Love, Freda

I recently visited Freda Salvador‘s new flagship store in San Francisco and picked out a pair of shoes for myself from their spring collection. You can imagine how difficult it was to narrow down my selections. Would it be a pair of toe ring sandals with a removable crystal strap? A pair of snake-printed booties? Or a pair of slip-on loafers with a detachable saddle? Alas, I decided on the most delicious and comfortable pair of black, patent leather D’Orsay loafers adorned with Swarovski crystals tied on with neon green accents – I honestly haven’t stopped wearing them since. Highly recommend . . .

(Freda Salvador shoes available here; images by HonestlyWTF)

Palazzo Margherita

Situated in a small hilltop town near the Ionian Sea in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy is Palazzo Margherita, is an intimate resort owned by director Francis Ford Coppola. A former 19th century mansion houses nine charming rooms, each decorated with hand-painted fresco ceilings and restored marble floors, private courtyards and lush gardens. And not only does the hotel serve homemade Italian cuisine, it also shows old Italian movies nightly in the salon. Sounds like a dream, right? Andiamo, let’s go!

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Stella Jean Spring 2013

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean just kills it collection after collection. The styling is always spot on as it really doesn’t get better than impeccably tailored wax printed cottons paired with vintage-inspired tees, menswear button downs, bold jewelry and of course, silk head wraps. The combinations are outrageously cool and endless and needless to say, I’m completely obsessed.

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The Art Of Quilling

Yulia Brodskaya is a master at the art of quilling, using strips of colorful paper that is rolled, shaped and glued to create the most magnificent works of art. As much as I absolutely love her typography, as seen in Startbucks or Hermès ads, I am most impressed with her portrait series. Yulia so brilliantly challenges the limitations of traditional quilling techniques by bringing these three dimensional portraits to life. Each of her subjects have the most poignant and emotional facial expressions . . . they’re simply extraordinary!

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