We are friends, neighbors, and obsessed with all things style. Gina designs unique, hand-crafted jewelry and Jennifer practices the art of wardrobe management. It was only natural that they came together to launch a style blog.
Isaac Mizrahi’s “Pink Prothorax” dress from his Spring 2009 Collection
as seen in the December issue of W Magazine!
Bravo has been my reality channel of choice for some time now. Finally, The Housewives of New York is winding down in all its absurd glory. I don’t think that even I, a reality show veteran, can stomach The Real Housewives of New Jersey. My husband will be proud to know that I will be switching to a more highbrow level of programming (sort of).
Isaac Mizrahi will co-host The Fashion Show with Kelly Rowland beginning Thursday, May 7th at 10pm ET. Fifteen designers compete in a fashion competition for a chance to have their designs sold in the retail market and win a $125,00 prize. I’ve already programmed Tivo.
Do you remember his old show? I used to love the last segment in which he would pick someone in the audience. They would ask the designer a fashion question and he would sketch them an answer. Take a peek at this.
A Parisian Sasek postcard, © Editions Hazan
One of my absolute favorite gifts for a child are the “This is..” series of books by M. Sasek. I’m almost positive that if you are unfamiliar with the books you will still recognize his iconic style of illustration. They are the most wonderful children’s travel logs of key cities around the world. If you are a fan of mid century design, you will find the drawings and the writing style a sheer delight. Born in Prague in 1916, Sasek’s first book, “This is Paris”, was published in 1959. Other books include, “This is Rome”, “This is London”, “This is New York”, “This is Edinburgh” with at at least 13 more.
Read more about M. Sasek and his work here.
( I should also mention, shop our amazon store for M.Sasek’s work)
Well, it’s a new season and after careful inspection, it is definitely time for a new face cream. Honestly, I have always been pragmatic about my skincare regime. This seems odd as I have such a different perspective when it comes to my fashion accessories.
But, a story in Departures magazine about Fresh’s Crème Ancienne caught my attention. I decided to research a little further and found only glowing reviews from countless devoted followers. This face cream is based on an ancient recipe first developed around 160 A.D., which combines 14 simple ingredients including rosewater, beeswax, chamomile wax, and meadow foam-seed oil. It is actually hand blended by monks in a monastery in the Czech Republic. The exact location is shrouded in secrecy to help preserve their quiet lifestyle. The resident monks have all taken vows of silence and personal poverty. Donations supplemented with the money generated by the monk’s own labor helps to finance the maintenance and restoration of their 18th century Baroque farmhouse on 100 acres.
The cream making process takes two days to complete and includes the heating of the waxes and the mixing of the water and oils. Everything must be done with exact precision for the concoction to go from liquid to emulsion. After cooling overnight, the jars are filled by hand.
The monks manufacture 10,000 units a year and the cream comes in jars of two sizes, one ounce ($135) and 3.5 ounces ($250).
Crème Ancienne is claimed to have many uses: as a day or nighttime moisturizer, for post surgical scars, stretch marks; as a healing agent; and to protect against the elements.
Okay, admittedly, it is pricey. But, I am sold on the history and the romance of it all. And, if anything is going to help me prevent wrinkles, it might as well be by the hand of holy men in silent prayer. I need all the help I can get.
Our dear Kenya flew in for our friend’s Garden Party the other day (pics to post later) bearing the most delightful gifts from her recent trip to Paris. Our love of macaroons has been documented here on Cakewalk, and we were thrilled! My fave? Let’s see: my little black box of the collection sits here empty, and I am fairly certain it’s Orange Blossom. Note that the colors of the macaroons are those we used for this blog; our inspiration indeed. The gift bag is quite lovely in and of itself!
These magazines are equally as sweet. I cannot wait to carve out the time and soak in every page…
photo from Lucky Magazine; issue unknown.
After a long few days of heavy rain, the weather is once again spectacular in Houston. This is more like it. I think it’s getting to be time to wear something like the above. And, I just happen to be listening to “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” (Glen Campbell’s version) as I type. How appropriate; that’s where I would like to be! For now, I will have to settle with (sittin’ on) my back patio.
The image above is another one from my inspiration board. I’m not sure how old it is, but I know it’s not recent. I still love everything she’s wearing (I might lose the necklace) and I would love to have those shoes (and the hair)!
I hope you are having a beautiful day!