Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Impossible



I wanted you guys to be the 2nd to know about this !!!
CL has launched LIPSTICKS
in 3 textures.

100's of shades it seems.

beautiful tube also.

but $90 a tube ?
seriously ? !!

please tell me if you would spend $90 on a new lipstick?

for awhile the only people who will have this will be the "jet set, actresses, singers, models"
all of whom have been GIVEN a sample or two.

I am definitely NOT sold.


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Americans in Paris

well, I'm certain that Vicki Archer and Tish Jett already KNOW this
as they are hours ahead of us Texans...

but there is "news" for us fashionistas.

Time to update your New York Fashion Week calendar: The Row is moving its hot-ticket Spring 2016 presentation to Paris this season. 

While this isn’t the first time Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have decamped to the City of Light for Fashion Week—they moved their Spring 2011 affair to Paris after samples didn’t deliver to New York in time—it’s still a notable decision for the brand, which recently picked up the CFDA Fashion Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. 

The sisters’ off-piste presentation was a big draw on the New York schedule, routinely held at posh, high-profile locations like Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Seagram Building and Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle hotel. While no further details of their plans are known at this time, it’s a safe bet that the affair will be every bit as chic as what they’ve done in New York.
(all from vogue runway)


I have long thought that The Row, Marc Jacobs & Tom Ford
are the most relevant designers on the planet right now.

all Americans.
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Monday, August 31, 2015

Closetness



I was looking through seemingly 1000's of photographs over the weekend,
my late husband was never without a camera, so we have pics of EVERYTHING !!!

when we were first married I discovered there was no way I would be able to use
the closet in the master as he had it completely taken over with his things.

the easiest, quickest, most practical way to make my own space was to take a small bedroom upstairs which was basically junk storage anyway, and build a closet.
I thought of everything.
below is one section which shows floor to ceiling shoe storage & suiting.

I always used shoulder covers on my good garments while they were waiting for their next wearing.
this protects the apparel from almost everything.


Part of My Closet
there was a window in the room, so I had built-in drawers built underneath the window
for my jewelry, sorta like the ones below.
this created a ledge or countertop where I could display other items and where I would place a lamp.
I had tract lights on a dimmer installed so I wouldn't have bright lights shining on the apparel unless I
specifically wanted it that way.

These are all so beautiful! I wouldn't be able to fill them though! Time to go shopping?!!
there was a small closet already in the room, so I made it into this type of storage.
The Very Helpful Shelving Unit  This comes in handy if youre not sure where to begin your organization process.
pretty cool idea for jewelry storage,
however, never hang your nice/good/fine jewelry.
lay it flat so the chain/stringing material, etc. is not stressed.
walk in closet-master bathroom , my guest bedroom turn into a walk in closet. Cust...
Standard clothes measurements and storage space requirements for your closet design (via Organized Living)
&, of course, since I had an empty room to work with I was able to built it out specifically for my trouser lengths, etc., like the diagram above, except I knew I would hang my pants, not fold
them over a clothes hanger.  
& I did have storage above for my luggage, it could just lay flat on the top shelves
& be pulled right out for packing.
I think you already know I have always used a rolling-rack for initial packing ideas...
pull out as much as you want, accessorize it, and then start eliminating.

I also had a dead bolt on my closet door and only my housekeeper had another key.
too many inquiring minds (the adult kids of my husband) coming & going, & I thought
the room was mine, personally, and shouldn't be invaded.

 I've just discovered there an app for organizing your clothes !!!
Yep.
stylebookcloset app for IPhone where you can use your own clothes, like Polyvore,
to create different outfits.

Stylebook, a closet manager for the iPhone. Take pictures of your own clothes and build outfits!
I have NO idea why anyone would need this, unless you're loaning things to someone else,
which none of us would do, right?

& the image shows LOOK # 646  !!!
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

There is No Doubt....



the Jolie lips on daughter, Shiloh, who is now 9.

that girl had no chance to be anything but beautiful, did she?

looking forward to a cooler week in Houston, kids are back in school,
except for the college students, mom's are back shopping,
and Labor Day looms, marking the REAL end of summer for all of us.

I just watched the trailer for "By The Sea" the movie starring
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Pitt (as she is now known),
the movie is going to knock our socks off, I think.
the trailer's titles are even great!

in other movie news, I watched "Some Kind of Beautiful"
with Pearce Brosnan & Salma Hayak over the weekend.
something there for all of us so if you get a chance to catch it on pay for view please do yourself a favor and watch.

xx's


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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Most Romantic Wedding Venue


Looking for your dream wedding destination?

 We've found it.

I wish I could make the photo larger as this is just so beautiful.




Is This the Most Romantic Wedding Venue in the World?

this place began as a sugar mill long long ago.
it was abandoned and almost went back to the wild,
when a woman came along and had to restore it.

she could see it as it should be.

her vision was brought to life in the most beautiful way imaginable.

go here to read the entire article,

and you can find eved more photos on pinterest.
just look for HAIKU MILL, MAUI



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

People Change....


those of you who've been reading my blog for awhile already know that my 
preference in interiors (mine) lean toward the very sleek, ultra sophisticated looks.

however, lately the images below have captured me.

I think it's because they are SO completely livable and comfortable,
made for creature comfort, without pretense.  
you know?




and I think I've relaxing a bit as I've fallen under the influence of
Penelope Bianchi and The Contessa, Elizabeth.
2 women of immense talent and
boundless charm.






I've also decided it's OK for the dogs to get on the furniture, albeit they always did
but with much worry on my part.

now, I won't worry.
they are a part of my life, a big part!

& then there're the grandchildren,
aged 7.5 to newborn.

there can be no pretentious with them around !!!

have a wonderful day, my friends.

I'm almost back in the land of the living,
temps have dropped considerably meaning Fall is not too far away.

& yes, Helen, there is a huge difference between 100f & 90f.

xx's
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three's Company !!!




these red outfits make me smile,
bring on the holidays !!!



the 70's vibe is such a happy, casual way to dress.
any of these outfits 
make a perfect winter's day dressing in Houston.

 Grabbing all attention and turning heads as beauty's
Sanne Vloet, Larissa Hofmann & Melina Gesto 
take a stroll through the city as David Bellemere captures the models 
in the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Hermes & Bottega Veneta,
 styled together by Marina Gallo 
for the september issue of Vogue Spain.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Another Texan

deshistoiresdemode:

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If you’re overdressed 
people will just assume 
you’re coming from somewhere better 
or going somewhere better.


Texan, Jerry Hall in the early years,
still beautiful & still witty.


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Theory


(image of the Diana Fountain, Bayou Bend Gardens, Houston Museum of Fine Arts property,
open to the public)




transitional dressing.

here in Houston we're not certain exactly what this means as our climate
usually consists of 200 days of Summer, 20 days of Winter,
& the rest divided into Fall & Spring.

however, we do travel, thankfully.





for the rest of my readers, the ones who actually live in locations where we have 4 actual Seasons,
the little outfit above would be absolutely wonderful!

for any age, any size.

the Linella wool/cashmere blend funnel-neck sweater is beautiful in this silver gray color,
love the way it fits, it's design is flattering to everyone.

& that perfect leopard-print skirt, the Marvita A-Line shaped, would become a staple for me.
wood/nylon knit pull-on skirt, below the knee making it wonderful for our Fall shoes/boots.

& both from THEORY in a really great price point,
both pieces are very affordable.

please let me know what you think...would you wear this?

I know I would....and could wear it almost every single day during the season.
I especially love the fact that the pieces are not married.
either could go without the other, you know?

NMF16_TAF7E

& this JOIE "Matricia" PONCHO ?
terrific.
pop it on over the outfit above or wear it 100 other ways,
love the pattern, texture...and yes, even with the leopard print skirt.

wool/poly, under $300, you can find it here

& ummmmm what a wonderful Christmas gift for someone!!
right?


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jeff Leatham's Green Botanical Wedding Flowers




is there anything more beautiful than Jeff Leatham's flower designs?

nope.

below is an example of WHY he is so in demand.
wish they had said whose wedding and where it was.

a lovely Sunday to you guys...

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