Falling Forward

Even after spending a long weekend in Palm Springs getting a golden glow, I am ready for Fall. It does not help that every store has started putting out the Fall lookbooks and they are making me antsy with anticipation. I now just need the weather to cooperate and I could start slipping into some of these beauties from Joie.

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Red Carpet Rooms 8.30.10

The 62nd Annual Emmy Awards

So while last night was probably the best hosting (thank you Jimmy Fallon) that I have seen in a long time, I was less than impressed with the dresses. However, there were two that stood out.

Lea Michelle in Oscar de la Renta

Sleek, Glam, and Feminine

Claire Danes in Armani Prive

Structured, Simple, and Shimmer

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Palm Springs or BUST!

Picture via Flickr

I am headed out early for a fun filled bachelorette weekend! I am hoping to get tan and some relaxation.
(I am thinking this may not be the case...)


Take Note...

for my next birthday, I want balloons like this.

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Kevin Sharkey

Don't forget the looooong ribbon tails either.


To the Point

My brothers girlfriend sent me this the other day and I cannot stop string at these.
It is unbelievable.

Artist Dalton Ghetti carves artwork from pencils.

Dalton Ghetti does really sharp work - on a tiny scale.

The Bridgeport artist creates impossibly detailed miniature sculptures on the tip of a pencil.

"I'm known as the pencil guy," laughed Ghetti, 49. "I don't mind that at all."

He shuns a magnifying glass and uses simple tools like razor blades and needles to create delicate little figures - from a tiny, jagged handsaw to a minibust of Elvis in shades.

"It's like I'm removing specs of dust at a time because the scale is so small," he said. "If there's a little bit of dust on my table at the end of the day and I didn't break it - that's a good day's work."

Ghetti, who grew up in Brazil, has been carving since he was a schoolboy who sharpened his pencil with a razor or a pocketknife. He started big, with wood and stone, and then moved to carving soap, candles and even broom handles before he found his niche about 25 years ago.

"The pencil has been kind of like a challenge to myself," he said. "I can do anything really big, but the small stuff is really difficult, so I was like, let me see how small I can go."

He works as a carpenter and carves pencils in his free time - often putting in just an hour or so before his eyes get tired. It can take years to finish an especially complicated piece - a linked chain in the middle of a pencil took him two years, and a carefully crafted giraffe even longer.

"When I'm inspired, I can sit down and things just flow," he said. "You can't force yourself to do those things. I do it just for fun, it's pretty much like a hobby, a kind of meditation work that I do."

Along with his other projects, Ghetti is slowly carving a tiny, graphite tear for every 9/11 victim, finishing one each morning before he goes to work, and estimates it will take him 10 years to finish and display them together.

Several years ago, he decided to carve the entire alphabet, and created one letter a month until he was done.

The entire work is on display through Aug. 29 at the New Britain Museum of American Art as part of its "Meticulous Masterpieces" show.

He has four pieces in the works, but would not say what they are, in case he ends up jinxing himself into snapping the delicate lead. Ghetti doesn't sell his creations, and even saves his failed attempts, pinned into a Styrofoam "graveyard."

"I do it from my heart, I do it when I feel like - and I pretty much do it for myself," he said. "It's my own interest in the small things in life that drove me to call people's attention to them."

Even the graveyard looks like a work of art. I wish I could go see these in person.



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Matteo Monday

I have been talking about getting new bedding for awhile now, and I know I have told you guys that I am looking to re-do it in Matteo. Matteos philosophy is "to create simple sheets from the most luxurious fabrics in the world." I mean, who doesn't like the idea of super soft linen sheets? The other bonus, your bed looking just as beautiful un-made, as made. (I tend to slack in the bed making dept!) Not to mention, anything that comes out of this building has to be good!

Above Pictures via LA Times

Below are a few of my top contenders...

The Vintage Linen sheets

I am so drawn to the Hammock Shams. They call to me for some reason, but I cannot stop staring at them.

Another item that you have to see in person to understand. The Tat shams and duvet. The perfect 'me' ruffle. Not prissy, and completely worn in and torn up. I will probably do this in the color Coal though...gray perfection.
All Pictures via Matteo


Tasteful Treats

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Picture via Sacramento Street

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Picture via White & Wander



Since seeing Megan Mullalys home in Elle Decor this month I cannot seem to get it out of my mind.
I loved almost everything, but I do have to tell you that I did not care for any of the Kitchen or Master Bath cabinetry. It looked like bad particle board. It was SO ugly, I did not even include those pictures.

Clean lines and zebra.

A horse print...a favorite of mine.

The rock crystal chandelier that is to die for.

The view and the pool to die for.

All Pictures via Elle Decor


Animal Instincts

Picture via Lonny

Picture via Everything Fabulous

Picture via Design Sponge
(i think)

Picture via Lonny