Friday, September 30, 2011

Weekend Happenings// Things to do in NYC Sept 30th - Oct. 2nd

Image by Dave Allen Garden Tour

There's nothing like a weekend filled with festivals, movies and events in preparation of Halloween. My family and I can't decide which ones we are going to check out yet. My hubby has a great fascination for including ghost peppers in his creations so i know the Chili pepper fiesta is on his must do. CJ has a new found interest for drawing and coloring so a visit to the newly located Children's museum of Art would be fitting (he's reading this as I type and gasps in excitement).

Friday Sept. 30th ~ Strangers on the Train ~
(7:00pm) {D} {C} {F}
Join Friends of the High Line for an open-air film screening glamorously playing homage to the industrial history of the High Line. This Hitchcock classic is about a murder plot hatched on the tracks. 28 minute survey of famous hollywood railroad scenes follows.
Location: Enter at 10th ave at 14th street.
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Friday Sept. 30th - Sunday Oct. 2nd ~ The 9th Annual NY Burlesque Festival ~
(various times) {D} {C} {F}
 Who doesn't love the glamour of sequins, pasties and feather boas?Join in the fun of celebrating the art of teasing. Burlesque and variety show hotties from all over will be performing Friday Night at The Brooklyn Bowl and Saturday @ BB King's. The Golden pastie awards will be hosted at The Highline Ballroom Sunday night, where performers will be judged in categories like "Positively perfect posterior".
Location: Various Locations
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Saturday Oct.1st. ~ Artisan Market @ Williams Sonoma~
(12pm-4pm) {E}
Enjoy meeting local producers while sampling and purchasing their signature food products. The Beekman brothers who host the Planet Green TV series The Fabulous Beekman Boys will have everything from goat milk honey soap to savory onion jam from Beekman 1802.  Brooklyn Brine (pickled organic creations), Crown Maple (maple syrup), Sarabeth's Kitchen (Baked goods, jams), Tumbador Chocolate (chocolate sweets) and a few other vendors will be there with their tasty goods.
Location: Columbus Circle Ten Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
For more event information: (212) 581-1146

Saturday Oct. 1st. ~ Chile Pepper Fiesta @ the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens ~
(11am-6pn) {E}
At this Annual Fiesta, listen and watch Mariachi bands and Mexican folk dancers. Circus masters Robbins and Ringold juggle chili peppers and do fire eating tricks. Meet chocolate and chili treat makers and sample their spicy sweet products. Kids can participate in a workshop where they can make their own spiced hot cocoa mix. Vote for your favorite amateur chefs in the Chocolate + Chili Takedown and enjoy. $15 for Chili pepper event. Garden Admission $10 for adults Free under the age of 12.
Location: 900 Washington ave at Eastern Pkwy, prospect heights.
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Saturday Oct. 1st - Weekends in October  ~ Boo at the Zoo @ the Bronx Zoo ~
(Events go on throughout the day) {E}
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition! October weekends are packed with activities, including hay mazes and hayrides, costume parades, musical theater, magic shows, and live music. Embark on a Haunted Safari to explore their B.O.O. Labs where Dr. D. Zaster is putting the final touches on Expedition Earth–his top secret experiment. Best of all, come visit with their bats, cats, and creepiest critters.
And don't forget, kids in costume get in free!*
Location:  Bronx River Parkway and Boston Road, Bronx, NY
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Saturday Oct. 1st  ~ Grand Opening Block Party @ The Children's Museum of the Arts ~
{E}  Inside: 10-6pm, General Admission Price $10 and kids under 12mos free Outside: 10-3pm, FREE.
 CMA is having a Grand opening party to celebrate their new space. There will be Studio art projects, puppetry, music time, drawing, and interactive Photo booths among many other exciting things to do. Check the site for opening weekend workshops and for information on the innovative classes they will provide throughout the year for children ages 1-15.
Location:103 Charleston street between Hudson and Greenwich Street
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Saturday Oct. 1st ~ The 4th Annual Ronald McDonald House Block Party ~
(11am-5:30pm) {E}
Come out for this Friend-raiser event in support of the pediatric cancer patients and their families who temporarily reside at the RMH in NYC. There will be food, live music, games, rides, shopping and Ronald himself may stop by. FREE food, rides and merchandise available for purchase.
Location: 405 East 73rd Street
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Sunday October 2nd ~ The 37th Annual Atlantic Antic Festival  ~
 (12pm-6pm) {E}
 FREE There's nothing like a diverse crowd of thousands of people enjoying a NYC street fair. Known to be the largest street fair in NYC it's a great event to stimulate all your senses. Great  performances from belly dancers, story-tellers, jazz bands and more. Delish neighborhood eats, fabulous unique finds from 500 vendors and 100 local merchants. The oh-so popular casual clothing company Uniqlo will even have a pop-up shop.There is a block for kids entertainment where they can ride ponies, have their face painted, and bounce around in bouncy houses (make sure you do this before they stuff their face full of funnel cake and cotton candy). Last year our favorite part of the Antic was the New York Transit Museums presentation of vintage buses which will be showcased this year too! See you out there.
Location: Atlantic Avenue from Hicks st. to Fourth ave.
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                  CJ taking a seat in one of the old school buses

Sunday Oct. 2nd  ~ The Medieval Festival ~
(11:30am-6pm) {E}
The Medieval Festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. FREE
Location: Margaret Corbin Circle/190th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.
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Sunday Oct. 2nd  ~ Dan Zanes & Friends Concert ~
(3:00pm) {E}
We are big fans of Dane Zanes in our house so we'd recommend all of his shows just because we love him. Dan Zanes and Friends perform exuberant, handmade "21st century social music" for enthusiastic crowds of kids and kids-at-heart. Filled with irresistible grooves drawn from a wealth of musical traditions, Zanes, his Brooklyn based band and his surprising and eclectic special guests, create an interactive experience where people of all ages sing and dance without a care in the world. It's a big musical party and everyone's invited! $25.00
Location: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square
For more event information:

Chris with Dan Zanes @ Battery Park concert

Key to Events:
{E} for everyone {D} for a date {C} for the Chicas {K} for the kiddies
{F} for the Fellas {P} for the pets
If you are just visiting for the weekend or you are an everyday New Yorker, whatever you decide to do just enjoy the moment and Revel in all that is *NYC*
XOXO, Dellah

Looking for other great things to do this weekend? Check out Time out New york and Time Out Kids online and in news stands. One of my absolute favorite go to sources for things to do around NYC!!

~ Dellah's Jubilation is only suggesting events that are thought to be fun and interesting based on opinion. Dellah's Jubilation is not responsible for cancelled events or any other event changes (time, location etc.) due to mother nature or those running the event. Please double check all links to event for updates and changes. Dellahs Jubilation is not affiliated with Time out New York or Time Out Kids New York or any other magazine. I just love their magazine and site when on the hunt for things to do. Dellah's Jubilation always intends to give proper attribution if a credit was foreseen, it was purely accidental and credit will be given where it's due.  Most importantly hit the streets and have fun!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TRENDscending Time: Chevron

Atlantic - Pacific
Whenever I see the oh - so trendy chevron print I automatically think of that yellow imprinted shirt that good ole' Chuck {Charlie Brown} is always rocking. Nowadays chevron is one of the most popular prints around, on everything from rugs to blouses to artwork displayed in some of our favorite spaces.

Where would you consider adding a touch of Chevron? In an accessory or a piece of furniture? Oh so many choices....

Image from : via Heidi Witmer on Pinterest

So sweet!
Wondering how long it would take to do this? I love that it can be transitioned throughout the years... 

Put your feet up. Get this ottoman from Etsy shop Aletafae

Hot pink + chevron a great combo. Bright and Fun!

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No Rest for Bridget

Sultry in chevron, this dress is gorgeous!

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Chevron are great details in a home from a tiling on the wall to wood planks on the floor.
Image via:  Misha Gravenor on Pinterest.
Yea, the Missoni for Target line sold out in the same day but I think these pillows are just as vibrant, chic and cool & the cake stand screams modern yet youthful {both found on Etsy}.

Pillows found on Etsy shop FestiveHomeDecor
Cake stand from Etsy shop Aedrieloriginals

Our  furry friend Sonic would  love to take long snoozes on this comfy, stylish doggy bed. 

Dog bed Duvet cover found in Etsy Shop dcrow

and last but not least I had to show you this glamorous ceiling, my hubby loves it too!
 Let's break out the paint cans. 

A cause for Jubilation.... Candy Chang (Bringing Communities Together & Sparking Conversation)


 Flipping through my copy of the September 2011 "O" Oprah magazine a photo of what appeared to be a shack had the words "Before I die.." stenciled and spray painted on the side of it with a list of responses instantly caught my attention. Candy Chang who's an artist and activist for social change created this project in hopes of connecting the members of her New Orleans neighborhood by reminding them of what matters most as a community and as an individual.

 Chang said she found herself questioning her wants before she died after loosing someone very close to her. With the 1st year anniversary of my husbands 25 year old best friend passing from a car accident approaching; we can't help but think of all the great things he was destined to accomplish. What are some things you want to do before you pass on? or places you'd want to see?  I'd love to be my own boss, visit Italy during Carnivale, live to see a cure for Crohns disease among many other things.. On Cindy Chang's site you can purchase a kit to create your own neighborhood "Before i Die"' wall and purchase planks with the phrase and blank space on it.

Another Project I felt inspired by was  "I wish this was" where members of the community filled in the blanks after the phrase on stickers describing what they hoped an abandoned space would become..

Like these abandon spaces I know there are a few in my neighborhood and possibly a few in you own you'd like to see something positive done with. Neighbors wrote things like Chinese food restaurant, a daycare, a community garden, Brad Pitts house or art gallery. With all the varied answers one thing was evident the community had great hopes and colorful imaginations for what they wanted for their neighborhood.

All images found via: CANDYCHANG.COM please go check out her site and be inspired by all of her projects and share with your friends, family and community to keep the conversation going!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Check out the BROOKLYN BRAINERY and get Schooled #RevelinNY

Being a mom of 2 rambunctious boys, wife, daughter, friend, grad-student, blogger and Crohns patient  I realize sometimes even just the idea of learning something different or exploring a new hobby gets lost in keeping up with the day to day. Flipping through the pages of Time Out New York I remember reading about the The Brooklyn Brainery. They describe themselves as an accessible, community-driven, crowdsourced education.

Affordable classes on anything and everything are hosted there.  Everyday people from Brooklyn and throughout the city can check out the unique classes being offered. The course topics seem to be limitless, if you can think it up they are willing to offer it. The other great part of the Brainery is that if you are passionate about a topic you don't need to be certified or have a degree to teach it, just a willingness to open up someone else's mind to something you think they'll love too!

Course topics have ranged from origami making, bee keeping, sign language, chutney making, reupholstering, exploring philosophy, Haitian creole to the history of pizza. I've been watching a ton of Nate Berkus and glimpsing at D.I.Y projects on of reupholstered ottomans and I'd love to take that class. I will say it seems they have a good following there because that class and a few others are waiting list only, so I'd sign up quick if something interests you.

Image via: Brooklyn Brainery
Classes meet for either one, two, or three weeks, and are reasonably priced between $15-$30 and you can get certificates to give as gifts. I think I'll be gifting a few for birthdays and Christmas! If you get to check out before I do,  please tell me what class you took and how it was..

Bunches of Xoxo's 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fabulous Fête: Carnival Themed Party Ideas for Kids at heart

So all of this brainstorming for Tristan's 1st birthday party made me realize a Carnival themed party for grown-ups would be a blast to plan too, so I searched the web to share some amazingly fun ideas with you guys.

Never too old for cotton candy!! My bestie and I enjoying the pink-a-licious treat

Cotton candy rock candy found on Martha Stewart Weddings

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Shots of Milk topped w/ sprinkles are so fun. I think I'll give guests the option having strawberry or chocolate.

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Loving the cotton candy filled martini glasses and the Bride to Be's top hat!!

Dreamy confection found on

A  fabulous costume! I adore the mini top hat.  Image found on

The makeup is so simple, I'm loving her heart shaped pucker, I'm going to do this!!
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All I need now is to find the perfect tutu for this soiree and I'll be all set......I've never been the girly girl so wearing a tutu is on my bucket list! I'm Looking forward to celebrating my lil' monsters 1st birthday by clowning around and creating lasting memories with those I love & I hop you've found a little inspiration for a carnival themed party of your own.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fabulous Fête: Come One, Come All ... Circus themed 1st birthday party

Celebrating a 1st birthday is one of those special one of a kind moments to never be forgotten.  I automatically knew that we'd be doing a Carnival/Circus themed birthday party for our Tristan Riley. He's our very silly monkey who likes to climb on people, do somersaults and burst into uncontrollable laughter when nothing is even going on. Yet he's also very rough and tough like a lion and thinks he's king of the house. I often feel that our lives are like a circus, always so much going on so the theme fits just right. With Tristan's birthday being 3 days before Halloween we are hoping to add a lil spooky-fun flare to the festivities and adorn costumes too!! I've been looking for inspiration on my two favorite sites and Let the Countdown begin till party time: 3 weeks!!

  Come One, Come All to Tristan's Big Top Circus!!

First year Circus themed photo clips found on Etsy
 These photo clips are perfect for displaying all your favorite snapshots of your child over the last 12 months. How do you decide which ones to pick?  I have some hard decision making ahead of me.

Our lil Monkey @ 3 days old . Happy 1st Halloween

Tristan @ 9 months old

Image Via: Hello Lucky found on

How adorable is this party decor? I love the cookies and I was planning on giving that same board book in the background "ABC is for Circus" as favors for Tristan's baby friends.

I know it's wishful thinking but I wonder if I could convince my hubby that this $300 Ferris Wheel  for displaying cupcakes i found on Etsy is essential for our party. I can see him raising his eyebrow to say "yeah right, keep dreaming!" This would be cute for a  bridal shower or a wedding.

The Ferris Wheel is probably out of the question for my budget so this extra cute Circus Tent inspired cupcake stand is definitely a great next choice and the hubby agrees! It's only $8 on Oriental Trading.

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Circus Train centerpiece found on

This Circus train centerpiece is so simple yet perfect. It reminds me of two scenes from the Disney classic movie "Dumbo". I love the song "Casey Junior " that's played when all of the animals are packed onto the circus train off to their next destination. As a kid i was always excited when the circus came to town...well to Madison Square Garden.

 I also love the scene where we peak inside each train car and see all the circus animals sleeping with their mothers and Dumbo being rocked on his mothers trunk while "Baby of Mine" is sung... Oh the love between a mom & her child.

I know, I know, very cheesy... Back to the Party Planning!!

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Say Cheese!! In celebration of Halloween I'm hoping our guest will join us in costume. Just in case not everyone comes prepared we will have a bin of costume accessories: wigs, feather boa's clown noses, funny glasses etc.. I can't wait to see all the pics and I'll be sure to post and share with you. My hubby is going to be the Ringmaster, Tristan a lion/tiger, Chris either the strong man and I a girlie clown, simply because i want to wear a tutu!!

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I found this collage of photos on pinterest and these were just a few images that Aria put up of her daughters 3rd birthday. Click the link above to see more from this party. I loved the prize table that she had and the duckie pond looked like fun!! These are just the kind of memories I'm hoping to create.

xoxo Dellah

Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekend Happenings// Things to do in NYC Sept.23rd-25th

                                                              Curious George Exhibit

 Let's welcome fall's official arrival this weekend with great events for our fabulous fury pets, or learn how malnourished kids in other countries are helped and treated. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at a museum you love to wander through time and time again or have yet to experience all for free or sample some yummy tasting pies.  Hopefully mother nature cooperates here in NYC and will save the rain clouds for another day.

Friday Sept. 23rd ~ "Starved for Attention: 195 stories of childhood Malnutrition" ~
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and VII Photo present “Starved for Attention,” a multimedia campaign exposing the neglected and largely invisible crisis of childhood malnutrition. MSF medical staff and aid workers—who have worked in malnutrition projects in the field–will guide visitors through a simulated clinic and describe how MSF works to treat and prevent malnutrition. Visitors will then be able to watch some of the Starved for Attention films, short multimedia documentaries about global malnutrition, and view stunning photographs from the series’ award-winning VII Photo Agency photojournalists. FREE
Location: Grand Army Plaza enter at Flatbush Ave and Prospect Park
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Friday Sept. 23rd  ~ Bryant Park Fall Festival ~ (Various Performance Times)
 This is the last day for this festival Enjoy!
{E}  FREE afternoon and evening ballet, modern dance, opera, rock, and jazz performances, poetry readings, kids programs, and more.
Location: Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
For full schedule of events and information:

Friday Sept 23rd and Sunday Sept. 25th  ~ The 85th Annual San Gennaro Festival ~
(Various Times)
{E} Catch the last few days of this event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! Free. Food and merchandise available to purchase
Location: runs along Mulberry St. b/w Canal & Houston Sts.  It takes place east to west on Grand St. b/w Mott & Baxter Sts., and east to west on Hester St. b/w Mott & Baxter Sts.
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Friday Sept. 23rd  ~ Affordable Art Fair ~ (1pm-8pm) Saturday Sept. 24th(11am-8pm) and Sunday Sept.25th (11am-6pm)
{E} Are you looking for an inexpensive new piece of art that will speak to you and be a conversation piece in your home? At this contemporary art fair pieces can be paid for by credit card while some galleries even offer installment plans. There will be open artist studios, artist tours, and conversations about "How to find art you love", "Choosing Art for Every room" and more. If you are bringing a long a kiddie art lover you should have them check out the Little lounge where they can hang out and play and look it pieces hung especially for them. On Saturday & Sunday in Annex 7 there will be a chance for the kids to create art using balloons. How exciting!
Location: 7 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Friday Sept. 23rd ~ Dumbo Arts Festival ~ (6-9pm ) Saturday Sept 24th( 12-8pm)
Sunday the 25th (12-6pm) and all 3 days from (6pm-12am)  for night projections.

 {E} Each year the DUMBO Arts Festival seeks to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. Art revelers can enjoy: visiting artists in their studios or making murals on the street; musicians, dancers, poets, performance and circus artists throughout the neighborhood, on street corners, sidewalk stages and in the park; communing with instrument makers in workshops; hearing from tech gurus about the latest advances; and joining walking tours to hear city historians share little-known stories of the neighborhood.
Location: Various Locations
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Saturday Sept. 24th ~ PAWS 9TH Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair ~
Unfortunately we don't drive and have yet to venture with our Pooch Sonic into the city from Queens but this seems like a great event to go to with your fave pet. 
{E}{P} Animal lovers can bring their furry friend (on a leash, of course) for a chance to impress the celebrity judges choosing Best in Park. But even if Fido doesn’t take home the gold, there’ll be live entertainment and free giveaways sure to put a smile on anyone's face. Check the site for cancellation because there is no rain date scheduled
Location: Naumburg Banshell, 72nd street @ 5th Avenue
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Saturday Sept. 24th ~ Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day  ~
{E}With so many wonderful cultural museums within the city it's great to get the opportunity to check out 1 of these hot spots for FREE during this annual event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. In order to attend the event you must download the coupon for 2 people (1 coupon used per household). There are a few museums I wouldn't mind visiting: The Brooklyn museum, The Children's Museum of Manhattan (the Curious George exhibit is adorably fun).El Museo del Barrio,The Jewish Museum and The Skyscraper museum.
Location: Various Locations
For more event information and participating museums:

Situ Studio (2005–present), Brooklyn. reOrder in the Brooklyn Museum's Great Hall. Image courtesy of Keith Sirchio

Saturday Sept 24th ~ Sprout SF Grand Opening ~ (10am-7pm)
{K} Join in all the fun at the grand opening party of this natural and organic children's boutique
There will be face painting, clowns, yoga, musical entertainment and snacks. The first 75 visitors  to make a purchase receive a gift bag full of goodies.
Location: 1375 third avenue
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Saturday Sept. 24th ~ Fourth Annual Great American Pie Off ~ (4pm-7pm)
{D}{G}{F} With the fall crisp breeze, the need for that extra layer of clothes who wouldn't love a warm delicious slice of pie ? If you think you have what it takes, to whip up a yummy pie for celebrity judges to taste (that slicked hair cutey Johnny Luzzini who hosts Top Chef Just desserts is one of them) than tie on that apron and check out the competition. Register for $20 at If you have no baking skills like myself but love to chow down then grab up a tasting ticket that will include two samples for $10 for an additional tasting $1 and 8 for $5. Make sure you bring your cash
Location: 357 W 44TH Street @ 9th ave.
For more event information: call 212-582-3200 or

Key to Events:
{E} for everyone {D} for a date {C} for the Chicas {K} for the kiddies
{F} for the Fellas {P} for the pets

If you are just visiting for the weekend or you are an everyday New Yorker, whatever you decide to do just enjoy the moment and Revel in all that is *NYC*
XOXO, Dellah

Looking for other great things to to do this weekend? Check out Time out New york and Time Out Kids online and in news stands. One of my absolute favorite go to sources for things to do around NYC!!

~  Dellah's Jubilation is only suggesting events that are thought to be fun and interesting based on opinion. Dellah's Jubilation is not responsible for cancelled events or any other event changes (time, location etc.) due to mother nature or those running the event. Please double check all links to event for updates and changes. Dellahs Jubilation is not affiliated with Time out New york or Time Out Kids New York or any other magazine. I just love their magazine and site when on the hunt for things to do.  Most importantly hit the streets and have fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Feeling a lil Blue..... {Cobalt Blue}

How can anyone feel down with such a fun pop of color showing up everywhere? Cobalt blue seems to be one of those colors that look great all year round from the runways to your household accessory.

Pier 1 cobalt blue glass bottles

Cobal blue ikat printed pillows on


 Beautiful watercolor by JessicaIllustration on Etsy.

Luving this Monique Lhuillier dress


Time out New York Magazine did an article for the week of Sept 2nd entitled "Fall Fashion Trends. Runway the Real way: Cobalt blue". The feature had an everyday  New Yorker showing off his funky style and other hot items for men in the fabulous color. Read here and decide what items you think work.
 Loving this "catch your eye" color!

Bunches of Xoxo's


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