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nantucket rope

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on August 14, 2011

I was sewing a few weeks ago and began suffering from the same headache I always get after bending over at my sewing machine for too long (posture, people, it’s harder than you think!).  I took a break, and being the unable-to-actually-stop-when-I-take-a-break kind of person that I am, I  started figeting with some scraps of fabric and within minutes, I had something I could I wear around my wrist.

(oh, you say, such resourcefulness!… if only you knew how the fabric originated from the bulk fabric section at ikea 3 years ago, hung for a year as curtains in our sunroom in Chicago, served as moving pads twice (Chicago-Nashville then Nashville-Minneapolis), then was used to make christmas ornaments, a pillow case and two quilts… resourcefulness? my middle name. And yes, in this process, the means derives far, far more pleasure for me than the end.)

But back to the bracelet… as it turns out, I was making my own little make-shift version of a classic Nantucket rope bracelet.

(You know, roughly.)

Who knew??

Available for $10 at jcrew, or $12 at  ralph lauren, or for free in my sewingroomlivingroomkitchencausethey’reallthesameroom-room. (ah, the buzz I get from living in new york.)

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la marinière, revisited

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 31, 2011

The new équipe de France soccer jersey : iconic style, national heritage, haute couture and nike.

If the French team has exponentially dropped in popularity since 1998 (oh wow, was that really 13 years ago?),  I think this jersey could put them back on the right track.  Especially for the occasional soccer fan like myself who clearly has more of an interest for design and style than athletic performance.

In honor of the jersey unveiled just this week, and out of 1 part excitement (stripes!), 1 part boredom (rain), and 1 part procrastination (homework), I felt compelled to put together a brief pictorial history of the marinière… why it is both classically French and iconically cool:

Coco Chanel circa 1920

Picasso (no really, he was a Parisian at heart)

Brigitte Bardot

St. James, since 1850

Petit Bateau, since 1893

Gaultier (ridiculous but really, inevitable)

L’équipe de France

Now if only they could look good AND win…

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since we’re on the subject…

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on January 29, 2011

of epic cinematography:

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willy nilly

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on May 22, 2010

This is how I feel sometimes.

(I discovered model Willy Van Rooy thanks to the Sartorialist. I was intrigued by the blog’s brief description of her life and style… and a bit more research on my end turned up this Helmut Newton photograph of her in the early 70s…)

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ivory dreams

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on April 12, 2010

I think it’s safe to say that ivory is my new black. And those of you who know how much I love black will realize exactly how pivotal a statement this is…

With no further ado, my spring shopping list:


hobo international wallet

kimchi & blue wrap

jcrew linen trouser

michael kors ceramic watch

mies van der rohe’s barcelona chair

mini cooper

… in no particular order, of course.

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how I come to you

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on April 1, 2010

Even a rock has insides. Smash one and see how the shock reveals the rough dismantled gut of a thing once dense.  Making the cut into yourself, maybe you hoped for a rock solid through. That hope I hoped, too. I smashed myself and found my heart, a cave, ready to be lived in. This is how I come to you: broken, not what I knew.

(poem – M. Peacock; landscape dyptichs – Joao Henriques; portraits – Garance Doré)

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worth all the fuss

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 26, 2010

If you know me, you are well aware that I hate having to spend excessive time on any given beauty routine. I’ll usually opt out of washing my hair to make styling quicker, and when I have to blow-dry it, I keep my phone close at hand to make sure I never spend more than 10 minutes on the job.

And the same goes for makeup…. Really, when it comes down to it, I like to think of  myself as a hairspray + mascara kind of girl.  Easy and effortless.

That is, until these irresistible shades of OPI start calling my name…  and there’s nothing I can do but spend hours applying base coats and top coats and layers of color and waiting and waiting and waiting for them to dry…

Oh understated neutrals! Oh fleshy muted tones! You truly are my weakness.

And you are so worth all the fuss.

(in order: sand in my suit, chocolate moose, you don’t know jacques)

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go forth

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on February 4, 2010

It’s frightening how well they are onto us.

And  by that I mean these hopeful youths going forth to the anthem of Whitman’s poem definitely gave me goosebumps … but they also sent me straight to levi.com for a pair of boyfriend cut 501’s.

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