Ooh, my favorite!

These are a few…[400th post]
June 29, 2012, 10:59 am
Filed under: My favorite things

Today marks my 400th post. I suppose it’s not as sexy as 500, and when you consider the break I took last year I should have hit this a while ago; but nonetheless, I still see this as a milestone. I myself am very particular about what I choose to consume online every day, so it makes me happy to think of those of you who take the time to have this little space be one of a million other possible daily reads. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I guess I was feeling especially girly this week because I seem to have been drawn to fifty shades of pink. Here are a few of my faves…


Dusty pinks. After a very trying last week I treated myself to some mini tea roses. I used to think it was nonsense, but walking into a room with flowers can be quite therapeutic and relaxing. And anyway, anything in a mini size is automatically happy-making don’t you think?

Salty pinks. My guy experimented with a gravlax recipe (actually he just made it up and it was amazing!) and since then I’ve been thinking that I might actually have a use for one of these gorgeous himalayan salt blocks. These are from my last trip to The Meadow in PDX.

Hot pink…wishing it was pinks. This special edition lipstick from Chanel is my favorite summer shade. Actually it was my favorite autumn and winter shade too, which is why it’s close to being gone. Now I’m wishing I got a second one before they were gone forever.

Totokaelo Seattle
June 28, 2012, 10:01 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Fashion, Home, Seattle, The Finer Things

An upscale lifestyle store in Seattle…on Capitol Hill? For real? No way!

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Totokaelo (toh-toh-kye-oh) is a gorgeous new store on The Hill, but the shop itself has been around for a while (you may recognize it from its smaller location in Pioneer Square). Featuring quality artisan wares from around the globe alongside some high-end designer goods, Totokaelo is a beautifully curated boutique with pieces at all price points…though the higher end is where it skews.

I was really happy to see the selection of artisan Japanese ceramics I’d been eyeing online but had hesitated buying without seeing and touching first. (They were as gorgeous as I’d hoped.) Beyond housewares there’s lots to be seen, and even if that’s ALL you’ll be doing Totokaelo is a great afternoon window shopping excursion.

There will be plush towels, Japanese ceramic housewares, and gorgeous furniture…

…there will be designer trinkets and toys…

…there will be clothing, jeans and jewelry…

…and there will be shoes!

Soap Box moment: While some on The Hill see the addition of this store as a swing in the pretentious and materialistic direction, I welcome the boutique with its celebration of artisan crafts and grown-up style. If we’re talking about the downside of “the gentrification of Capitol Hill” let’s turn the argument toward the poor city planning and the BARRAGE of cheap condos and apartments, and all of the mediocre restaurants and bars popping up down every street and on every corner. So there. I’m done now.

Animal Camouflage
June 27, 2012, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Nature

José Luis Rodríguez

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!

June 26, 2012, 10:59 am
Filed under: Fashion, Seattle

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.

A quick public service announcement: please, please, puhleez don’t overdo it. Take note of the proportions of what’s on display here. The key is to balance out the amount of skin, so if you were going for that gauzy black tank above you’d need your lower half to be more demure. To put it simply: cover it up! No mini skirts with platform heels. I’d go for some wide leg pants, casual summer heels, and maybe a simple strand of pearls to offset the boldness of the bra. There ya go!

Essie’s Flagship Salon – NYC
June 25, 2012, 11:40 am
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]

These are a few…
June 22, 2012, 10:27 am
Filed under: My favorite things, Personal

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.)

Voo Doo Tea
June 21, 2012, 11:17 am
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!

Great student work by Anne Marie Léger via Professor Sylvain Allard of UQAM. Bravo! Lots of other great stuff from Professor Allard’s blog too.

June 20, 2012, 10:53 am
Filed under: Fashion


Stella McCartney / Valentino /Prism

The Row / Selima Optique / Retrosun

Yves Saint LaurantThierry Lasry / Alexander Wang


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.

Bespoke Chanel Silk Scarf Chandelier
June 19, 2012, 11:25 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home, The Finer Things

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.]

Seascape Winter
June 18, 2012, 10:27 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home

I’ve been slowly collecting wallpaper swatches so I have a nice supply on hand when it comes time to make a decision and install. Well, really, I’d love to have this in my entryway now but as a renter it’s just not possible — although, have you heard of the method where you create a grid with painters tape and affix the wallpaper with double-sided tape? It was mentioned in an issue of Lonny but I’m a bit skeptical…it sounds made up. I wish it were legit though because I’d be all over it.

As much as I hope for the Gucci and Cole & Son floral wallpaper to make it into production, I find this guy here to be just as captivating, and more accessible. There’s something about it that’s reminiscent of an illustration from a book, don’t you think?

This is drawn and designed by Abigail Edwards. Her small range of papers that are all hand-drawn and printed with non-toxic ink on renewably-sourced FSC certified paper.

Love it.



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