August 17, 2014

life’s a blur & better in great clothes

It seems that time keeps passing so quickly between kids, business and life, but between it all I think about the blog I love and miss dearly. The time literally melts away, as does the inspiration at times, but I still believe that one day, AFF will be back.

In the mean time, here are few insta shots, because lets face it, how many times do we really carry our gigantic cameras in our clutch, when your rushing around after the littles.

Happy #sundayfunday

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October 11, 2013

What’s in: Here’s where I’ve been

fall picks

For those of you who have been wondering what to do with your Fall wardrobe while I’ve been gone, here are my Polaroid pics.

ripped denim 

leopard print jeans

cropped slacks

braids

dark purple

 pointy toes

cropped boots (yes again this year)

leather & plaid together 

smokey eyes, gucci style

 camo pants/ camo shoes/ camo everything

Say it fast and LOUD!!! Happy Friday!

Always in:

blazers

tribal print

leopard print

leather

Over the last year, a new baby girl bundle has come into our lives, along with adding an extension of our business. So…needless to say, time has melted away. Hopefully more will come my way soon and I can share all the amazing things I’ve absorbed as of late.

XO-AFF

DSCN0322Similar: Tibi dress // Draped Sweater // Cavalli Sunnies 

Baby Fashion: Noonie and Nottie by Lalas Pequenos

May 4, 2013

Bump in Kelly Green

 green free people dress

Where have I been? Cooking up a little bump and still searching for lovely colors for Spring. I like to wear normal clothes when I’m pregnant, so that I can use them afterward. This dress is perfect. Happy Weekend.

Click for look: Free People Long Tiered crochet dress

nails Essie Snap Happy

similar turquoise cuff

Nachelle gold initial necklace

Rainbow leather flip flops

FP Green dress II

Here are a few other must haves for Spring.

Kelly Green post

Kate Spade Earrings

Dolly Chambray Dress

Gap Sandals

Asos Swing Dress 

Mia Pency Pants

Mia Tiered necklace

River Island Mexican Dress

One Teaspoon boy shirt

March 30, 2013

Spring: Where is it?

wantedn summer

flower girl Via Jean-Paul Goude

images via embyaesthetic.tumblr.com/

wanted summer II

Sunny Dresses: Floral Dress // bcbg print dress // Ruffle mini dress // bcbg mini striped dress

AND: Asos Strappy Heals // Sunglasses // Blue clutch 

March 9, 2013

2013’s Retro Floral

floral chair

Okologi chair

One Kings Lane Saint Remy Floral Chair

One Kings Lane - Lily Pulitzer fabric

floral chair fabric

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clockwise: Blue Poppies // Fall Floral //  Hot House Floral // Happy Poppies

 What’s on the rise? Florals, everywhere from the US to the AU. Not just in clothing, but down to the fabric in upholstered furniture. Are the late 80’s back? Nope…although we love the neons. These floral prints are bold and bright, with a splash of retro. So, when you’re recovering and walk past what you think is a dated floral, think again. These are some funky floral options.

Chairs from the Lovely Clusters (catalog & etsy shop) , Okologi Interior Design and One King’s Lane

March 7, 2013

Layering Luster: The necklace parade

Now that 2012 and the Arm Party (Thank you Man Repeller) are behind us, what’s next? The Necklace parade. Layer some lush statement pieces with dainty chains to amp up last season’s style. Here are a few from Anthropologie that I’m loving this season.

necklace layering
 necklace layering II

1. Jade Dotted Double Strand

2. Agassie Ceramic Necklace

3. Brass Cirque Necklace

4. Fairburn Necklace

5. Geometer Nekclace

6. Drupelet Strand

7. Embroidery Tufted Pendant Necklace

8. lock and key necklace

 

For these and more Anthro necklaces click here. 

February 27, 2013

Part II: Fashion & Pottery

pincus fashion inspire

How fashion inspires us is an interesting thing. We use it in all facets of our life. Colors we see throughout the season inspire so many subconscious choices we make that year. When I caught up with Peter Pincus he told me he recently found an immense amount of inspiration in the fashion image above and what transpired? The beautiful work below. This well designed tea bowl has barely cooled from its last fire and is already off to a show.

Pincus

The hue you see between the soft grey and black tones is between a mint and pale blue, which Pincus discovered as his eye mixed the pattern of the fashion image.

pincus front

Pincus_1

pincus fashion piecesline 1: Mint jewel bracelet (steal)  // Ohne Titel Stripe Jersey Wrap Dress

line 2: Gap Body cardigan //  Pour La Victoire black Suede heal // Club Monaco Bucle Jacket // THE OUTNET Wool-crepe sleeveless jacket

line 3: Isabel Lu Hamptons Dress // Botkier – Valentina Shoulder bag

background: ASOS Pants In Jacquard (steal) // Asos black skater dress (steal)

February 2, 2013

Fine Art & Contemporary Utility

The artist Peter Pincus recently floated into my life and his style and outlook have made quite the impression on me. As the daughter of a potter, ceramics is cast deep in my bones. I remember at the age of 3 smashing my feet in the clay buckets and love the smell of fresh, wet clay.

PP cermics II

shift ceramics

The pieces by Peter Pincus strike me in way that appeal to many sections of the right brain. I very much appreciate the form and function of the work, but moreover the design and graphic element to the pieces; the possible influence of a retro, contemporary style. These pieces are on the edge of mixing many iconic eras. In a recent interview with Justin Crowe’s, Dizbe.com, Peter explains the foundation of his works. One thing I find intriguing about Pincus’ process, is the ability to use only portions of each piece to make the perfect vessel. His process, which he explains in the interview, is to throw a piece, cast the mold, dissect it, take the perfected pieces and place them back together. In essence, I suppose it’s a mastered puzzle for our eye to enjoy.

PP ceramics

cups

Peter relays his interest in crossing over to collaboration with the fashion world. His design work, in my opinion, would translate very well into fabric. I can see these designs walking the runway as we speak. His sleek lines, sharp edges and brilliant hues are a perfect match for a spring line.

I want to connect affluent art objects with contemporary culture. To do this, I make colorful porcelain objects that are both three dimensional paintings and functional containers. They combine vibrant material with contemporary aesthetics borrowed from pop culture, fashion, tattoos, modernist paintings and other sources. Together, they form a basic working vocabulary of color relationships and compositions highlighting what I see as defining elements of our current culture.  ~Peter Pincus   via Dizbe

Peter Pincus decanter and cup

January 28, 2013

Bohemian Style Crush: Stephanie Von Watzdorf

Image via

I’m a huge fan of Chic Comfort and I’m loving the former Tory Burch Designer, Stephanie Von Watzdorf. The world traveler launched her new Figue collection last fall, inspired by the fig fruit she so often ate throughout her childhood in Italy. While her designs and style are definitely luxe and made for a champagne wallet, her edge is timeless. Although a native New Yorker, as a daughter of a Russian Ballerina mother and German/French father, she has been surrounded by a worldly view and desire to travel her entire life. Her cultural influence has left her collection with an independent imagination and rich, bohemian style.

So often our clothes wear us or are determined by the NOW factor. Von Watzdorf’s pieces are in essence, an extension of her lifestyle. She owns the look and incorporates the beauty of her experiences in her tunics and military coats.  From Marrakech to Manhattan, the design translates to all walks of life.

SVW

image via WSJ

Some photos from her travels.

J'adore... tassels!Color Every Step of the WayStephanie von Watzdorf: Queen of FigueHidden ArchwaysJ'adore... sketching anywhere!Finders KeepersBoat-In Movie

January 23, 2013

What’s trending now: direct links

trending

Cardigan heart patch elbow $43.99baroque scarf pant $275.00 chevron Sweater $54.95

I like to keep the trends in the back of my mind, so here are a few I thought I’d share with you.

pieces range from $15.00- $350.00

(Click Image for direct link. )

rare breed flat $57.99LULU studded tote $36.00 Marni Peplum $334.45

Heart cuttingborad $14.50threadsence faux fur $106.00 Baublebar Bling Cuff $180 Pig paperweight $10.99   Boohoo nekclace $20.69 Modcloth bag $42.99  jimmy Choo sandals $437.00 high top wedges $69.00 gold sparkle bangle $240.00 current elliot prep school shirt $248.00Gap plaid shirt $42.99 foldover clutch $157lightinthebox hoodie $35.99 console table $210.00 Asos Parka $158.00

For more boutique finds click here.

 
January 22, 2013

Leifsdottir: In the trenches

leifsdottir trench & BCBG sweater

Leifsdottir

leifsdottir trench

BCBG knit sweater // BCBG coral v-neck

leifsdottir options

leifsdottir options clockwise: Harlow fur coat // reeta colorblocked coat // yellow eyelet trench  // Berta Brocade Jacket

leifsdottir trench

January 21, 2013

Seeing the world through works

Carol Jackman - King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain by Carol Jackman 

Here’s how I’m feeling this Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and some of you are enjoying the holiday today. Here are a few lovely works to share.

Wall mounted glass pebbles  by Christopher Jeffries 

These pebbles are a calm start to the day. I love the creative way to display glass works.

 Murray Dessner

Guidecca by Murray Dessner,  2007, acrylic on canvas 

One of my passions is huge abstract works. They give me peace and evoke challenges simultaneously.


Cake

Tall Cake on Pedestal by Tina Ingraham 2012, oil on linen mounted on wood

Would really love to eat this entire cake for breakfast/brunch.

January 18, 2013

Winter Weather Staples: Leopard & Burberry

 Burberry and Leopard

When I tell people what my wardrobe staples are, I get many looks and sanity is not one of them. My staples are not a nude skirt and a pop of color. Change up your staples, take a piece with a little flare and incorporate it for more than just a special occasion.

leopard jacketBurberry scarf

Bucket BagMen's Denim

Biker boots

January 16, 2013

Shop Secrects: Baublebar & Neiman Marcus

FORTUNE TELLER GAME

Play the game and receive baublebar discounts. I just played and received %15 off my next purchase. Honestly takes 2 seconds.  Click below to play. 

fortuneteller game

Baublebar is celebrating their 2nd anniversary and kicking off their 3rd year with a pave collection which opens today.

Calendar 1.25.13

Some of my favorite bracelets in a the pave line.

 pave

Neiman Marcus midday dash starts a little over two hours.  I love these flash sales. They’re so exciting!

Midday Dash: 50% off

 

January 7, 2013

Style Crush: Jessica Craig-Martin Photography

Jessica Craig-Martin

Jessica Craig-Martin
Jessica Craig-Martin Jessica Craig-Martin

Jessica Craig-Martin

Jessica Craig-Martin

images via Greenberg Van Doren Gallery

Everyday version of modern miami chic style.

style collage II

drinking out of: ticker tape mug
Just in case it rains: No Brand umbrella
reading in: ipad case
dropping my stuff in: vintage wood bin
January 5, 2013

My Nook: Good Visuals & Recommended reads

Good Visuals and recommended reads

The rush of holidays is finally over and with all the parties, family, friends and fun, it’s time to slow down and look through the books I have long been coveting. Here are some of the reads I’ve added to my collection this season.

Books: Evidence  Architects// The Color Revolution // Dazzling Design // The Iconic Interior // Kelly Wearstler RhapsodyGood Reads

I also updated my nook with a mix of pieces vintage and mod.  It’s easy to change small spaces with simple updates. If you get overwhelmed tackle a corner or hall way. It will give you a fresh start for the new year. Floor lamp

Icelandic Sheep Skin Rug

painted table

Where I got this look: Table from To Bee Seated // Chair – Vintage find // Pillow -mod find from vintage shop // Icelandic viking sheepskin rug -found from a Artisan in the Blue Ridge Mountains // Stella Floor Lamp – Urban Outfitters

Nook PillowsNo Brand  70’s throwback//  Jonathan Adler Multi color Bargello // Jonathan Adler Jamaica Lane // @ pillow //Trina Turk Geo Yellow and Gray // Blissliving Jack multi pillow // Natori Lotus Temple

January 1, 2013

2012 Snapshot

AFF has been M.I.A. because the holidays brought me one of my fave chics, My Sis and I wasn’t going to waste a second. sissis II

Here’s a snapshot review of a few of this years favorite looks.                    aff snapshot

Fore more LOOKS & LINKS click here. 

December 20, 2012

For Love of City Life

 Ground level looking into the sunrise in the meat packing district in NYC

Photo of the Meatpacking district  by Mike Richard

I have many great loves and one is bustling city life. I like to take a trip into the city as much as possible, to get lost, soak up the culture, the life, the buzz, the pace, everything a city has to offer. Here are some of my favorite city works and when the time that has elapsed has been too long, these bring me back to that place.

Boy in Park

Boy in Park- by Tim Gardner

Waiting – by Casey Childs – Principle Gallery

Bryant Park – Charles Jarboe – Principle Gallery

Emma Haworth

The Fox is Black illustrations

Paper Metropolis by Kiel Johnson

A photo essay of the city in the blizzard of 2010 click to see the rest…

 

December 17, 2012

Free People: Light hearted chic comfort

free people V

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I love wearing white and cream in the winter. It feels so feminine and chic. This is one of my favorite dresses because of the dainty pink lace detail and  light free flow of the sleeves and skirt. Great Holiday look.

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Free People light heart

free peopleFree People Light Hearted Dress // Campus Frye Boots // Sanctuary Faux Fur Vest // Blue stone bracelet

December 16, 2012

Sculptural gifts under $100

 

Paper Art - Sculpture - kusudama - Yellow, Orange

Paper Art – Sculpture – kusudama – Yellow, Orange

Stoneware Sculpture "Two Suspicious Chickens", Handmade Ceramic Animal Figure

 Stoneware Sculpture “Two Suspicious Chickens”, Handmade Ceramic Animal Figure by MURTIGA

Mom, Dad, me and the world - Paper cut and paper sculpture - reproduction art card

Mom, Dad and Me  Daniel MAR 

peonies vase

Chrysanthemum Vase by Anthropologie

 

24" Sphere Garden Metal Sculpture

24″ Sphere Garden Metal Sculpture by Brett Cleveland

Pinned Image

Recycled Mats by Plumo

Artisan Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes by Olive and Cocoa

Teak Ladder 

Banded wool pouf 

No. 2 Dahlia Wall Sculpture

Dahlia wall sculpture by Dillypad

Homes & Heels

Chicago Style - Fashion & Interior Design

Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

Restoring Our 1890 Victorian

The Working Closet

where life meets style

The Artful Desperado

The Art of Living

ATELIER c157

- ART & PHOTOGRAPHY -

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