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“I like the 1960s, librarians, nerdy girls. I like glasses you had when you were a kid—or that your dad wore when you were a kid—

and wearing them now.

I like Bergman. Big thick glasses on a little, tiny face. When there are etchings or engravings or magically-made materials.

I like pearls, brass, opera glasses. Everything being all violet.
I like seeing the world with
a pretty pink tint to it.”

-Leith Clark

I was thrilled to hear from Warby Parker about their recent collaboration with Leith Clark. The collection includes a mix of sunglasses and eyewear – five new frames!  Meet: Marva, Greta, Aurora, Wednesday, and Willow in new colors like Cobalt Leaf, Noir, Aldabra, Daughter of Pearl, and returning favorite Crystal.  Modeling the glasses is writer and actress Zoe Kazan, photographed in the collection by noted fashion photographer Pamela Hanson. For every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need and a percentage from each sale will also go to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign mobilizing American girls to raise awareness and funds for UN programs that provide life-changing opportunities to girls around the world.

The frames are available online and at Warby Parker stores and showrooms for $145 each. Shop the collection here.

My favorites? The Marva in Cobalt Leaf, Aurora in Daughter of Pearl, and Willow in Adalbra.

 

 

 

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What will you be wearing for Christmas gatherings this week?  I have my eyes on a few classic pieces that could be worn year after year!  This outfit is entirely build around this gorgeous skirt from Ann Mashburn.  It’s a box-pleat skirt made of taffeta and the perfect holiday party piece – classic and festive!

As for a top, this Sequin Tuxedo Top from Veronica Beard is an essential and could be worn for New Year’s Eve as well!  For a jacket for the family party, this J.Crew Cardigan Jacket is lovely. I love the ivory paired with gold.  I’m all about the No. 3 bag for Kendall Conrad this season pair it with Lisanewbo Suede Low-Heel Bow Pumps from Manolo Blahnik and your look is set.  And, for jewelry?  I love these Cabochon Earrings from Oscar de la Renta at Moda Operandi and a heart ring from Aurelie Bidermann.

 

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“I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between

the East of my youth and the West of my future.”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

I was so excited to be introduced to the Veronica Beard pre-fall 2014 collection. Beyond being head-over-heels in love with the malachite dress, I’m inspired by the mix of details this collection holds. From the wrap tops, to fringe details, and cut out knits, this collection doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to exquisite touches.  The pieces are both luxurious and understated, but most of all, they’re interesting. I love the description Veronica Beard shared about this particular collection:

She’s packed her bags and left the East for the West.

So much to see, so much to learn on the road.

Each piece collected, tied to a memory made along the way.


I need that malachite dress – and whatever fringe I can find!

 

Shop Veronica Beard here.

 

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In a refreshing look towards spring, I loved previewing the Lublu Kira Plastinina spring 2014 collection last week in Dallas.  The collection includes a beautiful mix of custom created prints inspired by what the designer calls a mystical garden in a digital world.  In flattering cuts and simple silhouettes in a mix of patterns, these pieces are certain to enchant. I already have my eyes on a few of them for a spring wedding!

Learn more here.

 

 

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Shopping from top right: Veronica Beard Saloon Jacket, Libby Lane U Clutch Pitch Black Medium, Cedar and Rose Fragrance, Kendall Conrad La Cincha Leather CuffHacienda Montaecristo Maria Dolores Earrings, Imogene and Willie Apothia Candle, Delman Darci Heel, Rag & Bone Corina Fringe Skirt

 

The true beauty of this post is that I would love to be wearing and using each and every piece of the picture right now (I actually am currently burning the Imogene and Willie candle- great gift).  These pieces are worldly and elegant – yet, still understated. And, I might be particularly in love with fringe details at the moment.

I absolutely love these earrings from Hacienda Montaecristo- they’d be beautiful for night or day and I love their story.  As for Kendall Conrad, I have my eyes on the La Cincha Cuff for Christmas – obsessed!  You can’t go wrong with a Texas crafted clutch from Libby Lane - I love how the U Clutch is both clean and rugged. As for fringe, I can’t get enough of it!  I would love to spend a night dancing in my favorite pair of heels (these Delman heels from Mashburn will do) in the Rag & Bone Corina Fringe Skirt. It would be absolutely perfect for New Year’s Eve when paired with this stunningly gilded Saloon Jacket from one of my favorite brands, Veronica Beard (who’s also having an incredible sale right now by the way).  Top it off with a bit of Cedar and Rose fragrance and you are set!

 

Enjoy! xx

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Here are a few new and noteworthy coffee table books you don’t want to miss when it comes to holiday gift giving!  For the fashion and home decor lover, don’t miss Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home by Ivan Terestchenko from Vendome. Photographer Ivan Terestchenko traveled the globe to capture the homes of fashion designers including Christian Louboutin, Azzedine Alaia, Reed Krakoff, Yves Saint Laurent, and more.  When it comes to Upper East Side style, no one knows it better than interior designer Howard Slatkin.  I had a wonderful time at his book signing and cocktail reception this fall at Bergdorf Goodman and couldn’t be more excited to own my own copy.  Enjoy a tour of some of New York City’s finest residences and the luxe and brilliant interiors by Slatkin. Fifth Avenue Style is a must!

For anyone with a sweet tooth (even if it’s your own), you must own a copy of Valerie Gordon’s new Sweet. Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections in Los Angeles has just released her first cookbook sharing her favorite recipes and ingredients.  And, finally, explore historical and modern day staircases in Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent.  An, interesting read for anyone who likes a climb when it comes to design.

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I often forget how much I love a great dinner party until I attend one again. And, more than that, I tend to forget how autumn inspired dinner parties are some of the very best kind.  It was lovely to attend a dinner with a new twist this past week at the Hotel ZaZa Dallas Bungalows.  It was an INTERACTIVE dinner party – meaning – yes, we helped cook through the evening’s menu with Hotel ZaZa Dallas’ Dragonfly chef Dan Landsberg.  We were greeted at the door of Bungalow 8 with our choice of bubbly or warm (spiked) apple cider.  Because of the sudden temperature drop in Dallas this past week, the mulled cider was an easy choice for me.  After a quick meet and greet with the group, we went on a tour of the new 2 bedroom bungalow.  With a gorgeous exposed brick wall and a cozy feel, the unit felt very New Orleans mixed with just the right amount of fresh paint and carrera marble. It is the perfect size for a small group or even a staycation with family or friends.  I know I could have found myself quite at home there this past Tuesday evening.

 

A peek inside Bungalow 8!

Two different side by side houses make up The Bungalows.  It’s the ideal setup for a wedding party and/or multiple group travel – it’s bachelorette party perfection. Our menu that evening was comprised of Pork Belly Lollipops with a Honey-Ponzu Glaze paired with a delicious Bahn Mi Salad, an incredible Fall Salad (comprised of kale, arugula, apricots, pecans, pomegranate, and more), Scallops and Toasted Orzo Pasta with Chorizo, and Foie Gras and Black Truffle Chicken Ballontine.

 

cooking with the chef

some of the DELICIOUS ingredients of the fall salad

The Fall Salad – making this ASAP (yes, those are yummy blue cheese crackers)

the chef making Pork Belly Lollipops

While some of the food was cooking, we were given another small tour of some of the unoccupied bungalows on the property.  Each one is designed differently and they all have unique styles and feels.  Here were a few of my favorites…

 

There are 12 one bedroom and two bedroom bungalows available for rent and they are priced according to their size (they range from 600-1,200 square feet).  Many of the rooms feature kitchens, living rooms, and even private porches and patios. All of Hotel ZaZa’s amenities are available with a stay at The Bungalows – including room service, the fitness center, spa, and pool.  The interactive dinner party was a delightful way to both explore the new fall menu at the Hotel ZaZa Dallas’ Dragonfly restaurant and to gain an authentic feel of the bungalows and what it would be like to spend a cozy evening inside with the pleasure of great company.

Learn more about The Bungalows here.

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I think the fact that I purchased my first James Perse dress nearly ten years ago on a trip to New York City and STILL can wear it as a summer day dress is a testament to the high quality cotton and how well the clothing ages.  The t-shirts are my absolute FAVORITE and seem to get even more comfortable with every wash.  James Perse is a line that certainly allows you to be cozy and still look and feel great.  I was so excited to learn the line was opening a boutique here in Dallas and it was fantastic to attend the launch party on October 30th at HP Village and to see and shop so much of the collection at one time.  I have so many pieces on my wish list and a few great ideas for my significant other for Christmas. What’s on the top of my list?  This Contrast Sleeve Boucle Cardigan - yes, please!

 

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Even if they didn’t have a wonderful story, I think the clean simplicity of the Mitchell and Peach packaging would have sold me on their beauty products.  Aren’t they just lovely? The Mitchell family has been farming in England for five generations. Foxbury Farm remains the center of the estate. Ian and Jod Mitchell grow lavender on the estate. The high quality of the essences distilled from the plantation inspired them to create a bath and body range of the purest quality. Hence, the Mitchell and Peach collection was born. In a world where it’s so important to know where your products are coming from and what’s REALLY in them – I can’t think of a more perfect fit than a company like Mitchell and Peach.

Today, Mitchell and Peach products are hand-blended in England using the finest natural ingredients, including matured essential oils from the family’s fields and honey collected from hives on the estate.  After watching the video, I’m ready to move onto the farm – aren’t you? I simply can’t wait to try these products. I’m sure they are even better than they look!

Learn more about the company here and shop the line here.

Mitchell and Peach handwash

Mitchell and Peach Candle

Mitchell and Peach

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Kendall Conrad

I’m not exactly sure how I first came across Kendall Conrad, but I do know that after seeing just one of her handbags, I immediately knew I had to see more!  From gorgeous leather accessories, to jewelry, footwear, and objects for the home, Kendall Conrad’s collection is understated, chic, and luxe at the same time.  I was lucky enough to ask Kendall a few questions about her company and plans for the future.

N/S: Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?  How did your path designing accessories come to be?

KC: I did not always know. I wanted to be an artist for awhile and a cook. I worked as a model for years and a few years as an actress. Then, I focused on painting and cooking. I started designing bags during my second pregnancy.

 

N/S: How would you describe the style or aesthetic of your collection to someone unfamiliar?

KC: I would say that it is classic yet has mojo. Minimal, but with key design details. A handmade quality with a sophisticated finish. Luxurious leathers, no logos.

 

N/S: What is your own personal style like?

KC: minimal, earth tones, tailored. I wear uniforms, very simple. The clothing is a blank canvas that I jazz up with my accessories.

 

 

N/S: What will you be wearing this fall and through the holiday season?

KC: cashmere, blazers, jeans, my manolete slippers and boots.

 

Lupe Sino ll

Thick Rounded Stacking Ring

N/S:  What are your favorite things about LA?

KC: The architecture, the spaciousness-it’s so vast, the diversity-especially downtown. I work with people from Egypt, Armenia, Syria, Iran, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, and Japan!

 

N/S: Who or what most influences you?

KC: sculpture, art and architecture. california, Spain, horse tack and saddlery, tauromachia (my father was a bullfighter), flamenco.

 

Lupe Sino

 

Pacha Wrap Sandal

 

N/S:  Do you have any personal style icons or role models?

KC: sure, so many!

role models: Georgia O’Keefe, Picasso, Jane Goodall, and Jacques Cousteau

 

style icons: Charlotte Rampling, Julie Christy, Geraldine Saglio, Lauren Hutton, Elsa Peretti, Emmanuelle Alt, Sigrid de l’Epine, and Anouk Aimee

 

N/S:  What do you feel has been your single greatest accomplishment thus far?

KC: Having and raising a family. My wonderful daughters Luisa and Fernanda by far!

 

N/S: Where is your line currently sold?

KC: We sell out of our own stores in Venice, Brentwood and now Montecito, as well as our online store.

 

 

Socorro in Charcoal Nubuck

Camaroon Wrist Wrap

N/S:  How do you hope to see your company grow?

KC: We want to keep opening up our own stores and adding new categories. Also, to open up our wholesale business to choice stores around the world.

 

 

N/S: Where are your favorite places to travel?

KC: I always like to return to Paris, London, Spain, Greece, Mexico, and Italy. I would really like to travel around North Africa next and then, South America.

Tauromachia Candle – a great gift idea!

N/S:  What is a typical day like for you?

KC: A typical day would be to get my girls off to school by 7:30 and then, I walk my dogs on the beach. I go for long beach walks then 3 days out of the week. I drive to LA to work with my manufacturers. Then, I go to Venice and deliver production and check on things, maybe meet a customer or a friend and go for lunch at Axe. Then, I go to Brentwood and check on everything there, maybe have a meeting at Farmshop. Once in awhile, I stay down for dinner or a party, but usually I drive home at the end of the day and pick up my girls at volleyball and make dinner for the family.

 

N/S: What is an ideal day like for you?

KC: On the beach with my husband, daughters, dogs and friends.

 

N/S:  What do you think makes your collection standout or different from others in the same category?

KC: I think we stand out and are known for our classic style, luxurious leathers, quality, lack of logos, and custom hardware. The bags have something that appeals to equestriennes as well, perhaps because I am one and it just comes through.

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FIND: Kendall Conrad on the web here, Facebook here, & Twitter here.