- 2nd March
- 18th February
- 13th February
Before Heath, the Oscar noms and the pixie cut, Michelle Williams was another girl who looked familiar because she used to be on a tv show. Around NYC, including our Pilates class, most people didn’t seem to notice her. She was a bit of an outsider. And I sort of think she liked it.
A few years later she became known as one of our generation’s finest actresses and awesome style setters.
I love the newly released images of her for Boy By Band of Outsiders. They capture her allure and aloofness, and yes, outsider-ness, in that way that she is able to transform beyond her name and identity and enter the roles she plays.
[images from The Cut]
- 9th February
- 8th February
As with living in NYC, I go through phases with Paris. Sometimes I think it is so overly lauded and other times I want to move there. Thanks to my quickie weekend trip last year at this time, I’m fully in the latter camp these days. Paris, even when gray, has a certain allure that February in NYC just doesn’t have. So it would seem fitting that during my daydreams and realistic quests for how-in-the-heck-are-we-going-to-live-in-Paris-when-we-haven’t-the-slightest-skillz-at-parlez le français research, I’d see this the interwebs going crazy for Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, a new book of 100 city images by artist Vahram Muratyan.
The simplicity of the images are impactful, artful and—hey, guess what—sort of true.
Although, some super fashiony people may take umbrage with the Superheros one, as it features Karl V MJ, who actually spends most of the year living and working in Paris. JS.
Of course, the travel writer in me adores the CDG V JFK print. I’d love to frame it over that bar cart I’m going to get, someday.
- 24th January
- 10th December
I’ll be here all weekend! The Bust Magazine Craftacular Stop by and shop. Buy stuff for pressies or yourself. It’s all hand-made by people way more talented then me, like the awesome, vintage-inspired accessories by my sissy ARIA by Alison. She’s so cool, she’s been featured in Lucky, Fashionista and Bridal Guide.
- 30th November
- 5th August
On Wednesday after a no good, very horrible day, Husband told me to treat myself to a blow out. In keeping with the theme of the day, it promptly deluged as soon as my hair became fluffed and flattered. I managed to salvage it with an artful tie of a scarf and a complimentary umbrella, but had I known about the new Braid Bar by John Barrett in Bergdorfs maybe I wouldn’t have needed such an intricate fix. I also would have spent just as much—$45—on a fantastic solution to my overgrown shag.
[photo from New York Magazine]
- 3rd August
- 2nd August
- 28th July
- 11th July
Our experience was amazing, fantastic, spectacular, awesome, outrageously wonderful.
Honestly, the VIP stay was more than we could have ever envisioned. Thank you and thanks to the entire MO team for making our (way too short) stay one of the best we’ve ever had in the entire world.”
That was my thank you note to the folks at the Mandarin Oriental New York after Husband and I experienced the VIP three-hour extravaganza. Honestly, I don’t even know how to review the treatment, it was so spectacular. So I suppose I should just tell you like it is:
1. Husband didn’t really want to go to the spa, but when I told him there’d be cake he signed on. (I didn’t actually know there was going to be cake, but I imagined so…and boy, was that chocolate mousse thing decadent.) He also liked the fact that we’d have an enormous spa suite to ourselves.
2. We spent nearly an hour in a bubble-filled jetted tub and sparking steam shower-for-two.
3. The customized massages lasted two fantastic hours. Husband declared it was the best he’s ever had! He thanks the very detailed questionnaire. I’d agree with that, but I’d also point to the traditional foot bath we received before getting on the tables.
4. Our evening concluded with a spicy meal of glazed tofu (me) and curried shrimp (him), along with some miso soup, veggie dumplings (among my top 5 foods in the world) and the coldest natural spring water. We chilled on the traditional Thai bed in fluffy robes and just smiled.
5. The entire next day everyone I saw said I was glowing….
And there you have it.
[photos from the Mandarin Oriental, New York]
- 22nd June
A few weeks ago, every home-slash-design blogger I follow swooned about this amazing reno of a Ft. Greene brownstone by JP Warren Interiors and Kimberly Neuhaus. There were lots of rounds of applause from many readers, but as commenters are wont to be many pshawed this bathroom for the fact that it seemed a bit frivolous and quite unrealistic. To which I say what you talkin’ about Willis? I adore the entire package. That wallpaper is simply genius. And I admire the design team’s coolio ability to blend old-school brownstone accoutrement (wood work, inlaid floors and hola, sr. fireplace) with sleek mod. action—yes, that tub. It’s all about that fabulous tub. Who can’t picture herself Calgoning it there for days on end?
- 21st June
Have I mentioned that I’m about as outdoorsy as the Empire State Building? I like the idea of being outside, but at the end of the day, there I stand unlike anything around me, all mod and sparkly. Which is why so many of my Daydream Destination picks are all about being sort of outside but still getting seriously pampered. The fabulous Dunton Springs in Colorado is no exception. The rugged, yet posh hideaway is actually a renovated former ghost town complete with a saloon, spa, 12 personal cottages and a chapel. Hello, adorbs destination wedding spot! Oh and did I mention the private winery? Yep, this place is one that I’d like to set up camp. Maybe I’ll go in the fall and try some kayaking, walking around the in the glorious surrounding natural setting and, you know, rewarding myself afterward with a soak in the “town’s” natural hot springs. Maybe I am a little outdoorsy after all…
[Photos from Dunton Springs]