Friday, May 30, 2014

Closed for the Summer

Can I just go the way of a European fabric mill & close for the summer?  Typing that out of office notification would be glorious.  I do get a little pang of envy when I go to place a client order & am told to add 4-8 weeks to the delivery time because Europe basically closes down for the summer.  How civilized.

I imagine their summers are something like this… 
Blonde, bronze & bosomy on the beaches of St. Tropez.  If I could bottle that I’d be a very rich girl. 

 Here's what I'm dreaming of this summer...

This Hamptons beach house is to die for, indoor/outdoor living at its best.... 
This Athleta dress will take me anywhere.  Would have to get the black one too, of course...
I spotted this Annabel Ingall metallic tote in a Brooklyn boutique the other day...metallic can be tricky to get just right & this is one of the best versions I've ever seen (it even has gold feet!)...
BBC - Jay Z 
Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
Shake Me Down - Cage the Elephant
Riptide - Vance Joy
Wheels - Foo Fighters
Same in the End - Sublime
The Monster - Eminem (ft. Rihanna)
Madness - Muse
Started From the Bottom - Drake 
Feel the Love - Rudimental

Why the hell not?!  We survived the polar vortex!!!..
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!!  
photos: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Let's Roll...

Sandro shirt & jacket (love the chain detail) 
 the bow cuffs are fluorescent yellow inside!
 Adriano Goldschmeid Moto Leggings
 a Citi Bike just won't do for this getup...
Happy Wednesday my friends!! & Happy Birthday Biggie!

photos: me/me/1/2/me

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Met Gala (well, my version ;)

I was so excited when a client & friend invited me to the opening party last week for the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met.  It was the perfect reason to buy a pretty new (neoprene!) dress- my sister helped me pick it out last Tuesday, one of the best days of my life.  (If you ever want a super fun shopping experience make sure to visit Steve at Cynthia Rowley's boutique on Bleecker Street in the West Village.  We listened to an 80's playlist, laughed a lot & tried on cute clothes- I was pretty much in heaven.)
There are so many bold & interesting colors in the dress, I had fun with the makeup too- peridot nails, eyes lined in electric blue eyeliner set with shadow, metallic lilac eyeshadow & sparkly light pink lip gloss...
I literally had to pinch myself....the DJ was spinning Biggie & Drake, I was sipping champagne at a glamorous party at the Met, the exquisite works of fashion legend Charles James were on display...I thought to myself, This is EVERYTHING I stand for (well besides peace, love & butterflies & all that)...
 Supermodel Karen Elson put on a little concert.  Those are candles lining the stairs, simple yet stunning...
& as if things couldn't get any better I chatted with the incredibly talented Emilio Sosa of Project Runway All Stars & Season 7!  He is just as humble & mild mannered as he appeared on the show & I was tickled pink to be talking fashion with him- the cherry on top of a dreamy NY evening :)

photos: me

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I Hugged Deepak Chopra on Tuesday Morning

For real.  This is how it went down....

Tuesday was a picture perfect spring day.  After enduring the most painful winter I can remember I was just so happy to be outside walking around in the warmth, enjoying the flowers, singing birds, & green leaves on the trees.  That morning I had just completed day 21 (woohoo!) of Oprah & Deepak's latest 21 Day Meditation Challenge & was doing some client shopping in the Flatiron District, excited to see my sister, who was in from Miami, later in the day.  Walking past ABC Home I saw a really cool light fixture through the open door & had to check it out.  As I was admiring it who do I see walking toward the exit but Deepak Chopra!!  I didn't even think about it..I just ran up to him, touched him lightly on the arm & said, "I have to tell you that I absolutely adore you!"  He looked at me, smiled & gave me a hug.  I said, "I just finished your 21 Day Meditation Challenge this morning, it was amazing.  Namaste."  & then just like that we parted ways.  I couldn't believe what had just happened, I had to get a coffee & sit down at a sidewalk table with the chirping birds & take it all in.  I texted my cousin, who is my spiritual soul sister & a huge Deepak fan as well, & she called me immediately- we squealed with delight & I was cracking up as she screamed at the top of her lungs while she was driving.  I met my sister afterward, we took in the beauty & fun of NYC on the glorious spring day, & it was without a doubt one of the best days of my life.
When you follow your dreams & live with an open heart & mind the universe shows you it's listening.  Magic happens.  You meditate with Deepak Chopra one morning & two hours later you're hugging him in the doorway of a furniture store, a special person or pet appears in your life, a wonderful opportunity comes your way seemingly out of the blue.

Today is Chintz & Swagger's two year birthday.  It all started with this post & is dedicated to my grandfather Pop Carney, who passed away on this date seven years ago.  Embrace your swagger & follow your dreams my friends- & let's keep the MAGIC flowing!!!  

photo: me