10.31.2009

Smitten Saturday

Ain’t Life Grand? As a writer, I find it quite common to fall in love with various writing utensils and supplies in mere moments; but nothing could have prepared me for the love/hate relationship I have developed with Archie Grand Notebooks over the past week. The “For Friend or Foe” writing tablets are petite in size but perennially powerful in their musings – and that’s even before you’ve put pen to paper. Each blotter comes bound in a blissful colored cover that gives way to stark white blank pages simply awaiting your creativity to spill onto them. But the true icing on the cake (or rather, cupcake), are the gold-embossed phrases spotting each cover – my favorites being Fashionistas I Met And Liked, Lovers I Had And Liked, and Socialites I Met And Liked. Which Archie Grand original would make your writing life grand?

A Day at the Apothecary I’ve never been one to stick my knickknacks just anywhere. I’ve always felt the need to store my special somethings in splendrous hidey-holes for safekeeping; pretty little environments that preserve their glamour, while displaying them in the most dainty of ways. At this particular time this task has been relayed to ambrosial apothecary jars which are just as heavenly as they are handy. Despite the fact that these Apothecary Jars with Stainless Steel Lids look eerily similar to those lining the counters of doctor’s offices filled to the brim with tongue-depressors and cotton swabs, I imagine that they’ll look unbelievably gorgeous filled with a mix of polished pinecones and shimmering seashells. With the holidays virtually around the corner, I find that it would be absolutely lovely to pile pounds of peppermint candies into the San Miguel Apothecary Jars. And for a touch of high fashion, I’m sure my cast-aside baubles would look beatific glinting from within the confines of the Waterford Marquis Vintage Garden Apothecary Jars. Care to spend a day at the apothecary with me, dolls?

Entrenched As a child I was Harriet the Spy. I even took to devouring tomato sandwiches for every meal to truly get into character. The only thing I felt young Harriet M. Welsch was lacking from her fashion artillery was a trench coat; a detective-inspired accoutrement that even the Hot Rod driving Nancy Drew pulled out of hiding from her closet whenever she felt the need to pursue a suspect. While spying on my neighbors no longer possesses the same type of thrill as it once did; my petit infatuation with the outerwear of the hour is still just as strong – if not stronger – than it once was; hence the reason I believe it is time to add one to my own style regiment. Darlings, I learned long ago that every growing girl should own at least one item from the gorgeous Gryphon; and the sole item I choose is The Military Timeless Trench Coat. Metallic braids embellish the cuffs while a faux fur overlay about the collar detaches to create a second look. I imagine nothing will keep me as warm as this lovely for the winter. Juicy Couture’s Bow Shoulder Trench Coat harbors the gritty, noir ambiance of our favorite vintage gumshoes; with the added haute feminine detail of a très Blair Waldorf bow lacing the shoulder. Jessica Simpson’s Trench Coat features a wide, removable belt that makes it a cinch to display the classic silhouette the trench is known and loved for. But it is DKNY’s “Suzanne” Double Breasted Trench with Rolled Collar in flame which has truly set my world on fire. The shade, reminiscent of embers left within the covering of a cozy fireplace, is the preemptive complement to the unique, head-turning torque; and an ideal way to stand out in a crowd. Have you found yourself in the trenches yet, kittens?

Hay Dude! Some things remain unspoken for far too long; therefore, in honor of Halloween, I’ve decided to divulge un petit bit of information about moi…like Green Acres’ blissfully beautiful Eva Gabor, I find myself completely smitten with the city, but quite content with various aspects of farm life. It is the lure of numerous public transportation methods, bright lights, the hustle and bustle, and the feeling that the entire world is at your fingertips that makes me head over heels for a metropolis; but the romanticism of pumpkin patches, apple groves, and, above all else, moonlit hayrides, which leads me to the country like a horse to water. The autumn months only make me more eager to experience these things. But alas, aside from a paltry, makeshift hayride that springs up in a local shopping center every now and then, it’s nearly impossible to find the genuine thing unless you actually reside on a ranch. But it certainly doesn’t have to be. Pumpkin Patches and More! is a virtual map to all things fun and related to fall. Hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, orchards, farmer’s markets…just choose a location near you, and voila! your weekend plans are set. I wonder what I’ll be doing tonight…

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


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26 comments

Emily said...

I love the DKNY'S Double Breasted Trench with Rolled Collar! I especially the love the color :) And the pearl necklace from Anthropology..totally smitten! Those notebooks are darling as well.

Jacqueline said...

I'm with you on the pearls. I was smitten with sweatpants and uggs this week because of all the snow we got here in Denver =) I know, not so glamorous! It is melting though...

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Erin said...

OOOO pearls, so classic and chic. I'm the opposite, diamonds I'm meh about, but don't know what I'd do without my opera length strand of pearls!
I think the trick is though to try and keep them from looking too "ladies who lunch", and to be a little irreverant with the beauties!

Little Red said...

Great post, as always! Love the notebooks and the pearls!
I too loved Harriet the Spy as a kid and always ate tomato sandwiches. :)

Leah said...

I am not a writer but I love to collect all sorts of beautiful notebooks and pens.

I admire people who can DIY really well. I don't have the talent for that. But still, I try and try.

Have a great Halloween Erika!

Dina's Days said...

Those notebooks are so much fun! Everytime I go to Barnes and Noble I touch every single notebook they have like a child, wishing I could own all of them. I had to laugh at all of the different titles! Communists I met! ha ha so funny.

PS) I need your help on my page, help me decide on a handbag!!

B a la Moda said...

I have been talking a lot about pearls this week. I like them in necklaces and bracelets. No so much as earrings. I am kind of a DIY disaster too. Although I have gain some skills in the last years after trying and trying. So don´t stop.
This week I smitten chocolate basically.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Fashion Court said...

that necklace (omg, i honestly just typed necklass wtf is wrong with me today? haha) from alloy is AMAZING!

as a child, i loved harriet too! i'd dress up in overalls (did she even wear these? i forget even though i just saw the movie, but i always related them to her) and bring my notebook EVERYWHERE.

happy halloween!

S.Elisabeth said...

I know what you mean, I am an absolutely failure at DIY. And Pearls!!! I wore a pearl necklace every day in eighth grade. I love their class!

Sherin said...

I'm definitely giving P.S. I made this a look. I really suck at DIY, but if there are step by step instructions, with pictures, I'm surer I'll succeed.

olivias-pizzaz said...

Im smitten! haha yea Im not so good at DIY but I wish i was!! Maybe I'm too lazy or something. To be honest iv'e never really worn pearls but now I want to go get some :)
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xx

Rachel Scarlet said...

Thanks for the comment Erika :) I'm smitten with DIY! I LOVEEE DIY! or just re-decorating or revamping.

xx

Valencia Lia said...

Yes yes,I was smittened by Uggs and DIY projects this week !!

So much more fun things for me to do:)

And you have the same headband ?!! Do wear it out soon. Its really gorgeous huh ?!
And snap a photo of it <3

Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts said...

OMG I was sooo obsessed with Harriet The Spy when I was a kid. Great post! x

gleenn said...

i was smitten by Sweetface and Justsweet fashion line ;)

Inspiration in Italy said...

What a fun post to read today, and what amazing ideas! I absolutely love those notebooks and I am totally in love with the colors! Also, I love pearls....they are so classic and elegant - this necklace by Alloy is just gorgeous! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Baci baci! xx
Rachel

daisychain said...

Ohh I am drooling over the notebooks!

AudreyAllure said...

those notebooks are so cute; it made me write another entry into my journal - which i have neglected for awhile haha.

this week i have been inspired by being on the docks at Pier 54 here in new york & just watching boats sail by. lol

Keith said...

Hey there. Great post as usual. Hope you've had a cool weekend. I had a fantastic Halloween here. Take care. Cheers!

Closet Cravings said...

I love the Archie Grand Notebooks. I don't know why, but I'm always drawn to notebooks, journals and note pads. The more I like it, the less I want to write in it - I'm afraid I'll destroy its perfection. =)

Mimi said...

I always love your fantastic lists! That trench is gorgeous and I love the cool writing notebooks. I'm also a lover of DIY but can't seem to perfect my own way of styling things as well. I hope u had a great Halloween! :)

yiqin; said...

I want a nice trench coat too :D

Harriet said...

Pearls are a total staple for me. Well, no one's given me any diamonds yet! I love trench coats as well, as you can imagine I was a massive Harriet the Spy fan as a child too!

cluttercontotrol said...

Thank you so much for the shout out for our apothecary jars with stainless lids - nice post!

Waterford Lismore Wine Glasses said...

I love your coat with the shoes... I also want one.

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