Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring Swagger- Black & White

Somehow I wound up with a lot of black & white for spring...I guess an all black everything New Yorker's version of freshening things up is just adding white....

and it is the perfect backdrop for that pretty pink pout....
I picked up these Parker outfits at the end of the season last year & have been wanting to bust them out....unfortunately with this weather it's probably not going to be anytime soon but oh they have been waiting patiently & are just ready to pounce...


a great steal at Forever 21....business in the front...
a little flirty & sassy in the back...
Maje is the master of girly/edgy & their new Rayan lace dress is quite precious....
I've been wearing Chanel's Vamp nail polish all winter.  With the overproliferation of nail art over the past few years it's feeling like a much needed & refreshing classic.  Pretty funny considering it was so edgy & risque when it came out it in '94.  Love it paired with Chanel's black & white ceramic star rings from their new Cosmique collection...
& if you're lucky enough to be at the beach, I think this Herve Leger bathing suit that Margot Robbie rocked in Focus is pretty fabulous.  It's not easy to get the right balance of sexy/edgy/elegant (they even managed to get a little sporty in too :) & it's done to perfection...
16 days till spring!!! Not like I'm counting or anything ;) 

photos: 1/2/3&4/5/6/7/8/9

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pretty Pink Pouts

This is the time of the year I start going crazy for freshness.  Everything's dead & dirty, we're all bundled up in our black winter survival gear (which at this point could use some serious dry cleaning)....oh how I'm craving light, ethereal loveliness!  Visions of fresh & feminine spring outfits (with pink Chanel bags ;) are dancing in my head...
My sister must have been reading my mind because a little surprise from Miami arrived in the mail the other day....a tube of Chanel's "Crazy Fuchsia" lip gloss...damn straight, Chanel knows I'm going crazy... 
All signs are pointing to the spring trend of fuchsia pink pouts.  Fuchsia fell out of favor for a while & felt very 80's/90's cheesy but it is feeling fresh & fun again.  It's an inexpensive & instant face brightener & I'm loving it....
YSL...
The always stunning Charlize...(a side note: don't you get a little kick when you find out someone has the same birthday as you?  Until a few years ago I only knew of two other people who have the same birthday as me, great people but both dudes.  So I was delighted to find out that Ms. Theron & I share the same birthday...of course that made me like her even more ;)...
*LOVE* this entire look at Chanel...
Unlike these fresh & lovely ladies, unfortunately I'm still bundled up in my fleece-lined black hoodie...it's pretty much just an extension of my body from December to March.  Well, at least I have my pretty pink pout on :)... 
I am ready for you spring, please get here soon!!
photos: 1/4/all others me

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Pink Champagne & Cupcakes Day!

I know, I know, you're probably thinking what the hell is Pink Champagne & Cupcakes Day & where do I sign up? Well I invented it my friends & you are all welcome & encouraged to join in on my party.  In fact, this is how I decorate my clients' homes....
The truth is I have never liked Valentine's Day- shoot me now (with a cupid's arrow please ;).  Don't get me wrong, I'm a total romantic- I believe in love that transcends space & time & am all for celebration of any kind but I feel like a day devoted to romantic love is a no-win situation.  If you're lucky enough to be in a happy relationship, well it just feels forced & kind of silly- your man getting price gouged on flowers & both of you confused as to whether you should be celebrating the day or not.  & if you're single & looking for love it's just another painful reminder of that (as if you needed one).

Now I love grand gestures- bring on the flowers, jewelry & fancy dinners- but it's pretty easy to do these things. Really being there for the everyday things- career successes & setbacks, family & other relationship issues, the joy & drudgery of child rearing- is not always pretty or easy but it's what true love & intimacy is all about.  Always being supportive & having each other's backs no matter what.

So Valentine's Day be damned- I'm officially declaring today Pink Champagne & Cupcakes Day to celebrate my love of, you guessed it, pink champagne & cupcakes!  No pressure, no awkwardness, no pain - just bubbly sugary deliciousness :)

Whether you want to join my party or celebrate traditional Valentine's Day let's all just Feel the Love my peeps (& ride horses & be free & shit ;)....I love this song, it's like a church song you can rock out to.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oABEGc8Dus0&feature=kp
photo: Colleen Carney Interior Design (Carrie Leonard Photography)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Check Out My "Be Mine Design" Favorite Things!

It was so fun to recently take part in the New York Design Center's February "Be Mine Design" event, featuring their Access to Design designers most "adored" products....   
As you may recall, I have a major weakness for chandeliers (& fireplaces) & pretty much convince every client of mine that they need one (because they DO).  So it was fate that I fell head over heals in love with AERIN's brass & crystal Bonnington chandelier.  It's an absolute stunner...  
Aerin Lauder's lifestyle brand AERIN brings to life her timeless & elegant style.  Smart, stylish & entrepreneurial women get me pumped & I couldn't be a bigger fan of her & her brand...  
 I could meditate (or have a cocktail ;) in style in this animal print chair...
Some other items that make my heart go pitter patter...
 If you're in the neighborhood this month (33rd & Lexington), head up to New York Design Center's 8th floor to see more of my "Be Mine Design" favorite things from AERIN's gorgeous showroom!
photos: me

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greatness- Coach K

In honor of my sister, I just have to give a big shout out to Coach K for becoming the first Division I men's basketball coach to win 1,000 games (& it all went down at Madison Square Garden!  You know how I feel about about making dreams come true in NYC :).  He truly exemplifies a man of greatness, resilience & integrity...
My Duke basketball post from a couple years ago:

"The great arises out of the small things that are honored and cared for.  Everybody's life really consists of small things.  Greatness is a mental abstraction and favorite fantasy of the ego.  The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness." - Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth



My sister went to Duke & is a huge Blue Devils basketball fan.  I didn't understand what all the hoopla (hahaha ;) was about until I went to visit her one weekend & we went to a game at Cameron.  It was like being part of a crazy elitist cult for a few hours, even I was sucked in against my better judgement....when in Rome, right?!  I recently watched a documentary on the Kentucky vs. Duke 1992 NCAA Championship Game, considered by many to be the greatest college basketball game ever played.  What really stuck with me was Christian Laettner's explanation for how he maintained his composure & stayed completely in the moment to make that legendary "Shot Heard Round the World" at the buzzer.  As a child growing up in upstate New York he was obsessed with becoming the best basketball player he could be.  Every night when his mom would call him in for dinner he would pretend he was taking the winning shot at the buzzer...."3..2..1...Score!!"  And sure enough when it came down to that moment for real, it was old hat.  That small moment practiced consistently became a moment of greatness.

photos: 1/2

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hudson Valley Winter

"I get a little warm in my heart when I think of winter..." -Tori Amos, "Winter"

sublime & beautiful (the song too), if a bit cold....
 
photos: me (Marbletown, NY)

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

"The more space I get the better I write.  Oh, never I write, but if ever I write, I need the space to say whatever I like."  -Jay Z, "Change Clothes"