A Fresh Dille

les chapeaux

Posted in FASHION, SHOPPING by clairedille on October 18, 2010

Ooh, la la…les chapeaux. I’ve loved hats as long as I can remember. As a child I was often topped off with something to keep the rays away.

Of course they weren’t usually quite as charming as this autumnal one placed on my head for a family calendar. Nevertheless, my love of hat wearing hasn’t faded and these days I always have one within reach. Most often, I go for the classic fedora. When I am dressing up but want to add a touch of androgyny, I wear my vintage grey Dobbs. My dark brown Stetson comes in a close second.

Yes, I am also a knit beanie wearer. My little sister has knit me a cream slouchy one that I have been wearing to death this fall, but there are black and grey ones as well.

To get you in the hat mood, here are a few inspiring street style looks.

The grey beanie doesn’t  just have to be grunge. The trench with pushed up sleeves, the coral lips, and wrapped scarf…it all fits together wonderfully.

This look could have gone in my chunky knit post. The red sweater and brown wide-brimmed fedora combination is the perfect fall look.

It doesn’t hurt that she is wearing my beloved stripes layered under a sweater, beautiful skinny tan belt, and tweed blazer. The lipstick mark on the coffee cup…oh yeah, this is about hats. I just adore this whole shot.

Please do yourself a favor and get a hat for these colder months. Get one that you love and have a hard time taking off. You won’t regret it. When it starts getting warmer again or you find yourself heading somewhere tropical, get a Panama hat. I wore this one all summer while working in the sun.

sources: garancedore, thesartorialist, fashiontoast


Other things:

A big thanks goes out to the lovely Trudy, from one of my favorite veggie blogs, veggie num num, for the cookie shout out.

Another thanks to Tara at Vegan Piggy for mentioning me in her cookie post!

Lastly, I want to thank Danielle for writing (and in her video) such kind words about her visit and our meeting.

These are the types of inspiring people who keep me coming back to the blogosphere. Thank you all.


Do you have a favorite hat? Do you shy away from them/ feel as though you aren’t a hat person? Sometimes it really depends on the hat with the face shape. Some look best with wider brims or others look better with a shorter brimmed Trilby, etc. Check out local vintage stores for authentic hats, but even places like Urban Outfitters have some pretty legit ones.

I shall be back tomorrow with some more food orientated photos and words. The changes I mentioned in the last post are not set in stone, but when I have made a decision, I will be sure to share the news on here.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a great start to the week!

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have I mentioned my stripe obsession?

Posted in FASHION, FOOD, SHOPPING, VEGAN by clairedille on October 9, 2010

So, I don’t know if you’ve realized, but I have a minor admiration for all things striped. These are about half of my striped tops and tunics.

It is hard for me to stay away from striped scarves, tea towels, sheets, etc.

Here are a few striped looks I fancy.

sources: mrnewton.net, turnedout.tv, hanneli.com

Some striped finds:

This long sleeve drapey striped shirt from topshop.

This t shirt dress by RVCA with big bold stripes.

This cropped sweater with lovely dark grey wide stripes.

This LNA striped collared shirtdress (with leggings or tights for the cooler months).

West Elm’s striped sheet set (alright, ours aren’t so different).

A gray and white striped tray for treats.

In honor of my love for stripes, here are my morning oats on stripes.

Just another bowl of pumpkin Scottish oats with chia seeds, banana, pumpkin butter, and raw almond butter. It was so satisfying before a day of farmer’s marketing and baking.

Other things:

-Do you have any aesthetically pleasing obsessions?

warming up.

Posted in FASHION, SHOPPING by clairedille on October 5, 2010

This morning, I woke up and opened our bedroom sliding door to feel the crisp air of the fall. I walked downstairs, grabbed a big cozy knit sweater to wrap myself in and walked to the stove to start my morning oats. One of my favorite parts of this season is warming myself up in a chunky knit.

So in honor of one of my favorite seasonal trends, I wanted to show you a few streetstyle shots I found and love. Enjoy.

sources: jakandjil.com, carolinesmode.com, vogue.com

Other things:

What are your favorite fall clothing pieces? Do you go with the classics or like to mix it up with something unexpected?

I wouldn’t say I go with the trends but more with what I feel like fits my personality. I don’t necessarily agree with magazines advice for each size, because I obviously wouldn’t be wearing oversized pieces since I am so petite. Really, I think it is best to go with what you are comfortable in and makes you feel good.

Tell me what you think about fashion-related posts. I want to keep them short and sweet but may add a couple here and there when inspired.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the week!

time to wrap.

Posted in FASHION, FOOD, VEGAN by clairedille on July 8, 2010

Still learning the terminology of the film industry, I was confused when receiving a text from V this week that said, “martini shot.” After googling the term, I realized that he was on the last shot of the day, meaning he would be home soon. Since I am still prepping the next project, I have more time to prepare dinner, but have yet to be on top of things as much as hoped. There have been many nights filled with wraps of all the components in our fridge from the farmer’s market and the quick Whole Foods trip I took the other day on the way home.

Last night I realized that the so-called martini shot can be called prematurely and had made falafel much too far in advance. It may have been that I used a mix instead of my making my own falafel, but the dinner was nothing fabulous. However, my feeling is that a little hummus and avocado can make most dishes much better.

The hot sauce helped a lot too.

When I do begin filming, I hope to still eat delicious breakfasts. This is a promise I tend to make to myself far too often, but hopefully I can stick to it this time. Call times ranging from 5am-9pm can really mess with you.

In the meantime, I have been making sure to get my whole grain breakfast fix each day.

The farmer’s market berries have been dwindling, but red and blue oats are still possible each morning. These were steel-cut oats cooked in light coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and thinly sliced banana that were then topped with raspberries, blueberries, and raw creamy almond butter. More cinnamon was poured on throughout enjoying.

Although unbearably hot out, I still prefer warm oats to the overnight variety. This was a bowl of coconut milk kefir overnight oats that I ate with melted frozen banana, coconut butter, and berries. Overnight rolled oats just don’t become as voluminous as cooked scottish or steel-cut oats. Rolled oats just don’t seem to keep me satisfied as long since discovering the others.

While glancing through my favorite costume design book, “Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design,” I ate my warm bowl of Steel Cut oats cooked in vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, and half a thinly sliced banana.

Banana and blueberries, a match made in heaven…especially with coconut butter.

A few fashion-related words:

Yesterday I ventured out for some wardrobe racks for work and while driving, I found myself so hot that I was sticking to the leather seats of my car. Although I do work with clothing, I don’t seem to put much time into what I personally wear each day. By sticking with the basics, I can have more fun with accessories. They can be taken off if cumbersome, or thrown on if I need to add a little character to my mostly simple ensemble.

Here are some things I favor in the summer….

-My seriously tall espadrilles (with the ankle straps taken out) for nights out, masai bangles, and my one favorite tiny bangle (my mother found the only bangle that doesn’t slip off my small wrist).

-A simple white collared shirt (written about by the lovely Garance here) is a staple I wear no matter what time of the year.

Denim shirts, light wash boyfriend jeans, jackets, cut off shorts, and my lovely J brand bells.

Loose racerback tanks and dresses

-All things stripes.

-Most importantly, I always carry a straw hat and my sunglasses (ray ban wayfarers or my round ones). You never know when you may need some shade and usually I am wearing at least one of them at all times.

What are your fashion staples? My summer staples are actually things I tend to wear year round, except I swap the straw hat for a more solid fedora and wear tights under my cut off denim shorts, etc. Oh, and I wear other wedges than the espadrilles, but comfort wise, wedges are the most comfortable tall shoes I own.

What is your favorite wrap combo? I love hearing about all different combos but leftovers seem to be taking over our fridge currently.

hope everyone is having a lovely week!

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aesthetically pleasing.

Posted in DESIGN, FASHION, MAGAZINES by clairedille on June 14, 2010

This is going to be a non-food focused post since I have always been quite inspired by design, especially clothing and home goods. Hope you enjoy.

In the last few days, I have been thinking a lot about my internship days and how they influenced me. A few years back I had the great opportunity of interning for Harper’s Bazaar. Days after classes ended for the spring, I took the bus from Boston to NY and headed into the Hearst Tower to venture into the world of magazine publishing. I was such a naive magazine writing student beforehand and had no idea how the summer would affect me. As the only intern for a special supplement issue, A Fashionable Life, I was immersed in all aspects of the publication. This issue of the magazine, usually fashion focused, was all about home style. The editors let me attend press previews for brands like Anthropologie, assist on photo shoots, and even help fill the pages with items I loved.

Instead about raving about the experience in fear it may come across as “too perfect,” I want to share with you an apartment I fell in love with in the Park Slope, Brooklyn (also where I spent the early days of my life).


At that time, J. Crew was going through a little (or major) makeover by the new Creative Director, Jenna Lyons. She was adding in some modern and vintage twists to the overly preppy label. These changes by Jenna have made the brand one I really admire much more now. Although some of the prices have gone up, it is with good reason because she has added a special section called In Good Company featuring some classic brands like Tretorn, Barbour, Ray-Ban, Sperry, and Thomas Mason. Some modern brands like Fenton/Fallon and Lemlem have also been added to the mix for the modern edge. You can also take a peak at her pick’s each season on the website with some words of wisdom to go along with each garment.

Unfortunately, most of the Bazaar shots really focused on her when I feel there could have been more images of the amazing space her and her husband designed and live in with their adorable son, Beckett.

One of my favorite home magazines, that didn’t survive the downfall of magazines in the last few years, Domino, featured Jenna and her home with more great shots by Melanie Acevedo.

Just a few things I love about her apartment:

-Dove grey walls downstairs with her husband’s artwork and vintage glass or crystal chandeliers

-Chalkboard paint in the master bedroom showcasing her bed and fireplace.

-A clawfoot bathtub with classic english fixtures

-The Saarinen table she sits at to read her morning paper and drink coffee. I love mid-century furniture.

-Beckett’s yellow and white striped ceiling

-The industrial kitchen with a farmhouse table and french doors

-Jenna’s closet is the ideal space for keeping garments with shoe shelving and racks.

Other links:

The Habitually Chic blog shared many images of her home here.

Apartment Therapy also wrote about how styling can really influence how Jenna’s Brownstone looks.

Here is a video of a day in Jenna’s glamorous life and career from Oprah’s dream job series.

The Livingetc article and images of Jenna’s Brooklyn Brownstone (slideshow here).

An article comparing Harper’s Bazaar’s A Fashionable Life to Vogue Living.

Here are a few items similar to some of my personal favorite looks by J. Crew.

Tuxedo shirts and cutoffs.

Boatneck striped shirts and bubble skirts.

Military inspired jackets.

Cargo style pants dressed up.

Layering…especially shawl collar jackets and button down shirts.

Casual summer tunics for the beach or with cutoffs.

Henley’s, boyfriend jeans, and strappy sandals.

The Catalog was recently shot in Antigua, Guatemala.

Some things:

-Do you read design blogs? Have any favorites? I read design sponge most often and my favorite photo blog featuring eclectic individuals is The Selby.

-Have you noticed the changes in J. Crew over the last few years? Do you like the brand? I actually am not a big J.Crew wearer but do have a few pieces I truly enjoy. They also are doing wonderful things with the lower priced and younger line, Madewell too.

I hope you enjoyed the change of scenery around here. I would love to know if you would be interested in more fashion or home design inspired posts. I will be back with some words on recent delicious eats.

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a shift?

Posted in FASHION, FOOD, MAGAZINES, RUNNING, VEGAN by clairedille on May 22, 2010

These last few days have been pretty mentally challenging for me and it so wonderful to read the reassuring comments when life’s stresses seem to be getting in the way. It is always great for me to take a step back and maybe even try to be a little less selfish. After a phone call from a best friend telling me she was coming into town from Denver for the weekend and a visit from my boy who I haven’t been able to see since returning from Philly, my mood elevated immensely. Sometimes you just need a little cheering up and those two things were the best possible for me today.

Ashley has been raving about the (never home) maker’s banana scramble and I just knew that would have to be the topping for this mornings oats.

These were 1/3 cup  Scottish oats (still my absolute favorite) cooked in water and vanilla unsweetened almond milk for at least ten minutes. I truly feel that the longer I cook oats (or the longer oats take to cook?) the better they are. Maybe this is solely because they are more creamy. I cooked 1/4 of a large banana into the oats with half a tablespoon of chia seeds for some extra plumpness. For the banana scramble, I followed Ashley’s version, with a few alterations: 1/4 banana, excluded coconut and half a tablespoon of vanilla almond butter instead of peanut butter. This mash was so sweet that I didn’t need any stevia, agave, or maple to sweeten this morning’s oats, just a few shakes of cinnamon. The rest of our raspberries were poured on top and mashed throughout while eating.

I was really interested to read your thoughts about high fashion magazines. I love the art by the stylists, clothing designers, and photographers created for a magazine spread, but the unhealthy images can sometimes overshadow. Fashion magazines have emphasized the waif since the 60’s and 70’s. Examples are Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, & Veruschka. Kate Moss even recently said her motto was “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” to Women’s Wear Daily. She even admitted, “That’s one of them. You try to remember, but it never works.” Such an unhealthy motto from a model doesn’t surprise me, but it does make me sad. Another model quoted in the Telegraph shot back with “Millions of girls aspire to be like Kate Moss. These comments are shocking and irresponsible.” I definitely agree. Can you imagine the number of teen girls (and older) who aspire to be like her and read such detrimental words from someone they idealize?

Have you heard about the CFDA Health Initiative that was started in 2007? You must read this amazingly truthful diary of model Kim Noorda’s struggles with an eating disorder that was featured in Vogue this fall. Here is a great review of the article, showcasing the fact that “Every bit of Kim’s journal shows how hard it is to be in an industry, especially as an adolescent, where people criticize your appearance all day every day because all that matters is what you look like.”

In the last year, a few designers and magazines have attempted to portray healthier, more normal sized women. However, at times, I feel it can be drastic. It is often purely sample size vs. plus size with not much in between.

Vice Magazine’s “One Size Fits All” featured Jacquelyn Jablonski and Crystal Renn, two models of different sizes, in the same garments.

Mark Fast had three “average sized” women walk down the runway in his body conscious dresses.

-Karl Lagerfeld had “plus size” (in model terms) Crystal Renn walk down his Chanel Resort show runway.

It is hard for me to see a real shift happening but maybe model’s sizes are evolving into something more realistic, at least some of the time.

Now, onto my lunch…

I wasn’t too hungry for a big lunch so decided on a hummus filled wrap with extra veggies. The salad I craved couldn’t come together when I saw that we had eaten all the spinach in two days. With my sister in the house, I wasn’t surprised the spinach was gone and actually pretty happy to find that my she is just as enamored with fresh produce as I am. She mentioned that her last few weeks of school were too stressful to grocery shop, so I am sure she is loving the abundance of goods she finds in the fridge here. In the wrap was a few spoonfuls of spinach, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, avocado, carrot, and broccoli. The rest of the broccoli I ate on the side with some of the marinade from last night’s stir fry.

During a trip to the library and fabric store, my sister and I split a Strawberry Kombucha. I realized that the Honest Tea varieties are less sour than the GT Synergy brand, but I enjoy both in different ways. A grocery stop was mandatory, but I kept my purchases to a minimum when I realized the store we went to was more expensive for some of my favorites. I grabbed some spinach for dinner, two bunches of kale, dark chocolate, oranges, a new-to-me kombucha flavor, and some vino.

I decided a peanut butter filled banana boat would do the trick for some pre-run fuel.

Yes, that is one UGly picture but I hope to change these shots tomorrow!

Before the run, I decided that I should try to run without any distractions (meaning music) for a change. A thunderstorm seemed to be looming and sometimes I forget to really focus on the run when I am listening to great tunes (some of my favorites on my running playlist are Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, MGMT, M.I.A., and Phoenix). There were years when I ran without music because previous coaches didn’t approve. Music can aid and hinder runs for me. I definitely can feel a sense of adrenaline when a fast beat comes on and I tend to start running fast. This can lead to over-training by simply just running too fast too soon, which is a problem I’ve had on many occasions. Without music today, I had a chance to really be in the moment and concentrate on my pace. It was great to hear my labored breathing and my feet hit the road, but it was also challenging. I tried to maintain a steady pace and for the distance, I felt it was harder without music. I guess I may have to include more running without music days so I can get used to my own rhythm again. When I got back, I felt such an amazing sense of accomplishment that I might not normally feel with my Ipod strapped on. I grabbed my pups leash and she ran out with me for a short cool down followed by a walk around the neighborhood. The thunder started within the last block and a few raindrops hit my nose as I ran across the driveway.

Dinner was served.

After some light yoga stretching alongside Bessie (my pup always likes to lie right down on the mat), I threw together one of my favorite summer salads. Baby Spinach with carrots, tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas, tempeh bacon, chickpeas, and pepitas was tossed with goddess dressing and apple cider vinegar. Sea Salt might have made its way on there too. In the warmer months, I eat this combination often for lunch. Other staples I tend to include are beets and cucumber.

Of course chocolate was involved.

Although it was pretty humid out, I felt like a nice bath tonight. I don’t treat myself to them that often but every few months it is just what my muscles need.

Other things:

– How do you feel about the CFDA health initiative? Do you think there may be a shift to include more healthy models in the future, if not yet? Were you surprised to see that Vogue featured an article about a model‘s struggles to maintain her unhealthy body weight? I find it reassuring to actually see that designers and magazine editors are more and more aware (and admitting it) of the unhealthy effects of the industry. Instead of hiding these instances, it is great that they are bringing them up and maybe even changing some things. I don’t know how much WILL actually change but even just including Kim Noorda’s diary regarding her eating issues because of the fashion world in Vogue’s pages is a big step.

-Have you read Gena’s guest posts (part 1 and part 2) on the Eat the Damn Cake blog? I loved to finally read her personal story and her choice to opt out. I hope you read both these posts. Gena has a way with words that I adore.

– Do you run with or without music? or a mix of both? Do you feel music improves or hinders your running?

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

local mags.

Posted in FAMILY, FASHION, FOOD, MAGAZINES, TRAVEL, VEGAN by clairedille on May 21, 2010

Sometimes a day doesn’t need much reflection. I have tried to make the best of my current situation but it is such a hard boundary to distinguish between focusing too much on the future vs. too much on the day-to-day goings on. I had a few distractions to keep me occupied but the constant desire to know my future, even just the next few months, wasn’t letting up. The morning was spent gazing at my computer screen at pages and pages of productions being filmed around the country. I wish I was at the point in my career where I could simply take off to a new destination when someone needed me to fill a position. Hopefully this will someday be my future. For now, I am relying on the benefit of the doubt and the words spoken by those I trust.

My sister and spent the morning sitting computer screen to computer screen. She is already incredibly interested and eager to find her next path. Within a week of graduation she is looking for the who, what, where (and wear?) answers of her future.

Scrolling through pages of PDF’s is not ideal and I thought eating outside with my computer in tow would be a great attempt for a somewhat cheerful morning. It was already becoming quite warm out and sitting in the shade was the perfect chance for me to savor my oats while browsing future prospects. The steel-cut variety of oats was cooked with unsweetened almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and half a banana. The organic raspberries were a special treat mixed with more banana and vanilla almond butter. This was definitely a winning combo that made my morning much better than imagined.

Don’t you love how oats keep you satisfied for so long? To this day, I am still impressed by their lingering staying power.

When a break was needed, my sister and I cracked open a new Honest Tea Kombucha to try. The Apple Jasmine flavor was just as delicious as the Lemon Ginger, but much more subtle. We enjoyed it while brainstorming dinner plans with tofu and veggies in mind.

Lunch was an easy choice after much success with the Veganomicon Chickpea Cutlets the day before. One was broken up and stuffed into a sprouted wrap filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and goddess dressing. This was truly delicious, although maybe not so aesthetically appealing. I was hoping it could be eaten like a quesadilla but the lack of panini maker made a messy lunch with most of the filling spilled all over the plate. An orange was split as well.

Another attempt to distract myself from my immediate future happened in the afternoon when I finally opened an issue of Grid Magazine that I picked up in Reading Terminal in Philly. I had no idea what I was getting myself into because The Food Issue was AH-mazing. The whole slow-local-sustainable food movement in Philadelphia is one of the best I have read about so far. This magazine had my full attention for much too long and I learned so much about a city I have only visited a few times. As a magazine writing major in college, I still feel that nothing penetrates me like a well designed and well written piece of material. Don’t get me wrong, I love the online media world so much. This is obviously why I blog. However, there is no feeling like holding a piece of art in your hand. A piece of fiction or well researched nonfiction to be completely engulfed by, separating you from  your surroundings, is what makes me most happy. These days I stray from my past fashion focused issues in favor of the foodie ones. Feeding my belly seems to be more important that feeding my inner stylista at this moment. This may change, so I can’t make any promises. I will forever be molded by the fashion magazines I read growing up. I will never forget the day my mother first told me I must part with my stack of Vogue’s. But that is another topic for later discussion…

As I was saying, Grid was the perfect magazine for me to pick up randomly. With the help of the organization, Fair Food, they compiled lists of farmer’s market’s, restaurant’s, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), and institutions that support the local and sustainable food system. Reading about the city’s new composting company whom helps restaurants and institutions not supported by the city’s waste management encouraged me to start composting myself. An article on canning had me compelled to make my own jam with fresh berries this summer for the following fall and winter months. One man’s bread making path had me feeling as though I must break into the hobby and put my fear of yeast behind me. An Urban Farmer had some great words to say about the importance of inner city agriculture:

We can create thousands of jobs with this new kind of farming, with urban agriculture. Just think of all the categories of jobs: you’ve got installers, carpenters, plumbers, truck drivers, accountants, electricians, aquaculturists, planners, architects. In a rural area, you don’t need these jobs. Industrial agriculture gets rid of jobs; the machines do everything.

This is hand work, it’s communal work, which is important and fun for all of us, all the generations, from little kids to school-age kids to teenagers to college kids. Everybody is involved. Now politicos are involved, corporate companies send their associates to volunteer and corporate companies have foundations to supply some of the money. We also need reporters and publicity people, because one of things that we haven’t been able to do is be proactive and get the word out. All of these wonderful projects are hidden away. We need the public.

It is up to us to shape the importance of local and sustainable food. Even at the age of 24, I am sometimes worried about the future of our country and the world from the overabundance of factory farming, and what this mean’s for our children and their children. We need programs like this that educate the younger and younger about self-sustaining and attempting to make resources available to low-income families.

I made my way through the issue with some help of Green & Black’s 70% Dark Chocolate for a wonderful afternoon snack. In the compilation created by Fair Food, I found some great places I can’t wait to visit next time I head to Philly. I also found out that FARMiCiA and Fork, two out of the four restaurants we ate at while in Philly, help support small local farmers and sustainability. Another place I have yet to mention is Mugshots. This fair trade coffee shop and cafe was right around the corner from my sister’s apartment and I wish I had more time to enjoy it instead of packing. They have delicious coffee and tons of vegan treats, (get the cowboy/girl cookie, it is the biggest vegan cookie I’ve ever seen filled with oats, nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate) as well as a Vegan BLT and chili, if you are in the mood for comfort food. The local buying club is also a great way to purchase local, sustainable food from them without having to go through the farmers. You can pick your own order instead of a large CSA type share or trip to the farmer’s market.

I definitely suggest picking up Grid if you are in the Philadelphia area, or just checking out the articles online if you are interested in Philly and eco tips.

For dinner, I went with a simple vegetable stir fry using chili garlic sauce, tamari, ginger, and lemon. For the tofu, I loosely followed this recipe from Vegetarian Times, opting to bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees before adding to mushrooms, carrots, and bok choy in the wok.

Although the veggies were more than beautiful when chopping, I wish I went the raw route as the original recipe states. In the past I have made this recipe with much success as a bento bowl layered with an array of fresh produce and brown rice, but tonight I felt like stir frying all ingredients to spread the sauce evenly. This may not have turned out as well as hoped, but the flavor was still as bold as before. The bok choy was simply overcooked, but the tofu, brown rice, other vegetables, and seasoning were spot on.

Dessert was coconut milk yogurt topped with a new-to-me cereal Kashi Cinnamon Harvest (had a Whole Foods coupon for Kashi cereal and this had the least amount of ingredients-it was good, but not as good as Puffins), Puffins, raspberries, and a small spoonful of chocolate hazelnut spread. I ate this while reading about sprouting in an old Vegetarian Times. I think I am going to start some mung bean sprouts tomorrow, I love the crunch in salads.

Other things:

-Did you grow up influenced by the fashion world? If so, what is your favorite high fashion mag? If not, why do you choose not to read them? Disinterest? Annoyance of the price of clothing included or too much emphasis on current trends?

I first interned at Harper’s Bazaar in college and loved it immensely. One of my best friends is someone I met there and I was shaped to understand the in’s and out’s of the magazine publishing world. I will never forget the amount of freedom and hands on experience I was given that summer. My editor let me attend press previews solo with a camera in hand and was given freebies on many occasions. However, as I am sure you know, the fashion world can be a catty one and that has to be my least favorite aspect. There are some definite genuine people, but many who take the fashion world much too seriously. Ironically, most of the designers I’ve met have been more humble than the fashion magazine editors. That phase of my life has been put aside for now, but I will never shut it out. I love the art and history of fashion too much to never return.

-Do you have a local magazine that you grab often? Does your community have a strong slow-food movement?

After living in California, Boston, and New York, I sometimes struggle to find more places and resources that emphasis the importance of local small farms and sustainable practices. In New York, there were many restaurants that place emphasis on using organic ingredients as much as possible, but in the area I am in now, it seems as though organic is only available from grocery stores and one or two restaurants. I have yet to find a local magazine I enjoy.

Holiday Wishlist # 1

Posted in FASHION, SHOPPING by clairedille on December 16, 2009

Here are some pieces that I’ve been loving. Although a few may be out of reach, it is always fun to wish, right? I noticed that I am gravitating towards grey and green clothing and silver and gunmetal jewelry right now. I hope you enjoy.

Anthropologie Changing Spots Headband, Manu Hex Necklace, Made Her Think Skyline Ring, Thread Social Silk Tulip Mini Skirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim Polka-dot silk-satin bra, Sephora by O.P.I. Dark Room, Unearthen Small Silver Watch,  Billykirk Olive Heather English Walker, Alexander Wang Croc Print Dress, Helmut Lang Powder Print Dress, Proenza Schouler Suede Lace-up Bootie, Opening Ceremony Knit Turban, Eugenia Kim Athena Woven Headband.

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doing what they do best

Posted in FASHION by clairedille on February 15, 2009


Rag and Bone consistently turns out great tailoring. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright played with many different shapes for jackets, deterring away from the overly structured Fall 2008 collection. I can see myself wearing one of the off center closure jackets and the assymetrical mini dress. The simple black dress is basic but still sexy, keeping with the current body conscious trend we’ve seen all over the runways as of late. Even the short flouncy printed skirt is downtown edgy. Style.com has called the Rag and Bone girl a “latter-day urban warrior.”

Later today…

Alexander Wang

Vena Cava

Charlotte Ronson

Yigal Azrouël

Ohne Titel
I will warn you now. Lots more black, leather, motorcycle/aviator, body-con looks to come. Recession much?
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some pre-fall lovin’

Posted in FASHION, WORKOUTS by clairedille on February 13, 2009

I am usually a fan of the fashion choices of miss Gwyneth, but when I saw her in the Proenza Schouler pre-fall ensemble at the premiere of “Two Lovers,” I was not too sure about the fit of her bottom half. Yesterday, Fashion Indie beat me to the runway to real way, and I would have to agree with her opinion on this outfit choice. We all know Gwyneth does a wonderful job of taking care of her physique. I have even mimicked her routine on occassion. For a more hands on way to experience some workouts from her trainer, Tracy Anderson, click here. The lower body moves are pretty great.

Getting back to some pre-fall clothes; here are a few of my favorites.

6rag & bone

1proenza schouler

21proenza schouler


39burberry prorsum

I love the return of the flare and the small and delicate peaked shoulders in the burberry. The slouchy but tailored fit of the chloe purple jacket and high-waisted pants looks effortlessly put together. I also loved the pleated minis from proenza and those suede shoes, love! The bomber would look great with all bottoms from skinny jeans to some super wide legs. I am always a fan of the belted cardigan and I have yet to actually wear my super-long gloves. Rag & Bone is a continuous favorite of mine. They always construct such clean and simple garments like this vest which I think I would want to wear with some of those burberry flared trousers. New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2009 has officially begun, happy fashion week!


p.s. the vegan Candle Cafe chocolate mousse pie was out of this world and I will try to photograph the part which hasn’t already been consumed today.