Party Pics

Following all of the red carpet pictures from Monday’s Met Gala, I really enjoyed these by Daniel Arnold posted on Vogue.  They are the opposite of what you see on E! and they are completely un-posed.  They actually make the event look like a party!

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Working Girl: Volume 1

I work in finance and as much as I love the creative style roundups I see on other blogs, I can’t wear most of it 5 days out of the week.  Here’s a quick round up of a few items I can (and would love to) wear:

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A blazer with a little edge to keep it from being too conservative

A sling back heel that will never go out of style

The classic DVF wrap silhouette dress

A watch that mixes gold and silver, so you can wear either with your other jewelry

The perfect silk blouse

A tailored tote for carting laptops, files and more

Renewed Interest

All of a sudden, I need to wallpaper something in black grasscloth.  I know grass cloth became a big trend a couple of years ago, but I wasn’t really into it.  It looked sort of beachy or preppy in a way that’s not really my style.  But then today I stumbled upon this picture…

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This is Sara Ruffin Costello’s apartment (see it here) and the grasscloth looks amazing.  It adds texture to a room full of neutrals.  Then I kept going down the internet black hole and re-stumbled upon this picture…

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Alison Cayne’s apartment was originally shot for Domino (pictures here) and then again recently for One King’s Lane (here).  Her apartment (apartment? It’s really a house – in Manhattan!) is also amazing, but I loved the black walls in her bedroom.  They remind me of Jenna Lyon’s Brooklyn bedroom, but with more texture.  It looks like she used a special paint or technique to get this effect, but I think the overall feeling could also be achieved by using black grasscloth.

 

Now I can’t stop searching for rooms with black grasscloth.  Here are a few of my favorites so far:

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Goyard in NYC

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Did you know there was a Goyard store in New York City?

Neither did I until today.  The brand has practically no PR or social media presence (read about that here), is unavailable for online purchase and only sold in a few, very select stores in the U.S.  But that exclusivity only makes the brand more appealing.  Goyard is over 150 years old and its iconic, hand-painted chevron pattern is definitely swoon-worthy.  I haven’t been yet, but I can imagine the store is definitely worth a visit.  It is located in the Upper East Side at 20 East 63rd Street.

 

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Inspiring Women

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Just a few women who have inspired me lately…

 

1.  About a month ago I went to the Helena Rubinstein exhibit at the Jewish Museum.  I knew practically nothing about her going in, but her story of coming from Poland and the determination she had to become one of the first successful female entrepreneurs was inspiring.  She was a true innovator for her time.  Plus, the exhibit was filled with her beautiful clothes, artwork and (somewhat strange) dollhouses.  My favorite moment were the Picasso portrait preparation sketches.  Helena went to Picasso and demanded he paint a portrait of her.  When she refused to leave him alone, he drew preparation sketches in which she looks terribly angry and he had no intentions of turning them into a finished portrait.

 

2.  I walk to work every morning and it is blissful to have time to clear my head and stretch my legs.  Lately I’ve been listening to podcasts instead of music and a recent favorite is Aisha Taylor’s Girl on Guy.  She has a cast of characters that she brings in as guests and asks them interesting questions that will really go anywhere.  I loved her interview of Amber Tamblyn if you need a good starting point.

 

3.  Working in finance, I’m always eager to hear about female business success stories and one that is new to me is Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter.  This article provides a great read into Natalie’s background and how she started one of my favorite companies to online window shop.  When Natalie came up with the idea to create an online luxury marketplace, she had just failed as an Editor at Tatley.  I think this is a great reminder that your greatest ideas and innovation can come out of your lowest points.

 

4.  Betty Halbreich’s book, I’ll Drink to That, was fun and inspiring from someone who has lived a very full life.  Betty is the original personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman and has been there for nearly 40 years.  She’s worked with everyone and has amazing stories to share about her experiences.  Her memoir also dives into her past and her privileged lifestyle and family difficulties.  She talks about shopping a lot, but also points out how shopping can be (and often is) a vice to hide from bigger problems.  Still, the way she describes clothes is almost magical as someone who clearly has a true appreciation for their beauty.

Dream Kitchen

kitchen1I love imagining how I will one day renovate my own home and whenever I think of my dream kitchen, this one from Michelle Smith always comes to mind.  I found Michelle through features on One Kings Lane and Lonny and I am absolutely in love with her aesthetic.  She uses a lot of neutrals, but her spaces are far from boring.  Her New York City kitchen is especially inspiring to me, because when I do get the chance to renovate my own kitchen it will probably be a small galley like hers.

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Matching

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I am very sorry to see one of my favorite online magazines, Matchbook, close this month.  The final issue contains all of its best features from the past few years and reminded me of CeCe Thompson’s living room.  I love that she matched the green couch to a slightly lighter shade of green on the walls.  The effect is similar to the matching fabric and wallpaper effect we see a lot, but I think it’s much less severe while still making a statement.  This image has me wondering if I could pull off a similar look with my lighter green velvet sofa…

The Mix

1-13-2015 4-45-02 PMI love Nicole Fuller’s living room from the latest issue of Rue.  It has that perfect balance of classic (drapes, chandelier, pillows, painting, rug) and modern (lacquer table, chairs, sofa, mirror).  The pink, velvet drapery really makes such a statement.  I don’t think I could ever pull the trigger on so much pink, but I love the grand, traditional-with-a-twist feeling.

Making it Cozy

I love the look of crisp white bedding with a fuzzy, furry blanket on the end.

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For the holidays my boyfriend got me brand new white sheets and a duvet cover from Parachute, a company that offers high end bedding at a lower price point by cutting out the middle man.  I can’t wait for the new sheets to arrive and I hope they live up the online hype.  Now I just need the perfect faux fur throw the make take it to cozy.

Gia Coppola at Home

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I love getting a chance to see inside the homes of creative people.  These pictures inside Gia Coppola’s studio were posted on the Tappan Collective’s website today, where there are studio tours of a ton of other inspiring artists as well.  I love Gia’s photography and I love that she displays it all over her own home. You can buy some of Gia’s photographs here.img_4820_1

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