Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Chic Shop Alert: La Double J

Do you suddenly feel like you're in the magical technicolor world of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory? Are you thinking you might've accidently downed some of grandma's "special pills?"  Are you beginning to question whether or not you're on the set of Austin Powers?  Well then, my guess is you've probably just encountered the happy chaos that encompasses Italian brand La DoubleJ:





This sort of brand could only exist if it were being run by a creative genius - and it is.  JJ Martin (street-style star, journalist, and contributing editor at Harper's Bazaar) launched La DoubleJ in 2015, originally as a platform to sell her vintage clothing.  The site quickly took off and Martin now works with top Italian textile house Montero to produce clothing donning vintage prints from their archives. The brand has recently stepped in to the realm of housewares and furniture, too.  Here are a few pieces that caught my eye...


Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

Apres Midi Skirt, $490/

One piece swimsuit, $285/

Hand Pochette, $150/

Soup and Dinner Plates, $110/each/

Rossa in Acrylic Stone Necklace, $330/

Bellini Dress, $995/

Kaleidoscope Napkin Set, 6 for $110/



Yes I knowwww the pieces are insanely expensive.  Yes I knowwww many of these outfits are over the top.  But in a world of restraint, neutrals galore and overhyped minimalism, I'm finding their lack of restraint pretty damn refreshing.  See more here and here.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Slip Dresses for Spring

Spring has almost sprung which has me thinking about cute wardrobe updates for the warmer weather.  The slip dress is no new phenomena (who could forget Kate Moss's sheer slipdress circa 1993) and has staying power for good reason- it's universally flattering, works for multiple occasions, and is simultaneously comfortable and sexy.  Wear it to work by layering on a sweater or jacket, pair it with heels and statement earrings for night, or throw on sandals and sunnies for a casual weekend outing.


Dress it down...




Dress it up...




Throwing on a blazer over your slip dress makes it instantly work-ready:


Here's a perfect way to dress down the slip dress:  pair it with a tailored leather jacket and sneakers:


...Or with a cardigan and booties:


Of course for me, since I'm short (5' 2"), I love a mini slip dress (this one is cute, too!)






In the market for a slip dress of your own?  NastyGal has an excellent selection at very reasonable prices.  And here are a few more I just adore...




Happy ALMOST spring!

XOXO,

Sam

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I'm Into That

Now that the sun is starting to flirt with me again and I've been finding more opportunities to dig in my handbag and find my long lost sunglasses, my mood has begun to improve.  Needless to say, January and February crept by for me in New York.  I try not to complain, but I'm someone who thrives in warmer weather.  My mood is better, I have more energy, and I just feel lighter.   This past weekend I finally made it over to see the Andy Warhol "From A to Z and Back Again" exhibition at the Whitney and I was energized by all the color.  

It reminded me of Jeffrey Bilhuber's punchy chartreuse living room in Locust Valley, NY:


A leopard jacket (or here) paired with black heart-shaped glasses is always going to be a "yes" in my book:


Australian interior and textile designer Anna Spiro has had me captivated for years.  I love her attention to happy detail, especially when it includes fabric lampshades:


Adoring this outfit, the beanie, and the sunglasses.  Tres chic.


Louise Johansen's home in Denmark is making me wish my 23 and me results came back with more Scandanavian in my DNA.  How cheery is her home?!


Officially smitten with La Double J, a Milanese brand that was the brainchild of J.J. Martin.   Everything the Italian company designs screams happy, mod, and chic:


Another thing giving me LIFE is 305 Fitness.  If you live in NY (or LA, DC, Boston), get yourself to a class immediately.  It's a cardio dance workout with a live DJ spinning music in the room. I saw a girl wearing a bandana in her ponytail at a class a few months back and found it to be the cutest thing ever, so obviously had to start doing it myself (I wear this one in navy).  I love the bandana look for everyday outfits, too:



Don't even get me started on how in to Rebecca de Ravenel's home I am.  It's borderline obsession.


When I see a room like this, I know there must be a God:



Heart eyes x 10.

Happy Tuesday all....  

XOXO,

Sam






Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday's Worthy Links




Friday's Worthy Links:

-50+ Dining Rooms to drool over.

-My best friend Gabby just started a new position with domino, and I love her 2019 hotel recommendations.  If anyone knows hotels, it's this girl.  Now I'm dying to travel to Detroit so I can stay at The Siren, designed by ASH NYC.

-All our favorite New Yorker cartoons are now on Instagram, and my other favorite NYC accounts can be found here and here.

-Speaking of favorites, here are all mine from the past year:  TV show, meal, book (this one and this one were pretty good, too), home decor purchase,  tech purchase, and workout.

-A comprehensive guide to The Upper East by fellow blogger York Avenue.

-Spectacular winter photos from around the world.

-9 decisions that led to "a life I love".

-The one thing that Marie Kondo "regrets" giving away.

Happy Weekend!

XOXO,

Sam

{photo above via House Beautiful, designed by Thom Filicia}

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fashion Designer Stefano Pilati's Parisian Duplex

Any home that is purchased with a dog's needs in mind, considered above anyone else's, is a home I am bound to love- and fashion designer Stefano Pilati's Parisian duplex is no exception.   Every peculiar accessory and well-positioned detail in this house gives me life.  He chose this particular home over other contenders because it had a backyard garden his boxer "Bepi", pictured below, could roam freely in:


At the time this story was originally published in Architectural Digest in 2013, Stefano Pilati was the creative director of Italian menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna.  He gained considerable notoriety while working as lead designer for Yves Saint Laurent from 2004-2012, and in late 2018 he announced his work on a new label, "Random Identities".  Pilati worked with architect Bruno Caron to re-design his duplex format and carry out the design.  First, he moved the kitchen from the lower level to the first floor and put a gym and laundry room in it's place.  Then, he acquired additional space on the first (ground floor) to place a master dressing room and vaulted master bath- which can be reached from the master bedroom above via an elegant winding staircase:


The paneling above is covered in velvet, and the terracotta Venus is from the 19th century.  The floor lamp and straw shade are from Paul Bert Serpette, "home of the rare". The vaulted bathroom below, attached to the dressing room, features Lefroy Brooks fittings and brass accents:



Pilati's TV room is anything but pedestrian.  The chic writing desk is Louis XVI, and the desk chair is an early Thonet-Style:


Pilati's office houses a vintage light fixture and desk, painter's canvas on the walls, and a funky abstract chest of drawers designed by Martino Gamper:



The master bedroom walls are painted in the most soothing shade of gray, and a silk and leather hide shag rug anchors the seating area by the fireplace:


Pilati's master bed is upholstered in suede, and a whimsical "love" pillow from Kate Moss sits atop the shams:


A crafted geometric bookshelf seperates the master bedroom from the smoking room:



A material you don't often see on a kitchen floor -leather tiles- lines the galley kitchen:


{Photos by Bjorn Wallander; story from Architectural Digest}








Friday, February 1, 2019

Valentine's Wishes

It’s officially the first day of February, so naturally Valentine’s Day is on my mind.  Love or hate the holiday, it’s always a great excuse to refresh your wish list or treat yourself (or someone you love) to something pretty.  Here’s what I have my eye on…



Shop Valentine's Wishes:


1.) Christine Belted Silk Dress

2.) Silk Sleep Masks


3.) Cult Gaia Becca rattan cuff

4.) Iris  Rainbow mirror

5.) Franco Sarto Izzy Bootie in Bone White

6.) Gucci Soho Disco Leather Handbag

Other great gifting ideas...

-love the uniqueness of this and this.

-the perfect greeting card for anyone this V-Day (thanks Violet Clair)

-gifts for men: the beer lover, for the music lover, and a chic (and relatively affordable) watch.

Hoping we can all (at least temporarily) see the world through rose-colored glasses (or heart-shaped glasses) this Valentine's Day...








Monday, January 28, 2019

Fashion File: Chic Belts

I love that both thick and thin belts are back in style for women.  As a kid, I remember watching my mom get dressed- and no outfit was complete without the thick leather belt at the waist, similar to this one.  Then, later in the 90s early 2000s the super skinny belt came in style.  I had a few in my middle school clothing rotation that were probably from Limited Too.  Now, all widths of belts are in style and as someone who loves an outfit with a defined waist, I couldn't be happier.


{Georgia Tordini}


2 belts I doubt will ever go out of style are the Hermes belt:








I love the look of a thick belts over a jacket or thick coat:




And I'll always love a good skinny belt, too:



I never thought I'd see the day when fanny packs came back in to style, but alas... here we are.  A few chic belts with packs:


{Michelle Madson}

What's your favorite style of belt?



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