Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
As seen on Coco and Kelley.
As seen on The Haystack Needle.
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
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.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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.
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.
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.
My Le Penguin
Picasso's Le Pinguoin
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
See more at Apartment Therapy.
Monday, December 6, 2010
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
Photos from ...love Maegan.
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
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
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
Monday, November 15, 2010
1. Leopard prints and fur.
2. Wintery clothing.
3. Beautiful blond Scandinavian girls.
As seen on Minna C on Lookbook.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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.
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.