Several years ago I was lucky enough to visit Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China, home of the legendary West Lake, and a place I’ve been wanting to revisit ever since. So you can understand how excited I was to discover Amanfayun, a new Áman resort on the outskirts of the ancient city. In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, the resort boasts 47 dwellings with stone floors, camphor-wood walls, and clay-tiled roofs. With breathtaking views of thirteenth-century bodhisattvas and Buddhas carved into the nearby cliff, Amanfayun seems like the perfect place to appreciate the serenity of what Marco Polo once described as “the city of heaven.”
Australian brand We Are Handsome is dipping into floral for the first time in their fifth collection, which is appropriately titled The Romantic. My favorite is the Secret Garden suit, splashed with blooming wildflowers and sassily dotted with tiny puppy heads throughout. The pets pictured on the prints actually belong to the staff of We Are Handsome, which makes their designs so darn likable and charming. I can’t wait until the collection hits stores next month as I’ve been searching for a one piece that doesn’t remind me of something my mother could own.
This week we’re turning to our friend and beauty expert Sarah Howard, of Beauty Banter, who is indulging us with her delectable brown sugar lip scrub tutorial. Inspired by one of her favorite lip polishes, Sarah recently discovered how simple it was to make her own organic version at home. The timing couldn’t be more ideal as winter’s typically unforgiving weather has us yearning for soft and smooth lips! (PS Be sure to head over to Beauty Banter for our favorite beauty products & tips!)
DSquared2’s pre-fall collection is all about combining preppy refinement with rebellious fun. The brilliant twin designers, Dean and Dan Caten, take us back to the swinging 60s where cropped cigarette pants, argyle cardigans, body hugging dresses, pencil skirts, tweed miniskirts, velvet tuxedo jackets, and incredible beehives were aplenty. I’m loving the masculine ensembles just as much as the polished ones and inspired to start cranking out bow ties!
Not your average beach house, Kelly Wearstler‘s Malibu getaway is the epitome of sophisticated glamour. The subdued color palette, myriad of textures, vintage furniture, organic sculptures, and textural details just go to show that not a single facet was overlooked by the über talented designer. I’ve officially added an enormous nautilus sculpture and a chic metal kaleidoscope to my dream-home wish list.