Wednesday Wish List

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Pretty little things that caught my eye this afternoon…

1. J.Crew Mohair Fuzzy-Stripe Sweater – great texture, love their fun take on the classic stripe… // 2. Arrow Stud Earrings – Mark & Graham have the best selection of tiny, sweet studs… // 3. Stella McCartney Shark iPhone Case – obsessed, makes me smile… // 4. Sarah Chloe Love Ring – a hint for your Valentine, wink wink… // 5. Timex Weekender Strap Watch – chic timeless design and under $40, sold. // 6. Tory Burch Robinson Small Cosmetic Case – for beauty on-the-go, the loveliest blue… // 7. Clare V. Supreme Fold Over Clutch – imperfect polka dots feel fun and grown-up… // 8. Vince Blair Slip-On Sneakers – staples I’d wear year round…

 

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Ash Nyc Tumblr

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I’ve admired the interior design and styling projects of ASH NYC for some time, but it wasn’t until this morning that I landed on their awe-inspiring tumblr account. If you love minimalism and modern design, this one’s for you. I wanted to share a million images, but narrowed it down to just these. So very lovely.

 

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Contemporary Country House

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I recently stumbled across the inspiring renovation of Ten Broeck Cottage which is located on an apple orchard in upstate New York. Messana O’Rorke Architects cleverly built a modern home within the frame of the Dutch original (which dates back to 1734) and then added a bold new addition. The juxtaposition of the historic wing against the new is rather stunning, right? Don’t even get me started on the chicness of that living room–the minimal fireplace, exposed ceiling beams, thick rug, marble table…! I don’t know about you, but I’d happily curl up fireside with that handsome Donald Judd book and a cup of tea.

(discovered via ArchDaily)

 

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Best Books for Francophiles

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One glance at my library and it’s easy to see, I’m a bit of a Francophile. Since my first trip to Paris at fourteen I’ve been enamored with all things French. I can’t help myself–I love their language, their cheese, their style! The French are such fascinating, resilient people. They live life fully and without apology, “joie de vivre” indeed. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of French-inspired books on my shelf (and a few on my wish list). Do you love them as well? What am I missing?

1. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes – I absolutely adored reading Elizabeth’s adventures in Paris. I can’t cook so I skipped the recipes. // 2. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits – French model and street style star Caroline de Maigret is one of the authors so you know this book is impossibly cool. I loved its at times tongue-in-cheek advice. // 3. Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange – penned by the French style god and former muse of Yves Saint Laurent, this book is packed with practical advice and outlines some of Fressange’s favorite Parisian haunts. // 4. My Life in France – Julia Child’s classic read will have you on the next flight to Paris. Seeing the country through her eyes is such a treat. // 5.  The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious and Perplexing City – I’ve yet to read this one! It has amazing reviews. Next on my list. // 6. Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic – filled with images of real Parisians strutting the streets in their impossibly cool way. Wish I could pin every image. // 7. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris – David McCullough tells the story of the great migration of American artists, doctors, politicians, and writers (such as Mark Twain) to Paris between 1830 and 1900. A page-turning work of historical non-fiction. // 8.  Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris – cute and practical, this guide shares tips based on advice from the American author’s French host mother. If you ever studied abroad in France you will relate. // 9. Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi – This hysterical book celebrates a wide variety of things Parisians love such as sushi, Converse, and Robert Doisneau. Written by a clever Parisian, it provides an insider’s look at the inhabitants of the City of Lights. // 10. At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life – The follow-up to Scott’s wildly successful first book. This time she compiles her French host mother’s advice for “la maison.” // 11. Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love – If you love food and you love the French this book is the answer to your souffle-loving heart. An extremely fun read for foodies and non-foodies alike. // 12. Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart – a travel guide written specifically for fashion and design lovers like you and me. //

 

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