October 31, 2011

A Haunted Halloween to You!

What a fantastic Halloween weekend!  And it's still not over.   Went to a fantastic party on Saturday with the kids, and we all really went out.. even in the snow!   Pictures to follow this week.   But here I wanted to show you my half baked (but not really) Haunted Halloween House the boys and I made.   Based on Martha Stewart's Gingerbread Halloween House from 2002 we created one out of cardboard instead of gingerbread... because really, who has time to make sheets of gingerbread and cut it to template. So we "winged" it.   I had stored the box with all the candy and templates in a cabinet for 10 years!   I lost the instructions and could not find them anywhere on line.  And I couldn't find any suitable pictures, except one, which someone else did.  So again, we "winged" it. And I just let the kids have at the glue gun and stale candy.   Then end results?  Fantastic!!!

An old Zara box comes in handy...

a little left over black paint works for the base...

Two capable kids and two very hot glue guns.

A tray full of very old licorice which seems to appeal to the Danish even if it is 10 years old

The finished results.

October 27, 2011

My Lovely Brown Boots

These are one of my favorite boots I picked up two years ago...  
I can't remember who makes them, but I do remember I got them from Anthropology.   
I know, I could go look at the label.. but I'm too lazy. It's raining heavy outside
and I just feel like laying here on my bed while I read e-mails, and check out
all my favorite blogs.

October 22, 2011

The Days of Random Exposure under the Guise of Art.

Or some other such nonsense one does during art school.

Don't ask me what my original idea was here.  All I remember is that I had my roommate take these poloroids of me while I played the accordian naked.   I don't play the accordian, by the way.  It has something to do with me seeking out my Polish heritage.   But most importantly, trying to get into the pants of some hot colledge boy I was trying to hook up with.   Turns out he bailed on me, so my roommate stepped in.   I think I eventually got my hands into his pants, but not on this day.

Yes, I was young, naive and directionless.  A mere 23 years of age.   But I was never shy of nudity.  In fact somewhere there is a photo of me walking nude through the woods of Griffith Park, in L.A.  I did quite a few "modeling" gigs for fellow class mates:  I wore a lampshade as a skirt once, wrapped a python named Cleo around my neck, posed for over an hour naked with my arm pointed up in the air for a painting... well the list goes on.   

I was never  paid.  At the most I received a print.   That wasn't the point.  I just liked to model, for the fun of it.  And now, I have a book filled with these odd prints.   I think I'll pull out a few, every now and then, and share them.

October 21, 2011

A Personal Look at Daryl K's New Spring/Resort Collection

I was really looking forward to my visit with Trish O'Callaghan, who works PR for Daryl Kerrigan on her amazing line.   I've always been a big fan of Daryl's clothing, even before I met her. In the early 90's I had a couple of pairs of her cool pants.  No one did pants like Daryl.   So I was excited to get a close look at the new spring/resort collection she has tucked away in her showroom.  The most exciting part of her new collection–besides the cut and great draping–are the prints which were done in collaboration with New York artist Spencer Sweeney.  

I love the inspiration wall above.  The fabulous brush strokes.  Some of my favorite photos from the look book below.

Here we go!  The asymmetrical cuts, the use sweeneys art as design, silky tunics, silky harem pants with a new cut and her iconic leather leggings...  Um, let's just say, they are ALL on my wish list.

Shoes.  Did I mention shoes?  These tan, red and black sandals, look great just lining the wall. Can you picture them in your closet?  Why, in.  Put them out!  They need to be seen.  And worn.  

Trish models my favorite fanny pack, worn on the shoulder. A shoulder pack! Seriously. This color is delicious. I'm seeing Red. 

Love these red shorts above.   I have to say, I find it extremely frustrating not to be able to wear these now!  Why wait for spring!  I would wear these clothes all year round. And the reason is, you could layer them!   And the colors. While they work in the spring for the weight, the color is so versatile.  It speaks to me now.

So of course, I couldn't make it out with a purchase.. or two. The above dress is from her fall collection, which I saw at her runway show back in February. So funny, that it's now accessible. And I have to wait for the new stuff till February!

Oh the Fashion world! They keep us waiting, don't they!

October 19, 2011

100 Years of Style and Dance

I can't remember where I came across this. But I saved it for a rainy day. And boy is this a rainy day.

October 18, 2011

Fall/Winter Wardrobe: Vintage Baby!

Last Spring I picked up few amazing pieces at 1 of a Find, a vintage store in Brooklyn. I always find something perfect, and unique there. I think these pieces could be worn all year round, but right now, I'm putting them in my fall/winter category.

October 12, 2011

Looking back at "What I did this Summer"

Didn't we all?   Well it seems it's been going around: Friendship bracelets, and more.   And not just for the tweens and teens, but for Moms too.  I purchased the skulls at the bead shop on Smith Street and braided them into the colors.  I've always loved Day of The Dead themes, and these very much have that feeling.  

I have plans to make a chain bracelet...  I'll show you when I ever get around to it.

October 8, 2011

Fall/Winter Wardrobe: Sequins

New fall/winter Sequin Jacket from Zara online: Polyester Darling $129.00. 

I don't think I need to explain the need for this little jem.   It fits wonderfully.  Can't wait to wear it. I would wear it with jeans to work–– my studio space which is one girl cookie or some other local cafe.

October 6, 2011

Hola Piñata!

Yesterday was my Birthday, and I celebrated in style. 

My darling husband put together a quick little party for me; with tapas and a Piñata! I couldn't have asked for anything more sweet and fun!  I whacked that Piñata good, and did some serious damage. 

I wish I had more pictures.. but alas, it's fun sometimes to just enjoy the moment and not live it through a lens.  But just a few friends stopped by, and dazzled me with their lovely outfits!  They all know how much I love to dress up!!

 I'm wearing my vintage 80's lace flapper dress with my friend's Jill Sander fur wrap.  She acquired it dirt cheap at one of our school auctions!  I wanna know where I was when she grabbed this baby. I would fought her over it.  Although I'm not sure I would have known what to wear it with, but as it turns out it looks fab with this dress!

October 1, 2011

Vintage on the Hudson

There is a lovely store in Cold Springs that I stop in when I'm there called Poma Rosa. It is stocked with very chic items. Patricia, the owner, has an great eye for vintage: mid-century decor and '70s clothing. Over the summer I bought these cool vintage sunglasses, and this polka dot jumper, pictured below. Here you'll also see Victoria modeling a sequin top. She has too many, so we wouldn't let her purchase it.

Next time your in town, check it out. I have a few other favorites that I'll share... eventually.

Poma Rosa Antiques
82 Main St
Cold Spring, NY 10516