Smitten Saturday

Breakfast At Bendel's I’m going to break it down for you quite simply. J’adore Tiffany’s and everything it has to offer. The Jean Schlumberger Egg Charms. The Tiffany Legacy Collection Rubellite Ring. The charming Tiffany Keys. But I am no Holly Golightly. I am a girl searching for a fashion Mecca playground of my very own. And I believe that that shopping tot lot of sorts is Henri Bendel. First I’ll snatch up a Bendel Loves New York Silk Scarf in the Pretty Bendel Things department. Then I’ll trip off to the Jewelry department where I’ll scoop up a Debutante Ring. I’ll make a stop in the Handbags department to pick up a Milliner Small Drawstring Bag; make my way back through the Small Leather Goods department to snag a Bendeltini Keyfob. Shimmy to the Makeup Bags & Fragrance department for an iconic Bendel Girls Hat Box Train Cosmetic Case. And round out my visit with a brief stop in the Living department to pick up some Luxe Candles. If you haven’t already figured it out for yourself…I’m hungry for Breakfast At Bendel’s!

Quilt Trip I learned how to crochet when I was nine-years-old. Instantly I created dozens of scarves and blankets that, to be quite honest, were completely useless. The gaping holes found within each one would have provided next to no warmth to the user. The truth of the matter is, I really wanted to learn how to quilt. To whip up luscious blankets of all different beautiful shades that I could dwell under come spring, summer, winter, or fall. No, I have yet to learn how to quilt. In fact, I have yet to learn how to operate a sewing machine without pricking my finger hundreds of times within little over a minute. I do, however, know how to shop. Thus, the quilt is on my must-buy list. Roberta Roller Rabbit’s Quilt in Francesca Pink has become a favorite what with its vibrant hues and lightweight materials. House of Quilts’ Leaf Patch brings to life everything I love about autumn. Blossom Blue Roses on White Romantic Chic Quilt from Bella Home Fashions is destined to reside inside a secluded French Chateau. Or maybe it would be better to simply order a custom T-Shirt Quilt from Campus Quilt Company so I would never have to throw my memories away!

The Great Pumpkin It was always winter which I counted as my favorite season. The chill in the air, the ho ho ho’s heard round the world (or, rather, the mall), the fairy lights twinkling from all the rooftops, the snowmen standing solidly in the snow. Then, all of a sudden, without any warning, things changed. Fall became my favorite season. The changing of the colors, Thanksgiving, leaves crunching underfoot…Now, with the summer coming quickly to an end, I find myself thinking of all things…pumpkin. I long to sip on Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte – which I have yet to taste; I want to make Pumpkin Waffles for breakfast, and Apple Crisp for dessert. I want to go apple picking at an adorable orchard with a cute boy, or splash through a pile of freshly fallen leaves in cozy knits. There are exactly thirty-one days until the First Day of Fall, lovelies. What plans do you have for the season change?
Jungle Fever Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been an animal lover. But the incorporation of all things rainforest inspired into my nine-month-old nephew’s nursery has left me with a case of jungle fever. Not one to wear animal prints anywhere but on accessories or shoes, however, I’ve decided that the best way to satiate my cravings is via…animal-inspired jewelry. I’m on the prowl for Kenneth Jay Lane’s Colored Tiger Bracelets. I can’t stop howling for None the Richer’s Diamante She Wolf Ring. I’m all aflutter for Diane Yang’s White Owl Necklace. And if you’re smart, darlings, don’t even get me started on Cartier’s Panthere de Cartier Ring. The very thought of it alone sends shivers up and down my spine. Oui, I’m warm with jungle fever!

Seaport Village In My Sights I don’t condone jealousy of any type; therefore I’m ashamed to admit that I’m juste un petit peu…jaloux, at the moment. Of ma maman, no less. Shame on me! But, I digress; I don’t really feel guilty for this bout of jealousy. In fact, I should think it’s expected under the circumstances! Ma mere will be spending one night this week in the quaint Seaport Village. She’ll be staying at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina soaking up the adorable sights while I’m locked away in my boring bedroom, a fair Rapunzel in her tower. It’s not for pleasure, mind you – she’s staying there on business; but still! It’s the principle. It’s me who has already created itineraries for the entire stay. Itineraries that include lunch at the Pier Café, where I’ll chow down on Chowder in a Bread Bowl; enjoy a moonlit evening of Shakespeare at Seaport Village; tap into my Christmas spirit at Mistletoe. It’s a slice of sublimity not for the feint of heart…Seaport Village it is you who is in my sights!

The Summer of Chick Lit I had high reading aspirations for myself this summer, kittens. I planned on loving Nabokov’s Lolita; mingling with Flaubert’s Madame Bovary; adoring Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. But non, I indulged in none of the above. Albeit I did devour Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and contemplated the purchase of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms; but, for the most part, I succumbed to frivolity and high fashion high-jinks. I strolled through Candace Bushnell’s One Fifth Avenue; was dazzled by Lauren Weisberger’s Chasing Harry Winston; and am now doing the Charleston with Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl. Due to no fault of my own, my profound reading list turned into a summer of chick lit; and what a divine summer it was.

What were you smitten with this week?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Luphia Loves... and Max & Chloe for the pictures.

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Anonymous said...

love the tiger bracelets, I have one like those except its a zebra

Hawa said...

you should read lolita!! it is a great book....i never stop quoting nabokov...he is a literary genius!

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

Can't believe I am saying this, but I can't wait for a pumpkin spice latte from sbux!!

This week I am smitten with airy sundresses because it's so hot in Boston! :)

Nikolett said...

Ah my friend has one of those tiger bracelets (the black and white one) and everytime she wears it I just stare in adoration! Love the things you're smitten with this week, especially chick lit: I just finished Emily Giffin's "Love The One You're With" and it was an amazing read. I haven't read Tolstoy at all (weird since I'm in university) but everyone keeps mentioning him lately so I might attempt to give him a read like you tried! Thanks for all the recommendations :)

Miss A said...

I'm in love with all the keys from Tiffany- they remind me of another whole other era :)

Oh, and I'm anxious to see what you thought of Twenties Girl- I couldn't put it down.

Unknown said...

wow, you are a girl that knows exactly what she wants! i love it!
i'm smitten with food at the moment...wanting to make a bobby flay red velvet cake!

Emily said...

ohh the second I read apple crisp my mouth watered. That is possibly my most favorite dessert EVER! My plans for fall are typical for a high school girl -- football games, homecoming, and halloween parties. However I intend to change my style up a bit too :]

kknelson2 said...

Madame Bovary got rulled out by Chasing Harry Winston as well :)

Unknown said...

I love that coat she's wearing! It's adorable with that bow!

Little Bow Prep said...

What an awesome bow!

Oooh, and those bracelets are quite fab!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

A Farewell to Arms is one of my very favorite books. Love love love. And that key fob? Tres adorable. You've done it again!

la petite fashionista said...

you should read Valley of the Dolls! I just finished it, it's chick lit from the 60's but its still really relevant today! :)

& i want to learn how to quilt too! how cool would that be!

All Women Stalker said...

At least you know how to crochet, my dear. Me, a self-confessed crafter (with a craft blog) would not know what to do with those sticks/needle thingies.


Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

I love those tiger bracelets! They look great!

sophie la-la-la x said...

thats is such a cute picture!
thankyou for the lovely comment, I love that era too!
please visit my blog soon

sophie x


S.Elisabeth said...

Love this.
Ah and I had such high expectations for my reading this summer, but all I've managed are my school books! I have Chasing Harry Winston to read, and I'm dying to get my hands on Kinsella's Twenties Girl (she's my favorite modern author!). I've been abut half way through Anna Karenina since ninth grade (shame on me, i know).
And I adore the Breakfast At Bendel's part! I have to find my fashion niche...

Sang said...

tiger bracelets!!!
they're so adorable.. so glad you posted this.

Make Do Style said...

Gorgeous bracelets - I always covert such ones but have such tiny wrists they always fall off!

As for quilting it is not hard to learn, I've yet to finish one but it is very satisfying and I'm self taught.

Mademoiselle ♥♥ said...

Wonderful post as per usual!!
I adore the tiger bracelets!! It reminds me of something I am covering for my lust list obsession the Leopard Blue Cartier necklace!!


Sherin said...

I love those tiger bracelets. And y ou definitely have to pick up 'Madame Bovery'. I love that book so much. I was supposed to re read it this summer as well, but sadly didn't get round to it :(

Keith said...

Hey there. I hope you've having a wonderful weekend. I've given you an award in my new post at my Dino Lounge blog. Cheers!

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous post, darling! Really loving those quilts!


Shantee said...

i have that tiger bracelet in black but its frm F21 :) love your posts!

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