Pack your bags, we’re going to Brazil. Casa Tiba to be exact. This sweet little house, just paces from the beaches of Trancoso, once belonged to master ceramist João José Calazans. In 2010, retired French expatriate Thierry Moriceau purchased the workshop and restored it while preserving its Bahian craftsmanship. It’s the type of house that might encourage you to leave your worries at the door and to embrace the simple life. Just what a need . . .
It was the exaggerated proportions of the female figure that first drew me to one of Isabelle Feliu‘s illustrations. Then after exploring the Oslo based artists’ work further, I was enamored – strong, diverse and confident women donning Gucci, Monse, Vivetta, Marni and Dolce & Gabbana in the tropics . . . yes! What a beautiful portrayal of womanhood.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about my own personal style, it’s that the most simple things can feel the most special. This is why I’m smitten with Masscob, a label based in a small Spanish coastal town, La Coruña. Designers and partners Marga Massanet and Jacobo Cobián created their brand on a commitment to reviving artisanal values and maintaining quality, first and foremost. A Victorian inspired cotton blouse features such delicate guipure lace detailing, that it might as well be claim to be vintage. Linen dresses, dyed in natural earthy tones, are lightweight, comfortable and timeless. Simple. Beautiful.
My sister is getting married next month (!!!) and I’ve been given the honorable duty of accessorizing the bride on her wedding day. Hours spent searching for earrings, bracelets, necklaces have proved futile. And I’m not sure why Jennifer Behr didn’t come to mind initially but after stumbling upon her latest collections of headpieces and earrings, my jaw literally dropped. Eureka! With one of these stunning, oversized gilded floral crowns, why would a bride need anything else?
A few weeks ago, I was presented with a most enticing challenge: collaborate with four other inspiring California based creatives to create a cohesive dining experience with artist Heather Day’s experimental fine dining concept, Studio Table. The inspiration was method‘s marine inspired Sea Minerals – a theme that is so near to my heart given my childhood spent living by the sea. The task was to 3-dimensionalize method’s fragrance through the lens of five senses, all while letting any limitations and expectations at the door. Yes! Sign me up. I was super excited to be working in collaboration with Studio Table, which was started by Heather, Michelle Wei and Chef Ben Roche as a way to bring together strangers within a community and to encourage out of the box conversations over a shared meal. Like, sunchoke with creme fraiche and caviar kinda gourmet meal. The concept that first came to mind, when brainstorming what I could possibly bring to the overwhelmingly talented table, was to dye a set of dinner napkins with natural ingredients and then embroider each one with guests’ names to use as place cards. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and this seemed like the perfect occasion to bring the idea to life. Follow along to see how this magical evening came together . . .