Monday, December 27, 2010

Look I Love

One for the guys:
Digging everything from the waist up...not too crazy about the holey jeans.

One for the gals:

As seen on Lookbook.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas: Different Tree Ideas

I am sure that most of you have your Christmas tree up by now (if not, what are you waiting for!!??!?). However, I figured I would profile some not-so-typical trees since I am feeling festive and excited for Christmas (just 2 days!!).

The retro look is fantastic and the little animal scene at the bottom is adorable.
As seen on Coco and Kelley.

A more 'green' approach.
As seen on The Haystack Needle.

A regal looking tree made entirely of poinsettias.
As seen on SOS: Suzanne on Style.

One of my most favorite trees so far, a Mexican-Inspired Tree from SOS blogger Suzanne Marques.
As seen on SOS: Suzanne on Style

This is my friend Bruno's 'dead-branch tree'. He and his partner Bruce adorned the tree entirely with home-made ornaments made from paper maché, yarn, and some of the stars are made from toast! I love this whole concept and think it is a great option for a small space.
Photos courtesy of Bruno.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Decor: Painted Tree

Design Sponge published an interesting take on alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree. They painted a Christmas tree on a living room wall and hung ornaments on string in front of the tree to give the appearance of a decorated tree. With the addition of presents in front, this is certainly a festive and creative effect.

See more at Design Sponge.

Look I Love: White!!

Nathalie Portman at a FINCA charity event.

Jennifer Lopez in JLo for Kohls.

As seen on Hits and Disses.

Look I Love: GOLD!!

Olivia Wilde at the Tron Premier.

Kristen Wiig at the Museum of Natural History Gala.

Elizabeth Moss at a FINCA Charity Event

As seen on Hits and Disses.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Look I Love: Menswear

This look is fresh and cool for the winter season.

As seen on Style Clicker.

This suit may not be work appropriate (depending on where you work!), but it is certainly fun and sassy.

As seen on Style Scout.

Look I Love

I am a big fan of bold reds with black and white. It provides a great pop of colour. I also love the way this fashionable gal paired the fur stole with her outfit. It is fantastic.

As you may already know, I am a crazy for capes this season. This one is no exception.

As seen on Style Scout.

Il Neige...Phoenix Journal

Today, I came across the Phoenix's web journal. I have been a huge Phoenix fan since I heard "Too Young" in the film Lost in Translation. If you are fan of their music or just of great photos, check our their web journal here.They have some fantastic photos from their travels on tour and in their hometown of Paris. I love this wintery picture of the Louvre taken recently by Phoenix band member Christian Mazzalai.

Le Penguin

Back in July, I posted about my Le Chien picture that I made to replicate Picasso's famous piece of the same namesake. Yesterday, I made an accompanying piece similar to Picasso's Le Pingouin. I decided not to replicate this piece as closely as I had the previous one as I felt that Picasso's Penguin looked kind of sneaky, and not friendly (I couldn't put him my bedroom staring at me with his beady eye!) My penguin is serious, but not intimidating. Check him out!

My Le Penguin

Picasso's Le Pinguoin

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Look I Love: Canadian Winter

Breanne from Winnipeg

Maclika from Montreal

As seen on Lookbook.

Home I Love

This Parisian condo featured on Apartment Therapy today is a gorgeous blend of old and new...antique and modern. I love the neutral blends and the clear glass accents.

See more at Apartment Therapy.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Last night I made my mom's recipe for shortbread. I told Will that I was making shortbread and he seemed less than impressed (apparently, he had never had my mom's shortbread!). So, to make the shortbread even more enticing for him, I dipped half of each cookie in chocolate!

Result: extremely positive!! I think the cookies look like little Japanese dolls. Will thinks they look like Beatles. I can see that.


(Yields 2 dozen cookies)

1 cup of Butter
2/3 cup of Brown Sugar
2 cups of Flour

Cream butter until light and fluffy.
Add brown sugar and mix until thoroughly blended.
Gradually add flour until fully blended.

Roll into 6-8 inch tubes approx 2 inches wide and chill for 1 hour. I wrap mine in wax or parchment paper. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Once chilled, unwrap from paper and let sit for a few minutes to let the dough soften a little. Then, slice the tubes into 1/4 inch wide cookies and set on cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 mins or until golden.

As for the chocolate:

Melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips over a double boiler. Once melted, dip cooled cookies in the chocolate and set on wax or parchment paper. I then placed mine in the freezer for about 10 mins to set the chocolate.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Look I Love: Menswear

Love the cardigan and checkered suit jacket combo!

As seen on The Sartorialist.

DIY to Try

Maegan of Maegan has posted another fabulous fashion DIY. This is a simple way in which to transform a plain sweater into a sparkly and trendy (I have seen adorned shoulders everywhere lately!) holiday sweater. I am definitely going to try this myself. See full instructions here.

Photos from Maegan.

Home I Love: Christmas Edition

I am really liking this Christmas theme arranged by Coco and Kelly blogger and interior designer, Cassandra Lavalle. This is a simple modern-festive take on Christmas decor. The Christmas adornments highlight the room, but do not overwhelm or drastically alter it. My favorite element is the way in which the gifts are arranged on the bookshelf and slipped into the shelf below. I think this is perfect for someone who does not want to go 'full-tree'.

Photos from Coco and Kelly.

Monday, November 22, 2010

DIY Holiday Ornament Wreath

This year, I decided that I would make my very own wreath. I had seen some glamorous silver ball wreaths in home decor magazines and decided that I would make one myself. Being unsure as to how exactly it should be done, I turned to Apartment Therapy for inspiration. This lead me to a how-to for making CB2's "In the Loop" ornament wreath. While mine does not really resemble the CB2 wreath (which I do think is very mod and rad), I did essentially use their techniques with minor changes. See below for supply list and assembly instructions.

My Wreath:

CB2 Wreath:

CB2 "In the Loop" Wreath Supplies:

1. Strong stiff wire that can be bent into a ring. We used aluminum wire gauge 20, about 55” long—due to the scale of the products in the shot, our wreath was rather large, about 28” in diameter. A wire hanger is also a simple way to go. I initially tried using 20 gauge aluminum floral wire which left me with a droopy wreath. I restrung it all on two lengths of 15 gauge wire that I found at Canadian Tire. This worked much better. As for size, I used two pieces of wire approximately 48" long creating a diameter of 22". (My apologies for the approximations, I failed to measure the wire before stringing the ornaments).

2. Ornaments. We used a total of 81 ornaments. For a smaller version, we’re guessing you could make a 14” wreath with about a third of the ornaments depending on how full you wanted it. I used shatterproof (i.e. plastic) ornaments from Superstore. They came in a container of 100 for $19.99. I used a combination of approximately 75 smaller and larger balls.

3. Strong tape to fasten the ends of the wire ring together or, pliers to twist the ends of the wire ring together. I opted to twist the ends together with pliers. This makes for a very secure closure.

4. Ribbon to hang the wreath. I used a 3" wide wire edged ribbon from Michaels.

Tip: best not to go too large in diameter as the wreath could become too heavy and stretch out. If feeling ambitious, make sure to use strong wire!

CB2 "In the Loop" Wreath Instructions:
1. String one ornament at a time onto the wire ring, alternating colors, using smaller ones to fill in the gaps. I did not follow a strict pattern given the colour palette, but did typically alternate between small and large balls attempting to spread the colours evenly and keeping mindful of the placement of the glittered balls as I had fewest of those.

2. When the ring is completely covered in ornaments, fasten the ends together. This is where I opted to twist the ends together rather than tape them. I would suggest leaving at least 3" of wire on either side to ensure that you can easily wrap it. There was about a 2" gap left at the top once fastened.

3. Use a ribbon to cover the spot where the ends are fastened together, and hang! I wrapped the ribbon around the gap 4 times to make sure it was well covered and then tied a large bow with hanging ends. I used a $2.99 simple silver door wreath hanger from Home Depot.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas Stuff I Love: Cards!

I love Christmas and this year I am feeling particularly festive. So, bear with me with me as I will post some of my favorite Christmas accessories and creations. Today, I start off with Christmas cards. Here is a selection of some of the most fun and interesting cards that I have come across. As you may have guessed, I have a penchant for mod-style cards and silly animals.

1. NYC Christmas Shopping, Kate's Paperie.
2. Shag Designed Christmas Cards (currently unavailable).
3. Moma Holiday Cards, Festive Holiday, Kate's Paperie.
4. Shag Designed Christmas Cards (currently unavailable).

5. Moist Holiday Cards by Naughty Betty, Heliotrope.
6. Moma Holiday Cards, Pop-Out Patterned Trees, Kate's Paperie.
7. Shoot Your Eye Out, Jack Cards.
8. Bicycle A6 Holiday Cards, Paper Source.
9. Robot Holiday Cards, Rock Scissor Paper.
10. Christmas, Presentation Magazine, Online Christmas Card Maker.
11. Feliz Navidad Flat Notes, Hammerpress.
12. Holiday Santa, Jack Cards.

13. Not a Creature was Stirring, Kate's Paperie.
14. Reinpet Holiday Photo Cards, Minted.
15. Twinkle Deer Holiday Cards, Rock Scissor Paper.
16. Dachshund Christmas Cards.
17. Holly Jolly, Jack Cards.
18. Cool for Cats Christmas Note Cards, Notorious Kitsch.
19. Merry Menagerie Holiday Cards, Rock Scissor Paper.
20. Dachshund, Kate's Paperie.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Most Awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Yes, that is a Morrisey Christmas Sweater. What does Morrisey have to do with Christmas?? No idea, but the sweater is rad.

Purchase one here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Look I Love

There are three things that I seem to be drawn to right now:

1. Leopard prints and fur.
2. Wintery clothing.
3. Beautiful blond Scandinavian girls.

As seen on My B on Lookbook.

Look I Love

As seen on Taylor S on Lookbook.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Capes! Capes!! Capes!!!

I think that my favorite trend this season is capes. They can look great on most anyone and can be worn casually or dressed up. I also love the variety of styles available. I am trying to convince Will that he NEEDS to make me one. Here is a sampling of some of the most beautiful capes that I have come across:

1. Kertiii blog, homemade cape.
2. As seen on Lookbook.
3. As seen on The Sartorialist.

4. Zara Cape as seen on Lookbook.
5. Miss Pandora in Zara Cape as seen on Lookbook.
6. As seen on Lookbook.

Look I Love

Over the weekend, while searching for pictures for a future post, I came across a blogger from Estonia named Kerti. I love the fact that she is from Estonia since this is tiny European country that I know so little about. I anticipate learning more as I view the photos of Kerti and her world which she shoots in a most beautiful fashion. She also has amazing style. I think she can give me few tips!

Check out her blog here.