The Paris Factor. Or How Carven Stole My Heart.

The answer is, yes, I do have a 2 foot-tall wire Eiffel Tower in my bedroom.  Paris is the first place I ever went to visit outside of the United States and I have been charmed ever since.  Don't judge me when I say I have actually lost count of the number of times I have been to the City of Lights/Love/Wine & Cheese.  (It helps that I lived in London for 7 years and could literally get on a train and be there in 2 hours.)  Generally, despite previous admission of Eiffel Tower replica, I like to make sure my adoration of Paris is slightly more understated.  If you're going to be obsessed with something, try to stay classy.  That's my rule of thumb.

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So when I came across Carven's somewhat recent collection featuring, what I would deem, understated maps of Paris, I fell immediately in love.  I have spent a potentially excessive amount of time in the last 24 hours staring at items from this collection trying to justify the expenditure on an item from the collection (going between the dress and the wedges).  I can't justify them right now, but you can bet your bottom dollar I have set-up a sale alert on these bad boys.

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What would you choose?  Has this collection won your heart, fellow Francophiles?

Check out the entire collection on Net-A-Porter here.

(All images c/o Pinterest)

Words Of Wisdom.

Every now and then, I get stuck.  My inspiration seems harder to find.  My words don't seem to come together as seamlessly.  A bit of self-doubt can enter in and though my motivation never leaves me, my get-up-and-go seems to require a bit more effort.  To pull myself out, it can just take some time or a certain song to get into my bones or just a few words of wisdom that remind me that the only way to move is forward.

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(All images c/o Pinterest. Follow me there!  Or check out more from my 'Words' board.)

Etsy Monday: White Faux Taxidermy.

As I revisited Etsy this weekend after somewhat of a self-imposed ban, I have to admit that it had me buzzing.  Where Pinterest can be as addictive, it doesn't always offer the immediate satisfaction (or any, in some cases) of buying what you see.  I have curated my own personal Etsy mall of sorts and though I know I do share my finds now and then, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly spotlight on Etsy shops that I find and love.  So welcome to Etsy Monday!  First up, White Faux Taxidermy. A couple of seasons ago, I got read the riot act by some very bad spellers on Twitter after I announced my excitement at jewel-toned leather and furs at a show I was attending.  Though I am not getting into a debate about the usage of these materials, I thought White Faux Taxidermy could appease both sides of the argument.  I love the look of taxidermy and other such items in interior decorating.  What I love more than actual taxidermy is fake taxidermy.  We all have our own personal aesthetics...relax.

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There is something extra cool about these items with the resin base and unexpected colors and textures.  They make a real statement without being TOO over the top.  And animal lovers and hunters alike should appreciate the craft.  If you are looking to match an item to a room, they will do custom colors on all their work.  Bonus.

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(All images c/o White Faux Taxidermy)

Tumble & Fall.

After being stuck so long looking at spreadsheets and data reports and other such delightful treats while working in marketing, when I finally decided to leave my job to go explore what it was that inspired me and head back to fashion school (where they demand you use your creative brain), I started to obsess over imagery.  Maybe it was because I was finally taking the time to look at things and how I reacted to them or how they made me feel without feeling the need to explain it to someone later on.  I didn't NEED to analyze anything unless I really wanted to.  Or I could take something at surface and not have to concern myself with anything other than the visual. Needless to say, this means that I get pretty hopped up on the sillies when it comes to sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, which both play to my increasingly short attention span and need to see a lot all at once.  So I wanted to invite you to join me in all of these mediums.  I like to share things that grab my attention...that's what this blog is really all about...and I would like to invite you to let me!  So check me out up on these places:

Thrill of the Chaise Tumblr is a place where I am getting to be a lot more visual than I tend to be on this blog.  I love to write.  I love to communicate through the written word.  But there are moments when I just want to speak through images.  So check out the Tumblr and see what's getting me inspired.

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I started The Coquette Costume while I was in Paris this past summer studying with Parsons.  We were each assigned a topic and mine was lingerie!  My first proper interview in London was for Agent Provocateur and I spent my entire freshman year at college writing a report on Madonna and her sexuality (based mostly around her 'Sex' book and her Truth or Dare tour), so it was ever so fitting.  I've always seen lingerie as something beautiful, delicate and a bit of a treasure that women can keep as secret as they please.  Now, that being said, there is a lot of filth on Tumblr so a word to the wise...if you search 'lingerie', be warned.  Maybe just visit The Coquette Costume to get the good stuff.

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Bourbon & Boots: Christmas Is On Us.

I'm obsessed with Bourbon & Boots.  You may remember a post I did a few months back about one very special Johnny Cash necklace that we can all agree is pretty badass.

Well, now Bourbon & Boots wants to get you into the Christmas spirit by giving you the chance to win $5,000 to spend on their site!  Bourbon & Boots celebrates everything delightful about the South.  From the awesome aforementioned 'You Keep A Close Watch On This Heart Of Mine' necklace to seersucker bow ties to some pretty incredible (and wonderfully cheeky) prints and cross stitches all the way to some of the best looking foodie items I have ever seen (such as BBQ sauces, oysters and moonshine cookies), this shop has it all.  So if you want $5,000 to spend on all these treats, read below and click on the image to enter!

I've even done my own Pinterest board with all the gifts that I want to give this year!  Check it out here.

Press For Champagne.

I should be studying the Paris shows.  I should be at the gym.  I should be checking things off my 'to-do' list.  I should be planning my next move...or even just my weekend.  I should be returning a lot of emails.  And I will.  But right now, I am just going to spend some time thinking about how brilliant life would be if I had one of these in my house.

That's a healthy goal, right?

(Image c/o Pinterest)

The Handmade Statement Necklace.

I came across this image the other day and adored the look (barring the lipstick, sorry lady).  It is such a basic outfit but it really comes to life with such a fun and bold necklace.

I immediately thought about an Etsy shop I had seen a couple days earlier.

They are slightly less refined and not as bold in shape but they still do the job.  Visit An Astrid Endeavor on Etsy to see their full collection.

Don't forget...today is the last day to enter to win a copy of 'Paris vs New York'!

The Highs & Lows.

I came across this picture the other day and immediately fell in love with the shoes.  They have just the right amount of sparkle but are a great mix of youthful and classy.  But as I tend to do when I see something I like, I immediately have to assume that it is ridiculously expensive and lose a little bit of sleep over it.  In my head, these were obviously going to be Chanel and would never be mine.

BUT NAY.  As I obsessively check the ZARA website to see what new items they update on an almost daily basis, I was over the moon when I found these little ladies!  Hello lovelies.  Beautiful flat sandals that I can afford and look pretty in. Practical and gorgeous.

So you can imagine my confusion when I saw these on Piperlime yesterday morning.  Aside from a slight difference in how far up the tiny studs go up the t-bar portion of the shoe and the fact that these have a heel...I am quite sure I am looking at an identical shoe.

I'm leaning towards the flats because, all in all, they would get a lot more use but I'd love to know...which would choose?  Happy shopping!

Pep Talk.

We all need words of wisdom or happiness or even the support of sadness sometimes.  So I thought these may start everyone's Monday off on the right foot helping to let us all stop to think, have a good laugh or let ourselves have a good cry (as long as you get it out and then go back to laughing)  :)

I have spent my weekend checking a fair bit (but not enough!) off my never-ending to do list, making my schedule for this coming semester even more complicated and beginning the plans for a, hopefully, very exciting summer.  I'm completely overwhelmed and completely over the moon about it.  Wishing you all a wonderful week!