My love of Natalie Martin‘s hand batik printed silk clothing continues . . . Last summer, I practically lived in her gorgeous indigo pieces and this season, I’m smitten with bottoms, like wrap skirts, shorts and lounge pants, in burgundy and red floral prints, some with the perfect pink accents. The lightweight quality of her fabric is perfect for those sweltering summer days.
My jewelry choices are always evolving (and revolving) and thanks to the discovery of Brazilian designer Vanda Jacintho’s accessories collection, I’ve been lured back on the statement jewelry wagon. I’m loving all the oversized wood and resin bangles and necklaces and mismatched, shoulder sweeping earrings. Bold and so beautiful.
My sister recently returned from her honeymoon in Sri Lanka and stayed for a few days in the country’s central highlands at an incredible resort called Ceylon Tea Trails. The resort is made up of 5 different bungalows that all belonged to British tea-planters during the 19th century. Each bungalow has preserved its colonial-era architecture and is uniquely decorated with period furnishings. Guests staying at these bungalows enjoy a slower pace of travel, soaking in the vistas of Castlereagh Lake and verdant green tea plantations. Of course, tea is a huge part of staying at Ceylon Tea Trails. The property is surrounded by its own tea fields where the tea is picked and processed in a factory. Guests can also take a tour of the factory to learn how tea is made from leaf to cup. Afternoon tea is served every day and each house has a full staff including your own butler, who is there to arrange anything and everything for the guests. The food and drinks are incredible at Ceylon Tea Trails. The chef at her bungalow created custom menus for the guests that featured tea-inspired recipes, like tea-infused chicken, and Sri Lankan classics, like rice and curry. This hotel has a personal and understated luxury and charm that is truly one-of-a-kind! Check out photos from the rest of Karen’s Sri Lanka tour here – you’ll understand why it’s at the top of my travel bucket list!
Kelly Beeman‘s story is a fascinating one. A few years ago, the self taught Brooklyn based artist, who was only drawing nude figures at the time, decided to peruse Style.com in search of inspiration. It was unchartered territory as Kelly didn’t know much about fashion. But it was a collection from J.W. Anderson that immediately resonated with her, motivating her to whip up several paintings of her nudes dressed in the designer’s resort looks. She shared them with the designer via Instagram, who happened to love her work, and thus began her flourishing career as a fashion illustrator. Kelly has worked on commissions from J.W. Anderson, Loewe, Tory Burch, and Mara Hoffman, and has created fashion editorials for Marie Claire, Vogue and Interview Magazine. My favorite work of hers has to be the Sister series, an editorial where she explores the lives of four sisters and expresses their individuality in the form of fashion.
With a new successor at the helm, Carven is back and honestly, the label is looking better than ever. For his debut collection, Swiss born Dior alum Serge Ruffieux turned to the founder of the storied French house, Madame Carven, for the core of his inspiration. Smocked collar shirts, panelled mini-length dresses, tailored cut out dresses, and knit jacquard vests – all with the most distinctive details – are meant to emanate Carven’s love of world travel, her propensity towards the color green, and her signature retro, aristocratic flair. And all those tassel adorned flats?! Mais, oui!