Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pushing Daisies, The Last 3.

ABC is playing the last three episodes of Pushing Daisies (starting last night and for the next two Saturdays). I didn't watch it live, but they're airing them on! I watched last night's episode and it was bittersweet (as many have been saying). It's great to finally be able to watch these missing episodes after having to wait, but it's so sad that these are the last episodes that will ever be...

Pretty people.

I have to say. Diane Kruger (Germans represent!) and Joshua Jackson are a darn good lookin' couple. Before her, he was just the dude from Mighty Ducks and Dawson's Creek and now, look at him! He's learned a lot about fashion from her.

I love this...from a Great Gatsby-themed New Years' party

They look great at premieres...

And when they're just out and about.

I love how their looks usually coordinate, also. Ah, pretty people.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

City and Colour/Dallas Green

The best part of the above song is around 2:25. Ignore the lyrics (except for these: While I'm off chasing my own dreams/sailing around the world/ Just know I'm yours to keep.). Listen to the sound of his voice and the melody. Just ignore everything else. That's what I do.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Marion Cotillard is Lady Dior

Audrey did Chanel and now Marion is doing Dior! I love these fashion mini-movies, especially when they feature my favorite French actresses.

"Lisztomania", Phoenix

Whoever made this, thank you:

The original video is cool, but apparently even Phoenix themselves like the 80s mash-up video better.

Oh, and there's also this:

(I love you, Duckie.)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Snip, snip.

Looking at the picture of Zooey Deschanel from yesterday's post reminds me of one of my great personal failures: growing out my hair. I always start out with the best intentions, but after a few months I can't bear my awkward, in-between-stages hair, so I chop it all off.

If I did have the patience to grow the mane of my dreams, I'd go for long hair with bangs, like so:

Jane Birkin got it right.

So did her daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg.

So did her other daughter, Lou Doillon.

And so did Zooey.

Will I ever have the patience to attempt this look? Probably not, but it's nice to dream!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Zooey for Everything

Zooey Deschanel is doing a great job advertising things lately. She's the face of Oliver Peoples' 2009 campaign and even got a pair of sunglasses named after her.

They made an adorable mini-movie to go along with the campaign:

And on the subject of glasses, I think this pair is going to be the winner for my new frames:

I feel a little nervous about red frames, but I LOVE the contrast.


The "Thriftsravaganza" that I talked about in my second vlog last week was a blast, as expected. While I found surprisingly few home decor items, I hit the jackpot with clothes (nothing vintage, unfortunately) and if I would have been shopping for furniture, I would have needed a moving truck to haul home all of the amazing finds I stumbled upon.

Let me share:

Bun-footed armoire

The shape is simple enough that it can be used with a lot of different decorating styles. I love the sage green color it was painted, but when in doubt it can always be painted white! Whether being used as a TV cabinet or a linen closet, I think it's an adorable piece.

Antique sofa ($175)

In my mind, this sofa's potential is limitless. While its shiny brocade could work for a shabby chic look, it could be recovered in a neutral linen like Anthropologie's Amelie Sofa ($2,898 +$250 shipping)

or, another idea from Anthropologie (where I get many ideas) is that it could be covered in a fun fabric, like one from Marimekko, for a look like the Jayne Sofa ($3,498 +$250 shipping)

(Some of the current season's Marimekko upholstery fabrics I like:

And don't forget Ikea's fabrics!:

Antique dresser in lacquered cream

I think this piece is perfect, as-is. I love the details and actually have some dining chairs with the same detailing. This look is so easy to emulate, though. Any old dresser could look like this after a few coats of off-white paint and some high-gloss polyurethane.

Small settee

While the fabric on this settee is hideous, the shape makes a multipurpose piece. It's small enough that it can fit into a small entry as a place to take off shoes, or it could be put at the foot of your bed as a dressing/relaxing spot. It would need to be recovered (the current fabric is a nubby, terrycloth-like 70s fabric), and it could have a modern print like the ones above or a trendy ikat.

Metal trunk

After this trunk has been thoroughly cleaned and the ripped handle has been repaired, this can function as a coffee table, TV stand, foot-of-the-bed storage or a billion other things. I love using suitcases and trunks as furniture because they serve as storage for out of season items like blankets and sweaters (especially in a place without a lot of closets!).

Art Deco armoire

This Art Deco armoire was so beautiful that I walked back to look at it over and over again. Besides the gorgeous wood inlay details, it was in fabulous condition. It had mirrors inside, tons of space, hooks for hanging and a metal key to look your pretty clothes up safe. I can't believe this was in a thrift store and not some pricey antique shop. Whoever brings this piece home is a lucky individual.

There were many more finds, but I got so overwhelmed that I started leaving my camera in the car. If only thrifting could be my job. Who wants to hire me?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kati!

My darling baby sister turns 15 today!

Sweet Swedes

There is a certain Swedish blogger whose shoes I'd love to walk in for a day or ten.

She dresses entirely in vintage or vintage-inspired looks, as does her handsome boyfriend. She works for an advertising agency in Stockholm where it looks like everyone in the office is friends. She must never be bored. Her friends are always having dinner parties, birthday parties, summer parties, costume parties...they always have something to celebrate, and they go all-out when they do, and everything is well photographed.

Her blog is in Swedish, and since I don't understand the language I look at her site through Google Translator. It is sometimes more entertaining than getting the exact meaning. Instead of saying, "These cupcakes are heavenly," it reads things like, "The cupcakes celestial is." Celestial, indeed!

Her boyfriend's name even gets translated, and apparently it means " the wind." So, when "the wind" whispers secrets in her ear, and "the wind" slow-dances with her, it has such an otherworldly magic to it, even though she's writing about her boyfriend.

If you don't already read Sandra's blog, I highly recommend it!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Just Thinkin'.

What a deliciously dreary day!

I love the occasional rainy day, perfect for snuggling down with a book or journal and ruminating on...ruminations?

On the car ride home from the mountains today, I was ruminating on our neighbors.

Yesterday, we had our neighbors, Howard and Sarah Lee, over at the house. I love being around them because they both have such invigorating spirits. They split their time between their house in the NC mountains and their other home in Florida. They are in their eighties and have seen and done so much in their lives and have no plans to stop anytime soon. They're planning a trip to Ireland and have hot-air ballooned over the African savanna. They've cruised around the Arctic glaciers and trekked Greece and Turkey. The list of what they haven't done and seen is probably shorter than the list of all they have accomplished.

Beyond their travels and tales, there is another enviable thing about them. They still hold hands. Sarah Lee still calls Howard sweetheart and when she tells a story, Howard looks at her with total adoration. They have been married ever since Howard was 21 and working in a Florida lumberyard and Sarah Lee was almost 23, working at a university. They have held hands through the loss of a child and through all of their other travels, trials and tribulations. Best of all, they laugh. Whether it's a joke Howard tells, or Sarah Lee poking fun at herself, they tip their heads back and laugh together.

That's what I want. I want someone who, after sixty-something years of marriage, still makes me laugh so hard I have to wipe the tears away; someone who calls me sweetheart; someone who relishes my weirdness, and who stays by my side and holds my hand tightly on the slow walk through life.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Today, (in just a few minutes actually) my family is packing up to go here:

I'm excited about it because I haven't been to my family's mountain house since 4th of July last year! I'm looking forward to:

Reading on the porch

Wading around in the icy creek

And also:

* Watching Maya bark at cows
* Drinking beer by the bonfire at night
* Driving into Asheville for my baby sister's 15th birthday dinner (I'm still in denial that she's only a year from 16.)
* Bundling under the covers at night
* Being free of emails, cell phone rings and cable TV (I am a technology addict--it's good to turn it all off, now and then)
* And mostly, just BEING. When you're up there, you breathe better, think clearer and can't help but have a positive outlook. It's too peaceful not to.

I hope everyone has a fun-filled and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

P.S. On the subject of choruses

I totally geeked out about the preview episode of Glee.

How awesome was this part? "Don't Stop Believing" is one of those songs that I will love till I die.

I think this show is going to be for me what High School Musical is to the ankle-biters. The guy who plays the football star/glee club hero is my Zac Efron. Sigh.

Landslide. (And more.)

I love when kids do anything musical.

These kids sing so soulfully and sound SO good! I wish I'd had a music teacher like theirs. He seems awesome. I have to admit, I got teary-eyed a little bit:

Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide"

Bjork's "One Day"

Coldplay's "Viva la Vida"

Regina Spektor's "The Call"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Oh, Vlogging.

I'm moving around a lot because I'm scratching mosquito bites. The skeeters are out and they ain't playin'.

Untitled from Sabrina Heise on Vimeo.

Maya Lounges in Style.

Her sleep style is so amusing and I've been making a collection of photos to prove it. She is such a light sleeper, though, that the click of the camera turning on is enough to make her open her eyes and look at me with disdain.

I wish I could lounge so elegantly.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Glee is a new series premiering this fall on Fox. I tried fighting all the hype about this show, but after watching the promo a few times, I'm completely sucked in. Fox is giving everyone a taste of the series by playing the first episode tonight at 9pm.

Guess what I'm watching tonight? (Or downloading for FREE on iTunes tomorrow.)

Monday, May 18, 2009


First Video Blog, or "Vlog" from Sabrina Heise on Vimeo.


Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a film director. Marion Cotillard plays his wife, Penelope Cruz plays his mistress. That would be enough to make a film, right there. But it gets better. Sophia Loren plays his mother and Judy Dench is his costume designer. Oh yeah, and Nicole Kidman is his muse. (And Kate Hudson and Fergie are part of this, too?!)

I don't normally rave over musicals, but this one's got me. Except for the Fergie part.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Get Outfitted.

Urban Outfitters' catalogs do not appeal to me at all. Thanks to whomever does their email updates, because they are much more pleasing to the eye--and much more informative. I was thrilled when I saw that they're now carrying an affordable line of Rachel Comey footwear. While her designer label's shoes run over $300 a pair, the ones at Urban are all under $80. Niiiiiice!

These are only $58!

Laura talked about her favorites from Urban's Spring line, and I definitely agree (especially the second dress!).

Here are some more items I love:

Architectural shoes add so much interest to a look.

Ahhh, fantasy shopping.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Slappin' da bass, mon!

This makes me laugh. Again and again. The kind of laugh that starts with a squeal and kind of ends in a gurgle. I keep watching this clip over and over to hear Paul Rudd's progressively weirder pronunciations of "Slappin' da bass, mon." Also, I hope it starts raining so I have a good excuse to stay in my pajamas all day. Otherwise I might have to do something insane, like putting on a bathing suit and going to the beach. Ugh.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hey, Kitten.

Another little treasure I stumbled across:

I know, I know. A yellow ceramic cat? So '70s. While I'm not normally a fan of kitsch, I think this little kitten could look quite sweet perched on a bookshelf or on a table somewhere.

Jonathan Adler, the king of chic ceramic animals, inspired this buy. I love how a little animal on a shelf adds just a bit of fun to a room. Design doesn't have to be boring, people.

West Elm is also going with the animal trend:

While it looks like the "in" ceramic animal color is white, I like my little kitten in a bright, cheery yellow. It's such a great accent color (and is Pantone's "Color of the Year" for interior design). You can't help but feel a little happier after looking at it.