Hey guys, I need to work from home today because my peonies are about to blossom and I want to be here to witness it and spend time with them. See ya tomorrow! — Amelia
That is an actual email I recently sent to the staff, explaining why I would be working from home that day. (Yes, I am very lucky to be able to work from home at all, let alone because I want to spend time with cut flowers. I appreciate this fact every day.) For about six wonderful weeks in May and June, peonies GIVE ME LIFE. I spend an embarrassing amount of money on them, but considering I decline invitations to go out in favor of quality time with those blooms, I think they’re worth it.
There are soooooo many varieties of peonies, that I decided to choose five of my fave pink and red varieties as inspiration for this style gallery. Was this really just an excuse for me to stare at peony pictures for the last few hours? Sure. But can you blame me?
Some shoes are made for walking – these shoes were made for adoring. I don’t know about you, but some of my prettiest pumps never leave my closet. I never want to walk in theme for fear of blisters and scuffs. There is no room in my life for a pair of $1,000 shoes, but aren’t they beautiful? If I owned a pair, I would lounge around my own apartment basking in their glory, only sharing them with my most intimate friends. Hey, there’s no harm in a little foot fetish.
I’m allergic to shrimp, so I rarely partake in paella at restaurants; however, a few weeks ago I had a vegetarian paella that was orgasmic. Gato, a restaurant here in NYC, serves a kale, wild mushroom, and crispy artichoke paella topped with a sunny side up egg. The runny yoke was the perfect compliment to the crispy texture of the rice and artichokes. Even without seafood or sausage, this dish delivered complex smoky flavors. I woke up the next morning craving another bite! It has inspired me to master my own paella for my next dinner party. Here are some recipes to try!
Do I really need a reason to post this many photos of Ryan Gosling standing at the press call for his directorial debut, “Lost River,” at the Cannes Film Festival? Dude is like a comet, I can’t be sure when I’m going to see his gorgeous face and muscular arms again, considering he’s been off the grid for awhile now. I need to bask in these Gosling moments, because they are fleeting. I’m sure you understand and support this. Right? BTW, the cast of “Lost River” was there with him — including Christina Hendricks and Matt Smith — but Eva Mendes, his maybe-girlfriend who’s also in the movie, was nowhere to be found. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?! [Photos: Getty Images]
Summer is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to hair. It’s the season of beachy waves and sexy curls, but also epic frizz and greasy roots. The perfect antidote? A pretty scarf! Tie one on to tame a bad hair day, draw attention to a good one, or just add some retro style to your warm weather wardrobe. Need some inspiration? Click through for 15 fab examples of ladies rocking hair scarves.
Guys! I feel like a real grown up of the lady persuasion. I finally, with the help of Maybelline’s idiot-proof Line Stiletto eyeliner, have mastered the cat eye. It wasn’t easy, but after months of practice, I can now line my eyes in the morning in one, well, two swoops, and it’s been eons since I stabbed myself in the eye or ended up with black lines inches from their intended destination. I am a goddamn cat eye pro and I’m ready to advance. Here are 15 ways to take your eyeliner game to the next level!