Tomorrow is my sister’s wedding day! Would you like a sneak peek of my outfit as Maid of Honor?
1. J. Crew Arabelle Dress
2. J. Crew Peal Cluster Necklace (from several years ago)
3. Loeffler Randall Mignon Flat Sandal
I should have some great pictures of the reception next week. Enjoy your weekend!
Posted by gretchen
Let’s wrap up the vacation overview with a quick overview of Hollywood. Obviously, there are many touristy things to do in Hollywood- and that usually isn’t my thing. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is something I would gladly do the next time I’m in Southern California.
I had my heart set on visiting Stars Hollow/ Bluebell- but I had to make due with the gazebo in a parking lot!
They also recreated the Friends set!
We stayed at the Hollywood Hills Hotel- a very calm retreat above the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. The suites are all studio apartments, with a living area, kitchen, and a nice big deck with a view of the city. The apartment-style living had me pretending that I lived in the Hollywood Hills!
We also hit up Universal. I won’t bore you with cheesy theme park photos- but I enjoyed the attention to detail in the Kwik-E-Mart/ Simpsons gift shop.
That concludes our tour of Southern California!
Photos: Gretchen Lilly
The Getty Center in Los Angeles is a place where life is just a little more beautiful; there is a stillness all over the grounds, the sun shines a little brighter, and architecture speaks for itself.
Photos: Gretchen Lilly
Back in April- which was a small lifetime ago- we drove to southern California for vacation. We spent the first two nights in Venice, within walking distance of the canals. Oh, how I enjoyed those canals.
As a PNW native, sunlight makes me giddy.
This breathtaking home in Chatham, MA, known as Hydrangea Walk, has me daydreaming about a life of luxury on the East Coast. Check out the amazing before and after photos here.
Photos: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders
The influence of ballet style on fashion is all around us: ballet flats, pastel colors, flowing skirts and wrap sweaters are everywhere. But I have a little secret to tell you: That isn’t how real dancers dress! Cold muscles are the enemy of all dancers, so the professionals pile on the layers in class to keep warm. It isn’t uncommon to see dancers at the start of class wearing multiple shirts and pants, in addition to leg warmers, scarves, and even down vests! Of course, as the class goes on, the layers come off, but it would still be rare to see a professional ballet dancer wearing just a leotard and skirt in rehearsal.
The still images above come from a live broadcast of the Royal Ballet’s daily class for its company members. The hour-plus video is on YouTube, and is a must watch for anyone interested in ballet!
Don’t you kind of love their quirky mish-mash style? I do, so I gave myself the challenge of translating ballet rehearsal style to real life.
Start with the body-hugging layers of a camisole and tights. You’ll want to balance out the quirky look we’re going for with a fabulous updo.
Camisole: Free People. Tights: Express. Updo: Blueprint/Martha Stewart
Do you prefer the worn-in look of a well loved sweatshirt? Or is a soft scoop neck sweater more your style? (I also love how this sweater gives the illusion of layers, trés ballet).
Sweatshirt: Wildfox. Sweater: Splendid.
Go for the full ballerina with a full skirt. Personally, I prefer shorts when I take class.
Skirt: American Apparel. Shorts: Sam&Lavi.
Want to add a little texture with this burlap flat? Or are the clean lines of this ankle strap flat more your style?
Burlap Flats: TOMS. Ankle Strap Flats: Gabriella Rocha.
Finally, go ahead and throw on this printed down vest. The rest of your outfit is so sleek, you can play around with proportions with the puffy vest.
2 Comments »
Posted by gretchen
Have you ever wanted to sprinkle powdered sugar on your sandwich? If so, the Monte Cristo may be just what you’re looking for. It utilizes the trifecta of sweet/savory/pan-fried and the result is pretty tasty (and pretty filling). I have to say that I thought making one would be tricky or involve special-ordering ingredients, but that was before I actually looked up the recipe. Basically, if you can make a grilled cheese and french toast, you can make this sandwich.
Most of the ingredients that go into the sandwich are probably in your kitchen right now. The two “unusual” ingredients are red currant jelly and Emmentaler cheese, but I was able to find these at my regular grocery store.
Putting the whole sandwich together was as easy as making a grilled cheese. I watched this segment from a local TV show for tips on making the perfect Monte Cristo. The suggestion to brush the egg/milk on top of the bread rather than dunk it was really helpful. I don’t own any basting brushes, so I just spooned small amounts on the bread. I will say that getting the jelly to stay on the sandwich was kind of annoying- jelly does not have the same consistency as jam, so it just kept falling off. Since I now have enough ingredients to eat Monte Cristos all week long, I’ll work on my technique.
Glasses: Ray-Ban. Necklace: Claire’s (old). Coat: Madison (sold out). Purse: Coach (old). Dress: Kirna Zibete for Target (old). Sweater: Danskin (old, similar here). Tights: Spanx. Booties: Merona (old).
Can you guess what all of these photos have in common?
Kim Jeffery for Design Sponge at Home via SFGate
Mark Iantosca for Teen Vogue
Why yes, they all have little animal friends incorporated into the decor. Even something as small as the little snail figurines seen in Jenny’s photo above can add just the right amount of, dare I say, whimsy to your room. I’m not really one for serious design- life is short and all that- and a little animal element really lets a visitor know that your home is a place to relax and have fun. Don’t believe me? Which Friend was the most fun (Joey). And who owned the sculpture of a greyhound? I rest my case.
Mixing your neutrals with a splash of neon just seems like the perfect way to make the standard winter wardrobe that much more enjoyable. As someone who lived through the neon craze of the late 80s/ early 90s, I’m in no rush to throw on head to toe neon, but I can appreciate the element of fun neon brings to clothing and decor. Where would you add a little neon in your life?
1. Mossimo Windbreaker
2. Clare Vivier Clutch
3. Studio Bin Scarf
4. Kate Spade Notepad
5. Shop Ampersand Print
6. Sperry Top-Sider Shoes