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peaceful mountain.

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if it wasn’t already apparent, you should know i have a thing for the desert—the American desert that is, the landscape of dusty plains and rolling mountains dotted with sagebrush and cactus that runs from Texas to California. so, please: let’s hold our breath until we can all afford to spend a week at the Amangiri resort, situated in Utah on border with Arizona.

“Architecturally, the resort has been designed to blend into the landscape with natural hues, materials and textures a feature of the design. The structures are commanding and in proportion with the scale of the natural surroundings, yet provide an intimate setting from which to view and appreciate the landscape.”

(thank you, NotCot and Lancia Trendvisions for introducing me to this!)


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April 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Christmas in Houston, TX

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the Houston neighbourhood of River Oaks is apparently one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the US, and unlike many of the wealthy areas in Houston, it’s not an isolated, gated community. it’s right downtown, and the gorgeous homes range from modest colonial revival houses to impressive beaux arts mansions and french-styled chateaus.

and, because everything is bigger in Texas, the residents of River Oaks go all out for Christmas. however, their decorations are not a do-it-yourself job: professionals are hired to put up lights, sometimes wrapping almost every single branch of a tree—the cost of which is rumoured to be in the tens of thousands of dollars range.

is it worth it? tonight we (and dozens of other cars and tour buses) drove around River Oaks and i took some footage of favourite properties.

(please excuse the shaky footage and random family commentary! and enjoy!)

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December 22, 2010 at 1:19 am

ginger bauhaus.

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my friend Jenn and her boyfriend Jack made this incredible ginger bauhaus for the holidays… which is one of those brilliant ideas that we all wish we’d come up with first. modern gingerbread houses? i expect to see a Dwell and Martha Stewart tie-in at the craft shops by Christmas 2011.

Jack is also a very talented illustrator and outlined the entire ginger planning and building process on his blog—including a few pictures of the ginger Mad Men they made with the leftover dough.

(thanks to Jenn for the pictures!)


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dollar store rhinestones, some krazy glue, various glitter polishes, and OPI’s Moon Over Mumbai…

…just a little something i’m working on.

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August 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm


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nail queen (and source of almost all my manicure-related inspiration!) Sophy Robson has started a new tumblr: So So Fly Nails. see above for an example of the types of images you can find there—it’s the craziest most indulgent sort of nail art, and exactly what i’m dying to have done.

i’m going to be driving across the USA this fall, so if you know of a fantastic CalGel artist who’s located between Toronto and Houston, please let me know. otherwise i may seriously book a trip to NYC just to visit Marie Nails or Sakura.

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July 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm

resort 2011 colour trends.

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i love these colour trend collages almost more than the dreamy mix of monochromatic neutrals and pastels they illustrate.

(images via TrendLand, HT to FarmGirlFashion for tweeting about it!)

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June 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm

lobster rug love.

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last week me melodia posted this spiny lobster rug by anthropologie with the question of “yae or nay?”—um: yae! yae! first of all: the colours. is it possible to say something’s vivid and muted at the same time? because that’s how i feel about this woven crustacean. squint and tell me—are those the soft, natural colours of the ocean floor or the bright pastels of art deco beach houses?

second (and most importantly) of all: a 5×7 lobster is obviously one of the better things you can have on your living room floor. right?

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May 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm