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VK Time!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The hubbie and I have decided to sneak in a little vacation right before the summer's end and take the midget for a quick trip down to Virginia Beach. I hope to return on Monday mentally prepared for the autumn {am I the only one sad about the summer ending?}. Enjoy your weekend!!



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Tejani . . . .

Apparently I still have wedding on the brain, but who wouldn't when presented with this? Beautiful antique wedding jewelry by Tejani . . . .


Matches my inspiration board, yes??

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Vote for Me. . . .

The voting has begun over at Style Me Pretty!! If you like my inspiration board please vote for my "Indian Inspired Elegance" here! Voting will be open up until Friday August 31st. . . .


Wish Me Luck!!

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Michael Aram

Maybe I still have wedding on the brain, or maybe it's my thirst to work with metals . . . . Regardless of what the reason is I wouldn't mind having one of these items by Michael Aram to decorate my dining table or china cabinet with . . . .


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My Dream Closet

Now that the wedding is over and I can focus on Aquarian Thoughts full-time, I am more than anxious to get our place together, especially my new work space. I happen to be a bit obsessive about my organization {I too color coordinate my books} and I would love to have my new closet space somehow resemble this {of course, from Domino Magazine}.



Because I'm sharing this space with the hubbie, I have to find a more realistic way to store my shoes. I'm thinking of using one of my old book shelves, pushing it into the corner of the closet {the closet spans an entire wall even bigger than in the above photo, thank goodnis} and using the shelves to display, er. . store, that is, . . . my shoes. Anything will be better than this . . . . .

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On to Another Note. . .

Monday, August 27, 2007

Did anyone catch this sista over the weekend? Jill Scott has such an amazing voice! I have been listening to her since her first album was leaked months before it's release and I can't wait to hear her new music! If you missed the "mini-concert" you can catch it here.


She is looking mighty fierce as of late. huh? . . . . .

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So Sorry. . . .

For the late post today. The wedding was crazy, but even through all the ups and downs, it turned out to be one of the most exhilarating parties I've ever thrown! In fact, the party lasted well into the weekend with a huge backyard fiesta on Saturday to wish the happy couple a joyful bon voyage on their 2 week cruise and then a small cook out on Sunday with the last few family members that hadn't headed home yet. Needless to say I am exhausted and still cleaning and can't wait to throw another bash again {anyone need a planner?? ;) }. Unfortunately because of the crazy schedule I was unable to take pics of the wedding with my own camera, but I promise to post some as soon as I can. . . .

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Count Down . . . .

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ahhhh {I'm screaming with stress}, my mother's {grown and sexy} wedding is taking place tomorrow and I still have so much to do! There's the programs, the flowers, and the extra little finishing touches left to be completed. I know that I won't have time to post until after the wedding. . . . so. . . while I'm gone feel free to check out some goodnis I've recently stumbled upon . . . .

There is a very interesting post over at Make Fetch Happen's and StyleChile's blogs, that I would love to see discussed further. . . .

My Wedding Inspiration Board for Style Me Pretty's Weddng Inspiration Board contest was posted amongst some other really great inspiration boards.

And last but not least, some great eye-candy { since, I'm all into interior design right now} . . . . . from the G Hotel . . . .

How great are both these rooms? If only I had the guts to use that blue and a few dozen less toodler fingerprints on my already dark furniture. . . . .

See you Monday!

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Alberto Seveso

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Loving the beauty and genuis behind the work of Alberto Seveso. . .


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Another Shade of Gray . . .

As much as I love interiors {or anything for that matter} based upon the color blue, I've been eyeing all things gray. Most recently I have been obsessing over these rooms designed by Fox Nahem Design which epitomize how graceful gray can look in a room.


So . . . being that me and the hubby have been disagreeing {as in at each other's throats} on what shade of yellow to paint our walls, I picked up a bottle of Behr's Metallic Silver and painted one entire wall to see if I could live with it. Surprisingly I like it more than I thought and can't wait to finish up the room so that I can see the entire design come together {and because living amongst the rubble of our renovation really takes a toll on my sanity}. . . . . .

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Pretty Little Chairs

Monday, August 20, 2007

A few weeks ago while J9 was here we did a little rummage shopping at an estate sale and managed to snag 3 of these chairs for a whooping {or is it whopping} $10!! I'm not sure what I'm going to do to trick them out, but ohh, do the possibilities excite me!!

I'm thinking that I can do something similar to the these chairs found over at 1st dibs and paint {or stain} the chairs a high gloss brown and replace the cover with a bright crisp white or neutral or paint them white and find a pretty velvety fabric in blue to match the blue on my walls. Of course I'm already leaning towards the blue . . .
The possibilites are endless {which can be a bad thing when your as indecisive as me}.

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Vintage Never Looked So Good. . .


Vintage goodnis available at Cailco . . .

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Club Wedd

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Am I the only geek loving the drawings {and products} of Target's Club Wedd catalog??

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Sika Designs

Ahhhhh. . . {I'm screaming with joy!}

You know how much I love African fabrics in fashion, but I rarely see them interpreted in modern clothing designs. . . that is until now. While catching up on some reading at Clothes-Pin {I really do love that site}, I read a post on Sika Designs, a company that creates clothes inspired by Ghana, West Africa. Sigh. . . . It's like print heaven, only better . . . .
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Gary Harvey

Now this is interesting! Gary Harvey, creative genius and brand image creator behind Levi's debuted these gowns during London's Fashion Week. Newspapers, Logo t-shirts, army fatigues and {my favorite} denim have never been used so creatively, yet fashionably before.


How heavy does that denim gown have to be???

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Tillvaro Designs

Friday, August 17, 2007

How functional, how unique, how sweet. . . .


Gorgeous handmade bags at reasonable prices by Tillvaro Designs.

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On to the Midget's Room

Here is the inspiration room for the midget's room {again from Domino Magazine}. In fact, it is the only inspiration room that is being followed at this point ;) We decided to use the orange paint that didn't work in the living room and reinterpret it into this . . . .

Cute, huh? To make the room a little less stark and a bit more toddler ready, I ran to Target and picked up this camouflage tapestry, with an orange and wood grain print pillow case, and brown comforter set for about $40. Can't beat that. Once we throw in all his toys and a few select pieces of his own artwork we'll be good to go.

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Carol's Daughter. . . .

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Live in the NJ/NY Metro Area? Lucky for you if you do because founder of Carol's Daughter, Lisa Price, will be visiting her recently opened Newport Centre Mall boutique and invites you to join her for tea as she reads excerpts from her new book Success Never Smelled So Sweet. Join her as she reveals secrets to her success and shares advice on making your indie business more successful.

If you can't make it check out her site for some delicious products. I personally love the Groove Indulgence Collection {in fact, I'm considering purchasing one for a certain bride to be :)}.

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Child's Play

Monday, August 13, 2007

There is something so timeless about wooden toys. Not only are they sturdy and able to stand the test of my toddler boy {unlike those amputated power rangers I bought last week}, they're just nice to look at.

Toys available at Moolka Toys.

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Blog Love

One of my favorite bloggers, Jenifer Altman of Athena Says has a new shop and a new face. I've been reading her blog and watching it grow over the last 2 years and I'm never disappointed by her quality posts. Somehow this mother of three manages to run a great blog and create some really gorgeous paper goods and jewelry. So. . . it comes to no surprise that her home is just as gorgeous. Check out some pics of her home she so kindly posted on flickr. You've got to love the casual chic vibe of her home and her ability to mix some classic traditional pieces with the modern. Apparently I'm not the only one loving her vibe - her office space was featured on Apartment Therapy last week! You can view more of her home here.

Truly inspirational. . . .

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SusyJack Designs

Friday, August 10, 2007

I'm not big on paper goods because so many of them look alike. But these pretty notebooks by Susy Jacks* somehow stand out in the crowd. What a great gift for writers or artists and they're pretty enough to leave out on your desk for jotting a quick note. . . .

Of course my favorite is the blue inspired by a chain-link fence. Check out her blog for the latest news on her goods.

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Hmm. . . Funky?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

These are kinda different, no? Ceramic organically shaped jewelry peices by Dror Benshetrit.

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Something Nice and Simple. . .

To decorate the home. Pretty ceramic goods by Kim Westad . . .


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Link Magazine

I have a serious love for indie magazines with great websites. Lately I've been checking out Link Magazine's online sneak-peeks and their very chic photography. I'm really feeling these glamorous photos showcasing the work of Leah C. Couture Millinery.

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Moyna Singh Bags

On Monday I was very happy to have visited the ENK Accessorie Circuit Trade Show that featured accessories designers from around the country. It was so much fun to see and touch the jewerly I've been admiring and posting about for so long. While perusing the hundreds of booths exhibiting goods I spotted Moyna Bags, a NY based manufacturer of gorgeous, gorgeous hand and evening bags. I was amazed by the selection and range of colors offered and by the styles perfect for day or evening wear.



PS. Not in the NY area? They have a website.

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Okay. . .

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

This past weekend has been one of the best weekends I've had in a very long time, particularly because my BFF of all time, J9, came in from California to visit. J9 is officially my favorite craft geek/artist/designer and it was such fun to put our heads together and enjoy a few DIYprojects. Here is a card she gave me for mother's day that had me thisclosetotears.



She will be soon revealing her own line of paper goods providing invitations, stationary, cards, etc. for all occasions and I can't wait to share them with you.

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Wedding Board Contest

I decided to participate in the Style Me Pretty wedding inspiration board contest. Of course I have several ideas of how I would like my wedding day to play out, but this particular board is based on one of my favorite colors - blue. Couldn't you imagine celebrating your special day dressed in this beautiful sari surrounded by luscious exotic plants while your guests fill their bellies with fresh sweet fruit? Moroccan lanterns and scented candles would add just the touch of romance as you take in all the precious moments that make up your wedding ceremony. . . .


Ahhh. . . A girl can dream . . . .

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Plants in Glass Houses

I first spotted this idea in {the 1st issue?} of Blueprint Magazine knowing that I would try this project out for myself. I love unique ways of displaying plants so this really excited me.




And here is my version.
{The picture does the arrangement little justice.} I purchased the vase and plants from Wal-mart and then picked up the sand from A.C. Moore. In less than 20 minutes I had a designer succulent arrangement. Pretty neat huh? This will live on my kitchen windowsill {as soon as I get one. . . . . }

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Hello Stranger . . . .

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

How is everyone? I have had a crazy weekend and haven't gotten the chance to post my new findings. Check back later for some blog goodnis . . . . . . . .

Wedding Decor

Friday, August 3, 2007

All this talk about weddings has got me interested in wedding decor and what would be better than decorations that also serve as beautiful gifts after the wedding is all said and done. I think these Seda France Candles would do just the job. The beautiful packaging comes in a variety of colors to match any decor and the candles burn for up to 60 hours!


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Marie Helene de Taillac

Colorful and inspiring hand crafted jewelry by Marie Helene de Taillac . . . . .


Found via Nirali Magazine

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Daughter of the Bride Dress Update

Thursday, August 2, 2007

I still haven't found the perfect {or even decent at this point} dress to wear to my mother's wedding. I've tried them long and short, sleeveless, three-quatered sleeve, strapless, heart shaped, spaghetti, etc. etc. and nothing seemed to fit right. It could be that I can't get used to how I look with my new {okay, I know he's three already} mommy weight, or that I haven't considered other options - like wearing a sari. I've been fortunate to have owned a sari and know how effortlessy chic yet comfortable they are. So to continue with the idea of coordinating my look with the rest of the bridal party I found myself a few options . . . . . .

Images via Saree World


Just beautiful don't you think?

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Feeding. . . .

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

My current addiction to any and all things blue. . . .

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When Eco-friendly Becomes Mainstream. . . .

Who ever thought cork could be done so right?




Cork Clutch, Lauren Merkin; Cork Shoes, Donald J. PLiner.

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Beauty is in the Eye. . . .

A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised when I was complimented on my skin {must be the chocolaty tan} in Whole Foods the other day. I definitely am not the average beauty and let's face it, I've been wearing the same lipstick since the 9th grade {no not the same tube, at least I don't think so}. So I thought I might share a few of my must have "beauty" products that I use on a daily basis.


*Raw African Shea Butter is used by all of my family members. It's great for extra dry skin, bruises and even cuts. I purchase mine downtown Newark at this tiny African shop where it's sold by the pound, but you can find it here. It's pure, raw, and free of additives.

*Next is Purpose Cleansing Soap which I have been using for the last 5 years. It creates such a smooth complexion when used twice a day {morning and evening} and is great for sensituve skin like mine.

*Of course water is part of my daily beauty regime. I was told by a very smart and dear friend that you shoud drink half of your body weight in ounces per day. So if you weigh 130 lbs you should be consuming at least 65 ounces of water per day {about 4 water bottles}.

*Lastly, my must have, Nature's Gate Carrot Smoothie Lip Balm. It comes in three different flavors, but carrot smoothie is by far the best. It's thick but not heavy, and adds the tiniest bit of shimmery color, so it goes great over bare lips or lipstick. Best thing- one application lasts for hours.

So, what are some things you use on a daily to make yourself feel beautiful??

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Black and Whites

Remember this . . . Well apparently I can take this love for blacks and whites to another level . . .
Bath ensemble available at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Note to self: Learn to practice restraint . . . . .

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Christina Odegard

Exquisitely beautiful jewelry by Christina Odegard available at her gallery, Matin, located in Santa Monica. . . . .

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