Artist Paige Smith, also known as Common Name, has made her mark by crystallizing the overlooked nooks and crannies of the streets of Los Angeles – and more recently, all over the world. The three-dimensional shards are created using painted paper or cast resin and then carefully organized to fit inside urban spaces. What a great reminder that beauty can be found in the most modest places.
Last night, I had the pleasure of joining a group of tastemakers for an intimate dinner at The Podoll‘s newly opened Noe Valley boutique. It was fitting that on Earth Day, the Podolls would play hosts as the husband and wife team founded their label, nearly 10 years ago, with a single design mantra in mind: slowness is beauty. Josh and Lauren Podoll’s sustainable spirit resonates in the wonderfully laid back yet sumptuous clothing, all which is made using globally sourced, sometimes hand loomed (see video below!) and eco-friendly textiles and produced locally in San Francisco – a rarity in this day and age. And in addition to their namesake collection, which now includes an adorable collection of children’s clothing, the Podolls curate an impeccable selection of equally conscious wares like Ryan Roche’s knitwear, Tracy Wilkinson’s ceramics and Mimbres Valley’s indigo dyed scarves. The evening ended with minds inspired and hearts filled with respect. And of course, all of us lusting over The Podoll’s spring collection . . .
I can’t stop ogling at these photorealistic oil paintings of cacti by Korean artist Kwongho Lee – probably because my brain hasn’t fully grasped the fact that they aren’t photographs. The details are shockingly realistic, it’s no wonder that Lee has spent countless hours experimenting with various techniques with his paintbrush and canvas. Honestly, wow.
Gone are the days of the traditional, single solitaire diamond engagement ring. I just love the variety of options for couples these days, like simple stackable bands and rings with colored diamonds, vintage settings, and organic textures. I mean, how swoon worthy are these weighty engagement stacks, so delightfully curated by Esqueleto, one of my favorite designations for uniquely crafted jewels? Inspired to reconfigure my own pile . . .