In the Mood: February 2015

La Dolce Vita In the Mood Feb 2015

 On January 1st, I published a post called “A Clean Slate” to usher in the new year and set the tone for 2015. I loved curating the images for the post and find myself frequently going back to it for inspiration and to make sure my actions are in line with the intentions that I set for myself. I’ve decided to start creating monthly mood boards for a series called “In the Mood” which will set the tone for each month with the things I love and are currently resonating with me.

At the moment, I am still loving red and with Valentine’s Day being in February, it would only make sense for it to be the cornerstone color of the month. I even went back to red when I got a manicure yesterday after a month of neutral nails! I’m also loving black and white– as usual, for its purity, its timelessness, and because in a world full of grey areas, sometimes it would be nice for things to be clearly black and white. I am also gravitating to the idea that Spring is just around the corner (fingers crossed) and have been craving an escape to a warm, sunny place. Palm Beach is calling my name! What are you in the mood for this month?

Red Lips

 {Image by Anairam via Behance}

february antonio critterio

 {Antonio Critterio via Pinterest}

february babe paley horst p horst vogue 1946

 {Babe Paley Looking Chic in Black and White with Red Lips and Nails | Photograph by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1946}

february giambattista valli

 {Giambattista Valli Spring 2015 Couture}

february henri matisse paper cut 1947

 {“Papercut” by Henri Matisse, 1947}

february domaine

 {Black and White Stripes via Domaine}

february jk kling

 {How charming is this beautiful home by J.K. Kling in Palm Beach}

february poppy delevingne

 {Lady in Red: Poppy Delevingne}

february louisa grey


{Fabulous Black and White Ikat and Stripes by Louisa Grey}

february kirsten dunst

 {Kirsten Dunst via They All Hate Us}

february red door paris

{A Beckoning Red Door in Paris via Pinterest}



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  1. I have been your reader for several months and never commented on your blog. This entry containing an image of a woman smoking compelled me to write. I think we can do better than depict smoking in a design blog. Besides the obvious public health concerns, I just don’t see the connection between good design and smoking. Your choice here is a bit disappointing.

    1. Hi Julia,

      Thank you for reading LDV and for taking the time to comment. I am sorry that you found the image of Babe Paley offensive. I didn’t think so much about the cigarette as I did the image of a beautiful woman from New York society with her glamorous red nails and lips in a black and white ensemble. The photo was taken in 1946 when most people smoked. I grew up with parents who are smokers and have always detested it. I never took up the gross habit myself. I agree with you that smoking is vile and shouldn’t be glamorized, but I see the image as art.