Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Dark Moment

I was ill prepared for the eclipse yesterday.  No one told me those glasses were a necessity, so I ended up only catching glimpses of it through squinted eyes (and yes, my retinas burned afterward- clearly I'm an idiot).  My office is right by Central Park, but my coworkers and I watched the eclipse from our office window instead.  In New York, only a partial eclipse occurred.  Seeing photos of what the full eclipse looked like left me feeling a bit jipped- there were no few minutes of complete darkness for Manhattan.  Even so, I'll take inspiration from the eclipse and share a few of my favorite dark, moody accessories...

Dark Moments:

1.) Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody Bag, $195/

2.) Talbert Oversize Mirror, $989/

3.) Esmerelda Crocheted Mini Dress, $298/

4.) Spitfire Sharper Edge Round Sunglasses, $59/

5.) Poplin Ruffle Tee, $49/

6.) Mid-Century Mini Desk, $399/

7.) Diptyque Bais Candle, $90/

8.) Latigo Scout Boots, $118/

9.) Misty Druzy Ring, $32/

Did you get a good view of the eclipse?   Here's a collection of photos that chronicles yesterday's event around the world.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Channel Tufting

Furniture with channel tufting has had a serious moment this past year- and if High Point Market is any indication, this element won't be going away anytime soon.  Baker, Henredon, Four Hands, and Modshop all debuted collections at this year's market with channel-tufting details present.  Before we call this upholstery style a "trend", let's remember it originated in the 70s.  I managed to track down a few 70s design photos where channel-tufting was utilized in the design:

How great are those channel-backed bean bag chairs?  Can't you imagine a fondue party in full-swing in that living room?  That's a party I wouldn't have missed.  You've got to love the 70s.  If you're in Manhattan and want to be transported to a mod 70s-esque environment, head straight to the Boom Boom Room on the roof of The Standard Meatpacking:

Designed by Roman & Williams, this glittering bar is "groovy mod" at it's best.  The channel-tufted sofas snake around the perimeter of the bar and provide numerous seating arrangements.  

Also, how could we have a discussion on channel tufting without including the oft photographed Sketch restaurant in London?  Their bubblegum pink tub chairs are channel tufted and remind me of a clam shell:

Leave it to Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi to be impeccably on-trend.  Last fall, the online retailer opened a brick-and-mortar showroom in the Upper East Side that is styled as a sleek townhouse.  It's high style and high tech- before a customer walks through the door, the store has her style preferences and sizing, so the appointment is tailored with just her in mind.  Domingo infused the space with statement-making modern furniture from her numerous residences, including this on-trend channel tufted sofa:

Before you begin to think channel tufting only works in commercial spaces, let me share a few photos of my favorite homes that include channel tufted pieces: 

Carmel leather on a sofa almost always looks chic.   The thinner channels on the sofa shown above feel more masculine and streamlined.

I also really dig this chair makeover Janine Morrison of Tonic Living posted on Instagram:

Here are a few of my favorite channel tufted furniture pieces currently for sale:

Jonathan Adler Pompidou Chair:

Roger & Chris Harley Chair:

So what say you?  Is channel tufting rightfully securing it's place as a 2017 design trend?  Or, is it better left in the past?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Thoughts on Self Care

One of my favorite things to do when walking around the city or riding the subway is to listen to podcasts.  I have a few tried and true favorites, like Monocycle and the Tim Ferriss Show.  However, I was recently introduced to The Simple Sophisticate podcast by Shannon Ables and I feel that it has already improved my life in subtle, small ways.  One topic Shannon often discusses on her podcast is the idea of self care.  How do we care for ourselves as a woman in the modern world?  Most self care articles and opinions shared today focus on women who are moms- and for good reason.  Everyone knows being a mom (and a dad!) is emotionally and physically taxing.  Combine that with many who also have full-time careers, and it's easy to understand why mothers need to be reminded of the importance of caring for themselves first.   But one topic that isn't often discussed is self care as a single woman.  The Simple Sophisticate shares her opinion that being single can actually be quite luxurious, and I couldn't agree more. The past 2 years I have been single, and it's given me a lot of time and space to grow as a person.  I've gotten to go to the beat of my own drum- move across the country, develop a routine that worked well for me, explore my newfound interests, and become incredibly resourceful on my own.  In the end, I think these things will only allow me to be a better partner for someone down the line.

So how does self care look for me?   Here are 5 things I've done to nurture my sense of well-being:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Style Stalking: Maja Wyh

I've always considered myself someone who appreciates fashion and is inspired by good style.  I love to observe trends, study the biannual fashion week runways, and read the next season projections in my favorite glossies.  I also find it fascinating that the way people dress often reflects a country's current economic state (yes, there is a correlation- ever heard of the hemline theory?).  As much as I love following fashion, I don't get too creative or adventurous when it comes to my own wardrobe.  I'm short (5' 2"), and I know by now the silhouettes and cuts that work best on my shape- and I tend to stick with those when pulling together a look. Still, I do borrow subtle styling ideas and layering techniques from fashion gurus.  One style maven I've become infatuated with this year is Maja Wyh.  Her website sits on my favorites bar and I love scrolling through her site and her instagram to check out her latest looks.  She's the queen of baggy pants, strappy heels, breezy dresses and wraps, and layers upon layers of sweaters and coats when the weather calls for it.  Here are a few of my favorite looks from Maja:

To me, her style transcends fashion and is more of an art form.  She manages to balance the loose and free flowing with the tailored, the masculine with the feminine, the flashy with the classic.  Her looks are fabulously curated yet she presents them effortlessly.

While it feels criminal to find inspiration from winter ensembles at the moment, it would be remiss of me not to share some of Maja's layered cold weather looks:

Obviously I love the leopard print accents in many of her looks, as well.  The girl is fierce!  Which look is your fave?

Follow Maja's blog here and her instagram here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

5 Woven Handbags Under $50

I'm all about joining in on a seasonal trend, but not at an exorbitant cost. That's why today I rounded up some of my favorite woven basket bags, all under $50! With the majority of August still in front of us, and if you're very lucky, a warm September too, I think now is still a great time to invest in one of these bags.

1.) Urban Outfitters Roseanne Straw Bucket Bag, $49

2.) Etsy Round Straw Basket Bag, $49

3.) Zara Raffia Bucket Bag, $19.99

4.) En Shalla Basket Bag, $47.50 (and a more neutral option that's just a bit over $50!):

5.) Round Wicker Basket with Double Leather Handle, $41:

6.) Ahava Small Handwoven Straw Bag, $40:

BONUS:  My favorite is this vintage beauty originally from Bali, for just a bit more ($78):
...And, a cute tote that could also conveniently be used as a basket in your home, $35:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Color Cravings

Hi all!  I've slowly climbed back in to the work week after a relaxing, long vacation, so I apologize for my absence earlier this week.  Today's post is quite random, but I really just wanted to share some beautiful imagery that falls within specific color palettes that feel inspiring to me.  



 ...RED, WHITE, & BLUE...

March 11 Embroidered Top, Similar Here and Here:

A petite tufted chair in the prettiest blue:

And a statement-making headboard in a cherry apple red:

A Persian rug that combines these 2 luscious hues:


Happy Hump Day!




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