Take the Canoli

Here’s day two of my self-assigned, multi-disciplinary inspiration board project. Today’s image is from the portfolio of photographer Ellen Silverman–you may recognize her work from recent posts by sfgirlbybay and Desire to Inspire. Ellen captures interiors so beautifully, but her work with food is also worth checking out. Don’t you wish you could crawl into the crags on these canolis and eat your way out?

I originally planned to do a room from this photo, but the pastry shells immediately had me thinking of a fabulous pair of ostrich shoes… 


Kate Spade Dandy Ostrich Embossed Driver at Neiman Marcus; Laura James Jewelry Lapis Cocktail Ring; open-stitch cotton Brezza Cardigan, Anthropologie; Pocket Watch Necklace from Urban Outfitters; Cotton Darinne Dress by Velvet from Tobi.com;  napa leather Sloane hobo by Bottega Veneta; shaped-waist belt in cognac leather, Rachel Comey at Tobi.com.

I can just imagine wearing this outfit while strolling down Columbus Avenue in San Francisco’s North Beach neighbourhood, popping into all those amazing Italian bakeries in search of the perfect canoli. At first I considered a glam ostrich pump, but canoli are a homestyle treat so I went with the slightly orthopedic driving moc instead; it helps that the shoes are the exact shade of the blueberries in the photo! That ‘nonna’s cooking’ ethos also informed my choice of the vintage-y necklace and cocktail ring. The gauzy white dress invokes the frothy, fluffy filling of the dessert, while a lightweight wrap pulls the look together and protects against that chilly wind off the Bay. I was thrilled to find a belt that hugs the waste in the same way that the cookie shell hugs the sweet pasty cream. And that to-die-for bag? In an homage to the canoli’s origins, it’s Italian, of course! 


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