Summer Dreaming

February 28, 2011

In the time honored New England tradition, I am already dreaming and planning for summer.  This Saturday we popped down to the Cape to take a look at a few houses to rent this summer.  Even with snow on the dunes, I could feel the heat and smell the summer ocean.  I can’t wait.

Blue Horse Inn

February 28, 2011

For our winter wonderland weekend in Vermont, we choose to stay at the Blue Horse Inn.  I had heard about the inn from my blog-o-world friend Martini from Beyond Boston Chic a few months ago and have been dying to go.  Between the  awesome logo, the large king beds, and the fact that one of the owners is a fellow former Georgia girl, I was sold.

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Cobalt blue with white silhouette of colonial rider…yes please

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I was totally taken by the wood work and details of the old inn.

 

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That Sunday evening the inn held a wine tasting complete with parings of fabulous hors d’oeuvres.

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They had many Austrian wines and I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed them.  Austria isn’t a place that screams wine country to me (and my very limited knowledge of wine), but I love them just as much at the French, Italian and California wines in which I am more familiar.

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Best of all the inn is pet friendly.  This adorable 5 month old husky, Tenakee, belongs to inn employee Jess and came to work with her each day.

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I can’t wait to plan a spring/summer trip.  The inn was full our weekend and I am dying to see and photograph some of the other rooms and suites.  I also can’t wait to see how the winter wonderland of Vermont transforms into the lush green of summer.

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P.S. Here is the awesome snow angel Steve left in the front yard…a parting gift if you will.

Photo by Kari from Blue Horse Inn

 

Winter Wonderland Weekend

February 23, 2011

Our weekend in Vermont last weekend, was a blissful and peaceful as I had hoped it would be.  The rolling hills and mountains, the clean country air, the darling town of Woodstock; it all just makes me want to run away, by a little farm and raise chickens or something.

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Vermont State of Mind

 

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Local bakery and coffee shop

Because as Liz Lemon would say it’s “all about fair trade and local artisans and staying green.” (Steve and I could not stop saying this all weekend :))

 

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We skied, we snowmobiled, and drove the little back country roads.

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My little Georgia Jeep did surprisingly well.

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We of course made sure to spend some time by the fire with a glass or two of wine.

 

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I have so many more photographs from the darling Blue Horse Inn, which I am still editing.  More Vermont tomorrow or Friday, but for now…

See you soon Vermont.

Fashion Blogger NYFW Overload

February 15, 2011

Following all the NYFW hash tags on twitter and fashion blogs covering New York Fashion has been amazing (From Me To To has the best coverage by far.) and a little tortuous..like getting a play by play of the best party in the world, to which of course you were not invited.  Inspired by all the fashion week eye candy, I stacked and racked up my bracelets today and served as my own Sartorialist.

So here is my little ode to fashion week.  I think I would do the Man Repeller proud. :)

Not a great shot (so hard to do a macro shot of your own arm), but you get the idea.

Red, Magenta & Turquoise

February 14, 2011

Since amazing styling job by Erin Gates with our Feast of Fancy photo shoot I have been obsessed with the color combination of red, magenta and turquoise…and the most amazing part of all…my super amazing husband basically coordinated our Valentine’s Day around that color theme.  Best husband EVER!  I love him so much.

Earrings from Ce Ce Atelier

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Feast of Fancy

February 11, 2011

One of my most recent photo shoots was appropriately centered around Valentine’s Day.  Styled by the incomparable Erin Gates of Element-Interiors and Elements of Style, this spread for New Brahmin, was such a blast to photograph.  The combination of reds, pinks, purples and turquoise made for a gorgeous pallet, and the jewels…oh the jewels.  Let me just clarify, yes the gems were real yes, this photographer shamelessly drooled over the diamond earrings.  Check out the full slide show here.  Below are some grabs from the spread.

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The glossy black candelabra is from Dunes & Duchess.  A beautiful line of home goods from stylies and editor Stacy Kunstel and photographer Michael Partenio.

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I helped style a little bit by bringing some of my friend’s wine, an amazing cabernet named Sum 75 purchased at Brix in Boston’s South End.  I blogged about my trip to Napa and my visit to the 75 Wine Company head quarters here.

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It is not spring here in New England…not even close, as I am told by my more seasoned Bostonian husband.  So instead of torturing myself by looking at spring clothes and pictures of grass and flowers I have decided to immerse my self in inspirational images of winter.  There is still some much beauty to be had with the winter light and bright white snow, and if I am to be a New Englander I better embrace it.

These images by the immensely talented and uber-cook La Tartine Gourmande are keeping me sane in these frigid temps.

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That and the fact that we have a winter wonderland trip planed for next weekend to beautiful Woodstock, VT.  We are staying at the darling Blue Horse Inn run by fellow southern girls turned New Englanders, Anna and Keri.  I can’t wait to tackle to slopes of Killington, explore the streets of Woodstock and nestle in by the fire with a glass of wine.

Images from Blue Horse Inn blog

 

Art for the soul

February 8, 2011

It pains me to think how long it has been since I was last in a museum (my honeymoon over a year ago, I think), so this past weekend I made a date with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  The afternoon provided some much needed me time, where I just wandered from gallery to gallery.  I could let the art history major, nerd in me wax on about each piece I saw, but I think I will just share some images of what inspired me.

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Patterns

 

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Serene Sculpture

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Troubled Sculpture

This piece is terrifying and fascinating all at once.

 

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Field note sketch book.

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Georgia O’Keefe

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Animal & human inspiration

 

 

 

 

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Clothing

 

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I want a jacket with a sleeve like this…designers…please.

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I spy a Missoni print!  Who knew the colonialist were so on trend and clearly not worried about copyright laws.

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More beautiful graphic patterns

Love this color combination of green, orange, blue and white.

Ink blots folded to create symmetrical pattern.  Love, love, love this.

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Woven rug.

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Inlaid ivory on a chest

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Chinoiserie wall paper in the Art of the America’s Federal gallery

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The High Gloss launch party was held at a beautiful home in the Upper East Side, a perfect match to the aesthetic and feel of the premier issue.  The evening was filled with laughter, food, cocktails, wine and some of the most fashionably fun people I have ever seen.

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Glamour glamour everywhere

The beautiful designer Amanda Pearl

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High Gloss Editor and Elements of Style author, Erin Gates and co-anchor for “Weekend Today in New York” Erika Tarantal

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High Gloss Editor Shannon Wollack

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Amanda Pearl and her adorable husband

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I was so excited to meet the super talented photographer Jamie Beck, author of From Me to You

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The awesome PR girls from TIBI decked out in their TIBI best.

 

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“High Gloss orange” everywhere

 

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