Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hardware Store Nostalgia

This song was playing when I went to the hardware store the other day. Maybe it's the impending holiday season that's putting me in a nostalgic mood, but there's something about walking into a hardware store, being greeted by friendly sales people who've been working there for 20 years and the sound of The Guess Who in the background that makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Which is funny since the "hardware store" I frequented the most during my childhood was The Home Depot :(

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Flora / Fungi / France / Famille

My last post included an image from this Vogue Paris November 2010 editorial, Une Dimanche a la Campagne (A Sunday in the Country) with Sasha Pivovarova. Today I came across this mushroom image from the blog, Cannelle et Vanille, and the colors reminded me of the Vogue editorial, so I decided to post more images from the spread. Vogue Paris is hands down my favorite of the Vogues, and is one of my top favorite fashion magazines. I'm not sold on Sasha as a mom and I wished she looked a bit happier, but I like the story that's being told, or at least the story I'm interpreting; a nostalgic view of a daughter's first steps into fashion guided by her mother. These images feel like memories, as though years the daughter later is sifting through old childhood photos, reflecting on happy, playful times with her maman.

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Mushroom image from Cannelle et Vanille, all Vogue Paris images from Fashion Gone Rogue.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


There were a few trends that stood out to me among the SS 2011 fashion shows; Minimalism, menswear styling, and especially 70's revival. 70's fashion was defined by billowy dresses and flowing silhouettes, but I forgot about the amazing hats. Many of the hats featured in the shows were wide-brimmed and floppy, but I've noticed quite a range in the fall magazine editorials. My favorite is classic black. It's very "of the moment" and classic at the same time.

From the top: Marc Jacobs SS2011, Anja Rubik in Vogue Latin America, Alexa Chung in Elle UK, Elise Crombez in Vogue Turkey, Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue Paris

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I'm really digging all the home interior blogs that have proliferated over the past couple of years. What could be cooler than seeing the apartment of someone whose work you admire? Or just someone with amazing style? I appreciate all the quirky little details that going into transforming a house (or apartment) into a home. The Selby hit a niche with his casual, un-styled photographs of the interiors of his extremely stylish and artistic friends. freundevonfreunden is another one that is gaining popularity in the design blogosphere. I spent some time on it and was excited to discover that Sarah Illenberger is featured. She's been a source of inspiration for me for quite a while. A few pictures of her apartment below, mixed with some images of Antje Taiga's home. I just wish I could read German..

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Different Types

I have a thing for well thought out type, as I've posted before. I'm always impressed when I see well-executed, handmade type and lettering treatments. I saw this interpretation of the word "Modernism" a while back, and I think it's brilliant. It's so unexpected to see the word modernism rendered in this goth, death metal sort of way:

It hangs in the office of Dutch design studio, Experimental Jetset. Last week, I fell in love with another letter treatment for the New York Times Style Magazine. The caption is really clever too! This one must have involved some heavy set design (or photoshopping!), I would love to know how they pulled that off.