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Pillow Talk with Théo Burkhardt

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Just the thought of mediation can be daunting. Technology has created meditation apps to make it easier, but aren’t we supposed to be disconnecting in order to destress? Luckily Jeffrey and I have a dear friend who has tried it all and discovered that meditation is not as unattainable as we think.

Théo Burkhardt, a Vedic Meditation teacher based in Los Angeles, experimented with various practices of meditation before ultimately finding Vedic Meditation, an ancient, simple and natural technique that practices the art of letting go by transcending into a restful state of consciousness. He describes his method as easy and enjoyable with immediate and long lasting benefits. You’re simply expanding awareness and discovering bliss within. Sign us up!

I was excited to sit down with Théo (on our new DIANI Living meditation pillows) for our Pillow Talk Series, where we chatted about his personal wellness journey, meditation process and the last thing he does before bed – it’s not as zen as you think!

 

 

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject and what did you want to “grow up” to be?

I was terrible at school. I loved it but refused to do my homework or study for tests. I just wanted to play and read. But I liked English class when we were reading books. I wanted to be a magician, inventor, spy, mad scientist, or a film director. 

What contributed to you becoming the meditation teacher you are today?

I was bit by a tick in and was infected with Lyme Disease on a camping trip with my cousins. It went undiagnosed for a year. I was so sick I began looking into meditation as a way to help me sleep, remove stress, and boost my immune system. I started doing mindfulness but was terrible at it. I couldn’t concentrate and found it incredibly difficult. But I was desperate so I stuck with it for a few years. It didn’t help me at all so I eventually quit. I thought I would never be able to meditate until I learned Vedic Meditation.

What is your meditation technique and process when working with clients?

I practice and teach Vedic Meditation. It’s an effortless technique where we gently think very specific onomatopoetic bija (seed) mantras until we transcend into a 4th state of consciousness. That 4th state of consciousness is very different from our first 3 states (sleeping, dreaming, and eyes-open waking state). When this “event” of transcendence occurs, our physiology rests 3-5 times deeper than when we’re asleep. It’s basically deep rest technology that requires no effort, focus, or control. We do nothing and it feels wonderful. I offer introductory talks a couple times a month to give people the opportunity to ask questions and hear how it works and what kind of benefits they can expect. If they sign up, they learn over 4 consecutive days (about 90 minutes a session).

How has meditation shaped your life?

Meditation has completely transformed every aspect of my life. But more than anything, it’s made me more myself. The things I used to enjoy, I enjoy more. I sleep better, accomplish more, have a much better relationship with myself, all without depleting energy. It’s made me more courageous in areas I needed more courage, and has dismantled my neediness (for attention, or need to be liked). But more than anything, it’s proven to me that happiness is inside me. I don’t need to go looking for it. I don’t need to find it. It’s not out there. It’s in here. That’s not a belief, that a direct, daily, and repeatable experience every time I transcend. I’m more self-reliant than ever.

How have you seen meditation change other people’s lives?

Most people try to change their actions by behaving differently. Those attempts fail. There’s also a belief that you have to change your thoughts first, which is partially true. If you want true change, it happens in consciousness first where more relevant and healthy ways of thinking find fertile ground, then behavior changes. After that, circumstances change. Everyone who meditates regularly changes for the better. The change I see in my students is astounding. Everyone’s happiness expands. People take things less personally, they worry less, suffer less, drop whatever victim narrative they’ve had on autopilot, etc. And all this change happens naturally, quietly, and without much friction. 

There are lots of people who meditate, but not every one of them pursues it for a living, so you obviously have an entrepreneurial spirit…

I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. Whatever entrepreneurial spirit I have comes directly from my mission to start people meditating and bring them into a state of relevance with the Universe. In terms of growing a business, I’m still not sure what I’m doing. Even though my classes aren’t cheap, I don’t come at this whole thing from a “I want to get rich and have a famous brand” perspective. I just want to find worthy students and teach them. It just so happens,  that my mission takes me around the world and brings me in an income that supports me as a teacher. For that I’m grateful. 

Which entrepreneurs do you admire? 

Amanda Bacon. She worked her ass off and created one of my favorite brands, Moon Juice. I love how she’s integrated Ayurveda and spirituality into the brand. She’s a friend and a fellow meditator. Awesome woman. I also admire Eric Ryan who created Method and Olly, and Elon Musk.

How do you define success?

Finding and knowing that happiness is within. Discovering it within yourself is lasting success. Why? It’s permanent. Everyone’s success in the relative world is temporary. Giving up the search for happiness outside yourself, and arriving at the conclusion that it’s within you because you’ve connected with it, is true success. You cannot find permanent happiness or fulfillment outside yourself. It just can’t be done. Like Jesus said, “the kingdom of heaven is within you.” Go there first. Go to your deepest nature. Connect with it. Know it. Be it. Then all achievements in your life will be more enjoyable, more delicious, more fun. I know so many incredibly successful and famous people. They’re all struggling. They’re all greedier, more stressed, more isolated, more despondent, more paranoid than they were 10 years ago. With the exception of the meditators. If you want to enjoy fame, fortune, and success, get enlightened. Once you’ve stabilized that inner state of fulfillment, nothing can make or break you. You just relax and enjoy. If anything, I hope to convince people to rearrange their priorities. Consciousness FIRST. Then achievement. 

What do you think the single most important ingredient to success is?

Stabilizing the field of pure unbounded consciousness into your eyes open waking state. From that comes everything else. Good ideas, support of nature, and a stress-free nature. 

What’s the most challenging part of your professional life?

The business aspect. I have no idea what I’m doing. It’s hilarious.

How do you try to manage your work/life balance?

I wouldn’t say there’s a need to balance because I don’t see a difference in work and life. If anything, I’ve integrated both my career and my life. To a certain extent, anyway. I love that. I used to have to balance work and “life” when I had a job and I had the all the fun things I could do when I didn’t have a job. Integration is key. Everything is fun now. 

Where is your “happy place”?

Where isn’t it? I used to find my happy place only in meditation. Everything else sucked or failed in comparison. This was during my early days as a meditator. Life would be stressful but inside, deep within my consciousness, I would find a divine stillness. But I’ve integrated that too. Now I’m just as happy walking to get coffee, teaching, reading on a plane, playing video games, walking in the woods, shooting photos, and laughing with friends as I am during a deep meditation. It’s all good. But if I had to pick anything, it’d be the moment someone signs up for my course. Because they’re going to find bliss-consciousness deep within, and I get to share this incredible knowledge. 

What do you see yourself doing next to express yourself professionally?

I’m becoming more and more interested in jyotish (Vedic astrology). It’s a very complex science and there’s a lot of charm to exploring it. It will never take the place of teaching but I’m going to study it until I can read people’s charts.

How do you manage the fear and doubt that inevitably can creep in when you’re paving a less trodden path?

When I first began all of this, I didn’t fully believe in myself. But I believed in the efficacy of Vedic Meditation and the benefits. All I had to do was share what I know and people would sign up and tell their friends. I had to surrender to Nature’s intelligence. It was obvious that I was removed from my track as a screenwriter to teach this. I just have to trust it. Meditation helps with that too. It’s chips away at your fears. Now I love jumping in to the unknown. Stagnation and the ever-repeating-known scares me more than anything. 

What have you been most afraid of trying in your career, but you did it anyway?

I teach how to live in harmony with Nature. To do that we trust our fine level of feeling and follow charm. Nature speaks to us through charm. Find something charming? Follow it. Don’t question it, just go. So in December of 2016 I moved out of my apartment and put everything in storage and decided to follow charm for a year. Just to see what would happen. I wanted to practice what I preached. What came out of that? Students, travel, love, adventure, evolution. One of the best years of my life. Nature has your back. You just have to start trusting. 

Was there any opportunity that you had in your life that you didn’t take?

I’m sure there were plenty but I can’t remember any. Probably because it’s irrelevant now. Who cares, right? Now it’s all following charm. If someone hits me up with a great opportunity (in other people’s eyes) but there’s no charm, I’m not interested. 

What is something you’ve accomplished personally or professionally that you never dreamed possible for yourself?

I sold a show to HBO  a couple of years ago. But I can barely say it was entirely my own accomplishment. The details are wild and also a little heartbreaking. But still, quite a feat. It was like lighting in a bottle. The show didn’t get picked up and, sadly, friends were lost. But it was an incredible experience where I had to dig deep and show up for myself and stand up for myself against the slime of Hollywood. If I didn’t have 10 years of meditation under my belt I would have had a nervous breakdown. It was a remarkable growing experience. 

Aside from meditation…

Any sleep rituals that you use to help quiet the mind after a long day?

Yes. Vedic Meditation. The reason people have trouble sleeping is because their minds are awake when they shouldn’t be. The nervous system, under duress from fatigue and stress, will release stress when the physiology can rest. Its the only way stress can come out – through deep rest. When the nervous system purifies itself from stress, this causes thoughts to effervesce up into our minds. Those thoughts keep us awake and we say “I have insomnia”. What we do about this is meditate twice a day and give the nervous system and opportunity to purge stresses in our meditations. Then, when we climb into bed, there’s nothing left to purge so we can drift off to sleep. I had chronic insomnia for 9 years. Cured instantly the day I learned meditation. My students aren’t so lucky. Sometimes their insomnia isn’t cured until day 2 or day 3. 

What’s the biggest gift you give yourself to recharge?

Besides meditating twice a day? Travel. I love traveling because it changes your thinking. You just don’t have the same boring thoughts about bills and wondering what you’re going to pick up at Trader Joe’s. It forces you to see other things, experience other people with all their quirks, eat differently, speak slower, etc. You have to be aware when you travel. You have to be adaptable, kind, and resilient. It’s so much fun. So eye-opening. Travel makes your more compassionate, and drives away stagnation. Travel inspires awe and humility. I never feel more alive than when I’m in a new country or city and don’t know how to get back to my hotel. 

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up?

I do a clumsy surya namaskar (sun salute), sing the Gāyatrī Mantra out off key, brush my teeth, and meditate. Then I walk to get coffee. Sometimes I’ll swim first if its summer. But basically I wake up and meditate. 

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

Instagram or reddit. I know I shouldn’t. I don’t recommend looking at screens. It’s my job as a meditation teacher to instruct my students to not look at screen before bed. But I love instagram. That’s what I’m doing. I always feel better when I’m reading a book before bed.

What’s your most sacred space in your house?

I don’t have a house. I’ve been homeless for 18 months, traveling and teaching and living out of hotel rooms, sublets, and sleeping on airplanes. I’m enjoying it but it’ll be nice to have a home again. 

 

 

Thank you Théo, your journey and practice is such an inspiration!

Want to learn more about Théo’s meditation technique? Attend his free one-hour Intro Talk at DIANI Living with the option to sign up for a 4-day course (four-90 minute sessions).

 

Théo Burkhardt Intro Talk

How meditation works, enlightenment, and what the course entails

Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: DIANI Living, 1324 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Please RSVP at caroline@dianiliving.com 

For more information on Théo and his practice, visit theoburkhardt.com.

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A Farm House Update

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We spent most of last month in New York on a buying trip and I was commuting from our Farm House in the Hudson Valley into the city. As spring turns into summer in the Hudson Valley, the place has really come alive. From blossoming buds and green pastures to sweet baby goats and afternoon rain storms. Jeffrey and I split our time between restoration projects, interior updates and slowing way down for magic hour.

By far one of the most exciting parts of our trip was being interviewed and photographed by The New York Times. On Sunday they published a feature on our 1752 Dutch Colonial Farm House, detailing the journey that led us to find our historical Hudson Valley home. See the full article online here.

I took a few pics of how its looking this summer. Follow along on Insta @hudsonvalleyfarm for more!

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Vintage Pillows and Throws

We are in the process of sourcing brick and stone tile for our dining room floor. After that we’ll be moving on to restoring the walls and heating system in the living room.

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Flower arrangements by Athabold Flowers

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Sundown means tequila on the rocks in our house.

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Vintage Wood Bench and Linen Bedding, call to order

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From left to right, Greta and Gertrude on duty to clear poison ivy around the house and to snuggle with, of course.

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The best area of the house in the summer is outside. Just walking around the garden is so inspiring.

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We inherited a beautiful country garden, and many flowers. Snow drops, daffodils, bleeding hearts, peonies, iris, lilac bushes, spirea bushes, magnolia and this clematis vine growing up the side of our smokehouse.

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Pillow Talk with Shrankhla Holecek of UMA Oils

When it comes to beauty and wellness, here at DIANI Living we believe that self care comes from the inside out. We understand the importance of clean living and therefore seek out only the best in organic, all-natural products. Which is why we are excited to launch the new line of highly coveted Ayurvedic wellness oils from UMA Oils!

Featured in Vanity Fair, Forbes, Vogue and Goop, among others, UMA is crafted from pure botanical oils that have long been used in the beauty regiments of Indian royalty. Harvested from the founder’s family farm in India, these oils are based on centuries-old Ayurvedic traditions and tailored to address the stressors and ailments we face in the modern world.

Raised in India among her family’s farm, UMA Oil’s founder Shrankhla Holecek has always immersed herself in Ayurvedic traditions and holistic medicine. Caroline Diani was lucky enough to catch up with Shrankhla for our Pillow Talk series, where we chatted about career success, work-life balance and sleep rituals.

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject and what did you want to “grow up” to be?

Terribly predictable for a person of Indian origin – it was Math! I’ve always admired the logic and the elegance of mathematical solutions. Is it terrible that I don’t exactly remember what I wanted to be? I did a lot of theater and debate in high school – so I think I definitely considered law at one point (I ended up studying engineering).

What contributed to your goal of becoming the wellness/skincare businesswoman that you are today? 

I think a part of Uma was born when I was – in that my family has farmed and distilled some of the world’s finest essential oils, literally for centuries – so as a child, I spent long summers at our organic rose farms, learning about our sustainable farming or extraction processes. And yet – another part of me wanted to get as  far away from the family business as I could – so I studied engineering and moved to the States, got an MBA and worked with management consulting  firm McKinsey for 5-6 years. So I’d be lying if I said there was one precipitating moment – it was the sum of my education, experiences and heritage that led me to found Uma.

How has your Indian heritage and Ayurvedic background influenced your career and shaped your life? 

A lot of Ayurveda is just a natural part of Indian life. The use of turmeric, or tongue cleaning, or practicing Abhyanga were things we all just grew up with! I remember overnight hair oil treatments on Saturday. Our scalps were rubbed (and then steamed!) and we couldn’t wash our hair until the next morning. All varieties of herbs were brought into the mix – hibiscus, yerba de taco, amla – and laid on prolifically into our scalp and hair. Second was the Sunday body exfoliation treatment. A paste of gram flour and turmeric blended with honey and milk, was layered on my arms and legs and I was supposed to lay still for thirty minutes until it was sloughed off by my beloved aunt (oh the agony of staying still as a 6 year old though!). So what’s traditionally considered a modern day “self care ritual” – has always been a big part of my life, and how I’ve approached ideas of health, wellness, balance or beauty.

What do you think is the single most important ingredient to success?

Believing that you can do anything you set your mind to do.

What’s the most challenging part of your professional life?

I think reconciling with the fact that all the awesome opportunities for UMA cannot be had here and now – and that I must wait, or make time for play, or even sleep – is challenging when running a small business, with real resource constraints, but I think there’s a bigger life lesson in there somewhere!

How do you try to manage your work/life balance?

Fortunately there are a few things I love as much as work and seeing UMA thrive – spending time with my husband and a few close friends, travel, wine, working out – so I let the chips fall a little organically, as it were. Though, do I constantly feel guilty about not doing enough of each, including work? Absolutely.

What do you see yourself doing next to express yourself professionally?

I think we have been able to lay the foundation of doing beauty differently, more indulgently, more meaningfully, through UMA and I think the next step would be to really go global with this education and approach to give people a real toolkit to have the skincare and wellness results they seek – in a highly simplified but powerful, results-oriented fashion. I think making Ayurveda bite sized and contemporary- and universally applicable in the smallest or biggest way you choose, is the next chapter. And UMA as a product line is just a part of that great big picture!

How do you manage the fear and doubt that inevitably creeps in when you’re paving a less trodden path?

I think it’s part enjoying the challenge of creating something entirely new, and part reminding yourself to not take yourself too seriously. Failure is often catastrophized much more in one’s head than by the rest of the world.

What have you been most afraid of trying in your career, but you did it anyway?

Trite, but it was leaving McKinsey to go found UMA.

Was there any opportunity that you had in your life that you didn’t take?

This is a little broad – but I think I passed on a few great opportunities to travel by myself or even go live in a different city for a few months when I was a little less fettered as it were (not that I mind the old ball and chain terribly as it were!).

What is something you’ve accomplished personally or professionally that you never dreamed possible for yourself?

If I’ve to be really honest – not really. And this doesn’t come from vanity or arrogance – it comes from a general insecurity about never being good enough, I suppose.

Any sleep rituals that you use to help quiet the mind after a long day?

When I can, I practice Transcendental Meditation. I’ve had a lot of trouble with other meditation types – it’s the only one that works for me.

What’s the biggest gift you give yourself to recharge?

Travel

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up?

Does “try to go back to sleep” count? More seriously though – I drink water and check my phone for about 15 minutes before rolling out of bed.

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

I rub my feet with Pure Calm Wellness Oil. If I’m feeling benevolent, I do the same for my husband.

Any recurring dreams that you have?

A plane crashing in the distance and me running away from it. That, and of course, not having taken enough credits to graduate on time!

What do you love most about your bed?

While I adore sleeping, I particularly enjoy drifting off watching a great show in bed.

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

I’m slightly maniacal about bedroom, and sleep hygiene, overall. I insist on absolutely clean feet in bed, and no shoes around the bed area (I have a ridiculous number of hotel slippers, yes). I can’t sleep in an untidy room and have been known to go on an unpacking frenzy at midnight after long travel. I change sheets often, pillow covers even more often. I burn organic candles, bring in fresh flowers as often as practical, disinfect the light switches and door knobs – so yep, pretty sacred I’d say!

Thank you Shrankhla, we are excited to have your amazing wellness products at DIANI Living!

Photo of young Shrankhla courtesy of UMA Oils

 

 

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Tour of the New DIANI Design Studio

It has been an exciting week since we showcased our new DIANI Design Studio with Sam of Could I Have That. We had been collaborating on a custom floor cushion for her daughter’s reading tent in her bedroom and it was the perfect occasion to give her a tour of the new studio.
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DIANI Design Studio came about after a series of design requests at our home store, DIANI Living. With the space being so limited, I was craving and envisioned a space where I could work with a client, spread out fabrics, play with cushions on couches and daybeds and show newest arrivals of vintage finds and furniture. Fast forward about a year and the perfect spot became available downtown in Santa Barbara, not far from our retail stores.

DIANI Design Studio is a project-driven studio offering custom design, interior and art services. We can work with interior concepts in hotels, commercial spaces, residential homes, restaurants and retail. We also design custom furniture, cushions, artwork and collect vintage items.

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Having a mezzanine in the studio allows for a quiet work place upstairs and creative “free” studio with large drafting and cutting table on the ground level.

To enquire about a studio appointment or design work, email caroline@dianiliving.com.

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Sam’s beautiful daughter, Elin in her special reading tent with her new DIANI Living floor cushion.

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DIANI Living Now Open!

 

 

After months of preparation, DIANI Living is now open! We are a unique concept store, offering up a shopping experience filled with inspiration for your home, garden and healthy living. We have, and will continue to search far and wide to find everyday items that embody beauty and functionality. In our small jewel box of a space, you’ll find everything from our own furniture designs to Moroccan towels to Japanese home & garden scissors to carefully curated one-off vintage finds. We’ve also partnered with Santa Barbara locals, Dalla Vita who offers insanely gorgeous succulent designs. And of course, all of this comes with the kind of customer service you’ve come to expect from our other boutiques. We think we’ve thought of everything, but we’re sure we’ll come up with more! Come by and visit us, and stay tuned for our Grand Opening Party!

We’re located in the same Plaza as DIANI and DIANI Shoes at 1324 State Street next door to Renaud’s Bakery. We’re open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm (6pm on Sundays and Mondays). To contact us, call 805.770.7043. See you there!

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From Where We Cook

We were honored recently when our kitchen was featured on a fab site called thekitchn. The site conducts virtual kitchen tours for their readers, and reveals the owner’s favorite recipes, cooking methods, utensils, remodel details etc. Cool, right? They sent over the amazing Leela Cyd to shoot the pictures, and ask all the questions. To read the full article click here! As a bonus, my husband shared his favorite kitchen cookbooks. Click here to read the story.

 

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Remodelista Design 2014 Finalist!

I’m back! It’s been a very busy several weeks since returning from the chill zone in the West Indies, and I have some very exciting news to share regarding the future of DIANI… and I’ll share that soon. But, in advance of that, I’m very honored to have been selected as a finalist out of more than 1000 submissions in two design categories for two of my favorite design sites Remodelista and Gardenista. The two categories are Best Kitchen  – Amateur, and Best Garden – Amateur. The winner will be chosen by popular vote, and I’d love for you to vote for us. Voting is open until August 8th, and you can vote every day… so feel free! There are also sharing tools located at the top of each Remodelista or Gardenista voting page (Facebook and Twitter).  Thank you for all of your support… and stay tuned for more DIANI news!

To vote for me in the BEST KITCHEN SPACE – AMATEUR

1. Click on the green button below.
2. Select “Best Kitchen Space – Amateur” category from the drop down menu.
3. Click on the circle next to the picture for DIANI Living kitchen.
4. Click VOTE

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To vote for me in the BEST GARDEN – AMATEUR

1. Click on the brown button below. It will take you directly to the Amateur category.
2. Click on the circle next to the picture for DIANI Living garden.
3. Click VOTE

diani living garden   Images featured on the Remodelista and Gardenista sites are by the lovely Leela Cyd

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Our Home Feature in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine

 

We were so thrilled to have our Mission Canyon home featured in this summer’s issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine and be able to share our love of design. Everything in our home has either been inherited or hunted for on travels or flea market trips around the world. Since my husband is an actor and writer, he loves the story telling behind each piece and the stories that go along with remodel projects that we’ve tackled together or collaborated on with Giffin and Crane. And, the best part is, our story is just beginning!

Special thanks to the Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine team, photographer, Leela Cyd and writer, Judy Foreman.

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Memorial Day Shred

Goldsign Shred Jeans

I dipped my toe in the water with a little knee shredding on my denim last season and we’ve all noticed that designers have taken the look a lot further this season. I love contrasting super casual worn in jeans with a crisp white top or a silk blouse. For a comfortable higher waisted, relaxed hip shredded jean, try GoldSign’s Stevie. Just arrived at DIANI!

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A.P.C Brode cotton top here. GoldSign Stevie jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information. Loeffler Randall Ceci pumps here. Emporio Armani clutch (old). Similar here.

Happy Memorial Day! Caroline xoxo

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A Tale of Two White Shirts and a Denim Skirt

Mother Patchie Skirt

I think we can all agree that you can never have too many white shirts. They kind of fall into the jeans camp where different looks call for different cuts. Sometimes you need a high neck, sometimes a short sleeve, and sometimes the kind of fabric is what’s integral to making an outfit work. As we move into summer, I’ve started clearing out some older styles and restocking my wardrobe with white tops. These two by Mother and IRO have already been in steady rotation. And, I’ve found the perfect pencil skirt. And, it’s denim! And, that means I’ll be wearing it a lot!

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Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

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White Mother Frenchie shirt here. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

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IRO Vinton Belt

Dolce and Gabbana Nails

 IRO Kelsey top. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

 

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Santa Barbara Magazine Loving

Caroline Diani Wedding

My husband and I were so excited to receive the latest issue of Santa Barbara Magazine. We were thrilled to find an article that featured our wedding amongst other beautiful celebrations. Thank you to Santa Barbara Magazine for helping us relive the day we said, “I do”. We’re honored to be a part of such a beautiful publication.

Caroline Diani Wedding Caroline Diani Wedding Photos by Shannon Jayne

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Overall Overhaul

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

I resisted the return of overalls until I finally caved in and tried on Citizens of Humanity’s Quincey style. I have to say it doesn’t take more thought than throwing on your favorite pair of jeans. You can still wear them with tees, sweaters and leather jackets and, as I discovered the other night, dressed up with a blouse and heels.

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Reece Hudson Rider mini bag in taupe. New arrival at DIANI!

Overall Overhaul

Isabel Marant blouse (old) similar here and here. Citizens of Humanity Quincey overalls here. Reece Hudson Rider Mini bag. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Oliver Peoples Haley sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474. Zara pumps (old) similar here, here and here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Scoops of Ice Cream and a Santa Barbara Sunset

While I trudge through the snow in NYC on Valentine’s Day (don’t feel too sorry for me, my husband just flew out), I’m remembering one of my favorite sessions with the brilliant Leela Cyd. She captured Jeffrey and me on a post dinner stroll along the pier in Santa Barbara. We grabbed dessert and watched the sunset over our beautiful hometown. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones! Caroline xoxo

Alice by Temperley Botanical lace dress here. Also available in ivory here. Diane Von Furstenberg camel coat. In store only. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Zara heels (old). Similar here.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Feature in C Weddings Magazine

Caroline Diani in C Weddings

One of my favorite magazines to flip through during the planning stages of our wedding was C Weddings, so it was a total honor when they featured our wedding in their latest spring issue. It brings back all the magic that happened that day and always puts a smile on my face. Thank you C Weddings for sharing our special day.

A favorite picture from our wedding. I’ll share more of my favorites in the coming weeks.

Photos Shannon Jayne

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Our Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

I am so honored to have our wedding featured on my favorite wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. I know this is long overdue, but I’m so thrilled to be able to finally share our special day with you all! Click here to see the post.

Special thanks to: Event Planner and Florist: TOAST Event and Design Studio | Photographer: Shannon Jayne Miller | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Shoes: Chanel | Rings: SN Queens | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Make Up: Victoria Condgon | Hair: Kelly Trumble of Mishay Salon | Groom’s Shoes: Paul Smith | Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos | Antique Rug Runners for Chapel: The Tent Merchant | Car Service:Woody’s Classic Car Rental | Chapel: El Presidio Chapel | Event Planner and Florist: TOAST Event and Design Studio | Gospel Choir: Sylvia Saint James | Lighting and Reception Design: Ambient Event Design| Music: Gavin Roy | Orchestra: Aurora Ensemble

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On The Twelfth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Twelfth Day of Christmas

On the twelfth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, an Alice by Temperley sequined dress for our New Year’s Eve party, and the wish for our loved ones to have a 2014 filled with health, happiness and the kind of love that makes you count your lucky stars and dream as big as the sea. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Twelfth Night of Christmas

Alice by Temperley Erte dress. Sold out in ivory, wine here Guess what? DIANI is most definitely in the mood for giving on the 12th day of a DIANI Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of dresses. For online, use dresses20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Eleventh Day of a DIANI Christmas

Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the eleventh day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, two initial Lulu Frost Plaza Collection pendants, a stack of numeric rings to match and a fun snake chain blue pendant necklace for an upcoming holiday party.

Eleventh Day of Christmas

Lulu Frost Plaza initial necklace here. Any initial can be ordered (M, D, C, A in stock). Lulu Frost Code number ring here. Any number can be ordered (1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 in stock). Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Lulu Frost Snake necklace here.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Tenth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a boat trip out to the Islands, and to stay warm, a cozy faux fur collared Smythe coat and a hip flask filled with Hot Toddy. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Tenth Day of Christmas

Smythe coat (sold out). Shop more Smythe here. Guess what? DIANI is still in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of ANY outerwear. For online, use outerwear20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Habitually Chic

This weekend, I was thrilled with the honor of being featured on the gorgeous lifestyle blog, Habitually Chic. In the article, blog author, Heather Clawson shows you around my beachy Santa Barbara pad. If you haven’t vistited her blog yet, click here. It’s uber chic (and a great place to get ideas for your own home)!

 

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A Day off in Ventura

A Day off in Ventura
A Day off in Ventura
A Day off in Ventura

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