Friday, December 14, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

Love This...

And This...

Absolutely Stunning...

This Too...

”Venus” dress by Christian Dior, 1949

Gray silk net embroidered with feather-shaped opalescent sequins, rhinestones, simulated pearls, and paillettes.

This extraordinary ball gown by Christian Dior, of foggy gray silk tulle, arrayed with an overlay of scallop-shaped petals, is called “Venus.” The bodice and shell forms of its skirt are embellished with nacreous paillettes and sequins, iridescent seed beads, aurora-borealis crystals, and pearls. The glittering overskirt and train adumbrate both the seashell motif and the crescent wave patterns of Botticelli’s Venus. Dior is best known for his revival of the wasp-waisted silhouette seen here. His celebrated first collection of 1947 was dubbed the “New Look” by the influential American editor Carmel Snow, because the corseted, full-bosomed, and hourglass shaping had not been seen for decades. In fact, the “New Look” was an old look revived. After the deprivations of World War II, Dior believed that the survival of the haute couture relied on its ability to restore fantasy and luxury to women’s wardrobes. The fragile effects of this gown, which merges Second Empire romanticism with the classical iconography of ideal and eternal beauty, recall Dior’s belief that “fashion comes from a dream.”

Remember this song? Would you believe that it has been 28 years since it was recorded, and the video made? It was quite the production back then with all the different artists collaborating. I still have the 45 on vinyl, as well as the larger version of the single. I think they were called a 33? Does anyone remember for certain? There were so many of my teenage heart throbs in this one...Simon Le Bon, Bono, George Michael, and Paul Young. What about you?

On another note...I have to say again how much I love my Mossimo® Kailyn Leather Heeled Buckle Boots from Target. I continue to wear them several times a week, and have found them to be much more versatile than I had ever hoped they would be. (If you missed my complete review of them last Saturday, you can see it here). Plus they are a gorgeous match to this Dooney & Bourke handbag that is on my wishlist (in the smaller size).

Speaking of is your Christmas Shopping list coming along? Do you have all the gifts checked off, or do you still have more shopping to do? I have a handful of things to pick up, but plan on finishing it all next week. It's hard to believe that Christmas is only 10 Days away! Where has the year gone? As a child, I always heard that time would seem to go by fast once I got older, but at the time I found it very hard to believe. Not any I KNOW that it's true! That is why I think it is so important to try to be thankful and cherish each and loving to the fullest.

I know from experience that it isn't always easy when there are so many stressors and hard times in our lives, but it does help to remember that 'this too shall pass', and above all...that there is always something to be thankful for.

That's it for now...I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Do you have anything fun and exciting planned? Just going to relax at home? Finishing up your Christmas shopping? Please do share! I always love to hear from you! :)



  1. That Dior is a glorious true princess gown, incredible craftsmanship. And yes, FFM , you're right the 33 was the better-known LP. Older vinyl fan-collectors may also call the early 1950ish ones MGs (microgrooves) since the notches were 4x smaller than the original 78 records. (When I was 18 I had some summer work with a DJ, non-glam mostly sorting and moving around crates of albums. Original Bono **thump thump** Happy weekend!

    1. Thanks GetFresh! Isn't the Dior gown incredible? Definitely princess worthy! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! :)

  2. Oh I remember that song very well!
    Gorgeous gown, that takes my breath away.
    Done my shopping and have had my returns processed, now it's time for cleaning and getting things organized for the new year.
    We were at a party last night so *someone* is a little green around the gills today. Tonight we have a party which includes the children: gingerbread house building, it will be fun. And there will be moose stew for dinner.
    Tomorrow night we have another dinner party, the festive eating is really in full swing now. Uh-oh!
    I hope you have a great weekend, xo.

    1. Hi Dani! It sounds like you have a fun, party-filled weekend! Enjoy it! :)

      I have never had moose stew. Is it really good?

  3. You choose the most gorgeous photos for a Friday morning :-)
    This weekend is busy as ever. Working tomorrow morning, Slugger has a basketball game mid-day, then an we are going to an open house in the late afternoon. Some shopping on Sunday and friends over to watch the 49ers game on Sunday night.
    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    1. Thank you Julie! You do have quite the busy weekend! I hope that it is a good one, and that you have lots of fun shopping and hanging out with your friends. :)

  4. Love these and loved bandaid!

    I think a full record was a 33 and the large singles were called EPs...

    1. Thank you WMM! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! :)

  5. Love the first picture,esp. the Celine tote!
    I am nearly done with the gifts and will start baking cookies this weekend.

    On monday i will get my clutch,cant wait to use it.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Ina! Oh, I'm so glad to hear that you are getting the clutch this soon! Please do let me know when it arrives! Enjoy your weekend! :)