Friday, July 31, 2009

A Winner!

Exciting news - the winner of the All Modern give-away was randomly drawn at 9 pm.
The winner is Sandi :)
{I wonder which prize she will choose...}

{PhotoviaWithLove...}

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Something to tweet about...


I've been a little slow to join Twitter - at first I was a little confused about what it was all about - with all the social networking sites, do you really need to know more about what everyone is up to? Now I'm discovering the fun and thinking it's a fun way to chat and share ideas. How about you, do you twitter? Find me on twitter at alifemorefab (so irritated I couldn't spell the whole word and all alternatives seemed to be taken! - guess that's what I get for joining late!)
Hope that whatever your status is - whether on twitter or not - it's happy, relaxed and enjoying this balmy summer evening!
x

{PhotoviaSimpleSeductive}

A Reminder

The All Modern Giveaway ends tomorrow July 31st at 9pm EST To enter comment here
also don't forget to increase your chances of winning through following the blog, or telling your friends about the give-away through facebook, twitter etc.
Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You give me butterflies...

I've had a life-long fascination with butterflies and have collected them since I was 15. They just have a ethereal, magical quality about them. Somehow life just seems in harmony whenever they are around. Perhaps the secret to happiness is to surround yourself with butterflies - especially the best kind of butterflies, the ones you get in your stomach after an unexpected kiss.





One of my own secret skills is a knack for cutting out paper butterflies, I've been doing it since my early teens when I would cut them out for my younger sister to stick on my inside of her bedside lamp shade. My heart fluttered when I discovered Paul Villinski's 'Beer Can Butterflies" through {ThisIsGlamorous} some time ago and I've been in love with them ever since. In fact, they've inspired a little installation art piece of my own at home (also a little bit of wedding decor...)


Hope your summer day is filled with the very best butterflies.



{Photo:1,3 Lolita, 2 AudreyHepburnComplex,3 MyPinkHeels,4 WeHeartIt, 5 PaulVillinski}

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Matchy Matchy

How cute are these two?
I kinda love how perfectly coordinated Mr and Mrs O. were at a recent Ambassadors reception. I know I've found on several occasions I will, even subconsciously, coordinate or at least compliment my outfits with Andrew's. I'm often afraid of looking too joint-at-the-hip though.
How about you? Would you/do you co-ordinate outfits with your partner before heading out?

{Photo:
HuffingtonPost}

Fabulous Finds in Blue and White

I started off with a wedding decor theme of sunny pinks and yellows as accents, however, due to a series of events (including my new J Crew pink heels for the occasion arriving far too big to wear!) I have had a change of heart and gone back to an inital idea - and one of my very favourite colour combinations - blue and white. With so much chatter about centre pieces, wedding veils and registries, my minds aflutter with delicious blue and white - I'm seeing it everywhere I go...

Gorgeous blue and white wallpaper at Ruthie Sommers. Those dark purple
hydrangeas are stunning!



I instantly fell in love with the Medallion dinnerware set from (drumroll...) Target! I have a passion for blue and white pottery and this design looks like something much more expensive but they're inexpensive enough to use everyday worry free!

I've always looked for Pistachio Press whenever I was in Barnes and Noble or Indigo bookstores, but I was delighted to find that they have their very own store now. It's beautiful and packed with eco-friendly and ethically conscious stationery, tea and even chocolates. :)

Aren't these just too pretty? The Lyla heels from J. Crew are perfectly girly but I think the navy and white stops it from being too precious. Makes me wish I'd see these before my ill-fated pink ones...

A lovely dress with soft ruffles and navy and white polka dots in a style that reminds me of my favourite era in fashion.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A suggested change of venue...

I have been feeling the need for a bit of an escape and spent some time perusing the internet for perfect virtual spot to relax and unwind. This is where I came across a spot that just broke my heart - clearly they are in dire need of my assistance to join them as a resident quality control expert. You just need to browse these photos to see exactly the extent of the situation.










A sea of infinity pools, gorgeous Asian antiques and billowing white canopies - sad, sad...

Now I truly believe that charity begins at home, which is why I propose that the Shambhala Estates should become my home. I will gladly assist them in quality and control and room testing - out of the goodness of my own heart.

The Shambhala Estate is set in Bali, Indonesia - so if you are in need of an absolutely decadent retreat, or decide to come looking for me, that's where I'll be (once I've finished my current charity work here quality control testing for Cadbury's) :).

Hope you are having a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend!

{All photos: TabletHotels}

Friday, July 24, 2009

Let's go dancing in the light...

One of the people in my life who constantly inspires me with her fabulous, fashionable ways is my good friend Camille, who has been kind enough to be this playful summer ensemble. I just love the sea glass palette with a shot of bright yellow!

"I recently attended a birthday party and thought of the all of the things I would like to wear, none of which I owned of course! I kept picturing bright, fun colours and immediately turned to this lovely Sanderson print that I have always been drawn too. I have to admit that I have not been able to get away from this colour palette all summer. Sanderson has been around since 1860 and showcases beautiful prints. They are well known for their English inspired designs but also offers bold and modern designs for any space. This oufit has me craving mojitos, good music and friends! Take advantage and enjoy these warm summer nights."

(The shoes are Kenneth Cole, Crush Lane Jewellry, the clutch is vintage, a Chloe dress, the fabric and paper are called 'Dandelion Clocks' from Sanderson UK)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Spotted!


Saw it! Found it! You may remember the darling polka dot shower curtain from Michael Penney's home? Well I've thought about it since as I've been a little obsessed with polka dots lately, so I was thrilled to see the lovely 'Dottie shower curtain' from Pottery Barn Teen.

While we're at it - I'd love a pair of those black towels with white polka dots. They'd look so charming in my little retro bathroom, a nice constrast to the usual all white. Now I'm wanting to open a wedding registry at Pottery Barn Teen (although if they have one, it raises alot of other questions...)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

{Bicycles and Bunny Ears}


I just loved Eva from The Sartorialist this week. Whether it's feathered hats or bunny eared bows, she has such a playful chic quality that just makes you want to join in the fun with her!


{Big Sartorialist news in town today - if you're here in Toronto, you may have missed Mr Schuman today at Holt Renfrew but you can still join the party at The Drake
this evening. Click here for details}

{Photos:Sartorialist}

A Very Fabulous Giveaway!

I am completely excited to announce the latest give-away here at A Life More Fabulous: a choice between four beautiful prizes from All Modern! From now until July 31st, enter by commenting below and letting me know which prize you'd pick!

The Trina Pencil Holder by Hani Rashid, this gorgeous architectural piece would be a piece of art for your desk or as sculpture on its own.

The 2 in 1 Galerie Vase by Pernille Vea was inspired by the shape of a perfect rose. With it's unique shape there are so many clever ideas you could use to decorate by season or theme - or invite a new little friend into your space - love the goldfish.


A lovely set of three tea towels from Ferm Living. I love this simple black and white silhouettes, and made from 100% organic cotton, I just might be more inclined to spend more time in the kitchen...The Pernille Vea Galerie Candleholder is such a simple, clean design - it could easily go anywhere and you could personalize it with anything at all your heart desires.

Now that you've seen them all - which one would you rather have?
{ I can't make up my mind either...}
Unfortunately this give-away is only open to addresses in Canada and the United States at this time.
To enter, leave a comment below and be sure to visit All Modern to see their amazing collection stylish accessories and decor. Mention this giveaway on your blog/Twitter/facebook etc and let me know by commenting below for an additional entry. Sign up to follow this blog before July 31st and you will be entered for an additional chance to win. (just leave a comment telling me your pick and that you follow this blog)
If you don't have a blog, please enter your email address along with your comment so that I can contact you with the good news if you are the lucky winner!


{Good Luck everyone!}

*About Our Sponsor

All Modern has a fantastic selection of modern furniture and home accessories from many leading designers. Part of CSN Stores, All Modern is just one of over 260 retail sites that offer a diverse array of products from Herman Miller’s popular Aeron Chair to cookware by Rachael Ray.

{Thank you so much All Modern for this fantastic give-away! I will be very envious of whoever wins :) }

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fabulous Spaces: The Stylist at Home, Susie Sheffman

Take your favourite object and turn it into a room - that's exactly what Susie Sheffman did with her favourite Miu Miu belt. With it's bold chocolate brown, orange and yellow graphic tones, it provided the perfect colour scheme for Susie's home. This beautiful space has been one of my favourites since I first saw it in Canadian House and Home last year.


As the fashion director of Fashion Magazine, Susie has seen her share of fads and trends come and go, so she tries to focus on classic styles that are "modern and quintessential". The white Barcelona chair, the waterfall coffee table, the Eames lounger - to name just a few at a glance, her home is a gallery of midcentury iconic pieces all in simple, neutral tones. They provide the perfect backdrop to show off trendier styles - like the citrus hued accessories.

Of course I was immediately drawn to this home with it's all white interior (Benjamin Moore, Decorator's White), and graphic black and white Marimekko pillows. I have a similar look at home with all white and Ikea's Hedda cushions. Susie's sees the zebra print rug as 'the little black dress' of modern decor.


Susie's other inspiration for her space was one of her very favourite destinations - Palm Springs. She admits to an obsession with water and pools, you can see this reflected in the shots of aqua and of course through all the water inspired art. Above the fireplace, the photo was an outtake from a fashion shoot at a Palm Springs pool taken by friend Adam Levitt.


I love this bold, colourful statement - so simple but such a powerful way to make an impact and showcase your colour theme. This would be a very simply DIY tip to try at home.


Susie has collected this lovely rainbow of vintage glass over her trips to Palm Springs. They look so pretty sitting in the window of her dining room.I love this perfect little Miu Miu dress hung so artfully on the closet door. Of course, right next to it there's a lovely big beach photo hung in a simple gallery frame.

Black and white make a powerful statement, but in this all white bedroom with the mirrored wall behind the headboard, the simplicity of this combination is calming. A perfect place to end or begin your day.

I've been so inspired by the simple, chic style of this space. And what's best of all - it would very attainable to achieve with a selective eye and a clean, simple theme.

Fabulous Style: Kate Moss


I'm having a little computer trouble and the post I'd intended to post today has been a little delayed. While I'm busy, here's a little fashion inspiration. I love this chic, summer look on Kate Moss.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Change of a Dress...

I had a change of heart recently - I realized I just couldn't be happy with the wedding dress that was just 'ok', and that it had better make me feel special and have a 'magical' quality to it. Thanks to my mum and sister I got to try on all the dresses at a local boutique and play princess for a day! - and now have an order placed for a brand new one. :)



On my search, I couldn't help but think back on one of my favourites - this dress that Carrie wore to the Black and White Ball on Sex and the City. Sexy, glamorous and perfect
for a petite frame!


{Photos:HBO}

Little Black Something

You can always count even a small black accent to add a touch of sophistication and glamour. Think of it as the little black dress for your home, your hair, or any other little space.








{Photos: SimplySeductive, ThisIsGlamorous, GaranceDore}

Friday, July 17, 2009

This weekend...

What are you up to this weekend? I'm having a lovely time visiting with my mum and sister - a flurry of wedding planning, many cups of tea and nice, long chats. Unfortunately the gods seem to have interfered on my behalf to prevent me from getting skin cancer (and a tan!) :(



In case you are at a loss for what to do, here are a few suggestions...

-Feeling bored? Brave? Why not try a dramatic hair update with simple, blunt bangs like an especially special fashionista at Garance Dore - (people like her are why I got sucked into trying bangs - unfortunately, I couldn't pull it off -I looked a little too Suri Cruise for my own liking!)

-Feeling fashionish? Secretly looking forward to new fall styles even though it's the middle of summer? Get ready for The September Issue! { Is Anna really so scary?}

- Now that you've got your fashionista mojo on - why not prance around the streets in hopes of being snapped by the Sartorialist (or some new adoring fans)? Refinery will show you how...

- Feeling lucky? Stock up on lovely goodies by entering the giveaway at While We're Waiting...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
xo

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