December 30, 2011

For Today...

...this is it, here we are about to walk into a new year where anything is possible, DON'T HESITATE. Take the risk you've been afraid of, put it all on the line, take a chance and believe in yourself. You more than anyone else deserves the best of everything so get out there and get it...DON'T HESITATE.

Accidental Brilliance Picks the Best Albums of 2011...

Since no day is complete without music, no year would be complete without a list of the best albums released in 2011 and the ones that played the most around here...

1. Fleet Foxes- Helplesness Blues...because there is solace in every song these guys do.
2. The Decemberists- The King is Dead...because they feel nostalgic and a little like home.
3. Bon Iver- Bon Iver...because this man is emotion and makes you feel it.
4. The Roots- Undun...because these boys are can throw it down.
5. Cold War Kids- Mine Is Yours...because they tap into what made 80's new wave music so classic.
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers- I'm With You...because they can do no wrong.

...and there are no coincindences,  as I am putting this post together in the background Bon Iver plays and this song,  my favorite from the album I share with you...


Accidental Brilliance At The Moment Favorites...

Get The Goods...Flannel by Madewell available here, Seaweed available at Whole Foods or you local healthfood store, See by Chloe booties available here, Argan Oil (great on the skin and the hair) availiable here

December 29, 2011

Big Scary...This one playin' on repeat today

Hit replay again and again on this one...late afternoon in NYC as the sky darkens and the air is growing colder, this feels warm...


Can't Take My Eyes Off... The Artwork Of WIlliam H. Luke

Can't take my eyes off the work of Australian artist William H. Luke, the layers of color and uncertainty. Something about it reminiscent of a new year where much is unclear. Layered with experience or color,  you wait standing on your tippy toes to walk through the door that will be 2012. Take my hand I promise it will be bright.

To see the rest of his work click on over here.

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

December 28, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Picks...

...just about time to start thinking about what to wear for new year's eve. Doesn't matter if your going out on the town or chillin' at home I always think adding a little glam into the mix gets the new year off to the right start. And here's to making this new year an amazing, healing, productive and peaceful one !

Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via streetstyle, ont the streets, pinterest

December 27, 2011

Jesse Woods. Tunes for a Tuesday...

...this one is called sparks. Sometimes they fly...with someone you just met or someone you once knew. They don't happen all the time and when they do, let them light up your sky. Connections, true connections are rare...


The Girl Has Got It Goin' On...

...sometimes it just takes the right shade of a color against the skin, a cool bag, the perfect fit on a pair of jeans or something a little unexpected like a turban to make you do a double take and decide for sure the Girl Has Got It Goin' On.

Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via streetstyle, ciara bird tumblr, pinterest, Vanessa Jackman jean shot

Cleansing...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series

With the most indulgent part of the holiday season just about over, now is the time to get yourself ready to ring in the new year in tip top shape. I was looking through a pile of books today for a book I find myself referring to all the time when I want to detox and although I have shared it before it's worth a repeat mention. There is always lots of talk about cleansing and detoxing and in moderation it can be a good thing, but you need to be sure to do it it in a healthy way. Nothing overly extreme for two reasons, first because it is difficult to stick to it and second because it is not good for your body to go to extremes. There are small steps you can take, foods you can incorporate and others to eliminate to start 2012 off on the right foot. There are so many books out on the subject, Clean by Alejandro Junger is a favorite of mine...easy to follow guidance and great recipes with real food as opposed to some of the liquid cleanses out there top the list of why it has become a favorite. I guarantee after you follow his program or any program you find that suits your needs you will feel better for it. Every once in awhile just like the mind, your body needs a break and like the title of his book you need to Clean house a little.

December 26, 2011

Jessica Stein...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse

...a little bit of leather, a sequin and a heel, a cutout and hint of a shoulder and blogger Jessica Stein is muse worthy for sure.

follow her tumblr here 

Weekend Distractions...

 Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via soulsurfer tumblr, ciara bird tumblr, pinterest

December 25, 2011

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin From Ingrid Michaelson...

With the holidays and a new year almost upon us I wish you many things but most importantly I wish you peace in all you seek, find, become and are. This is my winter song to you...


December 23, 2011

For Today...

...all of it, the good and the bad. Take a few minutes to think about it, the entirety of a year. The things you saw, the things you loved, the things that excited you and scared you. The people you met, the places you went, the memories you made. 2011...for all it's worth it was a good year. For today think about tomorrow...and the next day.

Deposit For The Style Files...

...can't take my eyes off how beautiful the headpieces that were worn at the latest Chanel runway show were. Depositing these in the Style Files for a little New Year's Eve bling idea !

December 22, 2011

My Morning Jacket...This One Playin' On Repeat Today

Was lucky to see this performed live a few weeks ago, without a doubt one of the best concerts I have seen. I have said it before, there is just something so familiar about his voice, something that feels like home, mends all the scrapes.


Accidental Brilliance Gift Guide Series..The Happy Holiday Hostess

For the hostess with the mostess, the one who with little effort throws together the perfect holiday get together, pops the perfect bottle of champagne and when you ask her what you can bring, always says just yourself, but you know you want to bring a little something. 

1. Beaded Cuff here 2. Altru incense holder here 3. Market Linen Apon here 4. Chinese Slippers here
5. Sushi Set here 6. Rajasthan book here 7. Zoe throw here 8. Agate coasters here 9. William Sonoma Magarita Salt here

December 21, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Simple Holiday DIY Ideas...

...every year I think I am struck with the same thought around the holidays, usually hits me when I am in a store shopping for gifts and people are frantically grabbing anything they can, do they realize that life goes fast and the things that really matter can't be measured by possessions or toys under the tree, can't be rung up at a register in a department store. Are we taking enough time to remember that what people really want or maybe need is to know that you will be there for them, that you believe in them, that you love them. In the end those are the things that will have mattered, the simple things, the things you said, the things you made.

1. Pot evergreen branches instead of flowers, throw some sugar in the water to ensure freshness. It's not to late to donate a Christmas tree to the family of US troops who might otherwise not have one this year here 2. Make this Christmas In A Jar recipe to give to family and friends instructions here 3. Make your own gift tags downloadable instructions here.

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

Accidental Brilliance Picks...The Artwork of John Armleder

 ...been a bit busy and forgot to post about my trip to Art Basel in Miami a few weeks ago. There were what felt like miles of artwork and a bit of good people watching to boot. I was not familiar with the work of John Armleder but was instantly drawn to it. On tremendous canvases it was if paint had slipped down in random and yet perfectly deliberate patterns. Thinking about trying to duplicate one of his pieces for sure.

December 20, 2011

Kid Cudi + Florence and The Machine. Tunes For A Tuesday...

This here is just right on...sorta unexpected but fits like a glove for today.


The Girl Has Got It Goin' On...

...with the holidays upon us it seems like you need one of two options, a little somethin' fancy for a night out to celebrate or somethin' super casual for running around doing last minute shopping. Either way it's safe to say a great shoe or a pop of color is great for dressing it up at night and a trusted flannel and great bag slung over the body is all you need for a day of shopping for gifts. Here's to ringing in the season in style and leavin' em saying...the girl has got it goin' on !

Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via Olsens Anonymous, StreetStyle, Pinterest

December 19, 2011

Papaya...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series

Over the last few months I have been working on a project that has me traveling to a more tropical climate and weekends I find myself out on a long bike ride ending with a delicious smoothie in a favorite new health food restaurant. With a combination of coconut milk, dates, frozen banana and papaya nectar it is for sure a splurge but totally worth it. Although I eat fruit without fail everyday, papaya is not normally in the rotation. As I was sipping my smoothie this past weekend I started to look up the benefits of papaya and realized that I should be fitting it into my diet a bit more often. An excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A,E, and one of the highest sources of vitamin C,  it is also rich in antioxidant nutrients, flavonoids and carotenes. It is a perfect source of enzymes and as we get older we produce less digestive enzymes so eating papaya or enzyme rich foods becomes important. Eaten after a meal it makes for better digestion, prevents bloating and chronic indigestion. It can also lower the inflammation in the body, alleviates the pain and edema caused by sport injuries. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, can relieve the severity of Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Because of its high antioxidant content, papaya can also prevent cholesterol oxidation and can be used in  preventative treatments against atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks and diabetic heart disease. Sort of seems a bit silly to not grab one next time you are at the store right ? And I guess it gives me a good excuse to keep ordering my favorite decadent smoothie !

Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse(s)

...not sure if it's the worn in denim, the tangled in embrace looks, or the pure simplicity but, this layout from Kinfolk Magazine has muse worthy written all over it.

images via Kinfolk Magazine via young and hungry

December 18, 2011

Weekend Distractions...

Accidental Brilliance with images via ciarabird tumblr, pinterest, dream.believe.achieve tumblr, we heart it

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Band of Horses...

...kind, somehow that's one of the best things we can be. Life is about how we treat people and how we handle situations. Lead with kindness, it will make the difference...


Weekend Wisdom...

December 17, 2011

For Today...

...simple but incredibly beautiful advice. I hope that you find it, what it is you are missing and also the realization that you have all you need...within you.

image via soulsurfer tumblr

Accidental Brilliance Gift Guide Series...The Little Peanut Gallery

For the little one who makes you laugh and makes you remember that being silly is still ok no matter how old you are !

1. Little Owl hat here, 2. Minnetonka Moccassin here, 3. Boogie Monster Book here, 4. Fuzzy Bowling Set here, 5. Wooden Puzzle, Birdie Cashmere Sweater here, 7. Double Bubble Gumball machine here
8. Froggie Boots 9. Dexton Teeppee here 10. Make Art Book here 11. Rainbow Mittens here

The Jezebels...This One Playin' On Repeat Today

Between tired thoughts this one plays loudly perhaps to drown out all that is not yet clear in the pursuit of certainty...  

December 16, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Gift Guide Series...The Quirky Queen Bee

For the Quirky Queen Bee, the girl who knows who she is and marches to the beat of her own drum.

1. Virginia Woolf novels here 2. Clare Vivier Clutch here  4. Sigerson Morrison bootie 5. Marc Jacobs bag here 6. SUPER all natural Ginger Mask here Warby Parker frames here 10. Shoes available here

December 14, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

Fleet Foxes. Tunes For A Tuesday...

...because this one strikes a chord and always seems to comfort the moments that are strange, somehow this one smoothes the creases...


December 12, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Gift Guide Series...The Mister or The Future Mister

...for the guy you spend lazy weekends with, the one who really gets you, plays the guitar as you fall asleep, and knows no matter what you believe in him.

1. Uggs boot here 3. Art of Shaving shave kit 4. Carrerra sunglasses  5. Patagonia Vest here 6. Red Wing boot 8. Patagonia sweatshirt and hat here 9. Ferragamo cufflinks here   11. Sharper Image Electric Wine Opener here 12. Frye Bag here

December 11, 2011

Weekend Distractions...

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Delta Spirit...

...seems like such a simple thought and yet somehow it gets in the way, the chaos that temps to derail you. Do not let it get in the way, there is so much more you are meant to do. Saw these guys last night, the moon was full and the opening line of this song resonated...hold onto my hand and never let go. Find something to hold onto crossed my mind...


Weekend Wisdom...

December 10, 2011

For Today Remember... matter where you are on your journey, in time it will all become clear and the experiences that made little sense will find their place.

December 9, 2011

Young the Giant...This One Playin' On Repeat... get out there on the path, your path. Be calm and be peaceful and think about what it is you are  missing and go get it, it can be yours.


December 8, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Gift Guide Series...The Preppy Princess

...for the Preppy Princess in your life. The girl who loves a little something classic.

1. Jonathan Adler candle here, 2. Bedding available at ABC Carpet & Home here, 3. Tory Burch shoe here, 4. Hamptons Gardens & Home books here, 5. Kate Somerville Exfolikate Body here, 6. Juicy Couture flats here, 7. Hermes enamel bracelets here, 8. Iomoi monogrammed bag here, 9. Yves Saint Laurent sunglasses here, 10. Jennifer Miller Earrings here.

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

December 7, 2011

The Girl Has Got It Goin On...

 Interesting what a shoe or a hemline can do to the vibe of an outfit. No doubt these girls have Got It Goin' On and kick it up a notch on the flirty front.

Accidental Brilliance Layout with images via Streetstyle, Pinterest, Ciara Bird

Juniper. Tunes for a Tuesday...

...this one is for thinking it through, for letting your thoughts flow to where they need to take you so you can make the next move without be distracted from what is meant to be. Playing softly behind your thoughts, this one gets in there.


December 6, 2011

Accidental Brilliance Gift Guide Series...The Free Spirited Beauty

So it's time to get the gift ideas underway for the season. All week I will be sharing my favorites for the season starting with The Free Spirited Beauty in your life...

1.Tarte Lip Stains available here, 2. iPhone covers available, 3. Sam Edelman shoes available here,
4. Fringe bag here, 5. Evanhealy face oil here, 6. Calypso top here, 7. Tribal bag from Table Tonic here, 8. Altru Appreciation incense available here, 9. Dogeared necklace here, 10. Madewell here
11. Feather earrings here.

Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series...Edamame

I used to wait to eat edamame until I was having sushi but, a few years ago I started to eat it as a snack during the day. I just finished a bowl and although I have shared this recipe before I love it because it is so simple. There are so many benefits packed in these perfect little pods that make it a great source of protein and fiber, not to mention iron, vitamin A, C, and K. And although there has been a little controversy about adding soy into your diet, the isoflavones or phytoestrogens in edamame have been proven to help lower cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and inflammation. There are so many great recipes that include edamame although, a warm bowl with sea salt is still one of my favorites, this hummus recipe is another great option...

Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse...Elizabeth and James

...leave it to the sisters Olsen to translate simple and clean and instantly become muse worthy. To see the rest of what they are doing click on over here.

December 4, 2011

Weekend Distractions...

Accidental Brilliance layout with images via Ciara Bird, Pinterest, Artwork by Dorothy Goode

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Laura Marling and Ryan Adams ...

...surround yourself with people who encourage you to see your own brilliance and never underestimate your place in this world.