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{Photographs by Irène Nam}

My dear friend Irène Nam is not only a wonderful mother to nine-year old twin boys in Paris, France but also a talented writer and photographer. Today Irène is sharing a sweet little girl's room that she recently photographed. The room reminds me of something you would find in a lovely édition PAUMES interior book. Thank you, Irène!

Ava is a beautiful little girl who lives in Paris, and who will be four next month. She loves princess stories, but her favorite book is "Le Tour du Monde de Mouk" because she loves to travel. She's already been to Bali, Thailand and Morocco, and plans to visit all the pink countries that are on her globe. She also loves to sing and dance. Her summer playlist was French band Brigitte's latest album.




These dresses and sweater tunics are some of my favorite pieces from the Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Uniqlo is one of my favorite stores to shop at when we travel to Asia. I have yet to visit their NY store (they're opening up two more this month) but I hear they will be opening up a store in SF and LA next year. Uniqlo is known as the Japanese Gap but I personally like the store so much more than Gap. They carry nice basics in neutral tones which fit my personal style well.  I love buying classic pieces that you can dress up or down with accessories. 



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Last year was the first year I made Halloween decorations for Casa Shim. I'm not sure what came over me last year but it was a productive year for seasonal decorations (you can see our Thanksgiving decorations here and Christmas decorations here). This year I plan to be lazy and bust out last year's decorations. Although I somehow managed to agree to be in charge of the decorations at the boys' school wide Halloween party later this month so I do have Halloween decorations on my mind. Let's just say their decorations from years past have been pretty minimal. Fortunately they are giving me a lot of freedom but the budget is pretty small so I'm going to have to get creative. The latest Martha Stewart Halloween magazine has been a great source of inspiration and I have also been collecting images and pinning them to my Halloween Entertaining Pinterest board. If you have any ideas for Halloween decorations please let me know!



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

This fall I officially became a soccer mom! This is the first year of organized sports for the boys so the world of practices and games is completely new to me. And surprisingly despite the back to back practices and weekend games I am really enjoying it. I admit I'm the loudest parent on the sidelines (I'm afraid my cheerleader roots cannot be repressed) and I really enjoy watching the boys learn a new sport and interact with their peers. I always tell the boys it is not important if you are the fastest or "best" player but that you try your hardest. And even at my age I think the same can be said, that trying my hardest and not giving up is something to strive for personally and professionally. 

I'll be cheering my boys on this weekend at their games. Hope you have a good weekend!



{West Elm}

I love to organize and make spaces within our home efficient and streamlined. One "must have" in terms of organizing your home or work space is having proper containers for everything. And it doesn't hurt when the containers are pretty like these glass jars with cork lids from West Elm. They would be perfect to store flour, sugar, salt in the kitchen or beads, buttons and ribbon in your studio.



Today SCARFSHOP is celebrating their 1 year anniversary! (Happy Anniversary SCARFSHOP!) I own eight scarves hand dyed by Martha W McQuade, the designer behind SCARFSHOP. I can attest to their quality and beauty and to the fact that one can never have too many SCARFSHOP scarves! In fact I think they are the best gift to give, I even bought one for Appah for last year.

{COLORBLOCKS photographs by Jennifer Causey}

I am thrilled about two new lines that SCARFSHOP is introducing today--COLORBLOCKS and RANDOM DYE. The COLORBLOCKS collection are silk/cotton scarves inspired by modernist color blocked paintings from the 50s and 60s. The watercolor effect is achieved by a special direct dye method. 

I am having a hard time picking a favorite but I think the white/grey is right up my alley.

For those of you who follow Martha's work you know she is often inspired by the texture and colors in her natural environment which is reflected in her work.

I love the size of the COLORBLOCKS scarves which allows it to be worn in so many different ways.

{RANDOM DYE photographs by Martha W McQuade}

I also love the new RANDOM DYE collection. The RANDOM DYE scarves are made from the original airy cotton but each with a unique random dye pattern. Each pattern develops over several weeks as a result of dyeing solid scarves. 

Now I think the hardest part is choosing which scarves to buy for myself and for friends and family!