happy new year’s eve everyone! my tradition of getting lost in a vintage flickr world each holiday is still one of my favorite pastimes and today’s trip was as much fun as ever. i’m in an airport right now but it’s snowing so we’re not sure when or if we’ll leave. since i’m about to run out of juice i wanted to say a quick hello and wish you the best of everything for the new year!
it may seem like i’m stuck in a vintage time warp but i look at life from just 100 years ago and see how much we’ve changed and how much is the same since the turn of the century.
seeing how this decade flew by makes me really want to make something special of each day and stop wasting time.
well,we’re boarding! i’ve got to sign off so have a fabulous night whether staying cozy at home or painting the town rouge!
here’s a toast to you, my wonderful friends and hoping this will be best year the planet has seen yet!
hi everybody~hope you’ve had plenty of good cheer and are getting a in a little downtime before the new year.
here it’s been a perfect holiday full of friends, family and good food that kept me busy every minute til just now.
ny is bustling (and frrreeezing)! but there’s something spectacular on every corner with all the lights and uber-theatrical shop windows.
i’m back to work and since i’m in town for a couple days, went on the hunt for a chaise lounge and struck gold at a friend’s warehouse.
right now the cold seems far away. the fire ‘s going and i’ve been working on taking the pics, but think i’ve about had it for tonight. we went to see avatar last night and are about to watch 500 days of summer so…
this is such a seinfeld post about absolutely nothing, i really just wanted to say hi.
funny how after holidays to see where you end up when you get back to work and life and priorities.
i’ll stop over for a holiday visit tomorrow and say hi. till then, buona notte!
hi guys! merry christmas, happy kwanza and good wishes to everyone gathering and celebrating with their families and friends over the next few days.
of course i went flickr surfing this morning and realized what i want in my stocking…
hope you get what you want in yours ;p
i want to fall in love with a little lamb who needs me too!
also wanted to say thank you to jennifer of everyday beautiful life. she’s running a column on what people find beautiful and asked me for my input. she posted it here.
enjoy your time together!
hi all! i’m in nyc and for all my big talk of running around, the furthest i’ve been is up to bergdorf’s and back. sadly most of my photos didn’t do the windows justice. they as were fab as expected, but the glare of the sun kept me from getting good shots. here are a few of mine (the detail shots) and good ones from lisa golightly’s blog featuring shots by Rudy Pospisil of anothernormal.com (who’s apparently been shooting holiday windows all around the city). i’ll let him brave the cold this year… it’s brutal out there!
these were the ‘windows of curiostiy’
she was super small, you can see her in the first floor room on the left
there was a ton of detail.
juicy couture’s windows
lord and taylor’s windows
and if you’re a window lover too, you may want to put this on your wish list:
windows are such magical little boxes. it’s amazing how much life and drama can fit into them! these are just the tip of the iceberg as far as the bergdorf windows. if you’re obsessed like i am, check out anothernormal.com ‘s incredible shots.
to all the window display artists, thank you for another year of bewitching us!
these pics are from the ny blizzard of 1899. i love t to see new york through the ages and can only imagine what it must have been like living there 100 years ago. so much has changed and still so much is exactly the same. what a rock!
at least i won’t be digging my carriage out this year! but i’m on my way today and hope the flights aren’t too backed up.
talk about being on ‘the grid’!
these great old shots are from the new york times archives and the ny historical society. nytimes.com
and these are from the museum of the city of new york: museumofnyc.doetech.net
i guess there were a lot of pre-war fireplaces crackling!
in my search i came across a film that was made about the blizzard at the time. it’s a silent and apparently a classic at that. you can find it here: imdb.com/title/tt0230326
well, that’s enough stalling, have to go and face the music!
i hate the cold but can’t wait to see the bergdorf windows. i have to keep repeating that to stay motivated to leave sunny florida! more from the other side~
no matter how many times i’ve seen most of these films, i’ll always stop to watch them when they’re on once a year.
i grew up watching them with mom and dad and love when we get a chance to catch one together over the holidays.
i don’t think i’ve ever seen this one
and love this one to death. they ride in in a snow sleigh!
of course some we all know by heart
but there’s the next generation to think about.
i wonder if they’ll love the originals like we do?
don’t think i’ve seen this one either…
so many were remade in the 80′s and 90′s, but why mess with perfection?
i guess some things never get old
as my friend joy would say, they’re comfort food for the soul!
well, i’m off to bed, this is what happens when you fall down the amazon rabbit hole. but it was fun! if you know any i missed, please add to the list!
hi guys, hope you’re having a good night and are tucked in warm and safe with the ones you love~
at first it was fun to do these giveaways but the truth is that i wish there were enough books to give one to everybody. soooooo, the only way i can really do that is to give away my own book since i have some on hand! if you want one for yourself, just leave a comment and i’ll randomly select 10 winners tomorrow and send them all out on saturday.
i’m leaving for nyc on sunday so these are my last few days to tie up loose ends and send out my gifts to you. also coming to the close of my 90 day regime on the 20th. it went so fast and i didn’t accomplish all i hoped, but then again, there are still a few days left to try!
just randomly…all we hear about on the news is jobs, jobs, jobs! i came across this site which has a ton of great opportunities posted, so if you’re in the market, check it out, there’s some really good stuff: editoratlarge.com/job_searches
have a wonderful night!
hi guys, hope you’re having a good week and not stressing out too much this year.yeah, right.
let’s face it, we’re all on overdrive. hopefully you’re taking some time for yourself. since you’re here, i guess that’s what’s up!
i’m getting ready to head north again so have been making hay while the sun shines here in florida.
in the midst of all the craziness i just had to post today since it’s
au current for one day and one day only… women’s wear daily, that is. our helena chair made the cover! i know it’s all about the fashion, but hey, every gal needs a prop! by this time tomorrow we’ll be old news and the link won’t work, but tonight, she’s a star! (and the dress isn’t bad either).
in other news, i had so much fun with the last giveaway, i decided to do the same with this wonderful book that was sent to me for review. it’s absolutely beautiful and filled with tales of a family who realized they have a very distinctive style and a real knack for decorating and renovation.
they take us on several locations and track their progress with gorgeous photos and tales of their ups and downs.
it’s written by robert and courtney novogratz and published by rizzoli. don’t get mad about the pics, pubs!
my favorite kind of parking lot!
anyway it’s jammed with great stuff so if you’re interested, leave a comment and i’ll send it out to a winner tomorrow!
have a wonderful and cozy night!
sunday’s are for strolling. the lincoln road antique market started up this week and i found out just in time to spend the last delicious hour there. it’s loaded with incredible vintage on every level. it’s only open half the year (when it’s not as hot). this half!
i was obsessed to get some tiny things for the boutique or to give as gifts and ended up with this little bounty which was just enough to feed my need. and all fit in a small bag!
flea markets are one of life’s simple pleasures and pure soul food for me. i love finding junque and restoring its sparkle. these were in a junk box.
and you know they smelled like vieux madame once the corks came out. a drop of bleach did the trick to lose the scent, thankfully.
once i got home i washed it all and shot them to list tonight. i’m trying to learn the blurred background technique and these were happy accidents. as someone who’d been downsizing, i haven’t been shopping much, let alone flea marketing. i was a little surprised at how thrilled these little gems made me and i’ll enjoy them while i have ‘em!
well, it was a long, perfect day. just wanted to say hi and hope you’re having a great one too~xoc
i’d like to extend a HuGe welcome to Karen Sugarman of karensugarmandesigns.blogspot.com. i’ve admired her work for a very long time and now she’s part of the family! you can see her ethereal creations on the sidebar or visit her website, karensugarmandesigns.com. her work is incredible and a gift that will be treasured for sure.
hey guys, happy saturday night!
i’m staying in after a day of running around town. i had big work plans but it’s already getting late.
i’ve been trying to tighten up the site after completly procrastinating. i haven’t done any holiday homework till now. good thing most of my shopping is done.
Great to hear from you! I do have the fabric for sale. You can find it here.
my computer is getting hot so maybe this is as far as some of these pics will get tonight. listing new things is all consuming with everything from taking pics to writing text. fluffing it up is a real endeavor when it’s the last minute. but little by little like everything else, i guess. anyway today’s new additions are clear pics of the script fabric and linen dust ruffles from leigh of papillion linens.
do you know leigh? she’s a fellow blogger, author of papillonlinens.blogspot.com
original creator of the smock top curtain and these pretty pillows above. we did the ny gift show together and now i’m we’re getting her in the boutique little by little.
she works with anyone in the trade so if you have an online store or clients who like custom work, check her out. you can make almost any thing in like 50 colors of incredible belgian linen.
stop by her blog to see her post about my current obsession, this chaise!
i’m determined not to let these pics just sit in a folder and be forgotten. it’s gonna get holiday crazy so it’s now or never. these are from my friend lorraine’s shop in the city (elle w collection). i love the gorgeous goodies in her store. if you need gifts, she’s one stop shopping. she got this frame in paris.
for him, a vintage shagreen & wood jewelry box…what could go inside?
while in the city i ran into my dear friend, patricia of purelypatricia.com. she’s a multifaceted designer and aside from grand estates, she also creates these headdresses out of vintage beads and flowers and velvets and ribbon. they’re all one of a kind works of art. katie perry just wore one onstage!
so well that’s it! now you’ve seen the machinations behind the scenes ;p
glamorous, huh? thank god i love what i do. and love to do it with you!
i’m off to have some fun, it’s midnight! bonne nuit!