Trends: Post Labor Day Whites & Already Missing Summer

It’s unbelievable the difference a week makes. Last weekend it was close to 90ºF in New York and just this weekend it was only hovering around the upper 60′s and low 70′s. The cold spike is already causing me to look back at our summer that was much too short. At least I have hours of NYFW slideshows to scan through, that feature trends which are already giving me hope for the seasons ahead. One apparent trend is the complete looks outfitted in layers of whites and off-whites, seen across the board, from high-end luxury labels to the contemporary designers. In my opinion, the best variations came from The Row where they experimented with wrapping textiles across the torso, and Lela Rose, who utilized luxe metallic patterned textiles, shaped into the ultra feminine, classic silhouettes – like fit and flair and A- lines.

The Row / Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

The Row / Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

The Row /Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

The Row /Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

The Row /Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

The Row /Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

The Row / Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

The Row / Image from / Photo courtesy of The Row

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Fashion: Rosemary Baby’s Inspires Altuzarra’s 2015 Spring RTW Collection


Altuzarra for Target, Look Book Cover

With Alturzarra being the next designer to partner with Target, (the collection hit stores on September 14th) I had to scope out their runway show for the 2014 New York Fashion week. With the first set of looks all in Gingham, I first remembered Prada’s collection from last year, then quite swiftly, Altuzarra’s personality came out to show the sexy play of purity and seduction. Slits are high, necklines low, exposing just the right amount of skin. What I find interesting however, is where he drew his inspiration from. The designer explained that he was looking to Rosemary’s Baby and Barry Lyndon for inspiration. “Both movies are so beautiful, but it’s an ill-fated, sinister beauty. Which I liked.” With that insight, I can see through patterns, textiles and colors moments from both of these films.

This summer I decided to re-watch Rosemary’s Baby to pull inspiration for interiors. Aside from being so well known for the story and Mia Farrow’s haircut, it is still relevant today in many ways. First, her hair, secondly, her wardrobe (clearly set in the sixties, but some pieces could easily be worn on today’s streets), and lastly, the interiors – the remodeling she does in that apartment is just gorgeous and classic.  How kindred did I feel to discover that he too was looking to this film for inspiration, even if it was for completely different genre of creative expression.

For Rosemary’s Baby, it’s undoubtably the gingham looks and perhaps the skirt suits that inspiration is drawn from. Also, there is a tangerine and white patterned dress in the collection that is reminiscent of a white and yellow dress that Rosemary wears in the film.

Rosemary’s Baby Inspired Looks


Image from / Photo: Kim Weston Arnold /


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To Do List: Kitchen



I’ve gone off on a tailspin recently focusing on major projects at work, making sure the store is as it’s best. At home I have several projects started that still need finishing. The number one thing on my To Do List… my kitchen. It’s a very slow and steady transformation. If you’re sick of reading about it, you can be sure I’m sick of talking about it. All the while, I’m remaining positive and hoping I can finish before winter is here!

kitchen_rendering_1 kitchen_rendering

On that list are:

Tile - Purchase tiling accessories & tile Back Splash

Floors – Finalize Design, purchase paint & paint

Wallpaper – Purchase & Install

Hardware - Purchase & Install

Mirror for Cabinet Doors - Purchase & Install

Wallpaper Back of Mirrors in Cabinet Doors

Walls – Paint remaining

Shelves - Make, Mount & Paint

Dishwasher - Purchase & Install

Refrigerator - Purchase & Install

Ceiling Light Fixture – Purchase & Install


As you can see, there’s still a lot more to do.


Thanks for reading.

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Christie’s Auction: Out of The Ordinary

Christie’s holding it’s second annual Out of the Ordinary sale, which will be held on September 3, 2014, featuring an eclectic selection of items – some incredible, featuring unconventional taste and joys. While there are some real oddities, I am most intrigued by the Zebracorns. They’re both beautiful and sad.

The live auction will be complemented by a curated internet auction, Out of the Ordinary: The Online Edit, live from 27 August thru 10 September. Both sales will be on extended public exhibition displaying the intriguing items for five weeks from 4 August until the auction on 3 September. 

More information regarding the auction can be found [here].

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