Far Too Cute: Musings about fashion and beauty

A blog all about covetable, charming, and far too cute fashion, beauty products, and accessories in Boston and beyond. See my vintage store at www.Far2Cute.com!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Shoe Shopping

I admit that I am very hard on my shoes. With all the city walking I do, I usually give my heels an expiration date of 2 months before they literally fall off my feet. That's why I never buy very expensive shoes. Since moving to Boston a year ago, DSW has been my standby for cute and affordable shoes. They carry loads of high end designed shoes (okay, so maybe they are a season behind) at super cheap prices. But recently, their stock has gone sour. I mean the inventory there looks like it fell off the back of a Payless Shoes truck--not inspiring footwear.

So, I've had to go in search of greener pastures and leave dear old DSW behind. And, I think I have found my new shoe mecca...the Lord & Taylor Shoe Department. Waaaay in the back of the women's department there are many shoe goodies to be found. The salespeople are friendly. The shoes are not picked over. They carry a huge selection of brands. During my latest visit, I saw Coach, Kors, Tods, BCBG, and Weitzman at ridiculously cheap prices. Please keep it a secret though...I don't want it to become another DSW.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Michael Sowa

I stumbled upon the work of German artist, Michael Sowa, and have really enjoyed his pieces. Sowa studied art in Berlin and is internationally known for his surreal and stunning paintings. Though he has created a number of books, my favorite is SOWA'S ARK. This book has 50 paintings by the German artist. The illustrations have an otherworldly quality that I think is profound yet hilarious. Here's are 2 of my favorite pieces:

1. Piglet goes for a swim.

2. Poor dog.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Clean Sweep

Summer turns me into a bit of a clean freak. It's the time of year when I want to thrown open all the windows, get rid of the dust I couldn't see in winter light, and throw away the soups and chowders taking up room in my freezer. I have to admit though that sweeping is one of my least favorite chores. Dragging a broom around a bunch of hardwood floors is boring...that is until I came across this find yesterday. The Swan broom is a prima ballerina. Look at how well trained she is to make the drudgery of housework look as effortless and elegant as a night at the ballet. The rubber handle is super strong and bristles seem to grab all those dust bunnies that usually have free reign over my apartment. I'm a convert folks!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I Heart Nanette

My favorite girly-girl designer, Nanette Lepore, is set to team up with Keds to design a limited edition of shoes for their Spring 2007 collection. The collection will include ballet flats, skimmers, peep toes and d'Orsay flats. Each style is said to incorporate Nanette's signature prints and embellishments! We will get a sneak peek of the select styles at her tent during this fall's New York's Fashion week. I am excited to see the whimsy she puts into this collection.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Viva la Revolution!

The D.I.Y. revolution is nothing new, but I am always (pick an adjective) surprised, amazed, and elated when I find people presenting creative projects in a new light. "D.I.Y.: Design it For Yourself" is a book created by Ellen Lupton, chairman of the Department of Design at the University of Maryland, along with her students. The projects include everything from publishing zines to screen printing pillows, to creating rubber stamped coasters. I am inspired to start a crafty project every time I flip through it!

Sunday, July 16, 2006


The lovely Julie Fredrickson has asked me to join her fashion community site, Coutorture. Now you can find my daily musings over in her neck of the woods as well.

I'm back....

Not even a "wicked bad" sunburn, some excruciating blisters and a bunch of grass stains on my new skirt could get me down…the Brimfield fair was an absolute success! After six hours of walking, shopping and meeting with some of the loveliest antique collectors in the country, both my vintage partner-in-crime and I returned to Boston loaded up with all sorts of lovelies.

It was an overwhelming experience to say the least-- So many things to see, touch, and talk about. We’re talking everything from Parisian chandeliers to Tibetan statues. The prices were very fair and bartering was definitely encouraged.

I scored the coolest set of vintage Paisley print tea cups and saucers from England. I think they are probably from the late 60’s early 70’s and will look very retro cool mixed and matched with my collection of black and white vintage plates and bowls. I also found this amazing chair from the 1930’s. I love the ornate flower design. The velvet fabric on the chair was once a deep purple, and I am sure looked FABULOUS against the yellow wood. I am trying to figure out a way to restore that shade to the fabric. Has anyone ever used fabric paint on velvet before? Does it work? I really don’t want the paint to crack and split once applied. I loved to hear any suggestions.

Finally, here are just a few pictures from the fair!

1. Porcelain display hands

2. Buddha heads

3. Shoppers searching for costume jewelry.

3. Floral vintage tea cups

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Brimming with Excitement

I can barely contain my excitement for this weekend--a vintage experience like no other. What dare you ask am I talking about? The Brimfield Antique Show!! "Oh" you say, "Never heard of it." That's okay, I hadn't heard of the show either until I moved to Boston. But, apparently this fair is herald as one of the largest antique shows in the country with over 5,000 (yes that's thousand!) vendors from around the world showing off their wares. What's even crazier is that 30,000 people usually appear on peak show days (the fair runs all week). I've got my comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a cooler full of drinks and food ready to head out the door tomorrow. I'll be sure to take pictures of the show so you can see the pandemonium. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Last Day of Sale!

Hey guys, it' s the last day of our sale! Stop by and take a look around. I hope you like what you'll find! (And, I promise this is the last of the self promotion.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mirror Mirror on the Wallpaper

So simple, that you think someone has thought of it already...But I don't think I have ever seen mirrored wallpaper before. And, how cool is this design?! The artist is London-based designer Afroditi Krassa. Each year she creates a new collection for her fans. This year, she is offering some pretty amazing tableware, furniture, mirror installations and even lighting pieces. All works are limited editions. I can't get over the wallpaper though...

Monday, July 10, 2006

So weird that it's good...

Browsing the graphic design section at The Coop bookstore this afternoon, I came across a book of young European artists. One particular piece caught me off guard and actually made me laugh out loud. It was the work of Barney Barford, a London artist and designer who uses a lot of "found" craft pieces in his installations. Although, I don't think I would ever buy a piece, the art is definitely amusing to look at. Check out his portfolio HERE.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Vintage Spectacular!

Yeah! My newest vintage collection is going up for sale tonight at 6:30pm EST. And, of course, all my blog readers get a discount on the merch!! Save 10% on vintage shoes and shirts by entering promo code JULY81 at checkout. Click HERE to be taken to the sale.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

T-Shirt Temptress

Though my job may not have fancy health benefits or 401K programs (welcome to the life of freelancing!), the one thing it does have going for it is the dress code. I can sport jeans and a tank everyday with nary a second glance regarding my clothing choices from coworkers. But, this fashion freedom does come with a price. While dressing for the corporate world can be a hassle, "dressing down" for the job brings its own sets of challenges. (It's true--don't laugh!) For instance, there is a difference between "casual wear" and looking like you just rolled out of bed. For me, the bottom-half is easy...keep jeans hole-free, in a dark wash, and designer. It's the top-half that sometimes has me pulling my hair out. You see, I'm a sucker for soft, cotton t-shirts. But, I hate plain tees (boring...). I love a graphic, silk screened print that is a bit quirky and totally unique. Thus, starting in June, I begin my hunt for the perfect summer t-shirts. This year, I found plenty. One of my favorites is from designer Elaine Perlov. In her "T & Pants T", Elaine combined her own logo with a 1950's menswear ad. The result? Fabulous. I love how masculinity and femininity play off each other. And, at $36, the price fits easily into my "work clothing" budget.