Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I'm currently obsessed with this blouse from Anthropologie, which I stalked for a few months until it finally went on sale and I could buy it:

Umbrellas, hats, and - chairs! All in the most perfect moody fall colors. Unfortunately, the weather has been playing along. To brighten up a rainy day week, I gathered some lovely umbrellas and chic stands to keep them in.

Clockwise from top right:
[a] Rain or Shiny Umbrella,
[b] {now discontinued} umbrella from Hayden Harnett's collection for Target
[c] William Morris Compton Umbrella, Metropolitan Museum of Art
[d] Cath Kidston Kensington Walking Length Umbrella,
[e] Sky Umbrella by Tibor Kalman, MoMA
[f] Rorschach Umbrella by Bernard Maisner, Tray 6
[g] Vintage Paisley Double-Layered Umbrella, richadsgreatstuff on Etsy

I've been dragging my dripping umbrella into our apartment and lazily dumping it on the floor of the (very tiny) hall; perhaps I should invest in one of these:

from left:
[a] Owl Umbrella Stand by Two's Company, from Amazon
[b] Jonathan Adler Lacquer Umbrella Stand in blue,
[c] "Parapluies" vintage umbrella stand via
[d] Boot Umbrella Stand, Z Gallerie
[e] and [f] Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stands, Unica Home and Sweetpea & Willow
[g] Vintage Brass Umbrella Stand, Austin Modern on Etsy

I'm sure some of you, like me, love the look of the Fornasetti ones (check out all the other designs at Unica Home) but don't feel like spending $1500 (?!) on an umbrella stand. I think a trash can, adhesive, and some vintage fashion plates printed out large at your local copy shop (I would scan some images from my copy of What People Wore When) could achieve the same look...

this can from The Container Store, $20, and these dashing gents

In the meantime, though, I just might have to buy this adorable bag from Etsy and be ridiculously matchy-matchy with my blouse:

Vintage Leather and Suede Green Messenger Bag from stephparrott on Etsy

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