Thursday, September 18, 2008

it's still beautiful here...

...but it's relocating...again.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a Virgo. We organize, then re-organize, then re-organize some more. And some of us never really stop.

So here I go reorganizing again.

I'm having a understandably hard time keeping up the two blogs. I thought it was a great idea to split up the content but now I'm thinking otherwise. As of tonight, I'm putting it's beautiful here on hold. I will continue to blog about the family as well as all things pretty on the original blog, as the beat goes on.... Please continue to visit me there and, as always, stay tuned for new developments!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

on the street...two GQ, NYC

The Sartorialist is loaded with sexy late summer fashion this week.
I found this one particularly easy on the eyes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Just two of a number of incredible illustrations by a woman named Maia Valenzuela. Don't know much about her except that she is incredibly talented and you can find her work on design:related or here on her blog.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Fun "scanimation" picture book by Rufus Butler Seder available here. But the photos here don't do it the least bit of justice. Get your hands on one to see the animal images strut, soar & spring across the pages. You won't believe your eyes!

Friday, September 12, 2008


These beautiful paper dresses by Valerie Hammond are part of a new exhibition at Garson Baker Fine Art. I hope your weekend is as lovely as they are. (via Notcot)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

who are you?

This selection of 100+ buttons is absolutely hysterical. I wanted to buy up the whole lot. (via A Cup of Jo)

shoe envy

If I had $1195.00 (plus California state tax) to spend on shoes this Fall I would definitely own these Christian Louboutin's beauties from Barneys.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

fall logic

If only I had a reason to dress like this seven days a week it could be that easy. Lovin' "a fall formula" at anthro.

Monday, September 8, 2008

contain me

Skip the black and white and go for the color. At $6.99 each these groovy baskets from The Container Store were the perfect addition to my daughter's closet. So very 80's but so very fun.

Friday, September 5, 2008

gamiworks etsy envy

Wow, checkout these amazing necklaces from gamiworks on etsy that I found on Design Mom. They offer "a contemporary collection of Japanese chiyogami inspired gifts and accessories". Inspiring indeed.

These are thumb-tacks! Almost makes me wish I had an office again. Almost.

All gifts come in these darling tins which are also sold separately in assorted sets of twenty. What awesome party favor containers.

studio globe

Studio Globe offers lovely handmade goods from Japan. Available on the DaWanda website, they offer an assortment of girls dresses, bags and pouches in yummy fabrics. Thanks to Bloesem Kids for the lead.

seinfeld, gates, shoe circus & a churro

Thursday, September 4, 2008


About three years ago, when I was buying furniture professionally, I stumbled upon this collection and bought the small unit for myself directly (and immediately) from the manufacturer. We use it in our foyer mostly for a random assortment of books & hats. The smart folks at Sundance put it in their catalog after the same market and are still giving it prime real estate in their book. (If only my employer had been so wise.)

Love these wire storage racks too. Great for a utility, laundry or mud room. None of which we have of course.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

the kissing hand

This is a fabulous book for first day of school jitters. It's about a raccoon that is scared about going off alone the first night of school so he and his mother create a ritual of kissing each other's hands to say goodbye. The kiss stays with him all night and he's not afraid anymore. Written by Audrey Penn and available here or at your local bookshop.

big birthday, tiny print

I just ordered these darling invitations for Gage's fifth birthday party from tiny prints. Of course we personalized them accordingly.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

fast and funny

How funny is this?

Monday, September 1, 2008

point, click, wow

This beauty is new from Nikon. Not only is it a digital SLR camera with a scene recognition & face detection system, large, bright viewfinder, live view function (you don't have to put it up to your eye when shooting), 3 in, 920k dot, high-density color LCD & quick is also outfitted with an innovative movie shooting feature.

I saw it here first but this looks like the best place for additional information.

nie nie

This is a photograph of Stephanie Nielson and her family that was shot by Wendy Whitacre and borrowed from Stephanie's blog the Nie Nie Dialogues. The following text was also borrowed. This time from the Nie Recovery website. Please read on...

"On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Stephanie Nielson was in a plane crash with her husband, Christian Nielson, and his flight instructor, Doug Kinnear, near St. Johns, Arizona. Doug Kinnear passed away soon after arriving at the Maricopa County Hospital.
Christian & Stephanie remain in critical condition at Maricopa Burn Center. Christian has sustained burns on over 30% of his body. His wife Stephanie’s body was burned over 80%."

I didn't really know anything about Stephanie or her blog until stories of this terrible accident began appearing on other blogs I frequent. And, what it doesn't tell you in this quote above, but you can clearly see in the photo, is that Christian & Stephanie have four children between the ages of 8 and 2.

I was amazed at the outpouring of support and I too felt compelled to help. Last night I spent some time exploring the hundreds of auctions that fellow bloggers have created to help support Stephanie and her family. I stumbled upon a woman named Kaylyn who is unselfishly providing her creative services in return for donations to Nie Nie's recovery fund. Thus, the darling new headers on my blogs. You can find her by clicking the custom headers button on the right hand column of my blogs or by clicking here.

You can learn more about Stephanie's recovery and/or donate to the cause by clicking on the Nie Recovery button in the right hand column of my blogs or by clicking here.