Thursday, November 29, 2007

dress, your children well (while they'll let you)

when one has babies, and the flavor is 'girl' everyone is pysched for you. "imagine the possibilities!! " they shout. "oh i bet you're in heaven' others proclaim. 'so perfect for you!"

and it is.....it's like a "stylist" dream come true....

with this, i was blessed (sometimes, maybe 'cursed'). 2 times over. i hit the girl jack-pot. back in the day , i would wear a path up and down fillmore, union street, chestnut...buying beautiful french , italian or indie lines.

but at around 2, the apple falls not far from the tree. and so, your child becomes their own size, tinier rachel zoe. and i can tell you, rachel zoe, has never seen the likes of these young women.
you want to know about 'accessorizing'? g.f. sit yo skinny ass down, as you have a lot to learn. (capes and tutus work really well together with a groovy rain boot. and btw.....bandaids are the new bangle)

photo thanks to flickr member .serena.

i am no longer the one who gets to choose my children's clothing nor do they appreciate the fine lines that i adore. old navy & gap works just great for them these days.

so herein, i applaud some of the most beautiful children's clothing lines i know. thank god for innovative thinkers like these designers. they help us, frustrated, stylist, keep our off-spring in check---for awhile.

oeuf:
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oof!' (sort of like running into something at gut level. oof.)
petit bateau:
yes, yes, i know. you spent a semester sorbonne and p.b. is akin to hanes beefy tees. but for the rest of us, rubes. we love it. i do at least. i love my petit bateau camis. and both my chillen were brought home in their p.b. onsies. petit bateau is sort of a classic, can do no wrong.
flora and henri: the end all. be all.
started in seattle, this line would be my perfect world -childware. so gentle and beautifully crafted. stunnnnnn-ing. and the catalog is equally as beautiful papa d'anjou :
Papo d'Anjo's literal translation is "tummy of an angel", the name given to a very special little cake whose recipe dates back to the13th century.. my kids would actually wear this.
principally made of 100% cotton, with fabrics originating from well-known mills in France, Italy, Spain and England. With only a wink at fashion, Papo d’Anjo faithfully adheres to a
classic European style.
lucky wang nyc:
great, kids clothing with an asian accent...
kice kice:
i love the ararchitectural feel of these dresses. so sophisticated and hip. these with a great colored tight and a wonderful boot? now you're talking my language.
mor mor rita:
made of 100% oganic cotton,
dreamy, ethereal clothing that looks as though it belongs in an antique marionette show. SO creative and sweetly romantic. the collection is a feast for those who have an appreciation of subtle colors, quality fabrics, yarns and beautiful craftsmanship.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

things i love: 'the baker's dozen'

1. leontine linens:
oh dreamy, heavenly linens o' my dreams. why must you talk so dirty to me. these are it. the only sheets in which i would actually feel comfortable sleeping naked (i know, it's just a personal pref.) like wrapping yourself in italian love. luxe cotton sheeting , milled in italy, custom-cut and finished to order. sha-wing. and loook at those monograms! they make me bite my finger tips in a fit of controlled frenzy.
2. chromac:
pimping your mac to enth degree. actually, it's a mild pimp. which is why it's so appealing. and now that macs have gone the way of dell (i.e.-main stream), those of us who are 'natives' to 'mac world', may need to personalize with our very own vanity plate. (thank you in(side)theloop for this find!)
3. the smell of 'downy' (not only) in the morning:
(no, you silly angelenos ! the fabric softener!) except, if you're single. a guy's t-shirt (which is lovely) smelling of this translates to: he has (or has recently had) a girlfriend doing his laundry. this should be seen as a red flag. (just a word to my 'sisters')
4. ebay scores:
how happy am i when i find a vintage, gucci bag
or a big vintage belt buckle? well, just as happy as i am when i score some incredible, primitive painting of an elk, or a social register whose pages i will someday plaster like wallpaper all over a little powder room. ebay wins, make my heart race and give me a little late night, one upmanship, buzz.
5. mid 60s to early 70s, dove grey, mercedes sedan:
i couldn't find the exact picture of it. but i used to see this really cool looking woman every morning at the light on broadway and colombus in san francisco driving this car. she of the platinum cropped hair, large dressy earrings and vintage sunglasses. a bit scary looking.
she was my secret idol for a few years.
6. stacks of orange hermes boxes:
i remember this guy i knew, 'craig', he would save all of his bags from the 'polo' store and place them all over his room. (i think he may have even had a 'polo' teddy bear on his dark Burgundy, paisley ralph bedspread) i always, sort of felt sort of, eesh, embarassed for him. it seemed sort of sadly, desperado.
to be clear: this is not my attempt at trying-on craig's pain. but more, that i like the color block the boxes create. and i like the brown edging. and i like the storage aspect. i'm all for a box with the same feel and look without the logo. shoot it my direction if you find one.
7.dunkin donuts' coffee:
it has been said, that if you've lived on the east coast for any amount of time you're either a 'dunky' or a 'starbucks'. i'm definitely a dunky. starbucks is a bit too char-bucks for me. a little dunky in a styro-foam cup walking down beacon street, brings back sweet memories.
8. the sunday new york times:
glory be and leave me alone now.
9. l'or de vie:
are you all familiar with this, this, golden nectar of the crepey neck gods?
the other day, i received some perfume from neiman's in the mail. with it came this little button of a sample. i am telling you, this stuff is not of this earth. makes créme de la mer look and feel like kindergarten paste. a tiny dab under your eyes, and it seriously 'erases lines' --i kid you not. amazing.
10. l.l. bean bags:
monogrammed. these make me happy. in a simple, turkshead knot bracelet
against a summer tanned arm kind of way.
11. ceviche sunday:
a tradition from my san francisco days. living in close proximity to a ton of asian markets carrying fresh sea food- on sundays, we would gather what looked interesting, come home and 'cook' it all in a vat of citric acid. such a great accompaniment to a great bottle of wine, fresh sour dough and a few close friends.
12. diet coke with crushed ice:
courtesy of istockphoto
13. fabuloso cocktail rings:
'what's so special about that??" you say. and to that i say.....don't limit yourself.
if something is wonderful, regardless of the trend, roll around in it, soak in it, flaunt it and feel beautiful and spectacular wearing it.
'tis that season after all.

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