I personally could not be more excited about today’s release of This Is Oakland. This stunning 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!
Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, a 1930s modernist villa on the outskirts of Paris, was the catalyst for Clare Waight Keller‘s resort collection. The silhouettes are mostly architectural with soft, clean lines. But above all, everything maintins functionality and wearability, while still maintaining Chloé‘s revered je ne sais quoi. In addition to the killer coats and chic trumpeted skirts, the accessories so on point. It’s as expected, no? I’m lusting for the new structured cross body bag, that super thick belt and those must have wedges.
Philadelphia based artist Kim Alsbrooks paints miniature portraits on trash – specifically, 17th and 18th century museum portraits on flattened beer cans, glass liquor bottles and discarded milk cartons. The inspiration behind My White Trash Family came from Kim’s frustration with witnessing the extreme disparities of class while living in the South. By juxtaposing regal portraits with common trash, she dispels the idea of historical social biases . . . at least in her world.
We’ve been a long time admirers of woven wall hangings and have loved seeing how these vintage flat weave textiles have come back in style thanks to such talented artists like Mimi Jung, Janelle Pietrzak, Maryanne Moodie and Meghan Bogden Shimek. I never imagined, however, that I could actually make my own – in fact, I was very close to commissioning a textile artist to weave a piece for our new home! But after hearing that Meghan, of Native Textile, was teaching a local workshop, I jumped at the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of weaving. I instantly became obsessed. And keep in mind, me and yarn don’t mix well. I’m a horrible knitter. Anyway, I loved the ease and tangibility of Meghan’s method so much, I was inspired to share some of her amazing tips with you. The entire process may seem intimidating at first but I encourage you to just give it try and follow the tutorial, step by step. Welcome to Weaving 101! You’ll be hooked, I promise.