inspiration: marc cinq-mars

an example of something that recently stopped me in my tracks.  i guess it's the color combo of pink and red... or the fact that this reminds me of messy, glorious roses.  perhaps i'll attempt my own (inferior) version.  

(i can hear my sister laughing from boston).

more marc cinq-mars here


de-prepping gingham

while i love prepping out every now and then- i also enjoy mixing it up.  everywhere i look, i've been noticing gingham (a preppy staple, no?).  Holiday has a few simple, classic options in the shop (and en route to the shop).  for something a little different, we purposely tried to keep it on the not-so-preppy side and chose a color way of BLACK & white.  i love it.  i'm comfortable wearing this combo day or night.  and to further breathe fresh life into gingham, i'm all about pairing it with our brand new J Brand 403 denim jacket in lacquered black quartz.  it's incredibly soft and has such a feminine shape- plus it perfectly toughens up a "girly" look.  i put together an ensemble that mixes traditional daytime gingham and makes it a bit more cool.  a look i love for now (especially a summer night) and transitioning into (dare i say it) FALL...

jacket:  J Brand at Holiday

dress:  Holiday's Pretty Little Sister

necklace:  Mario Testino for Mate (i'm OBSESSED with this whole collection!!!)  infusing an ethnic element to this outfit is unexpected and gives it a "personal" feel.

sandals:  Giuseppe Zanotti.  simple. chic.

clutch:  Victoria Beckham.  i chose this for the zipper detail and textured contrast of matte leather and calf hair.  plus, i'm ALWAYS attracted to a red accent.


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fleurs papier: artist Lyndie Dourthe

i recently came across French artist, Lyndie Dourthe, and the "magical worlds and intricate creations that gush forth from her fingertips".  she has a beautiful eye (and a most curious portfolio- i'll link at the end).  i am particularly drawn to her enchanting floral paper pieces entitled "Botanica" and the way she presents them...

this next one reminds me of fluttery eyelashes in costume

her quote below:  "i think with my hands".

click here for more of her wondrous world


in the boston Herald today: Stars & Stripes

i'm doing a little theme dressing in the herald today...

In honor of Independence Day, I put together some fashion finds that represent freedom and fun.  Luckily, stripes never go out of style (I'm addicted) and who doesn't appreciate a star motif every once in a while?  And because I'm always in the mood for a classic combo of red, white and blue- these pieces are perfect for celebrating not only the 4th of July- but all summer long.


1.  A wardrobe staple of mine, this simple shift can take you almost anywhere.  Day or night.  Holiday, $148.

2.  My favorite shoe designer, Loeffler Randall, created these whimsical gladiators.  I'm in love.  $175.

3.  These Scully and Scully enamel bangles are great stacked or worn solo.  $120.

4.  Holiday's easy, strapless mini dress is perfect for a day around town, beach or pool.  $118.

5.  I have stars in my eyes for these uber cool shades by Wildfox.  $240.

6.  When the sun goes down- wrap up in a gauzy, cotton scarf.  I love the aged feel of this vintage inspired one.  Holiday, $58.