she’s a legend at any age

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hi guys, happy memorial day weekend! how’s life? that’s such a simple question but one i’ve been thinking a lot about lately. i have to admit i fell into a rut over the last year, maybe it was a mid-life crisis turning 50? but that page has turned, thank god! maybe it was my dad jokingly referring to me as an aging doyenne the other day or maybe it was seeing this fantastic film last night that finally snapped me out of it…forever.

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i’m sure you know iris apfel who was recently referred to as a geriatric starlet, a term she loves and uses at the ripe ol’ age of 95. her husband is 100 but these two have more passion for life than most 20 year olds. there are hundreds of interviews and documentaries out there with accounts of her life, her travels and accomplishments, some of which i’ve included links to below. but here i just wanted to profile her and pass on a little of her pixie dust which she sprinkled on me just by watching the film about her. just knowing she’s out there was like waking up to life all over again and i thank her for that.

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age is not in any way an issue for her, life is. she’s so alive and doesn’t cease to seize every opportunity. she has an insatiable curiosity for culture, play, books, friends, experiences, ideas and travel. and her sense of humor is priceless. she’s sharp, direct and makes no apologies.

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i loved finding these old photos of her world travels, it inspired me to really document the great moments roaming around. her husband took most of these. he said he loved watching her, and that she was the first one at the markets and the last one to leave. he adores her and is as fascinated by her today as the day they were married.

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check her out selling on one king’s lane

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https://www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/irisapfel/

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and as a spokesperson for mac cosmetics…in her 90s

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she’s a living legend who never let anything stop her or stand in her way from living every moment to the fullest…till it bursts!

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she’s been honored for her style at the met and in bergdorf’s windows

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her closet is filled with fun, inspiring colors, the finest fabrics, embroidery and exquisite weaves. and each has a story to tell.

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funny how something as simple as her glasses helped to shape her iconic look

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this woman has made a real impact on me and my life. she’s inspired me to rethink the way i live, the way i see it and the reverence i should have for it every day in every way. i adore you, iris and when i grow up want to be just like you!

May 23, 2015. Tags: . Decorating, Design, Designers, Iris Apfel. 28 comments.

girls i love

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bonjour, toute la monde, ça va? hope you’re having a good weekend. it’s been chilly here so it was a good reason to play online this afternoon. after the last couple posts looking on back on how some of our favorite icons lived, i thought it was time to check in on how the girls of our time are living. each of the following ladies has opened her home shared the most intimate spaces, from her dressing room, bath, salon and of course, boudior. i won’t go into the accolades of who’s who but rather let the shots speak for themeselves. one thing the girls all have in common is their passion for creating a refuge to live, love, create and play. they’re my muses for today and a bunch who’ve inspired me to step it up. hope you enjoy a look into their pretty worlds:

Daria Werbowys

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Linda Rodin

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Erin Featherston

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Lauren Conrad

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Alison Rubke

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Jessica Stam

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and that’s a wrap on the  eye candy inspiration although i do admit it could go on and on but as scarlett o’hara says tomorrow is another day…at any rate i think it’s time to freshen up my own chateau. think i’ll start with some fresh flowers at the farmer’s market tomorrow. but for now, bonne nuit!

February 8, 2015. Decorating, Design, Designers, Feminine Apartments. 8 comments.

stuck in a groove

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hi guys, how’s la vie? j’espère c’est en rose! it’s already the weekend and there’s a lot going on around here.  it’s time to decide about taking the store. turns out it wasn’t very hard to get and is a great opportunity. of course i hear the negative and lots of people are telling me not to do it. yes, it’s one more responsibility but the truth is that having a store type of place is something i’ve always enjoyed cause it can be a warehouse, showroom, office and workspace. i’m going in on it with a girlfriend who sews so that will be fun. plus i can do what i love which is travel and shop, restore and display. working on the web has been great for a few years and i don’t knock it, but i do love being around pieces that speak and  transforming them with paint or upholstery.

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i started looking up shops that are legendary, and of course, shakespeare and co. in paris came up with this image of sylvia beach and james joyce so i’m tying the store into my post today which once again focuses on what i can’t get enough of right now, the great minds of the 1920s. hope you don’t mind another indulgence in this infinite era. i spent way too much time surfing just now but i liked it and hey, isn’t that why we blog?

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i stumbled on to way too much but loved every minute of what i could save.

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reading up on so many great lives

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writers, dancers, actresses

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can you believe this shot above is actually two well known women of the 20s, dunja barnes and solita solano?

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i was looking for stores that were memorable (above was madeleine castaing’s and is now laudree).

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i started looking into madeline and one thing led to another. so many amazing designers were cutting the edges at the time! i love the mirrored pieces of course, and the chevrons, the bold patterns and stripes.

Cecil Beaton’s sister, Baba in syrie maugham’s ‘party room’.

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well, that’s enough from me today, i have to stop or i won’t ever work. or play! have a great day et nuit!

July 21, 2011. 1920's, Designers, Elsie de Wolf, Jean Rhys, Syrie-Maugham. 21 comments.

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