Thursday, February 10, 2011

Change of Scene

I've moved!  I will no longer be blogging at this URL.  Check out my new home here and tell me what you think.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Old Meets New

1.  National Museum of American Jewish History and the Bourse Building
2. Colonial Buildings on Market St.  3. The Suit Corner, Market St.
4. The Arden Theater  5. Christ Church Philadelphia 

I know it's been a long time since my last post.  I've been so busy getting back into the swing of things in New York that I haven't had time to finish telling you about my day in Philadelphia.  Until now.  I spent that day in Old City Philadelphia, my favorite section of the city.  After my cheesesteak consumption, I wandered to Reward Project on North 2nd Street.  Through the understated entrance I found a treasure drove of great design.  I would call it a more upscale version of Urban Outfitters.  Vanessa Bruno Athé, Surface To Air Paris, Opening Ceremony, and Jeffrey Campbell are only some of the impressive brands Reward carries as well as other incredibly cool, little known brands.  They also carry vintage bags, Plush Tights, and prints by local artists.  Plus you can check out the surrounding small galleries and independent book and music shops before or after you get your clothing fix.  On the way there be sure to take a look at the unique city landmarks pictured above.  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's Been a Long Time Comin'

1. Smak Parlour  2. Campo's Deli  3. & 4. Campo's Cheesesteak w/provolone & fried onions
5. Independence Hall

Another snowy day in the Northeast.  It's a good thing I went into Philly yesterday when it was a "warm and balmy" 40 degrees and partly cloudy.  My goal: eat a distinctly Philadelphian meal and purchase some clothes from a unique Philly establishment.  Today my goal is to pack for New York, which is why I am writing this now (goals cannot be accomplished without a good amount of procrastination.  Case-in-point: changing the fonts on the blog before finishing this post).  I made my way to Smak Parlour, a Old City, Market St. boutique I've been wanting to visit since I  read about it Teen Vogue eons ago.  When I arrived, I was greeted by one of the friendly owners and found a nicely edited selection of pieces from the in-house label as well as brands I had never heard of before.  The pink walls and vintage decor gave the shop a fun vibe.  I picked up a great tank-top by Ya Los Angeles with delicate, asymmetrical lace detailing at the hem.  Of course all that shopping made me hungry so I crossed the street to Campo's and ordered a hearty and delectable cheesesteak.  If you have never had the chance to have the real Philly Cheesesteak experience you can order one from their website have have it shipped to you, even if you live in Alaska!  In case you are a Philadelphian and you're wondering, when I'm in South Philly  my allegiance lies with Gino's.  I've never tried Pat's and I don't know if I ever will.  That's all for today.  Time to get back to packing.  

Monday, January 24, 2011

Style on File

1. In Fendi  2. In Valentino  3. A more casual look 
(I believe all of these images originated on The Sartorialist at one point or another)
If you're like me, you have a personal style icon.  She might be your mom, your sister, a classmate, or celebrity.  For me, Giovanna Battaglia, stylist and L’Uomo Vogue fashion editor, is my style inspiration.  She can pull off virtually any skirt length imaginable, wears minimal make-up and has an impeccable shoe collection.  She can pull off a variety of looks effortlessly.  To me, she is the epitome of chic.  Like her, I try not to stick to one look; I like to try new things and feel comfortable in a variety of clothing combinations.  No matter what Giovanna is wearing, she always makes it look classic and chic.  What do you think of her style?  Who are your favorite style-setters?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Scenes from a Snowy Monday

 1. Graffitied rocks outside the Museum  2. Boathouse Row  
3. Claes Oldenburg's Giant Three-Way Plug, Scale A
4. West Entrance Sculptures  5. West Entrance Walkway   
Some shots I took at while leaving the Philadelphia Museum of Art last Monday

Monday, January 17, 2011

From One to Many

The Philadelphia Museum of Art West Entrance 

Artwork done with Silkscreen on Polished Stainless Steel
Inserting myself in the composition.
Shirt: Simply Vera Vera Wang, Pants: Zara,
Boots: Nine West Vintage America 
Hello, friends.  Today, in this photo-heavy post, I am doing something I rarely do; I am posting about an experience the same day I had it (a public service, if you will).  Today, finally, I made it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many exhibit.  Unfortunately as much as you might like to view this exhibit after I tell you about it, today was the last day to see it.  Hopefully you made your way down to the Museum Circle any regular non-Monday in the past 3 months, viewed it, and are happy to be reading my review.     

As you know, whenever I have a chance, I enjoy looking at art, but find modern art, with the exception of pop-art, (wow this is a long sentence) a bit over rated.  Pistoletto, on the the other hand, made modern art awesome.  Beginning with his shiny, metallic, or lacquered canvases and continuing with ever evolving "mirror images" executed with painted tissue paper, photographs, and silkscreens on polished steel, he studied the relationship between the viewer and the composition.  He also made interesting sculptures, and films/performances with his troupe Lo Zoo that left me thinking: "What??" and shaking my head at the explanations provided.  Nevertheless he made some really great art.  One day, when I am decorating my apartment, it would be nice to install on of his pieces in a prominent spot in my living room.

Snood and Coat: J. Crew, Bag: Hype

This outing was fallowed by a great lunch of mushroom and barley soup and half a grilled veggie sandwich with a chocolate almond latte at the Regency Cafe.  Feast your eyes.  Hope you have a happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year, New Look

1. Long Luscious Locks in December 2010 photo credit: Primo
2. Short and Sweet in January 2011
Hey guys!  So now that it's a new year, I figure it's time for a new look (and a new brownie!).  I pulled on my Marc by Marc Jacobs rain boots and braved the elements.  The snow and black ice posed threats to my quests but nothing could keep me from reaching the beauty salon and getting my locks chopped off.  I'm really happy with the way it looks; what do you think?  

Better Together Cookie Brownie
Nearby the salon is a recently opened bake shop, B.T. Baking, a primarily wholesale business that also sells some individual baked goods (I'll follow through with my New Year's resolution tomorrow. . .).  I bought a cookie brownie and an oatmeal raisin cookie for my mom, both humongous and d-i-v-i-n-e.  They are made from scratch with all organic ingredients (thank goodness, now I can tell myself brownies are good for me).  One bite and I knew this was basically the best brownie I'd ever tasted.  I even took home an extra cookie with the buy 2 get 1 free promotion.  Sweet Deal! 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

George Condo

1. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Album Artwork
2. Smiling Woman with Pearls” (2008)  3. Adam Kimmel FW2010 inspired by Condo, masks by Gabe Bartalos
4.&5. Masterpiece Theater: Vogue December 2007
They other day, I was listening to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West.  Anyone who has purchased this album could not have missed the colorful, interesting album artwork.  It called to mind the work of an artist who was featured in a Vogue editorial a few years back.  Sure enough, the artist was George Condo, whose work has had a quite an influence on fashion.  His style is very distinctive and has even inspired fashion collections.  This was one of my favorite editorials in a beautiful issue of Vogue that featured Penelope Cruz on the cover, accompanied by the most attractive matador in the world.  Anyway, you may want to explore Condo's work further, especially if you are snowed-in as I am.  

*Editor's Note: Condo's show at the New Museum began Wed. Jan. 26 and runs through May 15.  Read more about it here.   

Monday, January 10, 2011

And These Here Are My Desires

1. Carrot Cake at the Springfield Diner, 2&3. Zara Shirt, William Rast for Target Skinny Cargo Pants, Nine West Vintage America Collection Boots 
So another weekend has past and I remain here, eating away.  Yes, it is another food photo but the carrot cake I enjoyed at the newly opened Springfield Diner was so good, I just had to tell you about it!  More importantly, I ate it and was still able to fit into my new William Rast for Target cargo pants.  I was hoping to score a new pair of William Rast skinny jeans when I walked into Target the other day, but as only boot-cuts were available in my size I grabbed this pair olive green awesomeness.  I must say I was looking for a pair of pants like this for a while and they fit perfectly for the price, plus they look great with the suede Peroxy boots I received for Christmas.  I flipped the flaps of the boots up at the suggestion of my mother to complete the look.  All of these items are so versatile.  This white blouse is definitely the best purchase I have ever made.  A classic white shirt is an essential in any woman's closet, but the collar, bib front, mother-of-peal buttons, and boyfriend sizing make me love this one even more.  I have worn it with silk and brocade mini skirts, black wool trousers, and jeans.  I goes well with everything.  It is probably my favorite shirt and these boots are on their way to becoming my favorite shoes.  They are slightly distressed at the toe and heel and I've worn them with lace tank-tops and thermal henleys.  Here's to wear-with-everything pieces!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Snowed In

On this cold, snowy day, nothing is nicer that curling up in bed with some hot cocoa and a good book (in this case it's Swiss Miss Mocha Cappuccino hot chocolate and The Help). Furthermore, soup and a sandwich is the perfect comfort food meal for a day like today.  A couple weeks ago I had just that at my favorite cafe, The Regency.  The ham and brie sandwich with a hot bowl of tomato soup hit the spot.  Feast your eyes. 
 And before I forget, Emmanuelle Alt has been named the new editor-in-chief of French Vogue. Congrats to her!!  It will be interesting to see how the magazine evolves under her leadership.    

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Free to Roam, Make a Home Out of Everywhere I've Been

Sweater: J. Crew, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Tahari, Cami: Kohls   
So, I bet you've been wondering, "what will Caroline wear today?"  I know I wonder this everyday (usually when I wake up or in the early morning hours if I am just climbing into bed).  I will now return posting photos of my outfits, not only because of my vanity, but also because I received a camera for Christmas and I haven't documented a single look since forever.  I believe this outfit is indicative of the influence New York City had on me, as I never wore an all-black outfit when I lived in Philly.  

In other news, if you a feeling bored on this Thursday afternoon, you could always venture out to your nearest art museum (although if you are reading this now, you probably don't have time to make it before the museum closes).  I went to the Met a couple weeks ago and found that the Damien Hirst shark had been replaced the sculpture seen below.  Here are some photos of some other pieces I had not seen before and as well as familiar sights:  

1.  Me, Central Park, & Sculpture, 2. & 3. Modern Art Pieces in the 2nd Floor Modern Art Galleries,
4. Petrie Court, 5. The Met 
I also viewed the John Baldessari: Pure Beauty exhibit and the Miro: The Dutch Interiors exhibit.  Both are will make you think and contribute to a great afternoon.