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22 April 2009

The seasonal “Why don’t you?” installments, the spring 2009 edition, à la Diana Vreeland. The idea for this column is explained in the very first of these series. Do keep in mind that these are all for the sole purposes of enjoyment, imagination, and fun!


heart5 … Whip out that credit card, and buy yourself a Valentino gown, without a thought of buyer’s remorse. Put it on a mannequin, display it oh-so-beautifully as if it was in its boutique window in your room. Admire it, love it, an wear it at some gala or an evening party! 

heart5 … Throw those flannel pajamas and oversized tees away and parade about your home in thigh high socks, a little teddy, and a lovely kimono. Feel fabulous, feel sexy – be a temptress for the day!

heart5 … Wear dramatic makeup during the day instead of the night – be different, be bold! Pretend you are makeup artist Pat McGrath and allow yourself to go overboard with winged eyeliner or wild colors.

heart5 … Prepare a set of hors d’oeuvres in pretty platters and set them on your coffee table. Snuggle in a cashmere blanket and silk pajamas, and watch Sex & the City for an entire evening.

heart5 … Redecorate your room. Go to the nearest home improvements store, buy a bucket of paint, and give your room a face lift. A new color can brighten your mood and change things up a bit.

heart5 … Bring a few girlfriends for a dinner date out or for a round of cocktails. Flirt with cute waiters and get their numbers!

heart5 … Send a little surprise to a friend, via snail mail.

heart5 … Buy a stack of pretty stationary and write letters to those you love. Receiving a handwritten note in the mail is one the most special and surprising gifts – it means so much more than an email at times!

heart5 … Spend an entire day at your favorite museum and admire the beauty and significance of each piece.

heart5 … Sit outside on your deck, backyard, or a nearby park with your favorite book. Lounge in a pretty maxi dress, a straw hat, oversized sunglasses, and a string of pearls. Pretend you’re Audrey Hepburn for the day and read Pride and Prejudice. Sip a bit of homemade iced tea with a lemon.

heart5 … Go thrifting for an entire day – treat it like a treasure hunt for the more precious, unique finds.

heart5 … Buy tickets to a Broadway show on a whim. Dress up for it – yes, LBD attire – and enjoy a show in the city.

heart5 … Learn a dance from Chicago with your friends – like “All That Jazz” or “Cell Block Tango”. Chairs, fishnet, leotards are necessities. And put on a show!


La C.

57 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 April 2009 12:54 am

    Museum walking is the greatest destresser on earth!

  2. 22 April 2009 1:18 am

    haha i love this list!

  3. 22 April 2009 2:17 am

    Great post! As always. I’m redecirating al my room, the furniture is made of wood. Any color idea for the walls? I cant decide lol the room is really small and its been pink for the past years. I’m sure una can giv me advice lol thank u!

  4. 22 April 2009 2:28 am

    Hi there-fabulous ideas, I can handle thrifting for a whole day, but I’d need some food and drink stops along the way, LOL!

  5. 22 April 2009 3:12 am

    Hi, I totally agree and really love this post.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Hope to see you soon

  6. 22 April 2009 4:09 am

    I love this list, great as always,

    thanks for your comment,


  7. 22 April 2009 4:38 am

    Ooh! Love this ‘column’/feature in the original mag too, yours are such fun, fab ideas! Some are feasible and don’t require my money tree giving fruit 😉 Will definitely take you up on some of the suggestions!

  8. Hui permalink
    22 April 2009 4:48 am

    It made me feel so happy and free after reading it. Especially after being assigned a shitload of shitty work in the office *sobs*

    I like the one about strutting around in robes and being a temptress for the day. It sounds wonderfully liberating. 🙂

    Blogtwin love,

  9. 22 April 2009 4:49 am

    Oh yes, and that picture of Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette? So flirty. So pretty. SO HOT. ❤

  10. 22 April 2009 5:06 am

    i absolutely love these ideas!! 🙂 all noted down


  11. 22 April 2009 5:09 am

    Love it!! Wish I could buy a Valentino dress without feeling guilty!!

  12. 22 April 2009 5:50 am

    Fabolous ideas! 🙂


  13. 22 April 2009 7:41 am

    Oh I really want to paint my room or something! Hm, I want to do everything on the list actually;) But the first one would end pretty bad in the end I guess xD

  14. 22 April 2009 8:32 am

    Oh love this post! Great ideas my dear x

  15. 22 April 2009 8:57 am

    I’m loving the idea of buying a stack of beautiful stationary. I remember reading a “Why Don’t You” series earlier and being so inspired–I’m once again inspired; I just love your post! I will definitely try to do one as well 🙂

  16. 22 April 2009 9:01 am

    This is the most perfect start to my day. 🙂

  17. 22 April 2009 10:15 am

    Love this. Maybe I will try one today. xo Cari

  18. 22 April 2009 10:19 am

    This list is very nice ! You are right: why not?

  19. 22 April 2009 10:59 am

    What an awesome post, La C! I definitely have to do one of these!

    All of your ideas are fab; I especially love the one about tossing the flannel PJs in favor of some decadent and sexy lingerie!


  20. 22 April 2009 11:06 am

    Haha, Love this! Spending days at the museum/gallery is always fun…as long as you spend it with someone who appreciates the art too!

  21. 22 April 2009 11:25 am

    Haha. Everything sounds so fun on that list. I can’t wait to be free from exams so that I can do some of those things.

  22. 22 April 2009 11:34 am

    Wonderful list! I love museums, and writing letters too!

  23. 22 April 2009 1:58 pm

    Great list!

  24. 22 April 2009 2:06 pm

    Did you see SJP in Harper’s Bazaar? You are a born Vreelandite!


  25. 22 April 2009 2:23 pm

    Darling La C, let me tell you about how much sexier and better about myself I felt when I stopped sleeping in t-shirts and moved on to cute nighties and kimono robes for lounging.
    These are such fun tips, my dear! Thanks for posting 🙂

  26. 22 April 2009 2:51 pm

    Lovely list!
    And I LOVE the image you used!

  27. rossovelvet permalink
    22 April 2009 2:56 pm

    Great idea !!!!
    Instead of Broadway I did the MET as I was in NYC….. but I was also totally overdressed, so much fun ! ;D
    The Valentino one is though, but other ones are so inspiring……. pairing my kimono with my new high socks ? Well, that gives me some serious ideas !

  28. 22 April 2009 3:10 pm

    I love this list!!!!
    Yes, “Why don’t you…”


  29. Alize Morand permalink
    22 April 2009 3:22 pm

    I want to do everything! Days needs to be longer! 😉 x

  30. 22 April 2009 3:24 pm

    What a cool post! It’s fun even just to imagine some of this stuff. And extra points for the Marie Antoinette image — nothing inspires a gal to look sexy in the boudoir like that giant fan!

  31. 22 April 2009 4:18 pm

    I love all your ideas! Don’t know why I haven’t thought of those before! I’m thinking of putting on my pajamas after work and enjoy being in bed watching movies and eating popcorn. Too lazy to make hors d’oeuvres though…:-P. xxoxoxoxoxo

  32. 22 April 2009 4:22 pm

    Are you french?

  33. 22 April 2009 4:56 pm

    What totally fun ideas!

  34. 22 April 2009 4:58 pm

    I like that first coat too, but that’s not me wearing it… she was working the sale and offered to model! And the other girl is her twin, it’s trippy cuz I can’t tell them apart in the photos!

    Oh and thanks for creating my summer to do list with this post, love it!

  35. 22 April 2009 5:08 pm

    unfort, my credit card limit isn’t that high…….:(

  36. 22 April 2009 5:12 pm

    These are some awesome ideas! I can’t say that I will try out all of them, however I”m definitely going for quite a few 🙂

  37. thebaglady permalink
    22 April 2009 5:33 pm

    I love this list! I’m so happy you’ve made another!

  38. 22 April 2009 5:39 pm

    these are so fabulous! the ‘Chicago’ dance would be so much fun!
    muah x

  39. abdcforever permalink
    22 April 2009 6:12 pm

    oo the chicago dance! im takin u hav done it (i read on twitter!)

    fun list!

  40. 22 April 2009 6:13 pm

    Love the list!♥

  41. 22 April 2009 6:18 pm

    i would love love love to link you! xxx

  42. 22 April 2009 6:19 pm

    p.s the bustier is from bardot, its an australian brand but im pretty sure you can buy them online

  43. 22 April 2009 6:32 pm

    wouldn’t I looove to do all of them?! Daydreaming is ever so fun! 😉

  44. 22 April 2009 6:42 pm

    this post is just wonderful! i want to follow every single item on your list. i love treating myself to small luxuries and silly (but necessary) indulgences. lovely lovely.

  45. 22 April 2009 7:00 pm

    i love the second one! so cute
    xo kelly

  46. 22 April 2009 7:15 pm

    i love the photo ♥
    and this is one of the best posts of any blog i have ever read. i just came across your blog today and i will deffinitly be visiting it again soon. i’m so glad you did this post it made me happy and i love the “Why don’t you?” attitude, can’t wait to do some of those things!! 🙂

  47. 22 April 2009 9:08 pm

    omg I love this idea! You’re so adorable!

  48. 22 April 2009 10:18 pm

    Eep! I know right? Boooo :*(

    THe redecorating of the room and thrifting for an entire day sounds so so appealing to me right now! hahaha Perhaps there is still enough DAY to consider it half a day well spent 😉

  49. 22 April 2009 10:38 pm

    oh dear! this is one of my absolute favorite posts; you always have great posts! thanks for all the ideas, i would like to accomplish the first one, but we’ll have to see about that. i read your very first ‘why don’t you’ and was absolutely inspired, well, i was inspired by both.

    oh my gosh i think Lulu Frost is new favorite jewelry designer. you’re right, it is really delicate.

    link exchnage?

  50. 23 April 2009 12:01 am

    The kimono idea is awesome! I love it!!



  51. Nora permalink
    23 April 2009 1:19 am

    this list is cute and inspiring at the same itme 🙂

  52. Nora permalink
    23 April 2009 1:19 am

    this list is cute and inspiring at the same time 🙂

  53. 23 April 2009 2:12 am

    I swear all my flannel PJs were christmas gifts. I don’t actually like them, but I wear them anyways. Who knows why? Guilt? Lack of having a better option?

  54. 23 April 2009 5:43 am

    love love love this post–all great ideas! And also love the photo to go with, perfect!

    xo mary jo

  55. decadentluxe permalink
    24 April 2009 8:03 am

    I love it all!

  56. becs16 permalink
    24 April 2009 5:17 pm

    Love these. What a great series! I’m all for wearing dramatic makeup during the day, and am with you on receiving a handwritten note in the mail.

    xo, Becs


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