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Color the Sky Red

October 28, 2013

Small Pictures Blog - Navy & Maroon

It started with this dress.  Then, this sweater. And suddenly I had a whole collection of navy and maroon goodies. I’m not even mad.

SHOP: Loeffler Randall Colorblock WalletJ.Crew Chevron Infinity Scarf Marni Necklace • Vanessa Bruno Silk Trousers • Alexander Wang Tee •  J.Crew Factory Ponte Dress •  Marc by Marc Jacobs Crepe Blazer • Marc by Marc Jacobs Trousers • Rails Button Down Shirt • JCP Suede Slippers Fred Perry Sneakers • Essie After School Boy Blazer Essie Bordeaux

P.S. In case you missed it, that navy nail polish is supremely named “After School Boy Blazer.”

“Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color thing the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.” -Jules Feiffer

Lose A Day Or Two

October 7, 2013

Sleepy Jones Logo

Sleepy Jones Navy Floral Marina Pajama Shirt

Sleepy Jones White Regimental Stripe Marina Pajama Shirt

Sleepy Jones Navy Gingham Marina Pajama Shirt

Sleepy Jones Navy Liberty Floral Louise Shrunken Robe

Sleepy Jones Grey White Yellow Isabel Dot Socks

Sleepy Jones About

Hello. Good day. We interrupt this hiatus to bring you…pajamas. I wanted to return not with a bang but an Italian cotton whimper.

I spotted some Sleepy Jones separates on Carly‘s Instagram account. The collection comes from Andy Spade (yes, that Spade) so it is flawless and classic and the standard by which we must judge all sleepwear henceforth.

The site also has a nifty inspiration board full of supremely pinnable pictures. Kick your pants off and have a look.

Don’t Call My Daughter Boring

September 17, 2012

Mindy Kaling The Mindy Project

When Mindy Kaling’s book came out, I more or less wrote her a gushing love letter. Now that she has a show (with her name in the title) I’m overwhelmed. I mean, in the pilot Mindy talks to a doll at the bottom of a swimming pool while wearing teal sequins, and then gets arrested. Yes, it’s that good.

Please enjoy three of the best Mindy zingers, which you should imagine she delivers with raised eyebrows and a sigh that makes her bangs rustle.

“One time I left a flea market with a samurai sword.”

“Oh great, we broke this model of the human pelvis.”

“Maybe I’ll do one of those Eat, Pray, Love things…Ugh, no, I don’t want to pray. I’ll just die alone.”

I would be extra happy if we could all decide to watch this show without remarking on Mindy’s gender, race, age, or funny female predecessors. Or, like the Onion says, Bridesmaids. Lofty goals.

The Fairest One of All

August 29, 2012

Once Upon A Time ABC

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

I started watching Once Upon A Time last weekend while it rained and rained and rained. The first pleasant, relaxing thought that comes into one’s head upon seeing Mary Margaret Blanchard’s apartment is “Yes, that’s just how I pictured Snow White’s home would look if she was unknowingly trapped in a small 21st century town, living as an elementary school teacher who favors cardigans and coma patients.” (Spoiler alert!) The second thought one has is “Oh, I see the set decorators raided Anthropologie.” I even own Mary Margaret’s monogram mug. Mmmm.

This is such an adorable studio space: exposed brick, lots of distressed white wood, vintage and painted housewares. There’s even a second bedroom loft area which Once Upon A Time is refusing to let me see, though the centrally-located stairs are a nifty touch.

These pictures would be better if the actors weren’t always annoyingly in the way. Side note: Jennifer Morrison wears the same pair of jeans in every episode. Also, this beautiful Irish creature is on the show.

I’m headed to Seattle this morning for about a week to earn the Seattleite Badge and listen to some music in heaven. Talk to you soon, and please have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Frozen Skinny Lovers Found on 10th Street

August 28, 2012

Barefoot in the Park Film

Barefoot in the Park Jane Fonda Charles Boyer

“You know of course you’re unbearably lovely. All indications point to my falling in love with you.”

Barefoot in the Park Robert Redford Mildred Natwick

“I feel like we’ve died and gone to heaven, only we had to climb up.” 

Barefoot in the Park Robert Redford

“What do you need gloves for? It’s only 30 degrees.”

Barefoot in the Park Robert Redford Jane Fonda

“It’s really very simple. All you have to do is give up a little bit of yourself for him. Don’t make everything a game; just late at night in that little room upstairs. Take care of him. Make him feel important. If you can do that you’ll have a happy and wonderful marriage, like two out of every ten couples.”

My dad watches Barefoot in the Park whenever it airs on the classic film channels. This is especially surprising because I can list on less than one hand the movies for which I’ve seen him stay awake: The Last Samurai, The Bourne Identity, and Titanic, perhaps because we saw it in theaters.

Corie Bratter is so exhaustingly earnest about her husband and her marriage, like it really is the greatest calling in life to care for a tiny, powder blue walk-up in Greenwich Village, and she would gladly throw herself out the sixth-floor window if everything isn’t perfect always. In her defense, concessions must be made if Robert Redford is your husband. Especially if it’s a goofy, drunk Robert Redford who tries unsuccessfully to hide his booze from his new homeless friend. Well done, Neil Simon.

Maybe my dad sometimes wishes for a Mad Men, Norman Rockwell life. Maybe he appreciates Simon’s combination of comedic excellence and realism.

Or maybe he likes Jane Fonda in fitted turtlenecks. Well done, Edith Head.

Honey Badger Just Takes What It Wants

August 24, 2012

You guys, I have been living under a rock. (I didn’t know it. My rock has lots of natural light, and a Whole Foods.) I’d never seen a How It Should Have Ended video, unlike nearly 320 million other people. Oops. Sometimes, the cartoons point out absurd plot holes. Other times, they make iconic fictional characters talk like whiny teenagers. Win. Win.

The Avengers

Harry Potter, with a brilliant Gandalf cameo

LOST

Twilight

Honorable Mentions

Titanic: “Now I’m gonna have to find some wreckage and let you float on it, or else I’m a huge douchebag.”

300: “And that is how Leonidus became president of the universe.”

Lord of the Rings: “Can you imagine what it would be like if we had walked the entire way? One of us might have died!”

Have a fantastic weekend! I’ll be preparing for the hurricane that’s coming to destroy me, along with 45,000 journalists, tourists, and Republicans. Probably in divine retribution.

Gold At Both Ends

August 23, 2012

BCBG New York Fashion Week Outfit

 

pleated dress metal cuff  leather-inset earrings • studded belt  foldover clutch  pumps

 

New York Fashion Week approaches. I decided to plan a few outfits for the shows I would attend if my life was as glamorous and pampered as I pretend it is in the shower. BCBG appears early in the schedule, and this ensemble — tailored dress in a bright pattern, spiced with punky accessories — creates the right “feminine with a twist” aesthetic which BCBG commands. I’m unsure about the shoes; a black heeled sandal works. What do you think? Naturally, all shoes chosen for fashion week must be wildly inappropriate for walking more than three blocks.

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.” -Aberjhani 

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