House Beautiful!



House beautiful displayed their kitchen of the year at Rockefeller Center Monday night. And what an amazing kitchen it is! This kitchen is just perfect for cooking, entertaining or even that late night conversation with your husband over a small carton of Ben and Jerry’s. Makes me want to tear my kitchen out and start over.

I love the mix of modern with traditional. The deep grey counter tops are flawless. And the stainless steel oven and burners are to die for. They’ve hidden the refrigerators with panels, and although it looks amazing, I also love the exposed stainless. The last detail I love is the all white dinnerware. Very clean and classy. (BTW my favorite dinnerware is WS Aplico…Amazing!)

Hope you enjoy the kitchen as much as I do…xoxo

People in Vogue


In my last blog I was blabbing about how I love to read about all the different people and events Vogue magazine showcases. Well, they’re releasing a new book all about the great parties, places and people vogue deems worthy. I’m really excited about this. Not only will it make a great new coffee table book, but they’ve condensed, what I consider, one of the best parts of Vogue Magazine. The only bummer is we’ll have to wait till November! xoxo

The September Issue


I can’t wait till September! The much talked about documentary, featuring Anna Wintour, and what it takes to put together the september issue of Vogue magazine is being released.

Vogue magazine is one of those iconic , untouchable, american gems. My favorite part of the magazine is how they take different people, from socialites to models, from designers to editors, and show how they live. Not only literally showcasing them in their homes, but also how they dress and put things together. It’s always fun to see how other people travel and what they find necessary. What they can’t live without.
Although we have to wait till September, I’m sure it’ll be worth it…xoxo

YSL again!



YSL is coming out with a great new bag (roady bag). It’s from the Fall 09 collection. Hasn’t hit the stores yet, but once it does good luck in trying to find it. Simple with just enough edge to demand attention. The leather is buttery soft and it’s surely to get better and better with each passing season. I think it’s going to retail for about $1995. Which yes it is an investment, but an investment meant to last. Good luck in getting one. xoxo

Ahh New York!





Love, Love, Love Olivia Palermo’s New York Tribeca apartment….The floor to ceiling windows is a must when living in the city. All that natural light in a small space will make it worth living in a 500 sq ft box. But besides the size of the apartment this space is perfection. The Hermes orange tray gives just enough color and funk to her simple, neutral color palate.

Keep in mind when decorating your personal space, most of us don’t live in a 5000 sq ft home, so keep from over buying and stuffing your place with everything you see. I know that there is a lot of great things to buy, but use some control. Sit down and really think about the vibe you want your space to say. Take a look at the style of your house, but more importantly your personal style and lifestyle. Your home should be a reflection of you not a mish mosh of someone elses style.
Neutral walls is a good place to start. Add your key pieces next, then finish it off with accessories that reflect you (books, frames, candles etc). Take your time when decorating. Check out the home décor trends of that year. Go out on missions to find things you really LOVE. I know for myself when I see something that my first instinct is “I have to have it” it usually is right. Even if it’s a little expensive. That may mean you can’t buy anything else for the month, but that’s okay. Trust me when I tell you you’ll be happier with one great piece vs a house filled with IKEA. Nothing wrong with IKEA, but you know what I mean. Have fun!

Transforming




Have you ever just been so ready for change that you can literally feeling it coming out of your pores? Well, that’s where I am. I feel like my life is constantly evolving but sometimes at a pace or pattern I don’t have control over. For the past 10 years I feel liked i’ve lived 3 times over.

Growing up my dream was to work and thrive in the arts. I started dancing at the age of 6 and knew early on I wanted to be on broadway. I pursued that dream till I was about 21. I enjoyed every step of the way…training, dancing and working with other creative people, pursing our passion to exhausting lengths.
When I hit 21 I wanted something more. Of course staying in the arts was a must, but in a different aspect. I started taking acting classes, got my self an agent and starting auditioning. First with commercials, then it progressed to episodic television, pilots and film. I loved it! Everyday was something different. A new casting agent, a new actor I had to work with. My days were never the same and I felt alive pursuing my passion. But, as we all know an actors life is an unpredictable one and in more cases than not…a poor ($) one.
So what were my options, quit go to school and get a “real” job, or waitress, work nights audition during the day and keep pushing forward. To be totally honest, I really didn’t like either of these choices. There was no way I was going to quit and I didn’t want to waitress. The first customer that looked at me cockeyed would of been wearing his filet. So I set out to use the one thing that I knew how to…my body. No not in that way people, in a trained, ballet based type of way.
At that time I had heard of this “new” type of training that the general population was just getting a hold of, what was it you ask…Pilates. Of course being a dancer I knew what this was all about, so I went and got my certification and opened up my own studio. This was perfect, I would make my own hours, audition when I was called and make double or even triple the money a waitress was making. It was perfect!
The years passed, my studio grew and I was still doing what my heart and soul desired. But I was about to hit a crossroad. At about the 10 year mark I had to make a decision. I always told myself if I hadn’t made it as a successful, constantly working actress by the time I was 30 I would re-evaluate. After 30, to me, pursing acting is a little desperate. I did some soul searching and decided to stop acting. I had an amazing husband, an incredibly successful business and I was okay with that. So I thought…
As I started waking up day after day doing the same thing I started going stir crazy. Although I loved my business, it wasn’t something that was fulfilling my passion to be creative. Remember this studio was my waitressing job. As great as it was, it wasn’t doing it for me.
So my soul searching began…I have to say it’s been difficult. What was I going to do for the rest of my life? What was going to drive me and fulfill me like dancing and acting had? What could I be so passionate about that I could eat, sleep and dream about? Although I haven’t made any life changing decisions this is where this blog comes in.
My love for style, fashion, design, architecture and writing can all have an outlet here. As this blog evolves so will I. I can find my voice and my place in the world. I’m just going to do what makes me happy. Write about what I like and what I find interesting and hopefully in the process find myself, my passion and my success again.