Wednesday, September 30, 2009

So Dreamy: Irene Suchocki Photography

Days like today — when I find myself exhausted from work and  too brain-dead to form coherent thoughts, let alone make dinner — call for nothing but pretty, pretty pictures. I adore the work of Montreal-based photographer Irene Suchocki. I came across her Etsy shop one day and immediately fell in love with the dreamy, hazy aesthetic of her photos. Her gorgeous cityscapes are so romantic, you just want to crawl inside the pictures and live there, while her sun-drenched studies of trees and flowers are breathtaking in their graceful simplicity. These are the kinds of photos I wish I could take. Suchocki manages to find a magical, eloquent beauty in everything she photographs. I would love to spend an hour, a week, a year in her world, which seems so far away from the irritatingly meaningless stresses  of everyday life. Some of my favourites: 

I gave this one to my husband last Valentine's Day, because sometimes I am slightly evil and buy him gifts I really want for myself:

And these are hanging in our dining room. I love looking at them over breakfast every morning:

You can check out more of Suchocki's incredible photos on her blog. I just lost myself over there for a few minutes and was amazed to discover that she also shoots weddings; I am so crushed that I didn't know this back when I was planning mine! Especially since our photos turned out so horribly (95% of them were shot on an angle, so it looks like we got married on the Titanic while it was sinking — not quite what I had in mind). Moving on. Treat yourself to some loveliness: buy prints of Suchocki's stunning photos here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Q&A: Miu Miu Pink Metallic Jewelled Flats

Question: How many pairs of Miu Miu embellished flats does one girl need? 

Answer: EVERY pair. That was a trick question. 

Is it really bratty of me to start dropping birthday hints this early? Mine's in January. Size 39, please. 

Perfect pink metallic jewelled flats

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fur Sure: Marni Grey Mink Jacket

I know fur is wrong — very, very wrong, but it's freezing inside my apartment since the idiots in charge of the building haven't yet managed to turn on the heat, and all I can think about is this luscious Marni grey mink jacket

I would wear it all winter layered over flirty dresses, thick woolly tights and fine-knit tops with extra-long sleeves. If I believed in wearing real fur, that is. Which I don't. Ahem. Unless someone just happened to buy me the Marni jacket as a gift. Heavens! It would be rude not to accept a gift. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wanted: Thigh-High Boots

On the menu this weekend: apple-pickin', brunch-havin', movie-watchin', pumpkin-loaf-makin', magazine-readin', nap-takin', glasses-shoppin' and vacation-plannin'.  A very satisfying lineup indeed. The one thing that could make these activities even better? Doing them all in a pair of kick-ass thigh-high boots. Hooker chic — yes please! 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Every Girl's Crazy 'Bout A Sharp-Dressed Panda

Sweet Jesus. While writing yesterday's post and perusing the blog of Lonny magazine co-founder Michelle Adams, I made a rather shocking discovery: Michelle and my husband are soulmates. It all boils down to a shared love of well-dressed animals. Obviously

A few weeks ago, Hubs came home from work and said, "You have to see this," grabbing his laptop and pulling up the Flickr page of Ryan Berkley, the artist behind Berkley Illustration. He sat me down and made me look at every single one of the crazy animal drawings that somehow sprang forth from Ryan's hand, his laughter growing more and more hysterical by the minute. Some of our favourites: 

There is something incredibly sincere about these illustrations: they are so lovingly, painstakingly drawn that they somehow manage to avoid seeming ironic and just come across as... awesome. Michelle Adams wants to show hers off in a super serious, proper frame, which I think is a fantastic idea. It reminds me of the thrift-store painting that Jane and Judy Aldridge bought of the inexplicably sad lion wearing a headscarf: 

I hope to be lucky enough to find something this excellent for my own home someday, and I will be sure to do it justice by ensconcing it in the fanciest frame I can find. A close friend of mine once told me, "It's good to have something tacky in your house — it throws people off." I love that concept. Décor should be fun, and every space needs a little injection of humour and/or bad taste to keep things from looking too perfect. 

What are some of your favourite "tacky" items? 

Illustrations by  Berkley Illustration. Buy them here

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Meet The New Domino: Lonny Magazine

Fans of the very sadly defunct Domino, rejoice! Your accessible-design prayers have been answered. From WWD:

GATHERING DOMINOS: As a category, shelter magazines were hit several months before the economic downturn affected the rest of the industry. Now, even with advertising dollars yet harder to come by, one former Domino editor is ignoring the naysayers and reentering the space with an online-only magazine. Michelle Adams and partner Patrick Cline met a few years ago at a Domino photo shoot, and now they’re about to launch the first issue of Lonny, a name combining New York and London. “Our goal is not to replace Domino, as there will clearly never be a replacement, but rather to help fill the void that has been left by so many closing shelter publications and help bridge the gap between traditional print magazines and the online world,” Adams said. 

Lonny will be broken down into sections, similar to a print title, including front-of-book market pages, art and culture, fashion and features. The first issue will feature former Domino editor in chief Deborah Needleman in her garden and Kate Townsend Simpson, another Domino alum, is on the cover. Eddie Ross, formerly of Martha Stewart Living, will provide tips for entertaining with style. The format will let readers “flip through pages,” much like a print magazine, and readers will be able to shop directly from the pages by clicking on items. “We literally have had everything from the photo equipment to the writing donated by people who believe in what we’re trying to achieve,” said Adams. “Our hope is that the magazine will grow and that we’ll be able to employ these people for future issues.” Adams said the first issue will have advertising from Fotocare and Digital Media NYC.

With the issue set to debut Oct. 1, Adams and Cline are already at work on the next one, which will have features on the likes of Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble.

Can I get a woot-woot? I hope the October 1st launch doesn't cause the internets to crash, what with all the rabid Domino lovers out there desperately eager to worship at the altar of a new décor temple. One thing, though — "Lonny"? Really? I know "Nylon" was already taken, but... oh well. Lonny it is. Their mission statement: 

OUR MISSION is to reopen the doors of accessible design. By embracing an online platform we provide inspiration at the click of a finger, directly connecting our readers to their favorite products and resources. Our freedom from page limits means that we can share more content in each issue, delivering an intimate look into the way people really live.
At Lonny, we value independent thinking and believe not in following trends but rather in making choices that lead to happiness. We believe that good design and affordable design can coexist and that true inspiration can be found in the teeniest of homes or in the grandest of spaces.

Good stuff, guys. Let's hope Lonny is a huge success. The world needs more inspiration for democratic design

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

That's How She Became The Nanny

Have you seen this website

Fran Drescher "modelling" the season's hottest runway looks, thanks to the magic of Photoshop. 
One word: genius. Check it out here

Monday, September 21, 2009

Anna Wintour's Tennis Obsession is Freaking Me Out

Photo via

Has anyone else noticed that Anna Wintour's obsession with tennis has gotten out of hand lately? Her crush on Roger Federer, which has long been common knowledge, seems to be affecting her work and I, for one, am a little pissed. Over the past few years, she's dragged Federer to numerous fashion shows and high-profile events and seems to plan her insane schedule around his matches. Kudos to her for having interests and hobbies outside the realm of fashion, but can she please leave tennis out of Vogue?

It was fine when she put Federer on the cover of Men's Vogue back in 2007: It was a men's magazine, he's a good-looking guy, men admire athletes at the top of their game, etc. Fair enough. But what the hell was he doing in last month's Vogue — the most important fashion issue of the year with a four-page editorial blowjob expounding on his UNBELIEVABLE talent and delighting over his impending fatherhood? Who the fuck cares? 

Vogue, September 2009

As if that weren't random enough, Anna has served up another helping of tennis bullshit in Vogue's October issue with a deeply incongruous fashion spread featuring model Karlie Kloss and tennis star Gael Monfils prancing around Paris. She's in haute couture gowns; he's in Nike tennis whites throughout.  Seriously, Anna? Seriously? Two months in a row. If they were going to put a tennis player in a fashion story, why not at least dress him in something, oh, I don't know, fashionable?  Monfils could have been wearing an amazing Tom Ford tux or a sleek Prada suit,  looking impossibly stylish, but instead Vogue chose to hit readers over the head with constant reminders of his tennis-stud status. 

Vogue, October 2009
Here is Monfils throwing a ball in the air. 

Vogue, October 2009
Here is Monfils playing catch with Kloss. 

Vogue, October 2009

Here is Monfils sitting in a VW Beetle, inexplicably holding a tennis racket while Kloss is dressed for... actually, I have no idea what Kloss is dressed for in this picture. A wedding? Grocery shopping? Or is that her tennis outfit, too? 

I buy Vogue to read about fashion, not tennis, and I'm willing to bet good money that most of Vogue's readers feel the same way. So Anna, please stop thinking about balls and  give us a break. Federer's hot, we get it. You want to make out with him and have his little tennis babies — we know. Can we please resume our normal programming now? 

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tea Time and Other Old-Lady Musings

A few weeks ago, while enjoying a lovely (and rare) day off work together, my husband and I decided to pop into Nadège, a wonderful little patisserie that opened on Queen Street West this summer. It was there that I discovered Kusmi tea. Kusmi is a Paris-based tea company that was founded in St. Petersburg back in 1867 and has been creating some of the world’s best blends for over 140 years. I didn’t know any of this at the time, of course — I was simply mesmerized by the beautiful little tins on display and spent nearly half an hour trying to decide which ones would be coming home with me.

Then yesterday, while browsing through some décor images I had bookmarked months ago, I came across the work of interior stylist Selina Lake , whose book I have been meaning to order for ages. Guess what I noticed in the first photo?

Yes, Kusmi tea. You are all so damn clever.

I love Selina’s work. Her aesthetic is unapologetically girly and she’s not afraid of colour — a woman after my own heart.  I love her use of pinks, greys and floral prints as well as her tendency to add a bit of faded glamour to the mix. She combines elements from different cultures and eras to create gorgeous, unique environments that look real and lived-in (as opposed to the sterile, over-styled homes featured in so many shelter mags these days). 

Selina’s book, Bazaar Style , came out last year and it's full of stunning, inspiring photos. I might just have to order it right now and then celebrate its arrival in the mail with a steaming mug of Kusmi Anastasia tea. Living on the edge, as usual. I’m not quite sure how I became old before my time, but that’s another post for another day.

All images via Selina Lake  

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Marie Claire WIN

Just wanted to share this gorgeous shot of Alexa Chung from the September issue of Marie Claire, a magazine that rarely gets it right, fashion-wise. So Marie Claire, well done you! I'm loving Alexa in her Alexander Wang sweater and Louboutin Nitoinimoi ankle boots — obviously — but I'm even more drawn to the moody palette of the setting. The mustardy yellow of the chair and muted rosy red of the lampshade are gorgeous against those fantastic black-and-white floor tiles. It's a cozy, rich, retro-modern combo that feels very now and perfect for fall. Win!
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