12.04.2009

Blogger's Favorites -- Clare Vivier + An Awesome Giveaway


The giveaway -- One of Clare Vivier's awesome wrist wraps... Yep, it's the very same one that was featured in the December Real Simple Magazine.

L.A. based handbag designer/creator and blogger Clare Vivier is pretty much, well... fabulous. I love her personal style, but I'm really in awe of her utter fearlessness (the woman boldly cut her gorgeous YSL boots into booties and the end result was even better than the originals.)

And then there are her bags. Her bags make me swoon. Big time. (If you're a regular reader, you know I've long coveted that killer messenger tote...) They manage to be simple and interesting and luxe all at once -- pretty much perfect.

So yes, her favorites are as cool as she is (Frida Kahlo and French Vogue -- yes and yes.)

Oh and did I mention she's also offering one of her insanely cool wrist wraps (above) to one of my readers. Just leave a comment on this post by Midnight CT Tuesday December 8th and I'll announce the lucky winner on Wednesday!

So without further ado, herewith Clare's favorites. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!


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It was so fun to think about my favorite things and what I wanted to include here today. It should go without saying that my favorite things are my family, especially my husband and my son Oscar and my stepson Simon, but also my parents and siblings; and my friends and things that make me laugh, hiking in LA, good food, Mexican art, Frank Rich and the Sunday New York Times, memories and exciting things to come, but somehow I came up with this list mostly with my day-to-day things I love. But I'm so thankful to Joslyn for having this lovely blog where we can reflect on things we love!



Random home still lifes with flowers, especially dahlias and tulips, stacking books with pom poms or bud vases, catch-alls with odd bits and little things.


Charlotte Gainsbourg. Just. Because.



Artist Sister Corita. Because she was a radical, bad-ass nun who was also awesome with text, image and color.


Frida Kahlo - artist and style icon. And I love the book Self Portrait In A Velvet Dress - Frida's Wardrobe. Priceless inspiration.


Paris Vogue with a Loire Valley wine or espresso, for me is divine.


This is what I'm digging wearing these days: H&M faux leather quilted jacket, YSL scarf and my own remnant winter white leather clutch.


I have been stuck in my black ankle boots phase for a while now and the Marni's (front right with brown foldover) are fulfilling a giant urge these days.


My Tropezienne bag - this one a sample in another veggie-tanned Italian leather. I love the simplicity of the design and the fact that I try to give materials the best format to speak for themselves.


I'm really loving my wrist wrap and the packaging and also just addicted to this picture for some reason. I like that I took it on my desk with a piece of paper taped to the wall and you can see that, I love the way the navy blue ribbon looks so crisp and pretty but the shiny silver leather is a bit out of focus.


I love love love my friend Simone Shubuck's artwork. It is colorful, meticulous, genius, hilarious, precise, insane, skillful and Rain Man-esque - in a good way.


For a little inspiration I can always turn to husband's family vacation pictures from the 70's in Spain. They make me very happy.


My mother just produced a concert of the late cellist, Pablo Casals music in St. Paul, MN. I didn't know who he was until she did this. Now, while we work, my assistant Jocelyn and I like to listen to his music.

178 comments:

stephanie said...

beautiful!! what a great giveaway just in time for the holidays :)

Heather said...

Such a great little thing for the holidays!

rosa said...

i just moved from LA to Chicago. This would be great to wear as a reminder of all the wonderfulness I experienced in LA.

myarbor said...

what a lovely gift to give or receive! love your fridays posts. xo, caroline

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tara said...

i love love love this bracelet and her bags!!

jillian said...

what inspirational style... I may have a style crush! Love that wrap bracelet!

Ella Rose said...

I too covet her messenger tote. In fact, I visit it at least once a week via her website!

TX Girl said...

I'm with you on her bags. Would love to put that little baby on my wrist.

Mariele said...

i've been craving one of those clutches for a while. a braclet would be nice too!

btwade said...

This is the most beautiful piece of jewelry I have seen in a long time. So simple and chic! Pick me!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

So happy to be introduced to beautiful and fabulous Clare! I adore her pieces and the giveaway is so generous and wonderful! This series is one of my all time favorites and I love that some of Clare's faves are her hubby's childhood photos....my hubby's childhood photos have a similar effect on me....thanks ladies!
xo
Melis

Sarah said...

Breath of fresh air! Happy winter chill!

krista said...

i am so happy you have introduced her to me! i'm sort of in love with everything she has to offer.

Mrs. Frazier said...

oh, i just LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this bracelet. thank you thank you for sharing!

Allison and Jonathan said...

I love my Trop but covet the Messenger. A wrist wrap will tide me over till the next purchase.

belle said...

The words "Clare Vivier" and "Giveaway" are music to my ears. Her messenger tote is also high on my covet list!

Kelsi said...

I just love Clare's style. Thank you so much for posting!

mhhunt said...

I love your blog-- thanks for taking the time!

*JustGlitter* said...

What a cool bracelet. It sort of reminds me of one I had when I was a kid, but obviously much nicer! =)

Steph said...

Awesome bracelet. Love the shimmer and the wrap style. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Abbie said...

What a fun piece! I love seeing other people's favorites.

betty said...

Such a beautiful bracelet. The perfect festive accessory to dress up a holiday party LBD in the coming weeks.

Lovely!

Tracy said...

I looooove this!

ita darling. said...

I have been sending links to your site for months because your styles are so simple and classic! Love the silver wrap bracelet! the silver leather would be a perfect addition to the stack of metal silver bangles I already wear! (yes; kahlo style!)

thanks for sharing!

susan
serviceanddevotion.com

lizholly said...

loverly.

DaViD + KaTie + aLeXiS said...

what a beautiful piece of jewelry!

Sarah Bradley said...

I love this list and I love that bracelet! :)

Sarah Bradley said...

I love this list and I love that bracelet! :)

Andrea said...

If I won, I would have a hard time deciding if I would keep or give away the bracelet!

Barchbo said...

Gorgeous wrist wrap! And thanks for introducing me to Sister Corita - she's totally fabulous! I am her newest fan!

Brandi said...

Awesome bracelet! I think I'd have a hard time deciding whether to keep it (because I love it so much) or give it to a good friend (because she too would love it so much). Decisions, decisions...

iheartkiwi said...

i love that she took the photo of the wrist wrap herself! it looks styled for a magazine.

i would now like to teleport to the 70's in spain... those photos are amazing.

fric and frac said...

Great list! Love her bags and the silver bracelet is gorgeous!

Tracy said...

lovely!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

aquale said...

Ahh! Would LOVE that bracelet. Thanks for the giveaway.

Eliza said...

yes please!

mylene said...

Ahh, this is great! I've been following Clare's blog for some time now and was so excited when I saw her bracelet in RS! How *lovely* that she's giving one away!

IOOF said...

Just delightful...love it all....especially inspiring....

karey m. said...

brilliant.

with, like, a capital b and seven syllables.

Maggie said...

love love love that wrist wrap.

Leah said...

Lovely :)

Holly said...

eep! enter me :)

Kelly and Kelly said...

wow, amazing give away and favorites!!

dotster said...

Love that wrist wrap!!

Candace & Eddy said...

Very chic! I especially love the pink color : )

Carolyn said...

ahhhh i was JUST admiring this beauty in Real Simple! gorgeous - what a fabulous giveaway! *fingers crossed*

Jecca said...

I think this is both my favorite favorites and favorite giveaway.

Sareberry said...

What a great list. Frida is always at the top of mine.

ms. less is always more said...

I adore that bracelet... so simple yet chic!

Liz said...

How beautiful!

molly said...

love it! would go with my uniform of jeans and tee.

Melissa said...

I absolutely love it. Silver and so pretty!

Prosecco said...

So inspirational! I'm a huge Clare Vivier fan, love her style, loving this giveaway!

Matty I said...

Awesome bracelet!!

k.krapp said...

swoon city

xpapermoosex said...

Love the bracelet!

Suzanne said...

omg! it's absolutely gorgeous! (along with everything else in her shop)

Denita said...

How absolutely beautiful! I want one.

Jenni said...

That a beautiful wrap!! Fantastic giveaway!

Ana said...

That stunning bracelet would make my December!

Simply Mel said...

I really want her as a friend - she brings the word and image of fashionista to a whole new level!

respekt said...

i think i would wear that bracelet every single day if i had it! love it!

Signorina Svizzera said...

I have been crushing on one of her bags for a while now! Also, that ysl scarf is calling my name!!

Kate said...

No surprise that Claire's picks are perfect. Her aubergine Messenger Tote is on my x-mas list (thanks for introducing her stuff to me, Joslyn).

Susan said...

that would be wonderful for the holidays.

whomovedmyblog said...

That was inspiring. And dude, she is braaaave. Gotta admire that.

style-for-style said...

lovely bracelet,
even though it's pink, it is very much my style.

love the bracelet and the post!

oranji said...

awesome!

Lindsey said...

it's gorgeous! it should be in my stocking :)

borrowed creativity said...

Cute bracelet...

Mrs.Campbell said...

so nice!

emily said...

Oh, how I adore my Clare Vivier Messenger. The leather is so supple. The style is so classic and sophisticated. Much like what Clare seems to truly love. I very much want that wrist wrap, but my budget as a teacher is forcing me to spread out my Vivier purchases. Maybe today is my lucky day!

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paula said...

It's absolutely beautiful! this would be a nice pick me up. passed out and totaled the car today, yikes. Oh, we are fine.

elizabeth said...

every wrist needs a little wrap! what a cool alternative to bangles and cuffs. stellar style!

Samantha said...

Thanks for the list..and love the cuff!

{lovely little things} said...

Absolutely adore the bracelet!

luckyoyster said...

Oh my goodness, I love her bags and the bracelet - they are all on the top of my Christmas wish list (one of everything, please). Simply cannot believe the price as well - too good to be true!

Elisabeth said...

I adore that bracelet!

Glancing Girl said...

I have a huge crush on that wrist wrap and have to admit that I've already sent my husband the link ... {hint, hint}. But what girl wouldn't be thrilled to own two?!

Allison said...

I love the wrist wrap! And the favorites. Good taste.

Melanie said...

that bracelet is amazing!! i would wear it with everything!

Maria said...

adore adore adore, just lovely.

6p00e554bfda498834 said...

what a lovely gift to give ... or receive!

Jennifer said...

Sister Corita! Frida! Charlotte! La Trop! Yes, yes, yes, yes and Clare Vivier YES!!!
xo

BookGirl said...

Interesting list of favorites. We share several. And, you're right, of course, the bracelet is "insanely cool." I'm keeping all fingers crossed.

Many thanks for the giveaway.

Through the Looking Glass said...

Wow - she's pretty awesome. I love her "black boot phase".

julie machen said...

off the hook. swoon. SWOoooon.

julie machen said...

off the hook. swoon. SWOoooon.

Rebecca said...

I love the leather wrap! Love your blog too!
xo,
Rebecca

Kelly said...

lovely, lovely, lovely...it really should be in my stocking!

Sarah said...

What a great way to add some sparkle to an outfit, not to mention Clare's bags being gorgeous.

christin said...

Wowee!! Lovely prize!! Thanks!
christinbanda at yahoo dot com

Hayley and Mike said...

ummmm, this is a GORGEOUS bracelet! i hope its in my stocking!

flexyfare said...

Brilliant piece! Love the giveaway!!

Lilapuppy said...

Love this list and the wrist wrap.

Linda said...

Hi! I love this bracelet!

Lisa said...

Love the bracelet and the favourites!

Lindsay said...

i google clare vivier at least once a week to stay on top of her latest and greatest. i love her style and would love to own the wrist wrap.

tresser*ize said...

cute! would love to have a new piece.

Kriscanuck said...

love the photo too! the bracelet is so gorgeous! thank you for sharing!

JC said...

Love the bracelet - sort of elegant rocker chic.

Kristen said...

Gorgeous!

mio cervo said...

Those Marni books look absolutely wonderful.

niks said...

So, so lovely!

Lillian said...

Gorgeous! What a great giveaway!
(And Clare has great taste!!)

Kirsten said...

oh, to have this kind of effortless style!

mustardandsage said...

oh me, oh my! count me in, please.

MemeGRL said...

I don't think I'm hip enough to carry off the wrap bracelet but I'd sure love to try!
Thanks for these fun favorites throughout the year. I've really enjoyed them!

iska babble said...
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iska babble said...

What a glorious wrap-around bracelet and a generous giveaway! I enjoyed reading this list so much. Thank you!

iska babble said...

What a glorious wrap-around bracelet and a generous giveaway! I enjoyed reading this list so much. Thank you!

Laura Trevey said...

What a wonderful giveaway!!
Happy Holidays ~~

Lope said...

She gives good wrist.

Katie said...

I too have been looking through my husband's family vacation pictures as of late! And I LOVE the bracelet :)

la fille vanille said...

LOVE the bracelet - as well as your blog :-) Am keeping my fingers crossed - happy holidays :-)

Sarah said...

The silver wrist wrap is gorgeous! Perfect to dress up a pair of jeans! Love it.

Laura said...

What an incredibly chic woman! It's so fun to see the inspirations that inform her unique style. Thanks for sharing.

Maren said...

My favorite part of this post was the sheet music at the end - I have pieces that look exactly like this! Faure is one of my mom's favorites so I have to play him whenever I go home.

Kayna said...

Beautiful! Also love the faure. I'm an oboist but haven't played in some time as I'm in law school and miss music. Deeply.

小酸 said...

Gods mill grinds slow but sure........................................

Amanda said...

oh so lovely! so simply beautiful! thanks for the lovely giveaway. happy holidays.

amanda

Minnado said...

The wrist wrap is gorgeous - and I love the 1970s Spanish holiday pics. I have my own 1970s Spanish holiday pics framed on my wall!

MB McKenna said...

Love love love it!

Veronicahhh said...

please do a post just telling us about all the gorgeous black ankle boots in detail.
thanx oxox

Simply Angie said...

LOVE the wrist wraps, her bags and her taste!!! frida kahlo is my favorite artist of all time!!! those wrist wraps are just about perfect -simple yet definitely worth noticing!

Jenn said...

These are beautiful!

ashley said...

Love this post! She has amazing style and I would LOVE to win that bracelet!

texfana said...

this should be in my stocking, yes!

CHRISTINE said...

Love your blog and love her line! Love that both of you are in one place!

may said...

omg i love her bags!!! i think the bracelet is a perfect gift!

xo,
may

Alicia said...

Love the wrist wrap...and her bags too! Perhaps a Christmas present to myself?!

Samantha said...

Wow, that is just too cute.

Kate said...

Ok, that wrist wrap is seriously one of the coolest things I've seen. Love it!

Tess said...

Great giveaway!!

nichole said...

I LOVE, LOVE her bracelets! Pretty please!?!?

Lena said...

What a fun holiday accessory!
I love Frida too.

Jennifer said...

Oooh, shiny! Love the bracelet and all her bags. Yikes! Thanks for the chance...

Katy @ Rose Lake Jewelry said...

me me me!

Tilley love said...

I would love to win one of these gorgeous wrist wraps!

the king of carrot flowers said...

Lovely! Pick me!

Stephanie said...

Great list! I'd never heard of Sister Corita, but I've got to find out more. Her art looks amazing! (as does that bracelet, natch!)

Emily said...

i am in love with that bag! and i dogeared this bracelet in real simple. love, love - hope i win!

justmanette said...

I just adore that wrist wrap, your photo of Frida, and the Vogue cover. Your site is welcomed in my bookmarks!

Madhvi said...

oh beautiful wrist wrap and that package with the perfect shade of blue bow is wonderful.

Julie(t) (Coberly) Farmer said...

serious boot envy!!!

Vanessa said...

Great post. And I agree, Simon's work is amazing-very inspirational.
Thanks so much for the giveaway!

the darling house said...

that wrist wrap and those Marni boots are too great for words!

hi_missy said...

Oh, I want want want that wrap - so hot. Please?

Cher said...

I've seen that bracelet before and I LOVE it. I'm very into the gold/silver together.

emily said...

Unique bracelets are a favorite of mine and I love this one!

Windy said...

Would love to have this for X-mas!

Kendra said...

No wonder I love her products so much. Such amazing inspiration! Thanks as always to both of you. I'd love to be spotted in LA supporting a local designer! Thanks for the give a way!!!

Casey said...

Love the bracelet..love your blog!

shoppingsmycardio said...

oh, i would be SO excited to win this...it's gorgeous!

-Maria- said...

her work is so inspiring! love everything about it.

mariaberkbigler@hotmail.com

Neisha said...

Beautiful stuff! I'm in love with all of it. You have great taste.

CassK said...

Beautiful! Crossing my fingers...

Bonnie said...

It is such a urbane, hip bracelet!! I love her work -- and hope that luck is with me.

Julie_Gong said...

wrist wraps! so gorg!

sarah said...

so beautiful! fingers crossed...

Mango Gal said...

I absolutely love it!

werica said...

it's beautiful! it's perfect for the holidays! thanks!

werica said...

it's beautiful! it's perfect for the holidays! thanks!

jack, lucy and finn said...

what a fabulous list! and a chance to win? i love it!

Janssen said...

Wow, that is just so lovely and fun.

emily said...

What a perfect accessory, especially for the holidays. I really like her list, too.

Aja said...

so beautiful!

RAENOVATE said...

i am in love with clare's wrist wrap! happy holiday's!

Sarah said...

Oh, man. I would really, really like to own this amazing bracelet.

mn said...

Love the bracelet!

Shannon said...

Love the wrist wrap, so classic!

Elizabethan Chic said...

i love clare's blog and her wristlets are amazing!!!

Meredythe M Ryan said...

I have been coveting that messenger bag also!

jpresteg said...

Love your blog :)
Crossing fingers and toes for this giveaway. Pretty!

koge said...

Hi would you consider selling your clare vivier la tropezienne? chocolates_are_mine@hotmail.com