Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall 2011: Happy Halloween

image via pinterest

I don't know why but for the first time ever I am not that excited about Halloween:( Are you excited about Halloween this year? Are you dressing up tomorrow? I decided not to dress up this year but I am going to visit my niece and nephew tomorrow evening to take them trick or treating so it'll probably really feel like Halloween then. 
So now that Halloween is almost behind us we're two shakes away from Thanksgiving! Yay! I think I will attempt to make this cake this year. But before I get all excited about Thanksgiving I will be focusing a lot of my energy into my sister-in-law's Baby Shower! Am in planner mode so now it's just a matter of executing the concept. Hope you have a great Halloween!! xo

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall 2011: Cedar Pantone 16-0526

Call it olive, sage or khaki green, Cedar Pantone 16-0526 is quite lovely isn't it? It's not the most exciting color but definitely an old reliable neutral. I like that it's a dusty green or gray green if you will. Cedar is perfect for fall and a nice touch of green in Pantone's color palette for Fall 2011. Do you consider this color a neutral too? Are you decorating with or dressing in Cedar this season?

Givenchy Spring RTW Runway via WWD

Living Room design by Laura Kirar via Elle Decor

Bathroom via Elle Decor

Ralph Lauren via Vogue

workspace designed by Lulu Powers via Lonny Magazine

Cedar Pantone 16-0526

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Color Stories: Black & Gold

photos from left to right: photo via weheartit, look from Gucci Spring 2012 runway via VogueRoberto Cavalli Ring, photo of vignette in Interior Designer Ryan Korban's office via thelennox, photo of Chanel nail polishes via This is Glamorous

Sunday, October 23, 2011

This Week: Saying good bye to an old friend:(

 graphic via grafik mag
 As many of you already know, this week we said good bye to our beautiful 8 year old greyhound, Tracy. After 5 wonderful years with our boy, it has been a rough couple of days without him. I miss him so much. Thank you, Tracy for 5 amazing years! We love you, Tracy! And we'll miss you very very much:(

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall 2011: Phlox Pantone 19-2820

I've been obsessed with violet/purple many times in my life and while I'm not currently obsessed, I do think Phlox Pantone 19-2820 is quite lovely for fall. Very nice with gray and taupe and warm tweeds, violet can be very elegant and grown up when done right. Here are a few images of Phlox as well as a shopping guide in case it is one of your favorites;) So tell me, what color are you currently obsessed with?

photo of coats via JCrew, graphic by designer Christian Zuzunaga

 look from Proenza Shouler Runway for Fall 2008 ('s back!) via Marie Claire

watercolor by Cate Parr via The Cool Hunter

 Dining Room with "purple" walls via Spark!

bold make up look via Marie Claire, purple sofa photo via pinterest

Look from Marni via Harper's Bazaar

Purple Chesterfield (swoon!) sofa via Decor is like butter

handsome library designed by Victoria Hagan via Elle Decor

photo via the Coveteur

photo via Trendy Traveler

photo via la vie est belle

Phlox Pantone 19-2820

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This Week: Cupcake to Cupcake

photo and watercolor of cupcake by me

I love photographing food. I'll admit that it's not the easiest thing to do, especially if it's in a dark restaurant or kitchen. I get very excited when I happen to want to photograph food I'm eating in daylight. Since I don't always carry my camera with me I rely on my phone to take most pictures of food (right before I eat it!). Sure the camera on my iPhone is great but I rely on quick, easy editing with my instagram or shake it apps most of the time. Styling food is also not the most practical thing in all situations, a clean white plate and under cabinet lighting usually do the trick. Sometimes, frustrated because I can't seem to get a good shot I am tempted to just change my kitchen's backsplash in order to create a nicer back drop for my food photography sessions. So you can imagine how happy I was to read these 10 tips to improve your food photography! Speaking of pretty food, last night I had the most amazing guava filled cupcakes (yes that's plural;) at our niece's birthday get together. Inspired by the article and in the mood to do something creative today, I worked on a little watercolor inspired by the photo of said cupcake. Are you obsessed with photographing every delicious thing you make, bake or eat? Any tips you want to share? So this week...
1. I wish I had come across this picture when I was putting together my post for Bamboo Pantone 14-0740.
2. Recently, I was invited to attend a Cooking show at the Miami Culinary Institute. There I made a couple of new friends! And!! We're going to get together about once a month and teach each other our recipes! Our first "cooking class" will take place in a couple of weeks, I'll let you know how it goes:)
3. I love when design is inspired by some other art form and reinterpreted into something that's lovely and different from the original inspiration (i.e. the dress version of a painting). Check out Vogue's Museum as Mood Board: Spring Fashion Collections are Rooted in Fine Arts.
4. Speaking of photography, do you know The Selby? I've read the blog for years and always love seeing The Selby in T Magazine. Here's the latest article, even more cool to me because of it's wonderful, Hemingway inspired title, A Moveable Feast
5. How fabulous is Joy Venturini?! I love when women remain stylish icons at every age! PS: Feel free to flip through the rest of the October issue of Matchbook Magazine while you're there, it's wonderful (and free!!).

Have a wonderful weekend!! xo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Outfit to Outfitted: Green Grass & Clouds


In Clouds blouse from Anthropologie (I want it so bad!)


Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall 2011: Emberglow Pantone 17-1547

It looks like Coral Rose and Honeysuckle had a baby! It's Emberglow, one of Pantone's Top 10 colors for Fall 2011, isn't it pretty?! And I love the name too!! The color reminds me of a Cameo ring my babysitter wore almost everyday when I was a little girl. Its surprisingly cheerful for Fall and will look absolutely lovely with grays and browns. A deeper version of that melon-pink I raved about this summer, I think emberglow is absolutely lovely! Here it is in fashion, interiors and a little shopping guide you might find handy if you're inspired! Is it one of your favorites? Have you any emberglow pieces in your Fall wardrobe or design wishlist? I'd love to know!

 photo of a lovely dessert via Le Monde de Tokyobanhbao

 lovely photo from Trendy Traveler via Pinterest

photos from Lonny Magazine

woven scarf from Forever21, Essie's California Coral nail polish via Apothica, Marc Jacobs Coral bag via Matches Fashion, cupcake wrappers via Koyal Wholesale

look from Paris Fashion Week Street Style via Marie Claire

Pop Rocks necklace - rough Agate on gold plated chain via Tigerlily Dream on Etsy

lovely Vitra ad via Yellow Trace

Peony wallpaper from Urban Outfitters

Emberglow Pantone 17-1547

Saturday, October 8, 2011

This Week: Spouts and Pouts

photo from Blanaid via pinterest
It's a perfectly rainy day on Miami Beach. Perfect because it's Saturday and I don't really have to be anywhere. There are tornado warnings for all of Miami-Dade county so it's absolutely okay that I have spent the day lounging on my sofa reading and watching TV. Aren't rainy days like this the best?! How are you spending your Saturday? Is it rainy where you are? So this week...
1. My lovely friend, Yelsi invited me to go with her to Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash 2011 on Thursday night. It's always great to spend some quality girl time with friends! Well at the Fashion Bash I had the pleasure of meeting Shira Kastan, owner of local company/brand Robbie Lip Gloss. I am quite obsessed  with Rosebud Salve but I must say, Robbie lip gloss is pretty amazing! The fact that it contains vitamins and isn't sticky makes it feel as good as Rosebud with the added bonus that it also looks all glossy and pretty and smells great!  I tried Pomegranate  you can check out the rest of the colors here. PS: We won our tickets to the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash on Kelly's Kloset.
2.  We went to watch 50/50 and it was excellent! We laughed, we cried and left the movie feeling great. I highly recommend it!
3. We had a great start to our weekend! We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends last night! We sipped on Mint Juleps while our friends prepared the most amazing Asian pear and steak salad! Aside from the delicious food it is always great to spend a Friday evening in great company:)
4. I am so excited that I'm attending the opening night of Elle Decor's Miami Showhouse! Are any of you attending too? 
5. I bake a lot, all the time but have found it quite challenging to make a chocolate cake I love:( I made my very first one for my husband's birthday and didn't love it. I think it was the chocolate butter cream frosting I made with Cocoa Powder that I didn't like. So I'm going to try again tomorrow for my sister-in-law's Birthday!  So this time I think I'll make this recipe with the milk chocolate frosting I found in this recipe. Wish me luck! PS: Please send me any amazing chocolate cake recipes you recommend! 

Have a lovely weekend! Stay dry! xo

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Outfit to Outfitted: Understated Girly


Eastward Dress Coat from Anthropologie


Flintwood and Hicks' Living room via Lonny Magazine
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