I don’t discriminate when it comes to hats. I pretty much own or have tried on every silhouette imaginable – with one exception: the beret. Even the Francophile in me just assumed the cliché French chapeaux would certainly be most unfavorable to my large tête and round face. But thanks to Alessandro Michele and Luisa Beccaria, I was inspired to try on my first beret on a recent hat shopping excursion with a girlfriend. Instead of shits and giggles, my reaction was more along the lines of oooh-la-la! I was surprised how versatile and flattering it was and I loved that you could wear it so many ways, slouchy like a beanie for a more boyish look or slightly tipped for a more feminine feel. I loved it so much that I bought two. So what do you think? Mime or chic?
My love affair with antique jewelry began at a really young age when I’d habitually sift through and admire my mother’s collection of gold and jade rings, necklaces and bangles, all of which had been passed down from several generations. Most pieces had a story – stories which I felt attached to and hoped that one day would belong to me. Not only do I love the significance that heirloom jewelry carries, it’s distinctive and everlasting, making it worth every investment. I’ve recently been obsessed with rings: signet rings, Edwardian pearl rings, mourning rings, pinkie rings and diamond bands . . . j’adore them all. There are so many incredible treasure hunters in the market today, curating some impressive collections. So today, I’m sharing the wealth by rounding up my top 5 favorite antique jewelry purveyors. Get ready to swoon!
Metier SF: For over 20 years, Sheri Evans and Trina Papini have been buying estate and modern jewelry for their stunning gem of a boutique in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. Their shared passion for storied trinkets and modern approach for procuring keepsakes means they’ve amassed a covetable collection of jewelry from nearly every era.
A custom neon sign has been on my wish list for years but the substantial price tag has prevented me from pulling the trigger. What can I say, shoes take precedence! It wasn’t until I recently stumbled upon this awesome tutorial from A Practical Wedding, that I was instantly inspired to DIY my own, giving it my own spin. I like being able to customize the sign with my handwriting and choosing a fun pattern as a backdrop. I’m also anxious to make a life size version for my home office. But in the meantime, I can’t think of a better way to express how much I love my Valentine . . .
The two main components to making your own neon sign is a flexible neon electroluminescent wire called EL wire and an acrylic sheet to which your wire will attach. The EL wire can be ordered in different thicknesses, lengths and colors (FUN!). And several online vendors sell acrylic sheets in custom sizes, thicknesses and colors. You’ll want to choose an acrylic sheet that’s at least 1/4″ thick as you don’t want to be able to see the EL wire glowing through the front from the backside. I’ve been dying to use this Cole & Sons palm wallpaper so I decided to cover my acrylic sheet, giving the sign a tropical feel.
Hollywood glamour and Southern California’s laid back vibes collide flawlessly in Christina Karras‘ 1920s Spanish-style bungalow. All the wonderfully eclectic details, from the retro dining room to the Stevie Nicks inspired bedroom, are influenced by her childhood collecting furniture and art, along with her design savvy parents. The coral hued walls are dreamy and the outdoor living room is epitome of cozy and chic California living!