Went to see Crazy Heart this weekend, Jeff Bridges & the soundtrack are amazing; just a great, quiet movie...left me feeling totally nostalgic for my childhood - even though it's set in the present, Bad Blake's wardrobe was so on the mark for a certain era of good old boys in Texas....the thin, short sleeve western shirts that need a v-neck undershirt, poly blend slacks with cowboy boots and big belt buckles, and of course perfectly faded chambray shirts and jeans...
takes me back to country music's crossover heyday in the late 70's early 80's... riding around Austin in my PawPaw's truck drinking Big Red, singing Elvira, On the Road Again, and the entire Urban Cowboy soundtrack (my fave - I so wanted to be the big city cowgirl Pam with lurex western shirts and feathers in my hair). I loved poring over my parent's album covers...just revisiting these got me totally inspired - wasn't Linda Ronstadt gorgeous? and Emmylou Harris - divine!
** I bought these about 5 yrs ago from LR's 2nd collection and they are my FAVORITE boots ever...so comfy and cute...happy to see they brought them back for Spring '10...wish they weren't so damn spendy...
If you need some tunes to get you in the mood I'd spin these:
In the midst of all the Fall Fashion happening on the runways it only seems fitting to check in with Jane over at simple +pretty for this weeks Everyday Obsessions...I count on her to keep me up to date with all the new collections and adore her lovely ephemera picks as well! Thanks Jane!!
In My Closet:
tee - mostly gap
jeans - various iterations of a tailored boyfriend look
on my feet - black ballet flats
accessory - right now i'm all about scarves
jewelry - engagement/wedding ring
I'm pretty intrigued by the whole sweat pants as fashion thing...if there's one thing I love more than looking stylish it's being comfy...here are a few interesting picks...will you be rocking this trend?
We've now been in our house in MPLS for almost 9 years...longer than I've lived anywhere!...and we've yet to really do any home improvements or decorating...just never expected to be freezing our $^% off for this long in the Midwest...but it doesn't look as if we'll be moving to sunnier climes anytime soon so maybe if I put it out there in the universe I will finally do something...here are a few things I've had in my design file for years...I saw this wallpaper in Domino (sigh!) ages ago - Zebrine by Rose Cummings - and I think it would be perfect in a small space...
I'd love to retile our bathroom with these gorgeous Fez cement tiles from Granada Tiles...
Just checking in with my friend Miss K - a tall, gorgeous, redheaded Texan with amazing taste who lives in NYC and has worked for some of my favorite designers...here are her current must haves...Happy Weekend! xoxo Michelle
Also, this is really weird but Dr. Pepper chapstick. I have always worn it because Iused to LOVE dr. pepper when I lived in Texas (they don't have dr. pepper up here) but my mom sends me regular packges full of this chapstick. Apparently all the big makeup artists use it too? Who would have guessed..It smells good and it gives your lips a little tint.
My lovely friend Bridgett just gave birth to a baby boy named Oz at home in what sounds like an amazing waterbirth experience. For her shower Jennifer C made her a gorgeous Mala using stones from friends and Barb put together a lullaby CD comprised of all the songs the women in our playgroup love...we listened it to it in our pre-brunch yoga session and it was so perfect and relaxing so I thought I'd share the track listing for you to enjoy!! What are some of your favorite lullabies? pictures by Honeybee & Peony
It's actually pretty gorgeous here in MPLS today (which means 32 and sunny!) so I'm a little less sad that we're not taking a beachy vacation this month...We usually hit Mexico but after a couple of bouts of stomach viruses, run-in with the popo, and our height of swine flu visit last year we decided to take a break...However, If money was no object I'd be on a plane to the Four Seasons Hualalai...we've traveled all over the world but our most magical vacations have been to Hawaii...every island has so much beauty - the lush tropical forests of Kauai, the bleak but beautiful lava flows on the Big Island, the insanely stunning road to Hana on Maui, the laid back surfer vibe on the North Shore of Oahu...sigh! I would love to run away there, sell pineapples & banana bread on the side of the road and wear nothing but sarongs and flipflops...
Where are your favorite warm weather spots?
Since this is a fantasy vacance I'd take along this Zero Maria Cornejo Dress I was dying over at Barneys last week:
I'm a huge fan of Nikole from the gorgeous blog forty-sixth at grace and keep trying to get my hands on some of her lovely wood kitchen items...they usually sell out asap but her shop has an update today at 5pm est if you can make it there in time to grab some goodies...Good Luck!!
Next up in our Everyday Obsessions is Erica from A History of Architecture...her cool & clean aesthetic is always spot on and often has me reworking and adding to my shopping lists so I was especially keen to find out her picks...let's take a look!
cookbook - NYTimes' The Minimalist
gadget - Baratza burr grinder for evenly ground coffee beans
15 min easy recipe - Stir-fry broccoli, garlic, and shrimp with freshyakisoba noodles, sriracha hot sauce on the side
can't live w/o ingredient - Sesame seed oil
I was lucky enough to get to take a solo trip out to San Fran a week ago and now I'm jonesing to go back and check out Serena Mitnik-Miller's new General Store...I'm in love with her artwork and want to plaster my walls with her gorgeous watercolors and beach photos...(via poppytalk)
So fun to hang with my oldest friend Lara, indulge in a boozy night out at La Trappe, enjoy the gorgeous sunshine while having brunch at Greens, walk the Marina and zip around town...Here we are stopping in North Beach for a midnight (?!) cappuccino after 4 am wakeup, champagne flights, belgian beers, mussels, fries, soaking up the vibes, and buying some books (Kerouac of course) at City Lights...(Lara left et moi on the right)
Hmmm...looking a little sloshy but no worse than at the end of a day running after a 2 yr old...I feel compelled to mention that we became friends in the 6th grade when I moved to Arlington, TX in the middle of the year and sat next to her in music class...I was awestruck as she pulled out a tube of mascara and expertly applied many coats of electric blue maybelline...ah! The 80's!