, awareness.
- He seems pretty normal.
Now let's get to the good stuff. Whenever I go to the White House for whatever event, I find myself prancing in front of my wardrobe the night before. Knowing there's a small chance I'll be on television, puts a small spin on my ordinary dressing. I was happy I went with light colors instead of dark suits like so many of my backdrop cohorts. So I ended up with:
Scarf from H&M.
Top from Alexander Wang (bringing the A. Wang to the WH).
Trousers by Adam (one size too big for the desired slouch).
Shoes by Nine West.
Just serious enough to say, "This is serious stuff."
But just casual enough to say "This is Aja."
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I don't know if it's a tribute to my age or a tribute to my being boring but this summer/spring all I want are plain dresses. Super plain with a nice cut. I bought the two Whistles dresses above (you can find them here but they're selling out quick) and I couldn't be happier with the fit and style. I will wear them for years.
I've of course got my eye on the plain Emerson Fry mod dress. I think I could love it forever. And that picture of Catherine Deneuve inspires me to find something black with a very simple, graceful back. I've actually been on this kick since I first saw this photo of Sofia Coppola in Louis Vuitton. What are you buying this spring?
Monday, March 19, 2012
I'm not trying to brag, but I had a beautiful weekend, loves.
I went to ballet, played in the sun, drank outside, hung out with my family and friends at the same time. Sat by the Lake with my Dad and the baby. It really just doesn't get better. I also changed my duvet cover and pillowcases to Marimekko's Lumimarja Celery. It may sound vain but pretty bedding makes me infinitely happier. So really, it was just all pretty perfect. How about you? Hope it was fantastic. And I really hope you got outside. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Grimes is on the cover of Dazed and Confused this month and I love it. That's quite an ornate nose piece she's got there. This song was on constant rotation with me in January. I had to retire it for a little bit so I didn't overkill it. But now I'm ready to listen again! I love all the dancing girls in the video. Some of them dance like me and it makes me feel not as ashamed of my odd avant garde dance floor moves.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Stop It Right Now always features the coolest accessories on her blog and I always admire her bold sartorial picks and personal style. One of the nicer things about aging is settling into my own comfortable niche of quiet minimalism. The jewelry from the duo at Brook&Lyn is exactly what I'm talking about. Eye catching and unusual but not at all flashy. Love, love, love.
Posted by etoilee8 at 5:03 PM
Peas if ever Kinfolk Magazine does a DC dinner, it's a date. Social anxiety be damned, we will eat, drink and be chatty if I have to drag you kicking and screaming. Not a threat, just a promise. Love Glasser. Love you.
Val Britton's paper collages remind me of how I feel in the morning when my alarm goes off after having not rose at this hour for a matter of weeks. The sunlight is beautiful but the alarm is jarring. The colors are lovely and the paper is jagged. I practically bolted straight out of bed today, with the sun in my eyes, of course. I hate springing forward.
Work from Val Britton but first spotted on Miss Moss.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Times when I wish I were a millionaire.
(It doesn't happen too often).
I had seen this glorious floating wonder known as the Aria on Pinterest but Honesty WTF confirmed that this beauty cruises the Amazon and is available to rent. Now let it be known, my younger sister and I dream of renting a house in Italy for an entire summer one day, but the dream of inviting all our friends and family aboard this lovely boat for some quality rainforest sight seeing, runs a very close second.
There's even a bar on board. That's right older sister, a bar.
Friday, March 9, 2012
I've never been a huge pusher of beauty products. Mostly because I absolutely believe that true beauty radiates from within. And really, it's best to work from the inside out because once you're happy with what's in your heart, you really will feel beautiful. However . . . I am a total sucker for packaging and advertisements. Make me believe that your product will bring beauty into my life and I will certainly take a sniff, gander and a pinch. Australian cosmetic brand MOR and Porters Paint have ticked every box in the way of capturing my interests. Could these ads be any more beautiful?
(Photos: from the fantastic RDuJour)