Friday, September 30, 2011

Pinning! and pork!

I finally jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon. After getting an invite from the lovely Corrin of Oh Hey What's Up?, I decided to go for it.

I'm at, shockingly enough, ladychirpsalot, so come perch and pin with me!

The real subject of this post, however, is Perry's Steakhouse. On Fridays they have a pork chop deal; one gigantour amazing delicious pork chop served with whipped mashed potatoes and applesauce for about 12 bones.  It looks like this:

WHAT? I know. For shiz.

I've been with my company for a little over 2 years now, and on our anniversaries our CEO takes us out to lunch wherever we choose. I always (well, all 2 of 2 times) choose Perry's, and I can't recommend it enough. Impeccable service, amazing pork chop, great price.

Now if only they'd hire me to redesign their space...

Hey there 1992!

Have a glorious weekend, my pretty pretty readers! Joseph and I are going to look at some new leases tomorrow with my amazing locator Josh, and I'm so excited to have a new place to decorate!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Palate cleansing.

After an intensely colorful Monday and a severely lacking in blogitude Tuesday (don't worry, my seester chastised me for slacking yesterday), I'm feeling the need for a bit of a palate cleanser. As Fall approaches I get more and more excited about cozy spaces, sweaters, fireplaces, and carbohydrates. I would also love a romp on a bear skin rug, but a girl can't have everything, can she?

That being said, I do want to revel a bit more in light summery goodness, because I know I'll be missing it (maybe) once the temperatures drop. I stumbled upon The Brooklyn Home Company, which builds, designs, and occasionally furnishes custom homes in Brooklyn, and their meticulously clean and crisp interiors are perfect for a last peek into the previous season.

This tiny little apartment would be the perfect hibernation spot all year.

Absolutely loving the mostly white space that's been warmed up with beige, grey, and light blue. It'd be such a chic beach house den, too, don't you think? 

And behind that slatted section hides the little bedroom!

Brilliant and space-saving. Plus: throw pillow!

The kitchenette is kept wide open and airy to create an illusion of a much bigger space:

The bathroom is ├╝ber-pure:

And the deck is divine:

Listing here

Other rooms in various listings that especially speak to me are...

This bathroom in a different condo in the same building as the above:

Both living rooms in a larger residence:

The art above the fireplace? Done.

And this dining room, from the same home that has this dressing room.

There are so many fantastic furnished and unfurnished rooms on their website; go lust over them! In the meantime, Joseph and I will start looking for high-paying jobs in Boston and planning our foray into real estate investing. I'll keep you posted. I have high hopes for this plan.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Manic Monday + Lacroix!

Happy Monday! Here, I got you this:

Also, do you know what's the best on a Monday? Colorful, gloriously funky furniture from the god of glamour, Christian Lacroix.

From Elle Decor: "The sixth-century wife of the Byzantine emperor Justinian became his inspiration for the collection--a chair even bears her name. The daughter of a bear trainer, she was renowned for her beauty and wit (as well as her expertise as a courtesan) and reportedly suppressed revolts, exposed political corruption, and expanded women's rights in her day. 'She was quite a controversial character,' says Lacroix. 'I'm surprised nobody's ever made a film about her life.'"

So Lacroix set out to design the set of her life for a more modern day audience. The pieces are fun and theatrical, and they are made exclusively for Sicis. Here's Lacroix working in his atelier in Paris:

loving the European Chivari chairs. And how content he looks!

And some fruits of his labor:

Julien l'Argentier sofa

Antonine chair
A room full of the collection:

And Lacroix with multiple pieces:

He readily admits that he prefers costumery and set design to "normal life", and it's more than evident in his collection. Love it or hate it, you can't deny its eccentricity.

Perhaps my favorite part of the collection is just Lacroix's attitude; in an interview he said "If someone had told me about my life when I was a child, I think I would have died of happiness."

What a babe. Or, as they say in Paris, quel gentleman!

Friday, September 23, 2011

that tree was SO not in your way.

A car being driven by a college boy just hit me at lunch.


We're both fine, the cars are damaged but ok, we have a witness saying it was the other guy's fault, yadda yadda yadda, but still! What. a. hassle.

Thus ends the lamest post to ever grace the face of LCaL. You're welcome.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Need to Restore my sparkle...

Unfortunately I'm not feeling all that sparkly today, but I'm working on it! And I left you and high and dry yesterday with nary a chirrup nor tweet. My apologies. I love the onset of Fall, but I'm feeling like there is so much going on and can't sweater weather just be here already?

Anyhow, since I would very much like to plop down into a big bear of a chair, I bring to you: big fantastic chairs from the aforementioned Restoration Hardware!

First up, the completely badass Aviator Chair:

It was inspired by WWII fighter planes, and I want it. It also comes in black. Excuse me, antiqued ebony.

A similar look was achieved with the Copenhagen Spitfire Chair. Behold!

That's the coolest little egg of a desk chair I've ever laid eyes on. It makes my desk chair ashamed to be so mainstream.

And lastly, what I really want to plop down into at this exact moment:

Ogle more here.

That, mis amores, is a Grand Luxe Fur Bean Bag. The website says it is "comfortably oversized yet still portable"! 

I NEED IT. I have a feeling it would make me feel much more sparkly on a daily basis, don't you?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What a tweet Tuesday!

Shockingly enough, I was in a bird-y kinda mood this morning. The sun is shining, I was COLD last night while sitting outside (happy birthday, Nate! slash way to go, Texas weather!), and I'm going out for pizza for lunch. Today will be a glorious day, and so I have birds on the brain! Thus, before we return to Restoration Hardware, I present you with some of the prettiest little birdhouses this side of the Mississippi.

Precious, non?

Made from recycled materials so the birds can feel environmentally conscious AND cozy.

And they're all on sale right now! Here.

Oh, I just adore them! What say you, masses?

Monday, September 19, 2011

A little Restoration on Monday

This week we're going to take a few peeks at the Fall Restoration Hardware collection.

Remember when I was excited about the Indian West Elm pieces? This is like that, only multiplied by pi squared and then expanded exponentially. a lot of excitement.

The catalog is HUGE; I mean it's a freaking giant book of (really pricey) wonderful wares, so I took it upon myself to pick out the best pieces and present them to you. Here's your sneak peek.

Thanks to my seester, Dr. Dr. Ann Marie, for bringing this to my attention before I got the catalog.


In a room with the tufted-est couch I've ever seen.

Prepare to be wowed, dear readers. Prepare. to. be. wowed.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Elie Ta-sparkle-i

Today's Sparkle Thursday brings us Elie Tahari's Spring 2012 Ready to Wear collection! Elie moved to New York from Israel in the 70s and began working as an electrician in the Garment District; a mere four years later he opened his first boutique on Madison Avenue. His collection has matured from 70s disco appropriate to classy and sophisticated, his boutique has moved to Soho, and most of the creative control of the brand has gone to his wife, Rory. I'd like to give her major kudos for this RTW line, as it is all sortsa wonderful.

Some of my favorite looks include:

This sexy gold sparkler, perfect for a New Year's Eve soiree on a rooftop:

This blousy shimmery top, shown here with a lovely skirt, but which I would pair with straight-leg black trousers:

This tangerine dress that's a little hippie and a lotta goddess:

And today I have two favorites! First up, a flowy black and gold cocktail dress that would translate effortlessly from runway to real life:

Wow. Adore.

And just the slightest bit higher on my love list, a gorgeous muted gold dress (or top and skirt?) that is breathtaking and perfectly proportioned:

I love that Elie and Rory really let the clothes speak for themselves. The minimal makeup and accessorizing is refreshing, and most of the collection is really lovely. See all of it at NYMag, and revel in the beautiful (but not sparkly, alas!) light blue that pervades it as well.

I'm out tomorrow to go out to Bastrop with my parents and then fly to El Paso for a family trip, but I'll see you foxy readers Monday! Keep on keepin' on, as they say!*

*I don't know who says that. It's kind of a ridiculous expression, now that I think about it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A little more for good measure :)

I had a dream last night that all of my new Target Missoni burned up in a fire. Pathetic, I know. It hasn't even shipped yet! Ugh; get outta my brain, fires!

Anyhow, on this lovely Wednesday I still have the brand on the brain, so I thought we'd look at some of my favorite real Missoni pieces that would have my debit card running for the charred hills were I to seriously consider purchasing any of them. 

Let's start with my absolute favorite. This Missoni dress makes my heart beat a little bit faster:


It's totally sexy without being slutty, and the print is (obviously) beautiful. Fun, flattering, and financially out of reach for this blogging bird. But I can still dream! The wide sleeves prevent the dreaded armpit fat look, while the banded waist brings the focus to a small part of your body. Yes, please.

Next to that beauty this sweater dress by M Missoni is downright affordable!

Also at BG

It's cute but not twee, and I love the brown/slightly plum color; it's not frequently seen in clothing. It echoes the 70s without looking totally vintage (ahem, Tucker); Missoni definitely knows how to combine retro with modern femininity to create really fresh pieces.

A more obviously Missoni look is this sweater dress:

Also M Missoni. Buy it here!

The muted colors keep the wavy chevron from yelling at you, and it's so chic with those opaque black tights!

Speaking of chic, my second favorite look has to be this super simple ensemble:

BG again

It's like the classiest schoolgirl ever. I'd be walking around the office in that twice a week if the pieces lived in my closet. It's cute, professional, and timeless, and would work on a variety of different body types.

For now, though, I'm perfectly content with my plebeian duds, and I'm just hoping that it gets cooler here soon so I can break out my sweaters and tights!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Missoni accomplished.

That's right. I just stocked up on Missoni for Target. Here's the tragic (hyperbolic sarcasm) story first.

This morning my alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 6:30 a.m. Joseph was already up and about to leave for work, and he shockingly asked me what the %!*& I was doing setting my alarm so early. Me: "Whoops! Meant to set that for seven thirty, not six!" *turns off alarm* *wakes up at 8:20 to leave at 8:30. oops.* I get to work and am talking to a coworker about his new baby (yeah! babies!) when my other coworker, Corrin, excitedly asks me "WHAT DID YOU GET?" I'm so confused here. "What do you mean? Are you talking about the juicer we bought last week? Babies? Huh? Jigga-what?" 

At this point, Corrin is in shock. Slowly she says, "Missoni for Target, Natalie. This morning."

Me: "Oh god no."



Because you KNOW all the stores are sold out already. And of course they didn't prepare so their website crashed. In case you somehow haven't seen it:

All images from Fashionista

I had about 6 things picked out that I was planning on furiously grabbing from the store, and here it all is now only on ebay and so so esspensive.

But then, like a miracle from the gods of reasonably-priced fashion, the website came back up! I have never shopped online so intensely or quickly in my entire life. If you know me you know that is saying something. And apparently it was a good idea, because the website is back down now. But as of next week I shall be the happy happy happy owner of chevron stripes! And anything I don't want to keep goes straight up on ebay. 

Mwahaha. That is all.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Befores and Afters.

I don't know about you, but I LOVE seeing Before and After photos. It's the only reason I ever watch those horrendous weight loss shows that are on every time I'm at the gym (not that I've been to the gym recently, mind you, as reflected in a 3 pound weight gain), and it's why I love the makeover episode of America's Next Top Model. 

Check out Shedding for the Wedding's host Sara Rue's before and after.

Rawr. Photo from ShoppingBlog

And Lauren's makeover from ANTM:

Much improved. Minus the whole "sexy diaper" situation. From FanPop

And now, some real life before and afters (photos courtesy of the always great Dr. Navar). Our main Bastrop cabin before the fires:

These are before the big deck/pool addition. You can just see the little cabin in the background on the right.

And after the fires:

Creepy! We hope we get to keep some of those trees.

My dad's garage/workshop that houses the 4 wheelers and all of his tools,  however, is perfectly intact!

Wanna see?

How? No clue.

Dad was SO thrilled about this. Plus it gave us all a morale boost, since we now have a part of the old place still with us. The grandkids were ecstatic, as you can imagine, that their 4 wheelers didn't perish. Who needs bedrooms and antiques when you can have 4 WHEELERS?? I mean, seriously.

We weren't supposed to be able to go out there until this week, but as my dad said, "You're mother took her top off and a state trooper drove us out there after that." Let's assume he was joking ("JOHN!!" says my mother). Dad truthfully said that there was a little fire going by the garage that he dumped a gallon of water on, so I guess we aren't technically out of the woods yet (hehe), but we're going back out this coming Friday to do the official assessment. 

Zee parents already have a pretty thorough idea of how they want the new cabin to look (more bedrooms! taller ceilings! mom's bathtub! bigger everything!), and I'm so excited to get to share the progress with you all! My parent's brilliant contractor/handyman extraordinaire still has his house, so he's already signed on to start planning our new place, which we hope to have by around this time next year. I know you're all sick of hearing about Bastrop by now, but it's the main thing on my mind, so I had to share the newest info. Thanks for sticking with me!