Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

back in black

Jak and Jil, oh how I love you...

Up close: Carine and her entourage.

She just knows how it's done.

all images via jak and jil

Saturday, October 29, 2011

lusting after: capelet coats

I was walking to meet my aunt and cousin for dinner a few nights ago and passed an endearingly chic girl wearing a capelet coat. It's the perfect compromise between full cape and coat. Her coat was a knit fabric with a detachable capelet - you could see where it buttoned just below the collar in the back. I couldn't help but fall in love with the versatile design. I have always wanted a cape, but thought it would overwhelm my short frame. The capelet coat is the perfect compromise. Half capelet, half coat, or just a coat - as most of the capelets are detachable. 

Love this one. 
Casual yet sophisticated,
and the fabric looks warm and soft.

I want one!

Could you rock a capelet coat?

a, b, c, d

Friday, October 28, 2011

happy halloween weekend!

So excited for Halloween weekend! Hope your snufflin' all weekend long.

Weekend dance anthem here.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

ghost tray

I desperately need to de-clutter the top of my dresser. As you know I love ghost furniture, so when I saw this clear tray on CB2 I knew it would be a perfect fit. Organization here I come!  

images via: tray

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

plaid love

My love for plaid this season stemmed from the Rag & Bone gloves below. I am just drawn to them. 

Same pattern on a motorcycle jacket!

And a few more plaid favorites...

Will you be wearing plaid this season?

images via: 1, 2, 3, 4

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

sometimes one is enough

Simple and beautiful, and since you just
need one flower, it's budget friendly.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

october favorites: halloween

Last but not least, I love October because it's Halloween. I must admit my costumes are usually not that original, but here are some ideas to foster a little creativity. 

I used to dress my dog up for halloween - 
he was always superman


wild thing

or take it to the next level...

porcupine anyone?

leave it up to these two...

What are you going to be for Halloween?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

october favorites: cozy restaurants

Here are some of my favorite to get cozy on those chilly days in NYC. All of the following locales are small and cozy - perfect places to escape the wintery weather that we all know is soon to come. So grab your friends and head to these little NYC gems. 

71 Irving - cute cafe/coffee place

'Inoteca - order the tartines and some wine!

Raines Law Room - order a Moscow Mule!!

Pierre Loti on Irving Place - um cheese plate please,
the rose jam is to-die-for

Flea Market Cafe - goat cheese tartine

Where is your favorite restaurant to stay cozy and warm during winter?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

october favorites: roasted chestnuts

Fall/winter brings upon one of my favorite items: chestnuts. I LOVE them. I remember last year I could tell you exactly which grocery stores sold them, who sold the best ones, and how much they were. Some people have late night chocolate runs, I get chestnuts. In big cities you can typically find a street vendor selling roasted nuts in popular, touristy areas. There are a few near the park and 5th Avenue in New York (57th and 5th to be exact). I may or may not have been a frequent customer there last winter - it was close to my office at the time. Afternoon snack? Yes, please.  

"Marrons!  Chauds, chauds les mar-r-rons!" 

Also, they line the streets of Paris. I distinctly remember buying some outside of Galleries Lafayette. So if you are in either of these two cities, and need a warm treat, grab some roasted chestnuts - you won't regret it. 

You can also always roast your own, but watch out as they burn quickly as do most nuts. Heat the oven to around 350 and make sure to mark an X with your knife on the flat side of the nut so they won't explode (true story). The edges will start to curl and the nuts will soften. I ten to poke them with a knife to test them out. Yum.

'X' marks the spot

What's your favorite fall/winter treat? 

images via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5