Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — June 2012

Color Me Coco Blanca

The first time I traipsed my tootsies into Coco Blanca at National Harbor it was as if I’d floated in on a sea breeze of peaceful prettiness. The open, airy atmosphere mixed with the crisp and cool white motif was dreamy, and its location across the street from my old office was the icing on the cupcake.


I walked by the day the boutique opened, and was immediately drawn through the doors to a sea of gorgeous furniture, home décor, jewelry and other gems ~ perfectly placed with a Parisian seaside flea market flair.  I’m a bonafide beach lover so I was having crystal-clear visions of one of everything in my dream beach house.

As I wandered through the breezy space, my style icon radar went off when I spotted the book Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m., about my style darling Audrey and the making of one of my most favorite films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was kismet.

I was over the moon with my find and thrilled when the lovely and talented owners, Gayla and Elisabeth, told me I was their first customer! When they asked if I would mind waiting a few minutes while they finished setting up the register ~ I was more than happy to linger and browse some more…


While I waited, I spied a beautiful white pristine porcelain pineapple in the window. It was love at first sight and I had to have it! It sits on my desk today as I type, and serves as a welcome inspiration for bright days of promise and pretty things.

Who is Coco Blanca, you may wonder? Her site says “Imagine Papa Hemingway and Audrey Hepburn had a love child born in a Paris flea market…” ~ quel imagination!

Whether you’re looking to pretty up a room or special space ~ or find a special something for that special someone or a treat for yourself ~ you won’t be disappointed! Every visit to Coco Blanca is a treat.

Add this gem to your weekend plans! Non-local lovelies can check out the chic and charming site.  Be warned: you will have to flex your purse string muscles if you hope to walk out of there empty-handed.

June 15, 2012   No Comments

Havaianas Turns Flippin’ Fifty

How many pairs of flip flops do you have in your closet at this moment? I’m going to plead the fifth on this one, Andy Cohen.

Back in the day flippies were sold at the Beach 5 & 10 store (as in 5 and 10 cents, kiddies) and they only came in solid blue, red, green, yellow, orange, black and brown. By the 80s, if you were super stylish you may have been sporting a pair like these, inspired by Mork’s rainbow suspenders…

Today brands from Old Navy to Tory Burch have added flip flops to their collections, but there is one tried & true name that trumps the rest when it comes to treats for your feet:  Havaianas.

The first pair of Havaianas was born in Brazil in 1962 and exploded onto US soil and soles circa 2000. I love the brilliant Havaianas colors, and adore their spectacular spectrum of frame-worthy advertisements.

Today Havaianas celebrates a huge feat ~ its 50thanniversary! To mark the occasion, they’ve released a special edition of the original Havaianas flip flop, patented in São Paulo, Brazil in 1962, featuring baby blue straps on two colored soles. All proceeds from the sale will benefit UNICEF.

Why not celebrate by making your own pair? Parabéns & feliz aniversário, Havaianas!

  When it comes to color, less is not more it’s just boring. 


June 14, 2012   No Comments

Trina Turk Packs a Punch at Banana!

Trina Turk’s punchy prints are packing quite a punch at Banana Republic! The Palm Beach inspired collaboration has arrived and is a match made in summer style heaven.

This limited edition technicolor collection is full of minis, maxis, towels, tunics, halters, shorties and more.  Don’t delay, summer girls, it’s time to get your Turk on!


June 9, 2012   No Comments