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Hurricane Sandy

In honor of the topsy-turvy situation which Hurricane Sandy has created, I bring you clothing, decor and lifestyle items inspired by deluges of rain and squalls of wind. The subways are shutdown, the tunnels are inaccessible, all public transpiration in-and-out of the city is postponed, the stock market is closed and even the 24-hour drugstores have had their lights turned off and doors locked. We are stuck on the isle of Manhattan! After waiting in unreasonably long lines, we purchased bottles of water, candles, matches, canned goods and a cache of cat food (meow)! Are we being neurotic? Maybe. Are we definitely prepared? Who knows!

My personal favorite thing about storms are the stunning photographs and mental images captured. The sky can looks both disastrous and beautiful, chaotic and calming. The juxtaposition of angry nebulous clouds and soft, dusty blues can be downright stunning.

Hurricane Sandy gets stylish.

1. PHILIPP PLEIN –¬†Gold Jungle Flamingo Velour Loafer.¬†The glam image of deep purple velour in the style that has taken the season by storm could only be embellished by the brand’s iconic crystal skull

2. ESSIE – Midnight Cami. A shimmering and deep twilight blue, this nail polish is a dark navy that changes with the weather and sun.

3.¬†STELLA MCCARTNEY¬†–¬†Mietta embroidered crepe top.¬†Designers embraced the opulence of the Baroque period for FW12, and this royal-blue crepe¬†top demonstrates Stella McCartney’s uniquely modern interpretation of the look. Its sharply tailored silhouette is contrasted by a flourish of embroidered swirls, balancing minimalism with Old World grandeur.

4. PANTONE – Sky Blue Bone China Espresso Cup – 2728. The perenneial color experts and hue authorities at Pantone captured the color of a deep sky of nebulous clouds in mug form.

5. OAK¬†NYC- Navy Black Rope. Recalling the nautical knots that sailors would tie, as well as a fisherman’s cord and ¬†hook, this Miansai bracelet echoes man’s want (and inability) to control the tides of the sea.

6. SOCIAL PROPER РNavy Swirls. This watercolor, abstract illustration is part doodle, part pattern repetition that can be  waves or clouds! Bring an aqueous atmosphere into any home without cleanup!

Image of the violent storm above from New York City on July 26, 2012. (Photo: Inga Sarda-Sorensen via TweetPic)

So far, the condensation is only coming down in drizzles, but soon we are bracing for being bombarded by extreme weather conditions. Sure there are negatives to this forced stand-still of life, but the positives are also fun. My fiancé and I are catching up on taking baths, reading books, watching movies and we have off from work! We enjoy this forced departure from the world of electricity and the hubbub of NYC.

Hurricane Sandy inspired lifestyle items.

1. FJS РClouds Two Sided Pillows. Whenever Francis is on a flight somewhere he loves to stare out the window of the plane and marvel in the beauty of the clouds. He always thought that clouds would make an amazing pillow design and would look fantastic in any setting Рtraditional or contemporary alike. All pillows in the Francis Jens Spitta collection are hand sewn.

2. CARVEN – Sleeveless Dress. A cloud printed and dreamy dress evokes the ethereal and ever-changing nature of barometric patterns. One cannot help but to float in and out of a room in this airy number.

3. ANTHROPOLOGIE –¬†Capri Blue Candle Tin. This 40 hour burn candle made of soy wax comes in a scent called “Volcano” which evokes¬†tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens.

4. WEST ELM РTapered Tall Hive Vase. A bright buzz. These honeycomb terracotta Hive Vases are hand-painted and glazed in brilliant hues. Fill them with fresh bouquets or flowering branches, alone or in sets.

5. SHE INSIDE –¬†Green Long Sleeve Geometric Print Pullover Sweater. The exotic color play of the sweater is part navajo and party scientific, evoking the crystalline structure of ice.

Image of the Statue of Liberty from Reuters with the caption:  New York prepares for what could be the worst storm in modern times.

Stay safe and batten down the hatches!

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The Bear Necessities

The economy might be in a bear market, but let’s look on the bright side:¬†

1.¬†The Tiniest Cave Bear Necklace in Solid Bronze by¬†Moon Raven Designs – Etsy.¬†This tiny 3D cave bear necklace is a mere 7/8″ tall from head to toe. This little bruin is cast in solid jewelers bronze with remarkable detail for such a small specimen, he displays excellent hair detail and you can even see his little bear behind. He hangs in a natural standing position from a 24″ black gunmetal curb chain, ready to protect you with tooth and nail.¬†The cave bear was a species of bear that only lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the last ice age about 27,500 years ago.

2.¬†Can’t Bear to Leave Sweater –¬†Modcloth.¬†Imagine yourself sipping hot cocoa, in a log cabin, warming yourself near the cedar fireplace. Vermont maple syrup included.

3. Teddy Bear Pillow Aqua – Thomaspaul. ¬†What could be more decorative than a circus bear on skateboard wheels in whimsical illustrative prints?¬†Thomas Paul was born and raised in New York City. He got his start in the fashion business working as an intern at DKNY in the mid-nineties after, graduating from New York‚Äôs Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Textile Design. Paul’s pillow collection utilized silk printing mill‚Äôs capabilities!

4.¬†California Bear iPhone Case – Tilly’s. ¬†The¬†Bear Flag¬†is the official¬†flag¬†of the state of¬†California. The precursor of the flag was first flown during the 1846¬†Bear Flag Revolt¬†and was also known as the Bear Flag. The Bear Flag represents the period of revolt against Mexico initially proclaimed by a handful of¬†American¬†settlers in the Mexican territory of¬†Alta California¬†on June 14, 1846, in¬†Sonoma. History alert:¬†The original Bear Flag of the California Republics was destroyed in the fires following the¬†1906 San Francisco earthquake.

5. Animale Bear Liqueur Glass- Arteltalica. Sophisticated whimsy is perfectly portrayed in this Animale glass, which was inspired by pewter cups used to celebrate the hunt in ages passed. The base features an animal which stands proudly while not in use and sits securely to hold a favorite cocktail. Italian glass and pewter. Handmade in Italy.

6. ¬†Polar Bear Box by Karl Zahn – Aha Life. This Beech wood polar bear-shaped box is made with sustainably harvested, new growth wood.¬†Karl Zahn is a freelance product designer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. The founder of Boiler Design Office, Zahn’s designs feature delightful touches for the curious modernist, honest materials and construction, and unfussy yet thoughtful conceptual execution. Celebrate the smooth natural shapes of animals and plants by coexisting peacefully with this totem.

If you prefer your animals edible but cannot BEAR to eat a real bear, try this recipe instead.¬†All you need to make this sweet teddy bear toast breakfast is bread, bananas, raisins, butter, cinnamon and sugar. If you’re alone and the window’s curtains are drawn, I give you full permission to eat this delicious Sunday morning snack while completely BARE.

 

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Mixology (21)

In honor of New York Bridal Week when Spring/Summer 2013 collections and couture dresses of tulles, chiffons, silks and lace are viewed, I present to you wedding white mixology. The biggest names in bridal this year are Oscar de la Renta,¬†Vera Wang,¬†Marchesa,¬†Jenny Packham,¬†Monique Lhuillier,¬†Reem Acra¬†and Alfred Angelo. Are you mermaid style or a princess? I personally have never tried on a dress nor never really imagined myself in a white hot creation (not even the girlish fantasies). Perhaps my history lends itself more to cream…

Monique Lhuillier - Spring 2013

Dress: Textured lace gown by Monique Lhuillier. / Room: Fluffy white linens meet flowing white canopy headdress in this dreamscape of white. Flirty, feminine and bright, found here.

Banderole Gown by BHLDN

Dress: Banderole Gown by BHLDN with a silhouette fitted through bodice and hips. The gossamer three-quarter sleeves and tiers of pure silk chiffon unfurl from empire waist to toe. / Room: Waterfall Ruffle Curtain from Urban Outfitters in dusty pink dresses up a bare white room with spartan furnishings and still adds a touch of opulence. 

Tony Ward Couture 2013

Room: White based room with minimal midcentury features and sharp geometric shapes.  The yarn ball light fixture can be made here. Original image link found via Pinterest and broken! Sorry! / Dress: Tony Ward Couture 2013, Freesia Рa column dress with rectangle draping and texture juxtaposition, found here.