My Inspiration for Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd open house went off without a hitch this weekend and I hope you were able to stop by and see the hard work of all thirty designers that participated. I’ll be posting pix of my room, but wanted to share my inspiration photo for my design. It’s vintage, girly, glam and architectural. Can’t wait to share the before and after with you! Happy Monday!

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Midnight In Paris

I hope you’ve had the chance to go see Midnight in Paris because it has definitely been one of my favorite movies this summer. I know Woody Allen is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I have always loved the quirkiness and neuroticism of his films and books and this film does not disappoint. If I could only use one word to describe this film it would be “magical” because it truly is. Owen Wilson does a fantastic job and Marion Cotillard is captivating as always. The cinematography and set design are amazing and I’m still drooling over all of Marion Cotillard’s dresses.

Paris has always been one of those cities that I constantly fantasize about. Although I’ve only been to Paris once and was pretty much penniless at the time, the city still has a very special place in my heart. I hope to visit this amazing city again very soon as I plan to wear fabulous outfits, stuff my face with croissants and macaroons galore all while sitting in this eclectic Parisian apartment. “I love Paris in the springtime…”

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Vintage Dress Party – This Saturday!!

Just a friendly reminder to RSVP to jaclyn(dot)munzer(at)gmail.com so we can email you the addy!

Vintage Dress Sale

This one is for the ladies…please rsvp to join in all the vintage goodness! Have a great weekend!

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Kelly Wearstler: Fashion and Interior Designer

Ok this is old news in the blog world, but I still had to do a lil’ post to share my undying love for Ms. Kdub. The uber talented designer has joined the blogosphere with My Vibe My Life, and I’m very excited to be following her design inspirations.

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On another note, this interior designer has turned fashion designer, a natural evolution since she has never been shy about her love and passion for fashion. Ms. Wearstler has designed a collection of clothing and accessories to be sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus stores. I’ve known about her clothing collection for quite some time, even before it was even officially announced and how I knew I can never tell, but I can’t wait to see how it does! Is there anything this woman can’t do?!?

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images: via Kravet

NY Diary: Day Three

It’s in the high 50s today in Cali and it almost feels like I’m back in New York (har har). Not really, but it’s cold enough here to wear one of my super thick knit sweaters (actually it’s my BF’s sweater, really into stealing his clothes these days) and I’m wishin’ I was back in the Big Apple. So it’s my third day in NY…

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And I need to get a latte to start my day. It’s my medicine. Cafe Cafe is my go to spot in Soho. Encountered this little cafe when I stayed at the Soho Grand last year and it’s super close to where I stayed this time around. Convenience is key when you are barely awake and functioning. There’s nothing overly fantastic about this place but my BF is very picky about his chai teas and he enjoys it here (just make sure to ask for extra chai). It feels very “international” to me for some reason, hostel-like almost, but not in the gross, finding a used band-aid in the shower kind of way. They have yummy blueberry muffins, too.

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Bookmarc

Shopping continues and we make our way over to the West Village. It’s very hard for me to pass up bookstores, so when I saw Bookmarc I was ecstatic. Bookmarc is Marc Jacob’s newest venture….it took me about 1.5 seconds to get it 🙂 I like books and I like Marc Jacobs so it was a match made in heaven. This shop carries a variety of great titles, some out of print, and an array of very affordable MJ goods, such as pencils, notebooks, key chains, wallets, totes, etc.

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Castor & Pollux

Women’s apparel boutique carrying modern but feminine lines. It’s a cozy little shop and I walked away with a super cute blue chambray dress.

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Home store we popped into before gettin’ our grub on. There are unique furniture pieces with some small home goods. This designer loves color and pattern so it was right up my alley.

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Gruppo

If you like perfectly cooked, super thin crust pizza than this is your spot in the East Village. A mini blizzard started as we made our way to Gruppo, so to sit down in a warm place and have pizza served to you was heaven. My only critique is that there could’ve been more flavor in the sausage, but I was a pretty happy camper.

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Guggenheim

I love the Guggenheim. If I lived in New York, I would probably come here all the time. Although, I’m not an art buff, I have such respect for the architecture and I just love nerding around in museums. I would come here on a weekday afternoon to avoid the crowds, and then I would stop in at Cafe Sabarsky, an Austrian cafe, for some coffee and strudel. It was my BF’s first time here and unfortunately a lot of the exhibitions were closed, but he got to experience the Gugg and we enjoyed some Bauhaus action.

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Tretorn

I’m an overpacker. Always have been. I probably brought at least a dozen pairs of shoes last time I came to NY and only wore about three pairs. So this time, I was really good, so proud of myself. Big mistake! I kept my eye on the weather reports, I knew it was gonna snow, I knew the streets would be filled with that black ice, and I still did not bring the appropriate shoes for some reason. So after a few days of slidin’ around town, I broke down and purchased some functional shoes. After an exhausting day of shopping and culture, I was determined to find the perfect pair of shoes. I dragged my BF to a million shops in Soho (such a good sport) only to end up at the very first store we went to, Tretorn. Scored some galoshes and lace up boots, both on sale. Holla.

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Ryan McGinness

After resting up a bit, I met up with my BFF to check out the opening night of Ryan McGinness’ ‘Black Holes’ at the Phillips de Pury gallery in the Meatpacking District. McGinness’ ‘Black Holes’ is a series of round paintings on canvasses and wood panels, blasting fluorescent arabesque patterns.

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Northeast Kingdom

Ended the night with a late meal at Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick Brooklyn. This restaurant is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, part cabin, part Grandma’s living room. They’re all about local food here and they list all the “farms & friends” that grow and raise their ingredients on a big chalkboard. I filled my belly and took a car back into Manhattan because it was late and f-ing cold. Food + sleep = good times.

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images: Cafe Cafe, Racked, Veranda, Elizabeth Bauer, Gruppo, FreshnessMag, Brooklyn Street Art, Northeast Kingdom

Bhldn

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to talk about weddings and dresses?!? Yes, I fully intended to freak out all you unmarried/in a relationship guys out there! Urban Outfitters chose V-day to launch their newest retail concept, Bhldn, there stake in the bridal business. Bhldn shares a similar aesthetic to its sister company, Anthropologie, but for brides and weddings. They carry apparel, accessories, lingerie, jewelry and shoes. Tabletop, cake pedestals, place cards, and everything for decorating a venue will launch later on this year. They also plan to introduce limited edition letter press invitations the following year.

I have always adored wedding wear that has a unique, vintage, whimsical and old wold flare. I’m glad there is a new option out there for all you brides. Here are some of my fave gowns below…

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Would I like to be a bridesmaid? Yes please.

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Gorgeous hair accessories…

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Vena Cava Fall 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava on this last trip to New York and I am ecstatic about their “elegant early nineties” influenced fall collection. I have been obsessed with ‘maxi’ everything and I seriously cannot get enough of platform wedges! Here are some of my favorites from their recent show. Does anyone have the “My So Called Life” dvd for me to borrow this weekend??

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images: Style.com

NY Shop: Thomas Sires

During one of our shopping days, the BF and I stopped into Thomas Sires, new Elizabeth Street boutique in Nolita. It was not hard to miss the shop with it’s neon pink sign in the front window! Loves. Owners Fiona Thomas and Allison Sires opened up shop in December of last year and I’m so glad they did. I happen to know Miss Allison from way back in her Cali days and I was elated to hear that she and her business partner opened a boutique and designed their first collection together. This dynamic duo met while both working at Loeffler Randall: Sires designed and Thomas worked in PR. Their collection is fashion forward and has an effortless ease about it, which makes it perfect for the fashionable, on-the-go gal. Along with the Thomas Sires line, they also sell objects and trinkets from around the world, and beautiful jewelry. It will sure be difficult for you to walk away empty handed.
The shop has a minimalistic and sleek design with a little bit of whimsy (and you know I love a little whimsy). I love the exposed brick and the whitewash finish makes it modern and airy. The gals worked with Tacklebox architecture firm on the design of the store they did this shop good. This boutque is definitely worth a stop on your next shopping adventure. And you must stop in to say hi to the store mascot, Ivy.

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