Monthly Archives: July 2009

Doyle & Doyle: A True Gem

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Of all the places I find myself missing since leaving Manhattan, perhaps the most is the vintage jewel shop Doyle & Doyle.  Located on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side (conveniently just blocks away from my old apartment) this charming shop is a treasure trove for any jewelry admirer.  Their selection of antique and vintage jewels is impeccable—fun, colorful, ranging from delicate to bold…  The collage I created above is only a small taste.  Beyond the breathtaking selection, I was always impressed by the friendly atmosphere of the shop with it’s classic decor and handsome navy facade.  All the young women that work there are eager to help and there isn’t a ounce of snootiness to be found (how refreshing!).  Much of Doyle and Doyle’s collection is available online and their Style Gems Blog is certainly worth reading.


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(Images courtesy of Doyle and Doyle)

Kindred Spirit: Dabney Lee

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Sometimes a girl just needs some bright, preppy prints to lift her spirits and when those times hit Dabney Lee is the girl to see!  Established in 2004, the self-eponymous stationary and home accessories company is headquartered in the artsy neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn.  Judging by the styling of their product photos below I can only imagine how chic their office must be!  Every inch of the Dabney Lee At Home website is brimming with colorful, geometric, mid-century modern fun.  Of course it’s no surprise, Dabney is from California, after all…

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(All images courtesy of Dabney Lee At Home)

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I came across this Slim Aarons photo of the Hon Desmond Guinness and his children in Town & Country magazine some time ago and never forgot those striking sets of blue eyes.  Originally printed in 1963 in Holiday magazine, the shot was snapped at Guinness’ then recently acquired estate, Ireland’s Leixlip Castle.  Would you just look at that ikat jacket?  Pure divinity!  It may just be the most striking family photo of all time…


(Image from here)

Maira Kalman Went to Paris

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I came across these musings about Paris in Maira Kalman’s New York Times archives and just had to share them with someone.  They were posted in November 2006 and remain as charming as ever.  To view the full post be sure to visit HERE.  She went to some of the most magnificent places, don’t you think?

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(All images by Maira Kalman courtesy of The New York Times)