Monday, October 16, 2017

Palm Springs Packing List

I am counting down the days til my big 3-0 on November 30th!  I somehow convinced 7 of my best friends to fly to Palm Springs with me for that weekend to celebrate the occasion.  I can't wait to have  all my favorites together in one of my favorite cities.   I've already begun planning my packing list, and here's what I've got my eye on:


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1.) "Hungover" Straw Hat $110/2.) Gabriela Stud Tassel Earrings $48/3. Vix Birds Printed Swimsuit Top $105 & Vix Birds Printed Swimsuit Bottom $90/4.) Floral Ruffle Trim Dress $205.) Ruched Off Shoulder Dress $36/6.) Red Ruffle Heels $30/7.) Dorchester Ace Sunglasses $2208.) Sophie Anderson Mini Pom Pom Tote $175/9.) Whitney Cuff Bracelet $44/

We'll be staying at an Air BnB and have a brunch resie at Norma's, and we'll likely also hit up the Ace Hotel.  Any other fun restaurants or spots we need to check out?  Let me know!

XOXO,

Sam



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Style Lessons from MoMa's New Fashion Exhibit

This past Sunday, my friend Laura and I went to see the MoMa's new exhibit, "Is Fashion Modern?"  curated by Paola Antonelli. The MoMa hasn't had an exhibition dedicated solely to fashion since 1944, so admittedly Laura and I had very high expectations for what we were about to see.  The exhibition idea started when senior design and architecture coordinator Paola Antonelli began scribbling down on post-it notes the articles of clothing that have undoubtedly changed the world.  Soon, she began working with a team of curators to turn her notes in to an edited list of 111 items that have been identified as fashion's "most important game changers."  While there are plenty of luxury items selected (like the Birkin bag and the Cartier love bracelet), many are everyday pieces we've all donned- like the white t-shirt, the hoodie, and yoga pants.  





The exhibition opens with designer Rudi Gernreich's 1970 interpretations of what fashion would look like in the year 2000- he envisioned we'd be wearing knit jumpsuits.  "Women will wear pants and men will wear skirts interchangeably..." he predicted to Time Magazine:


While we haven't seen skirts become mainstream for men quite yet, Rudi wasn't too far off with the jumpsuit idea, especially after you examine the 2017 Paris fashion week runways. 

 The next phase of the exhibit explores the many iterations of the "little black dress" over the last century.  On the far left we see Coco Chanel's silk chiffon and glass-beaded evening dress designed in 1925,  then a Charles Creed rayon crepe dress from 1942, and in the middle is Christian Dior's two-piece silk taffeta dress from 1950:


My favorite LBDs to view were the funky styles from the 80s and 90s, like this Versace number (1994):


A few other pieces I love that were part of the exhibition:

Diane Von Furstenberg's wrap dress, originally designed in 1974, is constructed of cotton-rayon, allowing the garment to conform to multiple body types.  It was originally marketed as a dress for the "busy, professional woman":


The caftan, originally designed in 1970 by Thea Porter:


Cable knit sweater:


The "Breton" shirt (mariniere in French) shown below was part of the historical uniform of the French Navy, and was adopted by European sailors and fisherman as early as the mid 1600s.  It's stripes were useful at sea, as they were more visible from a distance than plain colors.  However, the most famous champion of the mariniere is Pablo Picasso:


Christian Loubatin patent black pumps:


Levis 501 Jeans- In 1873 Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss and Nevada tailor Jacob W Davis patented a process for using copper rivets to strengthen the corners of the pockets of denim pants.  The jeans were glamourized by Hollywood cowboy movies of the 1930s.  In 2016, an estimated 1,240,000,000 pairs of jeans were sold worldwide:


Head wraps of all kinds:


The modern hoodie was born in 1930 when sportswear manufacturer Champion designed the hooded sweatshirt to keep athletes warm before and after training.  In the 1950s, it became a quintessential college wardrobe item.  In the 1970s, the hoodie became a form of armor for graffiti artists to pull up their hood while practicing their art.   And who could forget when the Wu Tang Clan wore hoodies on the cover of their 1993 classic album Enter the Wu-Tang  (36 Chambers)?  The hoodie has now became a symbol of measured defiance against established business dress codes thanks to Mark Zuckerberg:



My main thought as I was perusing the exhibit was how many of the 111 enduring pieces are the perfect building blocks for a capsule wardrobe.  This collection shows us that that a classic well-constructed knit sweater, a good pair of jeans, a DVF wrap dress, and an LBD will always be in style.  



Shop "Is Fashion Modern?" Inspiration Pieces:

1.) Striped Wrap Hat $145/2.) J. Crew Boatneck Top $119/3.) Leather Ballet Flats $40/
4.) Ruffly Tulle Dress $119/ 5.) Scarpa Trench Coat $109/ 6.) Cotton V-Neck Tee $19.50/
7.) Christian Louboutin Leather Pump $675/8.) Cartier Love Bracelet $6,3009.) Panama Straw Safari Hat $185/
10.) Crewneck Sweater $99/ 11.) Hermes Birkin Bag $28,500/ 12.) Halton Heritage Slip Dress $295
13.) Ex-Boyfriend Crop Jeans $135/14.) DVF Wrap Dress $428/15.) Rayban Aviator Sunglasses $168/


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The "Is Fashion Modern?" exhibit runs through January 28th, 2018 at the MoMa, and is a must see!  Tickets are $25 for adults, $14 for students, and $18 for seniors.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Children's Chic

Admittedly, one of my favorite spaces to design for a client is the nursery or their child's room.  There's something so special and fun about designing and preparing a room for a little one- plus, you can typically be a little more liberal with color and whimsical pattern.  Even though there's more design freedom in a child's room in terms of selections, it is one room that you have to consider how it will transition over time.  You want the room to be able to grow and change as the kids get older and grow and change themselves- not always an easy task.   Before I can ever present a nursery design to a client, I've had to think about how I see the room changing and transitioning over the next 3-5 years. Today I wanted to share a few elements I love incorporating in to children's rooms, and how they function over time.

1.) Twin Beds

Placing 2 twin beds in a room is ideal for families where 2 kids need to share a room but the space available is minimal.   I've built twin beds before with built-in storage drawers underneath (hidden by a bedskirt) that helps to store toys, games, and clothes.  I've also incorporated pull-out trundles underneath twin beds to accommodate slumber parties and overnight guests:





2.) Daybeds

Another great piece to incorporate in to a kid's room is a daybed because of it's versatility.  During the day, it works as a sofa and can be a great place for friends to hang out and lounge.  Then, at night, it works as a great twin bed.   We've made these for many clients over the years- it's especially handy to build in a pull-out trundle at the base of the bed for overnight guests!





3.) Spindle Furniture 

Another favorite nursery/kid's room element I love is a spindle wood crib or bed.  Jenny Lind makes an affordable crib option that comes in a variety of colors.  There's something so charming and whimsical to me about the spindle design to me.  While spindle furniture doesn't necessarily serve any "functional" purpose, it is timeless and definitely isn't ever going out of style- so it's a good buy in that regard!




Lastly, I had to share a few more adorable kid's rooms I can't get enough of:






Shop my favorite kid's room picks:






Monday, October 9, 2017

A Touch of Red

My favorite pop of color this season seems to be red.  I plan to purchase a red puffer jacket for winter, and I'd love to have a chic wool option, as well.  It's such a happy splash of color to wear in the cooler months when my gut tells me to wear black on black on black.

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Linda Rodin looking fabulous with a bold red lip.  Rodin's hair turned gray at 35, and she's never dyed it since (you go, girl). 







Sienna Miller is my ultimate style inspiration.  She's always struck me as a true bohemian spirit- never too put together or predictable, yet always effortlessly beautiful.










Shop my favorite "touches" of red:





Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday's Worthy Links- 10.6.17

I'm thrilled we've arrived at Friday, and it's a 3-day weekend to boot.  I'm staying in the city, planning to go see this exhibit with a friend, and tour the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse at some point.  Below are my favorite links for the week...



Friday's Worthy Links:

-Inspired by every detail of this Lexington, Kentucky estate designed by Matthew Carter.  The soft color palette accented with unique furniture selections and shapes makes the space feel both cohesive and interesting. -Matthew Carter Interiors

-Sign me up for the Shopbop sale-  Lusting for these Rebecca Minkoff pretties (these too!) , a classic piece for fall (ruffles are a must), a chic handbag, and a jacket under $35  -Shopbop

-An ode to bad family vacations. -A Cup of Jo

-Are you happier than you were in your 20s?  Loved the honesty of this letter (I can relate), and the wisdom in the response- something I can partially relate to now, as well.

-Action after Las Vegas:  How to turn your grief in to purpose.  Also found solace in this instagram post after learning about the tragedy.  And lastly- an excellent take on why this seems to keep happening (hint: it stems from loneliness).  -Man Repeller/Cleo Wade

-Why mindfulness is the opposite of neediness. -Raptitude

-So thrilled SNL is back!  I watched this skit the morning after going to the Soho House with a few girlfriends, so it couldn't have been more timely. -SNL

Have a lovely weekend!

XOXO,

Sam


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