they have radom house classic book sets. i "need" the "boy's gift set" with the adventures of robin hood and king arthur and his knights of the round table by roger lanclyn green, sherlock holmes by sir arthur conan doyle, and the BFG by roald dahl.
i love to read, but never have the time. a friend of mine just introduced me to dailylit.com. the premise is simple. you go to the site, pick a book you want to read, enter you email address, and click subscribe. you then receive five minute installments from your book of choice emailed to you daily. i highly recommend it. i am currently reading the adventures of sherlock holmes. i receive an email at 8am on weekdays. i read it when i get into the office and then start my day. its perfect.
i think having a beautiful (and comfy) bed is really important, given that you spend seven (hopefully eight) hours a day in your bed and it is the centerpiece of your bedroom (or at least it is in mine, since I'm in a studio). i am constantly looking for new sheets, duvets and pillows. these bed linens from leontine linens are gorge.
a friend just sent me the most amazing blog called the sartorialist. it is written by a man who once worked in sales and marketing for a high end women's designer. he always felt there was a disparity between the clothes he was selling and what he was seeing on people in real life. so he started the sartorialist. to share the real life, inspiring people that he captures throughout the world.
going through the site, i fell in love with this photo. need those camel pants.
this weekend i was in anthropologie drooling over their home section (i pretty much love everything in there). while browsing, i picked up a gorgeous antique globe, only to find that it was labeled "prop" and not for sale. dejected, i put it down, but haven't given up on the idea of getting a globe for my apt. i know everyone has played this game, but i like to spin the globe and randomly put my finger down, and pretend thats where i might live (and if i get antarctica, i usually spin again - no offense).
in my globe research i found an amazing company called replogle globes. they are the oldest globe manufacturer in the world. you can learn everything you would ever want to know (or not) about globes here.
i realize that i should not be thinking about winter wear in the middle of august. however, i saw these dvf gloves and fell in love. naturally i emailed santa right away, so he could scoop them up before they sold out. santa is so reliable like that.
what do these two completely unrelated, but very excellent things have to do with each other?
last week, my friend called and asked if i wanted to go to mgmt with him. he had an extra ticket, as well as backstage passes.
as you might have gathered, this wasn't one of the harder decisions i've had to make.
when we arrived at the concert, we were directed to an entrance behind the stage. although i do not frequent the backstage gatherings, i don't believe that this was your typical experience. when we arrived, there was a buffet of food set up for the crew, and ten or so of the crew members sat around various tables covered with cheesy plastic tablecloths. we sat down at an empty round table. just as my disappointment about my backstage experience was settling in, four men walked up to our table and introduced themselves. it took me a bit longer than acceptable to realize that the four men were mgmt.
before i had time to digest that we were all sitting around a plastic-clad table chatting about god knows what, andrew vanwyngarden (lead singer) placed a large paper bag in front of us and asked "would you mind trying our ice cream flavor we are developing for emack & bolios?" before i had time to say something embarrassing, he pulled out two pints of ice cream and gave each of us our own. i honestly can not remember what else was discussed for the rest of our time backstage. i quickly lost interest in the band, and redirected all my energy in polishing off a pint of ice cream in record time.
the whole story feels like it should be preceded with "i had the weirdest dream last night...."
my brother recently introduced me to local natives, formerly known as cavil at rest. the natives are an indie rock band from l.a. and have been compared to the likes of arcade fire and vampire weekend.
they are really great. i have been playing their song airplanes (above) et nauseum, since i first heard it.
this dress is at the brooklyn museum for the american high style: fashioning a national collection exhibit. in light of the premiere of mad men season three this week, i thought it was appropriate. it feels like something betty draper would wear "lounging" around her house, smoking her cigs, waiting for don.
see more ensembles by american designers at the brooklyn museum here.
last night, a friend and i went to see the last night of jenny holzer's projections at the ica. while we were there, people stopped as they were walking by and marveled at the projections. by displaying her works on public buildings, holzer creates art that is accessible and unpretentious. she offers people the opportunity to experience something that they would otherwise never have the chance to see.
see more of holzer's projections on famous buildings throughout the world here.
a goal when designing a room or apartment is combining all components and styles you love, while also creating a cohesive look. i just found these images from vanity fair of valentino's recently revived fifth avenue apartment that define this balance perfectly. since his retirement, valentino found himself spending more time at home and teamed up with interior designer, jacques grange to redesign his apartment overlooking central park.
the apartment shows a refined range of exquisite tastes, from the eye catching art to the antique pieces throughout. he balances these different, yet strong styles expertly. they do not overpower, but instead complement each other, highlighting the beauty of each component.
now if only i could take some of this inspiration and skill and apply it to my tiny studio...
i took this photo on my walk home yesterday. it was such a beautiful night. the kind that makes you wish you had a roof deck and grill (or find a friend who does!). as i was walking through the fens (an urban garden in boston where you can rent plots of land), this particular plot caught my eye. looking at the photo, you would never know that this was taken in boston, steps from fenway park.
video: wait up (boots of danger) by tokyo police club
i saw this band a little while back when they opened for we were promised jetpacks, and ever since i have been a little obsessed. i think the lead singer is cute in a flannel/american apparel/hipster/skinny jeans sort of way.
at home this weekend, my mom and i found an old box of quotes that she had collected throughout her 20's. we spent hours going through the quotes and picking out our favorites. it was like a time capsule of quotes. each reflected a specific time in her life. it gave me the idea to make a quote collection of my own on the blog. here is the first (stolen from mom's box of quotes)...
"hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly"
image: assorted small cupcakes from sweet bakery, newbury street, boston ma
although ice cream is my favorite dessert, cupcakes are a close second. and these adorable mini cupcakes from sweet bakery are my favorite. any cupcake where the frosting is bigger than the cupcake itself is an instant winner in my book!