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{inspiration: tim walker + polka dots}

. . . fun, fun, fun with polka dots and appointments, photo shoots, to-do lists, dinner reservations, and answering thought-provoking questions about design -- and later, a stunningly pretty give-away . . .

{image: tim walker for vogue italia via starbucks & jane austen + julia}


{happy monday + a change in seasons}

. . . a bit of a late start this morning and after the weekend, an undeniable change in the air -- leaves are falling and it's afternoon walks in overcast skies, warm knits and satin blankets . . .

* isn't lace in a drawer such a lovely idea?
* more pretty show ribbons

{images: a previous post; danielle thompson photography via decor8; sophie vlaming by david bellemere for marie claire italy, styling by elisabetta massari via fashion gone rogue; better homes & gardens; record the day}

{runway inspiration: karl lagerfeld + milan}

fendi, milan

. . . the runways of milan were wispy pink, ivory and ecru, in linen and tulle and ruffles and frills, all mixed with softly frayed edges, loosely piled hair and high, high heels wrapped in bows . . .

* more wispy loveliness at the side project

* aren't the perspex clutches stunning?



{happy weekend!}

. . . another whirlwind week has come and gone and this weekend is tall boots and fallen leaves, brisk afternoons and warm tartan blankets, and in the evenings, tulle dresses and moonlight . . .

have a beautiful, beautiful weekend, everyone!

{p.s.} more stacks of freshly chopped wood

{a few things you may have missed:}
* fashion: london + new york
* eco chic: emma loves retro
* at the shops: rose & grey
* video: a dreamy afternoon
* photographer: karen collins
* fun DIY: painted sea grass
* travel: luxe luggage
* autumn afternoons

{images: 1 -anta, first discovered via chelsea; 2 - sophia coppola for louis vuitton clutch via scanned by daisyinbloom from marie claire feb 09; 3 - photography alex sarginson for elle decoration september 2002, scanned by moodboard; 4 - adrian lima, vogue paris -- thanks, mimi!; 5 - dace; 6 - shelter}

{video: a dreamy afternoon}

dace's spring 2010 campaign

{a few lovely links:}
* whimsical bookmarks
* a new project
* a favourite magazine
* the amazing hobbit house {via lace & tea}

* fun! lily cole by tim walker
* a poppy blooms

{via arcade original on vimeo + stylebite}


{mostly london + a little new york}

. . . ending London Fashion Week with softly falling metallic confetti, Burberry Prorsum's reinvention of the trench coat in shades of camel and nude was luxurious, short, and draped loveliness . . .

. . . and for a last look at New York, more draping at Reem Acra, mixed with soft, floaty silks and satins and handfuls of princess jewels . . .


{two lovely things: luxe luggage}

. . . while summer is weekend carry-alls and light-weight luggage, fall comes with deeply-hued and heavier pieces such as the always classic LV and stylishly cool Globe-Trotter in maroon, perfect for autumn adventures . . .

{via vogue paris}


{autumn afternoons}

friday's happy weekend posts have somehow fallen away to weekend plans -- sometimes suitcases to pack or dinner reservations, but always excitement for the days ahead -- this weekend was moments in the still-warm september sun, afternoons in dusky cafés and evenings in candlelight, remembering rustling leaves and starlight and enveloped in the magic of autumn . . .

hope you had a beautiful weekend!

{a wrap-up of the previous week:}
* travel: chicago
* in the post: anna sheffield earrings
* a beautiful day + the winner is
* in the post: the sartorialist
* at home with: marc jacobs
* inspiration: new york fashion week
* at home with: carter smith

{images: stylist Marianne Cotterill's home scanned by Moodboard -- Elle Decoration September 2003, photography by JP Masclet}


{inspiration: new york fashion week}

. . . bursts of tulle and organza mingled with structured yet playful shorts suits and all "with a little something to make you dream" at j.mendel . . . and ruffles and beautifully blurry silk prints from childhood memories of cherry blossoms at erin fetherston . . .



{lost in love and chicago}

While it may be true that shall never tire of Paris or the south of France, always ready for new adventures and sometimes fun to go somewhere completely different, and on the last long weekend of the summer: The Windy City . . .

. . . despite there being not much use outside the hotel lobby for gold strappy heels,
sequined jackets, and silk and linen dresses -- all of the things in my carrying cases -- there were, happily, fresh lake breezes and miles of beaches, afternoon boat rides and expansive parks, marble fountains, and art and architecture . . .

cloud gate, outdoor sculpture by british artist anish kapoor

endless summer, navy pier

toasted coconut & strawberry marshmallows


frank gehry-designed jay pritzker pavilion in millennium park

cocktails + view from the ninety-sixth floor

the modern wing of the art institute of chicago, designed by pritzker prize–winning architect renzo piano, whose work includes the centre georges pompidou in paris; the art institute's impressionist & postimpressionist collection is considered the most important outside of france

buckingham fountain, made of pink marble and modeled by edward bennett after the latona basin at versailles

afternoon on the water

{and afterall:} pink cotton candy,
afternoons along the beach and on the water, a late-summer picnic, sipping champagne in the courtyard of the art institute by moonlight -- and especially -- all the time in the world together on the last long weekend of the summer . . .

{images: 6, 12, 13 - this is glamorous; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14 - p for this is glamorous; 10 - via renzo piano}