Friday, May 28, 2010

Cool Girl's Style: Michelle Jank

I don't exactly have an affinity for blonds this week, but this one is too super cool to pass up. I spotted her on one of my new inspirational favs-Vanessa Jackman and made a mental note to google her later (Bing doesn't do it for me yet). Michelle Jank is an art student-turned model- turned designer- turned fashion world darling- turned jewelry designer- turned style icon. And just 33-this girl's been movin'.

1st spotted on Vanessa Jackman

Holy bib necklace!-not many people can pull that off, but she seems not to look too weighed down
This makes me want cool, long, piece-y bangs. Maybe it's time for a reemerged look.

a street style of one of her necklaces...

Sporting my ideal summer live-in-it-everyday uniform: summer dress and denim.

Some of the necklaces I need to reserve myself to just admire from afar. As in, on her they look stellar, but I would look like a circus clown with all those flowers around my neck. Here are two pieces I would love to rock though...spotted on Polyvore, available on Start London.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday Tabletop: Huh?

I'm musing over having a outdoor dinner party in my front yard. :Cue legions of mosquitoes descending on my block: Surfing around for a little inspiration last night, these are the only two things that ended up in my idea folder:

Rope doorstop from Ballard Design

Bone Collector Serving Platter from Tar-jay

Hhhuhhhh? Say what now?

Yes, apparently I'm going to be having a nautically-goth themed bash on the lawn.

Inspiration comes in all forms I guess.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Knock, Knock....Hello, I love you

Catching up on my blog posts from the past couple of weeks. I'm totally in L-O-V-E. love with this door that I spotted on Shelter. Do you all know Julie? She's 100% awesomeness and should definitely be in your Daily Reads.

How excited would you be to come home to this everyday? Could you have a bad day when you're coming home to this-no, I don't think so. If you do...well, get over it. There are starving children in Africa, ya know.

P.S: Thanks for the Hotness post. We (err, I mean I) needed it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sex and the Real Life City

Sometimes my life is too much like a Sex in the City episode even for my own good. Pull up a chair and order your eggs, ladies because here is the dish. It's a little story that goes something like this:

There once was a beautiful blogger. We’ll call her…Fabby. Who penned a fantastical blog, named….Lemongloss Peaks. Who met a man. We’ll call him…Aviators. And trotted off arm in arm.

Then one day there was a knock at the door and there stood Aviators with a bag full of every gift Fabby had given him. Including a tin full of yesterday’s birthday cupcakes (homemade devils food with hand-piped homemade vanilla butter cream frosting, of course), seemingly untouched. She should have just stopped him right there and saved herself the 30 minutes, but so is life. How does it go again, oh right…"it’s not you, it’s me." “I have a big career move that needs all my attention.” Aviators was nice enough about it, but let’s not sugarcoat things-dumped is dumped like yesterday’s trash.

Fabby did what any girl would and called her best girlfriend, Fab-Friendy, who high tailed it over with the nearest bottle of wine. You all know the next part….hugs exchanged; confidence boosting compliments about how fantastic you really are even if you feel like a squashed bug; and a rehashing of the events of the last hour. "Really, he had to bring the cupcakes back, how lame!"

The next day Fabby puts on her favorite pencil skirt, killer heels and trots herself off to her newly promoted job (Maybe there is some truth to that curse of 3’s) to kick ass in every way she knows how to at work.

Here’s where it gets good….

Ding goes the inbox and up pops a message from Aviators. Ladies, beware and learn from this: Apparently, as it turns out-in the Fab-Friendy commotion of hugs and wine and a recounting of the story, Fabby’s phone dials up Aviators—as in pocket dials totally by accident. The email from Aviators goes something like this: “Your phone called me just as Fab-Friendy was coming in the door last night and well…I heard your entire conversation.” Yes, that’s right. The 1 conversation between girlfriends that is never supposed to leave the room. He heard it...all of it, loud and clear through the phone. Nothing like a big bowl of hilariousness and humiliation for dinner.

But what kind of episode would this be if the credits rolled now...

Nothing boosts an awful day like a spin around your neighborhood Tar-jay. Snatching up some stylish bargains and feeling good, Fabby drops off Fab-Friendy and makes her way home. Pulling up to the corner, windows down-fresh air blowing and….wait….that looks like….Is that?....yes I think it is….there is Aviators standing on that very street corner, arm in arm with a tall, leggy, blond.

Right…it’s your career… need to focus…if only the timing was different. I certainly see how ALL of those things go with dating leggy blonds the very next night. Tacky-- since we’re not sugarcoating things. Read here for the life lesson: Just tell the truth, you’ll be a better person for not sacrificing the other person's feelings to spare your own.

Ok, so there are many life lessons here actually:
  • Fab Friends are life’s saving grace.
  • Make sure your killer, confidence boosting clothes are freshly dry cleaned at all times-You never know when you’ll need them.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your permission (thanks E. Roosevelt, we all need to remember that one).
  • Happiness is a choice that you can make everyday.

:Cue sweeping NY city shots and 4 impeccably dressed friends blasting out the doors of that café to take on the world:

No wonder these ladies always drink at breakfast!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Back to Basics: Living your way

I'm feeling a need to get back to basics. Flush out all of that extra business in life that just clutters everything up and edit down to those things I really love and just Here are some mantras that I keep repeating to myself:

1) Behind every great woman, is a fantastic desk!

2) Mixing prints makes life interesting

3) Just like a short man complex-Small spaces need BIG design to compensate

4) Know the things you will always love. For me it's contrasts of black and white

5) Twin beds DON'T have to be covered in Disney princesses

6) You can never have too many great chairs. They're like pasta-they are good mixed in with everything.

7) A few friends, some cocktail napkins, and a few little baubles makes dinner an event.
8) I need a pretty place to lay my head. Period, end of story.

9) If you love it, show it! Cabinet-smabnit

10) Who says you can't (insert wacky design idea here).

Images from top: Domino, Celerie Kemble, Domino, Amanda Nisbet, Amanda Nisbet, Elle Decor, Domino, Domino, Lonny, House and Garden, via Shelter, Martha Stewart, via Totally Tabletops, via Absolutely Beautiful Things, via A Life More Fabulous, Cottage Living, Domino, Domino, Ralph Lauren.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Street Style: Closet Clean-out Edition

This weekend, I'm tackling the unabashed and unforgiving clean out of the 8 square feet that seem to rule my life. I am not a pack-rat by any means, but when it comes to clothing, I tend to keep things long past their prime just because they still fit and I *might* wear it one day. And my all time M.O. is to move things between piles, "give away", "keep", "alter", until they make no sense and I just hang the items back up.

But NOPE, not this time. I have 2 handy resources that are going to keep me in line. 1) A just as unabashed and unforgiving friend who will tell me straight up that no matter how much I love that shirt from the 90's, I would look a ridiculous mess in it now and 2) A big poster board with all kinds of style inspiration to keep me moving forward.

(Some of the images have no sources, as I didn't initially intend them for the blogosphere, sorry. If you recognize one, send me the name and I'll happily post it.Two sources I went back to often for inspiration were Vanessa Jackman's super cool blog and Lucky Magazine's Style Spotter)

Kate Spade

Go International for Target

Chicago Home and Garden

Apparently, I have a slightly unhealthy admiration for Ann Hatchway's style. I guess there are worse things-like my unhealthy admiration for happy hour and Oreos.