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Caroline’s Go-To Skincare Routine

My skin care routine has always been what you might call average. I used all-natural products, cleansed daily, dabbled with the occasional mask while reading emails in bed and exfoliated when time allowed in the morning. I always thought all non-toxic skin care was pretty much created equally, until I discovered May Lindstrom. This luxury, all-natural skin care line is not only crafted from the finest organic, wild-harvested, sustainable ingredients, but each product complements one another for a truly amazing cleansing experience.

Since being turned on to May Lindstrom last year, my skin care routine is no longer a check-off list, it has become a relaxing ritual that I look forward to each day. The thoughtfully curated collection of products work together harmoniously, which has allowed me to create intention in my routine and in-turn restore my connection with my skin. I’m excited to introduce May Lindstrom as our newest skin care line at DIANI Living. To help you get to know their amazing products, here is an inside peak into my daily skin care routine, highlighting my favorites and how they’ve changed my approach to caring for my skin.

When I’m not smelling the delicious Honey Mud, I’m applying it to my face (or doing both simultaneously). Depending on your needs, you can use this luscious two-in-one skin care treat as a gentle enzyme cleanser or masque. Crafted from raw honey, white halloysite clay, silver and aromatic plant oils, The Honey Mud infuses and cleanses without stripping  and restores hydration, leaving your skin feeling nourished and balanced. I love to apply it as a mask in the evenings as I unwind at the end of the day.

Post-cleanse, I refresh my skin with a few mists of The Jasmine Garden to seal in moister and deliver key nutrients where I need them the most. The delicate lightweight formula is made from colloidal silver and witch hazel for a refreshing and soothing experience, especially when my skin is irritated or breaking out. This botanical mist works wonders as a base before applying a moisturizer and to set makeup for an extra dewy glow.

A few times a week or if I’ve been traveling, I like to reset my skin with The Clean Dirt. This product is an instant game changer as it gently exfoliates while brightening and toning, leaving my skin feeling refreshed and radiant. Made from a blend of cleansing clays, warming spices and restorative salts, this powder blends with water to activate and form a soft mousse for easy application. Stay tuned, The Clean Dirt is set to hit the shelves at DIANI Living in a few weeks!

The final step in my skincare routine is locking in moisture with The Blue Cocoon and Youth Dew Serum. By far one of the most popular skin care products at DIANI Living, The Blue Cocoon is a unique facial oil that melts upon touch. Made with a variety of organic butters, oils and fruit extracts, this facial oil works as a primary moisturizer, but I also love to use it on my lips and hands. I prefer to blend it with The Youth Dew for daily application. The Youth Dew balancing facial serum contains a combination of 20 plant and botanical oils that benefit skin at any age. I was instantly converted when my complexion was softened and plumped after the first use.

Thank you for joining along on my skin care routine. I thoroughly enjoy beginning and ending my day with what has become a relaxing and luxurious ritual. I hope it inspires you to adopt one yourself. Visit the DIANI Living store to shop these exclusive May Lindstrom products. You can also email customercare@dianiliving.com or call 877-342-6474  to place an order.

 

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Forte Forte, Italian Riviera Print Shirt, $365

May Lindstrom, The Honey Mud, In-Store Exclusive, Call to Order, 1.877.342.6474

 

The New Health Rules, $19.95

May Lindstrom, The Youth Dew, In-Store Exclusive, Call to Order, 1.877.342.6474

May Lindstrom, The Jasmine Garden, In-store Exclusive, Call to Order, 1.877.342.6474

May Lindstrom, The Blue Cocoon, In-store Exclusive, Call to Order, 1.877.342..6474

Isabel Marant Étoile, Kella Tank, $135

Body Ionic Massage Brush, $35

Small Bowl, Taupe, $22

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Meyzer Tassels Hand Towel, $35

 

 

 

 

 

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Caroline Diani’s Favorite Winter Recipe

One of my favorite dishes to prepare this time of year is soup. Jeffrey and I love how easily it comes together with only a few fresh ingredients and it’s a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables. We typically have two or three recipes on rotation, but we’re always looking for new ones to add to the mix. I’ve recently been exploring one of DIANI Living’s newest cookbooks, The Yoga Kitchen by Kimberley Parsons, a naturopath and cafe owner who creates holistic recipes that nourish your mind, strengthen your body and bring balance to your life. All of the recipes are vegetarian and gluten free and many of them are vegan. I love how the chapters are organized by the seven chakras – Ground, Flow, Vitalize, Nurture, Strengthen, Calm and Pure – so that you can easily flip to the section that best aligns with your body’s needs.

One of my favorite recipes is the Sweet Potato, Ginger, Tamari & Maple Soup. There is a unique balance between the sweetness of the sweet potato and maple syrup and the acidity of the lime and tamari that gives it a complex, deep and satisfying flavor. The ginger adds a subtle kick that will warm you right up on those cool winter nights. This recipe makes six hearty servings that will easily serve a small gathering or work wonderfully as leftovers.

Ermita Cable Stitch Puff Sleeve Sweater from Apiece Apart

 The Shady Pleated Ankle Fray from MOTHER Denim

This sustainable dishware is handcrafted from bamboo and perfect for serving soup.

Clean up is super easy too!

For this recipe and more delicious dishes, shop The Yoga Kitchen cookbook on our website or find it in our store.

 

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The Yoga Kitchen, $24.99

Small Plate, Natural, $35 

La Rochelle Napkin, Navy, $25.00

Mismatched Antique Silverware Set, $45

Small Bowl, Taupe, $22

 

 

Small Bowl, Storm, $22

Round Teardrop Spoon, Streaked Maple, $70

 

 

 

Apiece Apart Ermita Stitch Puff Sleeve Sweater, $495

Mother Denim, The Shady Pleated Ankle-Fray in Narrow Escape, $250

Small Bowl, Natural, $22.00

 

 

 

 

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Pillow Talk with Peter Horjus

I recently spent some time at the Santa Barbara home of local designer and illustrator Peter Horjus. Appropriately dubbed the “tree house,” Peter’s space is a hideaway of sorts, filled with a collection of antique bits and bobs, a dreamy window-lined artist’s studio, family heirlooms and of course beautiful artwork.

I knew of Peter before we officially met, as I would often see him at Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro with a sketchbook and coffee in hand. Over the years our friendship has grown and you will find his brilliant illustrations in the windows of DIANI and DIANI Shoes as well as his cleverly crafted Line & Form bottle stoppers for sale at DIANI Living.

As we close out 2018, I’m excited to end on a high note by featuring my friend and talented artist, Peter Horjus, as the 13th addition of our Pillow Talk series. We took a moment to chat about his dad’s artistic influence, how self-employment runs in the family and the one Caribbean gig that got away.

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

I think I knew in 2nd grade. I loved art time, I would trade the best parts of my lunch – namely my Snicker’s bar – for drawing paper. I was drawing all the time, at school and at home, creating my own reality in my drawings. In grade school I won the cover art competition for a school music and art event. I remember drawing a feather pen and a harp in pencil, and I was so excited to see them in print and handed out at the door the night of the event. My dad was a great artist. He studied design, advertising and sign painting in Holland and later worked 12 years for the world famous 400 year-old Royal Tichelaar in Makkum as a ceramic painter before moving to America. Early on he introduced me to all kinds of art materials, from pastels to charcoal sticks, colored pencils to an array of textured papers. When work was slow he was always oil painting on canvas or painting a mural on a wall in our house, every room had a mural. So when he would draw and paint I would watch, learn and try to emulate. Eventually in high school, loving art and drafting classes, I worked on the school paper as an illustrator, this is when I awkwardly started using pen & ink, drawing funny skinny people throwing and catching a football, or a pyramid of cheerleaders. This start to weekly deadlines and concept ideas would perhaps prepare me for a life as the independent designer, illustrator and art maker I am today.

What contributed to you becoming the businessman that you are today?

My dad worked hard, he had his own business and so did his dad. Most all of my parent’s friends all had their own business too. I just always figured that’s what you do, you start your own business, you mind your own business. I watched and came up with my own little businesses. At seven I was gathering rocks from our back yard and gluing them together into interesting and strange creatures. Then I would paint them in different colors and patterns, and arrange them on a platter and walk through the neighborhood selling them door to door. I always seemed to sell them. Either I sold them because the neighbors took pity on me or I had a fun and decent product – probably a little of both. I didn’t give it much thought, I just enjoyed creating and selling… and my margins were great! A couple of years after that I opened Pete’s Bike Shop out of our garage. I remember having a hand-painted sign hanging above the door. My mom and I would run around town to yard sales early on Saturday mornings and I would buy old rusty unkept bikes for around $5-$10, bring them home, take them apart, steel wool the rims, sand and spray paint the frame, re-grease, reassemble and put them out on the sidewalk for $30 -$70. I would have 5-10 bikes out on the street at any given time. I remember really enjoying making the old and rusty look new and shiny.

My sophomore year in high school I learned how to paint cars from my neighbor across the street. He would have me do all his dirty work – taking bumpers and lights off, fix dents, and wet sand the whole car. He particularly liked my fastidiousness of tape masking the whole car perfectly. He would finish paint in the nearby high school paint booth and I’d watch and learn. After seeing how much he was making, and me doing quite a bit of the work for a low wage, I went to Sears, bought a Craftsman air compressor and tools and started painting all the cars in the family, then the cars of family friends, then school friend’s muscle cars. So it always seemed I had a bit of that entrepreneurial spirit. I knew early on I would have my own business someday. I was curious, liked to learn, liked to work, and I loved working with my hands.

Which entrepreneurs do you admire?

Desire, dedication, discipline and determination all describe these local entrepreneurs whom I am grateful to observe and work with – Robert Gilson, owner of Arlington Plaza and Hotel Cheval, Barrett Reed of the Miramar Group, Aaron and Kim of Handlebar Roasters, Walter Claudio of Walter Claudio Salon, Amy Cooper of Plum Goods, Caroline Diani and Colette Cosentino Studio. All of them are inspiring, motivating, propelling forward and blazing new trails. I admire them greatly.

What was your inspiration behind becoming a designer and illustrator?

A lifetime interest in drawing and a fascination for strong graphic imagery. It led me to develop my skills as a designer honing in on important principles and elements of design, learning the beauty of minimalism early on. An illustration class in college resulted in wetting my appetite for editorial illustration. An opportunity arose to become a staff illustrator for Copley News Service in San Diego right out of college. I took it. My style was very tight and painstakingly laborious at the time. After landing illustration work with a couple of other magazines, my workload became intense, and was filled with deadlines. So I was forced to loosen up my style and work faster. My style became very natural for me, I just loved creating images, and then as assignments from Saks Fifth Avenue, Coca-Cola, The New York Times, Newsweek and more came in, it kept me moving forward in a grateful and satisfying way.

What is your artistic process like? How do you maintain that while also fulfilling a clients needs?

Whether designing a logo, working on a magazine illustration or considering a new art piece I always start the process the same way. Ever since I was 24, I head to the local coffee shop with a sketchbook, 2B pencil and eraser in hand. I order a coffee and then on a fresh white spread mind dump a series of random/ controlled and absurd/expected rough sketches and interesting words until nothing more pours out. From there concepts, drawings and objectives get tighter and simplified. Next I scan and build art files on the computer or go right to canvas. I love this process, whether it’s building a client’s logo brand or painting a canvas for an interior designer. I’m now on sketchbook 26.

What has been your favorite part about creating a business?

How organically many friends become clients, and many clients become friends. I love hearing a client’s vision and objective, seeing their excitement and entrepreneurial spirit and feeling blessed to be a part of achieving those goals with them visually, and hopefully beyond their expectations.

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

Feeling overwhelmed by too much work in the face of being very detail-oriented.

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

Enthusiasm. I believe, discovering one’s true talents and abilities mixed with their true passion produces a purpose. Living with enthusiasm in your passion results in great joy, happiness and contentment… and so success.

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

It always seems intertwined and pretty balanced. The people I seem to spend most of my time with are like-minded creatives in desire and creative goals, whether they are builders, designers, entrepreneurs, shop keepers, artists, etc. Creative shop talk seems to float to the surface in conversation. To visit and hear another’s expression is always fun and rewarding, the passion runs through a common thread as one encourages and helps the other through triumphs and disappointments together.

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

Currently working on a new look in my illustration work, an adaptive style of what I have been doing for a long time. Also, the big launch of my handcrafted bottle stopper business is planned to happen the first part of 2019. Stay tuned.

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

I have a choice to cater to the masses or a smaller targeted group, I’ve always enjoyed leaning towards the later, a tribe of some sort, who understand what you are choosing to do in style and technique. I overhear some naysayers, but ignore and move steadfastly on in confidence. I also am much more aware of good and bad days, most of the time it seems to flow abundantly, whereas other days not a thing is happening – a total mind block. I continually learn to accept it, take action and know that tomorrow will most likely be a better creative day. Desire and determination pave my day and the next.

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

Fine art. It is relatively new for me, always been a bit afraid of it, especially painting very large. I’ve mostly focused on graphic design and illustration. But after doing a fine art series it was both refreshing and freeing.

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

In my early twenties, as a wet-behind-the-ears illustrator, I was asked by a newspaper to climb aboard a luxury 100 year-old schooner/scuba dive boat to the Caribbean for a 10-day, all expenses paid trip. My assignment was to dive twice a day, simply observe and illustrate in pen & ink all the experiences and small vignettes I encountered. Later those illustrations would accompany a travel feature story for the newspaper. I didn’t go, I felt being away that long would hurt my growing business. I remember work ended up being slow those 10 days. Imagine! That opportunity I still regret to this day.

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

Running on the beach at sunset. Hot shower. Low-light house. Healthy dinner. Read.

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

Get away from the studio and look for encounters in other creative disciplines.

What’s your favorite food to indulge in?

Dry aged ribeye steak with a juicy cabernet sauvignon.

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

Drink lots of water, devotions, check stocks and news.

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

Drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, eat two brazil nuts, brush teeth, fluff pillow.

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

Tidy and dark with good linens.

Thank you Peter, I was inspired from the moment I stepped into your creative space. It has been a pleasure getting to know you more and I look forward to seeing what you do next. To view more of Peter’s artwork, visit www.peterhorjus.com or check out his instagram @peterhorjusart and @lineandformhandmade.

I would like to thank my readers for following along on this Pillow Talk journey. It has been such a humbling and exciting new part of my life and I hope it’s added some inspiration to yours. We have a new batch of trailblazers that we can’t wait to introduce to you in the new year. Stay tuned!

 

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HFS Grain Sack Pillow, Cranberry Stripe, 18×18, $130

African Mudcloth Pillow, Brown, 18×18, $130

Line Sven Coat, $395

Zulu Ilala Palm Ukhambda Basket II, $115

Taylor Basket, WS, Medium, $295

 

Kesh Pillow, White/Black Thin Stripe, 15×24, $120

Alexandre Birman Wavee Pump Kitten Vinyl, $625

 

Line & Form Bottle Stoppers, starting at $37

Inhabit Classic Drapey Cardigan, $680

HFS Grain Sack 3 Pink Stripe Pillow, 13×20, $95

 

 

 

 

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Caroline Diani’s Holiday Wish List

This time of year I find myself coveting a collection of favorites that make up my annual holiday wish list (hint, hint Jeffrey). I’ve had my eye on many of these special pieces since my buying trips earlier in the year and when they arrive in the store, they’re even better than I remembered. From the perfect statement suit and cozy cashmere scarf to my favorite Ayurvedic wellness oils and sparkly statement heels, let’s hope I’m on Santa’s nice list.

 

I can’t get enough of the Long Notched Shawl Blazer and Blocked Flood Pant from Smythe. The silhouette is relaxed, yet chic and the camouflage leopard print is bold enough to make a statement without being too over the top. I love that I can also wear these pieces separately, like the blazer with denim and a tee or the pant with a basic sweater. The versatility is a win win for me.

Handwoven from the softest purest cashmere, The Cloud Scarf in Hare from Jane Carr is the ultimate luxurious holiday gift that never disappoints. I love the two-toned color palette and reversible style, it goes with everything in my wardrobe.

Sunglasses are a year-around staple in California, so having a few different pairs is essential. We just received dozens of amazing new styles from Oliver Peoples, but the vintage-inspired Remick Sunglasses in Taupe Mirror are my favorite.

I’m often transitioning from work to dinner out and the Laurel Twist Mule in Pewter by Loeffler Randall  is just the shoe to get me in the mood. The sparkle metallic sheen instantly elevates any look, plus they’re comfortable enough to wear into the night.

Adding the right accessory to an outfit can really make it shine. I’m a sucker for gold bracelets and these luxe ones from The Woods Fine Jewelry are at the top of my wish list. I love their ability to instantly elevate any look, from jeans and a tee to a simple silk dress. Call to order, 1.877.342.6474.

When it comes to beauty and wellness I’m a firm believer in healing from the inside out, which is why I absolutely love UMA Oils. Crafted from pure botanical oils, these highly coveted Ayurvedic products are tailored to address the stressors and ailments we face in the modern world. As someone who is always on the go, applying the UMA Pure Bliss and UMA Pure Energy oils is a form of self care and something I look forward to on a daily basis.

I know how hard it’s to find an organic, all natural deodorant that works. I’m happy to report that the Deo Stick by Susanne Kaufmann is my all-time favorite. It has a pleasant, refreshing scent and calming properties that make it sensitive skin-friendly too.

Since I live a mostly-vegan lifestyle, when I prepare meals at home I love using the Deliciously Ella cookbook for delicious and nourishing recipes. One of my favorites is the Mexican Quinoa Bowl, I could eat it everyday.

During the holiday season, I’m always on the hunt for festive table linens. Our newest Napkins in Equinoxe Natural are crafted from the finest French linen and weave in subtle metallic accents that are perfect for holiday hosting.

Designing custom pillows for DIANI Living is one of my favorite parts about my job. I love discovering new fabrics in florals and grain sack, but this African Mud Cloth Pillow in Black is one of my all time favorites.

 

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Smythe Long Notched Shawl Blazer, $695

Smythe Blocked Flood Pant, $425

OP Remick Sunglasses, Taupe Mirror, $415

 

 

Jane Care The Cloud Scarf in Hare, $290

Loeffler Randall Laurel Twist Mule, Pewter, $395

The Woods Fine Jewelry, Call to Order 1.877.342.6474

Pure Energy Wellness Oil, $85

Pure Bliss Wellness Oil, $85

 

Susanne Kaufmann Deo Stick, $59

Napkin, Equinoxe Natural, $16

Deliciously Ella Cookbook, $25

African Mudcloth Pillow in Black, 13×20, $150

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Setting the Table with Caroline Diani

‘Tis the season for gathering around the table, enjoying a delicious and nourishing meal and spending time with family and friends. If you’re playing host this year, we know how much goes into coordinating a dinner party, from menu planning to festive decorations and table setting details. As I prepare my home for the holidays, I like to create a table setting that’s festive, yet understated by adding elegant and living accents mixed with rustic soul.

Before I start decorating the table, I like to create a focal point with one of our new DIANI Living table runners. The handwoven Stripes and Blocks Runner has a great neutral color palate and is 100% cotton so you can easily toss it in the washing machine post-dinner party.

For the table’s centerpiece, I added one of our beautiful Custom Succulent Arrangements created in a vintage wooden brick mold. The rustic exterior adds a nice contrast against the ceramic dishes and elegant glassware and the horizontal low-lying shape allows for easy cross-table conversation. Living green elements are a great reminder that everything starts with the earth and that nature nourishes our body and mind.

After creating the centerpiece, I begin layering in the dinnerware. To compliment the dark grey stripes in the table runner, I use our Chamberlin Platter in gunmetal as a charger. Layered on top is our bamboo Flat Plate and Lace Salad Plate. The contrast between the textured ceramic and smooth bamboo adds interest to each table setting.

To keep with the festive color story, I used our Amwell Red Wine Glass and Champagne Flute. This elegant stemware is simple, but the moody smoked color makes a statement. It also pairs perfectly with the ceramic chargers and Bon Napkins in Anthracite. Our handmade Succulent Napkin Rings are the perfect topper for each place setting. The hint of green is a great way to lighten up your festive decor and adds a special touch without making it too formal.

It’s not a dinner gathering without a few candles, especially during the holidays. I topped the table runner with a sprinkling of my favorite Vintage Brass Candlesticks and pure unscented beeswax Rope Candles in natural, black and cream. These candlesticks can easily be mixed in with your own candle assortment and festive decor for a touch of elegance.

You don’t need elaborate appetizers for a holiday dinner party. I put together a simple bread board with a variety of snacks to nibble on. A Vintage Bread Board makes it easy to throw together something last minute. It also adds a rustic element to the table and keeps the vibe casual, yet put together.

To complete my holiday table setting and create a warm, inviting space, I added the Dakhla Throw and a few African Batik Grey Pillows on top of my wooden benches.

For holiday recipe inspiration, I turn to some of my favorite DIANI Living cookbooks. Since I’m mostly vegan, Deliciously Ella is my go-to for delicious, nourishing dishes and Sunday Suppers is a must for festive recipes.

Shop for all of your holiday hosting essentials and tableware pieces online at dianiliving.com or in our store. Our customer care team is happy to help you find what you need to make each and every holiday gathering a special one.

 

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Custom Succulent Arrangements, starting at $35

Stripes & Blocks Runner, $80

Petersyn Basil Pant, $210

Raquel Allegra Victorian Blouse, $470

Chamberlin Platter, Gunmetal, $125

 

Flat Plate, $45

Lace Salad Plate, $55

Amwell Red Wine Glass, Smoked, $18

Succulent Napkin Ring, $10

Amwell Champagne Flute, Smoked, $18

Bon Napkin, Anthracite, $30

Deliciously Ella, $25

 

Vintage Brass Candlestick, Single, 8.5″, $40

Vintage German Bread Board, $175

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Sunday Suppers, $35

African Batik Grey Pillow, $160

Rope Candles, Pair, $30.00

Dakhla Throw Blanket

Dakhla Throw Blanket, $375

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Inside Caroline’s Travel Bag

I was just in New York for Fashion Week and will be leaving again soon for Paris Fashion Week and, when I’m on-the-go, there are some things I just can’t leave home without. This time of year my schedule is typically packed with buyer meetings, so it’s helpful to have everything I need all in one place. Besides the obvious phone, laptop and passport, I try to narrow down the contents of my travel bag to just the essentials. Here’s a peak inside, where I have everything from my go-to wallet and sunnies to wellness oils and a tea tumbler.

A large bag is a girl’s best friend. It helps corral all the bits and bobs that you just can’t live without. The Jerome Dreyfuss Maurice Bag is perfect for everyday use, especially while traveling. The suede exterior and luxe accents can easily take you from day to night. The handles are adjustable with the option to attach a shoulder strap and the snap tabs cinch the top to keep everything in place. The interior is lined and includes two zip pockets for easy storage and the brand’s signature key fob with flashlight is handy after a late evening out.

Even if the weather calls for rain, a good pair of sunnies is a travel essential. I love the classic shape of the Ellice Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples. Featuring rounded aviator-style frames with double bridges, these shades are a colorful take on a unique vintage style. The lenses have an anti-reflective coating, plus 100% UVA/UVB protection and the tortoise frames go with any outfit I throw on.

While we use our phone for almost everything these days, there is something to be said about writing an old fashioned note. This Bright Ideas Notebook is small, lightweight and goes with me everywhere. The leather exterior can be bent and folded without loosing its shape, which makes it the perfect travel companion.

The Jerome Dreyfuss Julien Wallet is the perfect travel companion. The size of a passport, this accessory is both efficient and chic. Crafted from lambskin, the naturally textured exterior is luxuriously soft with gold accents for a touch of elegance. The interior features cleaver storage compartments for small change and credit cards. I might switch out my bag, but the Julien Wallet is something I carry everyday.

The only downside to a large travel bag is small items tend to get lost at the bottom. My solution is the Anya Hindmarch Important Things Case. I use this zippered pouch to stow away my most prized possessions, like my passport and this keepsake necklace, which is adorned with my late parent’s wedding bands and a lion’s tooth from Kenya given to me by my parents when I was young. I tend to be a little superstitious, so I always wear this necklace when I’m flying. I feel that nothing bad will happen as long as I have it on.

Time spent in the airport and on the plane, not to mention the lingering jet lag, can really wear down your mind and body. There are a few wellness essentials I keep in my travel bag when I need a little boost.

The Double Wall Tumbler is perfect for transporting your favorite morning beverage from meeting to meeting.  Crafted from ceramic and vacuum insulted, your drink will stay hot or cold for hours. As a tea drinker, I particularly love the stainless steel strainer, which attaches to the lid, making tea on-the-go easy.

My personal holistic wellness guru, Dr. Kristi Wrightson-Harter (read more about her here), recommends a few supplements for keeping my immune system at its best. The Green Adaptogen by Sun Potion is something I take everyday, so you can guarantee it’s in my travel bag. The balancing blend of Suma, Maca, and Chlorella helps to promote energy levels, strengthen the immune system and promote overall wellbeing.

Flying is notorious for drying out the skin. My go-to solution for chapped lips is the UMA Oils Absolute Anti Aging Lip Oil. Nourishing avocado and grapeseed oils instantly revitalize lips and provide a rush of vitamin e and moisturizing fatty acids. Lavender, geranium and peppermint essential oils lock in moister and add a zing of freshness. It also acts as the perfect primer under your favorite lipstick.

 

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Jerome Dreyfuss Maurice Bag, $860

Jerome Dreyfuss Julien Wallet, $355

 

Double Wall Tumbler, $28

Anya Hindmarch Important Things Case, $245

Oliver Peoples Ellice Sunglasses, $585

UMA Oils Absolute Anti Aging Lip Oil, $32

APIECE APART Shirred Agata Top, $265

UMA Oils Wellness Oil Starter Kit, $45

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Pillow Talk with Beth Kuttner

A true trailblazer, Beth Kuttner has created her own path in life and her career. This powerhouse business woman and mother-of-two is the founder of craft fair Homespun, director of development for local non-profit African Women Rising and has a new venture in off-road vans in the works.

I first met Beth in July when DIANI Living participated in Homespun. I was excited for the opportunity to get to know her more as we sat down for my fifth Pillow Talk series.  Beth really has a firm sense of self and it’s clear that her interests really dictate where her energy goes. I admire how grounded she is and am so excited that you’ll get to know her too. We chatted about a little bit of everything, from inspiring female brand builders and stepping into nature to recharge, to her life’s greatest accomplishment.

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

Art. I wanted to be a painter.

You have your hand in a few different projects, what contributed to you becoming the business woman that you are today?

I took a different path after high school and didn’t attend college. I moved to Paris at 18 and started modeling. My first day in Paris I shot the cover of Elle magazine which was a huge deal, but I, of course, was clueless. I worked in the business for many years and the experience of traveling the world and doing it alone shaped my life.

What is the inspiration behind Homespun?

Homespun began as a backdrop for my husband’s furniture design business. His workshop was a 5,000-square-foot glass greenhouse on the Gaviota Coast. I wanted to create a marketplace to showcase my husband’s work and curate a collection of handmade goods.

The first show in 2015 brought the community together and I was shocked by the tremendous response. Santa Barbara hadn’t seen anything like Homespun and I certainly had no idea it would grow into what it is today.

Explain your role as Director of Development for African Women Rising.

As director of development I raise awareness for what we do for women in post conflict Africa. We work in Northern Uganda and have programs in micro-finance, regenerative agriculture, adult literacy, and girls education. AWR is a grassroots nonprofit and has done so much to change the lives of women. I’m honored to be a part of the AWR team. Go to our website: africanwomenrising.org to learn more.

Which female entrepreneurs do you admire?

That’s a question I could answer for days. The first two that come to mind are my friends, Micheline Pitt and Lori Stern. Micheline is a clothing designer in Los Angeles. Her 1940’s inspired line, Vixen, empowers women of every shape and size from XS-4X. Lori is a chef who I have watched blossom over the past couple of years. She uses nature as her palette and her creations are visual masterpieces. I’m so proud of them both. They have built brands on their own terms with grace, kindness, and tenacity.

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

Never give up.

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

A small example is unplugging midday to take a walk on the beach. Technology shouldn’t rule one’s life. Stepping into nature is a terrific way to balance. I also love to host intimate backyard dinner parties. Nothing better than cooking all day and feasting with friends.

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

Living the van life @iglhautallradusa (shameless plug). My husband and I are the U.S. distributors for Iglhaut, the world’s most capable on and off road van. I am looking forward to this journey on the road meeting overlanders and selling our product.

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

At this stage in my life, I do not let fear drive anything I do.

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

Can’t think of one.

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

My greatest accomplishment is raising two daughters and homeschooling them both until 8th grade. It will forever be my greatest achievement and nothing can even come close.

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

Gardening. I’m sometimes in my garden from sunup to sundown.

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

Stretch and let the cat in.

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

I check in with my children and give my husband a kiss.

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

I keep it uncluttered, dimly lit, and dog free.

For more information on Homespun, email Beth at bethkuttner@me.com

To learn more about the Santa Barbara non-profit African Women Rising, visit africanwomenrising.org

Follow along on Beth’s latest venture with Iglhaut on her instagram: @iglhautallradusa

 

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Floral Arrangement Tips with Caroline Diani

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Fresh flowers around the house is one of life’s most simple pleasures. They instantly brighten up any room and are a lovely touch for when you have house guests. Creating the perfect floral arrangement can be daunting, which is why I like to keep it simple.

Whether you’re picking up a bouquet from the farmer’s market or cutting some stems from your garden, DIANI Living’s new glass bottles and vases are perfect for simple floral arrangements. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes that stand beautifully on their own or clustered together for a layered look.

I typically buy fresh flowers weekly and to make them go a long way, I like to keep the arrangements simple and follow a few tried-and-true tips for long lasting blooms that instantly enhance any room.

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When it comes to picking out flowers, look for blooms that are in season. Your local farmer’s market, floral shop or even your own backyard are all great places to find flowers that are in season. Our Garden Flora book is a great source of inspiration.

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Choose foliage that varies in size, texture and shape for an arrangement that catches the eye. Including a few focal flowers with unique buds or bursts of color will help anchor your arrangement.

I typically start with the tallest flower and work around that, keeping the overall shape organic and asymmetrical.  I like these small vases with narrow necks because you can use one or two stems per vase. By clustering the vases together and changing up the height and stem length, it creates variety and a lovely layered look.

Before I begin arranging in the vase, I like to trim the stems and cut off any dead leaves or broken petals. Our Tajika Scissors are a great tool for that.

Let the mood and colors of the room dictate your arrangement choice. For example, I chose a yellow color story for the bathroom to add a fresh, energetic feel to the space.

In the living room, I wanted my arrangement to complement my home decor. I went with single stem arrangements and chose flowers with natural hues and texture.

For the bedroom, I opted for warmer tones and more romantic shapes to set the mood. 

Shop our glass vases and bottles, as well as gardening books and accessories online at dianiliving.com or in-store.

On Caroline: The Shirred Agata Top from Apiece Apart, to inquire call 877.342.6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com.

 

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Elan Bottle, 3″x4″, $15

Round Elan Bottle, 3.75″x5″, $15

Highball Vase, 2.25″x4″, $6

Tajika Large Scissors, Copper, $120

Highball Vase, 2.25″x8″, $12

Garden Flora, $40

Centipede Vase, 3″x3.5″, $10

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Shirred Agata Top in Pachu Mama, $265

The Low Slung Jean in Pearl, $310

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Highball Vase, 2.25″x6″, $10

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Pillow Talk with Colette Cosentino

At DIANI Living, we know that a single home piece has the ability to transform a room. But decorative artist and muralist Colette Cosentino takes this to the next level. From ornate ceiling paintings to whimsical wall murals, Colette has been enhancing home interiors with her stunning decorative art for over 20 years.

I recently got a sneak peak inside her Santa Barbara studio and art gallery for our Pillow Talk series. While she added some finishing touches to a canvas, we chatted about her artistic process, inspiring lady bosses and her favorite place to recharge.

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

My favorite subject was, of course, art. Music was always right up there too. I knew I would end up in the arts, whether as a musician, actress or artist.

What contributed to your goal of becoming the decorative artist and muralist that you are today?

Decorative painting is a career I fell into by way of working in set painting and set restoration at the Granada and Ensemble theaters in Santa Barbara. Before moving to Santa Barbara I really didn’t know that decorative painting was a thing outside of that which is historical. Never in a million years did I think I would be painting decorative ceilings and beams in people’s homes. With one opportunity came an accidental career.

What is the inspiration behind the work that you do?

I’m very drawn to nature. I’m moved by lacy leaves, trees, water, horizon lines, clouds, stars, and twilight skies. So it seems because of these things, I’m compelled to create.

What is your artistic process like? How do you maintain that while also fulfilling a client’s needs?

It all depends on the project, and a delicate balance to be sure. I need to let a project swim around in my head for a time before taking ideas to paper. Then I like to experiment and create without an agenda, allowing for mistakes and creativity. Then I’ll go to work within the confines of the project, once all the wiggles are out. This seems to work out best for everyone.

Which female entrepreneurs do you admire?

Firstly, my mom. She has always been successful at being self-employed. From selling Tupperware in the old days to owning a frame shop and gallery to selling real estate. She’s a go-getter.

Also, I really admire Caroline Diani. I’m impressed and inspired by what she has built here. I admire her thoughtfulness about life, her aesthetic, her approach. Other lady bosses: Christy Martin (Modern Romantic) and Patti Pagliei of Waxing Poetic. Also: Oprah.

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

The most important ingredient is believing in yourself. Plus: don’t give up.

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

The business aspect 😉

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

It sort of works itself out.

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

I’m working towards making my work accessible on a larger scale to all those who are moved by it and want a piece for themselves.

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

I’ve eliminated all other options, and yet I hold on loosely. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster—from feeling strong and confident to asking myself, what the heck have I done?! I have been practicing putting one foot in front of the other. Keep moving forward with what’s right in front of me, that way it’s not all so overwhelming.

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

Renting a decent sized art studio in a retail location in downtown Santa Barbara. But I did it and I’m so glad I did.

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

About 20 years ago I was offered a position to create for a company that made artful home decor products. I do wonder sometimes where that road would have taken me.

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

I have not accomplished it yet.

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

Sleep comes very easy to me. I’m usually pretty worn out by the end of the day.

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

I like to have all white bedding and freshly laundered linens. It really does something for me.

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

It’s rare, but sometimes I will allow myself to actually spend the entire day in bed, which is my favorite place. I’ll check out entirely, nap and binge watch TV. It’s not glamorous, but it’s divine.

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

I look out of the window. I like to position my bed next to a window, it feels like you are sleeping outdoors that way. I love waking up and looking out to the morning sky, examining it closely.

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

Look outside at the night sky and stare at the stars.

Thank you Colette, your artwork is breathtaking! To learn more about Colette and her decorative artwork, visit her website www.colettecosentino.com or stop by her gallery and studio space at 11 West Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara.

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Dotted Line Pillow

Dotted Line Pillow, 17×24, $150

Azzedine Long Sleeve Blouse

Sea Azzedine Long Sleeve Blouse, $350

Isabel Marant Etoile Release Blouse

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Caroline’s Go-To Summer Recipe

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In the summer after work, Jeffrey and I want to be outside enjoying the weather as much as possible. So when it comes to meals at home, we like to keep it fresh and simple.  For those of you who don’t know us well, we’ve been experimenting with a mostly vegan diet, which involves exploring the local farmer’s market for fresh produce and turning to plant-based recipes for inspiration. I’ve been digging into my collection of cookbooks from DIANI Living and one of my favorites for fresh seasonal fare is Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings by Karen Mordechai. We love her concept of slowing down and celebrating the traditions of food and community. There’s a simplicity to the time spent preparing and sharing locally-sourced food that helps me feel grounded after a busy day.

During the summer months I find myself turning to her Watermelon Salad with Lemon and Coriander Seed Dressing for a quick and easy dish filled with bright flavors and a satisfying crunch. It’s a great mix of fruits and vegetables and packs up well for lunch on-the-go, as a light dinner or tossed together for a last minute pot luck with friends.

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I don’t know what I would do without our DIANI Living Apron!

(Trend Top from Isabel Marant Étoile)

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Our Large Serving Bowl and Round Teardrop Spoons are perfect for tossing together summer salads.

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For this recipe and more delicious dishes, shop the Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings cookbook on our website or find it in our store!

 

 

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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

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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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

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

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 Jesse Top

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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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!

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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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Head Over Heels

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a great motivator to rev up the romance, get dressed up to the nines and go on date nights with your lover. And, it doesn’t hurt when your Valentine shows up with your favorite flowers. Painting the town pink never felt so good.

Isabel Marant Yann dress here. Ruby stone Marcia Moran earrings ($165) Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Isabel Marant Play sandals (below) here.

Photos Leela Cyd. Last photo Jeffrey Doornbos

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Stilettos and Sweats

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I often find myself on the road to LA for meetings or events wanting to be comfortable in the car, but also look put together on arrival. I don’t want to have to do some Wonder Woman-like change in a bathroom, or, as is the case sometimes, between my car doors. It’s quite an art form and something I’m now learning how to avoid. I’ve discovered really cool ways of dressing up sweats. Raquel Allegra always makes super soft, lightweight ones in beautiful muted colors and prints. I’ll wear them in the car with flats or sandals and a tank top and once I’ve reached my destination, throw on a pair of heels or booties and a blazer or cashmere sweater. It’s that easy! I drove down yesterday to see my husband in a play and pulled this effortless and easy look together.

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Raquel Allegra tie-dye sweats here. Liam cashmere sweater (old) similar here. Sergio Rossi nude suede pump here. Anya Hindmarch Carker wristlet in grey mist here. (also available in black).

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On The Fifth Day of a DIANI Christmas

On the fifth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a stripey tee by Whetherly, two fun shawl Eugenia Kim epaulet accessories and a pair of Oliver Peoples sunnies.

Whetherly tee (sold out) similar here and here. Eugenia Kim Epaulet in top photo here. Eugenia Kim Kenny knit hood in other photos here. Oliver Peoples Luella sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 64 74.

Photos Leela Cyd

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In The Band

Smythe Band Jacket

Calling all you jacket lovers. If you haven’t heard of Smythe, consider yourself in the know now. Take it from me, their jackets are not only the coolest, but they fit like a dream and are always so versatile. This Band jacket looks great with jeans, drop-crotch dressy sweats, a long pencil skirt and even a long full skirt. And, the gold braided detailing is calling the holidays.

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Smythe band jacket here. Mother Runaway jeans. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Rag & Bone denim shirt here. Zara heels (old).

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe Band Jacket

Smythe band jacket here. Mother Runaway jeans. New Arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Rag & Bone denim shirt here. Zara heels (old).

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Flats and Flares

Louise Flats

If you’re not quite ready for the full bell flares that are coming back (don’t worry, skinnies aren’t going anywhere), I’ve found the perfect jean for you by Mother. It has the fit and stretch that we expect in our denim and, from the knee, subtly flares out. Some may call this a stiletto cut. They look amazing with heels, boots, wedges and, best of all, flats! I’m crazy about these new pony hair flats by Pantofola d’Oro. They’re cozy and comfy and perfect for a long day in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.

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Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here and brown here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother Runaway jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Easy Weekend

Seymour Handbag

Goat Cable Cardigan

Louise Flats

Seymour Handbag

Pantofola d’Oro Louise flats in grey here. Anya Hindmarch Seymour handbag here. Mother jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Goat cable cardigan here. The Lady and the Sailor stripe tee here.

Photos. Jeffrey Doornbos

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Nowles November

Nowles Boots

When Isabel Marant’s Nowles boots arrived in August, I wanted to wear them right out the door! Ever since seeing them in the showroom in Paris, I had been dreaming about their arrival. Unfortunately, the weather was so beautiful, I couldn’t justify slipping my feet into a cozy shearling lined boot. So, reluctantly I tucked them back in their box and tried to forget about them until the weather cooled. As the days turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months, the sun kept shining and it seemed like I would never see the day when I could unpack them. But, finally, the day is here! Living in a canyon can get chilly, and it’s now chilly enough for me to justify tucking my feet into these cozy beauties. And, I’m heading to NYC in a couple of weeks, so they’ll definitely be in the bag! Oh, and did I mention, they have a hidden wedge? The perfect winter boot just got even more perfect.

Herno Jacket

Herno tweed coat with detachable sleeves here. Anya Hindmarch Maxi zip cross body bag. Available for pre-order. Call 1 877 342 6474.

Nowles Boots

Nowles Boots

Ready for the Chill

Herno tweed jacket here. Rag & Bone Adrienne camel sweater here. Whetherly Griffin stripe tee here. MiH Body Con jeans in faded black here. Jane Carr scarf here. Isabel Marant Nowles boots here.

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Gold Redone

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I featured this Sam&Lavi gold skirt, my favorite Golden Goose booties and Mason swing cardigan last week on my blog and had so much fun wearing the look that I wore it to work a few too many days in a row.  I wanted to figure out a way to dress it up a little and wear it out to a casual dinner party. Enter the perfect snuggly ivory sweater by no other than Isabel Marant, a simple black pump and an easy grab-n-go clutch by Anya Hindmarch and I was set for an intimate fireside gathering with friends.

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Isabel Marant Bolton sweater here // Sam & Lavi Aubrey skirt here // Anya Hindmarch clutch (old) new favorite here // Zara heels (old) similar here.

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