Monica is…reading & happy.

Last week, I filled my apt with a binge fest of fall magazines & yummy reads! Seeing that funds are at low points this month & can’t bare to bring my “sky high” dreams down, I found these magazines & books to be quite relaxing & inspiring. The Satorialist by Scott Schuman & The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, were two books that sent my emotions on very opposite spectrums.

collageMany biographies have been written about Marilyn Monroe, but J. Randy Taraborrelli was able to compile a slew of never before seen photos & private stories from friends & family members, who felt before they perished needed to be told. Halfway through this book, I can’t help but feel truly saddened by her story. Perhaps the worst tragedy was learning about how many people “tried” to help her from her mental & drug addictions & with most larger than life stars, dying alone.

marilynAlthough fascinating, I had to take a break for some gorgeous photography from The Satorialist. Scott Schuman’s blog by the same title, has been named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 Design Influencers & with good reason. His portraits manage to capture each city’s stylish essence so beautifully that it’s quite hard to resist flipping through the book in one sitting! So…in this world of computers, cellphones, & social networking hysteria, please pick up a book every once in awhile & read!

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Monica is…embracing Pure Design.

Samantha Pynn from Pure Design

Samantha Pynn from Pure Design

As much as I love fashion I also love interior design. Along with my fashion magazines there is always a stack of design mags peeking from underneath. There’s nothing like watching HGTV & scanning pictures for inspiration & neat quick fix tips to trick out my “shabby” little apartment. For being my first place, its really not that bad. (except for the crappy motel & its interesting & god-awful guests) It has beautiful coved celings and a small galley style layout perfect for 2 people. I just started catching the show Pure Design on HGTV, hosted by Samantha Pynn. Her show is fresh & has a keen eye on a simple modern esthetic (working on Canada’s Style at Home Magazine helps!), but what I really enjoy is her many wardrobe changes throughout the show… Samantha’s cute tops, flirty dresses & design are just another reason to love her show. Here some of my favorite looks both interior & her own.

Samantha and her designs

Samantha and her designs

clean lines dipped in gold

clean lines dipped in gold

Marimekko inspired design

Marimekko inspired design

dressed up vintage lamps

dressed up vintage lamps


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