Monday, June 27, 2011




from jwannie's Jazz Age photos on flickr

Have you guys heard about this amazing Jazz Age Lawn Party thrown on Governor's Island in NYC? Every year, Michael Arenella and his band host this totally sweet looking 20s themed shindig, complete with dance floor and cocktails by St. Germain (a product I've been meaning to imbibe more of!). Everyone dresses up and dances and eats pies.. it sounds like my kinda night!

from New York Metromix

from New York Post

Of course, seeing this year's pictures got me thinking.... what would I wear? There are so many fashionable folks pictured, it seems like it's necessary to go all out! If I had a dream budget, it would probably go a little something like this:

silk dress from my theresa, 5 layer necklace from trend boutique, round sunglasses from la garconne, straw hat from reiss, tapestry purse from modcloth, mary janes from rupert sanderson

Monday, June 20, 2011

whether or not

all images c/o theSteward

I think if I could live in the world of any website in existence I would pick theSteward. Part WASP-y home in the Hamptons/Vail, part European holiday and 100% beautiful, theSteward is a mostly wordless collection of super beautiful images from the past and present. I really love the mix of photos of exteriors, landscapes, people and a few songs thrown in for good measure. I dare you not to keep going back in the archives, for serious. It's all lakeside days and nighttime feasts.


Especially with this crappy Minnesota summer (humid and kinda rainy in the day, chilly and humid at night) I'm just wishing for a nice dry day in the sun at a lake... or even (I can't believe I'm saying this) a cozy winter day tucked away into a snowy cabin with plenty of snacks and blankets. Maybe what I'm really yearning for is relaxation and the time to put together nice meals.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

lady problems

preview #2
preview #1

After looking at all my illustrations in frustration and then screaming towards the heavens "I WILL DRAW MORE THAN JUST GIRLS, I WILL I WILL!!!", something kind of funny happened! Two illustrations of girly nature landed in my lap.

Universe, if you're trying to tell me to keep drawing girls.... I WILL DO IT.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

hats off


I stopped off at good ol' Target to grab popsicles and ingredients for tzatziki sauce for falafel.... and walked away (as one generally does with Target) with something else. This big floppy straw hat with its blue bow was so charming, and after texting a photo to Alli for confirmation of cuteness, I took the plunge.

The thing I love about this hat is that I feel like, depending on what I wear with it, I'll either look like a character from a Miyazaki film or a lady at the beach in the 30s. WIN WIN SITUATION, GUYS. Who wants to go to the beach with me?


Sunday, June 5, 2011



Remember when it was tights wearing weather? Like... a week ago? That has changed, as previously stated. Today we walked around in shorts and whatnot, it was pretty great.

Here's what I was wearing before it got warm - I've hardly taken any wardrobe remix pictures this year. I just don't know when to take them! I never want in the morning, and it's too dark when I get home! HRMRMRMMRRMRMMMM, conundrum.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Oh my friends. If you know me in real life you've probably heard me talk about television quite a bit. We're very selective about our shows here in the tiny St. Paul apartment, but I think we've got some good ones. Highlights include The West Wing, 30 Rock, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Arrested Development and now.... Downton Abbey. Produced by Masterpiece Theatre and the BBC in 2010, this frickin' show is only 7 episodes long and it ABSOLUTELY KILLED ME. Downton Abbey is, in a nutshell, a drama surrounding the turmoil of a rich family and their servants during the 1900s. It starts with the sinking of the Titanic and ends on an EXTREMELY DRAMATIC NOTE - but I won't say what, for fear of the spoilerzzz.

This is seriously one of the most beautiful shows I've ever seen - the costumes are sooooo wonderful, from the footmen to young Mary - one of the Earl's daughters who (although not the kindest person herself) is having a pretty rough time finding a husband. The color palettes range from dull greys to rich greens and browns to white and yellow, and they all play perfectly into the mood of the scene. The set is GORG as well - they filmed it at a real castle, you know. Obviously I have mostly chosen photos of the younger actors to show, but I'm attached to every single character - including the totally badass Maggie Smith as snobby/kind/kniving Violet Crawley.

Please, my friends. Watch this show. It's on Netflix Instant and, if you're like me, you'll finish it in mere weeks and be waiting eagerly for season 2 (due in autumn of this year). ALSO: credit must go to Bryan for finding this show. I probably wouldn't have watched it if he hadn't started it up one night!

(all photos click through to the source)