Thursday, April 30, 2009

"I fell off my pink cloud with a thud." (Elizabeth Taylor)

It took me longer than usual to come up with a post title for this one. A pop of pink. Think pink. Tickled pink. In the pink. Pretty in pink. Can you think of any others?

(Photos via Apartment Therapy)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My blog. would suck. without. you.

(Just in case the reference to Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" slips by some readers.)

Answers to yesterday's Map That Outfit!:

1. Stockholm
2. Moscow
3. Berlin
4. Paris
5. Melbourne
6. New York
7. Milan

(Image via weheartit)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Let's play: Map That Outfit!

The cities are - New York, Paris, Melbourne, Stockholm, Berlin, Moscow and Milan. Answers will be posted tomorrow.

(Photos via The Sartorialist)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Did you know Vanilla Spoon is the name of a flower?

I just found out that the Soprano Vanilla Spoon is a type of African daisy which blooms from spring through fall. Notice the spoon-shaped petals?

(Of course there's this Vanilla Spoons.)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I love when dining chairs don't match.

In fact, in my home we have taken this design concept one step further. Not only do our chairs not match, but some are now broken (due to their vintage state) and subsequently have been removed from the dining area for safety reasons. So currently we have two mismatched chairs plus one ottoman which adorn our custom-built dining table. For a party of five no less.
Don't get me wrong. This works too.
(Photos via .v photo's photostream except last one via weheartit)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

For Earth Day

Latter image is not necessarily in honor of Earth Day, but it's from the same magnificent portfolio of Annabel Mehran.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Adorable girl

There's something Snow White-esque about Emma, don't you think?

(Photo via Copenhagen Street Style)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gluten free makes star appearance on Celebrity Apprentice. Wooooo-hoooooo!

Did anybody watch The Celebrity Apprentice last night? The task was to create a new dish and marketing campaign for the Schwan's frozen food LiveSmart line. Team KOTU, led by Herschel Walker, made Asian orange chicken. Team Athena, led by Jesse James, made turkey and spinach meatballs with GLUTEN FREE pasta. Guess which team won? I personally want to thank Annie Duke for coming up with the idea of having a gluten free dish. And for mentioning the words celiac disease and gluten free like eighty-seven times. Well maybe not that many.

(Photo via Google Images)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Food With A Face

There was an article last week in The New York Times about Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson - author, former psychoanalyst, animal lover and vegan. He was in New York recently to promote his new book advocating veganism, “The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food." Masson's other books include “When Elephants Weep” and “Dogs Never Lie About Love,” both best sellers.

Of course I was immediately drawn to this photo.
Then I read this...

“And the thing is, I can’t bring home delicious, wonderful French bread and just eat it in front of him while he has to eat that gluten-free bread that tastes like paper or something.” (Mr. Masson is referring here to his 12-year-old son's gluten sensitivity.)

So I continued reading. Things like...

“Cats don’t appreciate it when you give them vegetables."

“The chickens were very sociable. They would come inside the house and watch me writing at the computer. And I would be picking up after them with a box of Kleenex."

As a Harvard undergraduate, Mr. Masson saw his own demons in a can of tuna.

Call it feeling loopy at one in the morning. But I then had face with a smile.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Weekly links

School vacation starts today and I'm thinking about taking kids to New York for a day or two. If we go - BabyCakes, here we come! Do you have plans for the weekend? Here are some things to keep you busy...

make chalkboard canisters at Heart of Light

make gluten free and vegetarian Mandarin orange lo mein at Flour Arrangements

recycle junk mail into paper beads at The NewNew via WhipUp

discover eight projects to use up your wallpaper scraps at Better Homes and Gardens via Apartment Therapy (This one alone will keep you busy the whole weekend.)

discover yet another project to use up your wallpaper scraps at Design Sponge

make a tufted ottoman from a coffee table at Little Green Notebook

camouflage electrical wires as vines at Curbly

make baby pants from dish towel at Dollar Store Crafts via Craftzine

achieve a Pottery Barn office look by almost half the cost by shopping J.C. Penney at Decor Pad

make a yogurt lamp at 2Modern Design Talk

(I got somewhat carried away with links this week.)

(Photo via Le Love)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Brooklyn loft

My first loft experience was during high school when my best friend and I went to New York to visit her mom who lived in a loft in Soho. Very cool indeed. Have you ever lived in a loft? If not, do you think you would love loft living?

(Photos via Design Sponge)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Daily design fix

Years ago I used to get my daily fix of good design while working for one of the top graphic designers in New York. Now, thank you internet, I'm able to get it by the minute.

[Just to clarify, it wasn't Mr. Bass with whom I worked.]

(Saul Bass design via weheartit)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's not EXACTLY one of those blog posts about wedding things.

A few days ago my son and younger daughter (not prom girl) were playing an online game of Family Feud. This is what I overheard...

Question: Name something you're afraid which might show up late to a wedding.

Son's Answer: Groom.

Daughter's Answer: The cake.

(Gorgeous photography by Mel Barlow)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Do you think you could have celiac disease?

A friend of mine whom I've known for fifteen years was diagnosed recently with iron-deficiency anemia. After experimenting with various treatments and doing some of her own research, she decided to go on a gluten free diet. Since going gluten free, her lab test results are showing significant improvement. In fact, E. acknowledges having had digestive issues since childhood. While she doesn't yet have an official diagnosis of celiac disease, it's pretty clear that she is doing better with the GF diet.

While I'm not recommending that you self-diagnose and put yourself on a gluten free diet, my goal IS to spread celiac awareness. And to have you check out Shirley's fantastically informative post about the 20+ Reasons To Get Tested For Gluten Issues. Go there now.

If you're new here, you may also want to read this.

(Photo via weheartit)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Even French FLOWERS seem more stylish.

By the way, if you blog about my gluten free gift basket shop Vanilla Spoons, let me know and I will mention your blog in a thank you post.

(Photos via Design Sponge)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

three settees + three settings

Title's a tongue-twister, huh? Anyway, which one describes your style best?

(Photos via Made By Girl, The City Sage and Things That Inspire)

Monday, April 6, 2009

You've got to watch this.

I must think I'm her PR person or something: I wrote about Erin McKenna's BabyCakes back in February, and now here's this new music video of hers that I'm posting.

I just think it's really fun. (Wait a couple seconds for it to start.)

BabyCakes, the Book of Recipes: It's Here! from BabyCakes NYC on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Attention fashionistas! I need your help finding prom dress for my girl.

Heeeeeelp! Please. My sixteen year-old daughter just got asked to prom by a senior. Now because it's not her prom (she's a junior), she's thinking shorter-length dress. I associate prom with full-length gown--but she does have a point. (Not to mention more sense of fashion than I do.)

So. I welcome any thoughts you have on this. And if you really wanna get involved in our PROM DRESS PROCESS--email me (jackie at VanillaSpoons dot com) links to fabulous dresses. If I receive at least a couple submissions, I'll probably do a post similar to the ugliest fashion finds exhibit.

[By the way. It might be helpful to know that the girl we must dress is 5'6, with lovely figure and medium-length dark brown hair.]

(Photos via here and here)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Weekly links

Have a great weekend. You know the drill on Friday. Here are some activities in which you may wish to engage...

refashion old flip-flops and towel into spa slippers at Craftynest via Craftzine

make gluten free santa fe huevos on polenta aka eggs ranchero at Karina's Kitchen (I wouldn't recommend employing #5 here though.)

use coffee filters (not used coffee filters) to create a flowing wall decoration at Daily Danny via Apartment Therapy

make a paperback picture frame at CraftyPod via WhipUp

learn how to cook eggs in the microwave at The Kitchn

learn four inspiring ways to decorate a hallway at Apartment Therapy

make a soda tab chainmail laptop bag at Instructables via Curbly (There are instructions for a soda top bracelet if the bag seems too ambitious.)

(Photo via weheartit)

Thursday, April 2, 2009