I couldn’t think of a better way to close out the week (and January, the seemingly looongest month of the year!!) than with these delightful paintings by illustrator Ginnie Hsu. Suddenly, a weekend a home, with absolutely no plans, feels totally satisfactory . . .
Rodarte‘s Kate and Laura Mulleavy opted for a lookbook in lieu of a show this season and I must say, I prefer to enjoy a collection this way. The photos exude a compelling feeling that can be otherwise overlooked on a runway. Instead of models, the design duo dressed their friends – inspirational women like Miranda July, Ava Phillipe, Chloe and Halle Bailey, Gia Coppola, Grimes, Kim Gordon, Kirsten Dunst, Rowan Blanchard, and Tessa Thompson. Moody romanticism was encapsulated by a cinematic, set – a background for beautiful dresses constructed of red tulle, embroidered white lace, polka dot silk and sequins. And let’s not forget about the oversized tartan pant suits – which were part of some of my favorite looks! So, so good.
Today, we’re revisiting Australia’s Halcyon House because it’s just that painfully good. Honestly, can we say interior goals? It’s definitely one of my favorite spaces of all time and the inspiration behind our newly decorated guest room (reveal coming soon!). If you don’t recall, Halcyon House is a 1960s surf motel nestled on New South Wales’ spectacular Cabarita Beach. In 2015, interior designer Anna Spiro, along with owners Elisha and Siobhan Bickle, transformed it into a chic and eclectic explosion of charm. I mean, the only white walls that exist are those of the hotel’s exterior – every square inch is covered in color and pattern! I always find myself scrolling through images of the Halcyon House when I need a bit of encouragement to simply take that oh-so intimidating design risk.
It was San Francisco based artist Mary Finlayson‘s copious use of dynamic colors that first captivated me. Since then, I’ve developed an obsession with her work. The former art educator and therapist looks for inspiration in homes that she visits or vignettes that she’s encountered. Back in her home studio, she starts her process by flattening a composition, modeled after a photograph or mental image, and then skews the objects Matisse-style and alters the colors with her unique, bold palette of acrylic and gouache. Mary’s ability to tell a story by way of her art is so enigmatic, it leaves me wanting to know more.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was able to cross a destination off my 2018 travel bucket list. I’d say 2018 is starting to look up! Believe it or not, I’ve lived in California nearly my entire life and had only been to Big Sur once, when I was about 12. How could I have overlooked this majestic place that had here, in my own backyard, for all these years? It wasn’t until one of the largest landslides in California’s history hit the region, that this beautiful, yet rugged, stretch of the central coast was on top of mind. Heavy rainfall last winter caused devastating landslides and a collapsed bridge on Highway 1, cutting off access to the region for nearly 8 months. Big Sur has since bounced back with most of the iconic highway cleared and a newly constructed bridge in place. Nature is a beast and a blessing, isn’t it? Anyway, I’m so thrilled to have finally made the trip. Spectacular is an understatement when describing Big Sur – its coastline is one of the most beautiful I have ever, ever seen. If you haven’t been, I urge you to go. Don’t just drive through. Stay the weekend . . . and follow some of my recommendations on where to stay and what to see!