This Old House

This Old House

Almost four years ago, we downsized and moved to a more modest house next door – yes, next door. With our third child about to go away to school, my husband understandably decided that we didn’t need such a large and expensive-to-run house any more. Rationally it made sense. Emotionally, it was another story. I had put my heart and soul into renovating our house. Those hefty files filled with tearsheets and notes had finally found a purpose. I had spent years preparing for just such an opportunity and relished every moment. We lived in a rental dubbed “our lady of the four garages” (as you might glean from the name, a house that was 3/4 car port and 1/4 living space) while every day I visited our project as it developed into my dream.…

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Christie’s Cache

Christie’s Cache

There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Christie’s all day jewelry auction on October 20th in NYC. People seem to be talking about three pieces in particular. Two will appear in the morning session, entitled Jeweled Elegance: The Eye of A Distinguished Collector, an exceptional private collection encompassing over 160 signed pieces from the very best houses.The first is a Bulgari ring – a two-stone ring featuring a rare, almost 11 carat triangular shaped vivid blue diamond and an almost 10 carat matching white diamond. Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s jewelry expert explained “”Vivid blue is the strongest and purest saturation in any colored diamond.…

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Lanvin at H&M Update

Lanvin at H&M Update

A video for the Lanvin H&M collaboration will debut at HM.com on November 8. In the meantime, I just found out, via fashionista.com, that a fun little preview can be seen here:

The collection will be in stores on November 23rd!

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Waris Wares

Waris Wares

photo by evan sung

If you are going to be in NYC this week, you might want to stop by an intriguing pop-up store open only until October 17th. It is the brainchild of the amazing Waris Ahluwalia. A modern renaissance man, you may know him from his parts in Wes Anderson films and I am Love, as the founder of House of Waris fine jewelry, as co-author of the popular To India With Love (published to benefit his charity Mumbai We Got Your Back)  or merely as a ubiquitous fixture on the New York and Hollywood social scenes.…

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Pink Glove Dance

Pink Glove Dance

Even though this wonderful video has had almost 12 million viewers and has been featured in newspapers and on the news around the country, I had never seen it until today (on Women’s Voices for Change). The Pink Glove Dance was made in Portland, Oregon by Emily Somers and the workers at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as a breast cancer awareness fundraiser to help promote the new Pink Generation gloves manufactured by her employer, Medline, the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies. Medline donates $1 of every case purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund mammograms for individuals who cannot afford them.…

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Shoe Shine

Shoe Shine

Photo by Napoleon Habeica

The other day, my sister was waiting for the elevator and happened to admire the shoes the woman next to her was wearing. It turns out the woman, Andrea Vargas Deippa, just happened to be the designer of the shoes and is half of her eponymous company, Dieppa Restrepo. After checking it out, I knew I had to share.

Photo by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Vargas Dieppa and her partner, Elisa Restrepo hail from Columbia. Inspired by classic menswear styles, their unisex shoes are “refined, androgynous and elegant…beautiful and simple enough for the chic and fashion-minded, yet comfortable and durable enough for their contemporary urban lifestyle”.…

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Dazzled at Dior

Dazzled at Dior

While researching my pink post yesterday, I wandered over to Dior to see what they had to offer. I was so amazed with everything, that I had to post about it. Much of the Dior jewelry is unrestrainedly fantastical. It is the stunning work of creative director Victoire de Castellane, with whom you may already be familiar for her devil may care attitude on the Parisian social scene.

She was brought to Dior’s Haute Joaillerie department in 1998 after fourteen years designing costume jewelry at Chanel. Since then, she has continued to create the most inventive collections that range from elite sophistication to childlike wonder.…

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Posting Pink

Posting Pink

I missed the big day for posting pink last Friday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But, inspired by Mrs. Blandings, who initiated the annual campaign, and all the other bloggers who participated, I believe late is definitely better than never. Although you’ve heard this a million times, I must say it again – it is so very important to support this worthy cause and to keep up with your regular exams both at home and at the doctor’s. I lost a dear friend to this disease several years ago who said she had been too busy at work to get her regular mammogram.…

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What Type Are You?

What Type Are You?

Pentagram is one of the most prestigious and creative design firms in the world (you might say the quintessence of design firms). They create everything from books to architecture to packaging – really everything. And it’s all incredible. If you check out their site you will be amazed at the breadth and quality of their work. I happened upon this clever  little creation of theirs – whether you are a design type or not, I think you’ll enjoy it. :-)

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