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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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Octopus’s Garden

Everyone’s favorite mermaid, Ariel, kept a curated display of her favorite objects from the land above (on the sands above). She had gadgets and gizmos (aplenty), she had whoozits, and whatsits (galore), she even had twenty thingamabobs. Everyone knows she delighted in using a fork as her very own hairbrush. I guess brushing hair underwater seems like a lesson in futility. What Ariel did not realize is that the colors in her sea-foam world were so much more beautiful than those on soil. I guess the grass is always greener (or the seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake).

Karl Lagerfeld, of Chanel fame, dreamed up an underwater wonderland for Paris Fashion Week for Chanel’s Spring 2012 line. The setting was replete with mother-of-pearl stages, seahorses, a tunnel of bubbles, oversized coral, glimmering curtains (mimicking the iridescence of water), and giant shells.

“I absolutely wanted to avoid mermaids and things like that,” Karl said backstage, wearing a seashell pink shirt and matching tie. I was inspired by the movement of seaweed, its lightness, and by certain fish that have very modern shapes, like sting rays.”

When in doubt for a color shame, view photos of the ocean (found on National Geographic or ThundaFunda) in order to re-inspire oneself. The ocean never gets its hue combinations wrong. Steal from the briny depths!

(Here.)

A nautically inspired, wave pattern blanket! Clean blues and whites mimic sailor stripes, but also the colors of the bright sea (Here).

Wall textiles created by Mini Moderns using 1950’s linocutting techniques! (Here.)

Cottage style, beach house. The painted wrought iron bedding is the perfect touch. The colors are drawn from yellow starfish, and gently bay waters.

I did not even choose to include the Hermes scarf in the pricing below because it was something like $410 – $870 dollars. I seriously love their patterns, and if I had money to burn this would be a purchase, however I often find similar patterns in a local vintage shop for $3-12 each

Lake Superior Curtain
$208 – anthropologie.com

Spiny Lobster Rug
$498 – anthropologie.com

Edwardian Knob, Aqua
$10 – anthropologie.com

Molten Spectrum Knob, Aqua Swirls
$8 – anthropologie.com

Parsons Bed in Colors – Room & Board
$699 – roomandboard.com
And in case you want to become extremely literal with this under the ocean theme, here are some finds that include FISHES (I am allowed to use the plural FISHES if I am discussing multiple of several species of fish. GRAMMAR POLICE OVER).

4. Lalique Light Blue Angel Fish Figurine – $99 – neimanmarcus.com

4. Lalique Golden Angel Fish Figurine – $99 – neimanmarcus.com

3. Fish Hotel – $35 – crateandbarrel.com

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Fish And Lily Plate – £15 – liberty.co.uk

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Orange Fish Plate  – £15 – liberty.co.uk

5. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Little Fish Bowl – £8.95 – liberty.co.uk

6. Rhodes Acid Washed Frame – $42 – artgalleryframes.com /  Fish print from Paper Source (actually wallpaper sold by the roll) and Starfish print found at Shop AD by J. Pocker & Sons, Inc.

7. Giona Aquarium – Fish bowl Transparent by Skitsch – £257 – madeindesign.co.uk
Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent. – H. P. Lovecraft