Saturday, April 30, 2011


In honor of the royal wedding (yes, even I couldn't resist watching the condensed version on Yahoo! Friday afternoon) I figured that I should at least dedicate one post to that special day every girl hopes for. Although I haven't been one to dream about such things in the past, I have to admit that I found the pageantry and romance of the royal wedding to be intoxicating to watch. Lucky for future brides there are some fabulous new developments on the wedding dress front that even I couldn't help get excited about; check them all out after the jump! File under maybe one day.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy 100th.

Reminiscing over past posts the other day, I came to the realization that this one will be the.margaret.file's 100th! Quite frankly, I was shocked to see how much I've done over just a few months considering that I've been rather busy in other areas of my life. In an effort to keep things exciting, I'll be introducing some new posts over the next few weeks including It Girls showcasing unique personal styles, Eats documenting delicious recipes I couldn't live without and more of my personal favorite Home to Runway. So with a happy birthday to the.margaret.files. I know I'll be celebrating tonight with a little extra something special! Hope everyone else gets a chance to kick back this weekend as well! File as enjoy.

[Image via: CocoPerez]

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Edited: Elle Spain.

Ok, it is official: I need a vacation. Now that I've finished my regular semester of classes I've been dreaming of escaping the cool Berkeley weather for something well, a little more tropical. And after looking at these photos of Daria Werbowy frolicking in the surf of the Canary Islands, and seeing the crazy ridiculous jetsetter deal at Beach Republic in SuratthaniThailand of $85 per night for a suite all to myself, I can't think about anything other than doing just that. File as graduation present.

[Images via: Fashion Gone Rouge]

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Being that I live in earthquake country (thank you San Andreas fault) I find myself wishing that I was able to safely have a bookcase that was over waist high (thank you dad for always telling me I know better) without having to permanently attach it to the wall. Coupling this with the fact that I've spent a substantial portion of recent weeks inside Berkeley's many libraries, it is no surprise that I've got books on my mind. And lots of them. I love the look of floor to ceiling bookshelves, brimming with books, all waiting to be discovered. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to thwart both my father and the shifting tectonic plates, but until then I'll have to settle with these photos. File as book it.

[Images via: Apartment Therapy]

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Edited: Vogue Germany.

Jacquelyn Jablonski has been on my short list for models I am drawn to, and this spread for Vogue Germany by Knoepfel & Indlekofer lies nothing short of my expectations. The restrained color palette of somber hues you might find during an early foggy morning are perfectly reflective of my mood right now; however, after seeing some previews of the newer editorials I have a feeling that I might be perking up in the near future. Stay tuned for some much clearer skies. File this under low key.

[Images via: Fashion Gone Rogue]

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Eggs.

Regardless of what religion you practice, Easter is most importantly an excuse to get together with family and celebrate just that. There are only a few times during the year when one is subject to such family functions and even though Easter doesn't fall into the category of must see each other holiday for mine, I will be spending the day with my adoptive family (adoptive by the fact that that I usually crash their family holidays). Most importantly I'll be joining in on my all-time favorite activity: decorating eggs. The eggs above were designed by some top designers for; see if you can't guess who created each one. Check out the answers after the jump and my personal favorite. File under inspired.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Roma, my heart.

Nearly four months since returning from my semester living and studying in Rome, I am just now feeling the aching withdrawals from my adoptive European home. The people, the art, the language, the food, the idea of carpe diem which invades every portion of Roman life and of course the history are all things that I loved about my time there. It was in Rome that I realized my thirst for exploration and really first understood what it meant to be inspired. I always knew that I wanted to spend some time abroad, but I never knew that it would affect me as greatly as Rome did. Right now I am longing to return if only for a few days to immerse myself in what is quintessentially Roman culture and once again, do as the Romans do. Check out an itinerary for the best things to do in Rome as well as two outfits that would have the Roman men saying ciao bella. File as my heart.

The Great Debate: Hanging Art.

When it comes to hanging art, I find myself torn every time I start to hammer the nail into the wall. Being that I am of limited income, I have a huge collection of prints and canvases that are relatively small scaled and not a whole lot of larger pieces. Still though, I always struggle with committing to a gallery wall or singular statement piece especially when it comes to the living and dining room. Right now, I have a combination of the two styles in my home, and although I thought I would favor a massive piece to hang above my sofa (in the future once I have some money to blow), after seeing the statement piece in the dining room above and the gallery in the living room I am completely sold. File under surprised myself.

[Images via: Apartment Therapy, Elle Decor, Coco+Kelly]

Friday, April 22, 2011

Edited: Spring Fever.

If there is one season that I love the most it would probably have to be spring. I can never get enough of the endless sunshine, gorgeously colored flowers, lush grass and warm nights. And with this silly and fantastical editorial for T Magazine, Tati Cotliar (one of my favorite models) is literally wrapped up in spring herself. File under fab. 

[Images via: Fashion Gone Rogue]

Happy Weekend.

I don't believe that I've been this excited about the weekend in a while (no thanks to my ridiculous amount of schoolwork and other non-fun things on my to-do list), and even though this one will still be filled with those unavoidable pains, I am completely ecstatic to take a break from it all...and maybe even pop a couple bottles of champagne. I'd like to wish an early happy birthday to my dear friend over at Alison Reid Style, and a happy Easter to all. Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, I hope everyone gets a chance to take a break from the week and have just a little fun. Check back this weekend for an inspiring Easter Day post as well as some other exciting fashion news. File as dressing up.

[Images via: This is not New]

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Edited: Vogue Spain.

The sexy bohemian qualities of Isabeli Fontana are right on point in this photo shoot for Vogue Spain shot by Greg Kadel. It makes me yearn for the hot summer days when all I want to throw on is a flowing dress strategically designed to show off just a little bit of skin. But it is the first picture that I just die over every time I look at it; it reveals different and even conflicting emotions that make me unable to figure out what exactly it's trying to say. And those close to me know that I never like to turn down a challenge. Obsessed. File as summer loving. 

[Images via: Fashion Gone Rogue]

Looking Up.

Although generally reserved for walls, paint has slowly been creeping up the to the ceiling and I for one am thrilled with this new trend in home decor. It's an unexpected touch versatile enough for any room in the house, and when paired with minimal decor elements, looks perfectly stylish and just a little avant-garde. It makes me wonder what color I'd want to look up, turquoise, or even cobalt, pink, maybe red. Looks like I have quite the paint decision for my future non-rented place. File as fun.

[Images via: Apartment Therapy]

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

When Tommy Met Anna.

As is probably very obvious to most, I am addicted to the style of Miss Anna Dello Russo. My previous post about the matter I have to admit, was one of my most favorite to compile and one that I had been thinking about for a very long time. I can't help but smile every time I see this woman dressed in yet another over-the-top, super fab, too good for words ensemble and it seems I'm not the only one who is enthralled with her. Tommy Ton will be soon opening an exhibit on the fashion maven at The Bay department store in Toronto titled When Tommy Met Anna which will include some of the never before seen pictures above. Check out this revealing interview between the two and stay tuned for more fashion profiles on the.margaret.files. File this one under too much.

[Images via: Tommy Ton]

Monday, April 18, 2011

Art Eye: Textiles.

Displaying textiles as art is something that I grew up around thanks to my mother's obsession with beautiful fabrics and well-made clothing. Now, living in the Bay Area near one of the most prolific fabric stores in the whole world Britex Fabrics, I find myself browsing the tightly packed aisles for fabrics that look like pieces of art themselves. These by the French artist Paule Marrot would be perfectly framed to soften the look of any room. They almost make me want to wrap one around my head and head off on a road trip. File as lovely.

[Images via: Natural Curiosities

Edited: Vogue Australia.

Back to the regular week it is; however I know there were a lucky few who were able to attend the totally awesome music-featival that is Coachella (while I instead spent my weekend neck deep in to-do lists). But still, in honor of the hipster, grungy, sometimes trashy, and I try so hard to look unkempt, but I really don't care look that is Coachella I figured this spread from Vogue Australia shows anther side of California cool that can only be rooted in those who would much rather spend the day on the beach than in an office. Filed under California girls.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Oh, Weekend.

Oh weekend, here you frolic around the bend.
Often making me wish you would never end.
Instead I only get a few days to laugh and play,
So I'll just have to party extra hard,  be it as it may.

With a (clearly) self-written poem above, I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Although mine will be filled mostly with homework, and probably no extra hard partying (attempt at irony above), I'm hoping to get a little break from my studies in the form of some retail therapy with my dear friend over at Alison Reid Style. Stay tuned for some amazing upcoming posts including a few more editorials that I just can't resist along with some why didn't I think of that home decor ideas and spring fashion aplenty. Happy weekend to all! 

[Images via: My Files]

Edited: Vogue Japan.

Sometimes the best things can be the most simple, too. Gorgeous model, black lacquer lip, feathered confection; done. Purple smoky eye, red nails, ornate dress; double done. Liquid cat eye, cigarette (only for art's sake; it's a nasty habit), statement earring; case closed. Set against an endless black backdrop these portraits by the makeup artist extraordinaire Francois Nars for Vogue Japan are captivating, haunting, sexy and (too me) simple all at the same time. I literally cannot stop looking at the top image, and it almost makes me want to try out the super dark lip stain...almost. File under obsessed. 

[Images via: Fashion Gone Rogue]

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Prada Overload.

Could there every be such a thing as Prada overload? I mean, really? Looks like the fashion set is still madly in love with this quirky designer who clearly dances to the beat of her own drum. And I know I've already done a post about Prada's fabulously popular pink striped pencil skirt a little while back but after reading this article the other day I was quite frankly shocked and amazed into again posting about the insanely hot Prada Spring 2011 collection. The fact that this collection has landed on no less than 48 international covers of magazines (yes, you read that right) spanning from Australia, China, the UK and everywhere in between makes me wonder if these trends are going to trickle down to us common folk any day now. Playful monkey motifs, alternating multicolored stripes, swinging banana earrings (worn by none other than Miss Prada herself) and electric colored furs were all part of the collection that screamed totally outrageous fun to me. And isn't that what fashion should be about? File under loosen up.

[Images via:]

I'll take the booth.

If there is even the question, table or booth? I think it's pretty obvious which one I will always choose. So there is no surprise that I've always wanted to bring that diner feel back home...with a little less vinyl of course. A corner bench set around a table in a little kitchen nook would be a wonderful place to sip my coffee in the morning and lounge on the weekends while having lazy brunches. It would be just like sitting comfortably in my favorite vegetarian diner down the street, without sticking to the seats. File under lounge around.

[Images via: Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, Domino]
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