Rara Avis

Designer and style icon Iris Apfel’s exuberant and eclectic style is so evidently translated into her New York apartment. Her vast collection of art, her use of bold and bright patterns, and her humorous touches make her design aesthetic incredibly inspirational. One of my favorite pieces is Iris’ Infanta Margarita portrait, which was the first painting she purchased 60 years ago at an antiques shop in Florence.

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Como Shambhala

COMO Shambhala, a private estate located amidst the serenity of Bali’s stunning landscape near Ubud, is a sustainable and holistic retreat that takes rest and relaxation to a whole new meaning. Each of the five luxurious residenses are dramatically inset into the Balinese jungle, in jade green clearings and above the River Ayung. Honestly, I have a feeling a stay at Como is an absolute must for my wellbeing. How about you?

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DIY Friendship Bracelet

For several months now, we’ve been receiving emails requesting a friendship bracelet DIY. Well, friends, ask and you shall receive! Today, we’ll give you a step by step tutorial on the classic chevron pattern. If you used to whip up friendship bracelets like a champ in grade school and have since forgotten how, consider this a refresher course. And if you can make these with your eyes closed and arms tied . . . umm, can we still be friends?

You’ll need:

  • embroidery thread
  • a safety pin or tape
  • a pair of scissors

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