Singin’ in the Rain Feb25

Singin’ in the Rain

It’s a very cold and rainy night in New York – and sadly, it’s not looking like the rain will let up for a while. You know the adage – if you can’t beat em’, join em’? Well that’s exactly what I did. Before venturing out for my boys’ pre-bedtime walk, I threw on my Wellies, grabbed my Burberry umbrella – and took a page from the late, great Gene Kelly. Ok, so it was more like hummin’ in the rain – but it was fabulous nevertheless. Gene Kelly – Singin’ in the Rain If you’ve not seen the classic film, Singin’ in the Rain, I recommend it most enthusiastically. Seriously, it couldn’t BE any cuter – one of my all time faves! Gene Kelly is as dreamy as can be, and Debbie Reynolds is more than adorable. Do yourself a favor, and at least watch the eponymous scene. Recently the cast of Glee (avec Ms. Gwyneth Paltrow) – did a mashup of the classic tune. Glee – Singin’ in the Rain I’m singin’ in the rain. Just singin’ in the rain. What a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again. I’m laughing at clouds so dark up above. The sun’s in my heart, and I’m ready for love. Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place. Come on with the rain, I’ve a smile on my face. I walk down the lane with a happy refrain. Just singin’ – singin’ in the rain. Dancin’ in the rain. Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah. Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah. I’m happy again. I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain. I’m dancin’ and singin’ in the...

Currently Coveting Feb24

Currently Coveting

I’m currently coveting these ridiculous Christian Louboutin sneakers – the price tag for which, is just too embarrassing to discuss. Louboutin’s offerings for men are pretty limited at this point – but the collection will likely grow over time. Yes, they’re a tad showy, and perhaps too punk rock for this preppy – but I’m still enamored. Don’t judge,...

Apollo’s Angels Feb24

Apollo’s Angels

I’ve always been a one book at a time kind of guy, but lately I’ve been switching back and forth between several. The one about which I’ve been most excited, is Jennifer Homan’s “Apollo’s Angels – A History of Ballet” – which The New York Times Book Review named one of the 10 best books of 2010. I first heard about this book when the author appeared on Charlie Rose last December – in an engaging interview that was chock full of interesting tidbits. To my surprise, this is really the first book on the history of ballet – and even if you’re not a huge fan of dance, the history is fascinating. While the origins of the art form date back to 15th century Italy, ballet, as we know it, really began in France – in the court of Louis XIV. Apollo’s Angels The Sun King (Le Roi Soleil), as he was known, was positively fixated on etiquette – and thus, ballet was born as an aristocratic, social dance – performed by kings and noblemen. It was in his court that the basic steps (the 5 positions) were first codified. According to Homans, the same symmetry and formal aesthetic that can be found in the gardens at Versailles, were imprinted in the dances at court. So while an aristocratic form of expression, early ballet was also strictly a male art. Louis XIV, himself, performed a now famous dance, known as The Ballet of the Night in 1653 – where he portrayed the Sun King, Apollo. Louis XIV as Apollo In essence, ballet, at this time, was a political art – part of the garish spectacle of the French state. Somehow it managed to survive the French Revolution – but in doing so, was reborn as a...

Une Jeune Fille Feb23

Une Jeune Fille

I first saw this video last month on The Huffington Post – and since then, I’ve watched it approximately three thousand times. This beautiful, little girl has the most fabulous imagination. Watch as she breathlessly recounts her very own version of the classic tale – Winnie the Pooh. According to the video description, it is a breathtaking story starring baby monkeys lost in frightening trees, a witch, crocodiles, a tiger, a “popotamus” and a lion – and even a “tremendously very bad mammoth”. There are also magic powers and an orange ring, but sometimes, “something goes amiss”. Bring your popcorn and enjoy the...

Canopy Chairs Feb23

Canopy Chairs

Speaking of Bergorf Goodman’s BG, my absolute favorite part of Kelly Wearstler’s design is the canopy chairs. I’ve always loved a canopied chair – they’re super chic, and beyond comfortable! Isn’t there just something so regal about them? In 16th century France, canopied chairs, known as “guérites”, were used primarily by the sick or elderly – their high sides and backs were perfect for protection against the drafty cold. While to many, these chairs hold aristocratic connotations, the etymology of the name (guérites – sentry in english) suggests that they were, in fact, first used by servants. During medieval times, wealthy homes often had servants known as hall porters – a man who sat at the door of the home and acted as gatekeeper. His hooded chair (the porter’s chair) protected him from the cold, and acoustically, aided in his vigilance. Oh, if only those hall porters could see us now! Sources – Wikipedia / Apartment Therapy / The Household...

Wearstler Style Feb22

Wearstler Style

Kelly Wearstler is a rock star among interior designers – and last week during fashion week, she introduced her very first ready-to-wear collection. At the Soho loft that she designed for some Texas clients, Wearstler previewed the collection for a select group of buyers and editors. According to Kelly, she “wanted it to be an intimate experience where everyone could feel like they were fully immersed in my environment.” Much like Barneys New York is Simon Doonan / Jonathan Adler-land, Bergdorf Goodman is quickly becoming rather Wearstler-centric. The seventh floor of Bergdorf’s currently plays host to BG, the Wearstler designed eatry – as well as her line of luxury baubles and home accessories. Now, the department store has the exclusive on her new line of clothing, clutches, and jewelry. When the Fall collections hit the stores in a few months, Wearstler’s clothes will be found among other contemporary labels, (in a KW designed space, no less) on Bergdorf’s fifth floor. Like her fabulous interiors, Kelly Wearstler’s clothes are playful and positively brimming over with loads of texture, pattern and bold colors. According to style.com, “her reputation will be a boon to the business, but the contemporary market is a crowded one, and if she wants to make a real go of it, she’ll have to insert more personality into the collection next time. The clutches and costume jewelry, maybe because they’re closer to her bread and butter, had a stronger point of view.” Enjoy the slide show… Pictures courtesy of Kelly Wearstler, style.com, and...

Axel Vervoordt Feb22

Axel Vervoordt

I subscribe to far too many magazines, and buy so many more – that reading them all usually feels like a game of catch up.  One magazine that I always look forward to, is Australia’s Vogue Living. The November / December issue has a beautiful feature on the Swiss ski chalet of famed Belgian designer, Axel Vervoordt. In recent years, Vervoordt has become a disciple and practitioner of wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic focused on simplicity, humility, and the beauty of the imperfect. Perched in the hills high atop the village of Verbier, his family’s chalet is a perfect example of these principles – sparsely furnished with artisanal mountain furniture, but full of warmth and soul. According to the article, the home was completely “handmade by local craftsmen, pegged not nailed, waxed not varnished.” While the tony village below is known as a party destination for the jet set, Axel and his wife, May, never intended for the home to be used for entertaining. It is, rather, a simple family retreat – and a stunning one at that! Sadly, I don’t think that we’ll be able to see the chalet in person – but if you’re a ski bum, you can certainly visit Verbier! The skiing in the Swiss Alps can’t be beat! If you’re interested in learning more about the principles of wabi-sabi and their application in Axel Vervoordt’s work, pick up a copy of Vervoordt’s most recent book, Wabi Inspirations – which was released by Rizzoli just...

Presidents Feb21


President’s Day is a tad confusing, in my opinion. I mean, technically it’s George Washington’s birthday – yet it’s marketed as a day to commemorate all Presidents. Either way, I know that a lot of people are happy to have a day off – especially a cold and snowy one like today! I saw this graphic a few years ago, when President Obama was first elected – and it still packs quite the punch, doesn’t it? To look at our history in these simple terms, shows how special the last election really was. Also, who could ever forget this moment – talk about special! It still brings a tear to my...

Bonnie and Clyde Feb20

Bonnie and Clyde

Itunes is currently making its way through Serge Gainsbourg’s album, Monsieur Gainsbourg The Originals. My favorite song from the album is a duet between M. Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – Bonnie and Clyde. While the song is in French, the lyrics follow one of Bonnie Parker‘s poems “The Trail’s End“.  Listening to this song always gets me thinking about the classic 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde – starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. If you haven’t seen the film, I recommend it most highly – aside from being an Academy Award winning classic, it is super stylish! A remake of the film, starring Hilary Duff is slated for release later this year. Never mess with the classics, kids! By the way, how utterly gorgeous is Jane Birkin on this album cover? Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie and...

Inès and The Selby Feb20

Inès and The Selby

Ok, ok – The Selby shoot of Inès de la Fressange‘s Roger Vivier office really is just too fab – to not post. I don’t know that I would be too productive in a bright pink office (even her file folders are pink), but it’s such a joyous space! I’m also loving all of the art – especially that René Gruau!  Here are the highlights (if one can refer to 20 photos as “the highlights”) – you can see more here. Enjoy the slide...

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