Friday, May 29, 2009

Temporary break

My mind has been filled with thoughts, and I have not had time to post. I will be back next week, I promise. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cannes summer style

I like.

Hudson Guide

We started our trip to Hudson at Western Reserve Academy, which by the way looks like a college campus. It is gorgeous. A lot of its buildings are historical and it has the second oldest observatory in the United States. Just taking a walk around the campus is an activity.

For dinner, we went to Downtown 140, a nationally recognized restaurant for its food and atmosphere. Initially, you have to walk down a set of stairs as if you are walking into an underground bar or speakeasy. Once you get in, you can tell by the white table cloths that it is much nicer, but it still has a relaxed quality about it with big sofa chairs. The lights are set on dim, and based on the rich colors of mahogany and red, you know this is a date place. We were able to sit at the chef's table and witness them make a variety of interesting purees and many of the night's special, the rack of lamb. 
What I liked about the restaurant was that it featured my go-tos like oysters and calamari to start and a beef fillet for an entree, but each had an interesting twist. The beef filet for instance was topped with shallot jam, which was amazing and the potato puree was mixed with pesto. The menu also featured an organic chicken and wheat pasta for the more health conscious. Another interesting item on the menu were the two ounce wine tastes, which are nice if you just want to try something new without committing to a full glass. 

Hudson also had some cute shops right around the restaurant, which included some "unique" to the area such as Uniquely Ohio, a boutique of gifts, jewelry, and home decor from Ohio artists. For more mainstream shoppers there is a Gap, Coldwater Creek, and Ann Taylor Loft.

Hudson is close to Cleveland, approximately 40 mins. drive time, and is perfect for a day trip or a night stay.

(Photos courtesy of the Hudson City Web site, Downtown 140, and Western Reserve Academy.)

Book list

I have to add something to the book list. As a compulsive shopper with an addiction, I think this book might guide me in the direction to recovery. Its themes include why consumers have to buy the most expensive brands, how this relates to finding a mate or companions, and how we have evolved as consumers. The book, Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior, is by Geoffrey Miller an evolutionary psychologist and associate professor at the University of New Mexico. Go to Shop My Closet to find the link to the New York Times article.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, monday

Hey, just wanted to check in briefly. I had a very busy, fun-filled weekend that I am still recovering from. So for now, I wanted to post about this great look worn by Taylor Swift. I love it. 

I saw my boyfriend this weekend and we visited the cute and quaint town of Hudson, OH, Friday night to see his old high school lacrosse team play in a tournament at Western Reserve Academy. We also tried a cute restaurant, which I will talk about tomorrow. How was your weekend?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Friday!!

Have a fun weekend!

The boyfriend jacket

Here are some of my favorite boyfriend jacket looks. How do you wear your boyfriend jacket? Also look at Shop My Closet to see how I made an old jacket look new. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dorm room decor

It must be because I am nostalgic about my days gone by in college and the fact that oriental rugs get me all riled up, but I am obsessing over this dorm room interior. Check out the blog where I found it and the article.


I have been groovin to this tune all morning.

Festival de Cannes

Reasons why I would like to attend this year's Festival de Cannes.

1. The amazing location. 

2. Inglorious Bastards (Quentin Tarantino) will be premiering. (Brad Pitt & Diane Krueger!!)

3. The festival opened with the 3-D animated movie "Up" directed by the creators of "Toy Story".

4. Closing Film : Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (Jan Kounen)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The underwear question

My friend and I were discussing this the other day: Is Victoria's Secret really the best place to purchase underwear? You would think it is because everyone and there mother shops there, but is there another source that I don't know about? My friend said that she sometimes goes to Nordstroms. Is there any other place where people shop for undies and swear by? I just need to know!

Photo from Flickr.

New J.Crew Men's Shop: New York

I have more men's style to report on, and better yet my favorite men's (and women's) clothing store, J.Crew. A Continuous Lean has taken a very "detailed" look at the newest J.Crew Men's Shop in New York, and I would advise checking it out. I don't mean to sound vulgar, but the pictures will leave you hankering for a man in an italian wool suit—what?

Photo from the J.Crew Web site.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Close Ups

(Left to right) My little sister Kelly, Me, My mom, and my older sister Maria. How was your Mother's Day?

Shop my closet

Hello readers,

Please check out my new blog, Shop My Closet. A friend and I decided to start this to document our attempts to be frugal in these hard economic times. We are following the advice being handed out by many fashion media outlets to shop our closets instead of splurging on those really expensive purchases. There is even a disclaimer because we don't think we will be able to go without shopping. Watch our victories and failures and lament with us about the price of looking stylish.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sexy or Trashy?

Is anyone ready for this? (Photo from Louis Vuitton) Up until a little while ago, I was under the impression that thigh high boots were for people like Julia Roberts's character in Pretty Woman. However, this model from Antonio Berardi's 2008 Fall line look amazing and sexy and, quite frankly, warm. Maybe this is my answer to the constant struggle with the cold weather in Cleveland. Maybe I should wear these from October until May, which is how long our winters last. I may have to simmer on this one.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Happy Friday!!

Pigeon Point in Tobago, photo by Denny Lee, The New York Times

I want to go to there!!! 

Hope you enjoy your weekend. What are your plans? Anything special for Mother's Day? We have a brunch planned Sunday morning. But, tonight is girls night out.   

Thursday, May 7, 2009

New book: Model as Muse

Maybe I don't need to go to New York City. They are selling the book Model as Muse on the Met's Web site and for a little less on Amazon.

Men's style: Swim shorts

I think I am going to delve into men's style for once. At least my boyfriend (probably the only man who reads this that is not gay) will get a break from the girly daydreams and dress ideas. JCrew aficionado found this on Men's Style. I think these are pretty cool as far as men's swim wear. They aren't your basic tropical pattern nor your favorite beer label.

Web site alert: Skin Deep

This Web site, Skin Deep, will tell you how hazardous some makeup is to your health. Some of the facts on this site will shock you. Even well-known brands have been given bad ratings on this site. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spring inspiration: Tracy Reese

I am loving the Tracy Reese Spring 2009 line. The interesting details and big floral prints are very romantic.

CMA Spotlight: Lee Friedlander Exhibit

I really enjoyed the Friedlander exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I honestly hadn't heard of the photographer until I saw the exhibit advertised and didn't know what to expect. Lee Friedlander describes his photography as the American Social Landscape. There is a mix of self-portraits, well known landmarks, everyday life, and even nudes. His shots are interesting and unique like the reflection photo below. Some of the photographs chronicled the development of different industries including in the Cleveland and Pittsburgh area.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Model as a Muse and the Costume Institute Gala

The one art exhibit I would love to see this year is the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. It will explore the role of fashion models as muses of recent eras. The Gala Benefit took place last night, with Honorary Chair Marc Jacobs and Co-Chairs Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake, and Anna Wintour. Exhibition dates: May 6–August 9, 2009. Vogue picks their best dressed of the night. 

Photo (top) via Guest of a Guest—New York Event Blog

Chanel and Audrey Tautou

I don't know what could be a better match than Chanel and Audrey Tautou. I can't believe I didn't think of it first. The scenes in this video are vivid and imaginary like a dream. The casual traveler and her casual fling—a love story as old as time. Check out Starbucks and Jane Austen for the screen captures. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is Billie Holiday singing "I'm a fool to want you".

Monday, May 4, 2009

The invitations

I noticed these a little too late to plan any kind of party for the race, but if I had known I would have had my floppy hat ready. I love these.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Kentucky Derby Hats of 2009

There is nothing I love more than a big floppy hat and a mint julep. I had my money on General Quarters for this Kentucky Derby because I watched the preshow and heard the owner's story. That's the last time I rely on my emotions for a bet. But, here are some of my favorite hats from this weekend. I especially love the really floppy one at the bottom.

Photos by Rick Schmitt via the Kentucky Derby Web site.

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace Well, it's officially ...