GREAT APARTMENT

What an amazing space.  Via The Locals, you can go here.

Jane and I are headed back to NY in the morning.  Better get busy packing!

 

 

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MEDITERRANEAN ANTIPASTA

 I made this the other night for Jane and me.  It’s our favorite meal, and so nice to have outdoors with the cooler weather we’ve had.  Instructions at bottom….

Olives, roasted red peppers with balsamic vinegar, roasted garlic, and hummus.

I also used an organic goat cheese from Latte Da Dairy just up the road from me.  All of their cheeses are great!

Assorted olives.

A nice glass of wine is the finishing touch…

Mediterranean Antipasta

2 red bell peppers, roasted and peeled.  (instructions here)  I put a little balsamic vinegar on top.

3 heads of garlic roasted  (instructions here)

assorted olives

Hummus (I purchase ready made)

Goat cheese  (Feta is great too)

Toasted baguette and toasted Pita or Nahn

Arrange items on a serving board or platter.  Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

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OLGA ROAD

Jane and I were recently gifted incredible leather jackets from Olga Road.  I’m especially excited about featuring these jackets, because they are completely upcycled.  Please take a moment to visit their website to read about the process–it is astounding!  Plus–all of their jackets retail for $168.00 USD.  What is not to love about this company??!!  I’m wearing the Blakely jacket, which I chose because Blakely is my maiden name.

 

 Thanks so much to Olga Road for the great jackets, and a terrific story behind them.

 

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CLEANING OUT

Jane and I are preparing for our big move, and that means a lot of things need to go.  I’ve put some vintage, and some not so vintage pieces on the site.  Some of my favorite things are there, like this beautiful top from one of our favorite boutiques in Tokyo.

 

 

This great suede skirt I featured last year.

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GEARING UP FOR AN EASY DIY PROJECT

 Last night a cold front moved through north Texas, and we awakened to glorious fall like weather!   Cooler weather always puts me in the mood for a craft project, so I’m busy dragging out my t-shirt collection to make something today.

This is a jacket Jane just blogged that I made of recycled t-shirts.  I love to work with old t-shirts–I don’t know why really.

I love bleaching them down a little, then matching up colors.  These soft purples are so pretty!

If Shelly is looking a little embarrassed, it’s because of her new hair cut.  She doesn’t like it.

Wearing my Giuseppe Zanotti sandals purchased in Paris.  Giuseppe is just about one of my favorite shoe designers.

 

T-shirt flowers.

If all goes well, I’ll share the results tomorrow!  Wish me luck….

 

 

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HOME FROM NY

Jane and I are back from NY.  We flew home on 9/11 which was a very odd and emotional experience.  New York was fun and hectic at the same time.  Jane and I experienced two very touching random acts of kindness while in New York, reminding us there is so much good in the world.  Sometimes you need to be reminded of that.

I want to thank The Pleat for a wonderful write up, you can read it here.  I love the collage of photos I featured above that they put together for the story.

While in New York, I met the talent behind the popular blog, From Me to You.  If you haven’t read  Jamie’s blog yet, have a look.  So inspiring!!  I was lucky enough to be seated next to her at dinner one night, and learned that she is a Texas girl, so we already have a vintage road trip planned for Christmas.  Below is some of her work.

 

 

Jane and I thought we had a home all picked out in Dallas, and would be coming home to start the packing process. But the house Gods decided we were not a good fit, and while we’re not homeless, we are still looking for a home in Dallas.  We are so disappointed!  I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

 

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FASHION WEEK MISSION: REPTILE SIGHTING

 My first rainy morning in NY was spent on a mission.  Finding my favorite fall trend.  Reptile themed accessories and clothes.   Fashion Weeks’ host, Mercedes Benz, offered me a ride in the MB Fashion Ranger while on my mission.  Kim and I were happy we weren’t trying to hail a cab in this rain!

 

Thank You Mercedes-Benz Fashion Ranger!!!  I wanted to thank all of our readers that came to MIU MIU for FNO.  It was a tremendous success!!

I hope everyone enjoys Fashion week!

 

 

 

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FNO AT MIU MIU

Just made it to New York!  Jane and I are so excited to be here, and want you all to join us tomorrow night for Fashion’s Night Out at Miu Miu!!

 VOGUE FASHION’S NIGHT OUT – MIU MIU MUSES NIGHT
To celebrate the third edition of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out on September 8th, 2011, Miu Miu will be holding its “Miu Miu Muses Night”. This special competition will reflect the Miu Miu girl’s inner Muse by inviting her to channel her own interpretation of the 1940’s infused Autumn/Winter fashion show, and will be held simultaneously in both its Milan and New York stores.
The attendees of the night will be photographed during the evening and the most inspiring one will be rewarded with an amazing surprise.
Hosts Shala Monroque and bloggers, Tavi Gevinson, Jane and Judy Aldridge and young socialites Harry and Peter Brant will welcome guests to the 57th Street store in New York .
In the occasion of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, a preview of the new capsule collection will be presented and will be available exclusively in select Miu Miu boutiques in Milan , New York , Los Angeles and London .
Hope to see you there!  oxoxo Judy

 

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PINK/GREY

Currently liking this color combination of pink and grey.  Wearing vintage Dior jacket rescued from a thrift store, vintage t-shirt, Stella McCartney jeans, and very old Kate Spade shoes.

Everyone have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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DREAMING OF A 40′S RANCH

Jane and I have decided to move into Dallas proper.  With Carol gone, and my days of carpooling over, there isn’t much left for us out here in the country.  We want to find an older home with lots of character.

Tudor style homes built in the 20′s and 30′s are numerous in Dallas–but the problem with these homes is, unless you really start knocking out walls, they tend to feel a little like a funeral home.  We love 50′s mid-century  moderns with low slung roofs too, but after looking around a bit, Jane and I have our heart set on finding a 40′s ranch style home.  Something like the ranch they visit in New Mexico, in the movie, Leave Her to Heaven. (on a more modest scale)

My opening picture is a home by Charles Dilbeck.  Dilbeck was a prolific architect in Dallas  through the 30′s up until the 60′s.  He is credited with building the first Texas Ranch House.  He often used quirky details, and had a love of recycling.  I wish someone would publish a coffee table type book of his work.  Here are a few more of his homes.

 

 

 

 

 

Below are a few pictures of a home that Jane and I are admiring.

 

Very cute.  We should be in Dallas soon!

Ugh Oh!  It just occurred to me that Carol might learn about this move via my blog!  I haven’t been able to reach her lately.  So Carol, if you read this, don’t worry.  We will pack all of your belongings and move them to Dallas with us.  (Except maybe some of your books from the 5th and 6th grade.  Can I donate those?  Thanks honey!)

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