At the expense of becoming a punchline, and already made fun of by the fine writers of Portlandia, I still believe birds can be used in functional, non-ironic decor. Just as shells have been coopted as the pattern-du-jour for beach houses, birds can usher in a tropical, modern feeling.
These toothless, egg-laying vertebrates come in myriad forms. Biologist estimate that ten thousand different species, an extraordinary variety, exist today. Think of the difference between an ostrich and a stork. A hen and a condor. A penguin and a hummingbird. Each of those different forms and colors can lend itself to a different style of home decor and clothing.
“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” – Aesop
My good friend Meg K. Adams, just went on a totally enviable trip to the Tyrrhenian Sea off of Italy’s coast. In short, she went to Capri! This island in the Gulf of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscape, upscale beach resorts and high-end shops selling handmade leather sandals and signature limoncello liqueur. Its skyline is a veritable rainbow of hyper saturated greens, whites and reds. However, it’s clear that blue is the predominate hue! Although Meg didn’t love Naples itself (she said it was pretty dirty and seedier than expected), she did contest to being able to find delicious fire-brick oven pizza at any side street – she chowed down in San Ferdinando, a southern district of Naples, on Via Partenope.
On the island of Capri, just about 12,000 residents call the limestone block home – yet as many as 20,000 visitors flock there daily in the busy season – doubling its capacity! You might be familiar with Capri without even realizing it. The Caprese salad gets its name from “salad of Capri” which is tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil with seasoning of salt and olive oil.
Capri’s most famous square is called Piazza Umberto I, but it’s locally known as “La piazzetta” (the square) or ”a chiazz”. You can see it above with its gloriously strung festival lights. Meg stayed at the Hotel Relais Maresca, whose name means Sea View. She says that it was wonderful. There are fancier abides on the island, but everyone at the hotel was so nice and the views were spectacular. Meg exclaims, “We slept out on our balcony for part of a night just because we could!”
Meg’s Packing Hints:
Buy a converter and then immediately lose it and have to buy a hair dryer in the UK.
Wear jumpsuits everywhere you go.
Order a new swimsuit that you are completely uncertain of sizing. Don’t think to order until a few days before you leave so that if it IS the wrong size, you are completely out of luck.
Walk so much you have to leave your shoes behind because they are now full of holes.
Disregard the logical amount of clothing you need for your trip and just PACK EVERYTHING. Leverage your Midwestern charm at the airport so they don’t charge you for your bag being WAY overweight.
The snow is thawing, the ice has melted, I am receiving my daily allotment of Vitamin D, and spring seems to be creeping around the corner. Even little bulbs find themselves poking through the soil and tulips are back in our local bodega. We’ve officially entered the season of pastel hues and lawn picnics.
– The Sia cropped T-shirt in slub-cotton by Elizabeth and James is the perfect peach.
– Crafted from crisp cotton sateen, this classic pencil skirt sports a lush and lemony floral print that’s arguably a wearable work of art. It’s from Italy’s Luigi Verga, founded in 1940 and famous for its digital and hand-painted motifs.
– A simple, elegant leather sandal with a single wide strap at the front and leather heel cup at the back. Go ahead and frolic.
– Functional, versatile, yet playful, the Sally is a key bag for Spring ’15.
– A delicate gold bracelet featuring a spring green enamel diamond-shaped clasp. Go green.
– Betsey Johnson’s Spring Fling purple flower rhinestone stud earrings belong in your costume jewelry collection.
– Guard against the unpredictable seasonal weather with Burberry Prorsum’s umbrella.
– This elegant pillow adds a luxurious style accent to the home. It’s hand loomed from a blend of beautifully soft llama, merino wool, pure merino sheep fur detailing.
– As inspiration Stelton watched the changing colors of Danish nature. The highly insulated glass insert in these jugs will keep your beverages hot (or cold) whilst looking great. Perfect for your morning coffee, afternoon tea or spring-time lemonade.
– Go ahead and celebrate the weather. The unique design of GoVino’s set of four champagne flutes makes it easy to enjoy all your favorite bubbly on-the-go.
– Sharon Montrose has a way with animals. This little flamingo is better and brighter than your favorite plastic lawn ornament.
– Even if you don’t possess a green thumb, you can still bring the tranquility of nature into your home with artist Melissa Moore’s illuminated ecosystem. A minimal, contemporary bell jar frames and protects the fragile mosses and spindly greens inside.