Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Love This! - Bev Hisey Rug

I recently came across this fab-u-lous wool-silk rug designed by Bev Hisey called "Mommy Dearest".  How awesome is this rug?  It would be amazing in a closet - no wire hangers allowed of course. ;o)

This is not my first tip o' the hat to Bev and her rugs - see this post.  I have a feeling she and I would be BFFs!
Image via Interior Design

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I Want This! - Missoni for Target (duh)

First, just to let you know that I have posted this week's new-to-me recipe on my Facebook page (and it was a grand slam in my house) - check it out!

Okay, I know I'm late to the game with my Missoni for Target post, but hey that's the way I roll right now.  Here are the items that I plan on making mine.  Now, I've been on a spending freeze as of late, but since I love Missoni so much and the stuff looks like it could be really outstanding, I've put some moola aside so I can splurge!  My wish list is as follows:
Yes, yes and yes to that cape/wrap!

This whole darn ensemble (but main focus on the tunic)!

The tote.

What about taking that robe and wearing it as a kimono with some jeans and a tank?  Me likey!

How gorgeous are these shoes?  They look money here, but we'll have to see in person if they are as fab.

Makeup bags - will be part of a Christmas gift idea for friends (shhhh).

These are for little girls, maybe can score a pair for my little one, if they come in her size.

Need some throw pillows - this would work perfectly!

Love the one on the left.  I'm hoping it's a large pillow.

A tray will most certainly be mine!

Ah, this is gorgeous!

Would love a frame...

And will certainly want one of these pictures (kind of digging the upper right purple one) - how amazing would all four of these look clustered together in a walk-in closet?  Oh, I miss my huge closet...

Okay, that's what I want.  Now we'll have to wait until 9/13 to actually see what I score.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Housekeeping


(I can only wish my home office looked like this)

Oh man, to say I'm slammed with work would be an understatement.  We have a huge project with a very tight deadline and I've been burning the weekend and midnight oil.  It will calm down a bit in a week or so, but I'm not complaining because I'm LOVING it.  I adore seeing something go from paper/digital drawing to actual fabric.  I love being the person to help make that happen, it's so fun!

So that explains the lack of regular posts up in here.  I also have been taking a break from outfit posts for the summer, for a variety of reasons.  First, my summer clothes are so boring, boring, boring - hate them (but I'm on a spending freeze so no new ones this year).  Also, when I am working at a facility I have to wear a uniform - again, boring.  And it's been so unbearably hot, I just felt so yucky and frazzled.  Don't fret, my goal is to get back into it this Fall.

One thing I have been doing this Summer is to try at least one new recipe a week.  It's been really exciting, fun, as well as delicious (for the most part).  I wanted to share the ones I've been trying with you all, but don't want to turn this into a blog with food content.  So as a compromise, I'll post the recipe I try each week - with how I liked it -  to my Facebook page, so if you are interested head over and like my page.  This week's is up there now (here's a picture of it).

That's about it for today - hope everyone has a good one!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rumors...


Marc Jacobs heading to Dior and Pheobe Philo heading to Louis Vuitton (while still remaining at Celine as creative director)?  Could be interesting.  Thoughts?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

True Confession Time

First, I just want to apologize for my lack of posts over the past couple of weeks - I'm working on a big project which involves staring at a computer screen for hours on end and at the end of the workday I just can't bring myself to look at a computer screen for one more second.  So I've been avoiding any extra computer time.  Staring at the TV, however hasn't been an issue.  I've been watching way too much TV lately, between just wanting to zone out after the little one goes to sleep at night, to struggling with a touch of insomnia, I've logged a disgusting amount of TV watching. 

Which brings me to my true confession - one I'm not proud of at all, in fact, I'm embarrassed and yeah, somewhat disgusted with myself.  This is hard to admit, but I've been watching a whole lot of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians", "Khloe and Lamar", etc.  There, I said it.  Don't think less of me.  Ugh, I just can't explain it because I find them highly irritating, yet there I sit.  No one can deny that Kim is gorgeous, I mean she's stunningly beautiful.  But what else is there?  Bruce?  Well, okay I kinda like Bruce, he always seems like he's trapped in a weird dream/nightmare, spouting out the occasional words of wisdom while trying to escape by  building toy helicopters and remembering how awesome his life was in the 70's.  No one can deny that Kris is a master of marketing her kiddos (good and bad).  And let's be honest Kourtney, bless her heart, is the least likeable most vapid human being I have ever laid eyes on.  Her baby dady Scott is king of all slimeball/douchebags with not one redeeming quality (he makes Spencer Pratt look like the ideal man).  He's the type of guy that every girl should avoid at all costs.  Living with a bunch of cats would be better than him.

And yet, I still watch.  However, I may have figured out some of the appeal for me.  I think I love seeing the clothes and interiors.  Yeah, I don't sound superficial AT ALL.  But stay with me.  Because that's all there is - there's no storyline, they don't do anything really interesting - BUT they do wear gorgeous clothes and live in beautiful houses.  Which should not be the basis for any TV show, but there you go.  I'm particularly smitten with parts of Khloe's house - specifically her home office.  Check it:


Gorgeous, right?  Here's her closet - prepare to swoon...
Her shoes?  Shut up...
Source: elle.com via Jenny on Pinterest
Source: elle.com via Jenny on Pinterest

Another image from her house...
Source: elle.com via Jenny on Pinterest

I love it - I love seeing it all (though, I could do with less of the dozens of pictures of themselves they have in every house).  I just can't help myself.  So, I'm not telling you to tune in, but if you do find any of the (many) Kardashian shows on your TV, I recommend putting them on mute and enjoying the scenery.

There, I feel better that it's out in the open now :o)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Five - Elie Saab Resort 2012

Ooooh, who doesn't love looking at Elie Saab's gorgeous gowns?  Always glamorous perfection!  This collection was super colorful and featured a lot more day wear than you usually see.  My picks were all evening gowns though - I just can't resist them.  Enjoy!




Images via Style.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm Back With Some Random Stuff...

Well, I just fell off the blogging face of the Earth this week didn't I?  Sorry about that, the little one and I are sick (again) and had to travel for work which involved driving through my favorite county in Georgia - Butts county!  Here's the water tower that cracks me up every time I drive by it:

(sorry for the crappy "from-the-car" photo)

Now for the randomness:
Kate Moss on the September Vogue cover - so happy to see a model on the cover for a change:



Here are some images of my inspiration boards right now:
This one hangs above my desk (it's my DIY board from this post) - lots of pictures from our trip to Greece 4 years ago!


Sections from the board that hangs in my closet, lots of goodies on this one!

By the way, I'm having issues commenting on some blogs for some reason, I can't figure it out.  So if you haven't heard from me then that's why.  Is this happening to anyone else?  Grrr.  See, I'm totally random today.  Have a great Thursday!

Friday, August 5, 2011

FBFF - Locational Influences Fashion

I'm joining up with Katy again at Modly Chic for another FBFF.  Today is all about locational influences on your fashion choices.

1. What part of the world do you blog from?
Augusta, Georgia otherwise referred to as the CSRA (I think it stands for the Central Savannah River Area) just a couple of miles from the infamous Augusta National Golf Course.  I'm also about 5 miles from the South Carolina line.

2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live what would you say?
I've tried to figure out how people dress here over the past couple of years.  It's a mash up of traditional Southern dress (I've never seen people dress their children in so much smocked crap in all my life - it's like 1960 up in here), collegiate garb, people in scrubs (Medical College of Georgia), people in military gear (Fort Gordon), golf chic, and the pocket of monied people who dress to the nines.

3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the mold?
I don't break the mold, but I'm not status quo either. I'm not sure how I fit in here to be honest.

Source: etsy.com via Jenny on Pinterest
4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world did your clothing choices evolve?
I grew up in Greensboro, NC and went to college in Raleigh, NC, with summers spent in DC (when I was very young), Chicago (when I was older) and the mountains of NC (throughout my childhood).  I've lived in Chattanooga, TN, Jonesville, NC, Cumberland, MD, Westchester County, NY, Griffin, GA (south of Atlanta), and now Augusta, GA.  Out of all of those locations obviously NC had the biggest influence as a basis of my style, but each area has contributed and helped to evolve how I dress.  Needless to say when I worked in Manhattan the bar was raised pretty high.  You are bombarded with so much fashion "information" - store windows, shops, people on the street, etc. that you almost step up your game by osmosis!

5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what would you be?
So hard to say right now.  I feel most at home (style-wise) in Chicago for some reason.  I do remember when in London thinking how much I would love to dress like the ladies do there!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NYC Museum Report - Artist/Illustrator Maira Kalman at The Jewish Museum

Contributor Laura Johnson checking in again with another exhibition report. Laura is a gifted textile designer and colorist with 20 years of experience who lives and works in Manhattan. Because we all can't live in or visit NYC regularly she'll be checking in from time to time to report about exhibits and other interesting tidbits happening there.

Maira Kalman
Le Corbusier Sink, 2006Gouache on paper
7 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.
Collection of Jane and Patrick Curley

There was a wonderful show here of the work of artist/illustrator Maira Kalman at The Jewish Museum. 
She has done so many wonderful things, and the show is a joy to walk through. You may recognize some of her New Yorker covers – always favorites of mine.
Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz
New Yorkistan, 2001Gouache and pencil on paper
20 x 14 3/4 in.
Collection of Erica and Eric Schwartz


She lives in Manhattan and has written and illustrated 13 children’s books.  She also illustrated a version of Shrunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style which was one of the best Christmas gifts I ever bought for my husband! 
Maira Kalman
Sentence Fragment, 2004-2005Gouache on paper
12 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.
Courtesy of the artist


She has curated a room at the end of the show filled with items her studio.  There are several textiles designed by her, and the most wonderful embroideries.  After seeing this show, you may feel as if you have taken a little tour of her life in drawings.

*Note from Jenny - I dropped the ball on this post and it got lost in my drafts folder, so unfortunately the show has just ended.  However, you can find the catalogue of her gorgeous work here.

Images via The Jewish Museum

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Five - Bottega Veneta Resort 2012

Oh, this is one lovely collection, great colors, great textures, great patterns.  And the accessories?  Stop it, so gorgeous!  Please forgive me because I absolutely couldn't pick just five.  Here are my faves, enjoy! 
(check out my picks from previous Bottega Veneta collections here, here, here, here, and here)








Images via Style.com
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