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Dreaming in Elleryland

It’s not often that I include a picture of a designer on my blog alongside their collection, but Kym Ellery is an exception. The Australian born designer launched her debut collection in 2007 after working at RUSSH magazine (previously featured on odetoawe here and here) for a number of years as part of their creative team. Ellery’s Fall 2011 collection is both avante garde and wearable, a mixture of architectural details and soft fabrics. I also love the contrast of her own dark aesthetic mixed with light fabrics below; she makes white and lilac look almost gothic. In addition to clothing, the label produces shoes and accessories in the same vein; chunky black boots and cat eyed sunglasses. If not for the hefty price tag (not compared to other designers in the same price point though) I wouldn’t just be looking at these pieces as art, but unfortunately, until I inadvertently win the lotto, I am. Nonetheless, check out Ellery’s beautiful club-kid/goth/avante garde vibe below.

Check out Kym Ellery’s label here.

in Home & Lifestyle, Travel

How to Celebrate Bastille Day

Although I was lucky enough to be able to attend an early Bastille Day Festival in Brooklyn last Sunday, I’ve got some great ideas if you want to get into the spirit but don’t have any festivities going on where you live. If you can’t make it out to a French restaurant (which will surely have something going on) or would just rather do your own thing at home, here are some tips to make the day extra festive.

Food and France are synonymous, and nothing is going to put you in a French mood like cooking and eating a great French meal. Why don’t you grab some friends and make it a cooking party, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Some super yummy (but easy-ish) recipes include:


Petanque originated in 1907 in the south of France and is currently played by over 17 million people in France. The game is a form of Boules, a collective game played with metal balls that resembles bocce. The point of the game is to get your metal balls closest to a small wooden ball or “piglet” as it is translated. Having witnesses Petanque last Sunday, let me tell you, Petanque players take this game very seriously. If you can find a Petanque tournament online, it will definitely put you in the French mood.


Of course, most of us know that “Champagne” is a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. But do you know what Lillet is? Lillet is a popular brand of the French Apertif wine, consisting of 85% Bordeaux wines and 15% macerated liqueurs. An Apertif is a wine that is usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite and as it turns out, both dry Champagne and Lillet are common Apertifs in France. I’m definitely a Champagne fan and nothing makes me feel more Fancy and/or French than a glass of bubbly Champagne. (Am I right?)


But hey, if all else fails, grab some good French Wine, some good French Cheese, and some good friends, and create your own French celebration! Because really, I know you’re just looking for a reason to have a party on a Thursday night.

in Home & Lifestyle, Photography, Travel

Bastille Day, Smith Street Brooklyn

Bastille Day, celebrated early on Smith Street in Brooklyn, is the French National Holiday celebrated every July 14th commemorating the uprising of the French people in the late 18th century during the reign of Louis XVI. The storming of the Bastille in 1789  lead to the abolition of feudalism and the proclamation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. As such, this holiday is celebrated by French citizens and those of French heritage worldwide. Of course, not being one to pass up a good festival, I met with some friends and commenced celebrating the French uprising. The festivities on Smith Street included Pétanque, Lillet, guillotine replicas, and lots of french accents. As I didn’t get a photo in the guillotine or try any Lillet, I’m already looking forward to next year’s celebration.

Anyone else celebrating Bastille Day this week?