Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Up-diz-ate.

So the 6 day migraine has begun subsiding, but my brain still isn't fully functional quite yet.

BUT!

Look! Siding! Whee!



and they lived Bastroppily ever after.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

La Cuisine Blanche

This post is dedicated to my main man. I mentioned wanting an all-white kitchen, and he couldn't picture the awesomeness; his brain kept conjuring up images of stale 80s kitchens, I think.

Thus, an inundation of beautiful (mostly) all-white kitchenspiration! All photos (except the one labeled House Beautiful) from Lowes.com.

Let's start with some basics:

Traditional isn't really my style, but it's a good starting point.
If you're into modern.

Just plain pretty.


Not so into the blue pendants or the flooring, but otherwise trés lovely.


Another for the more traditionally-inclined.

And let's end with my favorites, the real muses:

Love. Especially into the mild green pendants and lightly chevroned tile backsplash. The laminate floor and wooden stools add nice warmth.
Pretty addicted to this guy; the grey wall really highlights the different textures of backsplash tile and countertop. I'd (shockingly) sub in a sparkly something for the orb pendant.









Et maintenant, the pièce de résistance; the real reason I want an all-white kitchen: 

My absolute favorite. Loving the subtly sparkly blue tile and pastel runner.

More:

Another view featuring gawgeous lucite and chrome barstools.

And in the words of Luke Vibert and Jamie Lidell, a little bit more*:

Close-up of the beautiful sky tile.

 Have I proved my point? There's an all-white kitchen no matter your style inclinations (unless those happen to be "goth", perhaps). Happy Thursday!


*especially if you haven't seen him live, you're going to want to watch that video. Dude is adorable. He's the spazzy English Napoleon Dynamite of music.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Funky fresh.

Amidst all the life hustle going on, I've been feeling really drawn to fresh, clean interiors. We all know that I love an eclectic, colorful room, but lately the rooms that hit my sweet spot have been calmingly serene spaces. Let's all take a nice, slow breath and drink in the placidity together:

This Miles Redd bathroom is so chic and sexy; I'd hide from the world (armed with Bliss products and my dreamy boyfriend) and be a happy little bird:


This dining room from Allison Caccoma implements lattice work and a lot of white to maintain breathability. The light fixture doesn't rock my world, but the rest of it most definitely does:


A similar look, but implemented traditional-style:

Not sure of the designer here...

And the top lust item of the day, this Betsy Burnham living room. I'm loving the way the texture of the ceiling molding echoes the rug, as well as the mix of modern and classical, Eastern and Western. Turns out gray with pops of color is my new black.

last 3 pictures from House Beautiful

Don't you feel better now? Beauty is the best cure for high blood pressure, that much is definitely true.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Quick!

Team LCaL, things are very busy lately. Grown-up things! Flipside things! School things! More grown-up things! So I interrupt the busy life business to bring a glimpse of perfection into your life.

thanks, GFY!

That is all.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Windows and beams and lumber, oh my!

It's really coming together! We are going to have a REAL LIFE NEW HOUSE in Bastrop within a few months! Don't believe me? The proof is in the pudding, my dear birdies (in related news: mmm. pudding.):

Side of house. Downstairs you're looking into at master bedroom and master bath. Upstairs are more bedrooms.

Living room and deckage.

Hallelujah!

On the deck, looking at the outside of the living room.
Windows on the inside side of the living room by the kitchen. Under them will be a bar with cabinets all along it.

And I saved my favorite picture for last. This is in the living room facing what will be the fireplace, looking out onto the deck. 


There are so many amazing nights spent on the couch with the fire going, all of us watching a movie or just chatting (martini in hand, of course), and I miss that so much. Trees are still dying by the day, but we're doing what we can to minimize those losses and focus on the awesome that will be our new home out there. Thanks for staying along for the ride! Have a glorious weekend!



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tribute.

to all you hard-working ladies (and men) out there, and as a farewell to the inimitable Donna Summer...




Disco on, chirplettes.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Immortality.

Shoot. I totally meant to blog about Donatella at the Met Gala.

All I have to say now is that she looked both awesome and crazy, and I'm buying what she's selling.

BAM:

Her waist is insane. Lady is 60 years old! She and Vera should start a cult.


And more importantly, CRAZY EYES:


via

Now your dreams are haunted in the best of ways. No no, no need to thank me.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Springing up the sunroom!

Oh me oh my. I stumbled upon the most gorgeous room recently, and with work going nuts I think the time has come to, ahem, spring this beauty upon you.

I'm not exaggerating at all when I say that I would take this room almost exactly as-is, and I plan on shamelessly (mostly) copying it sometime soon. Featured in Southern Living and brought to life by Lindsey Ellis Beatty, who gets to live in the room all the time, the sunroom started out with potential but not very much life:


It's a beautiful space, but needed a large dose of oomph, so Lindsey transformed it into a beacon of lively and lovely:


Tufted! Pinks, teals, oranges, whites, golds!

A close-up of the chairs, the pattern of which I am seriously digging:


You all know how I feel about tufted:


Finished off with a funky mélange of wall adornment:

Images from Southern Living

Do you love it or do you love it? I'd ixnay the fur throw rug and add in some dark and jewel tones to make it more year-round, but I just adore it's sprightly shabby chic-ness (emphasis on the chic)! 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Bastrop update!

I give you...walls!


The front part is deck AND living room, not just monster deck. I may be going out Thursday evening to see for myself, in which case I'll take some more pictures!

And I would never leave you with just that. Without further ado: some more cabin-spiration! Beware: I am about to seriously rock your hideaway-loving world (thanks to Bryan for originally sending me the link):








All images courtesy of the most aptly named Cabin Porn.


I'm...going to need some time alone now.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The good kind of chunky.

I never really got into the chunky necklace trend (I still always think Chico's when the subject of chunky jewelry comes up. *shudder*), but my feelings may be evolving. I'm trying not to buy as many clothes (OMG I KNOW. This is the most difficult thing I've done in a long time), so having a few pieces of statement jewelry to change up outfits from last year seems like a smart idea.

Case in point, this necklace I recently got from Anthro. I feel super awkward taking pictures of myself,  but here it is nonetheless for empirical evidence:


It's big without being overpowering, and it adds a necessary something to my black v-neck tee, dark jeans, and black pumps. Plus the colors go with almost everything in my closet. I can't quite get used to it, though, as I generally just wear a eensy diamond necklace my parents gave to me when I went off to college (cute story alert: it was the first present my dad ever gave my mom, so it's about 30 years old).

While I'm still not a total convert, I found these other gems (pun time is fun time) that I've now got my eye on.

More Anthro action:

here!

Some inexpensive Asos bidness:

here!

And not like J.Crew needs any more of my money, but...

heeeeeere

Have you gotten on the chunky jewelry bandwagon?


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Some more Met-allics

I couldn't quite let the sleeping awards show dog lie without rounding off the Met coverage with a few more of my favorite looks from the night.

I feel a little weird admitting this, as she's a CW teeny-bopper star, but I have serious love for Nina Dobrev. She's astoundingly beautiful in a way that shouldn't even be legal, and thus designers love dressing her despite her not being an A-lister (yet).

She wore Donna Karan Atelier on Monday's red carpet, and...wow.


See what I mean? 


Damn.

And some ogling of her boyfriend seems in order, too, methinks:

Excellent shoes, too, Nina!

Nom. I'll take 2. Of each.

Moving on before I embarrass myself further, let's take a gander at Scarlett Johansson in Dolce and Gabbana:


I guess she just went surfing, which is why her hair looks so terrible? And maybe the salt water turned her lipstick into an unfortunate shade of coral? Still, though, I fancy the dress. It's sexy without being slutty, sparkly while being sparkly, and ridiculously figure flattering. Good work, team D&G! 

And the last lady I'd like to lust over: Rihanna in Tom Ford.


That is perfection on her. It's over the top and sleek all at the same time, and while I generally hate animal print-type-things, I actually find the reptilian really funkily wonderful. What a weird sentence that is that I just typed, huh? It seems that all of the gorgeous has messed with my neurotransmitters, so off I go to find some lunch!


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A respite from my respite, or: The Met Ball 2012

Here's the thing: I miss blogging. Truly, truly I do. I pretty much completely underestimated how intense it would be to work full-time and be in school (and have to make A's for my own pride/sanity), so that's why you hear very little from me nowadays.

But I couldn't just let the Met Ball go by without throwing some gorgeous images at you, so for today, be prepared to be bombarded with insanely beautiful women in stupidly expensive gowns. Think of it as gym-spiration! Or grab a pint of ice cream and dig in while we ogle; I don't judge either way.

My favorites, in no particular order:

January Jones, in her usual Versace.


I absolutely love this color, the art deco lines, and the necklace. Her bob and neutral makeup finish it off perfectly (although I do wish the bodice were just slightly higher).

Next up: Lea Michele in Diane von Furstenberg. I know none of you is surprised that I love this and would wear it in a heartbeat:


Navy sparkles AND a deep neckline! The hair is a little matronly for her, but who's looking at her head anyways?

More deep V and sparkly brought to us by Ralph Lauren collection, as seen on Camilla Belle:


I know she was going for 20s vampy with the lipstick, but...no on that front. the dress, the hair, and the rest of the makeup, however, I fully support. It's like, sexy rich mermaid ties the knot, and we're all invited to the reception.

Some more fishy (in the best of ways). Carey Mulligan in sassy scaly Prada:


I may get serious flack for this, but I adore it. And I adore her. And she's married to Marcus Mumford, which earns her even more points.

Less flashy, but still ridiculously gorgeous (and I'm not even a big fan of the lady), is Jessica Biel (also in Prada. Way to rep, Miuccia).


Did I partly only include this because of JT in Tom Ford? Why yes, yes I did. But if Biel had had the hem shortened about 5 inches then I would've included her even sans Justin, I swear! Well, I kind of swear. Ok: I mildly promise.

I was definitely shunned a bit after expressing my love for her Oscars gown, but I stand by my love for Givenchy Haute Couture by Tisci's creations for Rooney Mara.



Yes, the underskirt needs to be longer. But otherwise I think this is fabulous. It's funky and delicate at the same time, just like the actress. I would've put some big emerald studs on her, and probably a matching bracelet, but maybe that's just me.

For my beautiful sister (who frequently gets told she looks just like Ricci, especially when new movies such as The Smurfs come out), I include Christina Ricci, who looked both absolutely ridiculous and absolutely awesome in Thakoon:


Look, obviously this is way too much on her 85 lb. frame. But still, the Met Ball is the time to go daring, and for such a short person she IS pretty much rocking this. Speaking of 85 lbs. (which is a guess, but as a shortie I can approximate pretty well), I think she may need to gain a few. That collarbone is entering weapon territory, and I am concerned.

Lastly, Coco Rocha in Givenchy. Not just any Givenchy; Givenchy previously owned by her majesty Elizabeth Taylor.

photos courtesy of all over the Internet

That, my friends, won the night for me, hands down.

What were your favorite looks? Do you think I'm insane for glorifying the above 8? Have I lost my blogging touch? Comments welcome and encouraged!