So it isn't enough that I'm trapped in a hotel room because of an ice storm and won't be home for several more days. It isn't enough that again it is Wednesday and Pushing Daisies still hasn't aired its last three episodes.
No, what has pushed it to being enough is seeing Women's Wear Daily pronounce that Domino magazine is folding as of March. I've been with Domino since the beginning, and it is my favorite magazine. I've said it before, as much as I love blogs, for a book and magazine lover you need to feel them in your hands.
When I was in Paris I deliberated for hours between the Hermes Collier de Chien cuff and a Balenciaga City bag. It helped that the stores were not that far apart and I could compare and contrast to my hearts content. Unfortunately I couldn't even decide which style of bag or bracelet I wanted, let alone choose between the two.
Did I want the decadent combination of black and gold? The rock and roll cool tones of the black and silver? Giant gold hardware or regular? Wait a minute, is that amethyst color similar to the 2005 magenta? Mr. M said(in the nicest way possible) that he thought the bags looked they were made out of plastic. I do have to say that Balenciaga's new finish on the leather is not my favorite.
I think if the Collier de Chien had come in a nude leather with silver, I may have been completely sold. Instead I decided to pass and think about the decision some more. But now it comes in solid silver. Sigh.
Everybody loves America lately. Even Karl Lagerfeld has decided to set up house in Vermont at a historic home in Lake Champlain. Chanel's spring ad campaigns offer a peek into Lagerfeld's new home, that he says reminds him of the poet Emily Dickinson.
I know the last image doesn't show much of his home but Heidi Mount's silhouette reminds me of a Mats Gutstafson illustration.
His reference to Emily Dickinson had me rooting around the Internet to see if there were any actual images of her home. I now have a new destination to add to my "Places I Want to Visit" list. Her childhood home has been turned into a museum and it is located in Amherst.
First two images created by Moodboard from Chanel. Last two Chanel images from TFS. Bottom images from EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.
Besides adoring Sasha's persian kitten face, I love the look she sported in Christian Dior's Spring 2009 Couture runway show. Kind of an ethereal version of a Revolutionary era British soldier with the swooping hat of down and froth of curls. Her face has been polished to perfection and I can't wait to get back home and play around with some of my shimmer products.
So no sooner as we started to unpack from our D.C. trip that we got word we had to leave again this morning for another destination. We will be on the road until Tuesday, which means blogging will be adventurous. I only have my Macbook and I'm still trying to learn my way around it after being a windows girl for so long.
While Mr. M is in a meeting I'm enscounced at Barnes & Noble right in the middle of a book aisle. I asked one of the employees if they had a place where I could plug in my laptop and she promptly pulled a table over to a pillar that had an outlet built in. I said are you sure? Of course! she replied. Such nice people at Barnes & Noble.
People keep staring at me as they turn to go down the aisle, they must think I'm doing a book signing, ha.
I know, get it on with it Moodboard, what do you mean you only lasted 22 days? Well I'm trying to avoid having to admit my failing. While trying to find Barnes & Noble this morning I stumbled across the local mall in town. I decided to ramble around while getting some lunch that exceeds your daily fat intake by three days. There it was, a Forever 21 spanning what appeared to be the length of the mall. I walked smugly by as I was on a no China buy and looking for that crispy Chick-fil-a sandwich and icy cherry Coke.
It must have been the sugar high. I convinced myself that since I had a gc leftover from Christmas to F21 that a purchase didn't count, because I received it before I made my New Year's Resolutions. See how that works? N0? I know, I'm pushing it.
So after combing the store, I stopped in my tracks, because there was the perfect "cozy" (what Moodboard calls something she can loll around in all day). Shaped like a military jacket, it is double breasted, pockets, with epaulets on the shoulders. The seams have raw edges and the collar and extra long sleeves(loooooove) have wire in them so you can bend and destroy the shape as desired. It has a plush jersey texture, 100% cotton(yes, believe it), and comes in a khaki brown color.
Best of all it, the Rugged Knit Coat is $34.80. Worst of all, it is made in China. And I bought it. I failed. But I'm back on the wagon trail.
So we are back from our trip to D.C., and I am exhausted. I am also the worst packer in the entire world. No matter how much I read up on the weather conditions and try to coordinate my wardrobe, I somehow am always thwarted by the trip goblins.
While I completely agree with Glamourai's post about packing your favorite pretties, I had been burned on my last vacation. On my honeymoon this summer the temperature which would normally be a beautiful 75 was a freakish 60. All my lovely items, my trousseau if you will, languished in my suitcase as I wore the same outfit pretty much everyday. Sadly, my favorite 7 yr old cashmere cardigan perished on the fourth day when the elbows finally gave out after being layered over so many items.
So for this trip, I thought I was smarter and packed more conservatively, especially as the events were more of a formal business nature. I picked pieces that could be interchangeable and work for day and night.
1. Issa Floating Feathers dress 2. J.Crew Victoria ruffle striped shirt 2. J.Crew Boyfriend Cardigan in Golden Cypress 4. Banana Republic black cashmere turtleneck sweater 4. J.Crew Double Serge pencil skirt in black 5. Chanel Mary Janes from F/W 08
I'm happy to say that each item was bought at a discount, and I got the Chanel shoes and Issa dress at the Saks wonderful 80% off sale. Unfortunately I didn't get to wear the pieces very much.
For dinner one night, I wore the Issa dress paired with black tights and a pair of old old old Nine West motorcycle boots with a flat lug bottom(not pictured).
For an event, I paired the double serge pencil skirt with the Victoria ruffle stripe shirt. I layered the golden cypress cardigan over the shirt and wore black tights with the Chanel Mary Janes.
1. Gap Favorite long sleeve t in a light grey heather 2. Old Banana Republic down puffer coat(not North Face as pictured) 3. Thrifted Victoria Secret ivory silk slip(similar in length to the one pictured) 4. Gap Favorite long sleeve t in white 5. Ugg classic short in grey 6. Target yoga pants
I always wear comfy cotton yoga pants to fly in, and pair them with a long sleeve tee or cami and a cardigan or wrap incase it gets cold.
As for outerwear I think everyone in the city was wearing the same black puffer jacket/Ugg combo. Not the most attractive, but it keeps you warm.
For the most part I wore the silk slip tucked into skinny jeans(not pictured), topped with both long sleeve t-shirts, and finally the cashmere turtleneck. I wore my tights under my jeans and wool socks over them. It was absurd trying to peel off all the layers every night but I'm a complete baby when it comes to the cold.
So I've tried packing all my favorites, and I've tried doing the basic wardrobe, and I think you just have to roll with the punches. If things don't work out it just gives you an excuse to shop on your vacation right?
Miss Moss turns 35 today! I thought I would leave off for the weekend with another one of my favorite Kate editorials. I will be leaving for DC tomorrow, but I'm going to try to post outfit shots from my hotel room through Wednesday if I have time. I have some Christmas presents that I've held back to wear just for this vacation.
I know that bed is over the top, but I love it. This editorial also feeds my current head feather/tiara fixation. Also, can we talk about that green wall? Gorgeous.
I love the juxtapositon of feminine masculine textures in the styling, the military jacket with chiffon dress, and the feather coat paired with black leather pants in the first image.
I know, you could live without being flashed by Kate Moss, but the nude pink of that tulle is killing me in a good way. Combat boots just upped the ante.
I know, I know, enough already with the stripes, but I'm a woman obsessed! This style of floor always bugged me and then, just like that, I love them. It doesn't hurt that I would be floating away in a bedroom with celadon green walls and ceiling to floor windows.
(Click to enlarge. Image scanned by Moodboard from Elle Decoration October 2002)
I know there have been arguments over open shelving in kitchens, and I'm on the pro-side. This kitchen would make me smile every morning. I have been dying little deaths all day over the wood chest next to the stove.
(Please click to enlarge image. Scanned by Moodboard from Elle Decoration October 2002)