moving blogs

December 25, 2012

Can I all redirect you over here?
Wordpress was being too restrictive for me, design-wise & hence I decided to switch to Blogger. I would love it if you would follow me over there & happy holidays everybody!

have a wonderful feast!

December 24, 2012


oyster beige

October 9, 2012


“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”

Anne of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery

“I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six dressed in black satin with a string of pearls.”

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier



at valentino

October 7, 2012

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warm minimalism

September 25, 2012

Krakoff is determined to carve out a signature look for his ready-to-wear—warm minimalism, he calls it—and step-by-step, he’s doing it. (x)

clare waight keller

September 19, 2012

It’s about a British girl falling for the classic elements of Paris . . . pearls, lace,” said the designer, a British girl who moved to Paris last summer when she assumed creative direction of the house. Asked just how autobiographical this inspirational narrative is, Waight Keller conceded with a laugh, “I really like it here. It feels a lot more grown-up.”

Clothes that are by nature casual—a hooded parka, a sweatshirt, a loose skirt—were reimagined in delicate laces and silks in a quiet, pastel palette and beautiful quilted georgette. (x)

“When it snowed my family and I went to the Rodin Museum, and it was so beautiful and still.” (x)

“Packing is always sneakers, flats, heels and then really beautiful blouses and dresses. I always bring silk blouses—well, a couple of those and my tuxedo jackets from Chloé. The tuxedo blazer is the ultimate throw-on-with-a-pair-of-jeans jacket.”

“I miss everyday things of London: maybe the rain, maybe jumping on the bus…the informalness of London; it’s so laid back and easy.”

“In Paris, you buy a lot less, but better quality. So I end up going to really nice patisseries and buy tons of fresh food all the time. In England, I do big shop on the weekend. In Paris, you go every day! You buy little bits from the grocery store, little bits from the bakery, which is really nice in an old-fashioned way.” (x)

palazzo margherita

September 17, 2012

“Here the concept is a 19th-century palazzo with a patina of age. But then there are a million details to get right if it’s to work as a 21st-century hotel.” (x)

Imagine spending a slow morning in the Sofia room, breakfast en famille in the kitchen, followed by a long soak in the jewel box of a bathroom: blush-pink walls and a Moorish ceiling painted in jewel tones on a background of delphinium blue, with doors open to the terrace. (x)

“Its magic gardens, the family gathering in the magnificent salon for whatever purpose: celebrations, intimate teas, evenings of films…”

All have indulgent bathrooms, luxurious linens and state-of-the-art technology. Some of the rooms have a large terrace or a Juliette balcony from which you can look down on the cloistered garden with its fruit trees and bougainvillea and the secluded 10-metre swimming pool at the far end. At night with the windows open perhaps you’ll hear the gentle splashing of the ornate baroque fountain. Fresh flowers in every room make you feel as if an aged family retainer in a starched apron has just left them there especially for you. (x)

…the high point came with Sofia’s wedding this past summer to Thomas Mars, frontman for the French band Phoenix.
“It was such a great setting,” Sofia says. “Our friends all gathered in the garden, and we had a small ceremony at the end of a trellis walk with rosé from my father-in-law’s winery, Chateau Thuerry, and prosecco at the bar after.” (x)

“Hotels are always a little world in themselves,” Coppola said. (x)
“Versailles was like a hotel, too.” (x)