January 28, 2010

Winter Still Awhile

Yesterday was a lovely day around DC; the kind that makes you go outside and sweep the walk and watch the birds and dream of spring. Will there be snow tomorrow?
photo via OSU archives on flickr

January 27, 2010

January 26, 2010

Must Have New Old Timey

 Checking out Apartment Therapy, I clicked on these sweet teacups and bowls at elsa+sam Dishware Boutique in my beloved Portland. The old-fashioned graphics and brilliant glaze by Circa Ceramics look solid and touchable like dominoes and piano keys.

January 25, 2010

January 21, 2010

Pierre Cardin on Etsy

Pierre Cardin on Etsy clockwise from top-
 Each piece is easy to wear and so luxe; the best of the 80s without any fuss.

New In Clover Vintage

It isn't often one finds flawless vintage clothing. I have a perfect ruffled shirt in my shop today by Judy Bond that dates from the early 60s. She is a lovely, lovely thing.

January 20, 2010

French Martini Recipe

Last Saturday I had a French Martini for the first time. What a nice cocktail!

4 ounces Vodka
1 ounce Chambord
5 ounces Pineapple juice
Ribbon of lemon peel
Crushed ice

Chill 2 martini glasses.

Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake and pour into chilled glasses. Garnish each with lemon peel.

January 12, 2010

Light Blue Year

A new year and a new color scheme: On filmmaker Wim Wender's official website, I was doing research about the documentary he made about legendary Japanese Director, Yasujiro Ozu called Tokyo Ga. There is no DVD as yet; however, I moseyed to Wender's gallery of photography and came across #49 The Orange Building, Havana! Seems I found the color scheme I've been leaning toward for the last 10 days. The same light blue keeps turning up.

Wender's Picture Haiku

Some colors were reoccurring
all the time in Havana.
The explanation I was given
for all those cars
of the same light blue, was
that a couple of years ago
blue had been the only paint available.
There had been green or yellow years as well.

January 11, 2010

Zuni Fancy

Gorgeous turquoise earrings and cuffs - I love the patterns and every earthy detail!

January 9, 2010

Semillon Emergency

I went to Dean and DeLuca in Georgetown recently to buy a bottle of Semillon. I wanted to recreate a memorable lunch Guy and I had at the restaurant Solitary in Leura, NSW ages ago. We lunched on chestnut celery root soup with porcini oil and a gorgeous bottle of Semillon! I searched for a bottle of Tyrrell's or Tulloch Semillon to go with this home made version of the chestnut soup.

There wasn't a single bottle in the place; not even a blend! Too bad because the nutty, honey flavor of the Semillon complements the chestnut soup in an extraordinary way!
The hunt is on, I will find you.

Before our amazing lunch, we visited the Mt. Tomah Botanic Garden, where I snapped this photo of Puya berteroniana, an incredibly gorgeous and striking plant with true turquoise blooms!

January 8, 2010

Chloe Malle

Vanity Fair online is a blast to visit and today I took a break and caught up on vitals of the lovely Chloe Malle, only child of the talented and beautiful Candy Bergen. Here is the scoop on Chloe via VF-

Bright Young Things

Chloe Malle observes New York.

January 2010

Name: Chloe Malle. Age: 24. Hometown: New York City. Secondary School: Riverdale Country School. College: Brown University. Occupation: Writer. Favorite Books: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith; The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, by Rainer Maria Rilke; Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Causes: The Achilles Track Club; Dr. Rick Hodes’s work at the Mother Teresa mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Favorite spot in the world: “The sofa at my sister’s apartment in Paris watching Disney movies with my five-year-old niece.” Ambitions: “To publish a novel; to get a master’s in public health; to travel the world and write about the people I meet along the way.” Would love to have dinner with: “My parents” (Candice Bergen and Louis Malle). You can never have too many: Glue sticks, cheeseburgers, bookshelves, friends. One day I hope to: “Learn to be patient, know my left from my right, enjoy eating green vegetables, live in Paris again, be regarded as a faithful friend.”

January 7, 2010

Your Own Personal Paul and Joe

Reach out and touch the prairie! This collection reminds me of the Depeche Mode Video Personal Jesus
Sophie Albou's Spring 2010 Collection is heading west.
Buckskin, beads, breastplates with bird effigies and a little Miss Kitty complete the look.

January 6, 2010

Etsy Urban Frontier - Becky Drolen Vintage


 Becky Drolen Vintage on Etsy is a store where you'll find the up on urban-frontier trend! This collection is spot on - way to go Becky!

January 5, 2010

Vintage Florida

We left the snowy and frigid Mid Atlantic for a couple of days to travel toward the sun in South Carolina and Florida for the new year. Our family hasn't spent any time in the panhandle of Florida and we found beautiful beaches and gorgeous light - I really miss the bright light where we live now and this trip really cured that. Along the stretch between Panama City and lovely Rosemary Beach there was a little seashell souvenir shop. It was FILLED with old and new shells, gorgeous bleachy corals and a helpful shopkeeper.

January 4, 2010

Resolution - Wild Caught!

photo via style.com

JULIEN MACDONALD fashion designer -

"My own resolution is that I'm going to try to be more adventurous with my own clothes and ditch black. My advice to everyone else is to enjoy their clothes. Go shopping – it doesn't all have to be designer. We have been blessed with one of the best high streets so I say go for it and be wild."

These cocktail dresses look wild and I love 'em!

January 3, 2010

Xtabay - Best Dresses of 2009

Harold Levine Chiffon Evening Gown

Fab Draping

Divine Simplicity

Chloe Print Silk - Best of the Bunch!

Glamorous Elizabeth Gross, Xtabay Vintage

 Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique in Portland is a sumptuous fantasy of a store that I've not had the pleasure to shop while visiting my beloved city. The timing just hasn't been right. I love the beautiful dresses that are featured on proprietress Elizabeth's blog! These are my four favorite looks from her "Best Dresses of 2009" list. Enjoy!

January 2, 2010

Etsy Blue Deux

craftycrowvintage via Etsy does it again with this FABULOUS preppy dress
for warmer days in our shiny new year!