Thursday, July 24, 2014

#TBT: MVY

Can you translate that title? Just a quick note to say I haven't disappeared, I'm just hiding under a pile of yet-to-be-packed boxes -- our move to Boston is a week from today!

In the meantime, a "Throwback Thursday" photo -- summer on Martha's Vineyard with the sister and cousins:


And you know that sunset is real, cause this was taken before photoshop... I'm looking forward to lounging on that porch in less than 2 weeks!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Day: The Master Bedroom

My very favorite Pinterest board hit 1,000 pins this week -- time to celebrate? or maybe to wonder where I found the time to accomplish that.

My "one day..." board captures the most day-dreamy photos of what I'm still young enough to believe my future could hold... Silly and aspirational, yes, but I love pinning to it because it makes me feel like anything is possible!

The master bedrooms on the board definitely produce a pattern. I'm looking at warmth and coziness, with a spot of luxury. Almost all of the masters I envision are decorated with a neutral palette: soft creams, warm greys, crisp beiges. I love an upholstered headboard, need fresh flowers, and favor a touch of blue here and there. Some of my favorites below:














Do you keep a board or a folder with these kinds of fun dreams on them? What would your "one day" master bedroom look like?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Manicure Your Walls

This seems like the most obvious thing in the world -- nail polish colors translated for the home! Clark+Kensington has teamed up with OPI to produce paint colors of our mani/pedi polish shades. Right now they're working with 33 initial colors, which you can see featured in rooms here or as online paint chips here.


I think it's a pretty brilliant marketing tactic. Even though there are some nail colors I'd never want to put on my walls, and some wall colors I'd never want to put on my nails, overall they've found a nice balance.

They don't have too many examples up on their site right now, and they've chosen bolder colors for the shots. I like a couple of them, but I'm definitely eager to see how the more neutral and classic tones translate...

Walls in "Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine"

Dresser in "Miami Beet"

My favorite colors on the site are this blush pink Boutique Chic, this rich blue Suzi Says Feng Shui, and the dove grey Garden Stone. I will be painting a new apartment soon, so this is definitely a consideration...

Would you ever want to see a nail polish color on your walls? What favorite OPI color would you want to see them to translate?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pop Perfection

This video is bubble-gum heaven, featuring kittens, giggles, pearls, hair bows, eyelashes, kisses and candles galore... it's in black and white, but it feels pink.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Emojipedia

I know I'm not the only one around here who loves her emoji (shoutout to Olivia Palermo's Instagram). I discovered Emojipedia this week, and I think it's just delightful -- you can use it to see the official names and meanings of our now-familiar little icons.


Did you know they're releasing over 250 new Emoji this year? Am I way too excited about that??! Check out their names here -- the actual icons themselves are yet to be shared!

I'm excited for "Clamshell Mobile Phone," "Hot Pepper," "Man in Business Suit Levitating" (?!) and of course, "Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended." The one Emoji I always find myself looking for is "Fingers Crossed" -- wouldn't you think it's in there? but nope!


Of course I can't write about emoji without shouting out M'Oticons, the chicest emoji products around... the trunk show on Moda Operandi has ended, but maybe you can find some on ebay?


So, what are your most-overused Emoji? And which new ones can't you wait to see?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Problem with Pretty Little Liars

Let me start by stating proudly that I am a junk-TV viewer. My favorite shows include Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Bachelor(ette), and yes, Pretty Little Liars. Call me childish, materialistic... this is just how I like to relax, and I'm personally fine with that!



There are a lot of problems with the TV shows I watch, in particular Pretty Little Liars. They include but are not limited to: materialism, glorification of dramatics, misrepresentation of mental illness, lying to friends, lying to parents, lying the cops, the list goes on... for the most part, I can chalk these things up to "making for a good TV drama." But there is one storyline on PLL that just doesn't, and will never, sit right with me: Ezra and Aria's relationship. A lot of TV shows over-sexualize high schoolers (anyone remember Gossip Girl?), and PLL does its fair share with each of the main ladies on the show, from their costumes to their relationships. But I think the student-teacher romance between Aria and Ezra (A.K.A. "Mr. Fitz") takes it way too far.


Aria first meets Ezra, a recent college grad, in a bar, where she pretends to be a college student herself. They hook up right away -- fair enough; he didn't know her real age. But then she walks in on her first day of junior year at high school, and there is Ezra in the classroom as her new English teacher.

And that is just the beginning of the story. In fact, the relationship between 16-year old Aria and her high school teacher becomes the main romance of the series. It's "Aria and Ezra against the world," hiding their relationship from her friends, parents and school administrators. Even once the other adult figures do discover the relationship, they are cast as villains who simply "don't understand" Aria and Ezra's special connection -- and they grow to accept the relationship over time.


Of all the things that a show geared at high school-aged girls could glorify, a teacher-student relationship seems to me one of the most dangerous... These kinds of relationships happen way more than they should, and they have very real-life repercussions. Why would we want to encourage young women to accept a relationship like this one, letalone aspire to it? Shows get flack all the time for promoting drinking and drug usage to teenagers, even though those things have become rather commonplace on the TV. I've been surprised from the start that this relationship hasn't caused more of a stir or stopped more parents from letting their kids watch. I know I'm starting to sound like a Granny here, but bear with me.

Since when is a relationship between a high schooler and their teacher not news, and since when is it something parents can "get used to"? When teachers are accused of having relationships with their students in real life, these teachers go to court and usually to jail, they're splayed over the news and rejected by their communities. What about Aria and Ezra's relationship is different from those creepy stories? Nothing, actually. They're the same thing, folks, just with prettier TV actors... we don't know what happens behind closed doors in most of the real-life relationships -- for all we know, they feel a lot like Aria and Ezra's; intimate, unique, confusing, full of blurred lines and grey areas.


I sort of can't believe that this even needs saying -- but there is just no world in which a relationship between a teenager and an adult is okay, letalone a teacher and their student. For much better-argued thoughts on the subject, check out this article by Jessie-Lane Metz. The internet seems to have lots of excuses, or to think it's a special case in some way... but, just, no.

This is personal to me -- the story hits too close to home. A friend of mine had a not-too-different experience with her high school teacher, and the repercussions were awful and long-lasting. Not just for the two people in the relationship, either, but for a lot of people on the periphery as well.

Do others watch the show -- and what do you think? Has this relationship given you the creeps too, or do you think I'm overreacting?