A Moose Head

When I last visited my family in Austin, Mo and I passed some time by visiting an eclectic furniture and decor store... 'store' is really an understatement, it was more like a warehouse of rustic fun. I think it's called Cierra Furniture, but I'm not 100% on the name. Much like when I visited the First Zero Design house in Tokyo, this store was rather inspiring.

Here are a few pieces that I particularly fell in love with...

 (my phone takes pretty good pictures, eh?)

I was obsessed with these wooden ladders, perfect in their imperfections. Great for propping against a wall or hanging guest towels on in the bathroom.

Decorative wagon.

I was talking to the proprietor; he said they find all of these one-of-a-kind pieces on their trips to Mexico, Central America, and other foreign countries.What a fun job!

 Who doesn't need a giant wagon for throw pillows in their home?

Hi Mr Moose! I've actually always wanted a moose head on my wall. But only one that died of natural causes... I wanna' see smile lines and crows feet on my moose!

Sidenote:  I overheard a girl looking at Mr Moose and say, "I wonder if that was a boy moose or a girl moose". To which I stared blankly with my best 'You're kidding, right?' face.

Shout-out to Pam on the rustic decor!


The Blonds, Year of the Dragon

I had to immediately post some of my favorite images from The Blonds runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. I admit that I didn't know about The Blonds before I was tipped these photos (shout-out Christina), but now I'm kind of obsessed. There are a lot of images because I just loved everything coming down the runway. But keep scrolling! You won't be disappointment, folks...

The Blonds clearly had a huge Chinese/Asian influence in theme, silhouette and color - beautiful reds and golds.

 They even featured dancing Chinese dragons on the runway!

You'll love the bright colors, intricate pieces, and especially the crazy-glittery wig headpieces. More photos from the show:

 Fortune cookies!

Great necklines...

 Prediction: Gaga's next awards show outfit
(I think she may have actually worn The Blonds before)

 Check out the detail on this one.. love the weaving and giant tassles.


A cool interpretation of Yin & Yang

Hundreds of googly eyes!

Chop sticks

The Blonds themselves - Phillipe and David

Turns out, I'm actually in love with The Blonds' work. It's not all this over-the-top, but it's defiitely inspired. Check out their site to see more portfolio pics.


The Hat Sells

Bonjour Jellies! I know you haven't heard from me in over a week, but Yes I am alive. I hope you weren't scared like that time I was in an earthquake...

The truth is that I was on vacation at the Texas coast with 12 of my closest friends for my Bachelorette party! We had a blasty blast, and every day I thank my lucky stars that my friends are my friends. No, I will not be posting party pics on my blog, but here's a teaser for you anyway...

That's yours truly on top in the veil. Why lay around on the beach when you could be building human pyramids?!

So remember my favorite hat from the Royal Wedding post? You know, Princess Beatrice's (the Queen's granddaughter) beige silk bow hat by Philip Treacy? 

Well Bea put the hat up for auction on eBay to raise money for UNICEF and Children in Crisis. The thing sold for about $131,648. Yowza! (You'd think that for that much money, the hat could at least do something cool like have a built-in navigation system or pour you a beer).

If you didn't watch that episode of Project Runway or you don't know who famous hatter Philip Treacy is, check out his website. You'll be blown away by his body of work. Maybe one day soon I'll do a post on my favorite hats of his.

And to close, I leave you with a coupling of my favorite images which until now sat patiently in a Favorite Things image archive of mine...

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to start my new book The Art of Racing in the Rain. It's written from the perspective of a dog. It's going to be a tear-jerker, isn't it? ...

~  Sending light and positive energy to all of the folks in Joplin, Missouri today.  ~


Color Blocking to the Max

I would apologize for not blogging earlier this week; but as many of you fellow blogg-heads know, Blogger was down for a few days. And now it's Freaky Friday the 13th and I'd like to WOW you with some great images.

Sergi Pons brings you fabulous color blocking & model Emilia looking fierce in neon for the latest issue of View of the Times...

 Neon thigh highs? I never thought of this. I'm on the hunt for them...

Everyone have fun this weekend. That's an order!


McQueen Gala Madness

By now many fashion bloggers have talked about it, but I'd like to also put in my 2 cents on the event. As most of you know, the theme of the 2011 Met Gala in NYC was a tribute to the late Alexander McQueen called Savage Beauty. I would have loved to be a silver fly on the wall as I'm sure the showrooms of the event cultivated a fashion wonderland, dripping with creative brilliance.

As it turns out, many of the gowns that our beloved celebs wore weren't half bad either. There were some sad gowns to be sure, but today I will only cover my favorites and what I consider to be successes. Let's start the show!

Ashley Olsen in vintage Christian Dior.

Diane Kruger in Jason Wu. Yowza this is a hot look!

 Loved the silhouette of Beyonce's Emilio Pucci dress. Why did she get boo'd by the crowd again?

Great cobalt color, Eva Mendes! Wearing Stella McCartney

 Freida Pinto wearing Chanel Couture. If Karl Lagerfeld were a dress, he'd be this one.  

 Holy gold jumpsuit! But she can do it because she's Iman. Wearing Stella McCartney.

 Michelle Williams wearing Miu Miu.

Anna Wintour wearing Chanel Couture. Of course.

Brooklyn Decker, I love you! Wearing a highlighter pink Michael Kors dress.
You could probably see her from space.

Thank you Christina Ricci for wearing something weird! Someone had to, so I'm glad you channeled Wednesday Addams on this one. Wearing Zac Posen.

 Elizabeth Banks brought the disco ball! Such a goddess in her Tommy Hilfiger gown.

 Doesn't Florence Welch always look like she's floating around? So ethereal, wearing YSL.

Where have you been, Isabel Lucas? I love your coral Louis Vuitton gown.

And finally, our little circus ringmaster Victorian doll...

Janelle Monae in head-to-toe Chanel

Celebs should know you can't dress "safe" at the Met Gala. Safe doesn't get you noticed, people! That's why my favorites are Glam-tastic or statement pieces. Go balls to the wall, starlets! That's why you're famous.

Images from WireImage.