Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
the fall and winter 2010/2011 collection by kling, a clothing label from madrid, spain, is all about merging shapes and colors. i also think they've nailed the missing detail in a perfect midwestern fashion turban—red and black buffalo check plaid, preferably flannel.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
"involuntary parks" is the latest project by artist caitlin parker. through photographs and paintings, parker documents the exclusion zone around the chernobyl nuclear power plant, destroyed and abandoned, where nature has been allowed to return to an overgrown state.
Monday, December 20, 2010
macarons are a mystery to me. when ben and i lived in paris for a year i was reluctant to try them at first. to me, it was like walking into a baskin robbins and ordering 2 scoops of the blue bubble gum. why would i want to get a purple, green, or yellow “cookie” when i could get a decadent èclair or a pear and chocolate tart? eventually, my curiosity got the better of me and from that moment on they were all i could think about. instead of making traditional christmas cookies this year, like my mom’s amazing russian tea cakes or thumb prints, i could only think of one thing—salted, caramel, macarons. i am not a baker. when i cook, i have a tendency to just throw things together. i don’t own a mixer, or a kitchen scale, or a piping bag, which are tools that most recipes required. my egg whites were less like glossy peaks and more like dull hills, and it was difficult to create a perfect circle with a clipped freezer bag, but regardless, i was determined, and very pleased with the results (aren’t they beauties?). the recipe i followed was for pierre herme’s salted caramel macarons with a caramel cream filling found here. i would do my own step-by-step, but i think that would be best left to the professionals.
(photo by: erin)
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
stephanie tran, the creater of new york based clothing label duskin, uses dressy fabrics for simple silhouettes that capture a modern romantic feel. duskin, the company’s brand, was named after a childhood classmate of trans, who, according to her, was “like a fairy; tiny, freckled, and wildly creative,” much like the aesthetic of the line.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
a saturday rain turned into a sunday snow and it is winter in michigan a week early, with fresh powder piling on every branch and twig outside and my wet, unlaced boots by the back door. this morning, i scraped the ice off of the car and shovel the driveway before coming in to my cozy sweater and coffee cup and officially starting my day. winter essentials (1) caribou sorel boots, $110; (2) madewell ski lodge beanie, $29.50; (3) supreme new york orange knit gloves with deerskin palm, $36; (4) cashmere hudson bay scarf, $132.
(top photo by: nich hance)
Friday, December 10, 2010
it has been trying to snow for the past two weeks. the temperature is slowly dropping, but not fast enough for the ground to freeze and the snow to stay. something happened overnight, because this morning everything is quiet and white, much like these images from native new york photographer michelle arcila.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
(1) toast wool felt slippers, $67; (2) erin wasson welded cuff, $100; (3) beet the system tote, $20; (4) chocolate covered orange peel; (5) franco ferrari uruguay scarf, $135; (6) penzey's spices bakers 4-jar assortment gift box, $29; (7) coin purse, $28; (8) campagnie de provence liquid soap, $20 + hand lotion, $24; (9) rifle paper co. botanical card set, $16; (10) the magnetic north by sara wheeler, $17; (11) calypso draped cardigan, $295 (expensive, but too perfect); (12) sweet fine day kitchen conversions poster, $30; (13) tiburtini italian olive oil, $26.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
there are memories you want to forget, those you struggle to remember, and some that have completely disappeared over time. in his most recent collection, "the human nature project," swiss artist andy denzler finds a way to interrupt your thoughts, hit pause, and keep the moment forever preserved in a distorted frame.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
my parents' truck just backed out of our driveway—ben and i standing and waving as they left for minnesota after spending nearly a week with us in ann arbor. maybe it’s because i miss them, because it's been a hard year, or because nothing seemed to go as planned over the last 6 days, but it just felt like they left too soon. i needed them for one more week, or maybe two.
on thursday morning my mom put the pumpkin pie in the oven and as i was setting the timer for 40 minutes a hug spark shot out of the back of the oven. the fuse blew and the control panel was fried. one hectic trip to sears on black friday and a new oven later, we were finally able to have a proper thanksgiving on sunday night. it was worth the wait.
i hope you had a wonderful weekend and ate lots of leftovers! stay tuned. i have holiday gift ideas coming all week. . . and next.
(photo by: erin)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
my husband just gave me these beautiful low boots for my birthday. unfortunately, they are on backorder until december 1, so i am impatiently counting the days until i can wear them. there is something perfect about a simple bootie. a cross between a shoe and a boot—what could be more versatile? (1) brown suede cuffed ankle boot, (2) tan fold-over bootie, (3) cognac dorado chelsea boot, (4) raccoon leather backroad bootie, (5) black zip ankle bootie, (6) green lace desert boot, (7) grey suede buckle bootie.
(top photo by: dart photographie)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
british clothing label, nadinoo, by designer nadia izruna, recently released their autumn/winter 2010 collection, pulling inspiration from mid-20th century clothing design with high-waisted shorts, peter-pan collars, swing capes, and cropped shirt dresses. each piece is carefully hand crafted and made to order so that every garment is unique to the wearer.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
yesterday, rain rolled down the windows and the sky was so dark and gray it was difficult to tell if the sun was rising or setting. on days like these i get wrapped in my own thoughts. i need to step outside and take a deep breath to stay alert—to inhale something fresh. these beautiful images by melbourne-based photographer, velco dojcinovski, capture small moments of solitude.