Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Fling.

This is what I'm thinking platforms in a bright coral, a little fedora to keep the sun out, a bangle for bling, a quality American-made wallet by makr, and my old faithful stripes.

On the note of what I'm thinking about...this is a song that makes me want to sit on the porch with a boy as we steal glances at each other, both thinking things we're not ready to say:


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Stole My Heart"

Kindle's latest commercial, created by the same girlfriend and boyfriend team (Ithyle Griffiths and Heather Kohler) that did this adorable music video, is a new favorite. And it's not even because of the nautical theme and stripes. Though that helps.

Here's the first Kindle commercial, as a refresher:

I wish all commercials were like this.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Kids talk about love.

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."
~Billy, age 4

The Essential Man via Naturally Nina

This might be the most perfect definition of love in the history of the world.

New Yorker Style

The cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker, the style issue, is just stunning.

I need to frame this.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Friday night...

....dim sum and a few glasses of wine with the best friend, then going through my closet and ending up in my prom dress.

There isn't much better than laughing and reminiscing with a lady I've known for over a decade. Tomorrow, we conquer the Bridge Run!

On Water Street this morning.

I love you, Springtime. I love you Charleston. You and your water and warm cobblestones.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This is my Spring Break.

Today feels like the last day of school before Spring Break. I feel that anxious "Let's just get it over with!" feeling about the rest of the day. In just a matter of hours, my best friend will be boarding a flight to bring her here! Five days of walking, talking, shopping, coffee shop-sitting, dim sum-eating, Ravenel Bridge-running, late night rambling, morning strolling, alley exploring goodness. To me, today is Friday with a 5-day weekend slapped on the back of it.

Happy weekend!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Martin + Osa

I've never thought much about American Eagle's big brother/sister brand, Martin + Osa, but this floral tank dress is causing me to reconsider.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I was at a dinner party at a friend's house yesterday and he made the most delicious cocktails with a liquor that I've never tried before. I am now obsessed. This tasty drink was made with St-Germain.

I love everything about this liquor, from the taste to the sleek design of the bottle. It's made in France from handpicked elderflower blossoms and has a slightly sweet, citrusy flavor, kind of like grapefruit. It's refreshing and crisp and goes down a little too easy. I anticipate drinking a lot of this during the hot Charleston summer.

Make a signature St-Germain cocktail and imagine yourself in a retro Parisian bar...that's what I plan on doing.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Cool and fun things you could do.

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


When I saw this image on Oh Joy!...

Image from Mads Teglers

...I felt a surge of jealousy for her short hair, as well as being completely awed by how perfect this photo is.

I will grow my hair out, I will grow my hair out.

A list of things I love today.

1. My life.
2. Everything in it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm totally in to...

Hellooooo, Michael Caine.

  • How to Make It in America The main character is a cute guy with good style who wants to make clothes. Need I say more? OK. The soundtrack is all over the place, in a good way. Download a mixtape inspired by the show here (check out the remix of Phoenix's "Rome" featuring Devendra Banhart).
  • Southern Flourish, the latest digital magazine for you to swoon over, has premiered. My favorite Charleston blogger, Olivia, has two articles in the mag.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Think ink.

Tattoos have been on my mind a lot as of late. One tattoo in particular. But on the topic, I stumbled upon this photo of a beautiful tattoo today:

Seen on Made with Love.

And if temporary tattoos are more your thing, the Chanel ones seen in this post are now available for purchase (for 75 bones!).

Thursday, March 11, 2010

She & Him, "In the Sun"

The first single and video from She & Him's second album, Volume 2.

She & Him - In The Sun from Merge Records on Vimeo.


Color studies.

Karen Myers, besides being the executive director of Redux, creates art that I want to hang on every wall of my house.

Here are a few of my favorites from her portfolio:

Hunting, 2007

Reading "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs," 2007

Red Socks, 2008

Untitled, 2008

Klimt Study #1, 2007

Her paintings and mixed media are so layered with colors and textures and visual interest. Love it.

To learn more about Karen Ann Myers and to see more of her portfolio, visit her website.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pen & Ink

"Elegy for the Personal Letter"

I miss the rumpled corners of correspondence,
the ink blots and crossouts that show
someone lives on the other end, a person
whose hands make errors, leave traces.
I miss fine stationary, its raised elegant
lettering prominent on creamy shades of ivory
or pearl grey. I even miss hasty notes
dashed off on notebook paper, edges
ragged as their scribbled messages—
can't much write now—thinking of you.
When letters come now, they are formatted
by some distant computer, addressed
to Occupant or To the family living at
meager greetings at best,
salutations made by committee.
Among the glossy catalogs
and one time only offers
the bills and invoices,
letters arrive so rarely now that I drop
all other mail to the floor when
an envelope arrives and the handwriting
is actual handwriting, the return address
somewhere I can locate on any map.
So seldom is it that letters come
That I stop everything else
to identify the scrawl that has come this far—
the twist and the whirl of the letters,
the loops of the numerals. I open
those envelopes first, forgetting
the claim of any other mail,
hoping for news I could not read
in any other way but this.
~Allison Joseph

When I read this poem on The Writer's Almanac this morning, I couldn't believe how fitting it was. Lately, I've been getting back in touch with people via handwritten letter and I thrill at the whole process--staring at your thoughts in ink on a page, sealing them up in a tidy envelope and shipping them across the country or across the ocean, and then racing home every day to check the mail for a reply. Allison Joseph's poem captures the magic in letters, "the twist and the whirl of the letters, the loops of the numerals." Receiving a handwritten letter satisfies something in me that can't be met any other way.

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Slip Into Your Skin"

This song makes me sigh.

"Cause everybody needs somebody to hold them down
When your feet are leaving the ground
Oh everybody needs somebody
To hold them down
When your feet are leaving the ground
Leaving the ground
Leaving the ground
Leaving the ground.

Be the blanket for my bones
Be a place that I call home..."

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Paradise found.

I would like to submit this into my "dresses to wear while slow dancing with a cute boy" file.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Am I a magpie?

I have such an affinity for shiny, sparkly things:

And I'm wearing stripes again. What a surprise.

O-Ku Sushi

I got the chance to make a quick stop by O-Ku's media preview today. In case you Charlestonians haven't heard, O-Ku (Japanese for "Oak") is the Chef Brett McKee-backed sushi restaurant opening March 18 in the old Waterworks space on the corner of King and Radcliffe (Upper King, holla!).

Picture this: dark wood, soft light, over-sized mirrors and the best quality sashimi this side of Nobu. The vision behind O-ku is that they pride themselves in the quality of their seafood--either locally sourced or shipped fresh from Hawaii and Japan--so they are keeping the decor low-key and their food free of any ingredients that muddle the palate. For example, their offerings today were clean, fresh, and surprising in some of their combinations. Their chef prepared yellowfin tuna with jalapeno and flounder with chive and citrus. Each bite allowed you to actually taste the fish and appreciate the unique ingredient pairings.

O-Ku opens just in time for the tail end of Charleston Fashion Week, and if today's sneak peek showed anything, it's that there isn't going to be an open reservation in sight for a while. Add this place to your "must visit" list.

Friday, March 5, 2010

BAFTA posters

The BAFTA poster for An Education, illustrated by Tavis Coburn, is so cool. This film and anyone in it (especially Carey Mulligan) has my vote for any and all film awards.

See the other BAFTA posters here.

Let's Go to the Mall.

Has anyone noticed that Banana Republic has taken some serious styling notes from J. Crew?

If you told me the images above were from J. Crew, I wouldn't even question it. Is Banana Republic having an identity crisis?

On another note, how cute are some of the Lela Rose for Payless things?

Neilson Bow Flats, $29.99

Paloma Clutch, $29.99

And on the note of spin-off collections, the only thing I'm really dying to own from the Liberty for Target line is this romper:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Everyone makes passes at girls who wear glasses.

The new short film for Oliver Peoples' latest eyewear line is just darling.

Elijah Wood + Shirley Manson (another stunning redhead) in Les enfants sennuient le dimanche (The children are bored on Sundays):

I love how Elijah barely blinks the entire time.

In case you need a refresher, here's the Oliver Peoples campaign featuring Zooey D.

Also, glasses are so cool. Even people on Craigslist comment on them.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's all around us.

Magic is everywhere. Patrick Watson in yoga class, chilly walks warmed with linked arms and laughter.

And beautiful short films with red-haired lovelies:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Oh Mia, oh my.

I've been trying to resist temptation and stick to my goal of growing my hair out. Then Mia Wasikowska goes and gets a pixie cut. Sigh...

Images from her Teen Vogue shoot:

And then, she lets the front get longer while keeping the sides short, which is my favorite cut, which you can see from her Sunday Telegraph shoot here and here.

And don't even get me started on her Harper's Bazaar Australia shoot.

Someone hand me the shears.