I have been stalking this mirror for months now hoping it will go on sale in one of those crazy one time only 50% off sales. By some stroke of pure luck I randomly happened to type in starburst mirror on Ebay and I saw this exact mirror listed. At first I thought it was some sort of mirage or crazy trick my mind was playing on me. I placed a bid (at a ridiculously low price) and somehow I WON! I thought this was all too good to be true and I half expected that the mirror would arrive in pieces and look nothing like the actual mirror I wanted, but I received the mirror a few days ago and it is everything I wanted and more! I love you Ebay!!!
I recently stumbled upon Chicago based interior designer Kara Mann and I am obsessed. I believe she was part of Domino's Top 10 Decorators last year but for some reason I just found out about her. The amazing photos above are from a Lake Shore Drive Penthouse that KMD designed. Isn't it stunning? You can check out some of her other amazing projects here.
One of my favorite contemporary artists is the incredible Kenton Nelson from Pasadena, California. I was first exposed to his work when I saw the above painting titled "Swim Party" featured in one of my favorite films Something's Gotta Give. I fell in love with the painting and through some clever googling I discovered this amazing artist. On a recent visit to the Pasadena Museum of California Art I purchased Kenton Nelson's bookRhyme and Reason, Prose and Cons, which includes an amazing selection of his best work. I highly recommend it! To check out more of Kenton Nelson's work, you can check out his website here.
Do you all remember when I covered Jenn Feldman's home back in November? Her fabulous house was featured on Oprah and in O Magazine and I fell in love with it. Well, apparently Jenn is not only an ace at decorating but a genius entrepreneur as well. I recently received an email from Jenn telling me about her new blanket called the nuddle blanket (nap + cuddle = nuddle). Cute right?
You know when you are lying on the couch with a blanket and you want to be totally covered up in it to keep warm and cozy but each time you reach to get something (say a glass of wine) you have to push the blanket down, sacrificing all of your previous coziness. It appears that Jenn Feldman, along with her husband, has solved this annoying problem. The nuddle blanket has open slats for your arms, which allows you to read a book, type on your computer, or drink a glass of wine - all while staying totally warm and cozy. The blanket also comes with an outer hand pocket to keep your hands warm and a foot pocket to keep your feet warm. It is basically the perfect blanket! Why didn't anyone think of this sooner? To learn more about the nuddle blanket, you can check out Jenn's site here.
Blogger Alkemie recently posted pictures of her amazing home and needless to say I fell in love. I particularly fell for the fabulous lamps featured in her living room. Alkemie kindly informed me that she got them from the always reliable Ballard Designs. The Parke Crystal Table Lamp is $375 and you can choose between 3 different color lamp shades. I happen to love the white shade the best because I think it provides a nice contrast with the shiny black base. Isn't it fabulous?
I know this is not a beauty blog but I just wanted to share my secret to fake perfect looking skin. I have often been accused of having nice skin, which I assure you is not the case. My magnifying makeup mirror that shows my skin up close does not lie people [thanks a lot Amanda ;)]. There are no secret potions I use to fake good looking skin because I am way too ADD with skin care products. You name it and I have tried it. I just can't seem to commit to one beauty line, which means that my bathroom resembles a pharmacy of sorts. The secret I have found that works for me is CAMOUFLAGE! I fake it with makeup and these are the products I use to make my skin look healthy.
1. First, I start with a moisturizer (any will do but I happen to like Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer). Then I put a little bit of Strobe Cream from MAC all over. It basically makes your skin shine (but not in a bad way).
2. Next, I use a little or a lot (depending on how much coverage I need) of Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer. It is a really light formula but it still seems to cover a multitude of sins.
3. If I look especially tired or have a glaring pimple, I will occasionally whip out YSL's famed Touche Eclat. I am usually too lazy to do this step, but when I do I definitely notice a difference in my skin.
4. Finally, for the pièce de résistance, I dust a little MAC Mineralize Skinfinish all over and Voila! If I follow this routine, most days I can fake luminous skin.
I have already discussed my love of all things John Robshaw. Now I've just learned that the talented designer has expanded his collection to include rugs. The prices range from $315 to $1640. I think he may be giving Madeline Weinrib a run for her money! You can check out John Robshaw's Spring 08 Collection here.
I am totally sad that there are no new episodes of Lipstick Jungle. The fashion on that show was to die for!!! In particular, I always thought that the jewelry that each character wore was AMAZING. One of my favorite pair of earrings worn on the show are these Turquoise Chandelier Earrings by Siman Tu. They are $300 and you can buy them at Vivre.
Speaking of earrings, I am obsessed with these oversize pearl and pave earrings seen on Lindsay Price. I have searched everywhere for them but had no luck.
The closet thing I found were these ones below from Betsey Johnson but they look cheap in real life, plus they don't have pave diamonds (real or faux). Anyone have any idea where to find the earrings from the show?
Have you visited Nordstrom lately? If you are like me, the answer is yes. However, I bet that a lot of you don't take the time to visit Nordstrom's very small home accessories department. I don't blame you either. The department is typically hidden on the 3rd floor and is often so small that it is barely noticeable. Ordinarily I would say to skip the home accessories department and go straight for the shoes but lately Nordstrom has been stepping up their game. The last time I visited, I spotted ornate black and white chinese garden stools along with a very chic black and chrome bar cart (similar to the one below from Plantation LA).
Unfortunately, Nordstrom doesn't seem to carry a lot of the fabulous items I saw in the store online, but I have included a few other items that I think are perfectly lovely. Peacock Pillow Sham Chrysanthemum Plaque
I saw these pictures of a glamorous modern Chicago home from designer Joan Craig, co-founder of architecture and interiors firm of Lichten Craig, and I had to post them. The fabulous pineapple wallpaper is from a company called Studio Print Works. Check out some more amazing patterns below:
We have all seen photos of Ivanka Trump's fabulous NYC apartment. It is practically legendary in the blogging world. Ivanka also did an amazing job decorating her jewelry store on Madison Avenue. Now Ivanka has done it again, helping to decorate her 26 year-old assistant Darcy McNutt's one-bedroom apartment.
I LOVE what Ivanka has done with the space! I think she should forget real estate all together and open up her own interior design firm. She has such a great eye for mixing patterns and colors as well as pairing high end items with thrift store finds. I generally love the look of grey walls and I am crazy over the Silver Pony Skin Wallpaper used in the living room. I am also totally obsessed with the mirrored cabinets in the kitchen. So utterly glamorous! You can see these photos, along with a few others, in the May issue of Glamour magazine. Go check it out!