Posts Tagged ‘black and white’

Where Does the Time Go? 2010 Calendars

December 22, 2009

Whoa. Where does the time go? I can’t believe I let so many days go by without updating. I can promise you that won’t happen again. I am starting to really enjoy blogging (such a newbie…this is my very first blog!), but it truly is amazing how quickly the time goes by and how easy it is to miss a whole week if you’re not careful–and I obviously wasn’t very careful this past week, was I?

Let’s talk about time. Sweet, precious time. Stylish time. Crazy time! Time to update the old calendars, right? I love this calendar from Cranky Pressman, first and foremost for the fact that I agree that 2009 was a growling bear of a year, but also because I’m in love with letterpress printing. This is such a fabulous example of ending this decade with a fantastic ROAR!!

Goodbye, bear of a year. Hello, fresh new decade! Click image for details on how to create your own - happy one! - for 2010. Photo: Cranky Pressman

It’s time to update our calendars, and if you’re like me, you record all of your pertinent information in your iPhone and let the alarms do the talking. I like that format because I can take my calendar with me wherever I go.

This leaves the traditional wall or desk calendar to take on new meaning. I love some of these ideas, from chic to cheeky…they are a fantastic way to brighten your day or dress your space!

Italian Marie Claire calendar. Click image for details. Photo: Refinery29

For the black and white fashion photography lover, here’s the Italian Marie Claire calender, which is inserted into the January issue of Italian Marie Claire. Love these swanky snaps!

Alicia Bock's Paris: A Love Story Photo: Papercrave.com

Ahhh yes, Paris. I can almost feel a crisp Spring day, walking through the park or along the sidewalks in the Marias. Makes me long for my next trip. For now, I can stare at the photos…and perhaps pencil something in?

J'adore these galoshes! Photo: Decor 8

Don’t you love the look of handcrafted and hand-drawn artwork? I love this little pocket calendar with the cute galoshes on the cover.

Silkscreened poster calendar Photo: Estasketch's Etsy store. Click image for details.

I also really love the look of vintage posters. This one is hand silkscreened from an original, hand-drawn illustration. It kind of looks like an old rock poster, doesn’t it? Cool for that blank spot in the wall that needs that special…something.

Pretty, eco-friendly calendar sheets. Photo: Three Square Design

These are pretty and eco-friendly sheets with nature and graphic prints that look great tacked to a board or clipped on a string. Make a statement with multiple pages.

A Post-It a Day... Photo: Designyearbook.blogspot.com

How cool is this? I love putting sticky notes all over everything…I mark pages and leave notes and stick them pretty much anywhere. This calendar is color coded by month and has a pop-up number that you can fold up every day! Brilliant!

Pop THIS! Click the link to pop the bubble wrap. Photo: Refinery29.com

And of course, I saved the absolute BEST for last! Who doesn’t love popping bubble wrap to the point of obsession? Okay, maybe I’m speaking for myself, but when I found this calendar on the Refinery29 website, I practically jumped for joy and couldn’t click/pop over to the website fast enough to see where I could purchase this calendar. Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out. BUT WAIT! Don’t let that spoil your fun too much. You can click on the image to take you to a pop-able bubble calendar online.

2010 can’t come fast enough. Have fun!

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Black and White and Shades Between.

September 29, 2009

If you’re anything like me, the first hint of a nip in the air means breaking out the boots and scarves and deep, dark colors…even if the temps rise to 80 during the day. But seriously. How do you manage those cool, early Autumn mornings that turn into blistering dog day afternoons?

One way is to balance the heavy darks with brighter lights. In it’s truest form, contrasting black and white. It’s not only chic, it can be fun and easy on the eye as well as the budget. Many of these pieces will carry you from Fall through Winter and back into Spring! We are currently scouring the Spring 2010 runways, and see a bold black/white statement as a lasting trend.

Here are a few examples of current black and white mixes on the runway AND on the street:

[Styling tip: remember to wear white on the parts of your body that you want to emphasize and highlight, and let black be your camouflage!]

Balmain takes black denim and a tee to new heights by adding an embellished shoulder-emphasizing jacket.

Balmain takes black denim and a tee to new heights by adding an embellished shoulder-emphasizing jacket.

Nicole Miller adds a sporty zip front vest.

Nicole Miller adds a sporty zip front vest.

Bold B&W graphics are important for evening as well.  Oscar de la Renta

Bold B&W graphics are important for evening as well. Oscar de la Renta

Streets of Paris:  boyfriend blazer, white tee, black denim

Streets of Paris: boyfriend blazer, white tee, black denim

Carry white denim into fall by adding a black jacket and colorful accessories.

Carry white denim into fall by adding a black jacket and colorful accessories.

Layer a belted jacket over a bold B&W graphic tee. This is the perfect topper over basic black leggings.

Layer a belted jacket over a bold B&W graphic tee. This is the perfect topper over basic black leggings.

And while black generally takes top billing for Fall, the shades and shadows between black and white certainly come into play. Which brings us to probably my favorite non-color for Fall this year: Gray. I adore wearing gray. And no matter your coloring you can wear it! Here’s a snippet from Alternative Apparel on the virtues of wearing gray:

on going gray...

on going gray...

How to Wear it

First, ditch your thoughts of the doom and gloom associated with the color. Grey is simple, elegant, and flattering on pretty much everyone. Just be sure to consider your hair color and skin tone when picking the perfect grey. (Hint: those with warmer skin and hair are stunning in silver and pearl grey, while fair-skinned and flaxen beauties look lovely in charcoal and slate.)

For a lengthening, streamlined effect, try a head-to-toe monochromatic grey ensemble, and add a pop of color with chunky statement jewelry—long layered necklaces will stand out beautifully and glam up your look. Or, mix things up a bit and pair grey skinny pants, cords or menswear trousers with a vibrant sweater or top. Grey goes with every color, so you can’t go wrong.

Some options for going gray:

Soft gray and pearl shades

Soft gray and pearl shades

Dark grays and charcoals look amazing with pops of vivid color.

Dark grays and charcoals look amazing with pops of vivid color.

Denim leggings (here, in acid wash from Madewell) are a becoming a key piece for Fall!

Denim leggings (here, in acid wash from Madewell) are a becoming a key piece for Fall!

Options galore! Mix black and white and shades of gray (plus a few bursts of color, if you like), and you’ll have a foolproof wardrobe season after season…regardless of the temps!