Friday, July 31, 2009

Inspiration: Sequins

(Lara Stone by Hedi Slimane, Vogue Paris February 2009. Source, Ru_Glamour.)

(Source, Ru_Glamour.)

(Source, Prue Ruscoe.)

(Source, Dree Hemingway's home; The Selby discovered via Style Spot. )

(Source, Naomi Yang; Editorial "Simply Elegant" Vogue Taiwan, Dec 07.)

(Source, Lolita.)

(Source, Dress, Design, & Decor.)

(Source, We heart it.)

(Source, Hearts bows kisses.)

(Source, Essence and Desire.)

(Source, Michelle Holden.)

(Source, Naomi Yang.)

Tip of the Week

(To restore shine and remove product build-up in your hair, use the following homemade solution: Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water. Shampoo and rinse hair as usual, then wash with the homemade solution and rinse. If you have long, fine hair you can leave it in to help prevent tangling. Why it works? The acid in vinegar strips silicone from the hair shaft and smooths down the cuticle to make your hair shiny. Photograph source, Stylist Nicoletta Santoro; Photographer Patrick Demarchelier.)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Inspiration: Palm Trees

(Source, Madeline Soder.)

Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces + Lily

{Daily horoscope for Thursday, July 30, 2009. NOTE: The daily horoscopes will be suspended for the month of August, as I will be on annual leave and these cannot be pre-scheduled in advance. Trusting you will understand.}

(Capricorn, December 22 to January 19: Have a little patience and hold back on any urge to push, and all the little details might just work themselves out. It's a hard stance to take, especially for someone who's as driven and hard working as you are, but one of the tricks about life is knowing when to rest and take a step back, as well as when to push forward with all your effort. Now is a moment in which you should rest.)

(Aquarius, January 20 to February 18: Making connections is important today. Therefore, you should call upon your charm, perseverance, and attention to detail to help you make the most out of the opportunities at hand. If you are thinking of a career move, sending out some feeler emails to people you know 'in the biz' could yield some very interesting leads. If you are working your way down the romance path, someone from your past is interested in reconnecting -- give them a call and see what's new.)

(Pisces, February 19 to March 20: Stop going in circles -- like being on a merry-go-round, it's lots of fun at first, but then after a few minutes, you could start to feel just a touch nauseous. Even if you're not sure where you want to go just yet, it's imperative that you clear your head before you make any big decisions. Take your time and move at your own pace while you're at it -- rushing into something could be a big mistake. Horoscope via Marie Photograph Source, Lily Donaldson by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue Italy Sep 08 via Ru_Glamour.)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Incredibly Stylish

(Wow, so elegant and stylish! Source, Le Fashion.)

Inspiration: Quotes

("If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation." ~ Helen Keller. Photograph source, Karlie Kloss by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue US July 09. Source, Ru_Glamour.)

Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius + Gemma

(Libra, September 23 to October 22: You're an expert when it comes to reading people. You know what they're up to before they do, just by listening to the tone of their voices and watching their eyes. Those talents will come in handy now, especially if you cross paths with someone who thinks of you as an easy target. You're so far from that right now that it's actually laughable -- but it won't hurt to let them keep thinking along those lines.)

(Scorpio, October 23 to November 21: You pride yourself on being a master judge of character. At the moment, however, your talents in that department aren't quite fully operational. One minute in the company of that certain someone you've been thinking about nonstop will prove that to you. Better step back and take a deep breath, especially if you've been asked for a favor you know isn't quite on the up and up. There's nothing more memorable than strength.)

(Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21: One more day of hiding out from the world, and you'll be back in the mood for your usual gig -- putting even the most accomplished social butterfly to shame. In the meantime, don't allow yourself to be dragged out into the spotlight if you're not ready to go. Rest, relax and regroup. If anyone deserves some time alone to get those batteries recharged, it's you -- and the audience will wait for your next performance. Horoscope via Marie Photograph source, Norman Jean Roy Photography via Art Department. Tomorrow, July 30th's horoscope: Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Life's To Do List

(... have been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with the rest of my life, so I started recording a list of the things I'd like to do in this lifetime... one of which is to visit Japan...

then ironically tonight I was led to this enticing blog (via the lovely Crystal from Plush Palate) on which I found these gorgeous images... coincidental or faith? I'd love to hear whether you have a list and what's on it... more of my list will follow via separate posts...)

Illustrator, Erin Petson

(Source, Erin Petson via Art-Department.)

Cancer, Leo, Virgo + Calming Nudes

{Daily horoscope for Tuesday, July 28, 2009}

(Cancer, June 22 to July 22: Here we go with the 'If you loved me, you would' thing. You hate it, and you've tried to make it clear that you're not going to fall for it ever again. But for some reason, every time you hear it, it works. Those words seem to bring back all the old-school guilt you were sure you'd sworn off for good. This time out, do yourself a favor: As soon as you hear the words, excuse yourself. If they follow you out, tell them you're allergic to guilt.)

(Leo, July 23 to August 23: Be careful who you flirt with today, because it will be all too easy to capture someone's heart without even trying. Does that mean you can't talk to anyone at all? Well of course not -- but confine yourself to your very own sweetie as much as you possibly can. It would probably be best for all parties concerned. Especially since getting rid of any new admirers won't be easy.)

(Virgo, August 24 to September 22: Thinking of doing something different with your hair, your body or your wardrobe? Good for you. Change is good for the soul and refreshing to the spirit. Just don't get too carried away. You wouldn't want a dear one to walk by you without recognizing you, right? Besides, you're pretty darned close to perfect in the eyes of your sweetie. Better have a powwow before you do anything too drastic. Horoscope via Marie Photograph Source, Naomi Yang. Tomorrow July 29th's horoscope: Libra, Scorpio & Sagittarius. {p.s. more nudes here.})

Monday, July 27, 2009

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Aries, Taurus, Gemini + Demarchelier

{Daily horoscope for Monday, July 27, 2009.}

(Aries, March 21 to April 19: The moon is urging everyone to make time for romance, and you just happen to be oh so in the mood to cooperate. If you're thinking of doing it up big, and it would be surprising if you weren't, why not succumb to the atmosphere? Indulge yourself -- no, indulge your sweetheart. Rent a limo and head to dinner at a five-star restaurant. Then bribe the waiter to bring a rose to the table just as 'your song' begins to play.)

(Taurus, April 20 to May 20: With any luck, you haven't committed all your free time to one particular person -- because more interesting, exciting and exotic admirers are en route, one of whom might disrupt the routine of your day in a wonderful way. Of course, if you're attached, your best bet will be to smile, say thank you to the fans and move along. Stay focused on that one quality person you so wisely chose -- who'll be delighted to let you know just how much you're adored.)

(Gemini, May 21 to June 21: No one's ever had to remind you that fun often comes from unexpected circumstances. So even though this weekend seems quiet, you'll have one eye open for a 'coincidence' that will bring you right to your next adventure. Of course, you know that there's really no such thing as a coincidence -- it's all about the universe arranging for you to meet someone or get somewhere -- but others might not. Educate them. Gently. Horoscope via Marie Photograph source, Stylist Nicoletta Santora; Photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Italian Vogue. Tomorrow, July 28th's horoscope: Cancer, Leo & Virgo!)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Weekend Signoff :)

("Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Marcel Proust. A little quote from me to you, the lovely readers and followers of this blog. Have a beautiful weekend! Photograph source, Tatielle.)


(These are the sweetest photographs of Marilyn I've seen. Source, here.)

Tip of the Week

(Did you know green, white, black and oolong tea are all derived from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis evergreen shrub. The difference in antioxidant content occurs in how the tea leaves are processed after harvest. White tea retains the highest amount of antioxidants because it undergoes the least amount of processing. Green tea is processed more than white tea, but less than black tea and contains a level of antioxidants between white and black teas. Black tea contains the least amount of antioxidants because it goes through more processing. Red tea or Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) tea isn’t actually from a tea plant at all. This caffeine-free “tisane” or herbal tea is derived from a flowering bush and also contains antioxidants. Tip source, Canadian Living Magazine. Photograph Source, the ever-inspiring The English Muse.)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Decor Therapy

(I love the floor lamp and drapes in the first photograph and the arrangements on the fireplace mantel of the last! Source, forgotten... sorry! Update: the 2nd image is from here.)

Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

{Daily horoscope for Thursday, July 23, 2009}

(Capricorn, December 22 to January 19: You'll witness an ugly exchange between two people you respect today. One of them feels more deserving of the praise the other one received. You know what it's like to feel overlooked, so you could be useful in helping heal the bruised ego in this situation. Make a subtle overture of support, but don't step right in and start telling people what's what. Offering your help is all you can do -- you can't make people accept it.)

(Aquarius, January 20 to February 18: If you spend too much time performing too many experiments, you aren't going to end up learning very much. Too many contradictory conclusions will be formed, and you'll be farther behind than when you started. Today, spend your time thoroughly exploring just one idea -- test your theory out, and then go over all the findings a few times. You'll enjoy the single-mindedness of such focused work and -- more importantly -- you'll quickly see what the next steps should be.)

(Pisces, February 19 to March 20: It might feel as though you're not quite living in reality today -- the universe is sending you lots of fantastic energy, which will definitely be a welcome (and very entertaining) notion. However, whenever your daily routine is put on its ear, you have to expect a period of mild discomfort. Luckily, by the middle of the day, you should be well into the groove of the whimsical nature of the day and at ease with the unusual (if not downright odd) activities going on all around you. Horoscope source, Marie Photograph Source, Dripbook. Horoscopes continue on Monday, July 27, featuring Aries, Taurus and Gemini!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Inspiration: Quotes

("What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes. Photograph Source, Stylist Emily McGregor.)

Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius; Frill + Fringe

{Daily horoscope for Wednesday, July 22, 2009.}

(Libra, September 23 to October 22: You'll be so tuned in to the bigger picture today that the little details might slip right by. So today you need to work a little bit harder to catch the minutiae of whatever you're doing. For example, if you're going to get behind the wheel today, pay close attention to signs and directions -- if you're too busy grooving to the radio, you might miss an important detour or exit. And listen closely when your favorite person updates you on their life -- they're going to drop a bomb.)

(Scorpio, October 23 to November 21: In a work or school situation, if the folks around you are missing something that you think is obvious, speak up. Chances are, you will alert them to something that will improve the situation for everyone. Let their positive reactions boost your ego and give you the confidence to share your thoughts more often. You have a fresh way of thinking -- in certain situations you are downright innovative. Don't let the fear of their reaction hold you back.)

(Sagittarius, November 22 to December 21: Your luck continues to be very good today, and you are getting used to having things go your way. This feeling of confidence is a huge boon to your creativity, so make sure you find some time to work out all your brilliant ideas. Put your thoughts down on paper, record your latest song, finish knitting that scarf, or just whip up that fantastic cake recipe you've been saving for so long. Once you start exercising your creativity, your happiness will skyrocket even more. Horoscope via Marie Photograph source, Stylist Emily McGregor. Tomorrow, July 23rd's horoscope: Capricorn, Aquarius & Pisces!)
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