The artists and creative geniuses at the ever dreamy Castle In The Air recently introduced me to the Globe de Mariée. It’s a French tradition dating back to the 1800s where a couple would preserve mementos from their wedding and marriage together in a glass cloche bell jar. One of the many sentimental items included, besides jewelry, photographs and locks of their babies hair, is the bride’s wedding crown which made from wax orange blossoms and flowers. I mean, is this just the most romantic thing you’ve ever heard of? So when the crepe paper experts of the Castle demonstrated how to make a waxed floral crown, I knew a tutorial on how to create a bigger, more dramatic version would be the perfect thing to share with you, especially with weddings, festivals and midsummer celebrations in full effect. Plus, I love the idea of coating the paper flowers with wax – with the amount of time it takes to make a paper crown, you want it to last forever! So without further ado, here is the how to:
Overlooking the Andaman Sea, on the shores of Phang Nga province in Thailand, is the new and impressive Iniala Beach House. Each of the 10 suites, spread over three villas, are designed by different designers from all over the world – some inspired by traditional Thai architecture, some influenced by modern design, and some simply impacted by the waves of the ocean. What an incredibly beautiful and unique place to unwind beachside. An added bonus is that 15 percent of the resort’s revenue goes to the owner Mark Weingard’s Inspirasia Foundation, which funds health and education projects in Thailand, Indonesia, and India.
Summer really isn’t summer without that perfect, semi-sheer and lightweight white dress, wouldn’t you agree? Delicate and utterly feminine. I’m obsessed. Dolce Vita offers an eyelet maxi with the sweetest scalloped hem. Kate Moss has designed a perfectly boho version, with embroidered tulle and lace, for Topshop. Cynthia Vincent‘s short lace dress has belled sleeves and Ralph Lauren‘s macrame maxi is perfection with fringe. And some of the best, of course, are vintage.
I personally could not be more excited about today’s release of This Is Oakland. Thisstunning new guide book, written by dear friend and publicist Melissa Davis and photographed by Kristen Loken, pays tribute to the city I now call home. With profiles of Oakland’s best cafes, top restaurants, unique boutiques and one of a kind speciality stores, it’s easy to understand why this vibrant, culture rich city was recently named the #5 city to visit in the world by The New York Times. Below is just a highlight of some of my favorite local haunts which include Escqelito, Mind’s Eye Vintage, Atomic Garden and Maison d’Etre. Whether you’re a resident, just passing through, or know someone who is relocating, This Is Oakland will undoubtedly inspire. Oh, and come knock on my door!