April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding

Today, April 29, 2011, Prince William of Wales (full name William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor) married Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed each with new titles, Prince William will now be known as Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus and Kate will now be known as Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus. Kate arrived on-time at 11:00 a.m. this morning to Westminster Abbey in a beautiful gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Kate chose to travel to her wedding as a true Britsh citizen, via a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI rather than the traditional horse and carriage.

Images courtesy of USA Today

The Royal Wedding is truly that of a modern day fairytale. After 9 years of courting, William proposed to Kate while on safari in Africa. Kate is the first true commoner to marry royalty in 350 years. Yes, Princess Diana was considered a British citizen, she however hailed from aristrocratic roots as she descended from King Charles II and her father (Edward) John Spencer, known as Earl Spencer was a personal aide to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II and also was also a godson of Queen Mary. Kate, a true fairytale bride, will one day be Queen of England, alongside her King, William. They are most relatable royal couple in history. A Royal Fairytale if you ask me.

I couldn't gloss over the prescence of William's ex-girlfriend, Arabelle Musgrave. Mainly because she stood out in true fairytale spirit, looking the part in her crimson Gucci gown and Philip Treacy headdress (or fascinator).

Image via Good + Glam

I love the 20 foot tall maple trees that lined the processional, their green branches made Westminster Abbey look so soft and romantic.

April 10, 2011

Top Notch

I really enjoyed the "2 for the road" fashion spread in the March 2001 issue of Lucky Mag. Mostly because I am a fan of the updated sixties attire that has been dominating the runways for the past few years. Offbeat patterns, high waists and tailored cuts have always been some of my fashion faves. But most of all I LOVE that a Scala hat was used in the shoot. (Pictured below: Coral Scala Collezione hat, worn by the model on the left.) Years ago my mom bought me a Scala hat just like it, only it was white with large coral polka dots and yes...I still have it. Of course, over the years my collection has grown, choosing from a rainbow of options and different styles has made it pretty easy.

Images courtesy of Dorfman Pacific.

Dorfman Pacific offers affordable hats in a wide variety of styles and sizes (including infant, children, women's and men's). These are by far my favorite go-to toppers! View the Dorfman Pacific on-line brochure here.

April 7, 2011

Eclectic Electric

Here are a few unique and glam light fixtures I've found in my travels. My favorite is definitely this Spectacle Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth. At first glance I didn't know the "crystal" drops were glasses. I LOVE the repurposed "shades". SPECTACLE + FUNCTION = GLAM. Very nice.

Spectacle Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth

Madeline Boulesteix Handmade Crystal Cup Chandelier

April 1, 2011

Geoffrey Bradfield

Here are some works of art by Designer Geoffrey Bradfield, read more about this accomplished, South African now New Yorker here. His range of style spans from traditional to eclectic and he is a color magician. Bradfield and his Associate/Company VP Roric Tobin have offices in New York, Palm Beach and Dubai. Enjoy!

Oceanfront Apartment

Kip's Bay Showhouse

Escape Hatch

Manhattan Townhouse

Manhattan Townhouse

Palm Beach Art Deco