eyeing these snuggly boots from sorel... would love a pair. hm. but which one?
what kills me more than how adorable these frocks from moscow/london-based designer dasha pomeranzev are is that i didn't even know about ms. pomeranzev's shop until today.
she has adapted her own designs from 1950s styles and paired them with liberty prints, italian cottons and scottish tweeds. and the best part? oh, probably the CUSTOM-MADE bit:
We have adapted 50s models to reflect how women’s figures have changed in the following decades. Not all vintage dresses suit today’s women- they can be too full in the chest and too thin at the waist. Our dresses fit perfectly: the full dress slims the figure exactly where it needs to, the length makes your legs look longer.
yes, please, sign me up. special birthday dress for me? sounds perfect, i think.
by caroline duke on Friday, January 07, 2011
do you remember joanna's honeymoon in positano? since then, that dreamy seaside town has been very far at the top of my to-go list.
and, today, i'm really feeling the need to get away. so, inspired by positano (and these vintage beach shots — positano included), these finds are on my mind:
+ top from aubin & wills
+ paper bag trousers from topshop
+ sunhat from calypso st. barth
+ cuff by judith haas
+ clutch from lori's shoes
+ scarf by missoni, of course
+ shoes from see by chloe
+ swimsuit by diane von furstenberg
and, of course, when in rome — i mean, positano — pick up a vogue italia.
stay tuned next week for an alt-inspired getaway to salt lake city. sadly, i won't be there this year, but i hope to live vicariously through my favorite blog friends.
have a wonderful weekend, friends. ciao.
by caroline duke on Friday, January 07, 2011
i'm back! i really apologize for the extra-long absence. i took advantage of the holidays and eeked just a couple extra days out of my blogging break... and i loved it. despite all that, i suppose i am pretty glad to be back.
now that the holidays are behind us, i've got spring on my mind. specifically these flowy looks from cynthia rowley. love the contrast of the soft chiffon with the blocked color and asymmetrical cuts in the dresses. (also shown: gorgeous blouse with a really great necklace and dress-up bandaids.)
i hope everyone had a great holiday and got to take a break for the computer, as well. it's definitely something i plan to do more of in 2011. speaking of, my resolutions also include: dressing like a grown-up. this essentially means being more polished and actually putting thought into my appearance.
i could go on and on about resolutions 1 through 94, but i'm more curious to hear yours. what's in store for you in this new year?
by caroline duke on Wednesday, January 05, 2011
i hope everyone has a great holiday. if you haven't noticed, i've taken some time off from the blog. i'll be in a little next week, then back in full swing in the new year. thank you all for another good year.
(photo of me in all my greedy glory as a kid.)
by caroline duke on Thursday, December 23, 2010
i'm pretty much in love with this little ice climber. and not just because he reminds me of yukon cornelius from the rudolph movie.
now, in the spirit of the holidays, why don't you tell me: 1) what gift are you most excited to give this year? and 2) what gift are you most excited and hoping to receive this year?
after you tell me all about that, head over to size too small, where i talk a little about my own christmas traditions, gifts and more for mariah's '12 days of christmas' series. her blog is one of my new favorites, one i discovered way later than i should have. thank you, mariah, for having me!
p.s. i also want to thank MRS. snippet & ink, kathryn, who also featured me in a guest post. i got to fantasize a little and imagine up a little wedding in my head. kathryn, who's been away becoming a missus, is the most adorable girl ever. i met her last year in salt lake city at alt. not only does she keep up a wonderful wedding blog, she has perfect skin and great eyebrows. i envy her. congratulations, kathryn!
gypsy's new line of
pretty gorgeous panties is out. and, of course, i am sold. love the flattering cuts and sweet hawaii prints. also, i love this: "gypsy is a unique, classic, romantic line of hand designed underwear and was born from lazy saturday mornings and the search for the perfect pair of cute sexy undies." they're made of SUPER-soft nylon lycra. you need a pair. or six. go now and browse!
and, as usual, the shots taken by daeja fallas leave me breathless. her work still nearly knocks me off my feet. (i have this print. you should have it, too.)
i think it's safe to say any girl would be more than delighted to have at least a couple gifts off this list.
1. print from watercolor illustration from silver ridge studio, $35
2. leather and knit gloves from barneys, $225
3. globe mobile from abc home, $70
4. boyfriend bracelet from bing bang by anna sheffield, $54
5. pug (!) bookends from modcloth, $56
6. calendar from pawling print studio, $25
7. 'antonia' painting by michelle armas, $1,000
8. postcup (23-karat gold postcard design, also comes up with porcelaine pen) from bailey doesn't bark, $49
9. cardigan by boy by band of outsiders, $495 (via miss moss)
10. black garnet ring by katie diamond, $88
11. laduree candle, $68
12. lanvin flats, $495
if you missed them, here are a few more guides to get you started (or, at this point, help you finish up).
i told you i'd be back... time's running out though, hm? i hope you weren't relying on my gift guides to get you started.
1. bagna cauda sauce from dean & deluca, $14
2. chocolate bars from chocolate editions, $5
3. extra virgin olive oil from st. helena olive oil co., $42
4. BYOT (loose leaf tea + bags = bring your own tea) from sanctuary t, $7 (for 10 servings)
5. black flatware from dwr, $60 (for a five-piece setting)
6. fleur de sal french sea salt from williams-sonoma, $14
7. cutting board from grayworks design, $85
here are some more ideas: for the beau, for the francophile, for the dogs.
we'll wrap up the gift guides this week and start next week with some local and last-minute ideas. tick tock.
by caroline duke on Wednesday, December 15, 2010