The holidays are all about relaxing with family and friends at home – baking sweets, decorating the Christmas tree, sitting by the fireplace and snuggling up to watch your favorite holiday movie. With the unusually cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing in California lately, Lauren and I made a trip to Nordstrom Rack to hunt down some warm essentials, including super soft sweaters by Vince that you’ll want to live in and Minnetonka moccasin slippers to keep those feet warm.
Karl Lagerfeld has been presenting Chanel‘s Métiers d’Art collection every December since 2002, with past locations that have included Edinburgh and past themes that have been inspired by India, Shanghai and the Ottoman Empire. This season, it was Dallas, Texas – the fashion house’s first show in North America. Over 90 looks walked under a gorgeous canopy of flags at Dallas’ historic Fair Park. But first, seventy-four restored vintage automobiles were parked in front of four giant drive-in movie screen for the premier of the film The Return. Then collection celebrated the American West with blanket-pattern knit stoles, ponchos, fringed skirts, white prairie tops, black sheriff ties, and civil war inspired hats by Maison Michel. Native Texan Erin Wasson walked the runway carrying bottles of Chanel No.5 in her gun holsters. Honestly, don’t mess with Texas!
I’ll never forget my first pair of hammered gold hoops I purchased from jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning nearly 10 years ago. I’ve been a fan of her signature designs and innovative use of fine metal settings and raw gemstones and minerals ever since. It was an absolute treat to interview her and pay her Berkeley-based workshop and boutique a visit. And of course, the timing couldn’t have been better with the holidays just around the corner. Let’s just say my Christmas wish list is now complete!
Melissa Joy Manning est. 1997: I started my company with $1000 in 1997 by walking around to local stores I liked and asking them to my carry my jewelry. I continually reinvested into my business in order to build it into the brand it is today.
The design process: I’m still not sure how I design! I’m an incredibly visual person and my idea of play is making things (always has been!) As an avid traveller and nature lover, I’m incredibly inspired by the environment and different cultures. I take a lot of photos when I travel and use them for inspiration. For me, design is about trying to take an ephemeral feeling or impression and make it permanent in gold and stone.
I recently spotted a set of beautiful gold dipped feathers that I thought were far overpriced – especially for something that is ridiculously easy to make with a can of trusty spray paint. These gilded feathers are the perfect holiday accessory. Hang them from your Christmas tree, string them onto a garland, use one as a present topper or display them in a vase!