Look what Katie Brierley is cooking up next door to Farmaesthetics at her couture clothing shop, Isoude. Occasionally, I have the pleasure of playing dress up for her, and I got to try these exquisitely crafted looks a few months ago. I love the tweed and leather combination of the center dress, and (in light of the fact that indigo blue is one of my new favorite colors) I drool over the long dress each time I walk into work. Sigh. Come by and visit both of us! 142 and 144 Bellevue Ave, Newport RI.
Recently, I was struck by a lightning bolt of inspiration: I decided that Kimono prints are the new Cats Meow and I had to have some. Actually, I was very inspired by a book of Japanese interior design, (not sure of the title, it’s all in Japanese, and oh yes! I also bought that on Etsy) and wanted to try incorporating some of the more modern, geometric prints into my apartment. Ever on a budget, to Etsy I turned and found two great scraps from this vendor for $13 including shipping, and voila! I have a new table runner. This is pretty much the laziest thing I have ever ‘made’ as it only required me to hem the short ends and attach the two pieces together (still haven’t done it in this photo as you can see). The nice thing about kimono fabric is that it generally seems to be woven in 15 inch panels, so its a perfect width for a runner with finished ‘selvedges’ along the length. Next up, pillows and christmas presents!
Guilty Pleasure: following street style blogs during fashion week. You know, I wasn’t blown away by the shows this past month- a little too colorful and crazy for me, but I did thoroughly enjoy the street fashion coverage. I always like seeing the outfits that supermodel Natalia Vodianova dreams up. The young mother of three never ceases to make me smile- she flits between looking like a ‘grown up,’ elegant lady and a young 20-something who’s too busy momming to put on heels so fantastically. Here are a few images (I own none) from the past few years that I’ve dog-eared for inspiration.
Images Sources: (in order) Stockholm Street Style, Sunraince, AltamiraNYC, Vogue.com, Hanneli, Trendy Crew
I don’t wear makeup very often, but the next time I do, I want to look like this! I loved the beauty styling at the S/S 2012 Dolce and Gabbana show this year. A super fresh, clean face and eyelids, nude/pink lips, and a smoky black cat eye, all softened by an easy, face-framing, ‘swept’ hair look.
Photo Credit: Kevin Tachman for Vogue.com
I’m in love with my new Ikea Kivik Chaise. In fact I just woke up from a nap on it and am nestled into the pillows typing now. Its super wide, big enough for two to snuggle, or for me to spread work out around my computer, or watch a movie, or eat my breakfast. You know, I think I could live my whole life on it! A friend of mine who is expecting her first child just bought one to be her baby-cuddling chair. If I had a dog, I would give him the end to keep my feet warm. If you like putting your feet up at the end of the day, you just might love this chair too.
Ikea Kivik Chaise with off-white slipcover, $319; Red handwoven Indian cotton pillow, Cadeaux du Monde in Newport, $30; White cotton pillow with duck feather insert, Ikea, $14; Vintage industrial goose-neck lamp, Just L in Littleton NH, $20; Blue American Homespun pillow, homemade from scraps of bedspread fabric that belonged to my Great Grandmother; Houseplant in a thrift store crock with driftwood, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, Home Depot, about $10; Hanging Rock woodcut, Elizabeth A. Goddard. Vintage Pan Am in-flight blanket, family heirloom.