“Well, some people try to pick up girls and get called assholes. This never happened to Pablo Picasso. He could walk down your street and girls could not resist his stare and so, Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole.”
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… you can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”— Steve Jobs
A glimpse of yesterday: lovely weather, sun at the park and raspberry Daiquiris back home…at last, summer is here!
|—||Mr. Stefano Pilati, Creative Director for Yves Saint Laurent|
Looking for a stylish umbrella to brighten up your next rainy day? Jean Paul Gaultier and collaborator Guy de Jean have got you covered.
An ode to his much-beloved Breton stripe, these parapluies will be the perfect compliment to your trench coat & wellies combo. They are also large and domed enough to really protect you from the elements, so if you’re tired of the flimsy $10 variety, these provide both style and function.
I have always been a huge packaging advocate. Not that it means I’d ever buy a mediocre product for its outer shell, but if it compliments a quality product, consider it sold!
In the video above, make-up artist Lisa Eldridge joins author Madeleine Marsh to talk about one of my favorite subjects, vintage makeup. Touching upon the harsh Victorian Era to the 1930’s, you’ll be blown away over the incredible packaging and colors. It certainly makes all modern-day products pale in comparison.
My favorite bit is the hairbrush with the hidden lipstick tucked away in its handle - absolutely brilliant.
Amongst the traditional bistros and and boutiques of Paris is tiny Tombées du Camion (or Fallen Off the Truck) - a store that specializes in precious trinkets of the past. With hypnotizing bits and bobs dating back to 1900, it’s easy to see how one could spend hours admiring every detail.
Next time you’re in Paris and shopping for a handful of mini plastic dolls or interesting buttons - oh, the buttons - Tombées du Camion is the place to go. In the meanwhile, check out their website for a sneak peak at their many treasures.
Given the popularity behind my post on the children’s book Just Being Audrey, here is another sneak-peak into just how lovely the illustrations really are.
If you love them just as much as I do, I highly suggest checking out Julia Deno’s website - the illustrator behind the project. Her artwork is as whimsical as it is sweet and she couldn’t have been a better choice for a book on Ms. Hepurn. Certified by the little black blog.
Just for kicks…one of my favorite Disney songs featuring the rather controversial Crow Chorus. Once accused of racial stereotyping, anyone with half a brain would appreciate this scene for what it is - 40’s jazz at it’s best.
Avant-garde fashionistas, take note. When it comes to taking shoes to the next level, Israeli designer Kobi Levi has it down pat.
The model above, Bird 3 Swan, is charming, though quite tame compared to some of his other offerings. With shoes ranging from Madonna to a slide - yes, a slide - you’ll have to think extra hard about what to pair these with.
Certainly not for everyone, but lovely to look at nonetheless.
(Photo via Kobi Levi)
If you’re into original, modern furniture that will always serve as a conversation starter: here it is. The appropriately titled ‘Canned Bench’ is not only incredibly cool - let’s be honest - but a perfect harmony of form and function.
For equally quirky pieces, I suggest checking out the Straight Line Designs website. This Vancouver-based workshop makes some of the most creative, whimsical pieces I have come across. Other must-sees include the Anne Armoire - very Beauty & The Beast - Bad Table, and Suspended Marionette.
It seems as though we can finally turn our flats into something out of Alice in Wonderland.
(Photo via Straight Line Designs)
Next time you’re out shopping for accessories, consider swapping long, dainty chains for something a little more substantial. Case in point: a bib necklace.
Not only are they true statement pieces, but blend seamlessly with your top or dress - practically serving as a new and improved collar. Whether you pair it over a casual Breton stripe shirt or simple dress, bib necklaces never fail to amp up a look.
The one above is from Fallon and consists of a perfect blend of rhinestones, brass, pyramid studs and tiny metal balls - it’s absolutely lovely.
(Photo via SSENSE) - amazing online shop fyi.