Archive for January, 2012

I just discovered this amazing Tumblr page called Xote. It’s curated by a Turkish graphic designer, with penchant for black, white and gray.
Have a look:

Xote also has an awesome ffffound page!

Have a lovely Tuesday. Sorry I’m late in posting this week. Crazy busy here in LA!
(This is what I was writing about at midnight.)

(Images via Xote.)

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Happy Saturday

Jan 28, 2012

Salzburg - a sunny day in early winter

It’s warm and sunny today. I can’t wait to get outside and rattle around the city. The only thing on my schedule is to get my hair done! Yay, blonde streaks!

What are you doing this weekend?

Photo Credits: Anja Louise Verdugo, Rotraud_71, Pink Bow, Reddott, and All the Rage.

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The topic of my Lamps Plus design post this week:
Five Ways to Stay Inspired!

(Photo by Artist/Illustrator Lizzy Stewart.)

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I’m going through a phase I guess. I’ve always thought of myself as more of a Carrie, style wise. But it seems lately I’ve turned into Charlotte. How has this happened?

Anyway, here’s my pick for the cute look of the day: A Herringbone tweed jacket over a Nike rugby shirt over a Polo shirt. Pearls essential.

(Via Moet Things.)

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My obsession of the day: Tony Duquette for Coach!

It’s pricey, for sure. But fabulous.
See the whole glittery lot HERE.

For more details about the legendary Duquette,
check out this thick, glossy tome by Wendy Goodman!

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Lobster & Swan

Jan 25, 2012

Jeska is one of the best photo stylist around and I LOVE her blog Lobster & Swan. It’s always a day brightener when she posts new photos…

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Bon Iver lead singer Justin Vernon says the song
‘Skinny Love’ is about a women he once dated

Have you heard this amazing song? It was written by Justin Vernon for his folk band Bon Iver and then re-recorded by Birdy, who made it into an international hit. There’s been lots of speculation on what it’s about, but recently Vernon gave an interview explaining the meaning and talking about the relationship that prompted him to write song. It’s about a love, of course, but the sort of love that’s destructive and unsustainable.

Anyone else out there who likes this song?

Illustration, above, by Contra Bellee.

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Suitcase Planters

Jan 24, 2012

I love the idea of repurposing old things as planters — cowboy boots, tin cans, milk crates. But this is the first time I’ve seen vintage suitcases used as containers for succulents! It’s at once clever and slight shocking.

What do you think about this idea? What are some of the things you’ve used as flower pots?

By the way, there’s a really wonderful book called Planted Junk dedicated to using found objects as planters.

(Photo via Nest Vintage.)

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Happy Saturday

Jan 21, 2012


(EZRA) 22/52: The rain cleanses the world

It’s rainy and cold here today, which means my weekend consists of two things: Reading and watching old movies. (By the way, thank you for all the great book recommendations this week! Trying to resist loading them all onto my Kindle!)

What are you doing this weekend?

Photo Credits: Lecia, Lauren Schmauren, Books by Henry, Carmi and Sunken Treasure.

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Life in Soft Focus

Jan 20, 2012

I’m trying to branch out a little in my weekly design posts for Lamps Plus. This week I profiled the lovely Liss Winnel at Daydream Lily. She talks about the inspiration for her blog and her dreamy aesthetic. Let me know what you think! Link HERE!

(Photos courtesy of Liss Winnel.)

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Woolrich is one of the US’s oldest clothing brands, with its iconic red and black plaid shirts and jackets. Recently, the company started a very chic line, via Italy, to give the traditional pieces more of a European look. It warms my Europhile heart. But like all beautiful things from Europe, it comes with Prada-sized prices. If I could sew, I would remake some of the vintage Woolrich pieces but I’m not that crafty. (Is it too late to learn?)

See more from the Woolrich euro line HERE. And the standard issue (and more moderately priced) clothing HERE.

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I have to restrain myself from asking this question every week…I love to hear your answers because you guys are so smart and well read. I can’t wait for the weekend when I can spend half the day reading a good book on the couch…

Which books do you recommend?

(Photo by obo-bobolina.)

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This is the reason why I can’t give up Tumblr:
It’s such a great place to find beautiful photos and amazing GIFs.
(New York City skyline by Bebo, GIF via kr4y.)

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At the moment I can’t live without…

Ultra Repair Cream is perfect for cold, dry winter weather. It’s great as a face cream or hand cream. You can even use it as a make-up remover. (From Sephora).

My friend Elaine got me addicted to Chantecaille’s Rosewater spray, but at $60 a bottle it got a little expensive. Now I refill the bottle with Robert’s Rose Water — for a fraction of the price. (From Brook Farm General Store.)

I usually use Carmex for chapped lips, but recently I picked up a tin of Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm. Love it! (From Sephora.)

What are your top three?

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I love the simple, beautiful elegance of this outfit by J. Crew. A silvery/cream sweater with an amazing skirt (just frilly enough) with loafers. The skirt comes in other colors: brown, purple and red. I think the red would be gorgeous. Sort of like what the girl is wearing in this photo?

What do you think?

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I love these dreamy photos by London-based photographer Emma Hartvig. She says: “My work is based on my passion for film and cinematography. The storytelling and manipulation of vision you have in your hands as a filmmaker fascinates me.”





I’m trying to decide on a favorite. Maybe the girl with the mirror?

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Colin Firth

Jan 14, 2012

I’m working on a story about Colin and his lovely wife, Livia. (More on that later!) Here’s one of my Instagram photos of the dashing actor at the Soho House in West Hollywood this morning.

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Happy Saturday

Jan 14, 2012

Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face

Desperate Characters

Happy weekend. It’s a little chilly and foggy here today. In an hour I have to get ready for a brunch in West Hollywood. Very exciting. Then I’m back home…

This week I’m reading Simon Van Booy’s “Love Begins in Winter.” Have you heard of him? His writing is so beautiful. I want to underline every sentence.

Random weirdness: My obsession of the moment is finding vintage Facconable jackets on eBay, from the days when Albert Goldberg was still designing the line. Lots of plaid and herringbone, lovies!

What are you doing this weekend?

Photo Credits: d/ee, *Cinnamon, Astrid, dear tomorrow, juliette tang.

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We put away the holiday decorations and everything seemed so dreary, hence my new post for Lamps Plus: 5 ways to Perk Up a Room.

Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Boots for Walking

Jan 13, 2012

I love ankle boots. I’d wear them all winter with black leggings and tights if I could. Lately I’ve been looking for a new pair. The other night I found these amazing boots (above) by John Varvatos on Park & Bond. They have about 20 styles, all of them wonderful. But here’s the problem: They’re for men.

I’m about to say something I’ve never said before in my life: I wish my feet were bigger!


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Paris Friends…

Jan 12, 2012

Paris, I love you. (but you're bringing me down)

I’m going to be in Paris the last week in February. Will you be there too? Let me know!

(Photo by Candice Lesage.)

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I was flipping through previous issues of Matchbook Magazine today and I was reminded of how awesome Katie Armour’s story was on Kate and Jack Spade. (In the November issue.) The story stretched over 18 luscious pages, filled with photos of the couple’s New York apartment. SO GREAT! Take a look at some of the shots by the talented Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg:

See the full story HERE!


Don’t forget to enter to win the Kate Spade New Year’s bangle.
Winner will be picked Friday!


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In celebration of the new year I’m giving away this Kate Spade bangle, engraved with four New Year’s resolutions! On the 2012 to-do list: “play your cards right,” “lose yourself in a good book,” “add a twist,” and “make sparks fly.”

Choose which resolution best applies to you and leave a comment. Winner will be picked on Friday TODAY AT 9PM Pacific Standard Time!



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Cabbages & Roses

Jan 09, 2012

This very British dressmaker, Cabbages & Roses, sells the cutest clothes ever! I love the patchwork of fabrics — tweed, flannel, chintz, grosgrain. (I’m still stuck on “preppy with a twist.”)…Have a look:


In addition to clothes, they sell fabric by the meter. I’m adding Cabbages & Roses to my “must visit” list for the next time I’m in London…

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