Thursday, February 27, 2014

Random Lovelies: Beauty Files

Here are just a few of my tried-and-true favorites.  Please share yours!



Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Foundation

Medium weight with a smooth finish.  (Sounds like a good Tuesday night bottle of vino!)

Stila Eye Palette

Just about every color you could want for baby blues.  You can highlight, shadow, and line, with this entire palette.


Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

For those of us who need lengthening and volumizing all in one, this is it.  Plus, no clumps ever!

MAC Lip Liner

A classic liner in a classic color and completely versatile. Line or color in and top with clear gloss.  Voila!

Dior Addict Lip Glow

This glossy balm is one of the many natural color
enhancers, but the best one out there.  Your natural color with a Dior spin!


Bvlgari Jasmin Noir

My all-time favorite, love-at-first-spritz, scent.  I cannot imagine a time when this will not be on my vanity.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Inspirations Files: Designers I Adore

I believe, as many of my favorite designers do, that a beautiful space enriches one's life. And since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, everyone's 'pretty' will vary. Here are some favorite spaces from some of my favorite design industry faces.

STEPHEN SHUBEL
The most brilliant use of awning stripes in this gorgeous bathroom

NATE BERKUS
This kitchen would inspire me to make the most delicious meals

DARCY TSUNG
A stunning dining room to eat previously said inspired and delicious meals

CHLOE WARNER
A beautiful, elegant, & comfortable living room. So pretty!

Share some of your favorites with me and they may appear in a future post.

Happy Thursday,
j.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Inspiration Files: Wine Appreciation

There are few greater joys in life than a delicious home-cooked meal paired with a wine you love. Notice, I said you. By that I mean don't exclude the tastes or preferences of your spouse, partner, or guests. After all, part of being a gracious host is to make your guests feel welcome and at home. And nothing says 'mi casa, es su casa' like serving a wine you know they will love.

In this case, I refer to wine scores, points, and reviews. I personally appreciate the 100 pt. system. I see its value as a useful tool for those just learning about wine who perhaps have not yet developed their palate. Conversely, if I'm in a rush and the company I'm hosting likes Italian Chianti's (a wine I don't buy enough of!), I'll trust the opinion of a critic who's palate aligns with my own.

Keep in mind, the score, points or review is the opinion of the wine writer or critic. The number one rule in wine tasting and appreciation is  WINE IS SUBJECTIVE. Yes, I went there. I just all-capped at you on that important point. It is what you think about a wine that matters. I once tasted a $5 bottle I thought was worth $15 and a $250 bottle that I wouldn't have shelled out $20 for. Trust your tastebuds!

Cheers,
j.

Here are a few of my favorites:


Image via kunde.com


Image via charlessmithwines.com


Image via twomey.com


Image via stoneedgefarm.com

2010 Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel

Image via williamsselyem.com

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Inspiration Files: France


Bonjour!

Those who know and love me are painfully aware that I am an enormous lover-of-all-things French. Decor, design, style, food, wine, all of it. Even one of my Pinterest boards is dedicated entirely to France, and only France.  Sad to say, I have not yet been (imagine that!). And until that beautiful, long-awaited day occurs (2015?) here are some images qui remplissent mon d├ęsir pour la France. 

Au revoir,
j.

P.S. Narrowing down the images to five was not easy. Not unlike picking a favorite kid.

Love locks on Le Pont des Arts, Paris
Provence
Montmartre
Now that is a view!  J'aime la Tour Eiffel.
Cafe in Montmartre




Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Help Me Help You

RUE Magazine/Palecek

Last week I had the distinct honor of attending a trade event at the gorgeous Palecek showroom inside the Galleria at San Francisco Design Center. RUE Magazine Founder and Editor Crystal Palecek hosted "Secrets to Getting Published" featuring the hip and whip-smart panel of herself, Erin Feher, Editor in Chief of California Home + Design, Olivia Martin, Associate Editor of Dwell, and Chloe Redmond Warner of Redmond Aldrich Design.

One topic addressed was the, ahem, importance (or non-importance depending on your opinion - hush to the naysayers!) of having a publicist or marketing rep. Dear designers, focus on your strengths: creating a beautiful product, or an envy-worthy space. Marketing and PR are a different piece of the all-important business model pie, requiring altogether a different skill-set.

The bottom line? Let us marketeers invest the time and energy it takes to help you achieve the recognition you deserve, and may or may not be trying to garner on your own. Recognition, per se, not what you're after? How about credibility? Getting your spaces and pieces published does exactly that, not to mention it places you on the interior design industry radar. Marketing and PR pros employ the means necessary to getting your projects, products, or submissions published. It is key. Let's talk!

One of my early submissions at K2 Design Communications was to California Homes magazine.
Designer Lori Weitzner's "Newsworthy" wallcovering was exactly that; something worth writing about!  
(Lower left image.)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello World!

Welcome to my new blog, Lovely Inspirations!

It's here I'll share all things lovely that inspire me:  
decor, design, food, wine, style, and travel.  

I'm so glad you're along for the ride!

j.