October 31, 2010

Simple Sunday Wisdom of Buddha + A Song from Jackson Browne...

" You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection. " -Buddha


 Jackson Browne wrote this when he was just 16...for many reasons this is one of my favorite songs.

October 29, 2010

...for the fact that I am always feelin' a little gyspy vibe, to the pattern on pattern, for the super skinny belt paired with super sized clutch and for the tried and true dependability of a well worn pair of jeans. 

Accidental Brilliance Friday Fall Favorites...

Friday Fall Favorites...a hearty plate of roasted vegetables and goat cheese, eucalyptus scented hand salve, a few whimsical necklaces to layer, a great leather bag, a stylish chapeau and a pair of blue suede shoes...

1. roasted veggie & goat cheese recipe here 2. burt's bees hand salve 3. love necklace $6  here
4. bicycle necklace $56 here  5. duffle bag zara $149 6. zara hat 7. a detacher bootie here

October 28, 2010

Delicate Beauty...

Hard to imagine that a leaf could be turned into an incredible tiny work of art. By manually cutting and removing the leaf's surface, artisans have created these little masterpieces...what a remarkable tribute to nature !

    to check out more visit here

Neutral Inspiration...Malene Birger

Lots of really cool neutral inspiration from Danish designer Malene Birger...with a really limited palate and a few key pieces she has got fall nailed down. So what do we need ? A grey sweater, a great white blouse, a blazer, a chunky knit sweater, a little dress for layering, a pair of black skinny trousers, a few fun hats and scarves and a trench...throw in a pair of jeans and you are set.

     check out her entire line here

October 27, 2010

Meet Me Here and Wear One of These...

...for cocktails at dusk. And just in case you are in the market this house is for sale in Santa Barbara.

And just in case you didn't see the shoes...here is a close up. Love these with a capital L.

Namaste...I honor the spirit in you which is also in me. Wishing you a peace filled day.

                                 Photographs shot by Nicoline Malina for Harper's Bazaar Indonesia November 2010

Perfectly Glamorous...Rene Gruau

...simple and oh so glamorous. Although in the 1950's fashion photography took over where fashion illustrators once brought us the beautiful images we see in magazines, isn't this illustration by Rene Gruau a testament to a lost art. Rene Gruau born in Italy, moved to Paris in the 1920's and until his death in 2004 built a portfolio of illustrations that sorta make you dream of days gone by.

October 26, 2010

Accidental Brilliance Picks...

The perfect way to add a pop of leopard and make PETA proud at the same time.

available here and here 

Tunes For A Tuesday...R.E.M acoustic


Accidental Brilliance at the moment favorites...

At the moment favorites...the beautiful blurriness of this Ellen von Unwerth photograph, Diepa Restrepo handmade unisex oxfords, a vintage tapestry union jack pillow, the intricacy of this paper owl mask and a quote that makes you wanna try, try again.

1. my favorite ellen von unwerth book available here  2. diepa restrpo shoes available here 3. vintage tapestry union jack pillow available here 4. paper owl

October 25, 2010

Monday Must Have Superfood and Supplement Series...Goji Berries

Not all food is the same...in the pursuit of a strong, healthy, balanced body and soul superfoods and supplement nutrients are the key. Goji berries are a simple way to do the body good. Known as an adaptogen or substance with a combination of therapeutic actions on the body, they have been used in India, China and Tibet for over 6000 years to boost the immune system, promote anti-aging and longevity among many other uses. A great source of B vitamins and a pure protein source they also strengthen the system to deal with stress, who can't use that. A handful a day is all you need to get the benefits and since we only get this one body, why not treat it right !

Monday Muse...Ms.Helena Christensen

 Muse worthy for the way Helena includes pattern, texture and color in such an effortless, light, laid back way...inspirational as the season changes to remember to include a bit of light with the darker colors of fall and winter.

October 24, 2010

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + A Song from Kings of Convenience...

" Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment"- Buddha


October 22, 2010

Color me happy...

...for the masculine and feminine, for the devil may care attitude, for the vibe that she can do whatever she wants whenever she wants.

Beauty through the eye of a lens...

More photographic brilliance from Steven McCurry...with precision and poetry he captures the beauty of the faces, landscapes, stories and colors of the world.

Accidental Brilliance Friday Fall Favorites...

Friday Fall Favorites...a homemade bowl of granola, a mocha colored lace waist coat, a warm pair of knee high boots and an antique engraved perfume flask.

1. homemade granola recipe here  2. Zara waist coat $39.90  3. Chloe boot  4. Doyle & Doyle antique perfume flask

October 21, 2010


Someone once asked me if I believed in redemption...maybe forgiveness is not black and white, cut and dry. But, the beauty of life is that we are all capable of turning it around...turning anything around, all the way around. Lucky to catch a performance by John Forte last night at a breast cancer awareness event, his music speaks to where he has been and collectively where we are all going. Soulfully reminding us that nothing is promised and although we all may stumble, when we get back up we can do better...we can be better.

To hear more of his music, spoken word and story check him out here
To use your voice and help in the fight against breast cancer visit here

Can't seem to find the words...

October 20, 2010

Original Accidental Brilliance Text

Fall Foliage and Festive Table Tops...

Central Park Fall 2010 photographed by Accidental Brilliance

The leaves have just started to change color in Central Park and after taking this photograph the thought of decorating for the fall season came to mind. So many beautiful and simple ways to make a table look seasonal for a fancy fall dinner party or a casual weekend dinner. Mini pumpkins filled with fall flowers, a tiny bottle of olive oil for each guest to take home, exquisite white gourds in a ceramic urn or amber bottles scattered on the table filled with flowers, succulents and berries. Bon appetito !

Wrap it up...I'll take it

October 19, 2010

Tunes for a Tuesday...Death Cab For Cutie


Accidental Brilliance at the moment favorites...

At the moment favorites...a Brigitte Bardotesque ponytail, a colorful leather Moroccan pouf to sit on with a cup of mint tea, a little bouquet of fall flowers, a short quote and a tall pair of riding boots.

She's got legs...she knows how to use them.

Legs photographed at Bergdorf Goodman by Accidental Brilliance

Seriously in love with these brass legs designed by uber cool interior designer Kelly Wearstler...a conversation piece for sure, great on a table or on top of a pile of books.  And while we are busy admiring Kelly's legs, how about her ability to always pair a great blouse with jeans.

October 18, 2010

Hey Little Lady...

                                               Zara Hanbag, Tom Ford Cat Eye Sunglasses, J.Crew Ballet Flats  

Monday Muse...Ms. SJP

Muse worthy for her effortless and perfect everyday running around town looks...the girl knows how to do casual.

October 17, 2010

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + A Song by Band of Horses...

"Peace comes from within, do not seek it without.The mind is everything what you think you become "


Band of Horses performed this live at Grand Central Station in NYC a few months ago and the hustle bustle of commuters stopped and for just a few minutes went silent while the band played on.

October 16, 2010

                                            Bob Marley, Jamaica

          "Wake up and live...none but ourselves can free our minds. "
                                                                                                - Bob Marley

Accidental Brilliance Picks...

The Barcelona Daybed originally designed by Ludwig Mie Van der Rohe in Germany 1929.

October 15, 2010

"Perfectly Flawed" ...by Stina Persson

Perfectly Flawed...the name of a series of watercolor paintings by Stockholm artist Stina Persson. In a world where most of the images we see are retouched, color enhanced and digitally flawless, Stina has created these images of women that are a bit flawed and in their imperfection somehow perfect.

To see her other work check it out here www.stinapersson.com

Friday Fall Favorites...

Friday Fall Favorites...Soft cotton and hemp organic cotton napkins, comfy cable knit handmade socks, a slick pair of Oliver Peoples shades and a pair of Frye high heel oxfords.

1. A Ell Designs napkins made in Hawaii $24 available on Etsy 2. Cable sock pattern available free here 3. Oliver Peoples Daddy B Sunglasses 4. Frye Harlow Stitch Oxford $198

October 14, 2010

Cuff Luck...

Cuff Luck 1. J Crew $98 2. Lucky Brand $62 3. J.Crew $98 4. J.Crew $58 5. Lucky Brand $49


Superfly from the brocade jacket right on down to the well worn Hermes Kelly bag...

Accidental Brilliance Fall Transitioning...

Gotta admit not quite ready to switch over the closet just yet... thinking of ways to make the transition to heavy coats a gradual one. Couple of ideas...layer a denim coat under a light weight wool coat or vest, pair it with a cross body saddle bag or hip pouch and it still feels light and easy but warm enough for a crisp fall day.

1. Native Arts Trading Apache Bag  2. Hermes 3. Louis Vuitton 4. Grafea Saddle Bag 5. Calleen Cordero Hip Pouch 

Mukluk Love...

There is nothing better than coming home and kicking off your shoes...nothing better that is than slipping into a toasty pair of mukluks. Handmade in a rainbow of color options and the best part...they are super affordable. With the holidays around the corner, these would make great stockings hung by the fireplace that you could slip right on after you unwrap all the treasures inside.

Mukluks available here $14

October 13, 2010

Castles In The Sky...

Castles In The Sky...filmed in five countries over three years. This magnificent film follows some of the best surfers to the most remote coastlines and never before seen waves. Pushing the limits and at the same time capturing a beautiful journey into the hearts of the locations and the people living there. The images and music in the trailer will leave you yearning to pack you bags and go on an adventure...

Song in the trailer...The Summer We Raised You by Years Around The Sun
Movie Soundtrack available here

Oh la la...Iradj Moini

How about adding one of these into the mix to take jeans and a plain white t-shirt up a notch.

White Couch Dreamin'...

October 12, 2010

Tunes for a Tuesday...Angus & Julia Stone


Feathers and Fairytale Endings...

Add one part whimsy and one part free spirit and you get Littledoe, a line of handmade feather headbands and floral crowns...not exactly everyday wear but they sure do make you think about a fairytale and inspire  you to remember to enjoy the moment and let go a little...live a little and don't worry so much about the consequences, listen to your heart it will tell you all you need to know.

available here