Saturday, September 29, 2012

FAO Schwarz, 150 years

The NYC toy store FAO Schwarz is celebrating 150 years!  150 years! Can you imagine? 

We'll be taking what we hope to be an annual Christmas trip to FAO Schwarz in a couple of months.... I'm so excited! I can't wait to see our Baby's face light up at all the Holiday magic.... created by a very creative I'm sure, FAO Schwarz design team.
Can't wait to see...

Tonner Dolls

From the FAO Schwarz facebook page - In an ongoing partnership with Disney, Tonner’s Alice in Wonderland Collection is a tribute to the incredibly imaginative version of the childhood favorite story by filmmaker/director Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Faking It

First Major Exhibition Devoted to History of Manipulated Photography Before Digital Age Opens at Metropolitan Museum October 11 —January 27, 2013

From - Exhibition Location: Galleries for Drawings, Prints, and Photographs and The Howard Gilman Gallery
While digital photography and image-editing software have brought about an increased awareness of the degree to which camera images can be manipulated, the practice of doctoring photographs has existed since the medium was invented. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photography before the digital age. Featuring some 200 visually captivating photographs created between the 1840s and 1990s in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, and commerce, the exhibition offers a provocative new perspective on the history of photography as it traces the medium’s complex and changing relationship to visual truth.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ryo Takemasa

image from Ryo Takemasa
 I can't tell you how many times I've lived this scene.
And this illustration by Ryo Takemasa pushed me right into those memories.  The two strongest ones are:

  1. running late for the IVANAhelsinki fashion show and the NYC Subway was flooded at Penn Station, so EVERYONE was out in the rain, in line for a taxi.
  2. Getting off the train at 30th street station in Philadelphia after setting up a trade show booth at the Javitz Center in NY, and the snow had turned to cold rain.... Those cabs lined up, were a sight for sore eyes
*notice how in NYC, I call them taxis and in Philly I call them cabs.  LOL *

Jump Start!!!

Fractionable is this year's theme
for Moore College of Art & Design's Jumpstart Fashion Show. The annual Project Runway-style event will take place Tuesday, October 2, 6 pm in The Great Hall.

Traditionally the first fashion show of the new school year at Moore, junior and senior fashion design students will have just one month to devise, design and showcase a garment based on the theme. "Fractionable" challenges fashion designers to create a garment that applies the rules of mathematics and the golden raio or golden rule searching for stylish symmetry in nature as they compete on the runway. Select student designs will be featured on view in The Galleries at Moore later this fall.

 It's always a wonderfully creative event...
Hope to see you there! 

Last year's winner for Best Historical Inspiration

Jumpstart is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Clothing donations for Career Wardrobe will be collected at the event

Career Wardrobe accepts donations of new and gently used women's professional clothing and accessories (shoes, scarves, jewelry). Beauty products, hosiery and toiletry donations must be new and unopened.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I love you Oscar!

Oh mercy!  I love love love love love
 .... that's 5 loves in a row! 
Yes, I love it that much! 
Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013, look # 47!
pic from

How I'd like to recreate this look on my budget:
I'll probably change the stripes to all vertical, especially if the 20 stone I want to lose by Spring 2013 are still hanging around, and I may have trouble recreating the almost chevron look for the skirt (any suggestions?)

I'll have to string some black silk flowers (from Etsy most likely) to mimic that gorgeous black rose necklace and cuff.  
These are from Etsy shop blossomheads

And I'll have to hunt down the perfect black and white striped fabric with much smaller stripes...these stripes read very bold and "evening", my look has to be wearable during the day and have a strap.  Popping my toddler on my hip in a strapless dress is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.... and probably cotton or some kind of blend (must be able to wash it!).  I like this pattern from kwik sew (the A Version).... easy enough to add length to make it a maxi. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hippie Glam!

Couldn't let another day go by without sharing how much I loved Leslie Mann's look on yesterday's Emmy red carpet.

Image from Lisa's Fashion Blog
 The dress is Naeem Khan... comfortable and elegant.  A full skirt with deep pockets, a crocheted bodice that mimics lace...and natural turquoise jewelry.  This is a look I would copy for spring.

How I would copy it....

This McCall's skirt pattern (M5591) adding a longer length and higher waist. 

And this Butterick top pattern (B5948) in a  large simple lace fabric.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sheer Madness

My seat for the 2012 Emmy red Carpet was with the E channel, on the floor of my son's playroom, in yoga pants and a very lived in Michael Stars tee (for the record, there  isn't normally a tv in the playroom, but we've recently had to switch the master bedroom into the playroom, because at 11 months old you need all the indoor running space that you can get, and we haven't switched the cable lines yet.... so since the living room was already occupied for an afternoon of the NFL, I sat comfortably on the floor surrounded by Thomas the Train, Elmo, Cookie Monster and every car and truck from Disney's Cars *shrug*  I've got to see my red carpets!)

Onto the sheeer madness of it all....

The 2012 Emmy Award Red Carpet was one amazing parade of fantastic... and unfortunate... sheer, illusion of sheer, lace cut out, peek -a-boo dresses. And for me the grand marshal of this procession was January Jones. She knocks it out of the park with a smoky eye and Zac Posen. 

Image from RCFA
 Anna Chlumsky in .... I think I heard Christian Siriano, I'll have to double check ...

(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Emily VanCamp in J. Mendel

Image from Pop Sugar

Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier

Image from Just Jared

Jena Malone in J. Mendel

Image from Just Jared

... and the sheer I was not mad about

Glenn Close

Image from Zimbio 

Lena Headey ... better as a swim suit cover up. 
Image from Gossip Bucket

The very vintage contingent marched by .....  

Lena Dunham in Prada, ..... (from one of my favorite shows Girls) strutted out in vintage inspired, lace cut-out fabulousness.... I think the hair cut and smoky eye keep it very current.  It's sooo Hipster goes to Hollywood.  If there is anything I'd be a little critical of, it's the weight of the fabric, it read a little heavy for sunny California.   
Image from Fab Sugar
And by coincidence, in the next camera shot Ginnifer Goodwin in exactly the same look, short haircut and smoky eye... but the bright color and fabric of this Monique Lhuillier design screams, "I'm a star!".

Image from Gossip Center

Sara Paulson also marched in the sheer vintage illusion section.... fabulous!
Image from WTOP

Every parade needs a section of sparkling baton twirlers... and these ladies brought the sparkle

The always anticipated Nicole Kidman in Anontonio Berardi

Image from RCFA

and always right on the money, the ever classic Kerry Washington in Vivian Westwood.
Image from The Vancouver Sun

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cartier Crocs

Fashion Friday Pic of the Week
Crocodile Necklace, Cartier Paris, 1975
This gorgeous necklace popped up in my facebook home feed... Posted by John Wind - Maximal Art.
"How inspiring is this stunning vintage Cartier necklace? (special thanks to Object-Lesson Art & Design for this daily jewel...)"  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

looking like "myself"......

I'm soooo addicted to pinning.... and I'm soooo obsessed with looking like 'myself' post baby.  It's been almost a year, and I'm still 2 stone over-weight. Well... I'm in the tackling mood (it's NFL Season!) so I'm completely comitted to losing that 29 pounds and then some. 

I want my kid to have a healthy ... and hot Mom! LOL

Anywhoo... while browsing through Duck Duck Goose's pins, I saw this gorgeously laid out set of Fall (maybe equestrian inspired) ensemble from   

... And I want each one as is.  Actually, I'd probably replace a handbag or two, and just to fit my lifestyle, I'd lower the heel on a couple pairs of boots... add more accessories... but other than that, *smile* it's absolutely perfect for a woman in transition.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fashion Friday, Look of the Week 9/14/12

So, Baby and I are on our daily morning jog
(The jogging stroller!  Fantastic invention!)
..... and we cross paths with a very chic young woman waiting on the trolley. 

I on the other hand am not so chic,
(tights, sneakers, baggy tee and hair pulled back into a crooked bun... *shrug*  Some days are like that... )

....... but for the sake of my readers/and fashion... I introduce myself, and ask if I can take her picture for my blog.  Of course the trolley shows up at that moment, and I never get her name, but maybe she'll comment and let us know. scarf with a little sparkle, I REALLY liked the sparkle.... gave it a little edge, surprisingly.... very high black classic lady like pumps, cotton pant, cuffed just so, and a bright blazer.  Dying for a blazer in a hot autumn color. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Empire State of Mind

This morning's facebook post and tweets were very solemn......

Isaac Mizrahi was both mindful of the day's memorials... and celebrated the tenacity of New Yorkers and the American People..... by quoting the new New York anthem, Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind

"These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York."

Monday, September 3, 2012


Looking forward to All On the Line with Joe Zee
Premiers Monday, September 10th on the Sundance Channel

Sneak Peek at Monday's show

Amelia Pond

Mercy, this was a good season opener...
Amelia Pond (Karen Gillan),
served up 'Tom Boy Glam' like nobody's business.  
What?! Fashion and Science Fiction? I was thrilled!
Kudos to the costume designer.

The first Dr. Who I fell in love with was Tom Baker, in the 70s... so that was elementary school for me. 
*Thanks Dad*