Friday, May 29, 2009

bras and airplanes

And yet another very original title from yours truly. Ha.

I can't seem to envision an occasion (or a shirt for that matter) that would be appropriate for these bras, but I can sure appreciate them from afar.

I have the privilege of going to California tomorrow (hm, actually today) to see my sisters! I just finished the (usually) daunting task of packing, and am shamelessly happy with myself about how it turned out. Normally it goes something like this:
-Go through entire closet, pulling out favorite pieces of the moment and throwing them onto the bed. This turns out to be a lot of pieces and makes quite a hefty pile.
-Some hopeless sifting through the pile of clothes on the bed. This results in a flustered Esther and a not-much-smaller pile.
-Then I just go ahead and try to squash as much as I can into the suitcase without my husband noticing how much stuff I'm actually putting in.

Buuut, today was different:
-Actually tried on clothes and purposefully put together outfits for each day and occasion.
-Neatly folded my clothes and laid them ever-so-lovingly into the suitcase.
-Stood back and looked with glee upon the (sort of) small section my clothes took up in the large suitcase.
-Bragged to my husband about my accomplishment.

Now if I could only make myself go to bed. I have to be at the airport in approximately 5 hours. A glossy magazine and a tasty McDonald's breakfast await me there. Goodnight!

My plane ride outfit happens to be very similar to this. Gotta be comfy. And yep, still obsessing about my men's button-down shirts.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

cool rain and cool ranch

Brooke tagged me! :)
I did this tag a short while ago already, so I just answered the questions that had changed or were relevant again. Now it's just a miniature tag.

What is your current obsession ?

Classic pieces and combinations: Button-down shirts with jeans, basic black-and-white outfits, blazers, pencil get the idea. Basically anything that looks kind of professional but still a little sexy. Reminds me of this gem from PostSecret:

And here's Kate:

This picture is from 2007 and it's still relevant. And that's what so great about my current obsession. Hopefully I can get some timeless pieces into my wardrobe before I become obsessed with something else.

What are you wearing today ?

A men's button down shirt, skinny jeans and heels. Go figure.

What's for dinner ?

Not sure yet. But the first course was Cool Ranch Doritos and Diet Coke. I'm so healthy.

What are you listening to right now ?

Thunder and rain through the open window. It's a little calming.

What do you think about the person who tagged you ?

She is a sweetheart with a great sense of humor.

Any Favorite Models?

Hm, I guess Sasha Pivovarova for now.

Favorite designer ?

Oh no...I can't pick one. Stella comes to mind first though. Oh and Philip Lim. And Marni shoes drive me crazy.

3.1 Philip Lim (Fall09 Runway)

What can you never leave the house without?

Phone, lip gloss, and gum.

And that's the end of my tiny little tag.

Note to self: Don't watch Maxim's Hot 100 while snarfing down junk food.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Vogue Spain March 2007
Model: Anouck Lepere
Photographer: Christophe Kutner

How was your weekend? I had a pleasant (lengthy) one which included 2 baseball games, approximately 2.5 barbeques, the new Terminator movie, a wee bit of shopping, twirling in the backyard, and finishing up making some lovely wedding shower invitations, which I can't show just yet but I think I will soon. I don't want the bride to see before she gets hers in the mail. (Just in case you happen to be reading this, P. ;) xoxo)

Preen at ShopStyle

Blazer - Topshop
Dress - Alberta Ferretti
Necklace by Diana Broussard
Shoes - Rag & Bone
Bag - Anthropologie

Oh dear, most everything here seems to be sold out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

summer musings

Very random.

All I seem to want lately is bread and cheese and jam. Particularly french baguettes, creamy cheese (not cream cheese), and something besides your average Smuckers...nice preserves, preferrably involving pieces of fruit. Best eaten in picnic form.

Reading in a park is good not only for achieving inner peace and feeling blissfully happy, but also for people-watching, tanning, drinking cold beverages, feeling the wind in your hair, and observing spontaneous sporting activites.

It's hard to beat a good polish sausage and cold beer at a summer baseball game. Even better if your team wins.

I just bought the weirdest, coolest "60-year old lady on a cruise" pants. They're obnoxiously turquoise, and at the bottom of the pants there are little people playing at the beach. I'm pretty excited to wear them. Also just bought some short pants that have scattered pictures of people golfing. Something about the summer makes me want to wear bizarre pants. I submit that it is more acceptable in the warmer months.

Fresh cut grass. Cannot get enough of the smell.

Happy summer!
Come over, I'll make you an iced latte.

All photos: Simon Songhurst photography

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Vogue Spain Mar07

Quite happy, quite busy, and slightly sick.

One day very soon I will catch up on my blogreadin'. Promise.

Vogue Paris Feb06

I can hardly stop staring at the shoes...if anyone knows where or how I can acquire those beauties for a fraction of the cost, let me know.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

cotton candy

I cannot get this picture from Garance Dore out of my head.
I am stunned by how much I like it...I never thought that dressing head-to-toe in marshmallow bunny pink could look so good.
It got me thinking...could it work any other way? I had to at least try.

Arden B at ShopStyle

Crop Top - Topshop
High-Waisted Shorts - Fendi
Shoes - Giuseppe Zanotti
Earrings - Arden B
Bag - Marni

Monday, May 11, 2009


So dramatic. So great.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

opposite looks, equal love

pictures from coachella and style sightings

Over-accessorized carefree hippie

basic and sexy business professional.
I'd be happy wearing either one.

Which do you prefer?

Happy Mother's Day!
I'm having to miss the festivites of the day due to this lousy persistent cold. I'm consoling myself with jam toast, and I may just sneak in a cappuccino. My good sense says no, but my caffeine headache says YES.

Friday, May 8, 2009

no theme at all.

Another smattering of delightful things:
McGosling, when they were a thing (and how fetching she is in her big shirt and bare feet),
French martinis,
The basic-white-tee-and-jeans look, (Thanks, Garance!)
Van Gogh,
Bon Bon Bars (seriously delicious),
The White Sox, and everything that's involved with going to one of their games. Can't get a polish sausage like that anywhere else.

Speaking of famous artwork, has anyone seen "How to Steal a Million" with Audrey Hepburn? A fantastic film indeed.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Loved what I saw on Sally Jane Vintage , decided to make my own.

Striking my fancy these days:
A darling way to serve coffee,
The way that Morrison seems to have achieved perfection,
Adorable cottages by the sea,
Toast with jam,
Red velvet cupcakes,
The adorableness that is Nicole Richie.

I have La fabulous Couturier to thank for introducing me to that long word in the middle which I am not even going to bother trying to type out. :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

may flowers

Kelly Moore Photography

A hairdo, a 3-hour nap, and some Tom Kha soup were enjoyable parts of my otherwise sickly day. Now I'm swimming in Throat Coat tea and enjoying an episode of Friends that I've probably already seen 3489 times. That's the magic of the sitcom.

Julia Stegner's May! Ahh. Flowers, fairly consistent warm weather, and zero to no chance of snow. I know that didn't make sense. But neither does snow in May.
Wow I'm clever tonight.

May outfit du jour:

Miriam Haskell at ShopStyle

Blazer-See by Chloé
Kaftan-Antik Batik
Necklace-Miriam Haskell
Bra-Stella McCartney
Boots-Loeffler Randall