Friday, October 21, 2011

I can wiiiiivvvv e wibiniwiout tooo i can wiiiiiiiiiiiivvvv

first of all, this wasn't a Mariah Carey song to begin's a Harry Nilsson song.

I just had to share this with the world.

Beatle Fact Friday - Three Cool Cats

Both John Lennon and George Harrison were major cat lovers. John had three cats while growing up in Liverpool, Tim, Tich and Sam. Later John's mother had a cat she named Elvis. Elvis turned out to be a female, which they found out when she gave birth to a litter of kittens in the family's kitchen pantry.

When John was married to his wife Cynthia they had a cat named Mimi, after John's beloved aunt. Soon the two had a house full of cats - nearly ten total!

When John was with May Pang they had two cats - one black, the other white, named Major and Minor. After marrying Yoko and moving to New York, there were still many cats in John's life, one whose name was Jesus.

George Harrison was also a cat lover. He had two Siamese cats named Rupert and Jostick. George's wife Dhani tells a story of George mediating daily on a bench at the end of the Japanese garden in Friar Park. Apparently, all of the neighborhood cats would gather at his feet and quietly watch as George meditated.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bill Cunningham New York

If you haven't seen it already, SEE IT! Seriously, not only does it open your eyes to the god father of street fashion, but it paints a lovely, if not sad, profile of a man whose work is so prolific it is recognized world wide. In the words of Anna Wintour, "We all get dressed for Bill".

I could give a full review, but the documentary and Bill's legacy speak for themselves.
Check it out.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Web site.

Billy Reid

Hearts on Chains

Our friend, Terese, a talented makeup artist and jewelry maker, is embarking on a new creation - chained headpieces. They are a beautifully unique accessory.

Check out her blog: Hearts on Chains

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday is for Tips.

Put me in





waking is just a precursor the sleep anyway.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Still Mad About Plaid?

After the plaid resurgence of the early to mid 2000's, I thought we had put the trend to rest. Those years of Williamsburg hipsters bringing back grunge and plaid-ing it up, have made the print seem somewhat apropos. Apparently I am mistaken. Plaid has been named one of the number one fall trends this year -- but isn't it every year?

The difference now is that we are seeing more than just the lumberjack look of years past. We are now seeing sleeker styles and more elegant looks in the print. Also coming to light is the mixing of plaids. Now this can be a dangerous endeavor to say the least. There is SO much potential to go wrong here. In my opinion even the runway looks pictured above take it too far. I mean plaid shirt, skirt, AND boots? That's just plain plaid overload if you ask me!

What inspired this post is a picture I saw of plaid mixing done well. One of my favorite street fashion blogs, The Sartorialist featured a gorgeous image of a gorgeous woman taking plaid to a new high.

From the asymmetry of her blazer layered over her longer shirt, the look is a perfect example of sloppy chic. If you are going to mix and match you plaid, limit it to just two elements of your outfit. Any more is just too much. Also take a tip from this lovely lady and have some other corresponding elements to your outfit. For example, tan elbow patches that tie into your tan shoes and camel colored purse. That way the mixing of plaids is offset by a nice balance of color.

I still feel quite strongly that the 2000's saw a plaid OVERLOAD and I would be quite happy to only wear plaid for the sake of warmth in the winter months from now on. But if you are still into it, may I suggest just a bit of peek-a-boo plaid? Say a shoe like these Paul Smith booties...

Or just remain with the classics - keep your plaid plain with a classic scarf. May I even suggest sticking to a more muted plaid color pallet. This allows the print to bring dimension to a garment without overpowering the effect. Like it or leave it, seems like plaid is here to stay - so mix and match or keep it simple my friends.