Friday, August 31, 2012

Throwback Friday

Today's inspiration comes from a photograph of Brigitte Bardot c. 1960.    

She is amazing.  How fun would it be to raid her closet?  I was especially taken by this photo because it portrays an image of Bardot's natural, street-wear style, as opposed to the typical sex bomb Bardot we all know and love.


Zadig & Voltaire 'Pull Cici Cashmere'

Current/Elliot 'Grey Camo Ankle Skinny'

Sigerson Morrison 'Sidewalk Skimmer'

Ray-Ban 'Retro Cat Eye Sunglasses'

Urban Outfitters 'Cable Knit Turban Beanie'

Spotted Moth 'Cicada Necklace'

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paradise Found

Two things you must know about me: 1) I love wine; 2) I love cheese.  Keeping these very simple, but oh-so-important factors in mind, choosing the location for tonight's get-together was not too difficult.  Paradise Pantry was exactly what we (I?) was looking for!  At first glance, the shop goes almost unnoticed, as it has a very "hole in the wall," unassuming exterior.  At second glance, the shop will beckon you into its front door past an array of succulents and exotic looking plants and into its charming tasting room.  

A guest winemaker was running the show and offering tastings of his own stuff tonight, which made us feel very lucky-really good!  We ordered two cheese and one meat sampler for the four of us, which proved to be the perfect amount, but the rest of the menu looked really tempting as well. All of the samples offered can be bought individually in the store-front deli.  I will definitely be stopping by Paradise Pantry again, whether for another night out with the girls, to pick up picnic ingredients, or otherwise!

sister, sister


a little off-kilter, but you get the general idea!

677 East Main St. Ventura, CA. 93001

The tasting room is teeny-tiny, so be sure to get here early on weekend days, and be prepared to wait a short while for a table on weekdays.  Worth it!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Thoughts Exactly, Fitzgerald

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Blast from the Past

I happen to adore old black and white photographs.  I have so much fun studying them and thinking about the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the lives of the people being photographed, and what was happening around the world in that specific instant.  Being a firm believer that the classic elegance found in many of the photographs from the bygone days should not remain in the past, I've decided to feature old photos that I find stylistically inspiring and create updated, accessible outfits inspired by them.

Of course, if you have any favorite photos that you would like to share, I would just love to see them.  Send them along in a message; I may even feature one or two in a post!


Let's see what we can do...

Sandro 'Revelation White Dress'

Eugenia Kim 'Carly Boho Cloche Hat'
Sandro 'Volage Ecru Blazer'

Nat-Sui Safari Beige Sandal

 'Positano Grande' by Floto

Gold Bangles

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Shake Shack

During my recent trip to New York City, I spent one afternoon getting lost in Central Park and the Upper West Side with my brother.  It started pouring rain as we were wandering the streets, and before we knew it, fate had pushed us under the awning of the The Shake Shack...Poor us.  The line to order wrapped around the building and down the block, which further prodded my brother and I to investigate whether the apparent love affair between New Yorkers and the Shake Shack was well-warranted.  After all, hungry fans were standing in the rain displaying some serious dedication.  Turns out my brother and I whole-heartedly approve of the match, even though the Shack is said to rival our beloved In-N-Out.

If you're in NYC, definitely stop by one of the Shake Shack venues; there are lots of locations, so maybe you'll even accidentally stumble across one like we did!  Here's a copy of the full menu to help keep your salivary glands in shape:

The address for this location is: 366 Columbus Ave. (between 77th & 78th) New York, NY. 10024
I've also been to the original location in Madison Square Park, which is outdoors and has plenty of seating.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Good Reads: A Farewell to Arms

I'm afraid I've been an absentee blogger for the past few weeks.  I'm sorry!  I have been traveling around the east coast of the US, which included a bus ride from Washington, DC to the Big Apple.  Before stepping out the front door to catch the metro to Union Station, I thought it might be a good idea to grab some extra reading material.   I quickly scanned my sister's bookshelf for the perfect book.  Something simple, concise, accessible: Hemingway.  I had never read A Farewell to Arms, but the description on the back cover had me immediately captivated: "the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse."

 The story is set during World War I and was written when Hemingway was only 30 years old.  I felt that his personal experience with being an ambulance driver in the war gave this novel more credibility, as he seemed very familiar with the geography of Italy and Switzerland, as well as with the social dynamics pertaining to those involved in the war. This being said, I didn't realize until I finished the novel that it is considered to be Hemingway's bleakest work....So, don't expect all sunshine and daisies, but do expect a poignant story that allows the reader to interpret and take part vicariously in the very human relationship between Catherine Barkley and Lieutenant Henry.

I finished this novel in one day;  I couldn't put it down. Something about the invitation to reader interpretation, the gripping understanding of human emotion, and thoughtful prose in Hemingway's writing always leaves me feeling satisfied and more insightful.  

 This is a photo of Hemingway taken in Milan circa 1918, about 11 years before he wrote A Farewell to Arms.    Isn't he a babe?