i’ve always found scarves tied back in that way women in the 1960′s fashioned them, to be rather chic and stylish. it’s a super jackie-o look and one I remember my mum wearing from time to time. i still think a silk scarf looks great worn like this, and whenever i put the convertible top down on my bug, i find myself wishing i had the nerve to tie my hair back in a scarf like this. would you wear your hair like this?
hello sunday in the city — it’s been a while. i woke up to fog so took lucy for a hike in glen canyon and then, just like magic, the sunshine showed up. so we took a little cruise over to dogpatch to see what we could see. all the happy shiny people were out because so was sun — they were dining al fresco at piccino cafe, seeing art at workshop and grabbing juice at sow, and waiting for yield wine bar to start pouring, and skating (that’s #skaterjohn below — he asked me for a shout out) and well, everyone was just happy. here’s a look.
i’ve recently discovered a new blog, the socialite family, created by Constance Gennari. i love these little peeks into the lives of creative folk that have gone on to share amazing abodes with growing broods. instead of the picture perfect homes you sometimes see in the pages of magazines, these tours look real to me, and inspire real ideas. when you’ve got a family living under one roof there are personalities and tastes that require subtle blending and compromise — you don’t always end up with style. but i have to say these socialite families certainly have more than their fair share of panache! here’s a look at one of my favorite homes, that of Mariu De Andreis of the Zef children’s clothing collection, his wife and their 3 children in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
i am not crafty. i wish i were but apparently i haven’t got that gene. i like making things, but i think i lack the patience to follow through. i like buying handmade items though, and i admire the handywork that goes into a good DIY immensely. there’s several blogs out there that excel at DIY — i am not one of them. okay, every once in a while, but it’s not my forte. i can find some good ones for you, though. so my thoughts for a friday veer towards the DIY experts. these are not your grannie’s crafts — these are stylish, “hell i’d buy this in a shop” kinda crafts.
• kelly murray’s DIY paper mache bowls are stunning. these bowls (above) make me want to actually attempt some DIY. pretty gold leaf bowls with pretty little polka dots for stashing jewelry, or just for display. call me impressed.
• i like this DIY because it’s super simple. pastill shows you how to simply drill a hole in a jar with a pretty lid, and voilá — an instant string holder. she recommends this great jar from granat if you can get a hold of it and i can see why. love that lid! but there are all kinds of great jars out there, or simply paint your own.
• the bane of our existence – plugs. i loathe the way they look, especially when you’ve got like a bagillion things plugged into one outlet. anna at door sixteen hates ‘em too, so she DIY‘d this great cover for plugs and outlets. how stylin’ is this? using a large round wooden box, she created a swiss cross masterpiece. i need to get over my DIY fear and make this. pronto-like.
• as much i hate plugs, i hate power cords more. they are my nemesis. when they finally do away with these uglies, i will have a parade. but in the meantime, bri from designlovefest came up with yet another great and easy DIY — washi taped power cords in pretty colorful stripes. simple idea, but i sure the heck wouldn’t have thought of it. the handy-dandy little organizer is cool, too. good on you, bri.
• your very own mini marquee? check. that’s how good jordan from oh happy day! is at DIY. i marvel at her makings on a daily basis. from her kids’ costumes to her genius party fare, i’m kinda incredulous at how much she gets done and how great it ends up looking. this marquee sign is over the top cool. i can’t make this, but you should and have your name in lights. it’s rad.
• a DIY mountain pillow? yes please. how cute is this DIY pillow in the form of a mountain from design*sponge? this ia pretty simple to make snow-peaked pillow for staying warm and cozy indoors. design*sponge has tons of great DIY‘s posted on a regular basis from various talented contributors, and I am consistently wowed.