I'm Into Old Art Lady Style (And Other Awesome Things Sopie Buhai Recently Said)...

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I'm currently in the midst of a rather significant girl crush on Sophie Buhai... The former Vena Cava co-founder recently moved back to her home state of California where she's launched a killer line of sculptural jewelry, is selling a curated selection of artful objects, and is doing interiors projects. (She's a triple threat that one.)

Her aesthetic, at once minimal and warm, is utterly compelling...as are several quotes I've come across in recent interviews (see: girl crush).

Herewith my faves courtesy of Ms. Buhai...

On old art lady style via into the gloss 
"So I launched my collection, which I sell from my own website and also wholesale to specialty boutiques, like The Line, but also the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the Cooper Hewitt because I’m into museum women. I’m into old art lady style. I hope Georgia would have worn my jewelry if she were still alive. Maybe if I was cool enough to cross paths with her."

This one hits particularly close to home, as "old art lady style," besides being a brilliant description, also happens to me my current sartorial jam (i.e. black tunic tops, chunky bracelets, long-line cardigans, et al.)

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image via Sophie Buhai

On the truth about California and creative evolution via vogue

"If you’re from California, it’s hard never to come back..."
"Designing clothes for ten years was amazing,” she says, “but what keeps life interesting is continuing to be challenged."

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On smart shopping via closet visit

"Never buy anything full price. There is always a sale or something cooler hidden on the Internet. Great style comes from the hunt, rather then how much money you spend."

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On the work/life ideal via the line

 "There’s no separation between life and work. It’s sort of blurred. That’s the ideal, if you love what you do."

Amen sister...


Perfed Part Two

A perforated Jenni Kayne dress that, while out of my wheelhouse, is immensely lovely nonetheless...

I spent the better part of the day at the mall overseeing Audrey and her posse as they embarked on some birthday scavenger hunt action. In between recording five tweens serenading a Starbucks barista (and other mildly embarrassing acts) and feeling super old, I was stealthily window shopping with my friend Christine.

Thankfully, Christine is not only one of my dearest friends but also the mom of one of Audrey's dearest friends (lucky break, yes?). She also happens to be one of the most. stylish. women. I. know. Full stop. So, no matter how  much I don't like the mall (and, friends, I really do not like the mall... see: old), somehow going there with Christine is wholly enjoyable enterprise. It also didn't hurt that I downed a bloody mary over lunch.

During said window shopping I found myself (yet again) ogling all things perfed. A giant black suede Pedro Garcia perforated bag and a buttery pierced suede bomber jacket were the two standouts. I'm still thinking about them hours later, so I thought why not dive all the way in and pull together a little perf wish list. Hey, I'm nothing if not committed...

Herewith seven object of my perforated affection:

1. Kelly Wearstler's gold perforated cuff goodness

2. Big oval perfed tights courtesy of Proenza Schouler via Moda Operandi 

3. Pine + Boon's perfect perfed convertible pouches via Vee Caravan. Christine was carrying the tan one today, and I'm fairly confident that it was what kicked off the day's perforated preoccupation.

4. Arizona Muse's perfed neckline photographed by Paolo Roversi for Piece d’Anarchive SS13

5. Madame Wearstler's perforated studs (I think it's safe to say that Kelly seems to dig the perf as much as I do).

6. The aforementioned Pedro Garcia perforated suede tote... This was even more stellar in person friends. It is officially on my wish list.

7. And last but not least, that perfed bomber jacket... all members only wit a buttery pierced suede twist via Anthro... Would be so cute over a black pencil skirt and a white men's T, yes?


Less Is (Most Definitely) More...

photos via Anne-Claire Rohe via the NYT

I loved this piece in T Magazine about designer Elizabeth Suzann's small collection of clean-lined, sculptural basics... I'm especially smitten with this quote from the article:

“Our brand isn’t about minimalism, although I do love minimal aesthetics,” she says. “It’s about not cluttering your life with things you won’t use.”

Truth be told, I'm a little smitten with the whole Elizabeth Suzann situation: the gorgeous, moody lookbook; the small studio in Nashville where each item is sewn by hand; the 20th-century artist muses (Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois) that inspire her designs; the desire to create lasting things so women will be compelled to buy fewer (but better) things -- all of it.

Well played Elizabeth. Well played.


Some Scenes...

The past few weeks have been a blur of client installs, quick road trips, projects, new kittens, swimming with the the girlies, pool-side dinners, accidents and mishaps (i.e.those previously mentioned stitches)... Summer has flown by. I can't believe we're in the last few weeks, tying things up before a last hurrah trip to Florida for shell foraging and turtle spotting and just general lazing about. 

I'm trying, amid the blur, to really soak in my girlies. Turns out the flying by actually isn't a cliche; it happens. Yesterday the girls were babes and now they are fully-formed little creatures, voicing surprisingly articulate observations (frequently), helping around that house (occasionally), and causing me to marvel at every turn (always). They are truly the most amazing people. I pinch myself every day that I get to walk through this world with them.

I'm trying to savor them... trying not to let the blur take over. I have to stay on my game friends. This is the good stuff.


Loving: All Stitched Up Edition

A mishap involving some plant watering, a slippery patio, and a serious lack of grace landed me at the emergency room Sunday afternoon getting three stitches in my shin. Good times.

Surprisingly, in addition to the pain (actually not that bad) and the humiliation (worse than the pain), I felt a bit of the bad assery, as I've gone four decades without a single stitch, and now I feel like I have an official battle wound. Of course my battle is aiding wilting plants trying to survive the punishing Texas heat, but it's a battle nonetheless...

So in honor of my stitches I'm going to love on some knots again (this is becoming a bit of a trend for me -- the knots, not the stitches...hopefully -- witness here and here).

Let's start with Liz Robb's insanely lovely fiber art above (via Remodelista). Her instagram has become one of my faves. Just full of goodness...

Then there's the matter of Electric Feather's insanely chic knotty Infinite Halter Top.

And my beautiful and talented friend Amy Nordstrom's Lattice Cuff. I wear that bad boy nearly every. single. day.

Also a bit enamored of Callahan's lovely crochet dresses...

and a still life of sculptural knotted accessories, both via Lisa Says Gah (a favorite new online shop and blog)...Obsessed. Full stop.

And last but not least, my go-to summer weekend tote in all it's rope-tastic, macrame goodness...


Foodie Perfection

My obsession with everything happening in Bon Appétit continues... Adam Rapport is still just killing it in every way. I'm especially smitten with the spread on L’Arpège chef Alain Passard in the July issue. The photos by Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriot, the art direction, all of it. Total perfection. Full stop.

Well played BA.


Axel is On To Something...

bottom two images via garance dore...

Ok,ok Axel Vervoordt is on to a lot of things (the man is a genius), but this one thing that he's on to particularly resonated with me this week...

Etre heureux en rendant heureux 
(or  finding happiness through creating happiness)

The  adage is apparently Axel's favorite, as it expresses his design firm's commitment to "inspire artists and audiences through discovering and transmitting the beautiful, with a deep respect for everything that is authentic."

"Discovering and transmitting the beautiful" might be the best. description. ever. for the practice of design. And doing it to create happiness in other people? Well, that's pretty much the ultimate goal... I mean what else is there?

Thanks for the reminder Axel.


Pinterest As Self Discovery (Or Holy Sh*& I'm Digging Green)

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When a client comes to us without a clear sense of what they love, we get them on the Pinterest, stat. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Don't focus solely on interiors, we instruct them, just pin images that make you happy. We also encourage them not to curate or to go back and look at their boards right away. Just pin, pin, pin, and we'll be able to figure it out.

It's interesting to see what bubbles up -- The self-proclaimed minimalist who's pinned the hell out of tables teaming with accessories; the glam obsessed who's earmarked sparse, earthy images. It's the ultimate exercise in self-discovery, sussing out latent aesthetic leanings. It's my favorite game; and it almost always works.

So, it should be no surprise that a spin through my own Pinterest yesterday revealed a previously unknown predilection toward green. Those images above are but a smattering... Emerald, moss, loden, forest, sage -- they were all there. Over and over.

Now, I have never had anything but kind words for green. I'm a fan. Heck, at one point my breakfast and guest rooms were swathed in the fair hue. But of late, green has not been my jam. I'm not working it into my house, I'm not working it into client's houses (save a pair of killer kelly green vintage Parsons console tables that belonged to the wife of a Dallas Cowboy from the 1960s...clearly I had to use those bad boys). It's just not in my head space.

Or so I thought.

Pinterest has proved otherwise. I'm apparently feeling the green friends. And, truth be told, I'm a little bit scared. Who knows what will happen next...(Bottle green master bedroom anyone?) Stay tuned.