the story behind the hermès scarf

the story behind the hermès scarf

I purchased my first Hermès scarf at a resale boutique in the 16th arrondissement on my very first trip to Paris and couldn’t contain my glee as they passed the signature orange box to me at the register.  Since then I’ve started my own collection of Hermès scarves and regularly incorporate them into my outfits and love learning new ways to tie them.

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A Handy Guide for Bedding

A Handy Guide for Bedding

I have a confession to make.  I’m a total bedding addict and am constantly changing up the look of my bed so I tend not to make a huge investment on the products I buy. I hit the discount stores like Home Goods or Tuesday Morning to score some good deals.  And then there is always the siren song of the bedding aisle at Target.  Someday down the line I’ll invest in some high quality sheets and have a custom duvet made, but until then it’s the discount stores for me.  A custom duvet for those handy DIY types probably isn’t a huge challenge, but I’m going to stick with the experts as I am not handy in the least {something I’ve finally admitted to myself after several false starts on DIY projects, but I digress}

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Bergdorf Goodman's 2014 Holiday Windows

Bergdorf Goodman's 2014 Holiday Windows

few <wink> years later, it’s the windows at Bergdorf Goodman’s that make me ooh and ahhh, and this year’s windows are another feast for the eyes.  The theme is simply “The Arts.”  There are eight large windows in this year’s display that range from performance to applied arts to fine arts.  This year’s categories are literature, architecture, theater, painting, music, dance, sculpture and film.  It takes a team of 30 designers, 100 craftsmen, two weeks to install and about 3,500 work hours to get to the unveiling, which happened on 17 November this year.

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Great Find :: Murano Glass

Great Find :: Murano Glass

Retro, vintage and antique glass art and glassware are great additions to your décor and make fabulous gifts. Swanketsy and 1stdibs are great sources to find Murano glass -- there is so much to look at and drool over I had a hard time selecting images to include below.

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8 Tips for How to Buy/Shop Well

8 Tips for How to Buy/Shop Well
  1. Go with someone you trust.  

    • They will talk you out of a bad decision and it is always good to have someone to bounce ideas off of.  Plus, they might see something you missed.

  2. Test a palette.

    • Tack up paint samples and fabric swatches, then stand back and look at the samples.  Do they look good together?  Look at the samples throughout the day — light changes how we perceive things.  {You know the cliché, “See things in a different light”?  There actually might be something to it!}

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design inspiration | rachel ward & kate spade new york did it again!

The SoHo installation debuted with a cocktail party (natch) during New York Fashion Week. As in Japan, the chosen medium was hot pink and neon yellow tape. Rachel Ward's architectural approach, not to mention the precision of the tape application, still blow me away. Putting up painter's tape straight is often a big challenge for me!

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necessary for all oenophiles in the recession...

I love wine. There. I said it. I love browsing the aisles of wine shops, looking for that perfect gem to accompany my dinner or my quiet time in the bath. I love finding that little wine shop, usually in an unexpected place, that really knows their wine and don't turn their noses up to you when you tell them your sometimes miniscule budget.

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rachel ward and kate spade new york

kate spade new york collaborated with artist Rebecca Ward on some design elements in the new store. Ward’s preferred medium is colored tape due to its intriguing texture and the fact that it is available in a wide range of colors. Tape also allows Ward to bring her creations into the third dimension, as opposed to two parallel lines drawn or painted on a wall.

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