Come with me, across hill and dale, through forest and glade, to a not-so-very-far-away land. One in which chunky cardigans never make you feel fat, cropped paperbag pants look flattering--not frumpy--and handsome lumberjack men await you around every bend of the path. This is the land of Levi's Made and Crafted, and it's a magical place indeed.
Find button-downs that hearken directly to the Levi's archives; pin-slim jeans that, unlike your Aunt Mildred, will never pinch or squeeze; flannels strong enough for your boyfriend but made for you. You don't have to have your own axe-wielding burly guy (or gal) to wear this stuff. In fact they might even try to steal your clothes. So leave 'em at home and follow me to Made and Crafted heaven.
I have always wanted to try a juice detox--something about subsisting solely on pure, unadulterated liquid fruits and veggies for a few days just feels right. And if it looks absolutely darling, gets delivered to your door in mason jars with beautifully designed and carefully numbered tags like San Francisco's Can Can Cleanse, then sign me right up! So last week I gave it a go.
Teresa from the Can Can Cleanse is awesome, lending her support via phone and email. She makes all the juices by hand herself, and they taste amazing. But a juice detox is no joke, friends. The strength to make it through has to come from you. I lasted one day of my 3-Day goal. But I could see the cleanse benefits in that short time, and I'm going to try it again in the fall...so stay tuned!
Oh heeeeey there, past week. You sure did a number on me. Those two days when I didn't blog? Yeah, that was the video shoot that was supposed to end at midnight and went 'til 9 am instead leaving me in a complete brain fog. And the inbox of mine? For every one email I reply to, five new ones land in my lap! I'm not sure where summer got its reputation as a carefree season of leisure...
So here's the dealio. I'm going to spend some time futzing about in Photoshop. I'll swipe my favorite images from the current J. Crew catalog, and from the September issue of Elle Decor UK, and I'll get lost in the magic of cutting, pasting, collaging and creating. I'll dream of the shoes I want for fall (red pumps!) the jewels and lipstick I might splurge on this weekend...here's to some R&R!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know about Warby Parker--about their awesome $95 for prescription glasses, free shipping, try-at-home schtick. And you probably know about the company's 'Buy A Pair Give A Pair' program, in which for every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need. Because how could you NOT know about this much AWESOME?
But let's talk about what really matters here, shall we? These guys are hilarious, supa-stylish, and super friendly to boot! They've just released this side-splitting video shining a light on their Home Try-On plan. (I knew the UPS man was good for more than just oggling and delivering my packages!) And the frame selection just keeps getting better and better.
Plus now Warby Parker has added sunwear to the line-up, a serious boon for me as I'm a full-time glasses wearer with an addiction to prescription shades. I'm waiting on pricing info for the Rx sunnies, but if it's as reasonable as the regular optical, I'll be adding these retro-inspired Jasper sunglasses to my rotation post haste! In the words of the great Sir Mix-a-Lot, jump on it!
There's a new blog on the block, and it's a game changer, you guys. Meet spoon fork bacon, an incredible food and and entertaining destination from photographer Teri Lyn Fisher and stylist Jenny Park. I've had the honor of working with both of these ladies through Rue, and I'm positively salivating over their new joint venture!
If you like your food porn with a dash of sass, then spoon fork bacon is right up your alley. Posts start with sentences like, "It was one of those days where you feel fat and think that everyone sucks." (Totally relatable, right?) Plus with recipes ranging from Cherry Hand Pies, to Ham Puffs, to Grilled Zuchinni Tacos and beyond, there's something for every appetite. Drool!
Remember last week when I told you about the total love affair I'm having with my hometown of San Francisco? Well the snogfest continues, largely because I've been out and about taking meetings like it's my job. (Um, I guess it is my job.) The benefit of my busy bee status is that I've had the chance to try tons of new-to-me cafes and restaurants--like the ruggedly charming Ironside.
This place is such a gem. Like a nest carved out of the redwoods, it's homey and cozy with a menu to match. Think rustic brunch options and toasted veggie sandwiches, perfectly steamed lattes and fat, chewy cookies. All to be enjoyed amongst raw plank walls, midcentury chairs and industrial tables, and worn hemp cushions. Ironside San Francisco. Get in there.
It's arrived! My favorite Martha Stewart Living of the year! September brings the decorating issue, and this one does not disappoint. In fact, dare I say it's better than ever? From shopping pages packed full of drool-tastic finds for the home, to a can't-tear-my-eyes-away feature on Martha's stunning green glass collection, I was squealing with every turn of the page.
My fave? The stunning cover piece on Editor-in-Chief Pilar Guzmán's Brooklyn brownstone renovation. Every detail, from the gleaming parquet floors to the David Weeks Studio chandelier, is an utterly impeccable example of how to bring a structure into the 21st century while still honoring its architectural roots. Moral of the story? Get thee to a newsstand, and snap this issue up!
These days, nothing gets me out of a funk like a dance party. Whether planned (all gussied up, wearing my best boogie shoes) or impromtu (cuttin' a rug with the cats in my living room), the combination of music, pounding heart, flailing limbs and rushing breath lifts the spirits like an irresistible force of nature.
It's an hour of all the best dancing clips from every movie ever made ever. (Did I mention ever?) And there's one for cocktails too! Go here to get more info on how to buy and run the video loop at home. And in the meantime tell me what you're dancing to lately! (Confession: I'm rocking out to a mix of Two Door Cinema Club and this ultimate Supremes classic...)
Shopbop has the best lookbooks in town (town being the vast fashion 'burb that is the interweb, of course). I'm especially fond of their 'Shop Your Style' feature, not because I necessarily ascribe to any one vibe, but because I like to get inspiration according to their labels and descriptors. So those skinny red jeans I've been wearing non-stop are 'casual chic'? Fine by me!
I'm especially digging the latest offering, an 'Orange Crush' take on Fall's favorite roasty, toasty hue. That $1400 leopard swing coat won't be finding its way into my closet any time soon, but I'm awfully fond of its shape and its ladylike sensibility. As for that below-the-knee skirt and chunky cable knit? I've got my eye on about three different variations; it's just a matter of pulling the trigger!