Wednesday, March 31, 2010

k walker does it again...

Karen Walker Spring/Summer 2010

Styles: Deep Freeze & Gee Gee Devotee
 Styles:Derby Doomsday & Duper Strength

I'm not sure if it's the ad campaign that has me, or just the glasses themselves. Ither way, Karen Walker has done it again, don't you agree?

p.s. I found these while on a "pretend shopping spree" at one of my favorite online shops, maximillia.
I got to stop that.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

for the love of my chucks.

Presenting: The Case of Chuck Taylor vs. Ben Roberts

A request was recently made by my beloved Ben to trash my favorite, most beloved sneakers.
My trusty, oh so chic Chuck Taylors. Get this, he thinks that sporting my chuck's makes me look like a stinky ol' hipster. Sacrebleu! What did my rasberry red chucks ever do to him?

To me, this hipster connection is absolute hogwash. I mean, my 50-something year old mother still wears her chucks, and trust me, she is the furthest person on the planet to pull of looking anything close to a hipster.

So, in support of my case, I have decided to post a few pretty girls and a model or two, appropriately and very stylishly sporting their chucks.

Exhibit A.
Exhibit B.
Exhibit C.
 Exhibit D.
aaaaaaaaand Exhibit E.

Ladies and gentlemen of the internets, I think I prove my case.
Viva los chucks!

and for my closing "statement", I would like to dedicate the following song to the perfect prep, my love, Mr. Ben Roberts...


image source: the sartorialist & google images.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

crystal castles...

in Texas!

   I am kind of obsessed with this home. It's located in the Heights, a historic part of Houston known for preserving it's "small town" look and feel. Neighboring mostly modest restored bungalows, it's safe to say that this home stands out. Sadly, I know little about the house and it's owners.
Doesn't it have a certain mystique to it?

Sometimes I can't help but think about the Princess of Power when I pass this place.
She-Ra would totally live there.

I wonder if there is a password and a fantastic dress code to get inside...

What do you think?

she-ra image source here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

high priced cravings...

caviar blinis.

Oh my goooooodness, these things are so good. I have only had them a couple of times, as they
rarely ever grace the menu's in Houston restaurants, but I think about them a lot.
A whole lot.

Who wouldn't have dreams about tiny little pancakes topped with creme fraiche and delicious caviar?
Well, I suppose people who hate caviar, but I'm not thinking about them right now.

I've decided that one night this week, I will follow this easy blini recipe, purchase this tasty (yet super affordable) caviar from spec's, and cure this craving.
I. can't. wait.

and in my dream's, I will be eating this kamchatka crab leg and washing it down with salmon, roe, and an ice cold vodka shot.

image source: epicurious, cosmopolitanone.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

word play...

 something was surely missing at mom and dad's bay house, until I saw this gem 

and a little something sweet was missing over at ben's until I saw this...

and and something was surely missing from my naked fridge until I found this!

phheeeew. all is complete again.

fun prints found here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

chapeaux show...

via vandashop: Stephen Jones spearheaded the revival of British millinery in early 1980s fashion. Using radical materials and designs that ranged from refined to whimsical, his exquisitely crafted hats encapsulated a modern and compelling mood. Today Jones’s era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele with Marilyn Manson, Kylie, Dita von Teese and Gwen Stefani all donning his hats. The roll-call of fashion designers with whom he has collaborated includes Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano for Dior, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Giles Deacon.--
(buy the book here.)

and now for a few of mr. jones' mad hats...

harper's bazzar hotlist 09

collaboration with vivienne westwood spring 09...

marie claire editorial: the american express

en vogue: posing as the madhatter, mr. jones himself...

brilliant basically.

Friday, March 12, 2010

foxy shazam!...

I was listening to ktru's friday night show The Revelry Report on my ride home.
I tuned in just in time for the
Foxy Shazam ticket give away and guess what?!?
I won.

We'll be singing along at House Of Blues next Thursday.
If you haven't heard them yet, check them out here.

on a side note: don't forget to bring in an old pair of jeans to The Gap for 30% off new denim purchase-lasts until Sunday.
I did this today and it was totally worth it. Again, score.
They recycle your old denim to make affordable insulation for low income homes.
Check the project out here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

bicycle love...

Abici Granturismo Donna

Isn't she lovely?
I've been super busy (cough, cough) sifting through beautiful bike photos looking for some inspiration for a weekend project.
I'm thinking about temporarily giving up on the bike of my dreams
and just fixing up the old schwinn instead. Trying to decide on a nice cheery color. I love this candy apple red, but for some reason sea foam green sounds like a bright idea to me.
What do you think?

image source: let's go ride a bike.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

champagne people...

I just love Benny Sings. I think I had his song "coconut" on repeat for the entire summer last year.

Speaking (or typing rather) of coconuts, I had a delicious coconut margarita yesterday at 1308 cantina-the smaller less chaotic el tiempo on montrose. I had never had one before for fear that it would be too sweet, but it wasn't. It was sooooo good. They used real coconut milk to flavor, much better than a synthetic syrup. I should have taken a photo to share! Oh well, next time.

Update: I just ran across this recipe that seems to be pretty darn close to El Tiempo's. Maybe if we all start making these at home, summer will come faster.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

a flapper's favorite...

the bee's knees cocktail.

The Bee's Knees was a classic prohibition cocktail. Word of myth and legend is that bootleggers created this drink to hide the rank smell and taste of the "bathtub gin" that was involved. Thank the day for Tanqueray.

Here's the Bee's Knees recipe-according to me.

2oz of gin of choice

¾ oz of honey

¾ oz of fresh lemon juice

combine ingredients in shaker, add ice, & shake it up for 10 seconds. serve in chilled cocktail glasses, add a lemon wedge if you wish, & drink!

and p.s. I recently came across this neat group in Boston,
Ladies United For The Preservation of Endangered Cocktails.
I think Houston needs one of these too, yeah?

image source: flickr

Thursday, March 4, 2010

textile and plinio sandalio...

hungry for lunch and waiting for an appt., I decided to catch up on a few of my local go to food blogs. Today I came across bakin 'n' bacon - a blog from Plinio Sandalio,
pastry chef at Textile.

I've already heard/read so many amazing things about Textile, but sadly have not been yet.
After spending enough time on Plinio's brilliant blog, I have no choice but to try.
And if finances don't allow me to try the "menu prestige" anytime soon,
I hope to at least stop in and have one of Sandalio's insanely interesting desserts.

Just look at these creations...

bacon fried brownies, bourbon pudding, ancho chili ice cream

coconut pound cake, avocado ice cream, horchata, cilantro, citrus

fried corncake, hot dog ketchup, yellow american mustard ice cream.

oh man.

image source found here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Angelique Gioldasis...

is my bff, my hero, and my personal ray of sunshine.
She's just filled with so much peace and love-anybody that has ever met her knows this.
These days she is crazy busy traveling the world doing her pretty people thing so we don't get to see each other as much, but when we finally do get our precious one on one time...we don't miss a beat.

The other night while getting ready, my roommate Becca started banging on my door
-which at first scared the heck out of me.

was there a fire in the building? no.

was publishers clearing house at the door? ummm, no.

was Angelique in a full page ad in this month's People?

waaaay to go babes!

Angie works mainly in the European market, so this surprise tabloid appearance was a special thing. Angie, just think about how many other shameful readers and bored housewives will get to see your face this week!

So, in honer of this little Loehmann's debut, I'd like to share a few more lovely photos of her lovely self...


so proud of you.

p.s. these editorial images came from a personal stash, I'll be sure to figure out sources with a.g. a.s.a.p.

gnarly knits...

from Jemma Skyes.

"The dress is called “The Elizabeth” and is entirely hand-knitted in 100% by Jemma Sykes certified organic wool. It was created for ethical fashion label Butcher Couture and the images in the post are from the album artwork of Maria Mena- Cause and Effect. It was displayed at Harrods until the dress was auctioned off at a breast cancer charity event"

I am now sort of obsessed with this dress and was hoping to see more from ms. skyes,
but I can't seem to find much else. Booooo.
It's just so beautiful, isn't it?

update: I did find a little more on "the elizabeth" over at KNITkicks.

image source: here

Monday, March 1, 2010

diy chandeliers...

brilliant design by Bec Brittain.

-the man also responsible for giving myself (and many, many others) a more "organized shopping experience" at the daytime chic mother ship that is anthropologie.

After reading the instructions myself and glancing at the materials involved, this project looks like a HUGE practice in patience...but the grand outcome might definitely be worth it.

Just wish I had my own somewhat stark/mad mod dwelling to put it in. Sigh. Someday.

download instructions here.


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