24 April 2015

Office Hour: Classy Girls Wear Pearls/KJP

I remember the first time I ran across photos of engaged couple Sarah Vickers and Kiel James Patrick of Classy Girls Wear Pearls and KJP. My first thoughts occurred in approximately this order: 1. Who are these people?? 2. Are they real?? 3. Why does it look like they live in a Ralph Lauren ad?? 4. Can I be them, or at least somehow cajole my way into their social circle?? Judging by Instagram alone, their lives look like this idyllic, imagined vision of the American Dream. But behind the scenes of building their brand and creating this aspirational lifestyle is a lot of hard work and I loved getting a peek into their personal office via Glitter Guide earlier this week. Their shelves are filled with so many of my favorite things, creating a kind of curiosity-filled King's Library at The British Museum meets quirky Kate Spade vibe that I'm totally crazy over. Considering that Town & Country Magazine recently included them on their list of "The Preppiest Couples of All Time" amongst classic duos like JFK and Jackie and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, they are definitely a couple to watch. Do you have a favorite power couple, especially a modern-day one?

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20 April 2015

Ladurée Soho

I ran across this great piece the other day on the One Kings Lane blog covering Elisabeth Holder, Co-President of Ladurée. Not only do I love all things Ladurée, but I also love reading about successful businesswomen, especially effortlessly chic French ones! Holder's family purchased Ladurée in 1996 when it was, as she puts it, "a sleeping beauty." Since then, the luxury French bakery has exploded in popularity due to their famous macarons, opulently decorated tearooms, and impeccable attention to detail. On my first visit to Ladurée, I even saved my paper napkin and sugar packet for my scrapbook! Every aspect of the experience was just so exquisite and worth savoring. 

Holder herself decorated the newest New York location in Soho, (pictured above.) We've had the pleasure of visiting the Champ-Élysées, Harrod's London, and Upper East Side locations, but have not visited New York since the Soho tearoom opened its doors. After seeing these gorgeous photos and reading some behind-the-scenes stories, our next visit cannot come soon enough! (And seriously, why have they still not opened up a shop in San Francisco??) Ladurée goes beyond "a feast for the eyes"-- it's truly a feast for all the senses!

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16 April 2015

Mother's Day 2015 Gift Guide

Aren't moms fun to shop for? Most moms have spent the majority of their life doing the gift giving rather than the gift receiving. They also tend to be the last ones to splurge on themselves. If you are so blessed to have a wonderful mom, grandma, mother-in-law, or mother figure in your life, I hope you have fun making them feel special and cared for this Mother's Day, (May 10th!) It's a great excuse to host a brunch in her honor, bake her a special treat, or create a personalized flower arrangement. Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for mom this year: 

1. Ash Wood Garden Tools, $40 // 2. 'Mother' Trinket Tray, $74 // 3. 'Mom' Necklace, $78 // 4. Breakfast in Bed Tray, $128 // 5. The Republic of Tea Downton Abbey Estate Blend, $12 // 6. Kate Spade Mother of Pearl Watch, $250 // 7. Provence and The Cote D'Azur, $28 (I own this author's book on Paris and just love it!) // 8. Lace Hem Sweater, $118 // 9. Porcelain Frame, $148 // 10. 'Mom' Pillow, $18 // 11. Striped Espadrilles, $135 // 12. Floral Print Teapot, $100 // 13. Scalloped Tote, $298 // 14. Special Mother's Day 2015 Edition Le Creuset Dutch Oven, $150

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09 April 2015

Design Star: Acne Studios

For a recent project, I found myself diving into the world of fashion branding, only increasing my admiration for Acne Studios. Founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1996, the luxury fashion house is part of ACNE, a creative collective focused on graphic design, film, production, and advertising. (The name ACNE stands for "Ambition to Create Novel Expression.) Acne Studios avoids traditional forms of advertising and marketing in favor of publishing a biannual magazine called Acne Paper, which covers art, fashion, photography, design, architecture, academia, and culture. The level of aesthetic attention applied to every aspect of the brand is just so inspirational to a design enthusiast like myself. From the signage to the packaging to the hang tags, every detail is infused with style, reenforcing brand identity. When I encounter good design in everyday life, I can't help but smile-- imagine how lovely the world could be if everyone put as much care into the details!

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