March 31, 2011

Love What She Is Wearing...

...for the appeal of a backless dress and an arm full of bangles, for the ease of a plain white v-neck and ripped jeans, the charm of a polka dotted head wrap and the ease of a classic simple little blouse.

 images via Numero Japan Jan 2011, Simply Luxurious Life, Reasons to Breathe


Inspiration found in the oversized frames on beautiful Isabelle Adjani, Catherine Deneuve wrapped in a head scarf, the effortless cool of the crew from Easy Rider and the tasseled wrists of Diana Ross.

March 30, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Trendspotting...Ankle Length Pants the weather is warming up here in NY, I am spotting lots of shorter pants on the streets. Yesterday J.Crew previewed their Fall 2011 collection and there were plenty of ankle length pants. Whether the jeans are cuffed or the colors are bright, there is just something about showing a little ankle that is so pretty.

images via garance,la mer opale tumblr, we heart it, racked

Can't take my eyes off...The Artwork of Michael Carson

Can't take my eyes off the slightly blurred, serious faces of Michael Carson's subjects. They all seem to be waiting on something, waiting for something and somehow despite this look of longing, seem content and there is something really calm about that...that notion that even in the unknown there is comfort to be found. see more of his work and read his bio click on over here.

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

March 29, 2011

Smythe Spring 2011... much goodness in Canadian label Smythe's Spring collection. Simple, neutral and classic and how great is that white blazer ? Check out the rest of the line here.

Accidental Brilliance Picks...

Fiona Apple. Tunes for a Tuesday...


March 28, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series...Seaweed

There are not that many things in this world that at one time can be exhilarating, the most calming way to fall asleep and also a hotbed full of nutrients. The ocean is just one of those special wonders of nature and the seaweed found in the ocean is one of the best things you can include in your diet, but don't just wait until you have sushi, the benefits are so great...why not include it in your daily diet. Seaweed is rich in all the minerals we need in sufficient amounts as well as significant amounts of B-vitamins, A, C, niacin, folic acid and pantothenic acid. It has been known to promote mental youthfulness, regulate hormones, assist the metabolism, promote youthful skin color, feed the shafts of the scalp to help improve the health of hair and cleanse the body of toxins. You can buy dried seaweed as a snack in most markets and if you have a Trader Joe's nearby I totally recommend their Roasted Seaweed Snack, these things are better than potato chips and way better for you.

Alicia Silverstone...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse

...muse worthy for her dedication to the environment, a vegan lifestyle and her concept and book The Kind Diet. The book is a great resource with delicious recipes that encourages us to be kinder to our bodies and the planet in many ways, including what we eat. Even if you aren't considering becoming a vegan, this book is worth taking a look at.  I am also a fan of her blog The Kind Life.

March 26, 2011

Weekend Distractions from Middle Brother...

...these guys are the perfect way to start the weekend, hope you have a great one !


March 25, 2011

Accidental Brilliance at the moment favorites...

...I have posted about my love of a great big wooden table in the kitchen but these photos are reason enough to write again about what a great addition they make to any kitchen, traditional, modern big or small...they just make you want to sit down for a long while and eat, talk, laugh and relax.

Deposit for the Style Files...

Spring is just about here and switching over the closet and getting into the groove of your warmer weather look sometimes takes a the meantime there are always those few pieces that just work for the start of sunny days. A lighter pair of worn in jeans or faded denim shirt, and this season for sure a wide leg jean, a neutral blouse to dress up or down, a little blazer with a great big scarf for the days when it is still a little chilly and of course a dependable dress you can just throw on and it seems like this season whatever length works best for you is the way to go because the stores are full of ultra long or super short options. Here's to brighter, lighter days !

images via 1.Cosmopolitan UK 2 & 3 Madewell jeans and blouse 4. We Heart It   5. Tucker dress

The National...Playin' on Repeat Today


...I put these guys on my list of best albums for 2010 and this one does not disappoint for the start of 2011.


I recently watched a television show where they were discussing the question of happiness...they touched upon all the things that quite possibly make us each happy. They never mentioned the flutter, that feeling of being involved in something, or with someone where you find passion that makes sense of it all...a purpose, something that makes our heart flutter like the wings of butterfly. We are each here for a different purpose, to learn and teach different lessons and for a different amount of time...but we all must find happiness, that flutter, I think most of all.

image via...I like It Here tumblr

March 24, 2011

Can't take my eyes off...

Can't take my eyes off the photography of Harper Smith today. Something about the hazy lens evokes a sort of nostalgic innocence that is just so comforting. To see more of her work check out her website.

Harvey Faircloth

Not sure how I first happened upon Harvey Faircloth last year but the story behind the brand has stuck with me and I really like this season's billowy sleeves, canvas totes and classic natural leather huaraches...and the sneak peek into their inspiration board for the collection is neat as well. The company was started by three friends and is " dedicated to creating spirited off-kilter classics for modern women ". Who is Harvey Faircloth ? He was an elegant older gentleman that one of the girls sat next to at a wedding when she was much younger who gave her some good advice..."follow to your dreams" he said, " we must press on regardless ". Good advice and good fashion sorta great combination isn't it ?
...a few of my favorites on their inspiration board, to see the rest check out their website here.

March 23, 2011

Inspiration Found. Elizabeth Taylor

Inspiration found today in the beauty of Elizabeth Taylor and in her loyal friendship to my all time favorite crush Rock Hudson. In a time where movie studios built personas and the audience unlike today knew little about the person behind the movie star status, she loyaly defended her friend Rock who was not openly gay at the time. After his passing from AIDS she helped co-found amfAR and helped lead the crusade in the fight against AIDS. The amfAR site  has set up an easy way to donate to AIDS research in  honor of Ms.Taylor and continue in her exemplary footsteps. And to see the on screen chemisty of Elizabeth and Rock I highly recommend the movie Giant. For a dose of pure Rock Hudson, Pillow Talk is by far one of my favorite movies of all time. They don't make movie stars like that anymore is all I can say.

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom

March 22, 2011

J Mascis. Tunes for a Tuesday...


...something about this song I just like, the layers of guitar on top of violin I think. Perfect way to start the day or end the day for that matter- I hope that when you find it you are having a good day and that you are being kind to yourself.

Accidental Brilliance Picks...

photo by Giles Bensimom

March 21, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series...Royal Jelly

It's not just beautiful flowers that bees get the credit for giving us, thanks to bees one of the most powerful and beneficial superfoods around is Royal Jelly. Without a doubt it contains all the nutrients to give potent increased levels of energy, vitality and a variety of amazing health benefits. Rich in minerals, natural hormones, B vitamins, fatty acids and folic acid, there is a reason they call this stuff royal. Royal Jelly is a creamy substance secreted by the worker bees in the beehive for the nourishment of the queen bee. The queen bee starts life in the hive just like any worker bee, she is randomly chosen by the worker bees for queen status and fed a diet exclusively of royal jelly. Remarkably she lives forty times longer than the average bee, five years versus the average six week life span of a worker bee who does not eat royal jelly...sort of amazing and it is all due to the power of nutritional value of the royal jelly. In humans the results are pretty amazing when eaten as well, stronger hair and nails, regulated hormones, help with infertility, help with cholesterol and blood pressure problems and the list goes on and on, this stuff is remarkable for improving and strengthening your health in so many areas. Of all the superfoods and supplements you can take bee products give you the biggest bang for the buck and the best results.

Before taking any bee product be sure you have no allergy to bees or bee stings. Not all royal jelly is the same so research the brand you are buying to be sure you are getting pure royal jelly. So far the best royal jelly I have found is Y.S. Royal Jelly, available at Whole Foods and most helath food stores.

Kate Schelter...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse

...muse worthy for the way she mixes up patterns, prints and vintage pieces to acheive a classic yet ecclectic cool look.

March 20, 2011

Weekend Distractions...

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Iron and Wine...

...we can only hope that this is the case for the people of Japan. Keep them in your prayers and spread the word that any donation helps. To make a $10 donation to the Red Cross simply text "redcross" to 90999. We need to get involved to help however we can.


March 18, 2011

Accidental Brilliance at the moment favorites...

...worn in jeans, a little distressed and rolled up, with flats, oxfords, wedges, clogs or an interesting pair of heels. Here are a few splurges but there are so many amazing affordable pairs out there that don't break the bank and do the trick...

Splurges available here  and Saves available here...happy shopping !

Always Remember...

Love what she is wearing...

...for the allegiance to my undying love for the jumpsuit, to her simple blouse and twisted headband, the undeniable appeal of a wrist full of piled on interest and a slightly oversized navy blazer.

images via dust jacket attic, patterson maker, sea of shoes, dear alexandra

March 17, 2011

Inspired By...

Vogue Espana April 2011

1 Muonio Necklace 2.Chan Lu Bracelets 3. Forever21 Feather Earrings $6
4. Chan Lu leather wrap bracelet 5. Forever21 leaf necklace

READS. The Art of Possibility...

You know those books you pull off the shelf to look back on or maybe even read again ? The Art of Possibility is one of those books. It gently inspires you to look at how you view your life and realize that you are the artist of your life, it is your creation. It is full of suggestions and advice to help you realize the possibilities that await you if you are open to them. There are so many great mini lessons it is hard to pick the best ones...

+ We make our own boundaries and set our own limits.
+ You always have something to give, give it from where you are.
+Lighten up and enjoy the trip.
+You are the board upon which the game is played, you control the pieces.

Sometimes you need a little something to inspire you to truly believe in yourself and trust that you do know what is best for you and realize that if you ask for it, work hard and open yourself to it, you will get it.

Rainbow Brights...'s beginning to look a lot like Spring in NYC, buds are starting to sprout on the trees and flowers are peaking through the dirt after a long winter's nap. The bright colors of nature are just about ready to bloom and the stores are full of all sorts of rainbow brights, lately loving all the amazing colorful flats. And, isn't this wedding cake just...simply magical.

March 15, 2011

Use Your Voice...

It is hard not be heartbroken when you see the images of the vast devastation in Japan but, you can Use Your Voice by making a donation to the rescue and relief effort. Both The Red Cross and Salvation Army are accepting $10 donations and all you have to do is text..."Japan" or "Quake to 80888 for the Salvation Army or text "RedCross" to 90999 for the Red Cross.

Accidental Brilliance Picks...

available here

The Decemberists. Tunes for a Tuesday...


March 14, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Superfood & Supplement Series...Kombucha Tea

I have posted about this stuff before but I have been working on a big project lately and sipping on this along the way. Without a doubt this stuff is rejuvenate, restore , recharge and revitalize grab a bottle of  raw kombucha tea. I like GT's but, there are a few good ones on the market. Kombucha tea goes as far back as 221 BC in the Chinese Tsin Dynasty and has been said to have near-magical healing powers. Although at first the taste takes some getting used to, once you try it a few times you won't be able to get enough of the stuff. Kombucha supports digestion, metabolism, immune system, appetite control, liver function, body alkalinity, anti-aging, cell integrity and healthy skin and hair, and it really gives you a little boost in the energy department. Do I need to say more...this stuff rocks.

Ms. Byrdie Bell...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse

...muse worthy for the way she mixes laid back with a little glamour and for her great hair, sorta natural and beachy and really sexy.

Weekend Distractions...

images via clockwise: head over heels, photo by mario sorrenti, note to self tumblr, decade diary

March 13, 2011

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Lissie...

 " What we are today comes from out thoughts of yesterday. With patience all makes sense" - Buddha


March 11, 2011

Deposit For The Style Files...

Just on the edge of Spring and a little Spring fling sounds good right about now...with a simple blouse, a pair of woven flats and a unique clutch.

Shoes L to R Joan & David, Juicy Couture, Frye. Clutches by Malababa available here.

Accidental Brilliance at the moment favorites...Braided + Shaded

At the moment favorites...messy braids, left long or wound up in a bun and shades in all different shapes and colors depending on the day, depending on the mood.

images via Johnny the Clown, Patterson Maker, We Heart It

March 10, 2011

Peter Bjorn and John. Playin' on repeat today...

Just one of those tunes that makes you matter how many times you hear it.


Destinations. The Tides Zihuatanejo, Mexico...

Postcard picutre perfect is the only way I can describe The Tides. The resort located in Zihuatanejo Mexico where the breeze is warm, the sun is strong and the beachfront lifestyle is laid-back...this is a place to get lost for a little while.

...whether you want to relax in the amazing wellness spa, take organic cooking clases, hit some of the amazing surfing spots nearby or just hang, this is the place to do it. To see more amazing photos visit their website and pack your bags.