Finding Comfort In Food, Friends & A Damn Good Table Setting

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Hands down, my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. This year it is particularly needed. By that I mean, the chance to sit down and break bread with family and friends and remember all that we have to be thankful and grateful for. Let’s not forget all the progress we have made in the last 8 years, and that we have the freedom to use and express our voice in this country. We need that voice now more than ever.

Putting together a creative, festive table inspires joy and a sense of accomplishment for me, besides making a huge impression on your guests. I’ve pulled together a few photos of table settings I find to be inspirational, festal and joyful in the hopes it will give those of you hosting a few design ideas to work with.

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Finding Comfort In Food, Friends & A Damn Good Table Setting

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Hands down, my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. This year it is particularly needed. By that I mean, the chance to sit down and break bread with family and friends and remember all that we have to be thankful and grateful for. Let’s not forget all the progress we have made in the last 8 years, and that we have the freedom to use and express our voice in this country. We need that voice now more than ever.

Putting together a creative, festive table inspires joy and a sense of accomplishment for me, besides making a huge impression on your guests. I’ve pulled together a few photos of table settings I find to be inspirational, festal and joyful in the hopes it will give those of you hosting a few design ideas to work with.

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Catching The Bright Light Of Silver

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I know I’m not the only one that needs a touch of lightness in their life these days. It was a hard week for half of America, and I am just beginning to be able to wrap my head around it. Reading, talking to friends, and listening to a lot of music has helped. What also helped was perusing street style pics, and catching all the bright light that silver reflects.

Naomie Harris at the Hollywood Film Awards, where she took home the Hollywood Breakout Actress award, looked positively aglow in her Gucci silver lame pantsuit. What also caught my eye were all the silver skirts (both sequin and lame) worn during the day with a casual bent to them. Whether paired with Converse suede sneakers, oxfords, mid-sized heels or to the knee boots, all looked smashing! And, who doesn’t love a silver leather bomber jacket with red and black knit trim detailing. When paired with red it read like a breath of fresh air!

Shop the look:

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Found By Maja: Eclectic Finds For The Home

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As the founding principal of Alegria Design, an interior design business in San Francisco, New York and Tokyo, Maya Lithander Smith has an eye for taste. One simply has to view how she transformed her Marina home in San Francisco (above) to know the level of her interior design expertise.

Known for her “eclectic style that fuses approachable elegance and refined yet exotic details” Maja is now bringing her amazing treasure hunting skills to a brick and mortar space on Sacramento street in San Francisco. After living in Tokyo for over 3 years, and globe-trotting around the world for 2 decades searching for exotic finds for her clients, Maya has now curated and collaborated with some of her favorite designers and artisans from around the world to bring these global goods to more than just her clients. Lucky us! If you are a lover of colorful, beautiful, and in many cases one-of-a-kind home furnishings and accessories then this newly opened store is a must visit!

Some of my favorites are the Turkish bamboo towels, silk velvet Ikat pillows, mixed pattern napkins and the one-of-a-kind finds. Shop my favs below, or go to Found by Maja.

Found by Maja 484 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

 

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Napkins -Set of 4 // Skull Shopping Basket // Cotton Dhurrie Serpentine Rug // Lucite Tray // Silk Velvet Ikat Pillow // Palestinean Blown Glass Vases

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This Week’s Wish List

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Fall is here, and it finally feels like it. With the new season feel my color palette desires have switched to warmer, richer hues like navy, camel and burgundy (of course, there will still be plenty of black, white and grey). I tend toward neutrals, yet I love DVF’s Louella printed skirt for a pop of color and pattern, and Loeffler Randall’s Isla embroidered ankle boot.  I’d be hard pressed to name my #1 wish on this list, but Loeffler Randall’s burgundy fringed suede clutch has to be a strong contender!

My sense of smell also tends towards warmer spicier scents when the temperatures start to drop. Rose Des Vents acts as the anchor scent for Louis Vuitton’s entire new perfume collection. Known as “Rose of the Winds”, this base note is a sparkling floral that develops a delicate spice aroma over time.

Diane von Furstenberg Louella Printed Silk-Chiffon Midi Skirt //  Joie ‘Jemina’ Over the Knee Boot // Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents Collection of Parfums // Rag & Bone Jean Denny High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans // Isabel Marant Anders Wrap-Effect Coated Cotton-Blend Mini Skirt // Loeffler Randall Lock Fringed Suede Clutch //Stella McCartney Wide-leg Tuxedo Trousers // Loeffler Randall Isla Embroidered Boot // Kenzo Poplin High Neck Ruffle Blouse // Tom Dixon London, Orientalist and Royalty Set of 3 Candles // J Crew Long Sleeve Italian Cashmere Sweater

Don’t Forget

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To say a prayer for my Chicago Cubs! Tonight the drought can be broken. If they win it will be their first World Series title since 1908!!  #flythew

 

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Make A Statement

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There are those for which “making a statement” in their lives comes easily, and then there are those who find it much more difficult. They may not have the time or desire to post their objections and likes, political and otherwise, on social media , or maybe, they’re simply too darn shy, and like to keep their thoughts to themselves.

I suffer from none of the above, yet my preferred statement making method is via fashion. This season its all about the “statement sweater”. Sequins, ruffles, fringe and embellished sleeves have taken the sweater from its classic nature, and given it pizazz.

Pair any of the above sweaters with jeans and ankle boots and you’ve made your statement!! Voila. That was easy!

Opening Ceremony Cowl Neck Zip Sweater // Jacquemus Cutout Bow Embellished Wool Turtle Neck Sweater //  Rochas Bow-Front Ribbed-Knit Sweater  // McQ Alexander McQueen Wool Pullover With Fringe // Co Tiered Sweater  // Markus Lupfer Lara Lip Joey Sequin-Embellished Merino Wool Sweater

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Check out Leadrine Medine’s new shoe collection MR by Man Repeller. Exclusively at Net-a-Porter. They’re good. Really, really good.

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Fall Trend 2016: Luscious Velvet

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This fall be prepared to channel your inner Ziggy Stardust. Last Autumn it was all about the velvet boot. This season the trend has gone viral….. its velvet everything! Designers can’t seem to get enough of its rich, chic look this season, and I can’t blame them, nothing says luxury like velvet.

The trend is not simply for evening, velvet blazers with denim or slip dresses worn over a tee are smashing day looks — Zara’s velvet toggle jacket, to be worn with everything, is on my must have list. What is swanker than a pair of emerald green cropped velvet pants? Not much. Except, maybe this Frame black velvet suit with cropped pants!!

Shop the trend:

Zara Velvet Toggle JacketTop Shop Leopard Print Velvet Bodysuit

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Anna Sui Velvet CapePrada Kilt Velvet Mule

Fleur Du Mal Deluxe Open Back Velvet Maxi DressMMS Maison Margiela Cropped Velvet Slim Leg Pant

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Zara Velvet Toggle Jacket // Top Shop Leopard Print Velvet Bodysuit // T by Alexander Wang Velvet Skirt // Prada Kilt Velvet Mule // MMS Maison Margiela Cropped Velvet Slim Leg Pant  // Fleur Du Mal Deluxe Open Back Velvet Maxi Dress // Anna Sui Velvet Cape // Attico Patti Velvet Wrap Top

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Naples Spins Florals Into Glam Rock Chic

Celine Bouly In Porter Magazine Winter 2016

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When I poured over the pages of Porter’s Winter 2016 issue (on news stands now) I fell hard for the glam-rock looks on Celine Bouly. Those Saint Laurent boots are divine!! Seeing Celine grace the streets of Naples – one of Italy’s oldest, most artistic and delicious cities made me wish I had spent more time there during my days living in Italy. The gritty elegance of Naples was the ideal backdrop for today’s urban makeover of floral prints.

 Photography: Phil Poynter
 Model: Celine Bouly
 Styling: George Cortina
 Hair: Marc Lopez
 Make-Up: Kathy Le Sant

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Editorial, top to bottom: Cape by Erdem, dress by Givenchy & boots by Saint Laurent (throughout) // Dress and belt by Prada // Dress by Rochas & belt by Prada // Top by Paco Rabanne, belt by Prada & briefs by Dolce and Gabbana // Coat and shorts by Miu Miu // Dress by Marc Jacobs

Clockwise from left to right: Maje Printed Crepe Maxi Dress // Saint Laurent Lilly Metallic Effect Leather Knee Boots // Zimmermann Winsome Ruffle-Trimmed Romper // For Love and Lemons Emerie Cutout Dress // Shrimps Claude Faux Fur Coat // Nicholas Maple Yoke Dress

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My 10 Favorite Looks From Paris Fashion Week S/S 2017

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My head is still reeling from last night’s debate. Wow! It’s hard to even comment……. suffice it to say, it is difficult to believe what we witnessed last night was a debate for the office of the President of the United States. Don’t know if I can take another month of this madness.

At least a month can go by fast, take fashion month for example, it seems like it was just last week that I wrote about the spice, sex and cool of Alexander’s Wang’s S/S 2017 collection when in actuality that was a month ago! When feeling daunted and perplexed by who can, and is passing as a presidential candidate, (and I’m not talking Hillary here) one must look for silver linings where ever they can grasp them, and be grateful for them no matter how small.

Also, we should revel in beauty where ever we can find it — my top ten looks from Paris fashion week S/S 2017.

 

Valentino // Givenchy  // Vionnet // Haider Ackerman // Balmain // Alexander McQueen // Louis Vuiton // Lanvin // Dries Van Noten  // Celine //

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Paris Street Style S/S 2017

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I’m still milling over, digesting and absorbing all the beauty, creativity and all out awesomeness that is Paris fashion week. While I’m studiously viewing the collections I’ve curated a selection of my favorite street style looks from the Paris S/S 2017 collections to keep you company.

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