Happy hump-day, ladies and gents! My favorite season is upon us…even if the weather can’t make up it’s mind to follow suit. It might be warm enough during the day to sport bare legs, but I’ll still be rocking my boots. Bring on the autumn colors, the changing trees, the pumpkin carving, the hot chocolate…and of course, Halloween. As we prepare for the magical holiday and our annual costume party, here’s some muse moments to keep you inspired:
Ever since our last European excursion, the husband and I have needed a suitcase upgrade. We seriously put our previous set through its paces. Our next set would need a hard casing to withstand jumping from train to train and racing to catch a jet. Also, a pattern or bold color certainly would prove useful to spot our suitcase on an airport’s conveyor belt. So when I came across this beauty on wheels, it was impossible to resist. Got it home and we discovered it nearly matches my photo taken at the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. This suitcase is setting the bar pretty high, don’t you think?
I’ve been pulling this belt out of my closet a lot recently. I adore the beaded texture and wooden clasp. Plus, it’s a reminder of our adventurous time in Florida last summer, where I discovered this luxe tribal adornment.
The bright pinks commonly associated with spring are going to prove fierce with your winter wardrobe. I’m looking forward to pairing this rich color, Shopping in Paris by Pink Holiday, with a monochromatic look. Find it here.
Got my fill of decadent design at the LN Show House, where 12 rooms of a local mansion were completely transformed by local designers. Some of my favorite spaces included the mod pool house, decked out in eye-catching art like this full-wall distorted portrait in black-and-white; as well as the library with a thick wool rug that felt like walking on a cloud, and a statement green ceiling that made the room feel like an inverse of the outdoors.
Tell me what’s got you dreaming as of late, & be sure to visit back soon for my latest hot spot addition.
As the heat of summer finally begins to roll in, the outdoor festivities are in full swing. From food trucks in the city parks to the Renaissance Faire & outdoor theatre, the city comes alive with vibrant activity this time of year. All this & more is keeping my calendar filled to the brim, but I love every minute of it. Hope the longer days are as joy-filled for you as they have been for me! Here’s some #MuseMoments of late that have put a smile on my face:
An oversized ring wrapped in gold & topped with a pale pink rose.
I was thrilled to hear Jimmy Fallon’s announcement on the The Tonight Show when he introduced Ben & Jerry’s newest creation, The Tonight Dough. Combining chocolate cookie swirls, & chocolate chip & peanut butter cookie dough, it was as tasty as I’d hoped it be.
I fell in love with this enormous disco ball at a nearby nightclub.
Equal to the size of three of me, I sadly could not take it home.
This wine drinker loves her some sangria, especially come summertime.
This light, zesty white wine concoction cools you off on a humid evening.
Saint Louis Art Museum hosts a delightful shindig the last Friday of every month, known as SLAM Underground. The extended happy hour gives you an up-close experience with one of the exhibits, & celebrates the art with a DJ on hand & activities, like this distinctive photo booth.
Venice appears almost like a dream. Completely situated on water, the roadways are all canals while the alleys and sidewalks are all built with stone. At every turn, artists brush paint on their canvases while musicians strum along to the rhythm of the water. It seems only right to pay homage to the beautiful artwork housed in this picturesque city of the sea.
L to R: Empor by Vasily Kandinsky & The Antipope by Max Ernst
Taking an artsy selfie.
Come explore the rich artworks housed at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice along the Grand Canal. This collector of modern art (married to artist Max Ernst) gathered pieces from Picasso to Warhol, Dali & Chagall. You will find featured works of Expressionism, Futurism, Abstract, Surrealism & more. Each painting, sculpture & photograph shares a unique story with its beholder. We ate up the tales like they were mystery chocolates in a box.
L to R: (Translated from French) Very Rare Picture on the Earth by Francis Picabia
& La Croix ancree by Antoine Pevsner.
La Baignade by Pablo Picasso.
Get to it: stop off in the neighborhood of Dorsoduro by water taxi at Accademia (or stay a couple blocks away at a reasonable price like we did!)
Cost: 14 euros per adult. Discounts offered to students, seniors, & children.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays & Christmas Day.
L to R: Flowers by Andy Warhol & Setting for a Fairy Tale by Joseph Cornell.
L to R: Surface Developpable by Antoine Pevsner & Logogriphe aux Pales Jean Dubuffet.