Monthly Archives: July 2011

a little poolside glamour

Recently I drove up the California Pacific coast (which is incredibly lovely by the way) and stopped to visit Heart Castle for the first time. I was totally excited to geek out over its history and architecture, and spent much of the tour giddily taking pictures and daydreaming about how glamorous it must have been to visit as a guest back in its heyday. If you ever have the chance to go, I recommend it just to see the outdoor Neptune Pool alone. So amazing! I had to resist an overwhelming urge to jump into the water just to say I had swam in such a regal place.

But for me, the highlight of the tour came at the very end when we visited the indoor Roman Pool. Seriously one of the most breathtaking interiors I have ever been in. It is tiled top to bottom in blue and gold mosaic glass tiles and decorated with marble Greek and Roman statues. The vibrant colors, sheer scale, and luminous mirror reflection of the entire room in the pool’s water, left me awe-struck and practically drooling with inspiration.

So glamorous! I’ve been obsessing over its architecture ever since and thus was delighted to see these images of an Art Deco swimming pool in France that was converted into a rather grand-looking museum.

It doesn’t quite top the Hearst Castle pools, but still that stained glass wall of the sun is pretty gorgeous. Art Deco was really a dreamy era for architecture, don’t you think?

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so ranunculus

I’ve always been non-committal with my answer to the favorite flower question, but this photo may have won me over. Ranunculus it is! This photo has been floating around the blog world and it makes me swoon every time I see it. Isn’t it beautiful? It makes me want to wake up at the break of dawn and wander through the flower market, gathering up bundles of brightly colored flowers wrapped in paper and then take them back to my charming (and as of present, completely fictional) flower shop where I’ll sell them to the customers who will sit in my shop and drink tea served in mismatched vintage teacups. le sigh.

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oh my hue

I love color. Bright shades and saturated tones make me happy as does looking at things that are organized by color: closets, bookshelves, office supplies, etc. So I am totally delighted by this new website, Here’s Looking at Hue. The site arranges photos, from the seemingly obscure street sign to the artistically captured portrait,  by hue. I could spend hours scrolling through a site like this; there’s just something so mesmerizing about it! I definitely recommend browsing the website for a little inspiration or just to add a bit of color to your day.

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chloé resort 2012

I’m a little late on this, but I’m still really digging the flowy dresses and 70’s feel of Chloé’s Resort 2012 collection. The bright green trapeze dress is one of my favorite looks…

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wills and kate

After spending a week touring Canada, Prince William and Kate Middleton (excuse me, ahem, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) arrive in California today to spend the next couple days in L.A. Although I’m not the type to rush out and buy a replica sapphire engagement ring in the name of royal wedding fever, I have to admit that I did drag myself out of bed at 3am to watch the royal couple say their I do’s. The dress! the church bells! the carriages! I loved the old-world tradition and timeless romanticism of it all.

And while I’m not investing in a knock-off piece of costume jewelry, I do rather like the design of this commemorative biscuit tin by Kate Forrester. The illustration is seriously cute, and who doesn’t love biscuits? If Will and Kate were visiting my neck of the woods, I don’t think I could resist turning out for a glimpse of the royal guy and the fashionable Mrs.

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erin fetherston

I love these pictures of Erin Fetherston in her dreamy New York apartment. I wish I could always look this ethereal and lovely while lounging around the house. And she has the best hair, doesn’t she? Obsessed with her bangs. And the Swedish braid.

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