"February, sweet and small, greatest month of all."-Eric Lies
I may be a little biased, but February is always my favorite month. Fancy, fabulous and fun..here are six things to be happy about.
F is for....fashion week
Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Week wrapped up on Thursday. There's just too much fashion goodness to discuss, but definite stand-outs were The Row (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's line), Jason Wu, Lela Rose and Peter Som.
F is for....fancy feet
If you're lucky to be in certain parts of the country where pleasant weather has arrived, this month you get to transition from your glam boots to sweet flats. I love the ballerina feel of these Jimmy Choo flats and here's a more wallet friendly version at JCrew.
Paris is no good in February with freezing temperatures and empty streets. So, why not try some French sweet treats in the comfort of your own home instead. The most famous French treats of all are the delectable Laduree double-decker macaron. While, re-creating the deliciousness of the Laduree treats in your own kitchen is not easy, it is not impossible. David Lebovitz provides tons of resources for recipes and tips for making the perfect macarons. If you're still a bit worried about the effort involved, why not just start with an easier but just as sweet treat: good ol' french toast.
F is for...feeling sweet
Just because Valentine's Day is over, doesn't mean you can't remind your honey or yourself of your love all year round. The print featured above and other love themed prints from Made By Girl are chic and add just a touch of color and amour to any room. Don't worry tea lovers, there's a version for you as well. I also really dig Made By Girl's simple Love Candy print.
F is for....fantastic films
Sure, you've been inspired by The King's Speech, kept up with the witty banter of The Social Network and been disturbed by Black Swan in order to get Oscar ready. But there's a whole underviewed (made up word, by the way) category of the upcoming Academy Awards: the shorties. Most Oscar viewers could care less in the past about this portion of the awards (usually reserved for snack time or bathroom breaks) often because there was not an opportunity to watch these films. But this month, in many theaters nationwide, you can catch the short films nominated this year. The five films in the live action category are God of Love (pictured above) about a young man and his mysterious passion-inducing darts, The Crush about a school boy and his quest to win the love of his second grade teacher, Na Wewe about the civil war in Burundi(a small country in Africa), Wish 143 about a dying 15 year old boy's very interesting wish and The Confession about a boy's confession and the tragic aftermath. The other categories in short films are animated and documentary which are also playing in many theaters. At a total running time of 106 minutes for all five live action films, its less of an investment than most features and you'll walk away with an appreciation for keeping things short and sweet.
F is for....festive whims
Confetti Systems garlands and other handmade works just scream glee. Who says festive decor is only for the holidays? February needs a little sparkle as well. The company designed installations that were featured in JCrew windows during the holiday season last year and their garlands are a fave in the blogosphere. I'm finding the perfect corner in my home to add this bit of delight to. The garlands would be great for a home office, dorm room or even as some glam decor if you're having an Oscar party.
image source: fall 2011 fashion week (left to right: the row, jason wu, lela rose, peter som) from style.com, flats-neimanmarcus.com and jcrew.com, macarons from adam goldberg's blog and boozy french toast from smittenkitchen.com, i love you, blogs and coffee print from madebygirl.com, God of Love film publicity still, garlands from confettisystems.com