Archive for July, 2012

2012 olympics

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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i look forward to the opening ceremony every olympics for the basic fact that they only happen every four years. it’s torture waiting to see what theatrical masterpiece will be unveiled to us through our television sets. each year everyone will say the same thing, “that was the best show ever,” “last year’s was way better,” or even, “were all those fireworks really necessary?” no matter what people think, this year’s ceremony was definitely memorable.

photo courtesy of herald sun

 

j.k. rowling, james bond, mr. bean and…the queen? only the olympic’s opening ceremony could bring this oddball team together without anyone questioning it.  this year’s theme was a homage to london history, which left me thinking, i wish danny boyle directed my high school history class. if my teacher had obtained enough fireworks to light up the night sky or could charter a plane for not only James bond, but the queen of england to jump out of, well i probably would have listened a bit more.  then again i would only have a vast knowledge of famous literary villains, the industrial era, and a comedic rendition of chariots of fire, and…that’s about it. while all these facts would help me vastly in a game of trivia or maybe even jeopardy, i don’t think they’ll help me too much in the real world. unless I ever do actually end up on a game show and win the grand prize with the knowledge that I gained from the opening ceremony. then i’ll eat my words.  this year’s opening ceremony might not have been as educational as theatrical, but hey, it kept me entertained.

~alex

holidays in july

Monday, July 16th, 2012

this past week, the always-charming vosges soho store served as our home away from home during our annual holidays in july event. this was my first year helping out and it was fabulous. chocolate, champagne, purses and more. what else could you ask for? the boutique was a sight to see.

 

we had brand new linnea’s lights candles burning in the corner, which would have stolen the show if we weren’t also offering champagne and chocolate at the door. as editors made their way in, we offered them the most scrumptious truffles from vosges, which i would know, because i ate them religiously throughout the event. the next stop was the bubbly. henri’s reserve was kind enough to let us sip and try their new private label that launches this fall. let’s just say no one left any champagne behind.

from there the aroma from linnea’s lights’ vetiver, hearth, and holiday spice scents drew you in closer.

 

 

placed next to the candles were my guilty pleasure, vosges haut-chocolat and its new sister brand wild ophelia. vosges did not disappoint and we are so excited about all of the new holiday flavors and never-before-seen creations. wild ophelia, on the other hand, is as fun, american and colorful as vosges is decadent. the flavor are to die for with combinations like sweet cherry pecan, peanut butter & banana, and burnt marshmallow & caramel just to name a few.

 

the final stop at our holidays in july even was hester van eeghen. the wonderful artist who is bringing her quirky european aesthetic to america through her luxurious leather pieces, one stylish accessory at a time. i can’t wait to show you peeks at her lush fall and holiday looks, in vibrant colors and decadent materials like suede and stingray. holidays in july, it’s safe to say, was a smash hit and we’re looking forward to sharing all of our clients’ fall/holiday 2012 releases with you soon.

 

 

~ alex

oh darling, let’s be adventurers

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

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this past weekend my sister and i succumbed to peer pressure. it’ll be exciting they said. you’ll save money they said.  so we took the leap and conquered one of our greatest fears. well…maybe more of an anxiety. the subway.

we decided on monday that the only way to become “subway experts” would be to wait till the weekend, so we could block out a good part of the day to get lost and find our way back home again. as you can see we were already pretty confident that we would somehow miss our stop and end up in a foreign land. a place where we would be marooned with no cell service, and forced to live the rest of our lives in this unknown place. a little dramatic, i know, but your imagination can really run wild when you have a whole week to think about how everything can go wrong.

so, saturday morning we checked the subway directions, twice, and made our way on our journey.  we finally made it to the subway station, and hesitantly descended down the stairs. it was deserted. i guess everyone else practiced their subway technique during the week.  so, after having slight difficulty buying metro cards and deciding if we lived uptown or downtown, we eventually made our way to the actual subway car. we entered and found some lovely seats at the end of the car. my sister kept saying only 10 stops till we get to bloomingdales. our mantra for the day. the car began to fill at each stop we took.  lexington. our stop. we jumped up and clawed our way out of the now packed subway.  we walked up, what felt like, a million stairs, and emerged greeted by the beautiful sunlight. then we called everyone we know and told them the story of how we conquered the subway.

yes, we were on cloud nine for the rest of the day. walking into each store with an air of confidence.  one amazing lunch and 6 new shopping bags later, we decided to make our way back home. we entered that subway like we owned it. two hours, a wrong train, a mile walk out of the way, then another mile to fix our previous mistake later we had made it to our apartment.  the subway gods definitely knocked us down a couple of pegs after that. so, we didn’t master the subway as easily as we had hoped, but, hey, there’s always next weekend.

 

~alex