This week I went to an artist talk with a friend at the SF MOMA (which is shutting down for three years to complete a massive expansion - I can’t decide whether I’m happy or sad about this yet). We saw Cathy Opie, a documentary photographer talk about her work.
My favorite series of hers were her icehouses and surfers. They have a very calming effect, but I also love them for what it took for her to get these photos. She got me thinking about what it means to wait, which is something that I have become pretty terrible at. She would need to wait for blizzard conditions to capture the ice houses in that white haze, or wait for foggy conditions to capture the surfers equally centered between the water and sky with no clear boundaries. Both fishing and surfing are very much about waiting, but are never really captured that way. We always jump right to the fish or the wave.
She also reminded me that we don’t always need to be doing something. Just looking or waiting is ok too sometimes.
I’ve gotta say, I have a thing for citrus. When I saw these photographs by Julie Lee on Instagram (@julieskitchen), I was immediately in love.
Speaking of citrus, I recently bought this shirt. I knew it had to be mine as soon as I saw it. I’ve also been wanting to try this recipe. Looks good, huh?
Whew. This month has been a little crazy. For one, we just launched a redesign at POPSUGAR, which means that the redesign is pretty much all I’ve been able to think about or design for. Luckily, I freakin’ enjoy designing. Especially when I get those “ah ha!” moments. One thing I’ve learned though is that I can’t expect those moments to keep flowing out without taking in some inspiration every so often. It’s so easy to forget to do that.
Watching this documentary on Diana Vreeland inspired me to create again after feeling mentally exhausted. She was a pretty opinionated and awesome lady who had a precise vision for editorial fashion, and saw potential where others did not. One of my favorite quotes from her was, “You’re not supposed to give people what they want; you’re supposed to give people what they don’t know they want yet.”
Now that things are starting to settle down a little, redecorating my bedroom is on my mind. One of my favorite places in the world is the Parker in Palm Springs. I originally discovered Moroccan wedding pillows there, and then bought a Moroccan wedding blanket of my own. Next on the list was a new bed. It was love at first sight with this one. It’s actually being delivered tomorrow!
The next thing on my list is a safari chair. I love the utilitarian style. The simplicity of a functional bedroom with a variety in texture to keep the space feeling warm is exactly what I am aiming for.
I’ll share it when it’s finished!
I’m madly in love with the various prints and patterns that I’ve seen make a presence on the runways this past week. From Moroccan inspired prints to graphic patterns with edge, I’ve been drooling quite a bit. Here are my top picks:
J.Crew - I’ll take that sweatshirt and jacket right now please
Jonathan Simkhai - big glasses + fancy graphic tee + flared skirt = I want to wear this every day of my life
3.1 Phillip Lim - simple layers and smart color & pattern combo
Karen Walker - allow pattern and color to pop by surrounding it with neutrals
What have been some of your favorite collections?
Remember when I collaborated with Tien and Elsa of Say Hello Max for this post? Well, there’s more. So get ready.
My Look | Jacket: Urban Outfitters (similar here), Top: J.Crew (similar here), Skirt: Vintage (Tien’s Grandma’s), Sneakers: Isabel Marant (similar here), Earrings: Vintage, Necklace: Fallon
Tien’s Look | Turtleneck: StyleMint, Sweater: Madewell (similar here), Skirt: vintage, Shoes: Loeffler Randall, Bug Tattoos: Tattly
Tien styled me in two slightly different looks here. We joked that in the look without the jacket I was a politician. By adding the jacket and sneakers I fast forwarded about 50 years and gained a lot of attitude simultaneously.
Head over to Say Hello Max to see how I styled Tien!
I’ve gotta say, I’ve always wanted to get away with wearing a jumpsuit. Until a friend let me borrow this one for a recent party, I hadn’t been able to find one that was flattering. Not only was it crazy comfortable, but I loved that it was different than what I would typically wear.
While we were in Florida for Christmas, Rich and I shot an engagement shoot for my sister Jenny and her fiancé Chris! How cute are they??
tattoo drawn by Julia Rothman
In November, I got to visit my friends Jen and Jonnie at the Tattly office. I snagged a bunch for my own and by the end of Thanksgiving dinner, my family was covered in them.
And when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they now have friendship bracelet tattoos!
I recently bought sweatshirt #1 and realized just how awesome sweatshirts really are. Lately I’ve seen so many options that go above and beyond the typical hoodie, and they’re getting me pretty darn excited.