SPRING SHOE Open-Toe Booties

I recently picked up a pair of open-toe booties for an upcoming work trip to London, and I already can’t get enough of them. From day to night, they play well with dresses and skinnies, shorts and skirts, and they’re perfect for strolling, shopping and generally adding of-the-moment style to any ensemble. The only issue

NAPA VALLEY INSIDER Wine Tasting Tips

“The best kind of wine is that which is most pleasant to him who drinks it.” ~ Pliny the Elder, Roman author I admit I have been accused of being a “wine snob.” An unfair assessment if you ask me; I just like what I like! This is mainly because I grew up with a

FRONT ROW FORECAST Color Trends for Spring 2015

Contributor Jolie E. Smith is back, reporting on the top color trends for the Spring 2015 season! Each year, insiders from different industries ranging from music, movies, technology, sports, beauty, automotive, home furnishings, fashion and more share opinions on what color will best express the ascending mood and attitude of the consumer.  Fashion designers take

LONDON LUXE in Black & White

With black and white marble floors, deco antiques, and a 1970’s glam of mirrored pieces, fur, leopard and brass, the Notting Hill townhome of designer Colin Radcliffe and wife Angela Dunn is a study in sleek sophistication. In this total rehaul of a once dilapidated 1760’s Georgian, the refined spaces now exude major sex appeal. Pierre Cardin, Louis

SPRING RELEASES Art & Design Books

A few weeks ago I posted about my current design library with tips on how to style a bookcase. It’s continuously a work in progress, as I continuously find more books to add to my collection (but how does one resist all this inspiration?!). To help you filter through the flood of weekly releases, here

CLIENT LOVE Sperry x Gray Malin Launch Party!

This week I was so thrilled to get to celebrate one of my favorite clients Gray Malin as he launched his collection with Sperry Top-Sider! The three styles they created together featuring Gray’s photography of Lisbon, Cefalu and Capetown are unique and fun, and so on brand for both of them. What a great collab!

#MCM David Gandy

If you’re not familiar with British model David Gandy, you can thank me later. Vogue ranked Gandy #2 in their “Top Male Models of All Time” and he’s a regular on “Best Dressed” lists all over the web. A man with looks, style, and a big heart, Gandy donates his time to several charitable efforts

PUNK REDUX Saint Laurent Fall 2015

Gazing at the looks gracing the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris the past few weeks, I’m giddy with delight at the creativity and craftsmanship invested in each collection. And while the expected beauty of Louis Vuitton and Chanel makes me ooh and ahh and sigh, the show that resonates with me? Saint Laurent. Yes it’s subversive

PARISIAN MINIMALIST Joseph Dirand

“I don’t care about style anymore, in a way I hate style, I hate design. It’s about life, and generosity.” ~ Joseph Dirand In Paris’ Seventh Arrondissement, French architect Joseph Dirand created a home for his family inspired by the simplicity of 17th-century Italian interiors with grayed stucco walls and the inherent natural beauty of marble

BEHIND-THE-SCENES Paris in NYC Fashion Shoot

One absolute favorite type of project to work on for me is a photo shoot — the conceptualization, the collaboration, the preparation, and the improvisation that has to happen on set is a rush of creativity. And seeing all that hard work manifested in beautifully captured compositions is quite a thrill. On my recent trip

GIVEAWAY! Canyon Beachwear $100 Giftcard

No matter how old or young you are, a spring break is often a necessity to get you past the doldrums of winter. And what better way to celebrate that upcoming getaway than with a brand new swimsuit or coverup! Get a jump start on spring with a $100 giftcard to Canyon Beachwear to use online

WORKOUT PLAYLIST February 2015

Since February is the month of love, I thought I’d share some new and old loves of mine. The tried-and-true tunes (#2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8) have motivated me for a couple years now — I hope they do the same for you! And kinda obsessed with #9, a Duran Duran remake! Listen

HOW TO STYLE A Bookcase

I’ve got my design library transferred to my vintage brass etagere in the studio revamp, so I thought I’d share some tips to help you style your next bookcase! Tip #1 When creating your stacks, remove book jackets to help create uniformity of tones, and spread spine colors out between the stacks: / Tip #2

PAPER FASHION Oscars 2015 Q-Tip Illustrations

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad Have you seen these incredible paintings by artist Katie Rogers? On Oscars night, she teamed up with Q-Tips to create on-the-spot illustrations of her favorite gowns of the evening. Using gouache paint and sequins, she whipped up these precious works of art in 5-10 minutes each. What a talent! Anna

#NYFW #STREETSTYLE Ground Report

I’m back from a whirlwind four days in New York, working on a photo shoot and working those streets of Manhattan in the freezing cold! It was an amazing trip and I am so inspired by the looks this year around the shows for NYFW that included a lot of layered coats, jackets, sweaters &

POP ART APT. in Paris

I know: I’m so predictable. But I can’t help myself when I spy a traditionally detailed space mixed with contemporary art and decor. This Parisian apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine is akin to a mini-museum of modern sculpture, paintings and furnishings. The vibrant vs. classic contrast gets my blood going, cheeks flushed, heart a-flutterin’. See the rest of

THE MIX WITH YUKI Pressed Juice Cocktails

Awww love is in the air!  I hope everyone is having a great week and doing something fun this Valentine’s Day weekend.  I have come up with a couple of yummy cocktails that are not only tasty but healthy too.  I know this is about the time we fall of the bandwagon with our resolutions but stay

BRAND STYLED Christine Dovey

We are overjoyed to introduce Christine Dovey for our latest “Brand Styled” segment! Christine is not only an artist and stylist, she is the interior decorator—the lady behind the curtain, working tirelessly to bring clients a coveted touch of her signature ‘edgy femme’ style (and also to populate your Pinterest boards with drool-worthy interior shots). As a

LACQUER LOVE Infinite Shades of Nude

This Valentine’s Day, go nude. It’s the #1 nail trend for Spring, and there countless variations on the hue from pinky purple to dusty rose to sunkissed buff to flirt with and maybe keep around for awhile. Six to try: Dior ‘Lady’ / Essie ‘Ballet Slippers’ / Deborah Lippman ‘Chantilly Lace’ / Dior ‘Lili’ /

FRONT ROW FORECAST 12 Trends for Spring 2015

I’ve asked my fashion-savvy friend Jolie E. Smith to come back and tell us what the big trends for Spring 2015 are. Her Top 12: We learned about the bell curve in school, but what you may not know is that the bell curve also pertains to fashion trends.  It’s the Fashion Adopter Lifecycle.  Fashion

ART PHOTOGRAPHY from These Fine Walls

“Fashion photographers are the new painters,” ~ Peter Lindburgh In a recent New York Times article, fashion photography was declared as the art world’s rising star. With its commercial popularity, imagery previously given the once over in print magazines now attracts the attention of the masses — a growing public audience, private collectors, and corporate

BARDOT REDUX Mango Spring 2015

So basically, I’m buying my entire spring wardrobe from Spanish retailer Mango. After seeing their Spring 2015 campaign featuring model Anna Ewers looking quite Brigitte Bardot-esque in stripes, mixed denims, wide-legs, neutrals and suede, I’m convinced that 70’s French chic is the only way to go this next season. Oui ou non? Some of the pieces are

JANUARY GIVEAWAY Garance Doré Stationery

It’s the start of a new year which always makes me reevaluate and take stock of what I have and what I’d like to accomplish. And what better way to check in, be grateful, and set new goals than with the prettiest stationery?! Send a note of appreciation to someone you value, or write your

VALENTINE’S DAY Gift Yourself Guide

Who needs a man (or a holiday) to spoil you? You work hard, you deserve a treat now and again. Here are my 10 picks to give yourself a little love… Kelly Wearstler ‘Classic Little Kiss’ in Negro Marquina / Diptyque ‘Rosafolia’ candle / EF Collection ‘Diamond White Topaz’ stud earrings / ‘Vogue and The