Illustrator Ayumi Takahashi has lived a life well traveled. After growing up in China, Japan and Thailand, she has made it her objective to continue exploring the world into adulthood, absorbing as much culture as possible. Ayumi’s global influence, as well as her love of fashion, is evident in her portraits. I love the way she incorporates color and style into these portrayals of strong, culturally diverse women.
British brand Whistles has collaborated with By Far, a Bulgarian shoe label with a serious cult following, on a capsule collection of shoes inspired by the free spirited women of London. Four limited edition styles are named after famous London streets: the Ledbury Loafer, a mannish loafter; the Redchurch Slingback, a block heeled slingback; The Chiltern Shoe, a tasseled, low heeled pump; and my personal favorite, The Burlington Boot, a vintage inspired lace up book with a stacked heel.
Since last Spring, Dôen has become a mainstay in my closet. Designers Margaret and Katherine Kleveland have redefined the importance of dressing with ease, while still incorporating subtle details that make their clothes feel so precious and distinctive. Printed cotton voile dresses, romantic blouses and cozy knit sweaters are adorned with covered buttons, pointelle stitching, smocking, ruffles and micro pleating. Perfect, all of it.
Sleep deprivation is real, especially when you become a parent. That moment when my head hits the pillow, and my feet slip beneath those cool layers of luxuriously soft sheets, easily ranks as the best few seconds of my day. And I mean, it’s been like this everyday for the last 4 years. So you can imagine the importance of bedding in our household. Good bedding is key to good night’s sleep, even if you’re being woken up in the middle of the night. So after a long search for the best linen bedding on the market, I’m happy to report that I’ve found the one. Parachute‘s linen bedding is a dream come true. Literally. The linen is dyed and washed in small batches, which relaxes the fibers, making the fabric softer and softer after each wash at home. The fabric is thick and rich without feeling too heavy. The sheets feel airy in the summer but manage to also feel cozy in the fall. I love how the neutral colorways make it really fun to mix and match. In fact, the combination of white, coal, fog and toast was actually the inspiration behind our mini bedroom update! Adding new end tables, table lamps, throw pillows, and of course, our new Parachute bedding, has made the room feel new and oh, so cozy again . . .
Jewelry designer, and creator of the ubiquitous Les Bonbons earrings, Rebecca de Ravenel has officially entered the world of ready to wear. Her playful and chic island aesthetic has been translated into a collection of simple, yet luxurious, silk caftans, kimonos, and high waisted maxi skirts – all accessorized, of course, with fish and mollusk earrings, mother of pearl belts and shell adorned bags. It’s a sensible extension of the Rebecca de Ravenel brand and we wouldn’t be surprised if home decor is where she’ll island hop to next . . .