I’ve been desperately craving color in my life lately. It’s must be due to my excited anticipation of summer and my intense desire to travel to India. For those reasons, I was immediately drawn to Dutch-Egyptian artist Roeqiya Fris‘s spirited illustrations. Inspired by Arab culture, worldly travel and nature, her marvelous scenes radiate with vibrant color, boldly mixed patterns, and strong femininity. I would love to get a piece commissioned by Roeqiya . . . but I think I’ll have to get myself to India first.
Spring is here and do you know what that means? It’s pom pom season! As you know by now, pom poms and I go wayyyy back. There really isn’t anything I haven’t pom pom bombed. Disco pom poms on shoes, pom poms on pillows, pom poms on bags and clutches, raffia pom poms on baskets . . . but giant raffia pom poms on sandals? Brilliant! However, not my idea. I recently spotted Italian label Avec Moderation‘s Bora Bora sandals and immediately wanted them – in every color. But for over $350 a pair, I knew this was a project just waiting to be DIYed.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Hong Kong for the first time with my sister Karen. We haven’t traveled alone together in years and with her first baby soon to be on the way, I couldn’t think of a better way for us to spend some quality one on one time before life takes her by storm. So with Hong Kong Airlines and Kerry Hotel as our gracious hosts, we pounded the pavement terribly jetlagged yet eagerly ready to explore nearly every nook and cranny that 5 days would allow. I must say, I instantly fell in love with Hong Kong – it’s a true study of contrasts and contradictions, with its wonderfully blatant juxtaposition of traditional and modern, East and West, and city life and nature. This is just a taste of what we loved . . .
Just as Spring Break was coming to a close this past weekend, the weather finally made a turn – making us all cautiously optimistic about warmer weather ahead. I’ve been coveting all the gorgeous dresses and gauzy intimates from Australian label SIR all winter long and finally, it’s starting to feel season appropriate. I can’t wait to wear layered blouses with frilled straps and embroidered cotton wrap dresses this summer. And pretty much everything, and anything, linen.
Revisiting artist Ilias Walchshofer seems like the perfect way to close out the week. I’ve just rediscovered his work on social media and was reminded of how lovely his doodles are. The Austrian-Moroccan illustrator, also known as Dr. Propolus, breathes new life into fashion editorials, ads and art with simple white line sketches, bringing fantasy and humor to each piece. It’s as if they were always meant to be as he imagined. Happy weekend!