three kings.

three kings.
there’s something about discovering new designers that makes me insanely happy. it’s sort of like coming across a new band, hearing a song that catches you and going out and getting all of their albums and absorbing it all. i have always loved watching new designers come into the fold, but it seems that the emergence of the indie designer scene paired with street style and social media has brought more exposure for smaller labels coming up. currently there are three “emerging designers” that i am really over the moon for. finding them and looking through their collections has erupted into internet stalking, with all of the heart palpitations and lust of a teenage girl casing a pop star. i present to you my three current favorites:
first up is rosetta getty. rosetta getty is a los angeles based designer and former model (who also happens to be married to teen heartthrob balthazar) who launched her line in 2014.  to me, her clothes are so l.a., in the best way possible. separates with loose fits, lots of draping and a bit of glamor. the palate is fairly neutral and the pieces are easy, beautifully tailored and simple in an elegant way.

some of my favorite rosetta getty pieces currently up for sale are:

  1. cross front stripe top ($760).
  2. one sleeve cotton dress ($780).
  3. red off the shoulder colorblocked swimsuit ($520).
  4. open shoulder striped romper ($920).

next up is stella jean. stella jean is a rome based, half haitian half italian designer who is considered to be giorgio armani’s protege. she launched her womenswear line in 2013 and has recently gotten a lot of attention for being worn by famous types like beyonce. her pieces are described as an exploration of her creole heritage paired with italian craftsmanship. unbelievable ethnic prints in bold color pairings, classic stripes & plaids and voluminous silhouettes make her pieces deeply nostalgic while feeling completely new.

a few of my favorite stella jean pieces up for sale right now:

  1. multi-color mini dress ($307).
  2. blue cotton skirt ($445).
  3. beautiful wood bracelet ($189).
  4. liquidatore pleated skirt ($363).
  5. acrobata peruvian stripe jacket ($378).

last and most definitely not least is isa arfen. italian born serafina sama is the wonder woman behind the label. like so many geniuses before her (phoebe philo, stella mccartney), she got her start at chloe before launching her own line in 2011. her pieces have a very european sensibility to them, they are playful yet elegant. gorgeous silks and crisp cottons, lots of ruffles and smart lines. isa arfen has been on my radar for a few years, but the resort 2016 collection really stole my heart. there is something fellini-esque about the pieces: mod black & white gingham and eccentric ruffles & puff sleeves with flamenco style color blocked peplum tops & dresses. i want to buy up everything.

a few of my fave isa arfen pieces for sale now:

  1. colorblock mini dress ($394).
  2. ecru one shoulder knot top ($442).
  3. cotton silk micro check top ($369).
  4. zip front halterneck dress ($360).

the end.

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blush music.

lately i have been crazy over all things pink. above are some of my favorites.

songs from a room.

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i always love to get a glimpse into the houses of people that i admire. there’s always something intimate and cool about seeing a famous person photographed in their own home. i always look around and notice all of the little items around them and think about their style, and wonder how much they put into decorating their house. above are some of my favorite photos of people at home. these photos were all nabbed from the tumblr-verse, which is notoriously awful about  not crediting photographers. i hope that the photographers above will forgive me.

  1. frida kahlo in bed
  2. kurt cobain in bed
  3. lee krasner & jackson pollock in their kitchen
  4. eric clapton in his living room
  5. jon cassavetes, gena rowlands & nick cassavetes in their living room
  6. patti smith in her room
  7. courtney love in her living room
  8. sofia coppola in her bedroom
  9. chloe sevigny in her bedroom
  10. joan didion in her living room
  11. bob dylan and his children in their living room
  12. keith richards and patti hansen in their bed
  13. paul newman & joanne woodward in their kitchen
  14. jane birkin & her daughters in their kitchen
  15. tina turner in her kitchen
  16. henry miller in his study

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10 everyday things.

10 everyday things.

i sometimes think about what things are really essential for me, and when i’m honest there aren’t many. i thought i’d put together a little list of my most used and most loved day to day items.

  1. i have recently become a believer in the complete cruciality of the button down. i tend to agree that there’s not much that is more versatile, functional and comfortable. i love the classic ll bean oxford, and wrinkle free is the way for me because i am terrible about ironing.
  2. i think all girls with hips have rejoiced as high waisted, wide leg denim has steadily increased in popularity. the low rise and super skinny trends of the last decade had me avoiding jeans altogether, lest they be vintage. i am partial to 70’s denim but i have my eye on these topshop cropped jeans.
  3. i’ve been a mary helen bowers devotee for years, but in the last year i have strayed a bit to more extreme workouts. i recently sprained my ankle and went back to ballet beautiful, and i remembered why i have been doing it for so long. it still has my heart, and the blast series is hard core and still do-able with a busted foot.
  4. i had been searching high and low for new sheets, reading up on all types of cotton and thread counts and then one day i found the perfect pair of sheets, on sale at target, of all places. they are the perfect kind of soft, not too slick, not too light and not too heavy.
  5. in a perfect world i would have all the money and be able to buy myself the gorgeous chloe square toed ballet flats. i decided that in the case of these beautiful shoes, i’d have to have a knock-off. i bought these complete rip offs from jessica simpson, and they are easily the most comfortable not sneaker shoes that i own. i wear them almost every day.
  6. i love men’s pajamas, but i can never find a pair that fit right. i’ve been lusting after these j crew vintage pajamas forever, and then i happened upon a pair of them at a thrift store for $3. it was kind of the best day ever.
  7. i recently got myself some bioderma micelle solution, and i can’t believe how wonderful it is. my skin has a new sort of clarity to it, and i love how easy it is to wash my face without having to wash my face. those frenchies really know their shit.
  8. i have been crazy about the wild unknown tarot deck since i first laid eyes on it, but i feel like i am finally really settling into using the deck. i can now shuffle them like a vegas black jack dealer. they are my go-to cards.
  9. this kis essential oils sampler was my introduction to essential oils. i really noticed when i ran out and started using other company’s oils how amazing these oils are. they really are a higher quality. i love the minimal packaging, and the price is so right.
  10. last but not least is liquid eyeliner. i really can’t go without it, and lancome’s artliner is hands down my favorite.

the end.

new moon, new season.

Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

new moons have always been significant to me. i tend to think of the new moon each month as a new beginning, and whatever sign it falls in sets the tone for the month ahead. strangely my cycle tends to follow the new moon almost exactly. it’s a mystery to me, but every month i find myself relieved at the end of pms and feeling lighter just as the new moon arrives. as a teenager i was told to “send out my wishes” at the new moon, and i do always find myself wanting to re-group and thinking about goals or things i want to accomplish at the new moon. this week the new moon came, and this weekend brings the official beginning of summer with the summer solstice. here are the things i’m thinking about for the month(s) ahead.

  1. last winter i went through a process of cleaning out cabinets and closets and trying to get organized. i hauled seemingly endless boxes and bags to the goodwill. i vowed to live a simpler life. and yet, here i am feeling like the “stuff” is everywhere and like i can’t find anything. in reading the life changing magic of tidying up, i found the idea that you must clean your entire house out before you organize (or you will not really be or stay organized) sort of impossible. trying to pull everything out of every cabinet & closet and drawer in the house with a toddler running wild is just a bad idea. but i have found this statement to be correct, trying to clean out and then organize one space at a time hasn’t worked out. so, i feel like i got rid of most of what i needed to, now i need to really get organized with what i have. here’s hoping.
  2. i very recently started meditating again. i can’t say enough about tara brach and how much her books and meditations have helped me. her work is so powerful that it’s sort of crazy to me. i hope to do at least 15 minutes of meditation a day, it has such a huge affect on my mood.
  3. last year my husband bought me the cutest little white bicycle and a couple of weeks ago we finally got out for a family bike ride. i love that we live in a quiet enough neighborhood that we can ride around and look out at the bay. i want to do this on the regular.
  4. i haven’t had an actual vacation in about 2 years. i have been dreaming about it non-stop and now somehow my ultimate dream vacation is coming true: in august we are going to spend a few days in palm springs with my favorite people ever. i can’t even describe how excited i am, and if i try my actual brain will probably explode.
  5. my husband was recently talking about throwing out all of his old underwear and starting over, and it sounded kinda like the best idea ever. i am a firm believer in the idea that you can’t feel pretty if you are wearing ugly underwear, and i need to get some pretty shit pronto. i really love h&m’s bras, and these honeydew hipsters are the cutest and most comfortable things.
  6. lately i’ve been eating a lot better and drinking a lot less, and it’s amazing how much better i feel. i have been reading a lot about ayurvedic body types and thinking about the blood type diet and noticing how much better i feel when i eat along those lines. i have tried about a million different diets, but i definitely notice that as i get older, there are really clear foods that work for me and ones that don’t and always haven’t. hopefully i will keep up the good eating in the months to come.
  7. when my husband and i decided to get married last year, i didn’t realize that it would set off this crazy wedding trend that would spread throughout my entire world. i feel like everybody i know has gotten married or is getting married this year, and it pretty much is everyone. my own wedding and all of the others has had me making and baking like crazy, and i have loved it. i find that i really need some sort of creative outlet, even if it is baking or cooking. making wedding favors and cakes and gifts has been really fun. i am excited to do more over the next few months.
  8. saving more money has been on my mind lately, and a lot is wrapped up with that. i find that i really need to take time each week to plan meals, make shopping lists, and break up my trips to the store so that i’m not scrambling to find something to make for dinner, or running to the store every day, and throwing out too much rotten food. i am going to start with trying to save more on groceries, and then try to tackle my clothes shopping habits. that could take a while.
  9. i’ve been carving out a little time each week to work in the yard. even a half hour pulling weeds or sweeping up the patio does me a world of good. having a real yard and garden is one of my favorite things in life.
  10. i am definitely at the age where my skin is becoming real important to me. i have been pretty bad about using sunscreen and covering up when i am out in the sun. i’m making an effort to remember to slather on the spf and pull out the floppy hat every day this summer. i have more than enough freckles!

happy summer solstice.

these are a few of my favorite things.

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  1. my husband bought this angel’s trumpet plant for mothers day last year, and when he brought it home it was a sad little stick of a thing. it is now an absolute monster, and the flowers put off the most incredible smell every evening.
  2. my bff talked me in to gel nailpolish. i am one of the only people in the world who doesn’t like getting manicures and especially pedicures. i also have a toddler, no dishwasher, and i garden, so my nails never look nice. but i gotta say, this gel stuff is pretty amazing. my goth chick nails are holding up pretty well.
  3. i found this photo of myself from about 5 years ago today and it rekindled my desire for bangs. i’m thinking about bringing them back.
  4. i can’t resist baby boy vintage overalls. it’s getting a little out of hand, but i can’t help it. my bub looks so adorable in them.
  5. i’ve been trying to cut back on coffee, so i love this little j mug. it’s much smaller than my usual bowl sized coffee cup, and even though i refill it a few times i still feel like i am drinking less.
  6. i have essential oils going most of the time. i use lavender and chamomile at nap and bed times, but this morning my baby decided to wake up at 2:30am. for the day. so i put on a few drops each of eucalyptus, sweet orange, peppermint, clary sage & palo santo and it made me feel like way, way less of a zombie.
  7. i’ve been waiting for a linen jumpsuit like this one, or this one, or this one, or this one (i could go on) to trickle down to us poor folk via some average joe retailer for the last year. thus far, nothing has come out. except for this romper from urban outfitters, which i bought and practically lived in during the strange heat wave we have early spring. i plan on living in it again if the weather ever cooperates. i love it so much i wanna marry it, even though i wish it were a full on jumpsuit.
  8. i’ve been making ritual candles lately and i really love doing it. the candle part is a bit messy, but i love doing the drawings based on my favorite tarot decks.
  9. lastly i finally got around to trying this recipe for smashed potatoes with avocado aioli last night, and it was sooo yummy. definitely moving this one into the weekly rotation.

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