One of my new obsessions is the HBO show Boardwalk Empire. It centers around the Prohibition era at the Jersey Shore and the costumes are gorgeous. It seems everyone nowadays has jumped on the 1930's bandwagon with fashion. Art deco jewelry is everywhere along with sequins and oxfords. I have never been a fan of dressing completely retro but I think a few of these key pieces are fantastic to incorporate in anyones closet. Above are some of my favorite current adaptations from that era. How cute is that Kate Spade cloche? Darling! It makes me want to crank up the Edison and jazz! Happy Thursday!
PS. Don't forget to comment below to win a $35 gif certificate to CSN!
Hello lovely readers! I am so excited to announce my first giveaway! This giveaway is for a $35.00 gift certificate to CSN Stores, an online store where you can get everything, literally, from furniture to a dining room table, pet supplies, lighting, rugs and even shoes! There is definitely something for everyone and so this gift certificate is such a score! You can use this gift certificate on anything you wish at any of their 200 plus online stores. Above are some of my favorite finds on the site!
To win, just post a comment with something that you are lusting for that you could get at CSN and a winner will be chosen at random*. Personally, I am obsessed with anything by Thomas Paul. You have until Friday Oct. 22, 5:00 PM central time to enter. Please be sure to include your e-mail in the post, as this is how the winner will receive the gift certificate.
*This contest is only open to residents in North America and Canada
Good luck and Happy Monday!
:UPDATE: The winner is Catherine Agnes! Congratulations! You should get an e-mail from CSN shortly!:
When I was a little girl, purple was hands down my favorite color. Somewhere between 11 and 16 I really grew out of purple, until now! I never considered painting any of the rooms in my apartment purple but now I think I will consider it for my next space. It is warm yet whimsical at the same time. The two top rooms are my favorite; the purple looks so sophisticated! I am considering painting my hallway entrance a deep raspberry like this one. (Speaking of which, pictures of my completely decorated space coming soon!) Happy weekend!
For all you design junkies, this post is not for you since I know you have already devoured the first issue. That said, I would like to use this post to promote the new online design magazine, rue. It is the brainchild of blogger Crystal from Push Palate and I have to say, the first issue completely exceeded my expectations. I am always wary of online publications because the creativity or the breadth of the publication can sometimes be hard to translate when it's not in your hands. However, everything from the layout, the pictures, the graphics, the design, the font and most importantly the content, is absolutely flawless. Please check out the magazine over at their website! As a fellow Chicago blogger I wish Crystal and her team nothing but success as this is truly a fabulous new addition to the design and blogging community. I cannot wait for the next issue and hope this magazine makes it to print someday.
I am in love with the company Confetti System and how they have completely changed the world of party streamers and ribbon decorations. They're products are glittery, metallic, pretty, and completely chic. They're muted pastels and neutrals are so sophisticated for party decorations especially when most party decor comes in such bland and overstated colors. I would love to have a party with all their fixings. Check out their awesome website here. The homepage itself makes my heart swell! Happy Monday!
I have always been on the fence about the work of Murakami, mainly because I have an aversion to some of his more sexual pieces, but I have to admit I am very intrigued by the instillation of his work that is currently residing at Versailles in France. I think the dichotomy between Murakami's modern, kitschy, pop art and the heavy baroque architecture of Versailles is visually dualistic yet aesthetically coherent. The ornateness of both styles blend together almost harmoniously in a way that is unusual for such a harsh contrast. I would love to see this in person but unfortunately I have to resort to pictures. What do you think of Murakami and this exhibition? Is it disrespectful to the history of Versailles, revolutionary, tacky, genius?
I love this sewing machine dining table. It would be a great alternative for small space living because the choices for small dining sets for apartments are usually rather boring or incredibly overpriced. Check out this neat DIY project here.
Leave it to Anthropologie to make books chic and decorative. They have an awesome line of classic novels that are bound in really kitschy cool covers. I know its completely unreasonable to wish all of the books on my bookshelf looked vintage and cool...but I do! These are truly functional and beautiful. Happy Monday!
How deliciously adorable and scrumptiously delightful is this cake from Sprinkles Bakes? It is a homemade funfetti cake which I have always wondered how to make! Click here for the recipe and check out one of my new favorite food blogs. Happy Sunday Yumday!
How gorgeous is the new line of Chanel nail polish? This Fall color palette, known as the "Khaki Collection" is absolutely flawless and understated. It goes perfectly with the military chic trend and would look great on your hands or feet. I am even a fan of the green which is a feat considering I have a strict "No Green Nail Polish Ever" policy. See here. Hope you had a great weekend. I got a manicure and pedicure, though unfortunately not with any of these lovely colors. Ciao!
As you may have noticed I am on a vintage travel kick and I would love to find one of the these postcards of my hometown to frame for my apartment so I can always have a little taste of home! As you may have guessed I took the train home this weekend to relax, see my family and try to study for the GRE (insert loud groan). I know that once my part-time duties start up as a retail associate during the holidays, it will virtually be impossible to get a break so I figured I would seize the moment to get a little taste of home sweet home. I used to hate my hometown but I think it's something you come to appreciate with age and distance. So this weekend, aside from studying and anxiously awaiting news about a job interview (FINGERS CROSSED!) I will be heading to the apple barn for some seasonal goodies, looking for postcards like the one above and maybe eating the Springfield culinary claim to fame: The Horseshoe. Where is your hometown? Do you miss it, love it, loathe it? Happy weekend!