like butter. mmm.
henry & lulu, $424
i do not know what is going on here but i do know i want every bit of it in my mouth.
i have been on this insane dessert kick lately. cookies, cake, cupcake, pie. i want something different every day.
i'm not so much good with cooking, but i do like to bake. i really need to expand on that though, so i could definitely use some new dessert-oriented cookbooks.
(photographer: leigh beisch)
there's a poll to the right, people! a poll! vote!
according to my 5 votes (that's 3 people, as 2 votes were mine), you'd like to see more accessories & homey stuff. so i'll try to do better with that.
and, really, vote. just so i know someone's reading!
huge sample sale at freddy&ma. check it out.
also, don't forget you can design your own!
AND ... you might consider a gift card for the upcoming holidays.
just a thought.
i've been following this brother and sister duo since the beginning, and i am amazed with (though not surprised by) the success they're having (celebrities everywhere!)
i want all of these on me all at one time right now. (plus the birdcage earrings.)
ah. i feel so one with nature.
clockwise from top left:
four-sided skinny cuff by aquabeet jewelry, $105 AUD; pine cone charm necklace by esdesigns, $24 AUD; alphabet cuff, also by aquabeet, $53 AUD; aspen leaf necklace, $49 AUD.
i came across these on etsy today and thought they were fantastic. custom orders take three weeks to make, so you better start thinking fast for gifting purposes.
speaking of gifting, i'll be putting out a gift guide of sorts in the very near future. don't expect much, but i'm saying it's coming.
remember esprit? yeahhh you do. well, they're back (though i don't think they've ever been gone) and the prices apparently have risen with inflation.
but unfortunately, during a quick visit to the site, this was about the only thing i liked (unlike 1994, when i pretty much couldn't live without that red and white label).
i'm thinking sequins & feathers are the way to go this new year's. and for whatever reason, i've decided i will create such a dress.
i've got a dress (far right, gray wool) that's been sitting on my table, all cut out and ready to go, for a month, but as soon as i finish that up, it is go time.
ostrich feather fringe peeking out at the bottom (also big on petticoats right now) and some pretty matte sequins.
oooh la lovely.
by the way, the look i'm going for is more monique lhuillier than, say, vegas showgirl (not that, in another life, i wouldn't kill to be a showgirl).
fringe from macculloch & wallis for £31.65 a meter (i am so european), and vintage flat sequins from kit kraft (awesome craft site, by the way) for $2.50 a pack (about 1,000 sequins).
ok, yeah, i know it's november (although it is something like 80 outside today)... but who could resist snatching up a pair of these?
the red is fantastic, but i wish i had found them earlier in the year. ladies, sizes 5, 8, 9 and 10: you're in luck. hurry.
newport news, $19 (on sale from $29)
these are an affordable alternative to, say, something like these pricey robert clergerie tulams (though that wide strap is hot).
as far as these, though. want that teal so bad, though the purple or green would probably be most practical. scratch that. $30 a pair? practicality isn't even an issue.
oooh also! these are leather, are even cheaper and come in a ton of colors.
newport news, $29 (on sale from $39)
i am so excited to know francesca's is online. it used to be so near my old apartment and was my go-to spot for gifts and cheap accessories (TONS of cheap accessories). anyway, i had quite forgotten about it.
since i'm nowhere near an h&m or forever21, it's great to remember francesca's is nearby for my last-minute pretty needs.
francesca's collections, $36 (i mean, really!)
we won't get into the myriad of reasons i don't have a little dog named nigel or poppy sleeping (and snoring & snorting) on my lap at this moment.
but, as a sort of makeshift, it'd be nice to have something like this wall graphic. see, it'd kind of be like rowdy (odd site) on scrubs.
i found this and a ton others via lily and tulip.
i am embarrassed that i have neglected to mention the fabulous wares over at the shiny squirrel. the online showcase for fashion & art and the latest creation by jessica (whose blog of the same name is also a hit) launched about a month ago.
she has a bunch of beautiful things from up&coming artists and designers: clothing (love this dress by betsy wise), stationery, paintings (am absolutely inspired by nicole poko's work), photography (i like the above print by jessica levey; also really enjoying caroline moore's work).
the shiny squirrel, $350
first of all, did you know fuyu is japanese for winter? i didn't! good to know.
second, i generally have an aversion to anything suede & furry (thanks, ugg) but luckily puma has restored my confidence in this wintertime necessity.
who knew they could be suede, furry AND have shape? mindblowing.
it comes in a clear jewel case stand, but i think i'd put it on the wall with some picture-hanging wire and alligator clips.
amazing and colorful, oh my.
my favorite months? march, june, july, august and october.
letterpress calendar by ilee
by caroline duke on Monday, October 29, 2007
i love taking notes and making lists on index cards. and, i have a LOT of shit to do. these would help.
shittodo tablet, $5
pretty and snaky.
snake letterpress flats, $6.50
liking the colors and border!
loves bouquet card, $4
birthday card, $3.50
peacock card, $3
by caroline duke on Monday, October 29, 2007
every year, i want to be margot tenenbaum for halloween. and, every year, i fail to find the perfect vintage lacoste dress (i've scoured shops, ebay, everywhere... to no avail).
so, please, someone... for the love of god. please direct me to the secret place in the world where these are stashed away.
first off, who's excited about masquerade night on gossip girl? i am.
second of all, inspired by the upcoming episode and marie antoinette, it's been decided there will be a winter masquerade ball soon. very soon.
and, on a similar but unrelated note...
i stumbled upon this cat mask and i might need it just for everyday wear. because it's fabulous.
siamese cat mask
by far, the best holiday of the year.
still have no idea what to be? american apparel's costume slideshow is quite clever and helpful.
some are especially cute (andy+edie, rollergirl, the three's company gang) and would be easy to assemble at the last minute. the site even walks you through what you need.
(i'm going to be a robot. unfortunately, american apparel couldn't help me out with that one. i'm certain no one wants to see the lamé side of me.)