Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pinkies Up!

Crisp fall evenings will have me back to my ritual of enjoying a cup of tea before bed. My go-to is English Breakfast with a touch of honey and a splash of milk. What's yours?

I love each one of these sets, but I've had my eye on the Lip Tease and Drip Tease (top and bottom) because there's a gold stain hiding under the cup! Whatever your preference, these modern takes on the classic white cup and saucer are perfect for your morning cup of cappuccino or evening cup of tea!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Slim Aarons

I recently got a bunch of photos from my grandparents - some of them were taken on their many vacations over the years and they instantly reminded me of Slim Aarons. I love them. There's something so warm about a vintage photo - especially one taken on the beach! Slim Aarons' photography was just so glamorous, wasn't it? What a job - traveling to exotic locations, capturing the jet-set crowd playing poolside at luxury hotels! Cannes, Capri, Acapulco - yes, please!

Another book of Slim Aarons' photography will be released this fall - it's destined for my coffee table.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cool Off | Acapulco Villa | Marina Piccola | Eden Roc Pool | Sundowners | Il Pellicano Pool

Friday, July 8, 2011

The [Hand] Written Word

Writing is becoming somewhat of a lost art. Proof: schools are no longer teaching cursive! To me, there's hardly anything better than receiving a hand-written note, especially one penned in style!

I picked up (a significantly less expensive yet identical twin of) the Tiffany pen at a boutique in Mystic, CT. It's my "fancy pen". I love the quirky and long lasting Seven Year Pen series and the affordable, beachy Iomoi line. But really, I've got my eye on anything from Campo Marzio - modern and classic, my favorite combination. I love the Elite's fresh pop of orange and the convenience of the Necklace Slim - who would have thought that a pen would become such a fun accessory? But number one on my wish list is the silver engraved Fidia. Stunning. Seriously. I passed up bringing one of these home with me from Venice, Italy and regret it every time I grab a pen, even my "fancy" one. I guess I'll just have to go back and get one ...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


This gorgeous summer weather has me wanting to do everything al fresco - including getting around! Now the only question is vintage beach cruiser or vintage Vespa?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Words to Live By

Print available at theloveshop

My Dad used to say this to me all the time. These words especially resonate with me now that I'm taking a giant leap of faith and following my dream. What might that be, you ask? Check it out here. Keep track, it's going to be major.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Art Project

Have you heard about the Google Art Project? As an art lover, I'm completely psyched about it! It's definitely a shout-with-glee, jump-up-and-down, clap-your-hands moment. This incredible online experience allows you view works of art housed in museums from around the world. It's just like Google maps in the sense that you get a view of a room in the museum as though you're standing there and then you can walk up to a piece of art and take a close look. (Check out the quick behind the scenes video to see how it's done - by the way, that is one cool job). The best part is Google has virtually removed those annoying yellow lines and glass encasings that we all despise when visiting museums. Using the zoom feature is like you have your nose to the work of art, inspecting it with a crazy good magnifying glass so you can see every crack, line, and paint stroke.

Field of Flowers Near Arles by Vincent Van Gogh - Van Gogh Musem, Amsterdam

When we were in Paris this past fall, I visited the Louvre. My husband was sick and I almost didn't go, but I was an art major in college and could not be in the same city as the Mona Lisa and not see it. What I was so shocked by was how far away you're kept from the painting. It had a pretty thick glass encasing, a large wood block that jutted out from the wall about 3 feet, then 10-15 feet back from that were ropes that you had to stand behind (not to mention the crowd you have to get past). I get it - the Mona Lisa is probably the world's most famous piece of art. And I worked at an art gallery and had to tell hundreds of school groups not to touch the art "because even if you just washed your hands, we all have natural oils on our fingers that can damage the paintings". But come on, 15 feet back? It's not like we're going to saddle up to the Mona Lisa and lick it, we just want to see it a little closer. Despite that, it was still amazing to stand there and take in such an important piece of art history in person. Hopefully the Google Art Project will cover the Louvre in the future so I can see it's nuances up close and discover the crackles that it's inherited over time. Goosebumps.

While we're on the topic of the Louvre, I did promise to provide you with some travel tips and photos from our European adventure. So here's a little nugget for you: if you plan on visiting the Louvre, avoid the main entrance through the glass pyramid in the courtyard. Instead, enter the museum through the Carousel du Louvre underground mall (you can access it from the staircases near the arc at the far end of the courtyard). Go to Virgin Megastore and buy your tickets at the first checkout line on the right. Then enter the museum across from the store, you can't miss the signs. Entering this way will bring you to the same place as entering through the pyramid, but it's cheaper and will save you from standing in long lines! From there, I can't remember which wing I entered, but I climbed a grand staircase and saw the Winged Victory first (a must-see, it's larger-than-life) and then busted a right and saw the Mona Lisa. Prepare to get lost in this place - it's ginormous, but even when you can't find your way, you'll discover something beautiful to look at. I tried to get my bearings after seeing the Venus de Milo and sat in the Greek sculpture room for a while. It was gorgeous and peaceful and turned out to be one of my favorite places in Paris. Love it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Samantha French

Having grown up on the coast, I'm naturally drawn to all things pertaining to the water - and art is no exception. So it was no wonder that I immediately fell in love with the work of artist Samantha French.

Simple and bold, a gorgeous color palette, a great mix of modern and vintage pieces - it really can't get much better! If you've got the winter blues and can't wait for those long days spent at the beach or lounging poolside, look no further - you can enjoy it year round with a Samantha French oil painting. And if you don't have the space (or the budget), visit her online store where you can find a selection of affordable prints.

Now, go grab your favorite summer cocktail, pretend you're one of these bathing beauties, and forget it's 20 degrees outside...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Typography Tuesday

Over the fall we travelled to Europe for three weeks - France and Italy to be exact. It was amazing. A-may-zing. Move over New York City, because Italy might just hedge you out as favorite place ever ... But I love that - how there are places out there and adventures to be had that have the ability to make you look at things differently.

I digress ... While on the train from Naples to Sorrento, Italy I noticed the above graffiti. I had my husband take a picture of it because I really liked the style of the writing and thought it would make a cool typeface. Already been done. I stumbled across this, appropriately named 'Italian Football'.

Not that I condone defacing public property, but whoever did this really did a nice job combining a script with a bold 'type face'! And if you're wondering what it says, I think it's something along the lines of 'Nicola lives in our hearts', but I'm by no means fluent in Italian.

It's my full intention to get it into gear for 2011, so if I can actually follow through with blogging regularly, I'll be sharing some Europe photos and helpful tips that I picked up along the way - so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Round-Up: iPhone 4 Cases & Covers

I finally got the iPhone 4 a couple months ago. My first generation iPhone kept dying on me and I just couldn't hold out any longer. I've always liked the sleek look of the iPhone and never wanted a case to cover it up, but after having the twelve-hundredth stroke upon accidentally dropping/flinging/smacking it onto some kind of hard surface, I decided it was definitely a necessity. I really did a number on that first one! A good looking phone should stay good looking, right? I searched high and low for something stylish and functional, so without further ado, here's a round-up of the best iPhone 4 cases and covers I came across.

Which one did I go for? Hidden #10. I came across an Italian leather case in the perfect shade of turquoise from Ellington. Apparently they only did a limited run and so aren't available right now (which is why I didn't feature it in the round-up), but I would recommend checking their site from time to time because I love mine and it came in such a beautiful array of colors. In any case (no pun intended, promise!), I hope this helps you find something you love!