I’m often disillusioned with the easily accessible. I mean, if you think about it, how can a typical store carry enough of anything to represent you and you alone? Impossible, right! There’s so much more than what’s a mall’s drive away; so, so, so much more. And this precisely why I love visiting Antiquaria, a lovely e-shop filled with beautifully curated vintage pieces.
I’ve been busy searching for vintage glassware, but Antiquaria has also inspired me to think so much deeper and to appreciate the lovely gift of fine china and the lost tradition of heirlooms. I haven’t moved on to fine china just yet, but I fantasize about it often. Dinner parties, afternoon snacks, breakfast in bed…all would be so special on pieces like this. Sigh.
Filed under: Shoes
This shoe has been haunting my thoughts for weeks. Can you just see the endless possibilities? Classic, elegant, and still so eye-catching. THE perfect summer wedge. That’s it. There is no more.
Chloe Double Quarter Strap Sandal at Barneys $795
Filed under: Personal
Here it is. The aftermath in all its epic glory. As promised I used the weekend to contemplate what the universe was trying to tell me, and really there was a reason to take pause. I’d been so focused on finding all the right pieces to get the house settled that I had forgotten to stop and appreciate how much had already been done. I took this moment as a sign to…
…get organized and appreciate the lovely things I already have.
So while it totally sucked to have lost so many of my favorite things at once, it really was a trivial way to smack me around a bit. And don’t we all need to be smacked around from time to time? Deep breath. Feels good.
Askinosie’s Malted Milky Dark Chocolate
It seems extra gloomy today, and even with the spring blossoms peeking out it’s one of those graze-on-an-entire-bar-of-chocolate kind of days. It’s actually perfect timing because we came across this awesome bar of Askinosie chocolate yesterday. My friends, this bar (a collaboration with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams) is uh-may-zing! The dark chocolate with malted milk makes this the perfect bar for milk chocolate lovers looking to enjoy dark chocolate without so much of the strong, chalky taste. The texture is also complete perfection, first the chocolate taste with just enough cocoa butter to make it creamy-not waxy.
For me, making enjoying the chocolate that much better is how they work. All of the chocolate is made in small batches using single-origin cacao beans (sourcing directly from the farmers), each of the cacao farmers has a stake in the profits, and interestingly enough, the cocoa butter is made in-house. Who’d have thought that’d an artisan chocolate maker actually making their own cocoa butter was a big deal…but it is! Askinosie is the first small batch chocolate maker in the U.S. to press their own cocoa butter.
Gorgeous chocolate and direct trade with farmer’s makes for a lovely (and meaningful) indulgence. Please, please, please give this a try so we can talk about how awesome this chocolate is!
Filed under: Personal
So I hinted yesterday that I was in the midst of re-imagining my little bar area. I scored a great vintage brass bar cart and was super excited to have it replace the small cabinet I had been using. After some hours playing around with getting the new setup curated I still wasn’t quite feeling the new look; I gave up and figured I’d wait until I was feeling more inspired. With all of my favorite glasses and liquor stored I went on my merry way. It wasn’t until last night we heard a funny cracking sound followed by the LOUDEST implosion of glass and liquor you can imagine. It was INSANE…like a dying star collapsing on itself…and I witnessed it all in sloooow moootion. In the end I stood there gazing at all of my favorite coupe glasses (and an entire bottle of vodka) shattered to bits! I should have started bawling but it was so crazy that all I could do was stare in amazement. (How I wish I had taken a picture of the aftermath!) It was epic, really.
This massive amount of chaos has me taking pause to think about the state of things, my outlook, my home, my habits. There’s a lesson or two to be learned here, so yeah, that’s going to be my weekend. Ha! Happy Friday friends!
A happy memory, rest in peace my favorite vintage coupe glasses.
Can’t shake this scene from Home Alone…you know, where Kevin climbs up to get into Buzz’s money tin and ends up destroying the shelves? They literally implode. This is pretty much what happened last night.
A bright spot amidst the chaos, a pretty package delivered from Hong Kong helped brighten my day.
Filed under: Art and Design
I’ve been working on getting my little bar area re-settled and was looking for a bottle opener that wasn’t, well, ugly. I came across these great brass pieces and it was love at first sight with this crescent. It’s just so sexy! I currently have to hide my ugly one in a box, but with this guy it’d be like an objet d’art.
Designed by Oji Masanori these solid brass pieces are made in Japan at a foundry that’s over 114 years old. Beautiful, meaningful, & a great conversation piece. My only reservation is I wonder how well it actually works; I’d just hate to be fumbling about just to use a pretty toy, but to be completely honest it’s so pretty that I almost wouldn’t care. Almost.
Another option, though not as much of a favorite, would be the Frame opener. There’s just something about that crescent shape that makes my knees weak. Check out Poketo to see more shots.
Ok, so it’s no secret how much I adore lusting after beautiful clothes and premiere designers; but here’s the thing, it can be discouraging to covet such lovely things and realize that the price point is higher than your wallet can take. And while I have plenty of covetous moments it’s also not completely impossible to add some great pieces to your closet.
Here’s the thing…
1. Quality over quantity. Instead of buying more pieces, save and wait to find that one piece that’s perfectly tailored, made of quality materials, unique in style, and ultimately makes you feel amazing. This means I have far fewer opportunities to come home with new goods, but for me at that moment I have the perfect piece and it makes up for anything I could have had bought in between.
2. Avoid splurging on trends. If you can try to identify ones that will have a long-life, or have classic elements to them they’ll be worth splurging on. The Cavalli dress I found buried on a sale rack definitely has a great of-the-moment print, but the classic cut (ultimately the fitted pencil-length) make it something that I’ll be able to re-purpose forever.
3. Remember it’s an investment. Buy these knowing that you won’t always be able to wear it, but hang on, they always come back around. So, I scored these Jimmy Choos at a Nordstrom sample sale about eight years ago. I wore them here and there but there definitely came a time when they seemed out-of-style (back when the platform trend was just taking off). I tucked them safely away and knew a time would come when I could pull them out and wear them again, never guessing it’d be about another of-the-moment pairing by mixing prints! And of course, because the dress is so fitted, the smaller heel is important here. (Keep it classy.)
4. Be patient. Knowing that you’re investing in pieces with a longer style life gives you the chance to wait for great sales. You can either eye a piece and keep watch (risky, but rewarding), or you can migrate over to new stores and start scoping out the sale racks to see what catches your eye. Either way know that many times you’ll be coming up empty-handed, but when you do score your investment piece it will be better that any ten ”buying just to buy” pieces you got. Forget the instant gratification and wait for the big pay-off, trust me.
5. Be confident. Only buy something if you really feel it; make sure you can see yourself in it, make sure it makes you happy . There’s nothing worse than paying top dollar for something you’ll never wear!
Next time you’re less than inspired by a quick trip for a new pair of shoes, give it a go, hold off and save your cash for that perfect pair that are waiting for you at the next Barney’s sale.
Baggu Leather Spring Collection
I’ve written about my love affair with my Baggu bags in the past, so with the introduction of leather bags a while back, and now this new Spring color line, I realize it may be time to update my collection. The naturally milled leather looks super-soft, no?
I guess I should admit that I’m pretty hard on my nylon bags so I’d have to think about the best way to use the medium leather bag in a slightly different capacity; I’m not sure it’d do so well with the way I navigate the farmer’s market. Perhaps I’ll start with a small pouch and give it a go. Check out their full collection here.
Leather bag S $120, Leather bag M $160, Pouch S $20, Pouch M $40
I just love being back! As usual, here’s a mini collection of a few faves that I’ve collected over the past few weeks. It’s always so exciting for me to see how even a collection of colorful farm eggs can make a day better. Whatever your little collections of happiness may be, I hope you all have a lovely, happy weekend ahead.
Organic farm eggs. My favorites are the pistachio hues, which coincidentally also have the brightest yolks.
Patrick Hruby’s Memory Game. Seriously a must-have for every game chest: so pretty and quite the brain exercise. Get it here $15.
A vintage Reed & Barton bowl. A new home for my keys from my favorite Etsy shop.
Giant bubbles. So relaxing.
Sylvain and his team (based in France) get to create these beautiful bubbles everyday for their work called Ebullitions. Bravo!