Designers and twin sisters Tamara and Natasha Surguladze always explore the unexpected with their incredibly bold and eccentric prints. I mean, their fall collection is bonkers – like, out of the world amazing. The influence of Henri Matisse’s paintings, the use of wallpaper, carpet and tile-inspired prints, and the quirky mix of shapes is so fresh. And more importantly, so fun.
I’ve always considered myself environmentally conscious but my awareness has been heightened in the last few years, especially after the birth of my son Quincy. The decisions we make around the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the waste we produce will have a lasting effect on us and many generations to come. So with Earth Day upon us, I love knowing that sustainable designers like John Hardy are working towards a greener future with programs like Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo. A portion of proceeds from the Bamboo Collection are used to plant bamboo seedlings in Bali, the same country where the jewelry is handmade by local artisans steeped in a tradition of excellence. And in celebration of Earth month, John Hardy is donating an additional percent of sales to support Trees New York and their mission to plant 100 evergreen trees in New York City by 2015. Now, that’s a mission we stand behind. Happy Earth Day!
One of my favorite daily reads is Jean Stories, a new site dedicated to people and their love affair with their jeans. I live in my Levi’s and couldn’t imagine my life without them, so I find it fascinating to share in other jeans stories. A recent feature profiles LA stylist Kate Brien and her perfectly worn in white jeans. But what’s really amazing is her Instagram account, View From The Topp, where she chronicles her effortless, tomboy style and her covetable shoe collection. I found myself scrolling through over a hundred photos in her feed, lusting after her multiple pairs of Jenni Kayne d’Orsay flats and her Beatrice Valenzuela moccasins.
I’ve never been a fan of the pink hair trend so it surprises me how much I love the idea of a purple dye job. Purple just seems softer and less harsh than pink. And with hues like orchid, periwinkle, violet, lavender, lilac, rose and deep burgundy, there’s a shade for most all hair types. Now I would just need the guts to take the purple plunge.
The only word to describe Laura Santos‘ Greenwich Village residence is: wow. Four years ago, the decorator and her husband purchased three adjacent rowhouses and transformed them into a single, five story townhouse equipped with 21 foot ceilings, a dressing room, a media, a playroom, an outdoor oasis and an indoor pool clad in quartzite slabs. Yeah, I know – jaw dropping.