Friday, March 28, 2014

Vintage Photos of Palm Beach

Take a look at these breathtaking photos of the glory years of Palm Beach. A peek into the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1980s with some of the world's most intriguing people in the enchanting and glamorous paradise.

1928 - The famous Coconut Grove

January 1960 - a ball at the Flagger Mansion. 

1961 - Jackie Kennedy sits in the backseat of a car in Palm Beach

April 1981 - Lilly Pulitzer with daughter Liza and her son Bobby.

January 1956 - Mrs. Igor Cassini sitting outside Worth Avenue

February 1922 - A British society group with their inflatable plastic mattress. Captain Macintosh, The Honorable Mrs. Charles Wym, Mrs. Frank Belleville, Mr. Archibald Campbell, Captain Phillip Astley, and Captain G Coombe

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ten Best Sentences

I was listening to NPR last night while I dropped my brother back off at school. I was told that listening to NPR was just another one of the multiple reasons why I was "so weird" - or maybe it was "so lame..." Criticisms from my brothers all lump in the whatever pile after awhile.
 The perils of being the only girl. 
Regardless, there was a wonderful segment about the Ten Best Sentences in fiction and nonfiction works. I sometimes forget the beauty of literature beyond the plot development. Syntax, diction, vocabulary, and imagery are an art form on their own, but I rarely acknowledge them outside of poetry readings. It's easier, for me, to focus on the form of a dozen stanzas - rather than analyzing the same elements in a novel, especially when I'm swimming in sentences! I instead, progress with the plot, the story, the theme, the characters and focus more on the actions rather than the details. There are a couple of times where a particular quote or moment of literature stays with me - even years after the fact - but I don't give the art of writing as much credit it deserves. Although I can't imagine totally transforming my literary habits, I hope to recognize and appreciate the beauty of the composition a little more often. 

See the complete list from The American Scholar below:

Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
— James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

This private estate was far enough away from the explosion so that its bamboos, pines, laurel, and maples were still alive, and the green place invited refugees—partly because they believed that if the Americans came back, they would bomb only buildings; partly because the foliage seemed a center of coolness and life, and the estate’s exquisitely precise rock gardens, with their quiet pools and arching bridges, were very Japanese, normal, secure; and also partly (according to some who were there) because of an irresistible, atavistic urge to hide under leaves.
— John Hersey, Hiroshima

It was a fine cry—loud and long—but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.
— Toni Morrison, Sula

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

It was the United States of America in the cold late spring of 1967, and the market was steady and the G.N.P. high and a great many articulate people seemed to have a sense of high social purpose and it might have been a spring of brave hopes and national promise, but it was not, and more and more people had the uneasy apprehension that it was not.
— Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.
— Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or practically humorous as that which supposes every man to be of equal value in its impartial eye, and the benefits of all laws to be equally attainable by all men, without the smallest reference to the furniture of their pockets.
— Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

In many ways he was like America itself, big and strong, full of good intentions, a roll of fat jiggling at his belly, slow of foot but always plodding along, always there when you needed him, a believer in the virtues of simplicity and directness and hard labor.
— Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

There is nothing more atrociously cruel than an adored child.
— Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

And a bonus:
Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there.
— Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Creative Workplaces

See The Workspaces of 14 Leading Creative Minds!

Where do some of the most inspiring artisans go to work each day? Photographer Todd Selby, scouted out creative minds and captured them in their working environments for his newest book, The Fashionable Selby.

See images of there fascinating work spaces below. 

Belgian designer Dries van Noten.

The studio of Japanese headpiece design artist Katsuya Kamo.

Brooklyn-based knitwear designer Lindsay Degan.

Diesel's artistic director, Nicola Formichetti.

Brooklyn artisan who has dyed clothes for Nike, Audrey Louise Reynolds

Ambika Conroy at her sustainable rabbit farm in upstate New York where she creates angora fur goods.

Virginia Bates luxe vintage store was outfitted like an old French boudoir.

Textile designer Natalie Gibson works on some dyes.

British designer Fred Butler's work is often graphic and sculptural. 

Christian Astuguevielle is behind the scents made by Japanese fashion house Comme des Garcons. 

Ben Kosters clothing studio.

Iris van Herpen's mood board in her Amsterdam office.

Eccentric jewelry designer Andrew Logan. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fashion Quotes

Enjoy some of the best fashion quotes from the most memorable in the industry! These are perfectly cheeky and forever inspirational. Take as much or as little as you'd like from them - these style greats created their own fashion story and you can do the same! 

Is it just me or has this been the longest week ever? I am so happy that it's finally Thursday and a little word lust is just the pick-me up I needed. Snarky. Stylish. Spectacular.

By the way, I LOVE this image below. Do you see her shoes? Fabulous. 
Have a great day, toodles!

"Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” — Oscar de la Renta
"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." — Edith Head
“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” — Bill Cunningham
"I don't design clothes. I design dreams." — Ralph Lauren
"Fashions fade, style is eternal." — Yves Saint Laurent
“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” — Alexander Wang
"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” — Gianni Versace
“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” — Lauren Hutton
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” — Hubert de Givenchy
“I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.” — Valentino Garavani
"People will stare. Make it worth their while." — Harry Winston
“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses." — Audrey Hepburn
“Elegance is elimination.” — Cristóbal Balenciaga
"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." — Rachel Zoe 
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” — Miuccia Prada
"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." — Coco Chanel
"Attitude is everything." — Diane von Furstenberg
"We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." — Yves Saint Laurent
"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends." — Kate Spade
"Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered." — Giorgio Armani
"More is more and less is a bore." — Iris Apfel
"Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.” — Michael Kors
"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." — Karl Lagerfeld

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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Princess of Monaco

Nicole Kidman takes on the role of Grace Kelly in the upcoming film, Grace of Monaco. The movie looks at the glamorous Hollywood star and regal icon, six years after her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. She is in battle with family obligations and a yearning to go back to Hollywood. Politics is also an important component of the story, particularly the divide between Monaco and France. I think the film intends to bring to light a different side of Princess Grace than what the public knew - I am definitely interested in seeing it! 
The film is currently set to open Mary 14th at the Cannes Film Festival. See the trailer below.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Paris Fashion Week (Round 2)

Was I the only one who didn't know there were two different Paris fashion weeks for Fall 2014? I posted my favorite street styles looks last month to wrap up what I thought was Paris Fashion week...until I saw my newsfeed populating with even more photos from Paris this past week. Whoops! Turns out my original post was a recap of Paris' Haute Couture Fashion Week that took place January 20-23. Yesterday, Paris closed "fashion month" with Ready to Wear collections. So - you get a double bang for your buck, merci Paris!
In addition to phenomenal city chic attendees, the shows were fantastical. Moschino kicked off with a fashions inspired directly from our fast food fetishes - specializing in McDonalds - and a healthy dose of Sponge Bob. TRUE STORY.
 The fashion festivities ended extravagantly with a Chanel store. A full-fledged super store. Can you imagine Chanel cookies, pretzels - even welcome mats. Why can't every shopping center be a-la Coco? 
Anyways, it's time to show my favorite thing, street styles! 

I have these booties!!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lenten Prayers

Greetings all, today is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. I have always appreciated Lent and am especially looking forward to this upcoming season. I think it is a great check point for those New Year's resolutions and a time to dive deeper into practices that are better for your soul. It is the perfect time to reflect on how we're feeling and what we can do to be better people. The Lenten season is a time for us to give-up a couple of things, so we can make time and room for those things that are more important - especially our relationship with God. A 40-day opportunity for us to change our lives and become better people.
The winter blues are so easy to wear us down, especially with the winter we've been having. Daylight savings time is this weekend and spring finally feels like it's right around the corner. It's amazing what a little light can do! Light energizes us both in our health and our hearts. What a perfect time to start a Lenten Journey!
This lent, I am giving up and doing things to motivate me to be a better Christian. Additionally, I have fallen off the bandwagon in some of my new year's pursuits - so I hope that this will allow me to become rededicated!
I haven't failed COMPLETELY in my endeavors for the New Year, and I have actually had a few significant accomplishments. I go to yoga class about 2x a week. The square near my house has a couple of studios and they offer community classes on the weekend, which works perfectly with my schedule. I feel much better and even a little stronger since taking the classes. I have been busy reading once again. I had read a lot of books over my holiday trip to Arizona. Although I haven't knocked down four books in a week like I did on our trip, I have been incorporating it into my lifestyle. I am reading The Alchemist right now and just finished Fountainhead. Next on the list? One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus (I feel like now is a better time than any).
Let me know of your reading reccos!

So what am I doing for Lent?
I am giving up my phone after 8:00. That's right. No liking my way through Instagram, no late-night tumbling, no Facebook scrolling. I want to focus on using the evenings to relax, spend time with family, start new projects (crafts, books, etc), take walks, or attend functions. Hopefully, this will help me be more motivated in the mornings as well. Studies have said that looking at your smartphone after 9:00 can produce symptoms that make you feel like you're hungover the next morning. And that's the LAST thing I need. Hopefully I will be more rejuvenated in the mornings and can spend time either going to morning mass at 6:30 and/or taking a quick jog before work. The light (and early sleep) can do wonderful things.
And for indulgence sake, I am giving up ice cream. I have been enjoying my creamy dessert sooo much this year and I think it'll be a good practice to take a break from the sweets for a few weeks.
In the past, I have had a couple successful Lenten seasons. One year I gave up celebrity gossip, Coco Perez, - the whole slew. I knew more about Suri Cruise than I did about my own life sometimes! It worked magically and I haven't gone back since. In fact, I sometimes still think it's 2009 in the Hollywood world. Do you know how many marriages have failed since then??? Anyways, another year I gave up sweets and I never remember feeling better. In fact, it was a couple weeks after Easter before I even ate treats because they seemed so unappetizing.
I want to focus on nightly reflections - to expand beyond my prayer journal and reflect on how I am feeling, where I am, how my day went, and other things that we as humans ponder quite often. This will be a daily prayer, a time to take away from mindless tasks - to actually allot to God. A catch-up with him, giving him a low-down on my life. Yes, praying can be that easy.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten Season. I'd love to hear if you have any goals for the Holy time.



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