Home wishlist: Indoor slide!

Some things are so obvious you wonder why nobody thought of them before! Lately I’ve been seeing homes with slides on many design blogs – could anything be more fun? Imagine – you’re upstairs in your bedroom and need to go down to the kitchen to fetch something. Zzzziiippppp! Would definitely bring a smile to my face! And if you have kids it would definitely be fun for them too – but more importantly its a great way to inject some fun and humor into our dull adult lives! When did we grow up and stop enjoying the simpler things?

Here are a few good ones:

Indoor slides have also been incorporated into work spaces. There’s a great one at the Google (of course) offices in Zurich:

Google's Zurich office

And the one at the Tate Modern in London looks like so much fun! Its by the Belgian artist Carsten Holler and artistic/architectural slide, allowing visitors to “experience” the art. What could be better?

Carsten Holler's slide at the Tate

Sequins!

Sequins and sparkles really take center stage during the holidays and around New Years but I love them year round!

There’s something about the over-the-top sparkle and unapologetic prettiness which is lovely – especially when mixed with unexpected elements like menswear inspired blazers and leather jackets. I love the mix of feminine elements like sequins with fur or lace as well but you need to incorporate an unexpected edgy element (like leather pants, or torn boyfriend jeans) so you dont look like an old Czarina in exile! Here are some of my favourite looks:

Worn with a navy blazer and man's watch

Another chic blazer look

Sequins upon sequins - not recommended for novices!

Here’s a look combining fur and sequins – it works because of the modern bright lip and the booties toughen it up a bit:

And here is how I would wear it:

sequins and lace

 

CALYPSO ST BARTH long t shirt, $299
Bird by Juicy Couture leather jacket, $125
The Row leather legging, €1.698
Zara sandal heels, $90

How do YOU wear sequins?

Friend’s Birthday dinner

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Friend's Birthday dinner

ROZAE fake fur vest
£155 – oxygenboutique.com

Oasis mid rise jeans
£15 – oasis-stores.com

Zara shoes
$30 – zara.com

Zara sequin handbag
$60 – zara.com

Ring
€30 – uterque.com

Michael kors jewelry
$206 – amazon.com

Three Wise Monkeys

See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil

I saw these monkeys in a home decor store yesterday and had to get them! They’re actually candles but I dont intend to burn them! Aren’t they adorable?

When I saw them yesterday I knew they were the three wise monkeys but thats all I knew about them so when I got home I thought I owed it to my little primates to do a little research on their origins.

I found that they come from Japan and actually have names (!) – Mizaru (who sees no evil), Kikazaru (who hears no evil), and Iwazaru (who speaks no evil). There is sometimes a fourth one Shizaru (who does no evil – and has his arms crossed). In Japanese culture they have associations with being of good mind, speech and action. According to Wikipedia,

The source that popularized this pictorial maxim is a 17th century carving over a door of the famous Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō, Japan. The carvings at Toshogu Shrine were carved by Hidari Jingoro, and believed to have incorporated Confucius’s Code of Conduct, using the monkey as a way to depict man’s life cycle. There are a total of 8 panels, and the iconic three wise monkeys picture comes from panel 2. The philosophy, however, probably originally came to Japan with a TendaiBuddhist legend, from China in the 8th century (Nara Period). It has been suggested that the figures represent the three dogmas of the so-called middle school of the sect.

The three wise monkeys over the Tōshō-gū shrine

They are also known as the Three Mystic Apes (Sambiki Saru). The Western interpretation is a bit different and “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” is used to descrive someone who is willfully turning a blind eye to an immoral acct. Its similar to the Italian “non vedo, non sento, non parlo” (I see nothing, I hear nothing, I say nothing), which expresses the Omertà, a code of silence enforced by criminal organizations like the Mafia.

I definitely prefer the Eastern version!

Jackie: The ultimate style icon

There are a few fashion and style blogs that I follow religiously. Additions to this list are few and far between (or I’d be stuck to the laptop all day!) but recently I came across Mark D. Sikes’ blog and I couldn’t help but add it to the list! I love how he focuses on one person and the collection of photos he posts really captures that person’s style and spirit! Also, a lot of the photos he posts are uncommon so it’s not the same old stuff.

One of his recent posts was about the ultimate style icon Jackie O. I’ve been a fan of her style for many years now (I started out as many of you did I’m sure – Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O!). It’s interesting to see her style evolve over the years, from young bride to the Camelot years to the Onassis era and ultimately her years as a book editor in New York. She was only the First lady for 3 years (1960-63) and married to Onassis for 7 years (1968-75) but that is the period of her life that we see most pictures of. She was a book editor for 19 years(!) but many people don’t even know that about her! I guess it does make sense because she was at the prime of her physical beauty and glamour during the White House and Onassis years, and since she never really enjoyed the publicity (to put it mildly – she got a restraining order against photographer Ron Galella!) she retreated into her own private world after Onassis died.

Here are a few of my favourite photos of Jackie, and to see more you can check out Mark’s post.

Young Jackie

Jackie and Caroline

Jackie with Ari – this is the quintessential “Jackie O look” with the large sunglasses and the big blown out hair

Another classic Jackie look!

Who are some of your favorite style icons?

Wishlist: Velvet slippers

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months you know that velvet slippers are the new ballet flats. I’m all for trends that combine comfort with style, and a pair of these babies paired with skinny jeans, a tee and an oversize blazer look fantastic!

This pair by Del Toro is taking the fashion bloggers by storm but if you, like me, don’t want to part with $325 for a trend, these ASOS beauties might be more up your alley!

Del Toro Skull Slippers $325

ASOS Velvet slippers $90.90

 

Style Resolution #1

Have you ever noticed how you wear 20% of what you own 80% of the time? Whenever I’m shopping I style the items in my head in many different ways but when its time to get dressed I rely on old standbys. No more. My style resolution in 2012 is to wear more of what I already own. One way to do this is to style some outfits on Polyvore and rely on those when lacking inspiration to get dressed! A few of the items I have in my closet that I have yet to wear are:

1. H&M Rosette Clutch


Isn’t it pretty? I recently remembered I had this when I saw this post!

2. Zara Glitter pumps

Actually I just got these a few weeks ago and haven’t had the right occasion to wear them just yet – but they’re fabulous and go with everything! I haven’t had any closed toe black shoes in a while – these have a nice almond toe (seen here), and next on my list is a pointy toe studded pump – like the Louboutin spiked Pigalle… *dreamy smile*

3. Zara Knitted Cape

Capes are pretty versatile – they can be worn for a more casual look with skinny jeans and boots, or more dressed up with some accessories as seen here.

4. Banana Republic Deco Earrings

These earrings are pretty fab (and heavy!). I’m not much of an earring person so I’ve only worn them once so far!

5. Oasis Fan Embellished Dress

I bought this dress from London at the Oasis store – it was love at first sight! I love the 20s feel and the embellishment is even more beautiful in real life. I haven’t worn it yet – but that will be rectified soon!

So that’s my first style resolution of the year! Are there items in your closet you haven’t worn but cant bear to part with? 2012 is the year to start wearing what you own!

xoxo