Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Breathe - The Cinematic Orchestra

How would you prefer your tears this week? Poetic? Soft? Hazy? Well do I have a film for you! The film Bright Star left such an impression on my tender heart. If you want to learn how to write a proper love letter, this would be the place the start. The love story between Fanny and Keats is probably one of the most timeless and yet, so underrated.

And on a superficial note, those Chloe buckle flats that everyone was so in love with a few seasons back? Fanny was rocking that look.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

156 - Mew

While it would require some major pairing down of the possessions I tote during my day to day activities, I find myself really craving a clutch from Bagatelles and Co. They offer a variety of ladylike options, which would make your shoulder pain disappear. I don't know about you but it would seem all the "it" bags are loaded down with hardware. This seems like a refreshing alternative.

Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson

Happy Turkey Day dear readers. Lest we not forget the Native Americans who's lives were utterly compromised to make way for their unannounced visitors. I thought about posting that Norman Rockwell picture but there's not a single dark face in that portrait.

I plan on wearing something similar to this outfit to my family's United Colors of Benetton feast (oh yes, blacks and whites sitting down at the same table). The pants are nice and generous in the waist to make room for my full belly. And I plan on being quite full.

(Photos: By my man who was really starting to get into the blog photo thing . . . and then he left the country!)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

You Make It Easy - Air

Morocco & Spain from Mike Matas on Vimeo.

Hope you are having a pleasant weekend, Dears.

I spoke to my love for the first time last night, from China. It was midnight here and noon there. He was fighting jetlag so alas, we were both pretty sleepy. I miss him so much that I had to fight to hold back my tears. Occasionally when I think about him, the hair on my arm rises and I know he is thinking about me too, at that moment.

He tells me that I will love his new home. I'm sure that I will. I plan on visiting for a month, in 2011 and I will probably take thousands of photos, like this couple did on their trip to Spain and Morocco. What a clever way to display them all.

(First seen on Some Notes on Napkins).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Kids Are Alright - The Who

Well, it's finally happened.

I have finally became that sucker of an adult, who the neighborhood kids know they can depend on to buy crap for their school fundraisers. When little C came sashaying to my door, catalog of absolute crap in hand, I groaned to myself through the peephole, put on a smile and opened the door. Flipping through hastily, I found overpriced fattening looking pies, chocolates at triple the retail price and candles which you know stink to the high heavens based upon their terrible graphic design.

It was all beginning to feel hopeless. I was picturing myself holed up in bed watching Jane Austen films while scarfing a calorie loaded pecan pie. But then I got to the last page!

"Ah ha! I'll take that", I said with a triumphant grin.

This hand cream smells lovely and keeps my hands nice and smooth during the harsh winter months (which have already arrived in DC). Yes, it was full retail price, so be sure to buy yours from Amazon for $9.99. Unless someone you know is having a fundraiser . . .

Black Wall - Six Organs of Admittance

For a few months now, I've been contemplating painting one wall of my room. Of course, I have to have a very tedious, slightly annoying conversation with my landlord about how I will paint the wall back to white should I vacate the premises.

What color do you think I should paint it?

Your suggestions are both welcome and needed!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crystalised - The XX

There's something so luxurious yet functional about an Alexander Wang duffle tote. I could have one in every color an be quite content. I realize different people have different definitions of what "luxury" means. To me, luxury is always looking put together and cool without loudly wearing labels like a tattoo. To me these bags are perfect. Discreet yet beautiful.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen

Today we danced the most beautiful adagio is my ballet class. It was so pretty, I could feel my heart melting and my eyes welling up with every step. My dancing improves drastically when my heart is heavy.

(Photo Source: Unknown)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mouvement Introductif - Yann Tiersen

And then there are those nights of great fun in New York City where you go out with your best friend and your sister and you drink way too much early in the evening. But in a moment of stillness it begins to snow and the bar herds outside into the street where an impromptu snowball fight begins. And as your sister is begging your friend to stop shoving snow down her shirt and into her bra, an unfamiliar man recognizes your friend and calls out to her using her full name. It happens to be a classmate from Nairobi, Kenya whom she hasn't seen since 1991. He is going to a birthday party with his fiance on the next block. We decide to tag along. The birthday party is full of interesting attendees and among those was Andrea Linett. I recognized her from her What I Want Now page in Lucky and told her so. She was charmed by this as the magazine was still quite new and we smiled at each other for a moment before I moved on.

I'm so happy to see she launched I Want To Be Her. I can't wait to see this site develop.

I Still Miss Someone - Johnny Cash (with Joni Mitchell)

A little love song for Friday.
Two years is a long time (but it's going to be fine). I miss you already.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Golden Things - Treasure

All Madewell jewelry is on sale now until Sunday.

I snapped up this spikey wonder, yesterday in store. This morning I wore it to breakfast with my Dad who immediately commented on it. Madewell, like it's sister store J. Crew has had an influx of outrageously nice jewelry this year. I am set with necklaces from now until . . .

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wild World - Cat Stevens

Moderation simply isn't a priority in my family. We go big or we go home. So when I finally decided to stop being such a wimp and start flying again, it was welcomed with open arms. After a business trip in Minnesota, I found myself flying on a cramped thirty passenger something plane to San Francisco (by way of Denver . . . bumpy). When I deplaned, my parents picked me up from the airport and barely gave me a nod of "congratulations on not being terrified of flying anymore", before whisking me down to Palo Alto for my father's Stanford reunion. Traveling with my father tends to be chaotic as he likes to cram as much as possible into every trip. But then in moments where I least expect it, the moment calms. We pull over to the side of the road and walk side by side by a reservoir and he says "nice to see you here". And I smile, nod and remind myself to love every moment of my life.

Sweater - Alexander Wang
Trousers - H&M
Boots - Finsk

Windowlicker -Aphex

Every time Peas and I go into Anthropologie we give ourselves a quick whore's bath with the A Rather Novel Collection Eau De Parfum collection (by Givaudan, crafted especially for Anthropologie). We don't spray all of them at once (I know what you're thinking, we have a teensy bit more class than that . . . but not much). We particularly love Darjeeling and Hamarikyu Gardens. We interchange which one we'll wear and maybe one day soon we'll stop being so cheap and just buy the darn perfume. They do smell really nice, after all. Pleasant but not too intense. And they're not too costly ($48).

Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear

Cornpuddin', that sneaky minx casually asked me if I would be interested busing it up to New York to wait in line and buy us some Lanvin for H&M. I practically snorted through my nose as a response. That sounds like my idea of hell on a warm summer day, thank you very much. But then I saw this amazing video and suddenly I'm changing my mind and sitting on the fence. What can I say? I'm a sucker for good video production. And then there's the clothes! Good grief, H&M you've outdone yourself this time.

I predict those yellow dresses are going to be snapped up and eBayed in no time flat.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Isn't It Romantic - Chet Baker

Dear Boyfriend,

When you leave, I will give you my blog address so you can keep up with my nonsense and this post will be waiting here for your eager eyes. How do I know that I love you, my darling? Because terrible chores like going to Sam's Club are forever fun when done by your side.

(Art work by Ben Shanhn)