SUMMER SONG SoundCloud Playlist

It’s been so packed full lately that I’m wishing I was back here instead of sitting at my desk working the days away. At least I’ve got some tunes to get me through. Some new, some oldies but goodies, but all grooves that get me going to make the most out of my favorite season. (Warning:

48 HRS. in Marrakech (Part I)

Part I I was so fortunate to take the opportunity to fly to Marrakech for a quick 48 hours while on my London work trip last month. A quick 3-hour flight from London and you’re immediately immersed in a completely different world. A shock to your system in all the best ways; an unforgettable experience that I

PROFILE PICS How To Work With A Photographer

To effectively promote your company and your brand, it’s often necessary to have professional shots of…YOU (cue panic attack!). In this instance, a professional photographer can help immensely to guide you through this new and nerve-wracking experience. But coordinating your first photo shoot can be overwhelming and frankly, terrifying for many. Here are a few tips to set

THE MIX WITH YUKI Asparagus, Ham & Fontina Cheese Bread Pudding

Hip Hip Hooray!!! Summer is finally here!!! I am really looking forward to having some fun in the sun and getting some of my favorite gal pals together for our annual summer brunch.  I love entertaining so whenever I can find a reason to host I am all in!  If this year’s gathering is anything like last

SEA, SUN & SAND Summer Vibe

Like a breath of fresh salty air…this single image in a seaside editorial from the summer 2015 issue of PORTER featuring model Andreea Diaconu has inspired a whole new summer vibe for me: soft, sunlit and sunkissed. So now I’m working up a new pinboard for the season with finds like these. Feeling refreshed and reinvigorated…

VINTAGE FEMME in Madrid

Slightly obsessed with Spanish studio Living Pink’s mid-century feminine glam, especially in this recent project wrapped in grays, off-whites, brass and soft peachy pinks. The girl power team expertly inserts hand-picked vintage finds within a modern palette of neutrals and self-designed pieces, like a perfectly pretty-in-pink 70’s style dining table. Do you think they’d share with

SUMMER ENTERTAINING Cucumber Mint Water & Basil Lemonade

Now that it’s officially summer, let the outdoor entertaining begin! These two easy-to-make refreshments taste as good as they look. YOU’LL NEED: 2 cucumbers 1 bundle of mint 1 package of basil 3-4 lemons 2 gallons water 2 jugs of lemonade (I like Simply Lemonade) 2 drink dispensers (mine above are from World Market) Ice 1-gallon

RECENT WORK 3 Women, 3 Brands

Happy Monday! If you follow me on Instagram you may have been seeing a few recently completed projects here and there. We’re in the process of updating the portfolio section, but in the meantime, I wanted to be sure to give these amazing clients some love! Let’s congratulate TV personality & interior designer Amanda Forrest on

SUMMER FRESH Art Prints

I had to be in rainy London at a Royal Academy of Arts exhibit to see Santa Monica artist Richard Diebenkorn’s sunny Ocean Park 116, 1979 (above, a longtime fave!). But standing in front of the massive canvas, I could almost feel the sun on my skin, and a nostalgia for warmer days brought an instant smile to

WELLNESS WISDOM Gear Up Your Green-Powder Game

NEW COLUMN! I’m excited today to introduce a new natural health and wellness columnist, April Norris, CHHC of Optimal Vitality! I’ve known April for years, and more recently, benefitted so much from one of her seasonal detoxes that I asked if she would like to join ‘The E List’ team! I’m so very honored to

INSIDE Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty at the V&A

Without a doubt, the best exhibit I’ve seen in my art-loving lifetime would be this one. It’s quite easy to get absorbed within it, and I for one spent over two hours drinking it in, drawing up my favorite looks to memorialize them for me, contemplating context, legacy, history in the making. Last century had Dior’s

CLIENT OPENING Lacquer, Austin TX

So thrilled for client Carla Hatler on the opening of LACQUER, the first upscale nail salon in downtown Austin! Carla came to me needing a logo design and coordinating brand elements, already having a very clear vision of what her new space needed to be. Going through the pre-design process, it was evident that Carla wanted

ART GALLERY London Home

Still pouring through 1000+ photographs (!) from my London and Marrakech trips, but definitely wanted to share these: the sophisticated, art-filled home of a dear friend’s parents off the Fulham Road on the Chelsea/Kensington border in London. Her mum is an artist, trained at the prestigious Central Saint Martins School of Art (the same of A.

FRONT ROW FORECAST Metallics Do Have More Fun

Back from London and Marrakech, and grateful to be back in the land of connectivity and communication! Despite my best efforts, I ended up only getting a few minutes a day on wi-fi which meant very little email/calls/texts, and even less (er, no) blogging. But it was a successful trip and I can’t wait to

NAPA VALLEY INSIDER Winery Recommendations

“It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking wine: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.” ~ Latin proverb A second installment from Tom Inlay, a 20-year Napa Valley wine industry veteran (and my dad!): NAPA VALLEY WINERY RECOMMENDATIONS

BRAND BUILDING Five Helpful Articles

Obviously, I love branding. And I strive to create brands for my clients that they absolutely love (as I love mine!). A brand needs to be three things: right for them, unique in their marketplace, and consistent throughout all media and messaging. They should feel proud, take ownership, be invigorated, have fun with it, want to push it out every single day.

THE MIX WITH YUKI Pantry Beauty Products

Did you know you might have three great beauty products right in your pantry? You may have been hearing a lot lately about the beauty benefits of natural products that you might think you can only use in your cooking. My dear friend/foodie Yuki Pitkin claims these three in particular do wonders for your skin,

MOTHER’S DAY Wishlist

Being a mom, I can attest: it’s not hard to make us happy that one day a year. Something sparkly, something scented, something silky, something floral or something just plain pretty to look at is all we need (and I’m a firm believer that moms deserve to treat themselves too). Here’s what’s on my list

STUDIO REVAMP In Progress

Life has been so full lately, I haven’t made much progress on the last few bits of my studio revamp. White carrera marble tile floors have been installed, walls have been painted, my brass etagere/design library is up, but there’s so much more I want to do! At least I’m still invigorated by what I’ve

SPRING VIBE At-Ease Glam

This editorial has my name written all over it: easy contemporary looks set in an authentically retro-glam Miami home. The clothes are beautiful, (as is her hair!) and don’t mind if I stare at the decor in the background of this spring shoot for Elle Czech and wonder, who lives here?! My art director senses are tingling

BRAND STYLED Joy Laforme

While it’s not entirely surprising that energetic, vivacious floral prints would stem—so to speak—from someone so aptly named Joy, her use of color and scale can still be unexpectedly cheer-inducing. This (and more) made designing textile artist Joy Laforme‘s logo such a pleasure. We at The E List were lucky enough to catch up with

COCO ROCHA Spunky Mod Nursery

Absolutely LOVE this fresh, artsy space for model Coco Rocha and her new babe, designed by One King’s Lane designer Alex Reid. The black and white elements bring sophistication into the room’s bright and colorful cheer. It’s a perfect blend of tempered mid-century modern and Moroccan pieces with baby-appropriate playfulness — a room a child

LOUIS VUITTON City Guides 2015

Last year the Louis Vuitton City Guides underwent a major redesign for its 15th anniversary, and for 2015, six new cities have been added to the collection — Berlin, Istanbul, Shanghai, Singapore, Milan and Rio de Janeiro — plus an updated version of the Paris guide. As I’m off to London (and Marrakesh!) shortly for work/play, I will definitely be picking up

FESTIVAL WEAR FORMULA + 25% off

It’s that time of year again: everyone’s prepping their effortless looks with a lot of effort. And you may be asking yourself, how can I pull off that eclectic, casually thrown-together look as well? I’ve come up with a formula you can use to ensure that you are indeed one of the cool girls too,