Friday, September 30, 2011

Picture Perfect couture

Somedays don't you wish you had a costume party to attend?
Or a couture dress to slip on for that matter. Indulge in such fanciful notions as traipsing into a forest complete with silk, satin and chiffon, whispery layers and light as air feathers. Its the headgear that truly captures my attention in these pictures though. I don't know if I like that cheeky pink Peter Pan-esque hat best or the dark blue ball of fluff that reminds me of a cross between a porcupine and a sea urchin. I could definitely see it perched firmly on the weathered head of a stylish tribal chief though!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Just COS

Sharp cheekbones plus great lighting equals magic. The broodingly reflective quality accentuated by a black and white finish. I've always admired the relative ease of men when it comes to dressing up. Turning out an impeccable image seems to require less fuss. Superb tailoring and classic pieces will stand you in good stead. If I were a guy, I would have all formal and evening wear by Tom Ford and suits for work made by Thom Browne. Casual attire would require nothing more than well-worn jeans and white or grey crew neck t shirts. An essential leather jacket and soft knits -preferably in black or navy and thats it. Oh, shoes are a whole different category.

images from COS

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Year of Beauty

Some snapshots that have made a lingering impact. I like that different moments were captured, the dramatic & the quiet. Stillness amidst the Hustle and immense Beauty in the mess. Fashion weeks can rightly be described as almost prophetic, the brief glimpse into the future of textures, colours and shapes that will permeate our consciousness in the coming months. Spring Summer next year is already looking promisingly lovely.

Images from NewYork Times style Magazine - models at Prabal Gurung, heels J.W Anderson, moodboard Prabal Gurung, hats Robert Geller, denim Theyskens's theory, pins Reed Krakoff, cinematic at L'wren Scott, lined up at Tommy Hilfiger.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Have a Lie In

Essentials to get me through the week... lots of beauty sleep and foamy lattes topped with a Heart. Pretty lattes are an indulgence I never fail to appreciate! We all have our coping mechanisms...What's yours?

from my inspiration folders...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pictures from Napa Valley

As promised, here are some pictures from my trip to Napa in July! Quite a few vineyards were visited and too many glasses of wines were tasted, or more accurately, consumed. I'm not one to sip and spit. If you ever make it out to Napa, try driving to as many wineries as possible, you don't necessarily have to taste at each location but you'll probably enjoy the magnificent surroundings and unbeatable views. Take a walk, take pictures and just allow yourself to be transported.

I went to Domaine Chandon where champagne truffles were provided to match the champagne, also Rubicon which was amazing with its arched trellis and water fountains, not surprising since it's owned by the Coppola family. Robert Mondavi, Rutherford Hill, Jessup Cellars.
Highly recommend Grgich Hills Estate made famous by the movie Bottleshock, deservingly by the way because the wine is divine. Andretti, yes owned by Mario Andretti the champion race car driver. Sutter Home which we happened to drive past while stocking up on cheese and chocolate at Dean & Deluca. Lastly, Regusci where this adorable little fella was there to welcome all visitors...
One of the highlights on the trip was a visit to Thomas Keller's vegetable garden in Yountville. Though I did not get to enjoy the pinnacle of dining experiences at The French Laundry, I did roam around quite happily in its not so humble vegetable patch. It was actually a surprise discovery! After a day of cycling around the valley, a quick stop at Bouchon bakery was badly needed and ta-da, this little plot of heaven was but a few minutes away. [I stole a teardrop tomato, who could resist?]Also pictured are some ripe peaches from Ad Hoc's backyard and crab legs from Morimoto in downtown Napa where I had dinner twice. Suffice to say the sashimi was stunning but do not try it unless you're prepared to possibly ruin all future meals at lesser Japanese establishments. Also, if you're a foie gras fan, the chawan mushi (a traditional steamed egg custard) infused with foie gras has me salivating just thinking about it. I dare say, if you're sitting on the fence about foie gras, this tiny dish might just tip you over the edge!

all images snapped with my iphone -napa in sunny July

Thursday, September 1, 2011

From the Wardrobe

Midnight and Ink were the inspiration. It wasn't my intention to veer towards the dark side but it seemed as if I was irresistably drawn to the gorgeous Blue Black shades. Naturally some sparkle had to be thrown in via art deco earrings and cinderalla-like Valentino heels. Some unusual cuts, some structure and some fluidity all mixed in. Isabel Marant, Equipment, Preen, Missoni, The Row - Here is a complete collection of what I'd ideally love to wear this week! Also, can you spot the skirt Christopher Kane named after a Chinese supermodel?

All from Net-a-porter