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Monday
Aug202012

the new look

For the first time in it's 2.5 year existence, a lovely being received a makeover! Sarah Tolzmann, the girl genius behind Note To Self, was gracious (and patient) enough to help me with the design. I coudln't be more pleased with the result! Sometimes, it just feels good to get a makeover :) Do you like? xo

(photo by John French

 

Monday
Aug202012

we love our bed: the mashburns

House Beautiful’s “I Love My Bed” series is one of my favorite ongoing editorials. The interview, always with interesting tastemakers, is short, sweet and full of fun facts. Macau trực tuyến BaccaratTake Sid + Ann Mashburn. You may have guessed that Ann is a Francophile, but would you have known that they used to argue over how to fold sheets? (hilarious.)  

Bob Morris, the journalist who interviewed the Mashburns for this piece, asked them the most interesting question: “If your bedroom had a name, what would you call it?” Which makes me wonder... what would you name your bedroom? Ann chose "haven" or "heaven." If I had to christen mine in its current state, I’d name it something like, "don't judge me." But my old bedroom? Maybe it'd be "Hamish" for my Hamish Bowles-inspired walls (which turned out way more purple than planned :) Anywho, do you have a favorite ongoing editorial? 

Tuesday
Aug142012

backstage with bhldn

Waay back in March, I took these photos at The Cream event hosted by Bash, Please. My friend Katie flew in from San Francisco to emcee the evening's finale - a BHLDN fashion show. As she was getting ready to go on stage, I quickly snapped a few behind the curtain photos. The scene was like every girl's dream: rhinestone necklaces flying, tables covered with tubes and tubes of Nars lipstick, silver hand-beaded trains kissing the floor... Plus, the event was a blast. Cheers to hoping The Cream comes to town again! :) 

Tuesday
Aug072012

on acts of kindness

Last Thursday, I listened to a story on All Things Considered that literally had me sobbing in my car. It was way too good not to share! 

The piece focused on the will of Aaron Collins, a Kentucky man who died unexpectedly at the age of 30. Collins’ family found his last request in a secret document on his computer. “Leave an awesome tip,” he said. “And I don't mean 25%, I mean $500 on a pizza." Since his passing, his family has not only given several $500 tips but has also raised over $55,000 to be randomly distributed among hard-working waiters and waitresses around the country. (Donate to Aaron's fund here!)

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I am an eternal optimist. Call me naive, but I really and truly believe that simple acts of kindness can and do make a difference in the world. As a former waitress, I can only imagine how amazing it would be to receive a $500 tip from a stranger. However, acts of kindness needn’t be monetary (or random!). It can be as simple as holding the door open for a stranger, letting a tired mom - kids in tow - jump ahead of you in line at the grocery store, writing a letter to your grandparents or surprising your stressed coworker with coffee and a muffin.

Take a moment to do something kind for someone today. You'll feel awesome, promise :)  

(envelope by lovejenna)

Monday
Aug062012

monday's muse: catherine baba

Here are a few things you should know about stylist Catherine Baba: she bikes to Couture shows in 5” heels. She obsessively reads Colette. She’s inspired by old Cecil Beaton photographs and only wears vintage fur. Her signature scent? YSL Opium.  

Baba, posing above in her Montparnasse flat for 10 Magazine, is one of the most fascinating people to watch. Dubbed Paris’ Most Stylish Woman, she’s in the same fashion echelons as Iris Apfel, Peggy Guggenheim and Mona Bismarck (oh, to be among their ranks!). Want to see more? Read this and browse this :) Happy Monday, darlings!