Saturday, July 31, 2010

Plaza Hotel opens Eloise suite.

eloise1 Imagine being Eloise and having  the Plaza Hotel create a room in your honor! Really cool, right? Alright, Eloise is actually not real, but she is that wonderful  fictional character who is the heroine in the book, Eloise, authored by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. It’s no surprise that it would be designer, Betsey Johnson, who would bring this Eloise inspired suite to life. Her styles/designs are always full of whimsy and are literally “out of this world.”
eloise1st eloise2 eloise3 eloise4 Look at all this pink! Perfect for your little princess/princesses, right? The bed is covered in a pink “Betseyville Rose” print and the walls feature pink striped paper.  Eloise portraits adorn the walls and a sparkly pink chandelier hangs from the ceiling.  In the closet, little princesses will find pink bathrobes which they can take home with them. 

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Whoa! Wait, don’t pack your bags yet!:-). You see, the suite (which comprises two rooms) starts at $995 a night; to add an adjoining room for grown-ups, the nightly rate begins at $2,045. Lucky for me, I don’t have a princess who is going to bug me about spending a night there( because i have a baby boy!). In any case, this is way out of my range so even if i had a princess, a stay at this suite would never happen. Unless of course, i were living like the rich and the famous.  What are your thoughts my friends?

{images via shine.yahoo.com, article via the NYT}

Friday, July 30, 2010

Milestone.

lovely2  I am still  “revved up” from the effects of yesterday. I was able to have some “me” time for the first time in months.  I labeled this post milestone because I actually left baby Zion with a sitter for the first time last night. That’s a definite milestone for me. He’s now 16 months old and it was still very difficult for me to leave him. However, i was comforted by; 1. the fact that the sitter is a daughter of a trusted coworker and 2. that baby Z would have been asleep the entire time( he usually has an early bedtime). I’m sure you’re wondering so what did you do? I went to the movies with one of my dearest  girlfriends and we saw Inception!  Most of you have probably already seen it. That movie was truly awesome! It definitely makes you think and…, ok, maybe i shouldn’t say much more about the details just in case i may ruin it for someone who hasn’t seen it yet. So, i’ll highlight the men’s fashion in the movie and my crush on Marion Cotillard(who played a female character in the movie) instead.

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Seriously, i cannot recall a scene where the men weren’t wearing dashing suits or where they weren’t impeccably attired. They were some well dressed bad a$$ men and I loved watching them wield their weapon in a suit:-).

marion1 And of course, there was Marion Cotillard, the Oscar winning renowned French actress. You might remember her from La Vie en Rose, Nine, or Public Enemies.  She’s quite enigmatic.

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She’s not only drop dead gorgeous, but she’s also a talented actress who exudes some type of gravitational force that pulls you in when you watch her on screen! If you haven’t seen Inception yet, i say go out and see it this weekend. You won’t regret it! Happy Friday my friends! xo

{via 1. justbespendid.tumblr, 2. movies.yahoo.com, others(Marion)-Vogue.com}

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jamie Drake’s colourful apartment.


It’s no surprise to me that Jamie Drake of Drake design would be fearless with colour. He has a portfolio that is filled with gorgeous colourfully designed spaces. In retrospect, as i look at his apartment, it would have made a great addition to my purple love post earlier this week. The New York City apartment is infused with vibrant explosions of magenta, yellow, pink, turquoise and a more sober orchid. The talented Connecticut native has turned a staid 1895 loft into an out-pouring of sensual sophistication. “I’ll try anything,” he says. “Shapes, colors, textures; juxtaposition can be thrilling.” I love a designer who is fearless and willing to experiment:-).

1920s chairs and a gilded, turn-of-the-century “throne” covered in Donghia fabric proudly hold their ground in a living room that feels distinctly contemporary.
A Louis XVI reproduction chair in Glant’s chocolate-brown silk velvet, above, sides a 1960s bookcase from a Paris clothing store.

“I love it when the eye dances from space to space,” Drake says. “Color will lead you to where you’re supposed to look.”


With the long, narrow configuration of the apartment footprint, Drake incorporated a number of circular forms. In the more subdued dining area, chairs from John Boone surround a round table by J. Robert Scott.

In the master bedroom, Clarence House zebra fabric covers the bed custom designed by Drake.


According to the feature article, Drake covered the guest room’s headboard in ivory horsehair and antique nailheads. From a petite hand-painted screen to the grass-green lamp, and the jewel tones of an antique mirror and F. Schumacher draperies, Drake embraces color back and forth. I doubt one can be sad in an apartment like this, right? So fun!

{via feature in Florida Design Magazine}

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wedding in nature.

"It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary."
Paulo Coelho

This week seems to be going by so quickly, at least for me it does.  I can’t believe that it’s already Wednesday! Today, my inspiration comes from a backyard wedding that i saw on this wedding site. The wedding was held in the backyard of the bride’s parents and was officiated by the groom’s brother. I love everything about this wedding; the setting, the simplicity, the fashion, the colourful chairs that flank the tables, the casual air that seems to be present that i’m sure made guests feel at ease and ready to “bust a move.” Don't you just love this?  Happy Wednesday to everyone! xo




So cool! The guests played kazoos to the Beatles Ob-li-di, Ob-li-da as they walked out!



 
To see more of this wedding, click here.

{wedding photographed by Kamp photography; images via GreenWeddingShoes}

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Purple love.

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My post almost didn’t make it today! I was without electricity, hence no internet because of a storm that is still ongoing. I do welcome the “cooling down” effect of this storm though. Also, big shout out to Charlotta of Space for Inspiration for including my blog as one of her beautiful blogs! She has been so welcoming to me from day one and i am so appreciative!

I have been seeing a number of posts on the colour purple lately. The most recent from Couture Carrie. It is one of my favourite hues to use for my makeup(lipstick and eye-shadow), my wardrobe has a number of purple pieces, and i’m currently sporting a cool shade of purple on my toes from Opi. However, as i look around my house, as far as decor goes, the colour purple is MIA. I am not one to shy away from colourful walls, but i’ve never been led to the colour purple before.
The colour purple is said to have mysterious and royal qualities and it also can be uplifting, calming to the minds and nerves, and encourages creativity. How do you feel about the colour purple? Do you shy away from it or embrace it?
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Swahili bound.

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The island of Lamu in Swahili is no stranger to tourists, however, this breathtaking home is located in a village called Shela. Shela is renowned for its long, calm stretch of white-sand beach; its central mosque, an exemplar of Swahili architecture that dates from the 17th century. The homeowners of this beautiful home in Swahili hired architectural designer E. Claudio Modola ( a native of Italy who calls Lamu home for a good chunk of each year) to help make the house what it is today. An outstanding architectural feature of this home is the presence of  several barazas, the cozy, covered outdoor nooks where one can eat, drink, sleep or socialize while taking full advantage of ocean winds. It’s obvious this house was designed for entertaining.
swahili2 swahili4 Describing their appeal, Claudio Modola cuts to the heart of what makes life in Shela so attractive, and what differentiates it from life almost anywhere else. “In the morning you can have your breakfast on cushions, then you can have lunch on your cushions if you want, and then have a long nap,” he says. “And then you can invite your friends over and have cocktails—all on cushions.”

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O.k., i couldn’t help but wonder, if i were a guest here what pieces would i pack…

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Well, Kenzo of course! I think pieces like these from the Kenzo 2011 resort collection would be so fitting for a visit to this home. Inspired by florals and oh so elegantly casual, Kenzo would fit right in. Also, perfect for dining on cushions too, don’t you think?

Now back to the show;-)

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{home feature-via Architectural Digest and Kenzo images via style.com}