My favorite season is when summer turns to fall, when the air is just crisp enough to break out the pants, outerwear and light layers . . . it gives me all the feels! And it’s also why the pre-fall collections are what I look forward to the most throughout the year. It’s a great time to year to invest in key pieces that will outlast the season and even carry you through several years of wear. Here is what we’re loving:
Head to toe blush: Rose quartz may be Pantone’s color of the year but we think this soft hue will never go out of style. Soft, neutral, and perfect . . . especially when it goes from head to toe.
I’m revisiting the work of Clare Elsaesser today because I’m in the market for a large scale piece of art and I had forgotten how smitten I was with her paintings. I admire the anonymity of her female subjects as she manages to make each of them so mysterious yet so full of sympathetic emotion, simply by the body language. Just beautiful.
If there is one question I most frequently get asked, it’s how I manage to find that work-life balance, especially with a toddler and a baby on the way. Running your own business while making enough time to travel, spend quality time with family and entertain friends can be challenging and seemingly impossible at times. But for me, it’s really all about being spontaneous and relinquishing that need for perfection – especially when it comes to the “life” part. For someone who recognizes her type A qualities, this has been a valuable lesson that I’m still getting accustomed to! Throwing a mid-week dinner party, for example, means taking advantage of what’s most accessible, making it easy and stress free for yourself. A friend who has volunteered to make cocktails? Yes. Olive trimmings from your trees and fresh lemons from your neighbor’s garden? Done. Store bought roast chicken and Bertolli‘s time saving skillet pasta meals to compliment a hearty, homemade salad? A life saver. All that is really left to do is set the table. Easy. This is how I find balance and why I love and live to entertain.
Travel was the main inspiration for the designing duo behind Australian label Sancia. Designer Heidi Semetka and Angus Plate dreamed up their first collection of handbags while on a trip through Mexico, where they were influenced by the traditional carving techniques by artisans and leather stitching by saddles smiths. Their bags, each with just the right amount of boho flair, continue to be handmade from limited edition textiles and custom hardware. I mean, who can resist those subtle embossed details and braided and fringe accents?