Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vacation Homes

This Spanish vacation home has everything from country living, rustic style to Spanish influenced linens. I will happily make breakfast, lunch and dinner for everyone, in exchange for a bed to stay in at this heavenly home.

What a view! Green with envy from this blue sea view and stunning home.

Brass Knuckle Couture

I LOVE the double ring trend !
It's cute! It's playful and can have so much personality. Here are some of my favorites.
Love the matching pieces on this bridal party. Such a fun and unique touch.

Peek-a-boo gold pieces come through the fingers to decorate the hand.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Story of the Fisherman

I was told this tale by a dear friend who was born and raised in the Caribbean. The tale claims to come from many different regions when you research it; Mexico, Barbados, Thailand and many others say this tale is the root of their values and love in family values of happiness. I find this story to be the key to a happy life. Enjoy.

A businessman was at a very small private beach in the Caribbean when a small boat with just one fisherman pulled his small wooden boat onto the sand. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more fish? The fisherman said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a afternoon naps with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my local people; I have a very busy life."

The businessman proposed, "I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat."

"For what?" replied the fisherman.

The businessman said, "With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats."

"Then what would I do with all the boats?" the fisherman questioned.

"Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery."

"Then what?" the fisherman asked.

"You would control the product, processing and distribution," the businessman answered with excitement of all the money to be made, "You would need to leave this small unknown beach and move to a large fishing port, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise."

The fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

To which the businessman replied, "15-20 years."

"But what then?"

The businessman laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions."

"Millions? Then what?," the confused shirtless fisherman asked.

The businessman said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small private beach where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a naps with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with the local people."

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said,

"Isn't that what I'm doing right now?"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Down The Rabbit Hole

I love Tim Burton and Lewis Carol, so with the upcoming release of Alice in Wonderland approaching I am getting more in touch with my inner Alice. Vogue did a fashion editorial with the amazing Annie Leibovitz and the beautiful Natalia Vodianova, in a shoot that made her face truly famous. Here is a look back in the US Vogue archives, back to December 2003. A very merry unbirthday to you all.
Each designer took their own vision of Alice and brought her to life.

Tom Ford falls down the rabbit hole with Alice in her flowing satin gown.
Nicolas Ghesquire gives Alice a playful mini skirt as she goes through the looking glass.
John Galliano plays the Queen of Hearts in his imagination of Wonderland.
Olivier Theyskens (Rochas) takes a couture approach to Alice's attire with layers of ruffles.
Only Marc Jacobs could make a romper for Alice while on mushrooms.
Karl Lagerfield strikes a pose while giving Alice a pig as her accessory.
Jean Paul Gaultier follows Alice as the Cheshire Cat.
Viktor & Rolf make the most handsome Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum I have ever seen.
Christian Lacroix- what more can I say? STUNNING!
Donatella Versace sits Alice in a sea of blue beauty.