Friday, September 24, 2010

California Love...

In sunny, sunny California for the next few days to celebrate the wedding of good friends.  To get in the spirit of things, I packed some sunscreen and a good playlist for lounging around the pool here in Santa Monica.  There's just something about landing in LAX that lends itself to the opening bars of Tupac's California Love and I've always had a soft spot for the surfing culture of the 50's - in fact, I think that was really the time to have been in California.  You'll see many of the classics on this list, but it is a classic destination after all - enjoy!

1. California Love – Tupac
2. More bounce in California – Soul kid #1
3. Hollywood – Jay Z
4. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
5. Coming in to Los Angeles- Arlo Guthrie
6. California Sun – The Rivieras
7. Palisades Park – Freddy Cannon
8. Surfin’ Safari – The beach boys
9. The Little Old Lady from Pasadena – Jan and Dean
10. California Girls – David Lee Roth
11. Redondo beach - Morrissey
12. Malibu – Hole
13. Pacific Coast Party – Smashmouth
14. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
15. Do you know the way to San Jose – Dionne Warwick
16. It never rains in Southern California – Albert Hammond
17. Don’t Change Your Plans For Me – Ben Folds
18. Hotel California- The Eagles (the version released for the comeback tour)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall in to fall...

Although it's officially the first day of fall, you wouldn't know it from the 95 degree weather here in Washington, DC today - here are a few shots of what it will look like once the autumn breezes settle in...

Updated note: These shots aren't actually mine, and were gathered back in the day.  If anyone knows of the original sources for the photographs, I would love to list and link!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunday Shots: Somewhere over the rainbow...

Two shots for two rainbows over our apartment in Vienna...

Photography by The New Diplomat's Wife.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rue the day...

The next generation of online interior (and looks like a bit of fashion) magazine is out! Rue's premier issue is available online today. 

While I'm still lamenting the passing of glossies (come back, millenium times, come back! i will buy you!), this looks like it will make for a good read this weekend - and I, too, think that a glass of pink champagne makes for a perfect party!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Country roads...

The end of hot, sticky, summer days, and the advent of cooler breezes always makes the transition a bit from coveting beach houses (which I still would like to have) to coveting country homes.  They're always more appropriate for fall, and it seems like people with them do fall-like things like grow apples, and carve pumpkins, and display fall leaf branches in big apothecary jars...

As promised, here are some shots from yesterday's Diplo-style on Shirin von Wulffen's country home in Millbrook, NY, where she lives part-time with hair stylist Frederic Fekkai which was featured in Elle Decor a few years ago.  Yes, she can have fabulous hair in the country!  Their home is inviting and elegant but not stuffy, and if you look closely, you'll see a whole lot of Restoration Hardware in there...

All photos from Elle Decor.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Diplo-style: Shirin von Wulffen

When I saw Shirin von Wulffen in last month's Town and Country spotlight, it made me realize I've admired her style for awhile. Yet strangely, she's also very elusive.

Shirin was born to German parents in Isfahan, Iran (hence the Iranian name combined with nearly white blond hair), and then graduated on to what I consider to be rather envious careers: VP of Public Relations for YSL, VP of Public Relations for Tom Ford...She's also married to the hair stylist Frederic Fekkai, so her hair always certainly looks good.  There's a pic from her wedding below, which was also extensively covered in Town and Country and despite that, there weren't any pics I could really find on the internet, except the one below, which tragically, does not do the lovely Shirin much justice.

From the few times I've seen her around magazines and such, she seems to be always elegant but understated - always appropriate but never competitive for the limelight - she's the kind of person you notice for all the right reasons (as opposed to some of the society characters you notice for all of the wrong reasons).

Stay tuned for a peek at the country home she shares with Mr. Fekkai tomorrow!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Object of my affection: the Louis Vuitton Beauty Pump

The very prominent diplo-baby bump has put somewhat of a damper on the fall fashion planning - though I am single-handedly trying to bring back the tent dress (where are tent dresses when you need them?).  However, the inability to wear fall clothing intended for the normally proportioned does leave a bit of extra time - and budget - for accessories, and more importantly, for shoes.

I'm sure I'll be derided for today's objet by any current pregnant or previously pregnant woman, or frankly, by anyone in the medical profession or podiatry, and probably by anyone who has a clear concept of the time value of money.  These are what my father would call "roaring 20's cigarette" shoes, referring to that golden age when the select few would use $100 bills to roll cigarettes and smoke them, not because $100 bills were any better cigarette papers or added to the smoking experience, but to show that you could.  Also, let's face it, these over 4 inch heels aren't doing any footbeds any favors, to the pregant or not (though I would like to point out the very solid heel support structure, much better than a stiletto).

But aren't they gorgeous? Personally, at this stage of pregnancy, you're not that comfortable anyway, no matter what you go with - shouldn't at least your feet look like a million bucks? Or just over eight hundred of them?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sunday Shots: Sittin' on the dock of the bay...

A little early on the Sunday shots to celebrate the long holiday weekend - happy labor day!

Photography by The New Diplomat's Wife.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nights in Tunisia...

I haven't yet tackled the daunting task of finishing up my summer playlist for 2010 (at this rate, i should have it wrapped up in time for Halloween), so in the meantime, I thought I'd share last year's.

Last year, to commemorate the last days of summer, we rented a big house just off the coast of Hammamet, Tunisia.  Hammamet itself is a bit of a tourist trap, specializing in the tourism of the European package "I like my meals at fixed times and I don't wear enough sunscreeen" variety, but the house itself was just up the hill from all of that, with it's own pool, an expansive view of the Mediterrranean,  and an awesome cook that made all of our meals, meaning we didn't lift barely a finger, unless someone in the group really insisted on milk with their cereal.  This was the playlist on often in the background, so it's just a few songs we put together meant for lazy summer nights around the pool with the smell of hookah pipes lingering in the air. Sigh - part of me regrets that we didn't get organized to go back this year, but it will just have to be on tap for 2011.

Here's to the last days of summer!

2009 Tunisia Chills Playlist

1. Island in the sun...Weezer
2. Summertime...Will Smith
3. Please forgive me....David Gray
4. Wouldn't it be nice...Beach Boys
5. Losing touch...The Killers
6. Set adrift on memory bliss...PM Dawn
7. Scar tissue...Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Summer...Dido
9. Into the mystic...Van Morrison
10. Come clean...Hillary Duff
11. Love, etc....Pet Shop Boys
12. Summer love...Justin Timberlake
13. Could you be loved...Bob Marley
14.  Aicha (Mixed Version)....Khaled
15. Desert rose...Sting
16. Back on your side...Chris Isaak
17. C'est pas d'l'amour....Frederick, Goldman, Jones
18. Call and answer...Bare Naked Ladies
19. In my place...Coldplay
20. Let me down easy...Chris Isaak
21. Jamaica farewell...Harry Belafonte
22. Pas toi....Frederick, Goldman, Jones

All photography by The New Diplomat's Wife.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Go West...

This weekend we made a trip to Lake Neuseidl, which was on my summer list of things to do. Photos from the trip to come, but first a restaurant recommendation.

Less than an hour outside of Vienna, Mole West was, as far as my research indicated, the only "hip" locale on what's otherwise a very traditional (but lovely) series of lake towns.  The menu is varied, and ranges in price from the very reasonnable to the somewhat outrageous (18 euros for a hamburger? on a steppe lake? East of the Danube?) depending on the item.  Nonetheless I had to purchase the outrageous hamburger as that's what diplo-baby was craving.  From my limited tasting, the small dishes and desserts were quite good, the hamburger passable for Austrian conditions (though let's not kid ourselves, this is no Ray's.) - my husband thought it was the best approximation we've found so far.  It's delightfully served with exactly four "wedges potatoes" spread out artistically across the plate, although, to be honest, I had seven wedges potatoes and my husband had one wedges potato.  It's okay, he doens't really like potatoes and I'm Polish.  And pregnant.

Online reviews have complained about the service at Mole West, and while I wouldn't say that it's the most attentive, we didn't find a problem with it.  Caveat emptor, there's not much for English skills with the wait staff -  Toto, we're defnitely not in Vienna anymore.  However, they do have an English menu, which is half the battle, and the website is available in English as well.

We were there for lunch, but the time to really show at Mole West is at sunset, and their website has a handy dandy sunset counter to help you make timely reservations.  Open water, open skies and a dead on view of the sunset - sounds like a good place for people without summer homes. Or fall homes...or winter homes...sunsets and cocktails go together year round.

Mole West
Strandbad Westmole
7100 Neusiedl Am See
Reservations Online

Photography from Mole West Presse.
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