Manic Monday

If it has to be Monday, then we can at least have a little fun...

Here's to a great week!

And three links to inspire you:
*An interview with Rachel Zoe
*A fantasical tea room
*Fashion inspired by Flora

{images via Cobra Snake}

Sunday's Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak

"Magnetic attraction fused two polar opposites."
-- Phil Sylvester

{image via Flickr}


Life's a Song: Sing along

Sorry I disappeared this week! I've been having some connectivity issues and needed a few days to get my life back on track, so I took advantage of the little opportunity.

I have a really strong connection to music, maybe because I don't express myself very well and music always says what I can't. The past few days I've really become attached to these two songs, not so much because they say what I can't, but because of what they say to me.

Good Charlotte's "March On"

Joshua Radin's "What if You"

Welcome to the soundtrack of my life :)

{image via Le Fashion}


Inspired by: Twilight's Bella

InStyle has capitalized on their fabulous connections to explore the possibilities of Bella's wedding dress in the upcoming filming of Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight saga. I will say that I have read the famous {or infamous} series, but I have little interest in the movies, especially after the dreadful first attempt with Twilight! So I bring this little post to you, not with excitement for it being Bella's dress, but simply because I love love love looking at design sketches!! Here's a snippet that gives you and the designers a little insight into the dress inspiration:
In Eclipse, Bella's dress is described as an early 1900s design (which complements her antique engagement ring) with friend and Maid of Honor Alice Cullen's modern tweaks to the train and veil. "You look like you just stepped out of an Austen movie," Bella's mother says to the bride-to-be when she spies her in the gown in the final book, Breaking Dawn. "It's gorgeous! So graceful, so elegant."

Monique Lhuillier's take on a 1920's mermaid gown -- stunning!

Erin Featherston's high neck and puffy sleeves -- very etherial and whimsical!

Brian Reyes' 20th century Edwardian ivory silhouette -- I need a translator for this one!

Max Azria's vintage lace and peaked shoulders -- a real, live doily!

Prabal Agrung's modern train and low-cut back -- loving the red accents!

Christian Siriano's tiers and ruffles -- He's definitely got a future, beautiful!

Lela Rose's bustling details -- my first pick, so classy and chic!

Badgley Mischka's full-length sleeves and strong silhouette -- very dramatic!

Zac Posen's corseted statement -- over the top and fabulous!

Which are your favorites? I'm drawn to all things vintage with a modern twist, so my top three are Lela Rose, Prabal Arung, and Monique Lhuillier, respectively. They're all so beautiful and inspiring... Bella would be a lucky lady in any one of these!

Little Leather Monday

Welcome back and hello Monday!

Even though I'm not working, Monday still feels like the start of a work week, so this is my mind's eye office attire on this dreary, grey day. A little Cynthia Rowley and leather for a Monday morning? Yes, please!


Sunday's Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak

"I wasn't looking. She found me."
-- Hal Isaacson


Bath{tub} Time

I love a good free-standing tub because they transition into many different styles effortlessly.Simple and TraditionalChic and SophisticatedRustic and Classic

{image 1 via House Beautiful, 2&3 ?}


Ocean Blue

My soul could use a trip to the ocean. It's like my Mecca...
{image via RestartMyHeart}

Kill Bill Love

Last night I had my own little dinner and a movie(s) night, eating my favorite comfort food, Mac n' Cheese, and watching both Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2. I love Quentin Tarantino because he write such strong female characters, Beatrix Kiddo no exception.

I got to thinking about what Uma's character would wear wear in 2009 and found the perfect match: Alexander McQueen's Pre-Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Not only is it stunning, but it fits Ms. Beatrix Kiddo to a T!

Look #1 is her ass-kicking attire, of course; Look #2 her updated wedding gown; Look #3/4 her wildcard, and we all know minis are in!

Aren't these pieces amazing? Just because I love this collection so much, here are a few more Beatrix-esque looks from his line:

I can't get over the amazing detailing on that lace! McQueen never ceases to intrigue me because he's so fashion-forward with his designs, but this one really caught me off guard. It's so bright and colorful, feminine and sweet, sophisticated and glamorous!

Here's a link to the rest of the line, which is equally as colorful, feminine, and sophisticated for your visual delight. In the words of Rachel Zoe, "I die!"



My train of blog 'thought':
Post Comment >> Blogger Profile >>
NYCRun Fashion >> John Lamparski Photography

So here I am looking around Mr. Lamparski's site, doing the usual research on a new-found photographer, when {BAM} I see this:

It's quite surreal when you see an old friend in an editorial shoot! That 'old friend' being Joshua Day, whom I knew was now modeling and building momentum, especially after winning this year's Mr. Universe. It really makes his success tangible for me, seeing him unexpectedly on a blog stroll!! He's currently with Ford Models and is working his way up the ladder. I think it's great that he's really making it in the modeling world and am very excited for him!

Here's a little blast from Josh's pre-model past in college...
{middle, dressed to go to our first 'country' bar in Canada - haha! Sorry Josh :)}
And here he is now...

Looking good!!

{last three images are credited to Andy Armano}



Loving H&M's Fall ad campaign with Sasha Pivovarova and Eniko Mihalik.

{images by H&M, via Fashion Time Magazine}


I would like to...

...be able to shell out the $25 million asking price for this real estate gem! This 3-story loft makes my knees go a little weak. Here's a bit of info about this architectural beauty:
"...a striking triplex penthouse apartment in a clock tower overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor has gone on the market for $25 million, more than double the highest price known to have been paid for a home in Brooklyn. The main floor of the sleek modern apartment is dominated by four working clocks housed in four 14-foot-high round windows, which provide nearly unobstructed views (except for the clock faces) out to the four points of the compass. The penthouse sits atop one of the tallest buildings in Dumbo, the cobblestoned neighborhood that in the 1980s sprang to life in a former industrial area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

The 3,000-square-foot main floor has an open living room, dining room and kitchen with 16-foot-high ceilings. A glass-walled elevator and a three-story floating staircase at the center of the space lead to smaller floors that narrow toward the top of the tower. There are three bedrooms on the 2,300-square-foot second floor (watch your head as you walk along the exterior walls), and on the floor above that, a 988-square-foot open loft with a 15-foot ceiling. Finally, up a narrow staircase at the very top of the building is a tiny windswept crow’s nest."

And now for the moment you've been waiting for...
So spacious, so many interesting nooks and crannies to explore, such sleak design, no need for a single wall clock, location to boot, and that view!! I propose we all pool our money and make an offer... who's with me??


Sunday's Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak

"I wasn't supposed to meet you."
-- Deborah Greene

{Image via Le Love}


Night, the beloved

Nighttime is my favorite time. It's kind of a magical thing for me, always has been. I love exploring on my own in the darkness of cities and country roads alike. When I'm upset, the moon and the night sky keep me company, and when I'm feeling serene or thoughtful they inspire me.
Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

{image via Restart My Heart}


Happy Weekend!

I hope everyone enjoys one of the last few weekends left in summer!Remember: Fun is in the details, so dress accordingly and enjoy the small things!

{image via Mary Ruffle}