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29.7.11

{lookbook: liu wen for j.crew}

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. . . such fun to see liu wen in j.crew's latest lookbook, and in stripes, no less, as well as velvet city shorts, fitted blazers and wide-legged jeans, silk blouses and soft cardigans in the prettiest shade of pink . . .

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{p.s.} also fun: jessica stam for j.crew

{images: liu wen for j.crew's looks we love lookbook via fashion gone rogue}

{colour inspiration: pale daffodil}

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. . . and while on the topic of spending the rest of these summer days outdoors, dining by sun & stars, a sunny yellow table setting to brighten things up even more . . . pass the champagne, please!


{image: southern living via the ritzy bee blog}

{favourite five: jewelry designer cc skye}

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Often, accessories are added afterward, to accentuate outfits, adding glimmering touches here and there. In the case of LA-based CC Skye, however, the accessories she designs do not merely accent outfits, but rather, create them.

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Unlike most fashion lines that are influenced by big cities like New York or Paris, CC Skye was born out of a six-month study abroad program that the designer did in Nepal. Traveling only with a backpack containing the bare essentials, CC, a true LA Girl at heart, missed the fashions she would find in the pages of Vogue while living in Kathmandu.

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After some time, she decided to trade in her hiking boots and ended up in the silk stalls of Kathmandu, buying silk used for Tibetan Temples to make dresses with the help of local seamstresses, and started to work with gems and metals . . .

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According to the designer, "...living in Nepal made me stop and learn how to to create my vision with my hands and use my resources rather than just go out and buy something, which is what we are all so used to doing in a consumer-based culture. It [Nepal] was a self-sustained culture in which you grew your own food, made your own utensils out of bamboo or wood, and ultimately, you made your own spring wardrobe".

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CC Skye, who has been called "consistently ahead of the trends" by Women's Wear Daily, merges uptown sophistication with downtown glamour in her jewelry and handbag collection. A favourite of the most fashionable celebrities, including Eva Mendes and Nicole Richie, CC Skye's line was nominated for Best New Accessory Designer by GEN ART.

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This week, we ask the designer:

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{What are the top five ways you stay ahead of trends?}

1. Knowing trends is instinctual. I like to think some people are great at picking stocks, others are great at predicting trends. I've had an innate instinct since I was very young. Perhaps that was because I had a very fashion-forward mother who always had the latest trends in the 70's and 80's. I grew up in a big city and although I longed to live in the suburbs and climb trees, Barneys was my backyard.

2. Timing is everything. I found out early that you cannot be too ahead of the trends as you must connect to your customers.

3. Timing in fashion is everything. The magazines are not always correct about what the public wants and you have to be rather intuitive about what is good for the street versus the runway and be able to balance the two.

4. There is a constant play on opposites in the forming of trends and being aware of that is important. Years ago it was bohemian-based and then suddenly all skulls and rock n' roll! One season handbags are structured and almost immediately the next season they’re slouchy. There has even been correlations with the stock market in trend research. They say that when mini skirts are in, the stock market rises, and when long skirts are in, the market drops. I recall when the recession hit, we were unintentionally designing jewelry inspired by Art Deco in the 1930’s.

5. In the end, I think it comes down to finding styles or colors you love, exploring them, and reinventing ways to make it a part of your brand’s personality.

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p r e v i o u s f a v o u r i t e f i v e s :

* photographer: debi treloar
* painter: janet hill
* jewelry designer: suzie gallehugh

* artist: michelle armas
* jewelry designers: megan & moira flynn
* actress & writer: shiva rose
* jeweler: camille eddera
* artist: kimia kline
* actress & fashion muse: chloë sevigny
* floral stylist, part 1: denise porcaro
* floral stylist, part 2: denise porcaro
* fashion photographer & illustrator: garance doré
* interior designer & architect: nina freudenberger
* entrepreneurs: rent the runway
* designer: rachel ashwell
* interior designer: tricia foley
* photographer: romina shama
* food editor & author: donna hay

~ laily

28.7.11

{décor inspiration: a place for everything}

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. . . books have been happily taking over since the beginning and there have been many, many {rather ambitious} attempts to corral the madness -- overflowing coffee tables and custom bookcases, built-ins and desk tops -- but not until happening upon this pale & pretty display of titles, has there been anything so perfectly chic . . .


{images: one via dust jacket attic| two: styling by lindsey ellis beatty, photography by robbie caponetto via pretty stuff | three | four via a previous post}

27.7.11

{at the office: meetings & a quick hello}

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. . . dashing out the door to meet a favourite cousin from out of town, but first, a quick hello, and as you may know, have been searching for inspiration for thursday's late lunch & meetings, and came across this lovely soft grey jersey wrap dress by marc for marc jacobs and completely fell for its perfect seventies style . . .

{p.s.} leaving you with two new things today:
* at the shops: ombré silver cocktail glasses
* classic summer style: past chloé, paris

hope you're having a wonderful week so far & à bientôt / see you soon,
roséline xo


{photography by anne menke for lucky magazine via a glamorous little side project}

{at the shops: silver ombré cocktail glasses}

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. . . and on the topic of sexy 60's style, quite adore these vintage silver ombré cocktail glasses from cheeky chic vintage, perfect with glittery fingernails and a lacy pink bow dress on a late saturday night . . .


{images: cheeky chic vintage on etsy, discovered via luster}

{style inspiration: past chloé, paris}

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. . . if fashion is about looking forward, then phoebe philo may have done just that when she created this stunning collection for chloé; made in 2005,
{when gemma ward still walked the runways}, for the 2006 spring ready-to-wear show in paris, the flirty a-line shapes, cut-work and pretty pleats, baroque patterns, ruffles, appliqués and florals {not to mention the lovely wedges} look as if they might have just stepped off the city sidewalks this morning . . .

{p.s.} you may remember this beautiful ad campaign, {previously featured here}, for this collection


{images: chloé spring 2006 ready-to-wear collection by phoebe philo via style.com}

26.7.11

{wicker & white and summer delights}

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. . . and while we're on the topic of grasping every last beautiful moment of summer for as long as we can:worn wicker baskets and folds of languid lacy things, heart-shaped waffles and breezy morning dresses, peonies and starfish, and always, seaside dreams
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{p.s.} more seaside inspiration:

{at the shops: loom, australia}

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. . . with recent projects, and after a fascinating tour of a rug manufacturing facility, have been thinking quite a bit lately about how things are made, about the of the time and care that goes into well-designed and well-crafted things, and happened upon these beautiful rugs by victoria-based loom -- a of colours, patterns and textures, each piece is a work of art . . .


{images: loom, discovered via {frolic!}}

{summer style: a low ponytail}

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. . . may very well switch the signature summer chignon for a low, casually elegant & hermès beribboned ponytail . . .


{image: gabrielle, paris, photographed by aram bedrossian for terms of endearment via the this is glamorous tumblr and discovered via moodboard}

25.7.11

{hope you had a summery, romantic weekend}

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. . . always a little wistful at this time of year, as each passing day drenched in warm, golden rays draws us a little closer to summer's inevitable end . . . and so, this weekend was spend in the sunlight, in deep conversations and in candlelight, and in the space where daydreams and reality intermingle . . . and there are a million amazing projects and exciting new ventures and sometimes far too easy to get caught up in the excitement, and for this reason and from this moment, shall stop for a moment to catch a breath and remember to hold on to the last golden rays for as long as possible. . .

happy monday! hope you had a summery, romantic weekend, and that it was beautiful where you are, roséline xo


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a f e w l o v e l y l i n k s
* a glimpse: in the gardens & by the fire
* at the shops: a golden hair comb
* photography: janne peters
* diy: perfume in a locket
* fashion: the sexiest jeans ever
* décor inspiration: modern rusticity
* at the office: gold, gold, gold
* décor: modern minimalism
* colour inspiration: summer brights
* for the office: this dress & suede sandals
* high tea: going dutch
* party inspiration: cake decorating
* in the bedroom: venetian glass mirrors & chandeliers
* inspiration: laughter & the other kate
* at home: romantic nostalgies


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{as always, a few things you may have missed}
* a new week & a few lovely links

* at the office: akris pre-fall collection
* pure romance: palest pink & seashells
* summer hair inspiration: tied with an hermès ribbon
* style inspiration: his & hers
* all in a day's work: antonio berardi pre-fall collection
* favourite five: photographer debi treloar

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{images: photography for images 1, 3, 4 & 5 by a rosy note; photography for image 2 by a beach cottage via felicity}