July 20, 2012

10 Things I'm Currently Obsessed With

The moment I think I'm going to have time and space to breathe, life takes me by surprise and ambushes me with a dose of nonstop, go-go-go, moving & shaking. It's important, for me, and for my continuing self-care, to take a moment to pause and think about all the awesome things happening in my life. I could quite Ferris Bueller, but it's not going to be anything new to you! So, some things.

1. Dressing for Summer
Okay, this isn't a new or interesting concept, but the truth is, I'm pretty horrible at dressing in a "weather appropriate" manner. If it were up to me, I'd wear a leather jacket year round. So, the idea of finally trying to break into this world of "open toe shoes" and "flowy silk fabrics" and "not all black all the time" are, well, sort of foreign to me. A years old Calypso dress and a silky DVF tunic and Salt Water sandals have been my saviors.

2. Being Close to The Water
Growing up in Southern California, being at the beach was an essential part of my childhood - especially in the summer. No matter how many years have passed, or how long I've lived in New York, I still have a pang of desire to be by the water every time the temperature starts rising. Rockaway Beach, Fort Tilden, and sitting by the lake in upstate New York have been incredible escapes - and nostalgic dips into my past.

3. Fresh Flowers
Inheriting a friends CSA share while they're away has meant an influx of fresh, local flowers in my home - vivid yellows and purples and gorgeous scents. I've also potted a hydrangea plant into one of my vases, nurtured an orchid for several months, and had my yearly love affair with peonies. It's true that flowers make a home.

4. Cooking with Fresh, Summery Ingredients 
Last week a group of friends and I got together to make fresh summer rolls with rice paper and all the veggies you could possibly think of! It was such a fun, easy thing for us to do together - all the while making a super healthy (and gluten free, and vegan) dinner.

5. Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm
I'm a definite sucker for any and all lip product; there are few things I hate more than chapped lips! The pricey but always trustworthy Fresh Sugar Lip Balm is my standby, but I've had flirtations with other luxe products. My lips get a lot of action (from talking all day, of course), so I don't mind splurging on a new product every once in a while. I couldn't resist the sweet, modern packaging of Rodin's lip balm, though I still haven't come around to trying their other cult-status (and prohibitively expensive) range of products.

6. Statement Earrings
With my hair being up a lot more during the summer (usually in a messy top knot), I'm taking advantage of my often under-utilized ear lobes. A flashy earrings makes a big splash, and it doesn't need to cost much, either. Some of my favorite shiny earpieces have come from thrift stores and estate sales or my mothers jewelry box - all treasures from the past with a life of their own long preceding mine. 

7. Weekend Escapes
One of my absolute favorite things which I've really learned to cherish is time spent outside of NYC. I realize now that it is pretty crucial to my sanity; I love NYC with my whole heart, but at times the city can be suffocating. Recently I've been taking trips outside of the city - to Upstate New York, to Boston, even to the very most upper tip of Manhattan, an isolated part of the city that feels very much outside it. Of course, the best part about leaving NYC? Coming back to it. That skyline takes my breath away every single time.

8. All Pink Everything
Nothing new here, but what on earth is it about bursts of pink that inevitably reel me in every, single, time?! I spend a lot of time lugging around my very heavy camera, so adding a strap that is feminine, beautiful, and serves its utilitarian purpose is a major upgrade from the standard issue nylon Canon strap I've had hanging around my neck for years. This Chanel-inspired number is made by Sarah Frances Kuhn, an accessories editor at Teen Vogue (and a neighbor, it seems).

9. Moonrise Kingdom (and Nitehawk Cinema, again)
Oh, I love love. I really, really do. My history of relationships and love is far from perfect (though I'm currently super, super smitten), but there are few things that make me as giddy as seeing other people being sweet on each other. Yes, even when they're fictional characters. And even when they're tweens. And especially if they're characters rendered by Wes Anderson.

10. High Art & High Fashion
Yayoi Kusama's collaboration with Louis Vuitton has brought me a lot of joy recently. With my office being on 57th Street, I get a lot of time passing by the absolutely stunning windows. They're such a joy. If you're near a Louis Vuitton store, it's worth the trip just for the visuals. Kusama is such an incredible artist, and it's so exciting to see how Marc Jacobs interpreted her work in conjunction with LV's monograms and textiles.


  1. This whole list made me smile so much. Perfect. Happy summer Nicolette! 

  2. I love everything about these set of photos!

  3. I love youer list!!! It made me very happy!

  4. I am always a huge fan of the limited edition handbags of Vuitton! and of course this collection is no exception (wow great rhyme)! and yes dressing appropriately for the weather in nyc is like almost impossible as i could experience that last week! only a bikini and a fountain could to the trick! i find it extremely hard to look stylish during the day in a hot city! cannot believe that even the wind was warm and not refreshing at all! oh and for a moment i sat down on somebodies stair in front of their west village condo because of the blistering heat! and the lady was so friendly that she immediately chase me away from behind her window... I was just resting for a minute. 

  5. I am in love with this post! You have me fully inspired and I wish you the greatest Summer in executing these.

    Kristin xo

  6. This is a stunning post, Nicolette! You're a beautiful photographer! And I can't get over how amazing that DVF dress looks on you! 

  7. I totally agree - I'd wear fall clothes all year long. My summer wardrobe needs some serious love! I most definitely need to make those veggie rolls. 

  8. Well worth the wait for such a great post Nicolette. Love it all and you. Emjoy the rest of the Summer lovey.

  9. Ahh, this is such a lovely, summery post. And I have to agree with you on the "I miss my leather jacket" thing: if it was up to me, I'd live in one! That's probably the #1 thing I miss in the summer time: getting to sport my collection of leather paraphernalia. That, and sporting my boot collection too, haha.

    - Samantha

  10. I love you. My goodness, you're my favorite. I'm usually not so much into summer fashion either - I'd rather have on a blazer and scarf, but I've been trying to enjoy it lately with dresses. This post is great - makes me long to do even more "summery" activities before it's over again!

    - Shannon

  11. Aw I love this so much! That black and white number is so perfect and I can't WAIT to see Moonrise Kingdom... it's been sold out here ever since it opened!! 



  12. You've convinced me to go see Moonrise Kingdom. I agree with you on the summer clothing thing, too. I love dressing up for summer,  though sometimes I have moments where I wish it were autumn... for the layering!

  13. those statement earrings are AMAZING


  14. nicolette, everything you luv is fantastic. always.

  15. I love your sandals and how great they look on your ankles! Is it possible the link is wrong? Are they really the salt water sandals? Thanks!

  16. I totally agree about summer dressing. I love substantial fabrics, lots of leather, and high cut trousers, all of which can be hard to wear in the heat. 

  17. Loved this post, Nicolette! All your photos are gorgeous :)

    Kate {Modette}

  18. But WHERE are those black studded toe criss-cross ankled straps shoes from in the first few pics?!?!!? I must know, because they definitely aren't saltwater sandals (or are they...)

  19. gorgeous pics! i love the tiffany/duck egg blue nail polish as well, very summery!

    PS how cool is it that mason jars have your name on it?! ;)

    Katie x

  20. Seems like we're having similar awesome Summers - I'm making a conscious effort this year to live it to the full, otherwise I just know I'll just sit here wishing I could move to Los Angeles already, though I don't go until September - I'd wish the whole Summer away!

  21. Hi Nicolette, great post! I love the chain strap for the camera, I have been looking for a nice strap for my camera and this one ticks all the right boxes for moi! Also, I was wondering is there an app that you used to take that particular picture (the camera pic), it looks really pretty


  22. Well, it pretty much goes without saying that I love everything in this post (but I really, really do). Everything here is so lovely, that I've re-read this three times and smiled out loud each time.

    Briony xx

  23. such great photos, looks like you're having an awesome summer!

    XO Sahra

  24. Andrea Monica HugJuly 23, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    That Calypso Dress looks absolutely STUNNING on you! Just recently found your blog and I love it <3

    Lots of Love from Zurich / Switzerland


  25. This was such a beautiful post, Nicolette. I love the 10 things you are obsessed with and hope to see more.

    Stay fab,


  26. WOW the earrings are voguing Miu Miu! Obsessed

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  29.  I love those earrings! <3
    The Lovelorn

  30. Absolutely ingenious post. Love the pictures and love your outfits.


  31. Indeed, yes to every pink. Been hearing a lot about Moonrise Kingdom, really must give this a go this weekend. Got my eye on your blog now.

  32. Great post you have here. I love the way you incorporate the images. Of course, you also got great obsessions. I couldnt blame you for that. Have a fun summer!

  33. Knowing that it makes you smile makes me smile! 

  34. Haha!! Indeed - the black criss-cross ankle straps are NOT saltwater sandals. The studded pair is from Marc Jacobs collection, and MANY years old, and the other, more open sandal with a platform is the "Clara" sandal from Delman - http://delmanshoes.com/clara-black-nubuck--14436

  35. Miu Miu, Prada, ASOS.... That's basically how I roll. 

  36. Thank you!! The Calypso one is the blue and green dress, is that the one you mean? :) 
    The spotted one is from DVF! I love them both. 

  37. Summer is treating me VERY kindly. xo.

  38. I hope you get to come back REALLY REALLY SOON cause I miss you already. Truly. 

  39. Hey!!  Thanks!

    So, app wise, these all basically came through instagram - straight up with an amaro filter. The ones with the bokeh effect, though, I used the Picfx app! 

  40. Savor your time at home before moving away! Home sickness will creep up on you, I promise!!! 

  41. Haha!!! It's especially funny because Mason jars have become so trendy, but I can always cop out and say, "hey! but my name is on them!"

  42. For real!!! I'm sure I'll be kicking myself for this come December, but I'm pretty much ready for fall to make its way into my life.

  43. Home sickness was never a problem for me, even from the age of 10 when I first went off to boarding school, but now I'm moving half way around the world, I'm wondering if I'm finally going to experience what everyone else went through now!

  44. Lovely collection :)


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