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Vintage “Diane”
February 28, 2011, 10:27 am
Filed under: Fashion

Aside from the disappointing showing at New York Fashion Week last week, Diane Von Furstenberg has killed it with a new vintage collection that launches today. Simply called “Diane” the collection consists of re-issued vintage prints in classic styles and shapes. After sifting through an archive that spans over 4o years, DVF was inspired by her success in the 70’s (due in part to the introduction of  her signature wrap dress) and pulled 20 images to recreate for the woman of today. The resulting line is a great mix of colorful prints, short skirts and shorts, and a fabulous array of accessories.

Loving the red mini-dress! All of this and much more available at DVF.com.

Oscar 2011 red carpet recap
February 27, 2011, 8:41 pm
Filed under: Fashion

I haven’t been posting much on Award Season fashion (or Fashion Week for that matter) because really, I’ve just been disappointed and uninspired by what I’ve seen. I was hoping the Oscars would pull me out of the slump and thankfully, they did. So, here we go with a special Sunday edition…

Hands down, best dressed, most squeal-inducing, beautiful, bold, unique, and elegant gown of the evening goes to the one-and-only Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture! I adore everything about this dress: the classic silhouette and neckline with a modern touch at the shoulders and back, the subtle lilac color, the exquisitely detailed coral beading and unique shape and the touch of sunshine yellow. Oh, I truly, truly DIE.

I realize this may be a controversial choice but I don’t care. I love it. I want it. Bravo, CB!

Another example of the lovely lilac color was Mila Kunis in Elie Saab. Beautiful and elegant.

Varying shades of purples were also seen on other leading ladies. Natalie Portman looks lovely in Rodarte with her growing bump and the elegant side-swept hair. On the other hand Scarlett’s Dolce and Gabbana and overall styling looks a bit cheap; like something one would wear to the Adult Film Awards. A little harsh I realize, but I expected more. Come on ScarJo, you’re newly single, now is the time to step it up.

On the bluer side of purple, things were hit and miss. Amy Adams, in Darren Le Gallo, was not doing the dress any justice with the tragic styling. (What’s with the necklace?) But I actually liked the lovely Marissa Tomei in a 1950 couture Charles James dress from Lily et Cie. I admit I didn’t love it at first, but the retro feel from the bias cut skirt is quite interesting.

One of the more clear trends of the night were the show-stopping red gowns worn by Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang, Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection, and Anne Hathaway in Valentino. All were lovely, but I don’t think anyone can touch the red Valentino Heidi Klum wore to the Oscars back in 2008. Not a fair comparison perhaps, but Heidi’s will always be my fave.

Heidi – Oscars 2008 image via Wireimage

And finally I had to include a couple of honorable mentions as they were close favorites. I loved Jennifer Hudson’s tangerine Versace gown. (What a color!)  And the sweet Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa. A beautiful champagne color and elegant silhouette with the full skirt.

And cutest and best dressed couple Javier Bardem and one-month-post-baby Penelope Cruz in another lovely shade of red from L’wren Scott.

[All images via NY Mag]

Happy Weekend!
February 25, 2011, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Personal



Hi friends! I hope you’ve got some great weekend plans ahead of you. Seems like a nice weekend for some cooking and cleaning, no? You see, last weekend I went a little bit crazy at the pop-up roller disco and was left curled up in the fetal position for ALL of Saturday. I’m pretty much just now recovered, so tonight I’m looking forward to a quiet evening at home with ‘The Office’, mani-pedi, and some hot chocolate.

There’s been lots of talk of snow here in San Francisco, and while it’s pretty chilly outside it seems that it’s been all hype as the sun was shining all day, and really it’s not that cold. Here’s hoping we get something though!

[image via potters and weasleys]

February 24, 2011, 6:27 am
Filed under: Compassion, Green, Nature, Simply Amazing, Videos

Uncontacted Amazon Tribe: First ever aerial footage from Survival International on Vimeo.

I have been consumed by this video since I saw it last week, and it only becomes more haunting and sinking when you realize that it’s not a movie trailer, but an attempt to save some of the last uncontacted tribes in the world. This new footage was shot to convince the Peruvian government that uncontacted tribes do, in fact, exist and are in danger of losing everything because of illegal logging and mining. Captured by a high-powered lens from 1 km away, Jose Carlos Meirelles hopes to use this footage to show Peru’s president that these tribes are not made up and are in need of preservation.

“They should be free to choose whether to make contact or not.”

Amazing work by Mr. Meirelles of FUNAI, a government agency that works to protect indigenous people of Brazil.

Visit http://www.uncontactedtribes.org

Sunday flea market
February 23, 2011, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Home, San Francisco

Candlestick Park Antique Faire

I took my first trip to the Candlestick Park Antiques and Collectibles Faire this past Sunday and had a blast. After a week of constant rain it let up just in time for the monthly gathering of antique dealers from all around the Bay Area. It’s not as big as the Alameda market, but it’s bigger than the Alemany one so it’s just the right size for me. So many great pieces I wish I had room for (the vanity and the gorgeous red American Tourister luggage!), and some that were just plain funny (vintage Playtex brassieres, anyone?).

I’ve always been fascinated by retro pop culture and lifestyle, but I’d never gotten into antique hunting until recently when shopping for home decor pieces. If you want more than a catalog design, antiques are a great way to add some fun and meaningful pieces that can be inexpensive and completely unique.

I ended up nabbing a first aid kit from 1941, some vintage bottles and spice tins, a vintage wood box for storage, and some old Look magazines from 1952, all for about $60. The first aid kit needs a tiny bit of cleaning in order to be repurposed. The cool thing is that the original band-aids and swabs are still in the kit, wrapped! I’m thinking I can find something cool for these outside of the kit.

I also loved these sheet metal cut-out letters and how they were strewn across the ground. I wasn’t searching for wall art, so I decided not to impulsively by a giant N. I have still been dreaming about the third bottle from the left below though. It was an antique absinthe bottle in perfect condition. I had to pass since it was on the pricier side at $70, but I was imagining it in my cluster of bottles with some fresh flower sprigs.

Living ecosphere
February 16, 2011, 7:16 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Green, Home, Nature, Smile

Looking for some interesting and meaningful accessories for around the house I came across these sweet little gems from VivaTerra.

The first is a self-sustaining ecosystem enclosed in a small blown glass globe. Living inside you’ll find algae, shrimp, plants, and micro-organisms. With indirect sunlight and moderate temperatures you can expect the life within to last anywhere from two to three years. Next day shipping is included in the price as the life inside needs sunlight to live. Buy here for $89.

The second is a fossil set with tillandsia plants. No two are alike, and maintenance is low. VivaTerra suggests using as a paper weight or general decor, but I must say the thought of one of these little guys on my desk would make me endlessly happy.  Set of two, $35.

The last is a terrarium that comes with a recycled glass vase, sand, and four plants for you to arrange. Totally diggin’ the thought of playing with these. Buy here for $79.

So fun, so stylish…I love them all! Just looking at the pictures makes me happy.

[Images via Viva Terra]

Bedside books
February 14, 2011, 1:15 pm
Filed under: Home

Doing some organizing around the house it somehow dawned on me that my bedside books are pretty predictable, but also quite revealing. What do your bedside books say about you?

1.  Curry Easy

2. Baked Explorations

3.  Fodor’s San Francisco

4.  Stephen King’s The Stand

5.  Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

6.  Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

7.  Anti-Cancer

8.  Notebook and pen

9.  Scary Stories


Happy Friday!
February 11, 2011, 10:56 am
Filed under: Personal

The weekend is here! It’s really feeling like spring so I’m planning on venturing out into the sun for some farmer’s market action and a nice long walk. Since my little meltdown a few weeks ago things are great and there are lots of new things happening. Not going to divulge just yet, but soon….

Hope you’ve got some fun plans ahead of you. Perhaps some Valentine’s Day dates? Whatever it is, have a great weekend!

[Image via webelongtomusic.]

Low-key Valentine
February 10, 2011, 12:30 pm
Filed under: Gift guide, Smile, Sweets

I don’t think I ever fully grasped the concept of Valentine’s Day. It’s just that it all seems so contrived: roses, dinner reservations, chocolate in a heart-shaped box. Bleh. I’m not saying I’m not up for a built-in date night (on a Monday at that!) but I think I’d get the most out of Valentine’s Day if we just kept it low-key (I mean, super low-key) but still meaningful. Here’s my recipe for a mellow evening for two (or just you) with some fun and useful gifts sprinkled in.


1.  Sayuri Nigori Sake – One of my favorites. Unfiltered so it has a sweet milky texture.

2.  Tea glass – A beautiful Turkish-style glass meant for tea, but would look just as good with some Sake it in.

3.  Poco Dolce chocolate squares – A local SF chocolatier specializing in a little bit of sweet and savory in their chocolates. Available at Whole Foods.

4.  Cold plate – Comes with a porcelain plate, a cooling pad, and tray to make sure your cold items stay cold. Perfect for sashimi!

–  Not pictured – Swing by Whole Foods on your way home from work. You can pick up the Sayuri and Poco Dolce, but even more awesome is their Genji* sushi. This is what puts the low-key in this date night.

5.  Reusable chopsticks and case – For on-the-go. No more icky waribashi (disposable) chopsticks. I must have these!

6.  Good music played on a nano through a balloon USB speaker – Nothing says I love you (or I love me) like pulling together a playlist.

7.  A fun game of Scattergories – Will be extra fun after a few glasses of the Sake!

7a. Solo Valentine’s can replace item #7 with a favorite movie. I’d go with Priceless, a super-cute French movie with Audrey Tatou. But if you’re feeling fragile you could always choose a Michael Bay (as director) movie; the explosions will keep you entertained and distracted.

So what do you think? Super simple and still sweet. Just please promise that you won’t eat your sushi out of the container. If you’re not into the cold plate just find the sexiest plate you can and channel your inner sushi chef for plating.

* Whole Foods Genji sushi uses compostable containers and sustainable fish where possible. And it’s just plain good.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


February 8, 2011, 10:59 am
Filed under: Fashion

Ever since I got a hot pink cardigan from a killer J.Crew sale last summer I have been on a neon spree. I can’t think of a better way to will spring into existence than by wearing a combination of fluorescent colors. I’ve been wearing this combination of hot pink and electric yellow together lately and I love how fun it is; but, if that’s too 80’s-esque for you, just try for one of these bright accessories with neutrals. The Lulu Guinness lips clutch paired with an LBD, or a flash of an electric yellow bra strap with a knit beach cardigan would be just as flirty.

There are lots of other neon options too. I’m loving the orange.

Elise Overland, Julien MacDonald, Versace (photos by Imaxtree via Elle)

Lulu Guinness lips clutch – $350

Marc Jacobs embossed laptop case – $50

Deborah Marquit French Lace Balconette bra –  $195

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