Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cole Haan :: Manhole Cover Window Display

I never thought I'd complement a manhole cover but I think I'm about to.  I love the colors and the simple crosshatch pattern of this manhole cover in a recent Cole Haan.  There was actually a series of a few color combinations but this is the one I managed to snap a photo of.

On another note, whenever I try on shoes in this store, it's like I'm one of the wicked stepsisters in Cinderella jamming my giant feet into the tiny shoes.  I didn't think my feet were particularly wide, so I'm going to assume their shoes run pretty narrow.  It's too bad because there are some really cute flats inside, flats I would love to fit on my feet.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Het Arresthuis

I haven't posted about hotels in a while, but I fell in love with the exterior of this Dutch hotel, Het Arresthuis, with it's stepped gable and striking black and white facade, and wanted to share. 

via Dezeen

It's built out of an old prison, and each guestroom is a prison cell.  I have to say, if the architecture is original to the prison, Dutch prison cells are spacious and have amazing ceilings.

via Dezeen

via Dezeen

Here's a random fact for you: I took a semester of Dutch language in college.  It's a pretty fun one to learn, I have to say.  Have any of you taken time to learn any languages you'll probably rarely, if ever, use?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Out & About :: Secret Balconies

Have you ever spent a lot of time in an area and never actually looked up?  I worked a few blocks from Chinatown and on the way to pick up lunch one day I noticed all sorts of "secret" balconies hiding in plain sight!  I had to take a trip back because the people I was getting lunch with were in no mood for my revelation {with good reason, if you go to lunch too late, you wait in line}.  These were part of the city I had been walking by for years and never seen.

This one is only decorative, it looks like it wouldn't support a person, let alone one who dropped out one of those windows to the platform.

This one is on the border of Chinatown and downtown.  It's rare for the buildings downtown to have balconies.  If they have anything, they will usually have a roof deck.

Is there something you've been walking by for years and haven't noticed?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

J. Crew :: Colorful Chevron Window Display

I don't think this J. Crew window display needs words. I love the color and the simplicity of the window.  It doesn't distract from the clothing, it adds some character to the black backdrop.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This Winter

Yesterday we got more of this:

Which makes me feel better about giving a baby gift of this, just last week.  I love it because it has ears, and anything with ears on a baby's head is cute.

For those of you who follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen my obnoxious over-pinning of knitting and crocheting patterns {perhaps you unfollowed that board?  I don't blame you one bit}.  I am definitely a beginner with more enthusiasm than skill.  I only took it apart 7 times but, with some help, finally got it together for April.  Hooray for snowy New England springs! {there is less of a hooray due to using another 1.5 hours of my life on snow removal}.  Today I received a photo of the cutest little baby wearing his new hat, so at least I know he wore it once before it is was too hot or too small.

Have you finished anything you are excited about lately?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Making Lemonade

You know the saying about making lemonade out of lemons?  Well I'm working on it.  I mentioned last week that my commute was long and difficult, and I want to spend the days, or at least the weekends, hiding in bed {as shown in the dramatic re-enactment below}, or catching up on sleep.

This is actually the situation I encounter every time I change the sheets.

Fortunately, for my sanity, I decided that since I am working next to the design center, I'd go see what was new.  I found the new Jonathan Adler line of fabrics for Kravet.  The exuberant use of color in this line was a sure way to snap me out of a cranky mood.

I'm considering using the middle fabric below to make a slipcover for a chair I want to reupholster.  It's actually fairly reasonably priced, and then I can do it myself.

Duralee is another place I like to stop for cheerful prints and bright colors {I was obviously in no mood for neutrals on this visit}.

This lab print just plain makes me happy.  It comes in yellow, chocolate, and black too!

What do you do when you are cranky or stuck in a place that drains you of all your energy?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Crew Cuts Window Display :: Neon Balloons & Clouds

I have to say, I haven't really gotten into the neon thing.  Except for a shirt that I wear so only the collar shows and the toes of a pair of socks, I have stayed clear and stuck to pieces that will last over time.

This window display is a very cute use of neon.  It's cheerful and spring-line which is just what I want to see after 16 more inches of snow last week.

Plus, I love the clouds.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New{ish} Bag

I was pondering a new bag over the summer because I had been dragging around an embarrassingly gross pleather one with a broken strap for months.  Six months to be exact, not including the three before it broke.  There are a few $1,000+ bags that I really like but I don't want to spend that much money on a bag, so I did some looking around.  I finally settled on a slightly more expensive bag than I was initially comfortable with, but I have been impressed so far.  The quality is very nice and it still looks brand new inside and out {I think it will hold up well into the future, I did TONS of research before I purchased it}.

My requirements were that it have a zipper on top to keep sticky fingers out while I'm on public transportation, not be super trendy {I use the same one every day}, and that it last for a good long time.  Believe it or not, the top zipper was the hardest thing to find.

What I purchased was this:

I had originally purchased it at Macys and they said it was supposed to come with a little wallet, dust bag and key chain, but when I took it home someone had totally stripped all the accessories out.  So, I returned it and bought it online somewhere else {in the after Thanksgiving sales for a huge discount}.  It's called the Logo Lock Tote from Dooney & Bourke {I call it my "old lady bag" because I always thought this brand was for people over 60}.  I would love the straps to have an inch more of a drop and the logo is a bit larger than I would like, but I actually carry it with the logo facing me so no one knows where it is from.

Speaking of logos, I am NOT a logo person.  My thoughts are that if there's a logo on it, you'd better be paying me to wear it.  I won't purchase anything with logo fabric {no double Cs or LVs for me, thanks}.  However, the sales person in the store was telling me I should be proud of having a "branded" bag when was poking at the logo to see if I could take it off.

I'd love to know what your stance is?  Do you love showing off your logos?  Hate them?  Couldn't care less?  I see so many bags, shoes, and clothing with logos that I think I'm in the minority here.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Hermes Hay Feeder Window Display

I actually had a nightmare about these Hermes windows from last fall so I put off posting them. {Okay, that's not why but I did actually dream I was trapped in one of those things.}

I believe these are hay feeders like you would find for horses, but correct me if I'm wrong.  I'm truly not sure how I feel about them.  They are not bad windows and you can see that a lot of effort went into them {and they certainly are unique}, but they aren't as exciting as I would want them to be for a place that sells $50,000 handbags.  Sometimes I walk by and I feel like I just don't "get" Hermes but then I remember how much I liked the style and simplicity of the Madison Ave windows last spring so maybe I'm just not connecting with the windows lately.

In the last post on the Hermes windows, I was talking about how cluttered the tiny windows were and how much potential they had.  Well, they are much simpler now and they also have colored LEDs, or colored lenses over some sort of light, so at night they are lit all fancily.

The products are a little bit lost in these displays but the backdrop is the same as in the larger, so at least they are tied to the other windows.

So, what do you think?  Do you love them?  Are you indifferent, as I am?

Monday, March 4, 2013


Every time I think things will slow down a little bit, they speed up even further.  I just took a new job this past week and the commute is killing me.  It's so long that I was told if I decide in a month that the commute is too bad, they won't be upset with me for leaving.  I'm pretty tough, but I'm actually not sure how long this will last.

So, I had almost decided I was too low on energy and inspiration to post, when I found this.

Urban Motifs on Etsy

I love, love, love this chair.
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