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My idea of the perfect outfit; jeans, white t-shirt, grey sweatshirt… nailed it. xx

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what to wear no.07

what to wear no.7
Dreaming of Spring… if only it was warm enough for tees, and sunny a little more often too! I saw this Schott tee on Actor Emelia Clarke on the cover of ‘Glamour Paris‘ which inspired the look. I also love that art deco-ish ring by Gorjana; they are my go to for delicate gold jewelry at really reasonable prices. I just have to say it, can-not-wait for Le printemps!!

Lancer Print Tee – Schott NYC

Yetti Sunglasses – Sunday Somewhere
Delano Fan Ring – Gorjana
Limited Edition Silk Matteen Nail Polish, Pseudo Silk Kimono – Deborah Lippmann
Wood Wood Adrien Striped top – La Garconne
Selvedge Toothpick Jean in Cherish Wash – J Crew
Black Leather Silver Heeled Anouck Chelsea Boots – Alexander Wang
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the weekly four no.01

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Easy does it… It’s been a while, OK a long while. But I am determined to find the time to dedicate to the A&O. I must! I’ve been wrapped up in travelling, both professionally / personally (Paris & Alsace / Morocco & London ) so there will be much more to come on that soon. Mixed in with all of that has been a lot of renovation madness which, at times, can be so much fun and, at other times, can cause a fair amount of stress. Learning to work with it is an exercise in patience that’s for sure!

Anyways, here we go… a new project for weekly inspiration – on a Monday  – to start the week off motivated and creatively charged!

Talk soon xx

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june how-to

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For your next party: 10 Ways To Make A Cocktail Stick

A Cup of Jo shows you how to give a reflexology foot massage

Making aged mercury glass candle holders with A Beautiful Mess

The tool kit for sexy bedhead

Brush care 101 from Garance Doré

How clever are these hanging laundry baskets!

A hand-carved stamp project with Emmadime

Who doesn’t want to make their own piñatas ?

Hellllooooo June! Can’t believe you’re here already. Don’t you think that the beginning of the month is a such great time to get inspired! Speaking of such things, I can’t wait to share more details soon on a course I am taking that starts this coming Monday. It’s called Fibre Arts with Natural Dyes and it’s sure to be an amazing experience in something that’s totally new! xx

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beauty products 101

beauty 101

If you’re like me, you’ve spent countless hours browsing through Sephora and asking friends what is their secret; what beauty products are their go-to’s. I’ve narrowed down some of my favorites over the last year or so and thought I’d share them with you!

1. Earth Science Naturals – Azulene Eye Cream
2. Kiehl’s – Midnight Recovery Concentrate
3. Earth Science Naturals – Almond-Aloe Moisturizer (with SPF 15!)
4. Jack Black – Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe & Sage
5. Smashbox – Full Exposure mascara
6. Clinique – Even Better Makeup SPF 15
7. Lancolm – Star Bronzer in Solitaire Shimmer
8. Lancolm – Blush Subtle in Tangerine Tine
9. Joe Fresh – nail polish (3 for $10!) in Lavender, Mango & Tomato
10. Fresh – Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfume
11. Fekkai – Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo
12. Mason Pearson – Mixed Bristle brush
13. L’Oreal – Elnett Satin Strong hold for colour treated hair
14. lebel & crowe – see Emily Lebel for the best hair cut you’ll ever get!

I hope that you like them as much as I do! xx

california top ten

california

Wow! What a jam packed, absolutely awesome, totally perfect vacation. Der and I are back from 10 days in the sun experiencing all things California. The week started in the Palm Desert, more specifically, in the picturesque and perfectly manicured resort city La Quinta, CA. Fittingly, we stayed at La Quinta Resort & Spa which was a perfect home base for experiencing Coachella! Following that a drive up the coast Santa Monica-Santa Barbara-Carmel by the Sea-San Francisco rounded out the trip. Here are some of my favorite parts…

1. The weekend festivities at Coachella deserve their own line. The weather was hot and the music was pumpin’. Some of my favorite performers include; the Neighborhood, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, The xx, Ben Howard, Shovels & Rope, the Lumineers, James Blake, La Roux, and Pretty Lights. It was a thrill just to see how the whole thing went down. We approached it all very laid back, no rushing around { I mean you can’t possibly see everyone } and really just took it all in. The sights and sounds along with yummy food and gorgeous weather made it an awesome weekend.

2. A quick lunch + shop stop in Silver Lake on our way to Santa Monica was great. I love this area! We had a very yummy lunch at Local Restaurant then stumbled upon my new most-favorite-shop-ever. Such a wonderful breezy atmosphere, fresh smelling candles, beautiful housewares, gorgeous accessories, a small selection of carefully curated designer duds. Oh, and the name, it’s called Lake Boutique.

3. Our one night stay in Santa Monica flew by and it was shockingly cooler than the past few days spent in the Palm Dessert { good thing for picking up a new sweater at Lake! } We celebrating Ders birthday with dinner at Barnyard in Venice.

4. Early the next morning we hopped in the convertible to start our journey along the Pacific Coast Highway. We had brunch in Malibu on the beach and I also just had to stop in at Consentino’s Fresh Flower Market which, as it says on their site, is the most beautiful store in Malibu. I was totally inspired by their arrangements of succulents and cacti. Definitely my next project…

5. Our first stop was Santa Barbara which turned out to be one of my favorite places along the way. Very neatly laid out, great for biking, strolling, relaxing. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen to be one of my favorite restaurant cities { I didn’t care for either one we went to } but we always started the evening at the hotel resto/bar which was the perfect spot for a Champagne cocktail, a few apps, making a few new friends, getting invited to a wedding { of course we couldn’t attend; how much fun would that have been! } The hotel was The Canary and their restaurant, which was re-branded about a week prior to our arrival, is called The Finch and The Fork. It’s the perfect hotel bar.

6. An amazing yoga class in Santa Barbara at Yasa Yoga; recommendation courtesy of Goop.com { thanks Gwyneth! } Located in an historic Santa Barbara building with gorgeous wood floors, 20-foot ceilings with exposed beams, and run by a husband and wife team who are very passionate about their practice.

7. The next portion of the coastal drive was my absolute favorite! The drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur for our one night stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, was absolutely breathtaking. Driving up the Chumash Hwy through Los Padres National Forest and then eventually ending up cliff side along the ocean is a sight to be seen. Upon recommendation we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant for lunch. Which I would, in turn, recommended to anyone and everyone doing this drive. Close by the restaurant is a great place to head into Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and do a short hike through the redwood trees to the Pfeiffer Falls and the valley.

8. Our scenic route, lunch, and hike, brought us into Carmel by the Sea later into the evening and we stayed at a charming B&R called The Colonial Terrace. It wasn’t quite on the downtown strip, but not that far away, and we were able to enjoy a wonderful dinner paired with wines at the notable Andre’s Bouchee. A restaurant that is honoured by Wine Spectator as having one of the most notable restaurant wine lists in the world!

9. The final stop was San Francisco and really think I picked some gems when it came to restaurants. The only downside was that I did find the restaurants to be so far from anything else { and they took ages to get to } but it was well worth it when we finally did.

a rustic dinner at Outerlands; locally sourced,
organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.

one of my most favourite brunches ever in Noe Valley
at Pomelo; I highly recommend the huevos motuleños

cocktails at the hotel restaurant were amazing because I
happen to love all things TIKI! the Tonga Room and Hurricane
Bar in the Fairmont does not disappoint with a live band
performing on a thatch-covered barge over the lagoon, classic tiki
cocktails and periodic light tropical rainstorms complete
with thunder & lightening. such a blast!

and our final night dinner at an interesting venue, Foreign Cinema,
where foreign and independent films are screened in their covered
outdoor courtyard. our film du jour Jiro Dreams of Sushi

10. Oke last but not least is really just to say that my dream trip was every bit as great as I thought it would be! I think that y’all should get out there and do it your own way and have an amazing time !! xx

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textures + textiles

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I always seem to be drawn to textures and textiles when ever I am looking for inspiration. The gals at the Block Shop { image two } are creating beautiful block dyed scarves and that lace in the first, used in Marissa Webbs Spring/Summer ’13 collection, is so delicately beautiful. It’s hand spun and hand woven from genuine natural Indian cotton. In addition to hand weaving the base fabric, fabric artisans hand embroider and hand cut eyelets – perfect! Happy Sunday xx

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resort life

I am in love with everything about Figue. Stephanie von Watzdorf has designed a year-round-vacation-ready collection meant to be worn any place any time;

Figue (pronounced fig) is a new luxury collection for women created by Stephanie von Watzdorf. Named for the ancient fruit Stephanie enjoyed as a child in Italy, Figue is defined by a global gypsy-meets-jet-set spirit—bringing together the urban energy of Paris and London with the natural beauty of the Mediterranean and Stephanie’s passion for travel. Figue’s core items consist of tunics, kaftans, shirtings, dresses, denim and accessories in colorful, global-inspired prints. One-of-a-kind items—such as reclaimed military jackets, embellished with hand beading, and found limited-edition jewelry and bags—recreate the experience of finding those unique treasures on one’s travels.

Her website is brand new and I don’t doubt that it will be getting a lot of traffic with these amazing vacation inspired style pieces.

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the new gypsies

I recently stumbled across these fantastic images on born to be wild

In September 2009 V Magazine published a fashion story featuring Kate Moss called ”Kate and the Gypsies”. The story was shot by the British photographer Ian McKell who has been following the ”The New Gypsies” for over ten years. Le Journal de la Photographie

Ian elevates fashion photography, with the inquiring edge of documentary, in his book The New Gypsies which can be found here.

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fall style: military jackets

I am crushing big time on this trend and seeing it everywhere! Military style jackets just seem to go with any look; from a white tee to a party dress! How would you wear it?? xx

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sweater weather

OK, well, not quite yet. But, it is already September and I can’t believe how quickly this summer flew by. With the last long weekend of l’été behind us (did y’all have a good one?) we can start to look forward to a beautiful autumn!

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the sartorialist dinner in florence

Speaking of style icons…The Sartorialist recently hosted a dinner in Florence and captured the this gathering of exquisite style, and all its ambiance, in a short film. It makes me all the more excited to be heading off to Tuscany in just a few weeks!! Watch and enjoy ; )

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