Monday
Aug012011

Summer Whites


Above: Vanessa Bruno Athe dress, Miu Miu heels, J Crew vest, H and M belt, Hermes bangle.

Say hello to the dress I have not stopped wearing all summer.

I picked this up a little while back, at Net a Porter's summer sale. Vanessa Bruno Athe at 50% off, always works for me. Loved it so much, I bought the 6 and had it taken in at the tailor. I rationalize this because I picked it up for such a steal, please don't try to convince me otherwise.

Belted, vested, dressed up, down, with flats, you name it, it works. It is light, breezy, comfortable and, I think, adorable to boot. That is pretty much all I have to say about it. C'est parfait.

Can you believe it is August already?! Any exciting plans before summer leaves us?

PS, I would like to note that husband was especially proud of his "street style" shots. 

Saturday
Jul302011

Skinner Decorative Arts Sale & Preview

Now, having a degree in art history pretty much means I love to geek it out at lectures, special exhibits, and anything related to the field of art, antiques, history, and generally pretty, funky or bizarre things.

So, imagine my utter nerd excitement when I heard that Skinner was hosting a preview, reception, and lecture on Dutch Gouda pottery in conjunction with their European Furniture and Decorative Arts sale (held July 9). Husband and I took advantage of the event to have a date night, peruse the items for sale, enjoy a few cocktails, hear the charming Frans Leidelmeijer speak passionately about pottery and then grab a bite to eat at Sel de la Terre. You know you married the right guy when he is willing to sit through something like this for his lady love.

We were absolutely head over heels with the items up for grabs at the sale/preview. Over 1,100 lots featuring paintings, pottery, furniture and deco gorgeousness from England, France and Italy. I was particularly taken with what seemed to be a a special focus on canine related fine arts- jackpot! Twin portraits of minpins and terriers on French chaises? Ummm, yes please. Staffordshire spaniels by the boat load. And the piece de la resistance? A bronze bullmastiff humidor. It was so grotesque and unique....and of course being a bullmastiff owner, it had to be ours (and would have been too, had it not sold for a whopping 10x the original estimate, sad face). That's how the auction goes, sometimes you get a steal, sometimes someone else walks away with what you wanted.

The pinnacle of crazy-beautiful canine chic? Well, now that award would have to go to the portrait below, part of the "Aristochiens" series by Thierry Poncelet. In good taste? Well that is probably questionable to the general population at large, but for me, this is fine art at it's best. Tongue in cheek, humorous, and still beautifully and thoughtfully rendered by the artist. Shame it's not hanging in my living room.

Image via Skinner

Thierry Poncelet (Belgian, b. 1946) 


Terrier in Military Ceremonial Dress 
Signed "Th. Poncelet" l.r. 
Oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 20 1/2 in. (60.5 x 52.0 cm), in an oval frame. 
Condition: Retouch, craquelure, mild surface grime. 

N.B. In paintings that he has dubbed "Aristochiens," contemporary artist Thierry Poncelet paints new animal heads (usually dogs) on vintage ancestral portraits, matching the breed and expression to the regalia of the clothing. The artist began his career as an art restorer and is a collector of ancestral portraits

Friday
Jul292011

White Nectarine Sangria

Husband and I decided to put a twist on one of our staple cocktails one afternoon and voila, presto change-o, turn it into something new (check our standard red sangria in a recipe blast from the past here).  Above are the techni-color results of our bar tending session.....a tangy and refreshing white nectarine sangria.  Perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

Ingredients and directions are kept at a minimum: mix 2 bottles of Spanish cava, 1 cup of apricot brandy, 1 bottle of a sweet white dessert wine (like a moscato or the Beaumes de Venise we used) with chopped nectarines and berries.

No really, that is it. I would also recommend a few ice cubes in each glass, or perhaps a bit of club soda to water it down a bit, as this version packs a bit of a punch. Which we happen to like, truth be told;)

What types of cocktails do you like to drink in the dog days of summer?

Wednesday
Jul272011

Get In My Closet: Erotokritos Fall 2011 & Interview




Remember Erotokritos? The Fabulous French brand I discovered on my recent trip to Paris and posted about here?

I am excited to report that the debut of the fall 2011 collection is just around the corner (I know hard to think fall with all the steamy weather here) and I have a preview of everything to share! Even better news? Erotokritos currently ships to the US, with additional plans for expansion in boutiques stateside. Still not enough? If you go online they are running their summer sale and current season goodies are all up to 50% off. Seriously good timing to snatch up these wares without having to worry too much about the exchange rate (ahem, something I always take into consideration for the sake of husband when shopping internationally)!

The Erotokritos 2011/2012 Fall/Winter collection "was designed for a precise situation, to which today's woman is bound to be confronted. From skipping class at the Sorbonne for the student to yummy mummy for the wannabe MILF, 15 different looks" are presented (below). One of my favourites is titled Sofia Coppola est hyper jalous, or Sofia Coppola, jealous much? I love the playful irreverence of the campaign, paired with the seriously chic fashion. They have you covered for a Bobo* afternoon or those pesky times when you are stopped by a Japanese trendspotter.....again. Such is life, right?

*French word of the day: Bobo is short for bourgeois and bohemian, two social classes and titles that people never dreamed would go together, yet totally do. 


One word to describe the brand Erotokritos- 
Playful

        What is the process behind each new collection? 
The process is a different story every season,  sometimes it starts from a film, sometimes from an exhibition or a trip to a new country!
  
What do you hope the future holds for the line? Any plans for further expansion into the US or online based shopping? 
We have a brand new eshop which is starting to do very well and its open to the whole world including the US www.erotokritos.com, we are also expanding to the US in multi brand shops, our new agent in New York is doing a good job diffusing the brand in interesting boutiques all over the country!  
  
Who is the ideal Erotokritos customer? 
The ideal customer is the creative woman who is sure about her personality and by creative we don't mean only artistic but in many aspects and in any profession. Lets put it this way- the thinking woman but not necessarily intellectual.  
  
What is the stand out piece from the latest collection? 
For fall I love the puffy brocade skirt worn with the cinnamon knit lace cardigan (here).
  
How has the launch of First Floor been received? Any other new plans in the works for the boutiques? 
First floor has been amazing experience for the brand.  We take food inspired by Cypriot cuisine and fuse it with French and Japanese influences. We specifically ask young Parisian chefs from different backgrounds to create dishes using Cypriot products, to give to the menu the cosmopolitan element of EROTOKRITOS fashion translated into food! Then the shopping part was just great because we used fabrics which remained in our atelier from previous collections and mixed them up to make special limited edition pieces for the "first floor"shopper. The experience was so great that we will continue until September.

Erotokritos currently has two shops in Paris, is available in many boutiques, and an outlet in Cyprus. Count on me going there when we head to Greece next year.

EROTOKRITOS & EROS
109 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris
Tel : +33 (0) 1 42 78 14 04



Monday
Jul252011

Soleil


Above: Bebe tunic, J Crew Sandals, Foley and Corinna bag, Forever 21 bangles, 
Yurman ring, Oliver Peoples sunglasses

This has been one of those weeks, where I just can't seem to get organized or caught up! Maybe it's the heat making.....me move.....at the pace.......of a.......snail? Or the bout with food poisoning I just had?

I have been meaning to post this outfit forever and a day (see above note on being woefully behind)! I actually wore this to a pool party over 4th of July weekend. That is just how behind I am. Feels so liberating to admit that. My aunt Leslie called this a "two snaps" outfit. Love her.

I have dubbed this my Hawaii outfit. My very hip, gorgeous, and wonderful mother bought it for me (along with the Foley and Corinna bag) before our honeymoon as a bon voyage care package for the islands. Isn't she the bomb? Her birthday is this week too- Happy Birthday Mama!

This ensemble was also used as part of a project that the lovely Madison, at Fashion Tales, recently put together. Our mission was to submit outfits inspired by music and interpreted through the lyrics of a favourite song. Isn't this such a refreshing idea? Check out all the fabulous contributions here. I am so happy to have been a part of it and to have discovered all the wonderful blogs of the other contributors. Definitely check them all out!

But wait, there is even more news to catch up on from this week! I was plum tickled to be included in fun post by Michele, of Michele's Musings. She took to her blog to dispute GQ's controversial ranking of Boston as the worst dressed city in the country. Quelle horreur!! I know we get a bad rap here as NYC's ugly step sister fashion wise, but clearly these people did not know where to look. Fashionable people are here! I swear!

Feeling caught up finally. Hope you ave a wonderful week!