Friday, June 21, 2013

Oh Hi! From Ojai Instagram Photo Journal

We took a for-no-reason get-away this past weekend/week to Ojai California.  Less than a hundred miles from home, but like a whole other wonderful world. I've lived in Santa Barbara most of my life,  yet only been to Ojai a handful of times.  Every time I go, I think, I've got to come here more.  Hopefully this most recent trip will  be the first of many to come.

If you live close to Ojai, take a day and visit for wine tasting, hiking, or strolling downtown. Or, take a few days and do a little of that, and a lot of  hanging by the pool like we did.

Favorite spots:
Boccali's (out of town location) - go early for dinner, you'll have the place to yourself.  If you're lucky, they'll be serving strawberry shortcake for desert.
Ojai Cafe Emporium - Take your dog, sit on the patio, and keep an eye out for hummingbirds.
The Deer Lodge - porkchops and martinis, live music and country views.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Color Code: Maui Grown Tones

After some really nice weather, the last few days have been grey and gloomy (I vote for removing June from the Calendar for next year). To get into a more sunny frame of mind I revisited photos from my April trip to Maui, and came across this pic I snapped in the so-lovely town of Makawao.

Tacked to a shop door, I was drawn to the print on burlap against the bright pop of the wooden door, and looking at it now, I'm super into the color scheme.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Lovin' Laula - Petit Couture

I'm really loving Laula, the clean, very edited collection of Japanese designer Setsuko Nakajima. There's something feminine and almost soothing about her pieces, that seem so unselfconsciously flirtatious. Oh yeah, and the shoes too!

 About Laula - Petit Couture

Laula is a fictitious character. She loves charming and sophisticated fashion. Every collection is based upon her closet

Laula aims for those mature and dignified women who like to mix elegant, girly, and classic styles all together. It can occasionally be masculine and edgy depending on the season, although it is basic. One should be able to find something she needs from the technical and detailed collection of original cut-lace, gather, tuck, and material variety. Laula pursues not only a superior silhouette of clothing, but also comfort.

Once you wear Laula, it is time to start a wonderful day.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Magic Of Maison Scotch

A fun and playful mix of styles that work so well together, I'm never disappointed by Scotch & Soda's Maison Scotch. I especially love love love the tassel and shell embellished jacket in the first - and several of the other - pictures. Might just have to DIY that up on something.  Hmmmm.

About Maison Scotch
(from the website)

Scotch & Soda loves to make great garments that suit every individual. We want people to love their clothes and enjoy wearing them. Scotch & Soda products are rich in detail, high quality and affordable. The designers at Scotch spare no effort or expense at detailing and fine-tuning samples, all the way to the neatly finished interior of each garment. We invest in the product, which is typically inspired by the best tried and tested classic and vintage styles, enriched with a wealth of inspiration from around the world.

Though Scotch & Soda has been around since the ‘80s, the Amsterdam-based fashion brand as we know it today originates in a brave new start in 2001, when three new owners joined their broad experience and shared love for making great garments. After Scotch & Soda was re-launched for Spring Summer 2002, Scotch Shrunk was added for Spring Summer 2008. Literally shrinking men’s styles to little brother or son sizes was a completely new take on kids wear, and Shrunk made waves no-one at Scotch had even dared dream of. This success was soon followed by the launch of a women’s collection: Maison Scotch entered the market with the Spring/ Summer 2010 collection and it already accounts for a large part of the company’s continuous growth.

Little sister R’Belle showed up for Spring/Summer 2011. Late 2010, the first Scotch & Soda perfume was launched by the name of Barfly, making a long lived dream of the brand come true. Scotch’s youngest and most ambitious project Amsterdams Blauw hit the stores in December 2010; a compact high profile denim collection that could only come from the Scotch kitchen. The brand currently holds over 50 Scotch & Soda stores worldwide, more than 7000 other sales points and a fully up to date online presence with integrated webstore, blog and social media. Scotch & Soda is classic in many ways, but young and fast-forward when it comes to bringing great clothes onto the market place.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hello Darkness: Designer Spotlight Shelley Caudill

Pretty and dark, just two of the reasons I love this anti-floral spring/summer campaign from designer and stylist Shelley Caudill.  I pretty much want everything, from her leather tees (!!!) to her layers of gossamer chiffon, it's a perfect balancing act of luxe and lush.  Plus, how wonderfully decadent is this layout?  One word: curls.

About Shelley Caudill
(from the website)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Feathered Friend: Artist Charley Harper

I won't lie, I am not what you'd call a lover of our avian brethren - in life that is. A well-draped boa or coy little fascinator holds no terror for me, but I've been pooped on one too many times to have much love for living breathing creatures that fly. That said, I positively adore them when featured in art, literature, and of course, dinner.

Artist Charley Harper (1922 - 2007), a well-loved and acclaimed wildlife artist captured the fun and fantasy of these feathery imps (minus the early-morning twittering and shoulder garnish) and I had to share some of my favorite pieces.

About Charley Harper
(from the website)

Cincinnati wildlife artist Charley Harper passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2007.

Charley was born Charles Burton Harper, in Frenchton, West Virginia on August 4, 1922.  He graduated from, and taught art at, the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he met wife, Edie, also an artist. The two married in 1947 after graduating.

In the 1950′s Harper gained acclaim as a commercial illustrator with “The Golden Book of Biology” and “Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two cookbook.” Over the ensuing two decades he contributed to the Ford Motor Company’s magazine, Ford Times. The response to this work was so positive, it led to his silkscreen print business reproducing those images. Charley’s paintings have appeared in nature-oriented magazines and on posters for many conservation-minded organizations, among them the National Park Service, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Nature Center, Hamilton County (Ohio) Park District, the Michigan Audubon Society, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Besides “The Golden Book of Biology” he has illustrated “The Animal Kingdom”, Birds & Words”; and “Beguiled by the Wild; The Art of Charley Harper.”

Charley has designed over 50 “bio” posters for non-profit conservation groups, nature centers and zoos, United States national parks and monuments, and international wildlife sanctuaries and biosphere preserves. One of the first federally commissioned posters was the ecology of Glacier Bay National Park in the 1960′s. He also designed interpretive displays for Everglades National Park. He had produced more than 100 limited-edition silk-screen prints.

When once asked to describe his art style, Harper replied, “When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.”

Charles Harper’s wildlife art is created without the fuss and feathers. Minimal realism, he calls it, “I don’t try to put everything in, I try to leave everything out”. he explains, adding impishly, “I never count the feathers in the wings; I just count the wings.”

Charles asks the people who enjoy his art to “remember that I didn’t start out to paint a bird – the bird already existed. I started out to paint a picture of a bird, a picture which didn’t exist before I came along, a picture which gives me a chance to share with you my thoughts about the bird. Once you accept this seemingly simplistic but really quite profound premise, you will aprreciate the many varied approaches to the making of pictures, all of which start where realism leaves off, but all of which require an understanding of realism for their successful execution.”
Frame House Gallery excerpt, 1977

Saturday, March 23, 2013

MANIAMANIA: It's Crazy Good

One of my favorite jewelry lines is once again making me sigh, swoon, and stare longingly at my computer screen.  Less creepy than it sounds once you've taken a peek at the mesmerizing new collection titled Performance, from MANIAMANIA.


"MANIAMANIA might be one of the most-talked about accessories labels right now–for good reason. The moody, beautiful and captivating designs (typically of silver, bronze and crystals) are extension of their winsome creators."

" Some young designers have that golden touch. And when it comes to the duo behind the aptly named Australian jewelry label MANIAMANIA, we mean that quite literally."

"Like Miu Miu's sparkle booties or Celine's luggage bag, MANIAMANIA's Immortal ring turned out to be an accessory of choice among the fashion pack in 2011."

Australian art director and stylist duo Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis joined forces in 2009 to launch MANIAMANIA to instant attention from international press and retailers. 

Melanie is an experienced art director who has worked on various titles such Vogue Australia, Oyster Magazine, and most notably Russh Magazine, where Melanie met stylist Tamila Purvis and the pair soon discovered a synergy of style, inspiration and influences. Tamila is one of Australia's most established stylists, and acted as Fashion Editor at Russh magazine for several years from its inception, along with Melanie as Art Director. The pair came to work together again in 2008 when they decided to fuse their aesthetic vision into a jewelry line, MANIAMANIA. 

MANIAMANIA's collections have been aptly described as "mystical adornment for modern times". Each piece is a unique sculptural creation, using elements of magic and mysticism, alongside pop culture references as inspiration. Maniamania's pieces always have a story to tell, or symbolic meaning, making them feel alive and powerful to wear. In an emerging niche between costume and fine jewelry, the collections are sculpturally crafted out of silver and brass and are adorned with rough and faceted crystals and soft suede elements. The pieces have a hand made and original look that makes each piece 'one of a kind'.

MANIAMANIA has received notable coverage from American Vogue, V Magazine, W Magazine, New York Times, Australian Vogue, Nylon and Russh. Clients include Abbey Lee Kershaw, Alison Mosshart, Chloe Sevingy, Alexa Chung, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Erin Wasson, and Devendra Banhart.