Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy hump day - 5.27.09

[viewfinder, leaving the island; photo credit: Nicole Cammorata]

Less than one month until my island vacation at my happy place - Martha's Vineyard. I snapped the shot above a couple years ago while leaving the island on the ferry.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Random acts of style: love message

[Near the corner of Comm. Ave and Harvard Ave.; photo credit: Nicole Cammorata]

There's something about this - a public message of love rather than profanity - that struck me as beautiful. Who was this message for? Did they get it? Or, if it wasn't meant for any specific person but rather a declaration to the masses, how many people see this every day? How many of those people's days were just a little brighter because of it? To me, that's the perfect example of a successful random act of style (and kindness! Side note: in the third grade, for "Random Acts of Kindness Day," my dad and I made up a song that we still sing. It went like this: "To-daaaaaaay - is random acts of kindness daaaaay. Be a pal, be a sport, 'yes sir, no sir, thank you ma'am!' To-daaaaaay - is random acts of kindness daaaaay!")

Grow, baby, grow!

This is my dream vegetable garden....

[Sigh...Martha Stewart sure does know her stuff]

Instead, here's what mine looks like. (Just planted today!)

On the far left are two tomato plants (Roma and Celebrity) in the middle are green peppers and to the far right will be green beans (once they germinate.) Meanwhile, on the deck...

...the pot is a patio-sized tomato plant, which I plan to take with me in July when I (temporarily) move to Cambridge (more on that later - I can't wait to decorate!) The mini-greenhouse is currently incubating zucchini, beans, and watermelon, which will get transplanted once they sprout. Grow, baby, grow!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Time... it's on your side (literally)

[Clock at the Musee D'Orsay in Paris; Photo Credit: Nicole Cammorata]

I think I must be really digging on menswear looks for women lately because I'm on the hunt for the perfect (analog!) watch and all the women's styles seem too twee and delicate. Ideally, I'd like one with a big face (silver-toned metal or none at all), a simple, clean number design, and a thick brown or tan band (maybe leather?)

Here are some of the styles I've found so far...

Joni Sternbach at the PEM

I'm a huge fan of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (I'm considering becoming a member), particularly because of its vast maritime-themed collection. There's a new photography exhibit up with works by Joni Sternbach called "SurfLand" that I'm absolutely obsessed with. I love how the images are of people who are clearly modern, but look old-timey because of the development process she uses.

The process is called tintyping, and was popular back in the 19th century. It involves printing the photos on sheets of metal (Sternback prints on aluminum). For more information about her show and the process, read the Globe review.

[All images by Joni Sternbach]

Too bad Sternbach's work checks out at upwards of $1800 (I couldn't pin down an exact price for the pieces that make up "SurfLand") - I would love to have one of these in my personal art collection. Sigh, a girl can dream. The show runs through Oct. 4 - I can't wait to check it out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy hump day - 5.20.09

[Someplace tropical]

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Random acts of style: Audrey Hepburn

Spotted on the side of a Redline train: Audrey Hepburn in all her "Breakfast at Tiffany's" glory.

Travel trunk as coffee table

I recently spotted this (vintage Louis Vuitton?) trunk at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. I love the idea of a trunk as a coffee table (or suitcases, but more on that later) and have been trying to figure out how to use it without stressing about damage to the top. I think the trays are such a great solution. I plan to use some old suitcases as a night table by stacking them and was running into the same issue. I didn't want to cover it with glass because I thought that looked tacky, but definitely wanted to protect the top. Anyone know where to find cool wooden trays like this?

Let's go sailing

The weekend forecast says sunshine, and the days on my calendar seem to be sprinting toward June, which means summer is just around the corner. You know what that means: I'm craving nautical looks. Though I may not know my starboard from my port, I've always wanted to learn how to sail. Here are some great looks to keep me in a seafaring state of mind.

[Lucinda bag, Abercrombie & Fitch, on sale for $29.90 (was $70)]

[Green Grocery Market Bag - White Dacron, $47.50]

Ella Vickers makes these great totes (above) out of recycled sailcloth. I've been craving one for a while and now that it's on sale it seems like the perfect time to buy. Hey, someone has to support the economy!

[Sailings commands pillows by bumblebellydesigns on Etsy, $50]

[Recycled sail cloth tote bag, by reiter8 on Etsy, $75]


[Pirate ship T-shirt by happyfamily on Etsy, $18]

Alright, now who's going to teach me how to trim the sails?


Let's cut the small talk and get straight to it. This is a style and design blog that will feature things I like. I'm constantly whipping out my iPhone to snap photos of images that catch my eye, or bookmarking things online to come back to later, or tearing pages out of magazines that ultimately get lost in the detritus of my life. So I'm posting it here instead. Enjoy.

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