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A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Since getting back from our honeymoon, I’ve been retiring all the summer pieces that served me so well and replacing them with the staples that will get me through the fall. I’m already finding that some new favorites are in constant rotation. MiH’s Body Con jean is top of that list. I first gave them a spin on a recent flight out to Paris and they are so unbelievably comfortable that I don’t want to wear anything else. I started looking for the perfect ankle boot to pair with them and I can always count on Golden Goose to come through on that front. The Viand boot has just enough distressing in the leather and the inside and outside zippers add the perfect amount of rock ‘n’ roll. When it comes to tees, I’ve fallen hard for The Lady and the Sailor. The quality is incomparable and I love the looser, but not too loose cuts. My go-to shape for this transitional weather is the Varsity V. I have it in every color. For another layer, I always like scarves and when I discovered Jane Carr recently, I’ve been drooling over all her prints. My new favorite is the super cool Zipper print. And, when it comes to sunglasses, I only wear one designer – Oliver Peoples. Hands down the best quality and on point colors and shapes. My new addition is the Hedda style in blonde. Being a business owner and buyer, I always have so many documents to carry around and recently found that large clutches are perfect for this. I can keep everything flat and still have room to add in my daily essentials. Anya Hindmarch’s Albion clutch is a great grab and go bag that takes me from day to night.

Favorite Things

Golden Goose Viand Boots

Golden Goose Viand boot here.

Favorite Things

Oliver Peoples Hedda sunglasses. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Jane Carr Zipper scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Favorites

Golden Goose Viand boot here. MiH Body Con jeans in Faded Black here. The Lady and the Sailor Varsity V. Charcoal here. Call 1 877 342 6474 for Army shown. Anya Hindmarch Albion clutch here and other favorites from the designer here. Oliver Peoples Hedda shades. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474. Jane Carr Zipper print silk scarf. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Other favorites from the designer here. Dior Purple Revolution nail polish here. Georgio Armani Flash Laquer #528 here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Moroccan Finds

Moroccan Finds

One of the many joys of traveling is discovering what is indigenous to a place and how they use their natural resources. Morocco has a wealth of this and, they have, over the centuries, crafted a huge market for herbs, spices, lotions and potions, woven rugs, dyed silks and wools, baskets, leather goods, silver and gold and so much else that it blows your mind! We fell in love with it all and especially the people who take pride in what they produce. Clockwise from top left – Moroccan Mint Tea. Glass and silver decanters for Rose Water (traditionally used to freshen the hands of house guests before they enter your home). The food is ridiculously good in Morocco and they use so many wonderful spices. We missed the vegetable tagines, couscous and other dishes so much that we hunted down a good cookbook to learn some of the dishes we grew to love. Tagine cooking is essentially from the Berber regions of North Africa and the name comes from the clay dishware used to make the dishes. Book available here. Glass and silver mint tea glasses. Saffron – very prolific in Morocco and reasonably priced. Dried roses – Moroccans use roses to scent themselves and their homes. We couldn’t believe how fragrant it was, so had to bring some to our home. Black Soap – used in the Hamams. Hamams are steam baths and used weekly as part of the religious cleansing ritual. We were lucky enough to have two Hamams while we were there and left each one swearing that we need to pamper ourselves more often. The treatment involves laying in a gorgeous steam room (picture the most beautiful tile and stone work you can imagine) being cleansed with the black soap, drenched in buckets of warm water followed by an exfoliation. You are then moisturized with Argan Oil. Since it was our honeymoon, we followed our treatments with massages. Heaven on earth! I’m now spoiled for life.

Moroccan Finds

Since remodeling our bathroom, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect light fixture for above the sink. One of the Souks (market stall) in the Medina in Marrakech came through for us! Hand forged and made by one of the locals who we got to meet. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Moroccan Finds

A Kilim Berber rug bought in the Medina in Marrakech and now proudly living in our dining room. Hand dyed with natural dyes and hand made – perfectly imperfect.

Moroccan Finds

Argan trees grow all over Morocco and produce a nut that has been used for thousands of years in cooking. The nut is beaten by hand to reveal the inner nut which is then ground into an oil. This process is handled by women in co-operatives and it was discovered that their hands never aged and always stayed soft and smooth. Therefore, more recently, Argan Oil is being produced for cosmetic use too and sold all over the world. I have been a fan of Argan Oil for a long time, so couldn’t wait to get my hands on some in it’s native land. Josie Maran has a great Argan Oil here. Use it on your hair, nails or skin. It’s amazing!

Stay tuned for more Morocco posts! I have to share with you some of the places we visited! It is such an incredibly beautiful country and we can’t wait to go back to discover more. Have you been? I’d love to hear from you!

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Beauty Found

In my job, there is nothing quite like the rush of discovering a new designer. I get giddy around talented, driven people and because my background is clothing design, I have enormous respect for designers taking the leap. I recently met Noam Hanoch and was blown away by his collection. Noam was born in Jerusalem and, with a father working for the UN, ended up moving around a lot. At 16, his family settled in NYC and he began his studies in fashion, taking intensive courses in pattern making and draping. To help hone his skills, Noam took an internship at the Costume Institute at FIT and had the privilege of restoring dresses by Christian Dior, Charles James and Mdm Gres. Geoffrey Beene also offered Noam an internship and head designer, Alber Elbaz took him under his wing. With all of this invaluable experience and knowledge under his belt, Noam was snapped up as Creative Director at Citizens of Humanity. Fast forward to today and Noam, knowing that his true passion lies in craftsmanship and attention to details, started his own eponymous label. It’s the most perfectly edited, beautifully made collection with a strong and sexy point of view. It was love at first sight and I can’t wait to wear his pieces. My eyes are on his high waisted tuxedo pants and blazer and pretty much any of his lace cut dresses. Noam, you are a genius and I can’t wait to see what you do next!

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Round Up – Paris Fashion Week

Postcards from Paris

I’ve been off the grid for a few weeks traveling and have so much to share! The hubby and I finally found time to take our honeymoon (more on that later) and I had a trip to Paris for Fashion Week and a birthday celebration for a close friend. Paris is always magical, but when you add amazing collections to view for spring and equally amazing friends to share the city with, I really do have a lot to be thankful for.

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The Not-Too-Shabby Sneaker

This morning, as is usual when I’m in Paris, I ran out to get my pain au chocolat at Paul across the street and sat with The International Herald Tribune. Suzy Menkes’s fashion section is insightful and witty, and is a must read during Fashion Week. Next to her usual coverage was an article by Benjamin Seidler, that confirmed what I’ve been believing for several seasons… you can wear sneakers with anything… even if you’re in the Senate Hall!  In the article, Benjamin writes, “This summer, the Texas state senator Wendy Davis wore pink Mizuno running shoes with a formal ice-blue coat and pearls for a lengthy filibuster. And, Julia Peyton-Jone, the director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, posed for the Royal Academy of Art’s magazine in a somber black shift and Crayola bright sneakers. Suddenly business suits and court shoes seem, well, archaic.” You gotta love the affirmation that functional footwear is chic, and that it’s appropriate to incorporate it into any ensemble. Which brings me to my version of “the look”. A sharp and tailored blazer with jeans and sneakers. And, in my book, there’s no better blazer than a Smythe, and no cooler kicks than Golden Goose!  

Smythe Blazer and Golden Goose SneakersSmythe Blazer

Smythe blazer here. Lady and the Sailor T (out of stock). Another favorite  here and here. GoldSign His Jean here. Oliver Peoples Aviators. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Golden Goose Sneakers

Golden Goose  Slide sneakers in Leopard here. Other favorites here.

International Herald Tribune

Smythe and Golden Goose

Smythe blazer here. Lady and the Sailor t shirt. Similar here and here. GoldSign His Jean here. Golden Goose Slide sneakers here. Oliver Peoples Aviators. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Fall Trend – Very Berry

When I think of fall, I think of rich berry tones and specifically the cabernet color that works so well on everyone. A.L.C came up with an instant wardrobe staple with a twist. This silk blouse is nice and clean on the front for layering and has a bra friendly open slit at the back. Sexy for night or add a tank to close up for day. The perfect layer for silk is leather and Muubaa has the most butter soft leathers in the easiest of shapes. I love how feminine a biker jacket can look if you opt for a berry color – versatile and great for year round layering. Add a statement necklace or pendant and you’re set!

A.L.C Campos Blouse

A.L.C Campos Blouse

A.L.C Campos blouse here. GoldSign His Jean here.

A.L.C blouse and Muubaa jacket

Muubaa Lyra biker leather jacket here. Isabel Marant necklace (old) similar here.

Muubaa Jacket

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana heels (old). I feel like they need naming – It’s a shoe and a sock in one, so Shock!

Plum Line

 

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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