31 July 2010

Ship Shape!

I love the look of a French Sailer. Coco Chanel did too. This sea stripes tee in "jazz blue" is rocking my dinghy (unlike Coco, a dinghy is all I can afford). It sells for $45 at Madewell, J.Crew's sister store.


30 July 2010

Ahoy Matey

Jonathan Adler never ceases to dazzle me with his razzle. Check out his new anchor rug for $650. The anchor motif is also available for $98 in a pillow.


29 July 2010

Tim Gunn App?

I'm imagining the possibilities of a Tim Gunn App. Cyber Tim could advise me on what to wear, how to decline an invitation gracefully, which purse to use, how to dazzle people with fancy words. In my fantasy life, Tim often advises me that my work is "lackluster" and I try harder, or he tells me to mitigate a seam (not sure what that means). Someone needs to "make this work."

Don't forget the new season of Project Runway airs tonight at 9:00 and it's been supersized!


Picture of Tim Gunn and his bobblehead is from Splash News Online splashnewsonline.com

28 July 2010

Now Smell This!

The new fragrance, Herbe D’été, from Calypso St. Barth looks promising. Check out the notes:
top notes: cucumber, fresh grass, cardamom, italian bergamot
heart notes: jasmine, black pepper, orange flower, hibiscus
base notes: patchouli leaves, virginia cedar wood, guaiac wood, musk
conscientiously packaged in recycled French butcher and craft paper
-Calypso-Celle Website
If you're interested in smelling like me (who isn't), I currently own Calypso's Chevrefeuille (honeysuckle, orange, bergamot, neroli, jasmine), which is on sale at Overstock Perfume for $30.25 (REG. $55).


27 July 2010

Drink Me!

This tapestry mug from French Bull is so much better than my "If I don't do it, it doesn't get done" mug. It sells for $12.50 at Velocity Art And Design.


Post Snark: French Bull has the cutest logo but I'm a softy for poo-pups.

26 July 2010

Howards End (Criterion Collection)

Having spent much of my youth obsessing over Merchant Ivory Productions, it is my duty (as a period piece junkie) to blog about the 50% off sale that Barnes & Noble is having on Howards End (Criterion Collection) for $14.99. It was one of their most critically acclaimed films and features my favorite E.M. Forster quote, "Only Connect."
SYNOPSIS: The pinnacle of the decades-long collaboration between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, Howards End is a luminous vision of E. M. Forster’s cutting 1910 novel about class divisions in Edwardian England. Emma Thompson won an Academy Award for her dynamic portrayal of Margaret Schlegel, a flighty yet compassionate middle-class intellectual whose friendship with the dying wife (Vanessa Redgrave) of rich capitalist Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) commences an intricately woven tale of money, love, and death that encompasses the country’s highest and lowest social echelons. With a brilliant, layered script by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (who also won an Oscar) and a roster of gripping performances,Howards End is a work of both great beauty and vivid darkness, and one of cinema’s best literary adaptations.

25 July 2010

Commence With The Mad Men Madness!

This is a Fabulous Alert "Level Chartreuse" the highest level I can sanction. Season four of Mad Men premieres tonight at 10:00 on AMC. Be there or be an L7.


Post Snark: Check out the picture gallery for Mad Men season four.

24 July 2010

Black Orpheus Tonight!

Succumb to the strange beauty of Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro). Between the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and the Antônio Carlos Jobim soundtrack, this is a film in which to lose oneself. Tune in tonight at 8:00 on TCM. Check out the trailer!


23 July 2010

T.J. Fab Finds

Converse All Stars ($24.99)
Marc Jacobs Eau De Toilette Sprays ($19.99)
Sassy Chair ($299)
Cynthia Rowley Candle ($5.99)
Finding All This For You (Priceless)


22 July 2010

Lazy Days Of Summer

Hammocks are a summer essential and I'm giving this one my "Lazy Lady" seal of approval. True laziness only happens when you're prone. This yellow and white hammock for $199.99 on organize.com will help you get there.


21 July 2010

"Only Connect" *

These six vases are connected together in perfect harmony. If only all vases could behave like this. The Links Vase sells for $29.95 at CB2.


*E.M. Forster

20 July 2010

A Tale Of Two Pineapples

(LEFT) Ten Jack And Lulu Pineapple Notes for $17.95 at Barnes & Noble.

(RIGHT) Ten Graphique De France Pineapple Note Cards for $4.99 at T.J. Maxx.


19 July 2010

Make Dodo*

These twin beds are super fab, but where would I put Tootsie, my laptop...or George Clooney? I found this on the "Beachy Boho Interiors" section of Coastal Living's website.


*In Louisiana, people "make dodo" which means go to sleep. It comes from the French verb "dormir" (to sleep). I don't want there to be any unpleasant confusion.

18 July 2010

More Pouch Envy...

When traveling, you can never have too many pouches. This set of three pouches from Crate And Barrel sells for $14.95. By the way, I'm so jealous of kangaroos.


17 July 2010

She Sat On Her Tuffet

One woman's pouffe is another woman's tuffet. Ever since Miss Muffet, I've always wanted one of these. The "Alessandra" Floral Tuffet sells for $99 at Pottery Barn.


16 July 2010

Mad Men Starring Tootsie

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Check out JibJab's take on Mad Men starring Tootsie. Yes, she is reprising her role as Joan (Toot can really pull it off). Don't forget, Mad Men Season 4 premieres July 25th at 10PM on AMC.


15 July 2010

Save Money And Lose Weight!

The secret to having a great figure and big bank account is really simple. Always bring your own lunch to work. You'll save tons of money, keep your waistline in check and also steer clear of office drama. This set of insulated lunch totes from Bella sells for $22 on Cambria Cove's website.


14 July 2010

Happy Bastille Day!

What fabulous person doesn't celebrate Bastille Day? Drink some wine, nibble on some cheese, listen to Debussy, watch a Louis Malle film, smell amazing.

These four French postcards in a book sell for $10 at Velocity Art And Design.


13 July 2010

Bullets And Bulls

It's time for the running of the bulls in Spain. When my brother was a teenager he got to run with the bulls in Pamplona (I was barely allowed to leave the house). Not only did he get to run with the bulls, but it was during the '78 riots so he got shot at too. Not fair! Come to think of it, maybe that's why I wasn't allowed out of the house.

This bull placecard holder, that obviously belongs to Angelina Jolie, sells for $28 at Jonathan Adler.


12 July 2010

Coastal Kitchen

I wish I could say really know what t do in a kitchen other than the most basic of tasks (refilling my drink, etc), but alas I am not that kind of girl. Love this kitchen I found on Coastal Living's website. Most of it looks like a bar so I wouldn't be completely lost.


11 July 2010

Day At The Beach

In case you can't get there, Beach: A Book Of Treasure will help you get there in spirit. Sells for $16.47 on Amazon.
"Beloved author Josie Iselin's collaged images of the treasures we live with as reminders of the beach—from sea glass to driftwood, shells to stones—evoke the timeless elements of sand, ocean, and refreshing sea air. In her writings, Iselin shares thoughts on the varied ways we experience the beach while also providing fascinating insights into the scientific ecosystem of the ocean, such as how the oyster constructs its shell and the ways in which algae is classified. At once an exploration and a meditation, Beach: A Book of Treasure will delight and inspire anyone who values the unique environment of the seashore and the myriad wonders found therein." - Chronicle Books

10 July 2010

Good Day Sunshine!

I wish I could begin every day like this!


09 July 2010

Summer Of Samantha

Thanks to the new Samantha James CD, Subconscious, Caboo's got her groove back. It's a perfect summertime soundtrack. Very spa.


08 July 2010

To Twirl Or Not To Twirl?

I would sell my Mother down the river for a good bottle of perfume. Sorry Mom. I can't wait to catch a whiff of Kate Spade's new fragrance, Twirl. The "sneak peak" rollerball sells for $18 and will be available July 10th. Here are the notes:

  • pink watermelon mingles with blackberry and red currant
  • orange blossom, star jasmine, tiare flower and sweet magnolia
  • luminous musks and a touch of french macaroon


07 July 2010

Flip Flop Fabulous

Ladybug! Ladybug! Do you come in a size nine? I'm flipping for these flops from Kate Spade ($45).


06 July 2010

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Loving this series of pattern books from the Victoria and Albert Museum. I did a semester abroad and lived three blocks away from the V&A and spent so much time there...skipping classes. The set of four books which I discovered on elledecor.com sells for $31.35 on Amazon.

"The four compact volumes survey two centuries of kimonos; prewar British novelty patterns; the elaborate designs of Victorian architect and designer Owen Jones; and lush fin de siècle florals. Each comes with a CD of high-res images so designers can transfer, rework, or recolor the patterns for their own projects." -Amazon


05 July 2010

Mad Men Marathon Monday!

Mad Men, oh how I have missed you. AMC is airing a Best of Season One Marathon starting tonight at 8:00. Here's the lineup:
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
"The Hobo Code"
"Nixon vs. Kennedy"

"The Wheel"

We also need to start our countdown to Mad Men Season 4 which premieres July 25th at 10PM. I'm looking forward to Mad Menning Myself.


04 July 2010

Happy Fourth!

This is so inappropriate, I don't even know where to begin. Here is Tootsie draped in the the military flag we got at my Dad's funeral. If there's anything resembling a blanket near a doxie, they'll burrow in it. They don't care that it breaks protocol. They just want to get their snuggle on. Happy Fourth Fabulous Alert Followers!


03 July 2010

Fauxcation, All I Ever Wanted!

In preparation for my fauxcation, I'm packing up the essentials. I'll need one of these tropical lip tins from Beautyhabit. It sells for $6 and matches my beach bag which is really important.


02 July 2010

Save Yourselves!

Land's End Canvas is finally having a sale. I have waited so long for this moment and now that it has happened I'm skint. Life is cruel. For everyone else, have at it! Check out their "One And Only" Summer Sale.
  • Poplin Shirtdress (SALE PRICE $47.99)
  • Ragtop Snap Tote (SALE PRICE $31.99)
  • Cotton Scarf (SALE PRICE $11.99)
  • Canvas Grommet Hat (SALE PRICE $17.99)

01 July 2010

I Happen To Like New York

I'm sold on Selling New York, HGTV's new show that will make you feel woefully inadequate about where you live. Even more so than House Hunters International. That's the show that has me wondering what went so wrong with my life that I don't have a vacation home in Costa Rica. Selling New York, which shows how the cream of the crop do it, airs tonight on HGTV at 9:00 EST.