Monday, November 24, 2014

A Nightmare Dressed Like a Daydream

My love-hate relationship with Taylor Swift isn't news... but right about now, I am really feeling the love. Her new video for "Blank Space" is absolutely stunning and I can't stop watching it.

The story behind the video is clever -- she's taken the press' caricature of her as a man-eating psycho girlfriend and she's run with it. But what I'm really obsessing over is the design, both of sets and costumes.

The video was shot at Oheka Castle, an insane mansion on Long Island. It features all kinds of luxury: wrought-iron staircases, upholstered beds, vintage cars, ornate fountains...  Taylor's costumes are on another level of vintage-chic: lace, fur, leopard print, sheer, sparkly and sexy... It also includes a menagerie of animals: cats, horses, dogs, deer (!)... none of which were harmed during filming of course.

I think that in some ways, the look of the video really hits the mark because of its simplicity. It manages to be glamorous without being gaudy -- it's perfectly set without being over-styled. All in all, I find the entire thing delicious. Here are some of the best stills:

So what do we think -- has Taylor reached a new level of magnificence or what? and what wouldn't you give to be living this lady's fancy lifestyle?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Harvard Sucks

Every year since I can remember (all the way back to 2008...), my Yalie friends and I have geared up against the cold to cheer on our bulldogs against Harvard's "crimsons." (what is a "crimson" anyways?)

 Every year, we've been beat. Bad.

Well, this just might be the year we win -- and even if it's not, we'll still put up a good fight and throw a MUCH better tailgate.

In celebration of the only time of year that I care about sports, here are some #FlashbackFriday shots from Harvard-Yale games of yore. Real life pictures taken by myself and friends. Don't ever say the Ivies don't know how to party:

Have a great weekend, folks!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Music of the Moment

We already know and love Meghan Trainor and her body-positive messages from All About That Bass. This is another catchy, sassy tune from her, making my hump day that much better:

No subliminal messages for Mike here... just loving the song!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Serial. Seriously.

I love it when something is so good that you can recommend it to anyone with complete confidence. I feel this way about very few things -- Rosebud lip balm, Apple products, and to be honest, Ugg boots (no shame people, they're CLOUDS FOR YOUR FEET). I'm excited to have a new one: Serial.

People are beginning to buzz about Serial, and I myself am hooked. It is a series of podcasts, an offshoot of This American Life, that is basically like along,  real-life Law & Order episode. The show follows the same gripping murder mystery over a course of weeks (hence the name-- it's not about a serial killer); it took place in 1999 but has yet to be truly solved.

The story is about a group of high school friends, one of whom was murdered, and her ex-boyfriend took the fall for the crime. The facts are pretty cloudy, though... I don't want to give away too much the story -- it's way too much fun to listen and discover it yourself. But believe me, you will be engrossed.

The best thing about Serial is that you never know what to believe, and you never know what's coming next. The facts just don't quite add up, and it's got you on your toes at all times. It's pretty incredible how many first-person interviews and testimonies Sarah Koenig has been able to gather, and she is such an honest, diligent, and fun narrator -- she feels like your genius best friend.

The team behind "Serial"

You can find episodes here or download them on your phone (I use them for my long commute and for workouts, yes they're that good). Let me know if you tune in, and if so -- what do you think? Guilty or innocent?!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone's getting their caffeine in this morning! (or not, if you wanna be 5'10" like Cindy Crawford.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Boss' Office

I have convinced my real-life boss (the coolest one in the world, I might add) to indulge my fantasy life and let me decorate her office.

We're starting with a pretty blank slate: white walls and a few neutral pieces, including an Ikea desk and tulip table, as well as light wood chairs and basic wall shelving. And of course grey wall-to-wall carpet and a couple of handy file cabinets.




I think the two biggest things this space needs are a coat of paint and a great rug. The boss' favorite color is green, so I have been scouring the internet for the chicest green paint out there. I think mint is a little too harsh and sage is a little to depressing for this space... something in between would be ideal, and I can't quite name the shade, but are some inspiration photos I have found:


Some paint colors I'm considering are Farrow & Ball Pale Powder or Benjamin Moore's Healing Aloe, Palladian Blue, or Green Cast (clockwise from top left):


Anyone have experience with any of these colors or something similar? Thoughts?

As far as rugs, I'm thinking something still on the blue-green scale but a little more saturated.



A couple other things I've been inspired by include this Bob Dylan poster (he's her favorite musician):

And office plants, in particular fiddle leaf fig trees (so easy to care for!):


And of course, well-styled shelves are an absolute must.



This is just the beginning... but I can't wait to dive in! What do y'all think? Feedback welcome!