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A few shoes for spring and sunnies too, a portrait of Paris from days gone by and a cookbook to place on your wish list.
The Art Institute of Chicago puts on display for public viewing Impressionist French painter Gustave Caillebotte’s Paris Street; Rainy Day April 23rd. Having just undergone an extensive cleaning to rid the cloudy varnish believed to be placed on the 1877 painting just before the Institute purchased the painting in the 1960s, conservator of paintings at the institute Faye Wrubel walks viewers through the transformation the painting went through in the video below. If you’re in the Chicago area, this would be a painting to see as it is 83 1/2 x 108 3/4 inches in size and of a rather seemingly simple everyday setting in the grand city of Paris that is far from simple in the least.
On the Cooking Channel, one of the cooking shows I enjoy watching as much for the food as for the setting is Debi Mazer and her husband Gabriele Corcos’ Extra Virgin. Set in Tuscany but with excursions around Italy and even now back to New York City, Corcos’ (a native Italian) mixes it up with Mazer’s New York brisk style to create simple, yet delicious recipes. Truly, their show, which is now in it’s fourth season, is a hoot as their exchanges are playful and comedic. Pre-order now as the cookbook, full of 120 recipes, will be released in two weeks (May 6th).
While perusing Domino, I found this lovely pair of dining chairs. Can’t you just envision them in a Paris apartment on chevron wood floors with light streaming in from large French windows? Ah, while I don’t need any more chairs, these could easily work in the living room as well paired with a statement making sofa.
An affordable summer wedge that is well made and will work beautifully with summer dresses, cropped pants as well as just about anything else you have in your closet, Steve Madden provides the height and the classic summer footwear.
If the above mentioned wedge is a little too high, these subtle nude sandals are similar to the ones I fell in love with a few summers ago from Sam Edelman, but at a much better price. Wear with day or evening attire in the spring and summer and elongate your leg while adding a touch of height and lift.
Last month, Vint & York contacted me to share their new sunglasses collection. It took me some time, but when I finally began to see all that they had to offer, I must admit I liked what I discovered. With a retro vibe throughout, each pair of sunglasses (they offer optic lenses as well) is unique, yet feminine, statement making, yet understated. While I fell for the Garbo, I also am warming to the Jazz Age sunglasses shown above as well. Take a look at their entire collection here. Oh, and the price, reasonable compared to designer shades.