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inspiration wednesday: we heart lauren bacall

“I am not a has-been. I am a will be.” -Lauren Bacall

She was poised and beautiful, talented and unique; one of our favorite actresses of Hollywood’s golden age. Lauren Bacall died at 89 this week, and we’ll be watching our most beloved movies all week to honor her fabulousness. How to Marry a Millionaire. The Mirror Has Two Faces. To Have an Have Not (her legendary and stunning screen debut).

her style was impeccable- always perfectly put together, her feminine coif and elegant style were the epitome of chic. we love her ability to look equally as gorgeous whether vamping it up with her sexy pout, or dazzling us with her bright smile. she seemed so real- confessing in later years that her signature “look” was actually her way of looking to her lover Humphrey Bogart while dealing with on-screen nerves. she wasn’t afraid to be a woman, to be bold, and to always fabulous.


The magnetic mystique of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall – The Washington Post

15 Memorable Lauren Bacall Quotes: ‘Stardom Isn’t a Profession; It’s an Accident’

Lauren Bacall Has Died At Age 89 – Actress and Model Lauren Bacall Death – Elle

The Best Eyebrows of All Time: Cara Delevingne, Rooney Mara, Arizona Muse, and More – Vogue

Lauren Bacall, Hollywood’s Icon of Cool, Dies at 89


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inspiration friday: we heart lady gaga’s best looks on her birthday

we love her music, but what we love more is, of course, her style. she is a talented musician, a stunning performer, and an amazing, unique woman. the first and only of her kind. a trailblazer. but you already knew that, didn’t you? we have decided to celebrate the birthday of the queen of all things fabulous, Lady Gaga, with an ode to our favorite looks of her career.

10. vogue magazine, september 2012. we love when gaga embraces her natural beauty. she was graceful and poised in a dramatic piece by Stephen Jones Millinery.gaga_vogue_sept12_stephenjonesmillinery

9. out and about in new york city, 2011. she can so easily go from over the top to chic elegance, and here she showed us a bit of both, in a chic and sexy belted pink frock, scarf, and hat. a teal lip coordinated beautifully, and reminded us that, despite the simplicity of the silhouette, she still loves to push the envelope.gaga-Pinkdress_teallipstick_nyc

8. the Telephone music video, 2009. we love pretty much everything about this video, from the edgy, bold sexuality to the amazing costumes. our favorite is the ode to Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? phase, with a twist (naturally) of pop can hair rollers and over the top lips and eyes.gaga_telephone7. Canada’s MuchMusic Awards, 2011. gaga was ever so chic in a colorful 80s-inspired look; a boxy jacket, worn over delectable printed leggings, topped with dark glasses and bright teal hair. the outfit is refreshingly flattering, and the signature sky-high platforms add height and a fun contrasting animal print to round out the look.Lady Gaga6. gaga being cute and candid, 2013. we love this epic tweet, where she showed her goofy side in nerdy glasses and a funky floppy brimmed hat in a black and white color scheme. deep red lips completed the perfectly imperfect look. we love her sense of humor!gaga_twitter_glasses5. performing on The View, 2011. in head-to-toe Salvatore Ferragamo houndstooth, complete with hat, glasses, and shoes, gaga visited the talk show and performed… on a matching houndstooth piano. only Mother Monster herself could get away with that.gaga_theview_2011_ferragamo

4. Born This Way video, 2011. for her anthem to equality, she assembled a cast of unique characters, including model Rick Genest, known for his allover body tattoos. she dressed herself up as his feminine counterpart, matching his unique face and black and white tuxedo, topping herself off with a sassy pink ponytail. we love this sexy, androgynous, and macabre look.

gaga_rickgenest_bornthiswayvideo3. at the 2012 Grammy Awards. she was fierce in a custom Versace look, a regal waist-cinching number in layers of black netting and patent leather, with a long train and gold details including her very own scepter.gaga_2012grammys_versace

2. out and about in London, 2013. the diva wore a surprisingly demure suit, surprising us as she loves to do. she didn’t forget dramatic details in the Vivienne Westwood ensemble, of course, and made sure to don sky high heels, along with a ‘do that also stood tall. the dramatic oversized wig sported a smattering of Ariel-inspired seashells, and the look was topped by a jaunty hat, complete with pheasant feather detail. the look got mixed reviews, but we loved it!


1. MAC Cosmetics, 2010. for a chic Viva Glam line, Gaga was half of a power duo with the fabulous Cyndi Lauper. the two were boudoir chic in platforms, pearls, corsets and curls, and of course sultry lips and smokey eyes. it was the ultimate diva fantasy!


we hope the fabulous fashionista enjoyed her special day. paws up! xoxo

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inspiration wednesday: we heart Sandra Bullock in Practical Magic

Sandra Bullock is a goddess. her poise, her look, her humor, her style, her talent. she’s just fabulous! she has taken on so many fun roles, showing us different personalities and styles throughout the years- she was adorable and bumbling in While You Were Sleeping, silly and bold in Miss Congenialitysweet and strong in The Blind Sidefor which she of course won the Oscar for Best Actress, and wowed us again last year in Gravityis there any role she can’t awe us in?

“there’s a little witch in every woman” -aunt jet (dianne wiest)

but our favorite role of Sandra’s career has to be as sassy, loving, and magical Sally Owen in 1998’s Practical Magic. it’s one of our favorite movies of all time, with four amazing women- Sandra, of course, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Stockard Channing– representing a beautiful family of witches. we love the spot-on banter between the women that so reminds us of our sister, mother, and best friends. the setting is swoon-worthy; a sweet, cloudy New England town (though it was actually filmed on beautiful San Juan Islands in Washington), and a to-die-for Victorian mansion, complete with a winding staircase, a spectacular kitchen, and a gorgeous greenhouse. and don’t even get us started on Sally Owens’ little botanical shop, Verbena. we could go on!

“plant lavender for luck” – sally owens (sandra bullock)

the entire style of the movie, and of Sally, is breathtaking, in soft, earthy pastels, and a decidedly ethereal vibe- textural, flowy styles, soft, wavy, hair, feminine florals. layered skirts, dresses, and cardigans are paired with delicate feminine accessories for a functionally feminine style. grays, blues and greens are abundant, making us long to dig our hands into the garden under a summer evening sky, wearing our favorite wide-brimmed gardening hat and flowered skirt.

“we owens women have always created a stir” – aunt frances (stockard channing)sandrabullock_sallyowens_style_practiclmagic_movie_1998

we found the most amazing fan site dedicated to this wonderful movie… amasveritas.comwhere we found all of our images, and learned a bit more of the Practical Magic backstory. be prepared to have some fun if you love this movie as much as we do!


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inspiration friday: we heart Valentine’s Day!

our favorite day of the year is finally here! there’s no better way to kiss away the winter blues than with a sweets-filled day of romance and fun. maybe we are just hopeless romantics, but it really is such a happy day. wear your favorite something with hearts on it, eat some sweets, and watch your favorite rom-com with your honey or your besties… that’s what we will be doing! here’s our obsession list for today!!!

1. our favorite sweet for the day… Chicago’s own Sweet Mandy B’s cupcakes. any flavor, they’re all divine!


2. our favorite romance movie for the day… Dirty Dancing. Awesome music, the best over-the-top moments in 80s chick flicks, plus Patrick Swayze without a shirt on.

1012251_10151644769118557_50972627_n3. our fashion obsession for the day… Paul Andrew’s Amazon heel in leathery, feathery goodness. we would be okay if these showed up our doorstep this afternoon…


4. our favorite romantic song for the day… Friday I’m in Love by The Cure. it’s exactly how we picture romance- crazy, fun, head over heels happiness. just listen to the words, watch the video, and try not to smile. we dare you.


5. our favorite creation, made especially for our favorite day… a one-of-a-kind black and white chapeau with a vintage bakelite heart, a swarovski crystal button, and lots more pretty details. someone lucky gets to wear this out on the town tonight!


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!


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inspiration sunday: we heart black history month

happy february! there is a lot to look forward to this month, and one of the most important is Black History Month. this is the time to reflect a bit more on the important impact of African Americans in our little part of the world, as well as a time to learn and understand how racism affects everyday lives. most importantly, it is the chance to see that equality, acceptance, and love are the best ways to move towards a more beautiful world.

we have been moved by many talented, visionary, and powerful African Americans over the years. here are a few of our favorite heroes that we want to salute this month…

Nina Simone owned one of the most unique and stunning talents one could ever hope to hear. her songs will give you chills, from the haunting racism of Strange Fruit, to the sensual beauty of Lilac Wine, and everything in between.

ninasimoneMichelle Obama is the first African American First Lady, and has an impressive list of accolades, including a successful career as a lawyer. As First Lady, she has initiated many successful programs on health, education, and families, with a special emphasis on women’s issues including health care.


Maya Angelou is a masterful writer, whose prose is inspirational, empowering, and bold. she has penned countless poems and books over her decades-long career, including Phenomenal Woman, a moving piece for all women that inspires us to to be our greatest… and know that we already are.maya_angelouRosa Parks changed the course of history when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in segregated Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. from then on, she stood as one of the most important figures in the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century.

rosa_parksBillie Holiday is synonymous with soulful, sensual blues. she tore down racial and gender barriers and broke records with her graceful songwriting and performing.billie_holidayOprah Winfrey has created a spectacular one-woman empire that encompassed not only her record breaking talk show, but books, merchandise, a (fabulous) magazine, and even a television network. her refreshing and lively work always focuses on the spirit of strong women of varied backgrounds, sizes, ages, and ways of life.oprah_winfrey

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inspiration friday: we heart chinese new year

happy new year! the lunar Chinese calendar’s new year (or Spring Festival, as it’s known) starts today, and marks the year of the horse in their zodiac system.

the celebration begins by a thorough house cleaning just before the first day of the new year, to clean out the old and to manifest luck in the new year. people are wearing red, giving gifts enclosed in red envelopes, and decorating and celebrating with red… it’s the color of luck for the Chinese, and this is the time to manifest a prosperous new year. on the eve, a big meal is served and fireworks are set off. parades and celebrations carry on for days, celebrating a new year and a new start to life.

Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur

Source: The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade

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inspiration monday: we heart Martin Luther King Jr Day

dr_martin_luther_king_jrEquality, love, and peace are too rare a commodity in this world that we live in. thanks to the work and words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the world is  a bit more equal, a bit more loving, and a bit more peaceful. he was an integral part of the 20th century’s Civil Rights Movement as a powerful speaker and strong leader, but most importantly as a man who believed in nonviolent protest. he was one of the few, especially in such a tumultuous time in our country and our world, who believed that peacefulness could lead to conflict resolution. His theory was proved right, as he and his beliefs played a role in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made racial segregation in the United States illegal, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ensured equal access to the right to vote for African American citizens. He was arrested 30 times for his involvement in civil rights activities, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

His marriage to fellow activist Coretta Scott King, was a thing of beauty. In keeping with their beliefs of love, peace, and equality, the pair were an inseparable couple, working, living, and raising their family together until his death in 1968.

Every year we celebrate on the Monday nearest his January 15th birthday. This observation of his birthday became a national holiday in 1983. On this day, we are all encouraged to reflect on our lives and the world we live in, thinking about Dr. King’s principles of peace and love, and how we each play a role in creating a better future.


“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service