Until recently, the thought of dried flowers brought me back to my childhood and memories of the house in which I grew up, where dried flowers and hydrangeas (scented, nonetheless) were dotted throughout. Oh, how far we’ve come with dried flowers and plants. I’m currently obsessed with the idea of drying fresh flowers and rearranging them with palm fronds and pampas grass. Not only is it a great way to extend the life of fresh cut flowers, they are so pretty bunched together and hung upside down during the drying process. Just be careful with dried grass around candles. It can be a fire hazard and trust me when I say I know from experience. Yikes!
Simplicity is a forgotten art, especially in the world of fashion. Year after year, I find myself searching high and low for that perfect closet staple, whether it be a handbag or a pair of shoes and jeans, that will carry me through several seasons of wear and love. And as much as I love my frills and flair, I’ll forever crave simple, well made things. So you can understand my excitement when I learned that stylist Anita Patrickson recently launched a collection of bespoke sandals under her new label Amanu. Beautiful leather sandals are designed and built to the exact details and measurements of your foot using an age-old, artisanal sandal making technique. I love the effortlessness of the designs – each so versatile, simple and exactly what I’ve always been looking for. And the best part about it all is that you can experience it all in person in Amanu’s West Hollywood workshop in Los Angeles. Flip through suede, Vachetta and Nappa leather in a variety of colors, choose one of 12 styles, and one of their skilled and trained makers will build a custom pair of sandals right there and then. 30 minutes tops. Perfect. Simple. I’m there.
If only homes had multiple kitchens, as they do multiple bedrooms. This way, I could live out my wildest kitchen fantasies – all at the same time, under the same roof. I could have my bluish grey industrial kitchen, my black and white country kitchen and my oh so daring green kitchen. I’m greedy like that. But back to the green kitchen. I’m currently crushing on green cabinets – in all the various shades like sage, emerald, forest and olive. There’s a comforting warmth about this earthy hue that feels so right. What about you? Would you ever go green?
Out of exasperation towards fashion’s wasteful practices and a dedication to positive social and environmental change, design veterans Genevieve Saylak and Corissa Santos are raising industry standards with their beautiful label Where Mountains Meet. Every step of the design and production process is executed with intention. Natural fibers, organic textiles, eco-friendly alpaca and non-toxic, plant based dyed fabric are consciously sourced. Versatility and minimal living are considered during the design phase. And better practices towards local and international manufacturing is prioritized during the final process – all of the woven collections are made in New York’s Garment district, while knitwear and handwoven textiles are made by artisans in India, Boliva and Guatemala. I love and respect the simplicity, sophistication and timelessness of the clothing. Some of my favorites from their spring collection include a gauzy cotton top with smocked sleeves, a white denim jumpsuit sourced from a heritage mill in North Carolina, and a cropped silk pant with a colorful print created in collaboration with Brooklyn painter Rachel Rickert. Kudos to this important brand that is moving environmental consciousness towards the new norm.
I’ve been desperately craving color in my life lately. It’s must be due to my excited anticipation of summer and my intense desire to travel to India. For those reasons, I was immediately drawn to Dutch-Egyptian artist Roeqiya Fris‘s spirited illustrations. Inspired by Arab culture, worldly travel and nature, her marvelous scenes radiate with vibrant color, boldly mixed patterns, and strong femininity. I would love to get a piece commissioned by Roeqiya . . . but I think I’ll have to get myself to India first.