30 April 2011

Bookmark | The World of Gloria Vanderbilt.

I first saw The World of Gloria Vanderbilt on display at my local bookshop, and after a quick flip through I was in love. I have always known G.V. for her glorious-fitting jeans, much like the ones below, which I wore until they just didn't fit right. I have a swan-handled umbrella as well as an old t-shirt, but you just don't come across the old G.V. stuff as often as you do other designers.

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt lays out its subject's life in photographs, ephemera and interviews. What a young stunner she was, and the stories she recounts of her upbringing reveal sadness and heartbreak, wealth and opportunity, romance and more romance.

Her fashion, art and design links are detailed and her interest in interior design, which I knew little about, was sparked when as a teenager she was allowed to decorate her own room and chose an Egyptian theme. Her decorating style is best described as eccentric, and she is a collector of anything and everything. Every surface of her homes and studios are filled with patterns and textures, from wallpaper of her own design to patchwork floors and quilt-covered doors. Many of her rooms remind me of Charleston Farmhouse with its personalised and pain-staked touches. I would be happy to call any of G.V.'s rooms 'home', and can only hope that one day they will be open for visitors to have a good nose around!

26 April 2011

Minneapple | Find your prize.

I've been making the rounds at thrift and antique stores here in my new 'hometown' - big surprise there right? And though I quickly discovered several favourites I'm always up for finding more. Thanks to my friend Brooke I now know that the number 6 bus will let you out right in front of Hunt & Gather, a self-described 'unique antique-style shop' exploding with trinkets of all sorts. Their slogan is 'find your prize' and it's very accurate! You can really have a good rummage in the space, you're sure to find something you can't live without. My favourite part was the basement, where all of these photos were snapped. Different 'booths' are set up, I assume by different sellers, and each one transports you magically from one theme and era to the next. It was so much fun to spend a good chunk of time down there, and I walked away with a denim clothespin bag filled with old clothespins. I'll be going back very soon to check out the ground floor wares!

21 April 2011

Greatest hits.

This week I've been bursting with excitement after booking my summer holiday and I'm looking (and daydreaming) forward to spending a good chunk of June in Europe! Heading first to London to make up for lost time with my sweety and then we're on to Bordeaux to attend the wedding of two very dear friends. My wish list of things to do and people to see while I'm there is filling up fast. I thing I've got London covered, but I would love to hear some of your tips for Bordeaux and the South of France.

I've been thinking so much about my time in the U.K. - God I miss it!
So how about a lil' trip down memory lane?
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