Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair by Frida Kahlo, 1940
I am on a total Frida Kahlo kick after watching the movie this week. The 2002 film was on my watch list when it first came out, but for some reason I never saw it until this week. I remember learning about Frida and Diego in high school Spanish (my Spanish 4 teacher was passionate about teaching us about the culture, art, and history of Spanish speaking nations – he was inspiring) – I remembered they were a trip, but clearly forgot just how much. I think in my 30s I also have much more appreciation for Frida’s Art.


1939 mock-up of Paris Vogue cover featuring Frida Kahlo

Dolce Gabbana x SMEG Refrigerators in Taratatà, Jousting Paladins, and The Moors

Do you have $50k to spend on a fridge? No? Maybe just $600 on a juicer…or Toaster. Or Electric Tea Kettle. I know that Dolce & Gabbana is controversial for many, but I always love their bright colorful designs. The Carretto Sicily release from a couple of years ago was a favorite of mine, but I never pulled the trigger on anything, though I came quite close with one of the purses. The Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg collaboration, titled “Sicily is my Love,” is a chance to have a bright and colorful Dolce and Gabbana designed Smeg appliance in your home instead.

 

These appliances have surfaced at Horchow (no word yet on if their generous promotions will apply) and Williams Sonoma (current Friends & Family promo does not work) this week.


It appears that there will be quite an expansive range according to this write-up, including a TDF stove and hood! You can sign up for more details, including the official release date of the “Sicily is My Love” collection at here on Smeg’s official website.

 


Left: Gemma Eyelet Camisole by Featherbone | Right: Dariela Peplum Top by Bhanuni by Jyoti

The visuals from the film are far reaching – a trip to Anthropologie this week had me reaching for options more colorful than I normally would. The Gemma Eyelet Camisole is eye catching in person – beautiful off-white eyelet, strewn across an atypical rainbow floral background. The Dariela Peplum Top has me questioning everything I know. Trying the top on, it felt like a well-constructed garment in a rich Saffron with beautiful beading and embroidery. It felt so smooth and lightweight, I was sure that it was a high quality cotton or perhaps a silk blend. Nope, it is a (mostly) rayon and cotton blend 🙈.

In a Post-Harvey Houston, the weather has just been beyond kind to us. I’ve enjoyed many beautiful meals on outdoor patios the past few months. One of my lunches this week included a complimentary olive oil tasting. The one on the left was nondescript, the one to the right was infused with blood oranges, and the center is balsamic vinegar that will change your life.


Not quite a Sunday Sip – White Chocolate peppermint tea from the now defunct Teavana, served in the famous Cosmos mugs from Urban Outfitters. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t buy 12 of these!


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have surely heard of Target’s new home line – Opalhouse. It has been touted as a more affordable version of Anthropologie’s beautiful home offerings – and while I like the new line, as a die hard Anthrophile, it is a bit hard to agree. Sure, some items channel Anthropologie…kind of. Don’t get me wrong – this line is full of bold colors and prints, and some really beautiful pieces!

When the line first became live online, one item immediately caught my attention is this gorgeous decorative gold wall mirror. Dare I say, it caught a lot of people’s attention as I mulled it over that day and it sold out before I was able to purchase it. However – I was really lucky and scored it when it popped back in stock last week. Coincidentally, this piece does have an older, more maximalist sister at Anthropologie – the Gleaming Primrose Mirror, albeit at the Anthropologie price point.

I love the shape and it is a unique size that makes it versatile to place almost anywhere – you could have it sitting on your mantle like the above styled shot, or on a dresser or a vanity. Even just hanging on a wall against some bold wall color or wall paper, like I spotted a similar mirror (albeit, more fabulous and likely antique version) in a local shop (though Anthro has a version in the Wooded Manor Mirror in the “Bird” shape).

The mirror is my only purchase so far (and I’m not so patiently waiting for it, as its ETA keeps getting pushed back – thanks FedEx!), however I’ve got some other items on my wishlist – and others that I’ve seen in person that I want, but I just don’t have the space for atm because I’m a bit of a hoarder, or they just don’t have a place that they would fit.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been excited about this release since seeing the gorgeous carved fireplace with the bright Floral & Canary removable wallpaper in the photo above. If only I had such a spot for it! Fear not, Target did release a few other items with this print…


Notably, as the handpainted interior of a beautiful Mangowood serving bowl as well as an entire bedding collection. Fun bonus: the comforter is reversible!

One other print I’m really digging is this “blush peacock” on these Caracara Counter Stools. I do wish more items were offered with this print, as I don’t really have a use for these stools – but even if I did, the colors of my walls aren’t this fabulous teal that really make this print POP!


But 2 really amazing peacock items that I COULD have in my home (if I needed another serving bowl, or a vase are the above Peacock Bowl and Peacock Vase. I did see both in store over the weekend, and the bowl is well made with some heft to it. The vase was as well, but I was lamenting that I viewed it as a pitcher and couldn’t use it as a pitcher (not realizing it was meant to be a vase).


I’m most definitely a gold girl, and on the release date – the one other item that caught my eye was this beautiful gilt Tole Chandelier in Italian Gold – Fancy! This is one item I would absolutely buy if I had a spot for it. Who know – I may still buy it and save it for when I do have a spot for it. I like it quite a bit – and I like it even more at this price point!


Other than gold, one other color I really love in home decor is rich emerald green (give me a black room with lots of natural light, green and ivory furniture, and gold accents)! Love this Floral Earthenware Vase for said dream room. It kind of has a Matisse vibe going for it as well.


The Mallorca print is also stunning, and a great way to make a statement if color isn’t your thing. My pick is the beautifully embroidered Lumbar Throw pillow pictured above, but I’d also be glad to have the reversible Jacquard Oversized End of Bed Throw in our guest room or even our living room.

And those are my picks! Overall, Target appears to have something really special with their Opalhouse line. Initially I was a bit disappointed to see that their bright and fun printed dishes are Melamine, but I feel that kind of works for those colors and the season – they’d be great for family dinners on the patio in Spring and Summer. But that’s an opportunity for them to expand. My only caveat for this collection is to be cautious with the velvet furniture pieces like the Myna Tufted Velvet Arm Chair. The brass legs are fresh and fun, but velvet it is not! Personally, while I like the visual of velvet – I strongly dislike the feel of it (I’m a weirdo and it makes me shiver), but I don’t find that the chair or matching chaise are priced well enough to justify the substitute material…for those of you who do get excited about velvet.