Saturday, November 13, 2010

down in gypsy rock

i'm-with-the-band hands are owed to the summer's recording sessions spent in marrakech - allegedly - and just a few other factors. obviously, wear tassels around your wrist to start and then think about maybe changing your name to ondine.

you might consolidate your closet into a trunk of textures from flea markets to bazaar markets ~ the brocade, the beading, the hippie paisley print, the gauze, silk and mongolian wool. of course, jeans and a t shirt go without saying.

your collection of clothes and accessories will show that saturated color goes well with light-sucking velvets and that the uncommon (whatever it is you find) looks so wonky but sophisticated at the same time. just don't overdo your hair. your old prep school wardrobe (something like balenciaga f07) mixes well with your study abroad souvenir finds, but you'll get a bit more relaxed in dressing. maybe your boyfriend and his band are rubbing off.

patchouli is clearly too much so go for byredo's gypsy water. it's subtle and the name offers more than it's weight in mystique. then, just anoint one foot with a diluted drop of patchouli ~ so you and maybe the girl at the nail place only know...and your boots. i guess make that both feet then.

loving all kinds of art, but maybe prioritizing ray bans over man ray? i understand. buy prints and then brush gel medium over the image. the frame always makes a difference anyway. i like elizabeth peyton and her ease with brushstrokes and this painting has a well-traveled feel.

the marchesa luisa casati is an influence not only for her inventive costumes to her elaborate balls, but also for her eccentric ways and patronage to the arts. she was daring and lived her life artfully. la marchesa took walks with her cheetahs down the labyrinths of venice at night and that's just a teeny taste. find your eccentric du jour and get inspired.

pattern on pattern feels haphazard like you're breaking the rules stylishly. ondine likes this. it's less predictable and throws them off your trail a bit.

pretty soon, your first instinct will be something like ~ this bracelet would look great with leather shorts and a wide brim felt hat...and then you realize, most everything in the wardrobe trunk looks good with a felt hat. and also there might be a: p.s. shave legs and wash the knee socks. in the end, the suno bracelet was a good add to the collection.
lizzie fortunato for suno

juergen teller and some persian rugs keep the vision. somehow it reminds you of mixing high and low and to actually use a camera versus the inevitable retro camera phone app. art school did foster a love for the holga camera anyway.

write some letters and drink mint tea on the floor or in bed. the scrawl might be wobbly and a tea drip might stain, but think orient express and your message might end up containing loads of intrigue. or loads more.

iris apfel, the bold style whiz, and her glasses...well, ondine definitely admires the playfulness she stirs with her mash ups.

redbury hotel on vine would be the first hollywood crash spot on the list for a fondue party with records playing and tarot card dealing.

a bit mad max makes for earthy witchery and packs in the trunk like a breeze...although why take it off?
pamela love: cfda nom

when you're looking for a gelateria in rome on one of those scorching summer days, you might need these to keep you sane. you see, you won't need to give up & stop searching for the gelateria that has the good gelato, the one whose banana flavor is brown so you know it's fresh, because the italianos will be checking you (well, your sunglasses) out. and that means they were a
chic/wise purchase. pick them up at mohawk general store and you might make some additional impulse buys. so you know.
super ~ lucia

try to sleep in something like this when you're visiting your best friend in paris. after you've given up, head to chez julien and laugh about the things you laugh about.

kemp muhl may start taking notes.

and your dream state might include episodes like this.

and you might start crafting up dresses that look like lanterns or lanterns that look like dresses.
manish arora s11

and pretty soon, you'll be expertly fanning yourself like a lady from spain. (so don't forget your fan.)


  1. gorgeous images. well done, as always, Steph!! let me know how goes the NY quest!

  2. oh, i'm just thrilled you took a side turn onto my blog! maybe sometimes it's good to get a tad lost. and i will most definitely give you the inside scoop.