{beneath the paris skies}

. . . beautiful, beautiful past Hermès ads that remind me of traipsing beneath the Paris skies. . .

{other places to visit:}
guest posts, if you haven't had a chance to visit last week
> new posts at {
a glamorous little side project}
a very happy winner will be announced on Monday!

{images - Hermès Spring/Summer 2006 ad campaign; model - Gemma Ward}

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{draped in netting}

A staggering lack of sleep is drawing me to cozy images of antique wrough-iron beds draped in netting and strewn with soft cushions . . .

{image -
simon bevan via desire to inspire}

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{happy monday + a give-away}

Completely excited to announce this week's give-away: a Hayden-Harnett Havana shoulder bag!

Havana hobo is New York-based Hayden-Harnett's best-selling style, and was updated from the original launch collection with a new dual pocket front and now holds more of your stylish necessities than before. The Havana is available in rich brown buttery soft leather with fold-over double-flaps. {strap drop 7-11"}

To enter, visit the
Hayden-Harnett website to see what's new, then leave a comment below along with your name and e-mail address.

{bonne chance / good luck!}

{Special thanks to Hayden-Harnett, who are regular readers, for contacting me and making this fantastically stylish give-away possible.}

{entries will be accepted until midnight, Sunday, November 30, 2008}

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{happy weekend!}

A beautifully busy week here at {this is glamorous}, and along with guest posting and a fun new little side project, there will be a fantastic give-away on Monday . . .

{Do you have any exciting plans?}

Have a lovely, lovely weekend, everyone!

It's been delightful posting at the
design*sponge guest blog -- here's a quick wrap-up of the week 's posts:

> tuesday: easy chic
wednesday: torn & glossy
thursday: curling up
friday: highland games

{top - camilla akrans for hermès; bottom - girl meets nyc, cropping, editing & polaroid treatment by this is glamorous}

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{it's beautiful here}

Lately have been coming across beautiful "handwritten" words across walls as art, in warm and wonderful messages such as "it's beautiful here" {above} and "And I Love You" {below}, and love the idea of being always inspired by favourite words and phrases . . .

The piece {above} is a neon wall sculpture by Tracey Emin, installed above a photograph by Darren Almond and an incredible glass box filled with gold leaf that sits on the coffee table, from David Gill Galleries.

{images: top - photography by Henry Wilson for House & Garden October 2008; bottom - from Haldane Martin's home in Cape Town, South Africa, as seen on AT}

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{valentino + a little side project}

Have been amassing quite the collection of inspirational photos -- my favourite fashion editorials, labels, images, trends and styles -- so much so, that they have spilled over to a place of their own, {a glamorous little side project} . . .

{also: at the d*s guest blog}
monday: flowers on windowsills
tuesday: easy chic
wednesday: torn & glossy

Valentino Spring 2005 Ad Campaign; Photographer: Steven Meisel; Model: Caroline Trentini}

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{inspirational workspace}

Lovely little work area, part of a collage at {record the day} by Lobster & Swan.

{more lovely collages here}

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{a new week + silver pendants}

Once had dinner in an ultra-cool, very modern restaurant with an enormous silver dome lighting fixture above its high-gloss serving bar. Encountered this dramatic lighting once again, last summer, at The Glass House, a beautiful hotel in Edinburgh, where the extravagantly sized fixture hung above a warm and wonderful circular fireplace surrounded by luxurious seating. Discovered the lighting again at another hotel, this time in New York, at The Hudson.

Love the way these pendants look in dining areas, warmed up with soft pillows on banquets, against hints of colour and the grain of wood.

Cottage Living via apartment therapy; Domino via apartment therapy}

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{happy weekend!}

Another wonderful Fall week has come and gone . . . Will be certain to stay away from work {at least for a bit} and dance the night away in impossibly high heels . . .

Have a lovely, lovely weekend everyone! xo

{some posts you may have missed and a few extra links:}
from 10 to 60 years old: one model & plenty of make-up
> a great place to hang your sexy tartan ties
> really adorable photobooth puppies
> designers go green
> lovely, lacy doilies
> the latest happenings at {this is glamorous}
> and finally, would love for you to join me for a series of guest posts at design*sponge
next week

wonderful {i love you} dishware discovered by summer at mudpuppy

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{all in a day's work}

It's a dreary, rainy day, perfect for my new wellies and P.'s favourite umbrella, and while it may be nice to be {just hanging out, looking really good}, there are exciting projects to complete and great people to meet . . .

{Magazine: Vogue Brasil (2003); Editorial: O Luxo Do Rosa; Photographer: Debby Gram; Model: Jeisa Chiminazzo}

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{glimpses of quiet}

{taking a few moments to catch my breath}

Another busy week, and these peaceful shots feel as if they are glimpses of quiet and fleeting moments caught in time . . .

{images: top -
jonny valiant via a little sussy; bottom - christopher wadsworth}

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{a few things}

Lots of fun and exciting things going on this week, and have also been trying to get a few administrative things accomplished today:

> thought it might be time to join the facebook blog network, went to sign up and noticed that a lovely reader has already completed a profile for me -- thanks so much for your thoughtfulness. However, as it was not me who set up the account, am unable to log in, and can not set up a new one . . .

> another lovely reader has also set up a profile for {this is glamorous} on bloglovin'

> have installed a new search engine for the site, which you can find in the left sidebar -- it's a great way to find posts you may have seen a while ago and would like to find your way back to once again

> two fun give-aways coming up in the next few weeks

> posting will continue to be irregular and sporadic, so check back if you like . . .

> guest posting at design*sponge for the week of November 17, 2008

That's all for now . . .

Have a lovely, lovely day, everyone!

{image: Natalia Vodianova by Carter Smith}

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{inky blues}

Adore the inky blues combined with vintage dishware and warm woods in this casually elegant and perfectly cozy dining room . . .

{see also:}
french urns & pheasant feathers

{image: Gourmet via this is love forever}

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{and then there was paris}

. . . recent thoughts about love and favourite things has led to paris, or at least, the memory of it . . .

and here, a few photographs from the summer, taken between walks along the narrow, cobblestone streets, shopping on the left bank, and fresh baguettes and warm cups of café au lait . . .

{and to p, my top five favourite memories:}
* serenade by a mariachi band on the métro
* champagne in the gardens of versailles
* dinner at the top of le centre de pompidou when the twinkling lights of la tour eiffel blazed their last for another night
* listening to you order éclairs in french from the local patisseries
* hand in hand along the seine

{all images by {this is glamorous} june 2008}

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{tartan + flowers}

{Stam, tartan and Autumn flowers -- a spectacularly beautiful combination}

Have an extravagantly lovely weekend, everyone!


> all in a day's work: The Sartorialist casually shoots Natalia in Rio . . .
> for those of you who have never seen snow . . .

{shot by Solve Sundsbø for Vogue Italia; via notcot and trendland

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{a swedish lovestory}

A few readers asked about this photo {above} from this week's {creme puffs and meringue} post, and have happily discovered, through Glamorous reader Stina, that it is from Swedish blogger underbaraclara's actual wedding, and whose completely romantic photos can be seen {here}.

It is also from this blog that I have rediscovered the beauty of winter . . .

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{winter wonderland}

It is entirely possible that I may begin to see winter in a whole new light . . .

{images: underbaraclara}

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{a new day}

Happy Thursday, everyone! Apologies for the rather sporadic posting -- positively swamped this week, and also have been having a dreadful time putting together a particular post, that, when complete, will {hopefully} be lovely, lovely . . .

Rose Uniacke via desire to inspire}

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{creme puffs + meringue}

Lately have been feeling festive and finding myself drawn to yards and yards of tulle -- there's just something about the wonderfully fine netting that's incredibly romantic and reminds me of daydreams and ballerinas and softly diffused light streaming through billowing curtains . . .

{images: 1 - Jessica Stam in Harpers Bazaar February 2007 by Solve Sundsbo; 2 - Giambattista Valli Spring 2009 RTW via style.com; 3 - via loveology; 4 - telegraph uk}

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{favourite things}

If you have not had a chance to check out Simple Lovely's wonderful series, Blogger's Favorites, you must. And despite my list being terribly late, Joslyn still managed to post it before the weekend, complete with a lovely introduction . . .

click here for a few of my favourite things}

{images: top - Ballet II by Alcholado on deviantART; bottom - desire to inspire}

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{melissa joy manning}

Have been a longtime fan of Melissa Joy Manning's work and am delighted to welcome the studio as a new {this is glamorous} sponsor.

{pictured: white diamond stud earrings-18 karat gold}

{see also:}
> m.j.m.
> champagne kisses

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