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My house "looks" fancy!


A few years ago, a huge company named Target started a HUGE trend by asking well-known designers to create products that were accessible to the mass market. And as I suspected it would, it took off and started a designer snowball that continues to grow and grow.

I am hyperventilating (in a good way) over Target's new designer addition...Thomas O'Brien's chic modern/vintage furniture and a ton of other home accessories to hit stores October 2nd. O'Brien is the founder of the hip furniture store Aero in Soho. See a sampling below from this month's Domino.

Some other designers who recently brought their work to the mass include Nate Berkus at Linens n' Things and Jonathan Adler at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Jubi is my HERO!


Today, my dear friend Jubi ran her 1st half marathon. I watched from the window of my apartment as everyone began. Then I greeted Jubi at the finish line...13.1 miles later. If you're ever feeling like crap, just watch the end of a long race (in person). It's amazing how inspired you become simply by watching people cross the finish line.

Jubi is my hero!

You are not normal


I got the new issue of Domino yesterday. So, I sat on the couch and did my first and second run through as I do with every new magazine soon after I get it. Bob is sitting next to me reading Cargo. (We are Condé Nast's DREAM couple.)

I turn to him and say, "Every time I get a new Domino magazine, I get so excited. My heart beats really fast, and I can't stay calm. I flip through it so fast the first time because I am so excited to see what's in it. And the second time, I am just so happy even though I have a really hard time breathing while I'm reading it."

He turns to me and says, "You are not normal."

(Wow - that is why I am marrying him. He tells it like it is.)

Other magazines that make me feel this way: Living Etc. (UK), Elle Decoration (UK), Teen Vogue, and Lucky.

Bruce likes Catherine Malandrino?


Is it normal for a boy cat (namely, my cat Bruce) to enjoy laying on my silk Catherine Malandrino top?

Fashion Week - Part II


More from this week's shows...from Cynthia Rowley, Peter Som, Y&Kei, and Betsey Johnson. Can you tell I like flowy dresses?

Maids so hot you'll want to take them home...


So, I have officially asked all of the girls who I want to be my bridesmaids if they'll do me the honor...and luckily, they all said yes. I did bribe them with fancy chocolate but whatever works...
Here's some inspiration for the girls...flowy party dresses in muted brights and jewel tones or silk dupioni in champagne...Jenny Yoo and Laundry by Shelli Segal have some great ones...

No poofy white dress for me!


So, the wedding is a year away...and I've started pulling some things I like for inspiration. I'm into a straight fit with a slight train...an all lace bodice with a bit of a vintage peeping through...and the extra detail like the colored sash or gold/taupe beading. I LOVE the one on the far left by Melissa Sweet! I even tried it on and it looks gorgeous! However, it cost more than I'd like to spend for a one-time only dress. Stay tuned....

Plates that are cooler than me.


I recently came across these great plates by Sarah Cihat. The concept of rehabilitated dishware is great because she makes these old plates so cool and practical. She finds old dishes from Salvation Army, cleans them up, applies cool images, colors, glazes, and makes sure they are durable and dishwasher safe. Brilliant!

Oh, Fashion Week! I miss you!


Before leaving New York, I had TWO different jobs which allowed me to attend every Fashion Week in some capacity. The late start times, the bitchy fashionistas, the loud music, bright lights, and the models that made me feel like I had too much to eat that day. Oh, I miss it....

Here are some of my faves from the Spring 2006 shows this week. Tracy Reese, Proenza Schouler, Marc by Marc Jacobs...and my new favorite, Temperley.

It's really hard to get work done...


...when your co-workers are sleeping in your office.