good morning friends, i hope your day is off to a great start. it’s been all about tying up loose ends over here. i have two deadlines today, one is for one king’s lane (my tastemaker tag sale on november 12th)! it’s a 3 day event and takes a ton of coordination to get it all shot, categorized, weighed and edited. it’s a little sad that the furniture hasn’t arrived from paris but we’ll have make do with the smalls and paintings that did actually come in. i had to do shoot a moody pic for the bio and this is one of the outtakes above i thought you’d enjoy.
and now it’s finally time to announce the winners of the madame chic book giveaway! the editor sent two books so i read it cover to cover and am going to give both away. if you didn’t win, it’s on amazon and would make a great gift as the author gives us a lot of good advice. a really fun read!
so, drumroll…the first winner is gypsy house designs
and the second is a well style dlife
i wish i had a copy for every single one of you but not since there’s not, i’m giving away the second copies of some of the other books i’ve received over the year, starting with this one below about our girl, coco chanel.
if you’d like to win this one leave a comment and we’ll announce the winner on wednesday.
it’s filled with images during 3 weeks of her life. i’m not sure she changed clothes the entire time! i guess if you’re wearing chanel though, why would you?
finally, i hope things are getting back to normal up north and am still thinking and praying for all those on the east coast with no heat or power. please know you’re in our thoughts and have not been forgotten. for those of us who have it ok right now, let’s make the most of this day!
hi guys, happy sunday. i hope your weekend has been great, it’s far from over and still early morning so we have the whole day to enjoy. claudia and i have been wrapping meticulously all the smalls from the okl sale, (you would be proud, sande)! now we’re off to brunch and the lincoln road antique market to enjoy a little downtime. we’re ready to start the next project and wrap this one up so more on that soon. ps for everyone who entered the giveaway, i can’t pick just a couple people and i truly have something for EveRyOne! we’ll close that giveaway now, so if you do want a little something, send your address to and i’ll send a little piece of paris from my stash. in the meantime, enjoy a beautiful day with the ones you love!
Note: morning! it’s been 24 hours and i have to close the giveaway somewhere.. if you already wrote i’ll send something out but if not no worries, we’ll have another one soon!
hi guys, happy friday! there’s a nice calm over here and we’re getting organized to pack stuff from the sale and ship it all pretty. claudia came down and having her here helps more than she knows! it’s great to slip away for a minute and come by. going thru all the stuff i realized how long i’ve been collecting everything from perfume labels to dance cards. the combination of playing with the camera and realizing how much you appreciate the small details in life, made me want to shoot a couple and hold a giveaway!
some of it you can see above but these are a couple of my favorites. one is this tiny dance card from a ball in paris held in 1903. gentleman would request a polka or a waltz and she’d pencil him in if she was free (or he was handsome)!
another you may remember are letters to gabrielle with the criss cross writing. apparently it was a trend in the 1890s when you wanted to write something intimate and romantic that would be hard to decipher.
anyway since it’s been such a blast on okl i thought it would fun to share some of the things with who better than you? so if you’re into ephemera leave your name and we’ll announce a winner on monday. till then, have a great day and start of a tres bon weekend!
hey guys! what’s up? i tried to get here yesterday to announce the winners of the book give away as promised but just got completely swamped by the beautiful beasts that have taken over my apartment/life for the past few weeks.
let’s start with the winners, the random number generator chose danielle from la vita e bella and lily of goldandgray.blogspot.com. congrats! i’ll miss having these books around and am glad they’re going to good homes. i wish i had one for everyone but promise to do more promotional stuff with publishers and have more giveaways!
in the meatime, i’m overrun with stuff coming in from paris and that’s coming out of storage. i’m using chez moi to keep it all cause(we have to shoot it and liz suggested i live with it and enjoy everything while i have it), i die for every singel thing but it’s been kind of puzzle to get around and organize.
it all has to be cataloged, weighed, measured, described etc for the big day. (hopefully i can tell you soon what’s shakin’ on that front)!
before it all trickled in liz and i were messing around with my office wall, (we have to shoot that too for this upcoming day) she wanted to a burst of color and graphics which was fun. but when everything startd pouring in it just seemed to be way too much to take.
so i started taking it all down around midnight and had a photo shoot with a new wall in the am. which meant starting from scratch. it was a daunting working at night, not thinking i’d finish but once i got a monochromatic metallic theme it was a little easier to attack.
back to the drawing board
i used that paper from paris cause it had the most on the roll so the background is graphic. i give my mom a lot of credit for wallpapering our house growing up. wallpaper has a life of its own. and don’t get me started about cutting around vents and the sprinkler! i’m a thumbtacker so putting it up seemed like it’d be cake but matching the lines, oy! especially with only one shot to measure twice and cut once!
but i had an adrenaline burst and was ready for the shoot yesterday am and surprisingly happy and having fun again,
so anyway, the photographer showed me a couple tricks for playing with the depth of field and adjusted my setting. i let him do his thing but played around a little on my own too.
i can’t wait to get his shots
well i’m still knee deep in everything and have a lot of paperwork to turn in this afternoon so i better get to steppin’!
hope you have a weekend fantastique and a bonne journée!
good morning guys! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. i’m finally recharged after getting to bed early every night for the past few days. i haven’t felt like i had much to say lately cause, as you know, i can’t write when i have a TO DO list, but it’s finally dwindling ever so slightly! i wasn’t going to mention any of the following press cause, well, it’s kind of self promoting but i thought what the heck, isn’t this a ‘log’ of what happens? and i have acknowledge and thank the editors and magazines for actually thinking of me for their articles. and since things can get tough and overwhelming, at least i’ll have this to look back on when i’m 100 and remember the good old days!
and now back to us! i’ve been meaning to do this giveaway since before the holidays and it’s now or never! gliteratti has sent two divine books from their new collection. the first is ‘stealing magnolias’ and the second is ‘three weeks with coco chanel in 1962′. if you’d like either of them, specify which and we’ll draw a winner for each on friday.
i wonder if the sartorialist would have stopped her today?
these are from the magnolias book, it’s filled with traditions and memories of new orleans and life in the south from yesterday and today. just gorgeous, i love both books!
well have a great week. i hope we all get a lot done and love doing it!
good morning guys and happy sunday. it’s nice and early and i’m finally sitting in complete silence with a coffee and blank slate in front of me. actually it’s not completely blank, i’m posting today about some of the things that have been at the back of my mind that i can finally get to. the amazing difference between now and weekdays is that when i’m not rushed it’s actually fun. to start, above is a pic from my girl sophie atlan’s shop at the market in paris. i loved the black and pink and together. and it reminded me to that the first of my ‘paris profiles‘ series has started. the premiere article is about sophie who you may remember meeting in september. well, it’s now live on belle maison. you can check it out here, password joiedevivre. the editor is mimi bleu who also writes the blog bonjour romance from paris. she’s working hard with writers and photographers, (so many are blog friends) to create a really colorful, image filled subscription based online (and now paper magazine) from paris each month. check her out if you get a chance. we’ve become good friends and it happened of course thru the magic of blogging! in other news, i was contacted by glitteratti to check out some of their holiday books and they sent me the two below for review and a giveaway! both are really beautiful and would make pretty presents. i’ll send them out to the winner next week so if you’re interested let me know and i’ll take names from the comment section on this post next week. i’ll try to get a few more books for giveaways next week from them since looking over their collection it’s got a lot of great design stuff i’m sure we’d love (like this one below) so i’ll keep you posted on that and see which book it’s from. finally, i am very sorry it’s taken me so long to get out the little objets d’art from the markets to those who sent me their addresses last month, but i promise to do that, i did not forget about you! and also apologies for not announcing the winners of the ring and the necklace, it was teresa of splendid sass and linda who didn’t have a blog but i was happy to meet. ok well more soon, have a great morning, i’m off to art basel!
…for tonight that is! if i don’t cut out now then friday night will just fly by. i hope you’re having a fabulous night and will catch you tomorrow!
in the meantime, take a look at the gems that alexandra hut has offered us for a giveaway! if you’d like to enter to win either of them, please leave a comment here and we’ll pick the random winner at the end of the week.
hi guys! how was your jour? i’m popping in and out with my final burst of energy before winding down for the night. i wanted to announce the winners of the posters from yesterday based on the random number generator and they are (drumroll)! entries 11, anna and 24, isabel! i just went to both of their blogs to get the links and they’re chock full of goodies, i’m looking forward to exploring them and all of you who said hello. i wish i had posters for everybody! i’ll see if i can get some more fab pieces from allposters.com for another giveaway since this was fun to host!
pour c’est soir i’m signing off to spend my last hour with a book and leave you with these images of floating sur les fleurs. bonne nuit!