Just when I thought I’d satisfied my lust for shearling coats this season, a luxe, slightly oversized and reversible coat, from newcomer Arjé, completely stole my heart. And then, so did the rest of the collection. The New York based label launched earlier last year with Donna Karan alums Bessie Afnaim Corral and Oliver Corral. The husband and wife design duo set out to change the way we dress by focusing on comfort, versatility, and luxury. Color palettes are simple and sophisticated and silhouettes are designed to be layered in a multitude of ways. They’re also changing the way we shop with their “see now, buy now” approach. Four collections are to be launched per year, and everything within that collection will be fully produced before debuting. So although my dream shearling coat is sold out, I’m comforted in knowing there’s a lot more Arjé to indulge in for seasons to come.
You guys, I have a newfound obsession. Latch hooking! It all started with a beautiful palette I had saved to my desktop while pinning inspiring color combinations – another new addiction as of late. I wanted to actualize it into a three dimensional piece of art for our bedroom and what better way than to turn it into a wall hanging! Latch hooking is something I’ve been dying to teach myself for awhile now, thanks in part to the incredible weavings from tapestry artist Judit Just. So this stunning palette of blues, blush, rust and ochre finally motivated me to sit through a slew of YouTube tutorials on latch hooking 101. I was surprised to learn how easy the process is and even better, how few tools and supplies are needed! I will be honest, it can get pretty tedious but the results are so worth it. Pro tip: the time flies even faster when you Netflix and chill.
It’s all about the details at Hotel des Grands Boulevards, a newly opened boutique hotel tucked in a quiet alley in Paris’ 2nd Arrondissement. Designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, the 50 room hotel combines the building’s 18th century roots with an Art Nouveau and Modernist twist. The canopied beds using rustic linens covering velvet upholstered headboards, in the most gorgeous color palettes, has to be my favorite feature. The wooden side tables, brass switch plates and rotary phones are the perfect touches to this wonderfully eclectic hotel. Allons à Paris demain, oui?
When was the last time you made a collage? For me, it was high school . . . I think. It’s certainly been awhile since I was last tooling around with torn pages of magazines, scissors and an Elmer’s glue stick. Recently, I attended a collage workshop at the wonderful Midway Gallery in San Francisco, where I was so surprisingly and pleasantly blown away by the challenges and delights of collage making that I left wanting to experiment more with this inspiring technique. And how serendipitous that I subsequently stumbled across the beautiful collages of Katy Edling. They’re just wonderful aren’t they? Weekend activity, done and done.