Desert Rose

Palm Springs, Ace Hotel, Karen Walker Glasses

I’m in Palm Springs for the amazing two-day Create + Cultivate event hosted by (No Subject) at The Ace Hotel. On Sunday I taught a succulent potting workshop to an incredible group of creative women and had such a blast! I look forward to sharing some photos I snapped of the beautiful creations. I have already met so many radical ladies like Erica + Lauren of Honestly…WTF, Jenni of I Spy DIY, and look forward to Jazzi McG’s natural beauty products workshop today. Needless to say I have been completely inspired!

Here’s a photo of the Karen Walkers I blogged about a couple weeks ago. Thought these sunglasses paired with my reversible poncho (once my grandmothers) were the perfect fit for the desert.

Constellation Clutch

While reading Miss Moss (a new favorite of mine) last night I spotted this incredible clutch and I immediately added it to my Pinterest wish list.  Not many bags catch my eye, but when I saw this leather and canvas clutch there was some major swooning going on.  Miss Moss had asked Anabela of Fieldguided what her favorite things at the moment were and this made the cut.  Apparently this piece is making girls giddy across the globe.

Designed by Scout and Catalogue and sold on Etsy, this creation is but one of many cool clutches available.  Maybe I shouldn’t say available as it appears the clutch has already sold out. Hopefully they will produce more and then I can buy one!

Constellation Clutch

While reading Miss Moss (a new favorite of mine) last night I spotted this incredible clutch and I immediately added it to my Pinterest wish list.  Not many bags catch my eye, but when I saw this leather and canvas clutch there was some major swooning going on.  Miss Moss had asked Anabela of Fieldguided what her favorite things at the moment were and this made the cut.  Apparently this piece is making girls giddy across the globe.

Designed by Scout and Catalogue and sold on Etsy, this creation is but one of many cool clutches available.  Maybe I shouldn’t say available as it appears the clutch has already sold out. Hopefully they will produce more and then I can buy one!

Dunst & The Huntington

I have come to learn there are two groups of people, those who like Kirtsen Dunst and those who wish to never see her again.  I belong to the former, and really love her in this Boy by Band of Outsiders S/S 11 campaign.  These beautiful photographs were shot with Polaroid film which right away appeals to my aesthetic. But then they had to go and shoot the gardens at The Huntington Library, a favorite spot of mine, and I was head over heels. Every friend of mine who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena area has a special place in their heart for these gardens.  We took childhood field trips there and now as adults, I’m sure we appreciate its beauty even more.  On a side note, Kate Mulleavy of the Rodarte sisters once told me that their favorite museum gift shop was The Huntington’s.

If you live in the area, stop by and take in the greenery.  You just missed a Bukowski exhibit which I heard was great, but I’m sure they have some fascinating things coming up on their calendar. Check out The Huntington Library (link) and the Boy by Band of Outsiders campaign (link).

What beautiful places do you like to visit?

Louise Dungate Knits

Not too long ago I was looking for the perfect knit scarf.  I was scouring the internet for something 100% wool, chunky and basic.  Once again, my pal Martine of Golden Age swooped on in with the perfect recommendation, Louise Dungate.  Upon perusing Dungate’s site there was an instant swoon and I was in love with her knits made from 100% lamb’s wool.  The colors are perfect as are the styles.

Here is a look at a few pieces from Louise Dungate’s S/S 11 collection entitled “Meadows and creatures”, it’s inspired by the creatures of Summertime, human and animal alike, and their love of basking in sunshine. It’s all 100% organic which is music to my ears.  It has been raining her in L.A. and I wish I already had my LD scarf – here’s to saving my pretty pennies.

Shop her scarves here (LINK)

Louise Dungate Knits

Not too long ago I was looking for the perfect knit scarf.  I was scouring the internet for something 100% wool, chunky and basic.  Once again, my pal Martine of Golden Age swooped on in with the perfect recommendation, Louise Dungate.  Upon perusing Dungate’s site there was an instant swoon and I was in love with her knits made from 100% lamb’s wool.  The colors are perfect as are the styles.

Here is a look at a few pieces from Louise Dungate’s S/S 11 collection entitled “Meadows and creatures”, it’s inspired by the creatures of Summertime, human and animal alike, and their love of basking in sunshine. It’s all 100% organic which is music to my ears.  It has been raining her in L.A. and I wish I already had my LD scarf – here’s to saving my pretty pennies.

Shop her scarves here (LINK)

Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

Last night I finished my first book of the new year, The Fran Lebowitz Reader, which was to say the least, the perfect jumpstart to my 2011 goal of returning to major critical thinking and social criticism.  I’m absolutely positive that my sharpness has waned just a bit as a result of graduating and having less group discourse on topics like gender, poverty, and race.  I thank you Fran Lebowitz for pushing me back in the right direction.

Isn’t Fran incredibly stylish?  She had me at the round tortoise-shell sunglasses.  Do an image search of her and you will not be disappointed.  She wears loafers and men’s suits as if the look only belongs to her, and has perfected the admirable style of uniform dressing.  In September 2007, she was named one of the year’s most stylish women in Vanity Fair’s 68th Annual International Best-Dressed List, just saying!  Her social commentary on fashion, models, photographers, and artists are absolutely hilarious so please get your hands on anything Fran Lebowitz.

I love this short remix I found of Fran Lebowitz on Vimeo. If you want to see more, I highly recommend Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Fran Lebowitz entitled Public Speaking. The film is hilarious and aired last month on HBO, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find it.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Lebowitz quotes: “Polite conversation is rarely either.”

Charlotte Rampling

It has been a long time since I’ve bought a magazine (save, The Gentle Woman) but that doesn’t mean I still don’t hang out at the newsstand checking out what’s new in the world of print fashion. V Magazine rarely disappoints and I was thrilled to see the gorgeous Charlotte Rampling featured in their “Age Issue.”  Her talent onscreen is undeniable as is her beauty; it makes me happy that there remains an appreciation for this woman.

I especially love Charlotte in Swimming Pool, please check it out if you haven’t already seen it. It is streaming on Netflix too.


photographed by Willy Vanderperre


The Poncho

Poncho

So a girl walks into Barneys and tries on a poncho.  Hilarious already, no?  This past weekend I was up in the bay area and stopped by Barneys SF to enjoy some holiday shopping when I stumbled upon this Rogan poncho.  I guess I cannot say I’m “man repelling” (coined by one of my favorite blogs, The Man Repeller) if I’ve been in relationship for 7 years, but you get the idea. The color is what immediately drew me in, then I melted when my hands began stroking the soft wool from which it was made, in Peru no less.  I really wanted to leave the store with this in tow, but that’s not what I set out to do while on my little adventure.  Here’s hoping someone will be inspired to buy it for me here (update: looks like it sold out online). Yeah right!

When was the last time you wore a poncho?

The Poncho

Poncho

So a girl walks into Barneys and tries on a poncho.  Hilarious already, no?  This past weekend I was up in the bay area and stopped by Barneys SF to enjoy some holiday shopping when I stumbled upon this Rogan poncho.  I guess I cannot say I’m “man repelling” (coined by one of my favorite blogs, The Man Repeller) if I’ve been in relationship for 7 years, but you get the idea. The color is what immediately drew me in, then I melted when my hands began stroking the soft wool from which it was made, in Peru no less.  I really wanted to leave the store with this in tow, but that’s not what I set out to do while on my little adventure.  Here’s hoping someone will be inspired to buy it for me here (update: looks like it sold out online). Yeah right!

When was the last time you wore a poncho?