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?
How darling are these embroidered works of art by artist Sarah K. Benning? Inspired by the outdoor landscapes and indoor gardens in Menorca, Spain, where she recently relocated from New York, Sarah starts each piece with a drawing and then painstakingly fills it in with embroidery floss. The intricacy of potted plants is amazing and I especially love the details of the textiles and furniture she’ll occasionally include. They’re so full of life, I can’t help but smile just looking at them!
Creative director Louise Trotter, the woman responsible for injecting a heavy dose of coolness to Joseph‘s storied sophistication, has killed it once again with the British label’s pre-fall collection. Menswear inspired silhouettes, like slouchy cardigans and baggy trousers, are married so perfectly with feminine details and luxe materials, like felted cashmere, Donegal tweed and Shetland wool. She borrowed from the boys, only it it looks better on her . . .