Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekend Rental - School's Out Edition

What could be more apropos for Memorial Day weekend than setting up the moviemate in the backyard, grabbing a couple of cold brews and hanging out with crew in Dazed & Confused?  one of my all times holds a soft spot in my heart for a few reasons... it was filmed in was my second date with my husband, at the Dobie - when it had bleacher seats...You can catch a glimpse of one of my best friends, Stacy, in the pool hall scene chattin up MM... directed by Richard Linklater (you can catch a glimpse of me in one of his other movies in my I'm going to be a famous actress phase) who also directed some of other faves, Before Sunrise & Before Sunset...alright, alright, alright...Happy Weekend!!

Everday Obsessions {16} - Alecia Stevens - designer, writer & stylist

Since I was posting about home this week I thought it only fitting to check in with one of my favorite designers, Alecia Stevens, for her Everyday can see her gorgeous work here and read her  musings on life food design travel etc here...Enjoy!!

In My Closet:
tee - DKNY tissue tee - in black and white. I have 6 of them right now! 
jeans - J. Crew white. One pair is the matchstick, one is a boot leg. love them for spring with boots.  
on my feet - Completely worn out Prada sandals from three years ago and a really great pair of gray buckskin boots (Fiorentini + Baker)
accessory - My Christmas gift from Lee- a new bag - got it in Barcelona - love it! Big enough for my computer.
jewelry - Paloma Picasso silver earrings. And my beloved wedding ring designed by Heinz Brummel. Hoops, too.

Beauty Secrets:
Skin - Hauschka
makeup - Bobbi Brown
scent - Kiehl's Musk oil

In My Kitchen:
cookbook - Alice Waters - The Art of Simple Food. Otherwise, in my head.
gadget - cast iron pan
15 min easy recipe - Huevos Rancheros
can't live w/o ingredient - wine (oops)
walls - white
bedding - white
flowers - branches or orange roses in Moroccan tea glasses
favorite design source - World of Interiors magazine and Australia Vogue Living magazine


Pop Culture Extra Credit:
on my nightstand - Honestly, at this moment, I'm reading about Carl Jung's Transcendent Function. Really. I'm in therapy with a Jungian. There you go.
on my tivo - I don't have one. Don't even have cable channels!
in my ipod - Embarrassing - my favorite right now is '80's schmalz - especially England Dan and John Ford Coley! Also, always...Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, Etta James, The Band, Emmylou Harris, Greg Brown, Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Michael Jackson, Django Reinhardt.  I am a musical cross dresser.

Custom Melamine, Dahling...

How much fun would these be at your next picnic or pool party? 
Custom Melamine plates by iomoi  (still wanting one of their bags!)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

When Gwyneth met Barbie...

You know I like this...especially avec the green baubles...

Madewell Online - Open for Business!!

Hang on to your wallets! Madewell (J Crew's lil sis) has finally opened their online store...I haven't had time to peruse the whole site but this outfit is pretty darn crush worthy...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pin It Forward: What Home Means To Me

I'm so excited to participate in Pin It Forward today - a super cool collaboration between Victoria (aka sfgirlbybay) and Pinterest, this great new website that lets you bookmark and catalog all your favorite finds on the web...the theme is "What Home Means to You" can see more inspiration on my pinboards and the complete blogger schedule here...thanks so much to Nichole of Little Brown Pen for passing the baton to me and be sure to check out Mellombel's without further ado...

Growing up as a military brat, the idea of getting attached to a place was as foreign as some of the cities we lived in...but despite the nomadic upbringing we always managed to keep Austin as our home was and is the place I feel most comfortable and I truly have an obsessive love affair with the city...we're always hoping for a way to move back...

Funny that the house we live in now in Minneapolis is the longest I've lived anywhere - and as a stay at home/work at home mom of a toddler it sees plenty of action....
Days spent baking, feasting, picnicking in the garden, spinning tunes, swanning about in vintage kimonos...okay a bit of a fantasy, but you get the picture...hmmm....the reality needs a little work...we never really planned on living here quite so long so our poor little bungalow hasn't quite gotten the attention and decoration it deserves...some help might be required!

Colorful clotheshound seeks Design Darling to tame chaos and clutter into calm, cool and collected...penchant for pink, poufs, pillows, prints and the two Johns (Robshaw and Derian)...small budget but a treasure trove of resources including basement dwelling thrifted tchotckes...must work around pint sized, pigtailed princess and persnickety husband...but will be rewarded with positive praise, pots of tea, and goodies from my garden...pppplease? Xoxo, Pretty Mommy
PS - Photo credits can be found on my Pin It Forward pinboard

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A little too close to home?

Kind of sums it up...

Shop Talk - New Arrivals and Markdowns...

More New Arrivals from Stewart + Brown - so perfect and breezy
I'm living in the Brigit Dress

A few new dupattas from Matta - they never last run over!
Rani, Lagoon, Bark, Coral, Printed Bark, Ombre Fog

Only one burnt orange Porter Bag left and then they are edition

Lizzie Fortunato markdowns - and you can use the extra 25% off code "MOM" for an insane discount...

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Little Birdie...

I was beyond excited today when I opened my reader and saw my friend, Jen Mankins apartment featured on Design*Sponge today...Jen is an old friend from Austin and now has her own mini fashion empire in Brooklyn as owner of the Bird boutiques...apart from having obviously fabulous taste she also happens to be one of the warmest, loveliest people you'll ever meet and her home reflects that...head over to d*sponge to check out the rest of the pics...and you can shop Bird online as well!!
PS - Her gorgeous bedding is John Robshaw - you can find it here...Quilt - Periwinkle, Sheets - Cinde Lavender, and Jala Khaki Euros

Leather & Laces

Sometimes simple things can make an outfit so much more interesting.....
Leather suspenders via Sea of Shoes

Worn in Keds with new leather laces - instant prep - via For Me, For You


Our camping trip was rained out, so Saturday night we fired up our projector and watched The Young Victoria on the "big screen" there really anything better than a well done period romance?  Beautiful costumes - check, heartbreakingly cute boy - check, intelligent acting - check...Loved it!  The hubby, of course, rolled his eyes and then was firmly engrossed in the story line...teehee...I think he loves these movies almost as much as I do...What are your favorite costume dramas?
PS - I love our little moviemate projector - you can even watch it outdoors for your own little backyard theater! (we found ours on ebay for a steal)