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 . . .
All I wanna wear this summer are these smocked beauties from Innika Choo. The Bali-based Australian designer’s linen pieces are hand made in limited quantities with her signature smocked shoulders and delicately embroidered details. The one-size-fits-all dresses and tops are meant to worn oversized with matching bloomers, bralettes and skirts which are perfect for layering. And as a mom to two little girls, Innika has mini versions of some of her designs. So sweet, so beautiful. I want it all.
Tomato red, curry yellow and blush pink . . . Bryr‘s latest colors, though a departure from their flawless neutral palette, are delightfully on point! With a fresh crossover and slide style, stocking up on Bryr’s made to order, buttery soft clogs is a must – especially since we’re finally enjoying just a glimmer of warmer weather. Not to be hyperbolic but discovering Bryr has been life changing. I love the clogs. And when they’re still on your feet at the end of a long day chasing after two little tots, that’s saying a lot.
Indian illustrator and wildlife enthusiast Rohan Sharad Dahotre gives nature’s most majestic animals the ultimate amount of panache using fine black and white doodles. Ornate tribal ensembles bring charisma to each of these creatures, like a mischievous hyena with multiple piercings and a statuesque lioness with a regal cloak. Love this!
Moon faces by J.W. Anderson, curvy bodies by Rosie Assoulin and a Picasso like visage from Céline . . . I’m loving all the quirky wire-shaped earrings that are trending right now!