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{the most wonderful time}

hello! + happy monday . . . not certain where november has gone, but tomorrow is december and things are already beginning to feel festive around here -- a new week, a new month and so many wonderful things to look forward to, but soon and most of all, amidst the swirling snow and prettily wrapped packages, time to spend with those we love most . . .

wishing you a beautiful start to the week,

{a few lovely links:}
* film photography: a day in the country
* gift idea: yellow & pink postcards
* editorial: desert moroccan bride
* fun for christmas: puppy greeting cards

* art: xavier veilhan's show at versailles
* photos of the day: window shopping & ruffles

{jane birkin via bohemian musings}

{newsy bits: media & press}

. . . many wonderfully exciting things recently, and between projects and appointments, christmas-y things and dashing off to holiday festivities, had nearly forgotten:

* a fun mention: jewelry designer pamela tuohy-novinsky's vivanista high five favorite blogs
* a guest post: from early last week for at home in arkansas magazine, complete with a perfectly lovely introduction . . .

. . . and most of all, a very special thank you to style at home magazine for including {this is glamorous} as one of the top 10 tastemakers of 2010 in their january trends issue! such a wonderful honour to be included in such esteemed company {click here to read the feature}

hope you're having a beautiful week,

{home inspiration: shoes on display}

. . . always thinking of storage solutions and sometimes forget that some things -- especially holiday party shoes -- are perfectly lovely right where they are . . .

{p.s.} for those who prefer everything in its place: a few ideas for storing your pretty party shoes

{photography by gabriella imperatori-penn for town & country}


{christmas time in the city}

. . . late, late november and soon it will be time for pretty bed linens in cozy guest bedrooms, warm slants of sunlight and extra blankets, and best of all, tables set with gold-rimmed glasses for elegantly festive dinner parties . . .{this is glamorous}

{p.s.} holiday decorating ideas:
* freshly chopped wood
* artful arrangements
* mahogany & gold

{images:1 - victoria magazine via papillon linens; living at home via neu4bauer; anson smart; flickr}


{holiday inspiration: mostly metallic}

. . . looking forward to dressing up for holiday parties, and especially to shimmery things and cocktail rings . . .

{p.s.} metallic leather dress + silver sandals, karl lagerfeld for fendi

{image: a glamorous little side project}

{inspiration: shoe storage}

. . . as not all pairs of shoes can be put on display, always come back to the idea of carefully stored and neatly stacked behind pretty pleated curtains . . .

{p.s.} also adore the lucite chair and antique mirror framed mantel

{shoes, shoes, shoes:}
* on display
* in barrister bookcases
* in the closet
* in cabinets
* with roses

{image: traditional home via lily-g}

{two lovely things: winter whites}

{two lovely things:} rustic glamour intermingled with warm winter whites in a bedroom + perfectly pretty packaging . . .

{p.s.} more of this swedish apartment here xo

{images: simple blueprint & the dieline}

{colour inspiration: mahogany + gold}

. . . always fresh whites in springtime, and after that, warm whites in winter, but lately and always at this time of year, drawn to deep and cozy hues of mocha and mahogany, especially when paired with gold and the golden flickers of candlelight and firelight . . .

{1 - four walls and a roof; 2 - ralph lauren home via a previous post; 3 - anson smart}

{sunny thoughts on a winter's morning}

. . . still and always happy for the holidays, but after happening upon these beautiful photographs and despite winter having just begun, already looking forward to bare shoulders and the scent of blossoms in springtime . . .

{p.s.} new & lovely things at the side project:
* runway: michael kors pre-fall 2010
* holiday inspiration: little black dress
* designer: buchanan smith
* runway to editorial: alexis mabille
* runway to editorial: christian dior

{images: via a glamorous little side project}


{on the market: a swedish apartment}

. . . suddenly dreaming of moving to sweden, after a glimpse inside this stunningly stylish apartment with such beautiful details -- an old-fashioned fireplace, walk-in closet, bleached floorboards and vintage chandeliers . . .

{via simple blueprint, designfragment &}


{valentino + happy weekend!}

. . . and time seems to be moving along at a dizzying pace lately -- happy for plans and dreams on slow sunday mornings . . .

have a beautiful, beautiful weekend, everyone!

{all images originally from the book valentino: themes and variations; images 2 & 3 via the peak of chic; all others via fashion journalist in the city; images 1 & 5 - this is glamorous from original; more images at a glamorous little side project; special thanks to felicity for all the lovely links xo}


{winter whites + cozy nights}

. . . bright linens have given way to deeply rich colours and softly luxurious textures, and already dreaming, dreaming of romantic weekends away in fire-lit cabins, but most of all, winter whites and cozy nights . . .

{images: polly wreford; a glamorous little side project; home beautiful august 2008}


{be-ribboned stoles + feather capelets}

. . . already mid-november and soon it will time for late dinners in be-ribboned stoles or feather capelets around bare shoulders . . .

* 1 - ivory fur & organza ribbon stole, debenhams
* 2 - feathered capelet, morgane le fay

{via this lovely post by merci new york}

{vintage valentino + the winner . . .}

. . . busy and happy on this sunny wednesday afternoon and "it is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen"
~frances hodgson burnett

{p.s.} a warm congratulations to carolina of argentina, winner of the smokey quartz faceted earrings give-away!

{congratulations, carolina!}

{image: valentino via merci new york, discovered via twitter from the book valentino: themes and variations; image courtesy les arts decoratifs -- thanks, felicity!}


{at the shops: the society inc.}

could spend hours browsing through the society inc., a "haberdashery meets hardware" store that specialises in local and global textiles, furniture, homewares and beautiful things . . .

began by sydney-born interior stylist sibella court in an 1800s corner shop in paddington, NSW, the society inc. changes its contents and interior 4 times a year, transporting visitors into another world:

above, beautiful things from the paperwhites theme, inspired by paper ephemera & beachcombing, creamy whites and soft, whispery silver & golds and barely-there pinks, vintage mother of pearl, and lovely old crepe papers . . .

{holiday inspiration: glamorous gold}

. . . daydreams of cinnamon-scented pine cones and twinkling white lights, pale satin dresses and of most of all, glittering gold in the evenings . . .

{top:} bow hair pin, kate spade; crystal supernova bracelet, j.crew;
{bottom:} pippa mirror peep toes, j.crew; small gold lame leather zip pouch, comme des garçons at bird


{happy weekend!}

. . . weekend again, and still-lingering thoughts of the past week, of dinners among chandeliers and marble and time spent with close friends and family . . . wishing you a weekend filled with laughter and all of things that you love most . . .

have a beautiful, beautiful weekend, everyone!

{as always, some things you may have missed:}
* colour inspiration: glimpses of pink
* for the holidays: yves saint laurent necklace
* christian dior: pink after dark
* wallpaper: osborne & little's asuka
* two lovely things: chartreuse + velvt
* blog recommendations: what are you reading?

{images: 1 - scan by dress design decor via dwellings & décor tumblr; 2 - a glamorous little side project}