Archive for October, 2007

Unique Halloween Costumes





It seems like every year, the trend of Halloween costumes is to be something “naughty”, so I thought the costumes at New Yorker Allison Sarofim’s  Surrealist Ball were really special.  The host dressed in a peacock outfit while some of the guests dressed as a chandelier, flowerbeds, and an autumn queen.  It is too late to copy these ideas this year, but maybe I can start planning for next year.  To view all of the pictures from the ball, visit society’s favorite party photographer Patrick McMullan’s website.


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A Beautiful Fabric




It has been so overwhelming decorating and organizing our house, that today, I  pulled out this lovely fabric just to look at and enjoy.  It is from Liberty of London and has a busy print that looks like an Alice In Wonderland theme (I picked it though because it kind of looks like a Vegas theme, but without being obvious that it is a theme).   I don’t know when I will get around to sewing pillows, but I just couldn’t keep it hiding in the closet any longer.

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On Sunday mornings, I love to lay in bed and watch the CBS Sunday Morning Show.  There are always interesting stories that I would never learn about if it was not for the show.  Yesterday, they had a segment celebrating magazine Harper’s Bazaar’s 140th birthday.  The magazine was first published in November of 1867 and soon became a cutting-edge publication known for ending the French’s monopoly of fashion magazines.  It is said the classic 1957 movie “Funny Face” is actually about Harper’s Bazaar (I adore that movie!).  Today, I think Harper’s Bazaar best asset is their beautiful covers.  Editor In Chief Glenda Bailey has a willingness to try new ideas, which has resulted in some very famous covers.   To view this story and the other stories from the show, visit their website here.


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Since I wrote about Kelly Wearstler the other day, I’ve kind of had her decor looks on my mind and I know everyone loves her work, but I wanted to show what I think is some of her best work.  On her website under a project named “Brentwood Estate”, these pictures and more are shown.  Since moving into our house a month ago, I have been trying to imitate this particular look.  Trying to transform our Western/Tuscan inspired house, I painted the stair rails and a bathroom vanity black.  If you want your interiors to look like Kelly herself has decorated, you can buy a range of products now, including  wall coverings, fabrics, carpets, bedding, as well as tabletop objects.  I’ve been using these pictures as inspiration, so hopefully it will turn out just as beautiful!

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There is always women’s fashions from higher priced designers that become available at lower prieced stores, but, having a boyfriend, I can see why boys feel left out.  Not anymore boys!  Famous Brititsh musician-turned-designer Keanan Duffty has had collections in Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Fred Segal.  Now, he has created a collection for Target with David Bowie as the inspiration.  The limited-edition Bowie by Keanan Duffty collection will be available from October 14 through December 24. My favorites are pictured above.

From Target News: “The new men’s fashion collection for Target includes tuxedo jackets and pants, dress shirts and rocker tees. Featuring a subdued color palette, standout pieces include a trench coat, lightning bolt T-shirt and black puffer vest. Rocker must-haves such as button-down shirts with skinny ties, thermal T-shirts with musical decals and the ultra-hip skinny black jeans round out the collection and range in price from $14.99-$59.99.”

“Several of the collection’s key pieces draw direct inspiration from characters and songs by David Bowie. The tuxedo, vest and pants were inspired by David’s Thin White Duke persona, the song “Station to Station” and his most recent album “Reality.” The dress shirts and trench coat are references to David’s first movie role as Thomas Jerome Newton in “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” In addition, the gray button-down shirt features Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” lyrics scripted onto the fabric.”

You can purchase any of the pieces from this collection at target.com.

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Luxury Lab’s Bedding



From Indieshooping.com’s Holiday Gift Guide, I found Luxury Lab’s beautiful products. Their focus is clothing for your bed and has a unique style of bold graphics. I don’t know what drew me to the “Let Friendship Reign” bedding, but the image of the claddagh ring (which represents love, friendship, and loyalty) is something I would love to sleep on. Also, the Elegant Mayhem set, with the skull shams and chandelier print on the bedding is the perfect mix for a guy’s room.

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At one time, I thought that I was one of Kelly’s biggest fans, until I discovered on other blogs that people are obsessed with her and her cool style. Now we will all be able to purchase her style with the opening of her 250 sq. foot boutique on the 7th floor at Bergdorfs in NYC. These pictures, from House and Garden’s Blog, are a few of my favorite shots. You can see the beautiful boutique and the rest of the objets d’art here. Lots of marble, gold, and shine! I love looking at Kelly’s work in books and online because she has a unique taste that is impossible not to admire. I cannot wait until I am able to visit the store in person and view this unique collection.

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