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Fly Eagles Fly

Well, it’s been just about two years since my last post. No use in catching you up in all that’s happened. Hint: it’s a lot! My ‘baby’ is two. I now live in Philly. We bought a new house! So many more updates with so many more exclamation points!

But, the one thing that brings me back to the blog is that The Eagles are in the Super Bowl! The eagle has landed! The whole city is seeing green (with accents of silver, black, and white). We’re the Emerald City of Oz. The excitement is palpable.

I don’t typically associate the NFL with fashion, especially since they seem to believe that all women want to only wear pink v-neck options in honor of their favorite teams.

So, here are a few ways to be a stylish fan:

Stylish options inspired by Super Bowl 52. The Philadelphia Eagles!

  1. Diana Was A Birds Fan Tee / 2. RAEY – Dropped-shoulder wool-blend blanket coat / 3. DIPTYQUE – Colored Figuier Candle in Fig Tree / 4.  Green Marble Coasters (No better place to put your beer) / 5. Foles-gers Blend from ReAnimator Coffee (all proceeds benefit The School District of Philadelphia) / 6. Breakfast, Lunch, Tea By Rose Carrarini / 7. 1988 Authentic Philadelphia Eagles Sweater / 8. New Balance 996

*Note: I prefer the vintage Kelly Green color!

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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 – Navy 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 – Clouds 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 – traditional 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 – Tapered 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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Chartreuse

Oh how do I love this color, let me count the ways: it’s exactly halfway between yellow and green, it has a citrus-like hue, it’s both cheery yet, moody, AND it’s named after alcohol. Could this so called “apple-green” color (more Granny Smith, than Washington or Fuji) get any better? The answer? YES.

Bold chartreuse wallpaper pops against crisp white bedding and carpeting.Design consultant Alison Booth, owner of Booth Supply, reupholstered a chair from her grandmother in a bright polka-dot print and swapped white lampshades for matching blue ones. From Canadian House and Home, HERE.

The shades in this seventies meets South Beach home are inspired by seaglass! Photographed by Ted Yarwood and designed by Timothy Mather. From Canadian House and Home, HERE.

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There were two French liqueurs, one referred to as yellow chartreuse (introduced in 1838), and the other as green chartreuse (introduced in 1764). Each type of the aforementioned liqueur was made by Roman Catholic monks in the Chartreuse mountain range in eastern France. That’s a lot of chartreuse terminology. So, are you following this transitive etymology? The monks were located in the mountains, the mountains were named Chartreuse, the monks named the liquid after the the mountains, the world named the color after the liquor, thus the color is named after the mountains. Side note: : Liqueurs are for nuts (hazelnuts, almonds), cordials are for fruit (lemon, orange, etc).

I am loving this restored entryway table. Check out the “second-coating, HERE. 

The  original liquor formula is said to call for 130 herbs, flowers, and secret ingredients combined in a wine alcohol base meant to be a type of alchemical “elixir of long life”. The monks intended the recipe to be used as medicine, but with saffron coloring and 40% alcohol (80 proof), it is more likely to cause cirrhosis of the liver, then longevity. But, in moderation, the cocktails are phenomenal, and the color is even better. It is thought that the closest naturally occurring chartreuse-like color is that of the Anjou or Bartlett Pear, algae, lovebird, grass, or lime. Since its hue oscillates between yellow, green, and sometimes a warm olive green-brown it can also be used as a form of camouflage color.

Room designed by Chelsea Aterlier Architect, PC.  I love the interplay of materials: plastic, glossy surfaces, aluminum, glass, wood, steel, and lucite. It’s almost like an entire factory is mingling.

This damask and metallic space is a little ostentatious but also extremely luxe. Dining room designed by EJ Interiors, HERE.

Must love birds. Chinoiserie meets high tea meets the ornithological society of America. Room designed by Katie Ridder Rooms.

It’s like a zebra found its way into a paint can! Dining room design via Cynthia Mason Interiors, HERE.

Because the yellow-green is a naturally occuring tincture it plays well with other natural floral colors such as tangerine oranges, baby blues, salmon pinks, and various grapefruit shades.

This small, modern, Chicago, ranch living room was designed by Interiors by Mary Susan, HERE.

Warren Platner’s famous steel wire chairs for Knoll, here in Betsey Johnson’s dining room, found HERE.

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The sweeping silhouette of this table is reminiscent of the Tulip table designed by Eero Saarinen, one of Platner’s first bosses. “Midcentury modernism resonates for me,” says Adler, who paired Warren Platner’s 1966 dining table from Design Within Reach with his own Chinese Chippendale chairs. The chandelier is from the 1970s. Curtains are Hinson’s Montauk Texture in Aegean, the same fabric used for the living room curtains and ottoman. Image found HERE via House Beautiful.

HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN A BOTTLE OF CHARTREUSE LIQUER?

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