Filed under: Nature
Even though this is more of an optical illusion, I haven’t done an animal camouflage post in a while and I was excited when I came across this.
It might look like a caterpillar at first glance, but it’s actually a tight knit group of birds called European Bee Eaters that are huddled together to keep warm. Photographer José Luis Rodríguez even calls this Oruga de Plumas, or Caterpillar of Feathers. This was the winning image in the European Wild Wonders photo competition. Love these guys!
Deborah Marquit lace bra / Cosabella bra / La Perla strapless bra
Seattle summers don’t start until…well, I don’t know when, but they certainly don’t start in June. A few days of warm sun here and there does not a summer make! So the only thing to be done is to sneak some summer-ish elements into ones wardrobe, and lately my favorite has been a little peek-a-boo from my underpinnings. Bright and black alike it’s the perfect way to mix-and-match and pretend it is indeed summertime.
Filed under: Beauty
As much as I love my nails when they’re painted I always get in trouble for wearing them into “inappropriate” states (Mari’s exact phrasing), and even as I type now I’m looking at my sad, faded, chipped nails. In my defense though, I don’t like the smell of nail polish remover. So there. But for all of you proper mani-pedi lovers out there (and boy there are a lot of you) I figured you’d be interested to know that Essie is opening a flagship salon in NYC this week.
Those plush leather chairs you see are dyed to match their most popular polishes, and the wall of colors has just about 300 different shades. (I never knew they were bought-out by L’Oreal…did you?) It’s located inside the Samuel Shriqui Salon (explains the lack of windows perhpas). Manicures start at $32, and pedicures start at $65. Would be a nice special occasion gift for you or your favorite chick.
[images by Taylor Jewell via Vogue.com]
I’m feeling much, much better. I don’t hate the world anymore. I had a weird week at work, and honestly sometimes dealing with people can be so hard. Really…just so incredibly hard. (Hence the Voo Doo Tea post yesterday.) I realize that I internalize the disappointing interactions I have with people and eventually it gets to be too much, but more than anything I simply can’t believe how unhappy and ugly people can be. It just got to be too much for me and I couldn’t shake it.
I get to meet some really wonderful people everyday so I’m hoping that in time I can be better at remembering those interactions. Until that day comes I have my own little regimen of therapies to help me deal when things sometimes get to be too heavy and draining, and I hope the next time you’re feeling a bit beat up you can take solace in these ideas and take the time to care for yourself. In the meantime, have a killer weekend filled with happy interactions.
Eating my feelings. Sounds cliché but the first thing I do when I feel blah is to eat. This isn’t eating for the sake of eating though, at this point it’s more about feeding your body and soul. As much as I am compelled to gorge on pasta I first go for something light and clean. I say save the carbs for dinner…helps you sleep better too!
I decided to go with the GORGEOUS King Salmon lox from Sitka & Spruce for lunch. (For dinner my guy took me to Delancey for pizza!)
Shopping my feelings. I felt much better after lunch but still needed a pick-me-up so I headed down to Nordstrom and somehow scored this Alexander Wang tee on super-sale. Hell. Yeah.
(A word of warning: DO NOT attempt jeans shopping when you’re feeling fragile. Stick to flowy tops and dresses, and shoes.)
Chocolate coating my feelings. A no-brainer. The perfect accompaniment to all the tea I have been drinking. (Gorgeous packaging isn’t it.)
Filed under: Art and Design
I’ve had one of those weeks…the kind where I sort of hate the world. Completely a first world problem, which makes me feel even worse, but it still doesn’t change the fact that I’m grumpy. You have those days too, right?
I’ve been seeking solace in some vintage shopping on Etsy, pantry re-stocking at Melrose Market, and my usual lunch at Sitka and Spruce, but the endorphins from those guys can be fleeting so I usually rely on a nice cup of tea to help me chill the f*** out. It’s comforting and fortifying and more importantly doesn’t involve visions of violence…unless you’re drinking this Voo Doo Tea.
Sick and twisted. (Harmless and therapeutic.) I love it!
Filed under: Fashion
The sun is out for a reported TWO WHOLE DAYS and I’ve got summer fever! I’ve had the same pair of sunglasses for a good five years, and even though I finally added a basic wayfarer last summer I think it’s time to add some sass. Not all of these guys would suit the shape of my mug, but I know for sure those acetate guys from The Row would be perfect! Oh, but then there’s the lacy Valentino’s too. And the Stella McCartney’s.
Sadly, while I’m able to hang on to my own pairs of sunglasses for years at a time, I somehow managed to misplace a pair of dad’s after borrowing them for less than a day. Seriously, how crummy is that.
Opulent to no end. Each one is made to order and adds white glove packaging and delivery. The shade is a Chanel scarf and the draping chains are pearls and gold-plated vintage beads. Very boudoir-esque, no?
Special order at Vivre $9,200. [Yes. Seriously.]