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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Love Story: Passion for Danger

Hello there!

It's Sunday - a day for LOVE. Last time I didn't publish a story for you, and I must apologize for that - there was no time, no device and no connection.. I'm sorry.
To make it up for you.. Heart Throbs magazine is here with another sweet love story to help you end your week with a smile.

Somewhere in the city, a woman waited with a black fear inside of her that a man she loved would suffer the fate of the sandhog, the torture of the sudden racing of the heart; the strangling sensation, and the excruciating pains! It was this fear that tore two lovers apart, driving them from each other's arms to loneliness and regret.
Take a look:

Is it just me, or the bare-breasted men make a good Sunday?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Trip to Italy - let us start the journey!

Hello dear friends!
I hope you haven't waited long for this post; it took me some time to catch up on my sleep, and to get back into my regular routine, but I'm here now, and I'm here with the pictures.

Let me start from the beginning saying - this will not have a lot of museum-pics or the party-pics, since the reason for travel was business related.. but I've still managed to grab some shots here and there.. you'll see as we go on.

We went there by bus, and the distance is about 2000 kilometers (let me convert that for all of you who are used to miles - that is about 1200 miles). This was one of those moments when you learn what the "dead of night" is. 4:00 AM is the Dead of the Night, as I had the chance to see for myself. That is when we boarded the bus and started our trip.

The morning came as we went through one of many pay tolls. They were markers to me, to have some sence where we were on the highway, and how much more do we need to travel.

Border patrol.
Here, we had to leave our bus (standard situation), and go into the building you see on the right side of the picture above. In there, we walked around the table and presented our passports to the lady in the "box". After that formality was done, we were back on the track.

This one, if I am not mistaken was taken in Slovenia.

We made a stop at one of the Marché™ restaurants in Slovenia for a half-way-there break. While everyone else took coffee and/or sandwich, I chose mixed fresh grapes and the chocolate muffin (that later proved to be quite filling and a good choice)

On our way I saw some great scenery.. besides that I managed to read Georges Simenon's "La Vérité sur Bébé Donge" that I had for years and never managed to get the time to read. I'm recommending it.

Yet another border - the one we have been waiting for. We were officially in Italy. Here, we had no reason to make a stop, or to leave the bus..

As hours piled up, I started to notice the changes: climate was warmer, the scenery changed from agricultural land to a mountains and something else - grapes.

A lot of poplar tree plantations came to my sight. I noticed them when we entered Italy, and more and more as we drove farther in. There's some kind of peace in looking at the perfectly ordered and lined trees as the bus goes by.

On one part of our trip we drove alongside a river. Unfortunately, since we had no guide, I can not give it's name. I can tell you you it was soothing for my tired eyes.

And then..
17 hours and 30 minutes later.. we arrived.
A small Italian town and comune in the province of Milan, 50 km west of Milan on the Motorway A4 to Turin. 

That is where we were. In Hotel "Da Mariuccia"

 This is the entrance to the Hotel (I have not taken this photo, because when we arrived it was pitch black and I had no more strength to shoot)
The Hotel is situated 3 km away from the center of Cuggiono - in a peaceful atmosphere of a countryside.

I got the double bedroom - for a single me. So, I can say I had the comfort.

Just as the information - the price board. This is a 4 star hotel (to my experience it should not be rewarded to that many stars, since it's just a redecorated and polished Vila.. but it felt great to finally get into the warm bath and rest).

This was inevitable:

Taken inside the bus, when we entered Italy. 

Let me rest here a bit, and I will be posting second round of pictures (day two of my trip to Italy - "the day of the Fair") really soon. 

I hope you liked it.

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Art Deco Heaven: Manhattan pied-à-terre—a duplex penthouse

I hope you are having a great day, dear friends.

By now, you all know I'm fascinated by interior desing of 1930's. I found this lovely image-packed article on This penthouse is surely a gem! 

So, let me give you a tour!

Some people employ a broker to find their dream apartment, others search the Internet. But Los Angeles–based designer Michael S. Smith discovered his Manhattan pied-à-terre—a duplex penthouse off Madison Avenue—by looking out a window. He was working nearby and noticed a terrace of elegant proportions that skirted the top floors of a prewar building. “It had such a beautiful perspective,” he says of the apartment. “City views that unfold gently, on four sides, with townhouse rooftops in the foreground and glass towers in the distance.”

On a summer afternoon nearly five years later, Smith is admiring the lushness of that terrace from a Jansen sofa in the adjacent living room. He and his partner, HBO executive James Costos, enjoy the contrast of this consummately old-world aerie and their spacious modern house in Holmby Hills. “L.A. is a dinner-party town,” Smith says. “New York is a dinner-reservation town. We love hosting cocktail parties here—you get that crazy wall-to-wall people, Breakfast at Tiffany’s vibe between six and eight, and then you’re done.”

Just take a look:

 The Manhattan penthouse of designer Michael S. Smith and HBO executive James Costos, 
which Smith renovated with Oscar Shamamian of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects,
 brims with Francophile touches. 
The living room’s Louis XVI–style gilt-wood fauteuils, upholstered in a Jasperfabric, 
bracket a Japanese lacquer robe chest on a stand;
 the painting, mounted on the wall of antiqued mirror, is by Philip Taaffe, 
and the Aubusson is Louis XV.

 Silk Roman shades and diaphanous curtains of a Lee Jofa stripe filter sunlight in the living room, where an Ellsworth Kelly lithograph and an antique overmantel mirror are displayed. 
The cocktail table is Chinese, and the swing-arm floor lamps are by Vaughan;
 the room’s decorative woodwork is by Féau & Cie.

 Delphiniums in a William Yeoward crystal vase and an Imari porcelain 
lidded jar top a Directoire mahogany table from Gerald Bland.

 Smith and Shamamian updated the living room’s glazing 
with custom-made steel doors and windows by Optimum
the bureau plat and 18th-century chair are both auction finds.

 The terrace, where Costos and Smith often host cocktails, 
features outdoor seating by Kenneth Lynch & Sons
with cushions of a Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabric; 
the planters at left are byInner Gardens
the side tables and cocktail table are by Treillage
the standing lanterns are all by Restoration Hardware
and the wall-mounted lanterns are by Charles Edwards.

 Louis XV–style canapés

 A Russian commode.

 In the dining room, George III chairs surround a table set 
with a tablecloth of Jasper silk and Oka dinnerware.

 Gracie restored the room’s antique wallpaper, 
which once belonged to publisher Condé Nast; 
its design motif was hand-painted on the window shades.

Detail of the wallpaper. 

 The kitchen has a Wolf range, E. R. Butler & Co. cabinet hardware, 
a silver-leafed ceiling, and a floor of French Blue limestone by Ann Sacks.

 The entrance hall features a circa-1815 Italian neoclassical console 
and flooring by I. J. Peiser’s Sons.

 The walls of the guest room are lined with a striped fabric and decorative border, 
both by Edmond Petit from Stark Carpet.

 The tufted bed, by Jasper Furniture, is upholstered in a Jasper leather 
and dressed in Nancy Koltes linens; 
the table lamps and pillow fabric are also by Jasper, 
the photograph at left is by Ruud van Empel, 
the chair at right is late Gustavian, and the carpet is Chinese

A Louis XVI side chair holds fresh towels 

Cabinetry and plasterwork by Féau & Cie and walls painted in a custom-mixed Farrow & Ball gray lend an old-world air to the master bedroom; the Louis XVI–style bed and the mahogany bench are both by Jasper Furniture, the crystal chandelier is by Mathieu Lustrerie, the mirror is 19th-century French, the bed linens are by Nancy Koltes, and the circa-1805 Aubusson is from Beauvais Carpets. 

In the master bath, hand-carved details distinguish a custom-made vanity; 
the sink fittings and door hardware are by P. E. Guerin
and the marble-mosaic floor tile is by Smith for Ann Sacks.

True to its owner’s vision, the pied-à-terre now embodies an ideal of pavilion architecture: artifice paying homage to nature. But it also dramatizes, with poetic economy, the narrative of Smith’s career—tradition and modernity paying homage to each other.

I would not mind living here.
How about you?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

BURDA Wednesday!

Hello there!

Is it Wednesday allready?! Oh, my.. time flies. Well, without further ado, let us jump into our Glamourous Time-machine and turn the nob to June 1950.

Let us take a look:

 In this issue: "Hand-made lingeire fashion"

 ODO-RO-NO - "for everyday woman"

 Printed silk dress

 Big and small polka dots

 House and..

 ..guest dresses

 "When a derby is expected"

 Fashion advice

 "High summer clothes.."

 "..for the full-figured"

 "For the.."


 Best possible bag-belts for the young girls

 Rose patterns

 "It is not..."

 "..allways hot"

 Practical bed-guard

 "The Pearl Neclace" - continuing story

 Summer socks

I hope you will be having a great day!
I will post pictures from my Milan trip really soon, so stay tuned.

♥♥ Pinky Honey