Saturday, December 18, 2010

Katherine Hepburn

While going through some pictures I took, I came across this photo of Katherine Hepburn's portrait at the National Portrait gallery along with 4 of her oscars. I love that you can see how the Oscar has changed over the years since its' beginnings in 1927; larger as time has passed (much like our nation's cars and waist bands!). Stamps with Hepburn's image are currently available at the USPS HERE. I used them on my Christmas cards this year and have already had a lot of comments about them! I may have to stock up again.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Did you remember?

I love this poster from the National Museum of American History, a branch of the Smithsonians.
Produced during war time in the 1940s, home gardens have seen a resurgence in recent years, even at the White House! I can think of nothing better than opening up a can of pears in syrup right now in this snow but sadly, no garden here. Do you save your summer crops?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cold as ice

This cold weather has me seeing ice everywhere. My favorite Thai restaurant in NYC, Room Service, has this enormous crystal chandlier (floor to ceiling) in a mirrored box as the focal point in the center of the restaurant.
My coffee table at home is no less frosty; Crystal, mirror and glass aren't doing much to warm up my apartment (but sure look pretty!).

Monday, December 13, 2010

A foodie holiday

I just spent an exciting weekend visiting friends in New York. One of my favorite things about the city during the holidays are the window displays. My favorite this year are probably the windows done by the amazing Simon Doonan at Barneys (which just happens to be one of my favorite stores in the city!).This years theme was a foodie holiday. Hilarious caricatures of everyone's favorite foodie hosts participated: from Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray (grimacing from a clock!) to Paula Deen with her pockets filled with sticks of butter (I loved that one!).
Mario Batali was unceremoniously stuffed like a pig on the dinner table in one window while a glamorous evening gown reminicent of Grace Kelly in the masked ball of To catch a Thief was created from Illy coffee bags in an adjacent display.
Nothing beats New York for getting one into the holiday spirit (and spending more money than you mean to!). What do you do to get into the holiday spirit?
Did you know Barney's has a blog? It's really fun, check it out HERE.