Monday, September 28, 2009

uh oh


I already fell for these in black. But baby blue suede? Go ahead and try to tell me they don't complete my look for fall.


Are hipsters still on Facebook? Rly?

This otherwise rad illustration by Samantha Hahn (and the companion story from the September issue of Mankind Mag) spurs me to ask....

Because I thought Facebook was o-v-e-r. But I'm too old to be a hipster. What do I know?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I may have found my look for fall

Via duke and larn

p.s. H-town thinks that Gossip Girl has gone down the tubes now that high school is over, but I'm still into it. Pls discuss.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


And of course, the Prada shoes. Afton will you please stop being so cool?

(Photos by Alyson of unruly things)

Actually, I'm pretty sure I have more to say about this wedding...

P, you're killing me.

Are you gonna wear the dress?

p.s. I promised myself I'd stop ranting about J. Crew, but here is a more articulate rant...if anyone is interested.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Let's bring Victorian back

With an 80's crop-top twist? I'm feelin it.

From dakotasvintage via etsy wedding

I have resisted the crop so far, but Genevieve is weakening my defenses.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Here's a rad way to keep track of your wedding expenses

Draw them.

Images by Kate Bingaman-Burt via Nibs*

*I was so glad to see Nibs back up I just scrolled all the way through Martha B's wedding archives.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I want to be more like John Waters

I already linked to this article once, back when I though it was hilarious that John Waters used Crème de la Mer(de). But here's what really stuck with me:

Waters is unusually regimented. He wakes up at exactly 6:10 every morning and reads newspapers and drinks tea until 8. He starts writing “right at eight o’clock—not 8:01, not 7:59,” and works until lunchtime. Waters is rigidly devoted to these morning sessions, and his hired wife plans his travel accordingly. He will go somewhere a day early or stay a day late rather than fly in the morning, even if it means staying at an airport hotel, “because I need to write five days a week,” he says firmly. “As far as I can remember I have done that, at least for 25 years. I most never miss a day."

I've been making excuses, but it's time to develop a regime. (I.E. lay off Twitter in the morning?!)

(Photo by Nan Goldin for New York Magazine)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I watch too much TV

Way too much TV. Especially when there are other more important things I should be doing.

But I won't lie, I'm pretty stoked that Jason Schwarztman's new HBO series, Bored to Death, premieres this Sunday.

Here he is rocking Band of Outsiders (via Vain and Vapid)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

put the giant flowers on your SHOES

I am so digging these vintage linen shoe clips* by b. poetic.

You can snap em up in red and white from her Etsy store (or put in a custom order).

And be sure to check out her blog.

*A rad alternative to, you know, putting the damn flower on your head.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Treasures, Wings (gift ideas for ring bearers and flower girls)

Heidi asked me:

Hey, Just curious if you have any ideas for gifts for the kids in a wedding. We have 2 ring bearers and 2 flower girls that are nieces and nephews and we want to get them something small that doesn't suck.. We talked about finding cool wooden toys that they could keep... but we're just a couple of weeks from the wedding and I don't know when or where we could find them. Any thoughts on a cool alternative?

Since I certainly can't claim to be an expert on kids (I don't hate them, I just don't hang out with them very often) I decided to call in the Kid Whisperer herself: Amanda of First Milk. Below are her lovely suggestions.

In my mind, the best gifts for littles are simple, charming. So. A smattering of small things that do not suck for loving-up flower girls, ring bearers and other tiny guests.

1. Costumes. I buy a lot of these for small friends, and find they lend themselves to whimsy without creating chaos. I've had great success with capes for running fastly in (I like these from Little Adventures) and wings (feathered or fairy) for spinning about as the evening grows dark. And any costume shop should have a good selection of the sorts of hats, crowns, noses and masks that make littles grin.

2. Soothing pretties. For favors homemade and sweet, I direct you to Peonies and Polaroids' gifts for her own tiny wedding guests: A squidgy bunny for the tiniest little, and a sweet, homemade bag with wax crayons and coloring pages for another. If you're not a DIYer, you might find a
jellycat friend, like this junglie spotty giraffe, or a pleasant puppet. Such lovely presents would make me behave splendidly.

3. Treasures in a tin box. Littles love small treasures, and I would wager that a quick trip to your local toy store would turn up all sorts of classic, party-appropriate friends: finger puppets, mustaches, pinwheels and pig noses, bubbles and brave knights. For what is better than a box of treasures for no one but you?

(Image by pfotos)

This just in: It's bad for your health to sleep in the same bed?!

Apparently our discussion is timely. My research assistant (aka my mom) just sent more data: According to a Sept. 9 article from the BBC News, "Couples should consider sleeping apart for the good of their health and relationship."

Um. I personally would rather stick to occasionally sleeping apart.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sometimes my husband sleeps on the couch

Some nights he falls asleep there and my attempts to rouse him are futile.

Some nights he "naps" there on and off until dawn while he does godknowswhat on his computer(s).

Last night I asked to him to move over so many times (BEDHOG) that he grabbed his pillow and stormed into the living room.

I used to get upset that we didn't sleep all night every night in the same bed together. There's the whole mythology that if somebody's on the couch something must be wrong in the relationship... But it works for us.


I will admit I'm looking forward to the day we've got a bedroom that can accommodate a queen size bed. My sweetie likes to sprawl.

(Photo by Kate Hutchinson)

I certainly have no interest in Scarlett Johansson's collaboration with Pete Yorn. But damn those are good pigtails.

Photo by Jim Wright ripped from New York Magazine

In other news, I have finally learned to use our scanner. Could the juicer be next??

Sunday, September 6, 2009

DIY Haircut

Or, rather, do-it-with-your-friend haircut.

Clare of The Style Diaries enlisted her best friend Cindy (who is not trained as a stylist) to chop off all her hair. The result? Slammin.

You may remember I have DIY haircut fantasies a la Patti Smith. Or Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. For now, there's no way I'm letting go of Alexis. But maybe I'll train H when we run off to Barcelona or Berlin or wherever.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Would someone pls do an Alice in Wonderland Wedding?

I personally would like to see more headpieces on groomsmen.

Photos by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue via Ilovelolliblog

p.s. These crazyfabulous dresses make me think of blushless, which just launched an online shop. Liv does custom colors, so I'm sure blue would be no probs.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Personalizing a Catholic Wedding

You guys, I need your help. Vanessa emailed me with this dilemma:

i'm having a catholic wedding - not our first choice, but we have to make our families happy as well - and part of the ceremony is they place a "unity cord" (in the shape of the figure 8). the ones that i've seen used in our culture's weddings are rope-like or rosary-like looking, which i'm not too keen on.

i was wondering if you can suggest something that we can do that aren't so ugly (i mean, rope? to what, hang ourselves with?) or too religious (fiance and i are not really religious, i mean, we have our own way of expressing our beliefs).

When H-town and I were in the early stages of thinking about our ceremony, I got excited about the Mexican wedding tradition of a lasso made of orange blossoms. (You can read about the tradition on this assy website, but be sure to mute your computer before clicking through.) Apparently orange blossoms symbolize fertility and happiness, though my thought at the time was to ask my aunt to use flowers from her garden.

We didn't end up doing it, but I still like the idea. Has anyone done something similar? Or do you have other suggestions to offer?

I searched high and low for a good photo of a floral lasso, but no dice. I def wasn't gonna post this.