Honestly, does it get any sweeter than this California made swimwear line for tots? After a career in product marketing and consulting for children’s brands, Morgan Smith was inspired to launch her own label Minnow after struggling to find enough swimwear options for her toddler. Her debut collection includes ruffled one-pieces and bandeau bikinis for girls, short-cut shorts for boys and unisex rash guards. I adore the soft color palette, sweet floral patterns and playful silhouettes – perfect for those end of summer beach trips with the kiddos.
Located within the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel in Jaipur, India is what might be the most visually delightful restaurant and bar in the world. Bar Palladio, designed by Dutch designer and Tocca founder Marie-Anne Oudejansis, is a treat for the senses with it’s electric blue walls, intricate wooden screens, ornate brass lighting, floral motifs and overall royal Mughal style. I’m obsessed. One day, I will get to experience this gem in person! The only question will be: can I move in?
I’ve lived in Northern California for over 5 years now and I still haven’t adjusted to weather in Bay Area, where summer dresses stay closeted for most of the season because temperatures peak in the fall. But dresses styled over pants or jeans? This I can get used to . . .
If I haven’t cautioned you about the addictive nature of sewing rope baskets, consider this your official warning. Once you start, you just can’t stop. All it takes is a foot on the pedal, and a hand to guide the rope through the sewing machine, to have a simple, yet chic, bag take shape. It’s a very satisfying experience which is why I have umpteen rope bags and baskets piled up in a corner of my office. So one night, as I was about to sit down to a glass of wine and an evening of Netflix, I suddenly had the urge to paint. But paint what? Baskets! An entire season of Stranger Things later, I had a trio of painted baskets with brightly hued patterns. And as expected, I can’t stop . . .
Word on the beach is that these soft, custom dyed leather slip ons are the shoe of the summer. Inspired by the beach culture of Mexico, the founders of Vayarta, who hail from Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Calvin Klein, launched their label with a single style of vegetable dyed leather slippers that mold to the feet and soften to perfection over time. Insiders have likened their lightly padded leather insoles to walking on pillows. Honestly. You can bet that my first pair has already been ordered and en route, just in time for my trip to Hawaii.