I have few prized possessions in the material sense. A classic white quilted Chanel flap bag that has seen the light of day less than 10 times. My Jeff Koons Balloon Dog sculpture. A vintage 1960s beige faux fur coat that I bought for $4 in a thrift store when I was 19. My antique ruby engagement ring and rose gold wedding band. I have very little attachment to most everything else I own.
But when the recession hit, I felt guilty about any kind of shopping or even caring about fashion. I had a similar feeling after returning from a trip to Tanzania and Kenya. There were bigger problems in the world. Who cared about labels? But time goes on, the economy needs action and I reconciled that it was okay to enjoy designer goods once in awhile, especially if they are treasures that I would keep for a lifetime.
My dream purchase for about 10 years has been a Rick Owens leather jacket. I almost pulled the trigger and bought one this season, but quickly changed my mind, telling myself I would find a great alternative at a fraction of the cost. But we own our condo, don’t have debt and don’t have kids. And I’ve been working since age 16, mostly for myself. Could this be the only chance in life to get one? These are indeed first world problems.
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Last night I saw the Diana Vreeland documentary, The Eye Has to Travel, which chronicles the fashion icon’s story from Paris to London and New York. The film is inspiring, fascinating, charming and hilarious (bon mots include sweeping statements like “It’s very important to be born in Paris; the rest follows quite naturally.”) A total character. The film is currently playing in New York and LA and will hopefully expand its release soon.
It’s technically fall, but we’ve been having a heat wave here in L.A. so I haven’t been that excited to see pumpkins at Trader Joe’s or Halloween decor in local stores. But I started seeing some very stylish looking pumpkins on Pinterest so I thought about some ideas for no carve pumpkins. You just need some newspapers to place under the pumpkins and a damp rag to clean off any dirt.
1. Polka dots. Paint your pumpkin one base color like red (or leave orange) and add polka dots in a different color with a paint marker or Sharpie.
2. Metallic. Take one of fall’s hottest trends and apply to large pumpkins. Simply spray paint your gourd in silver or gold (make sure you are in a well ventilated area).
3. All over paint. Simply paint your pumpkin one color (white is chic and black could make for a more Halloween-appropriate look).
4. Chevron stripes. Here is a DIY tutorial on zig zag pumpkins. This one is a bit more time consuming, but the result is pretty fab.
And you can turn any of these stylish pumpkins into a vase by carving out the inside and placing a glass jar inside. I love this one.
Someone recently wrote in asking what I travel with in terms of luggage. If it’s just a weekend trip that doesn’t require winter coats then I always use my Halsea roller suitcase that Tim gave me for Christmas a few years back. Then I bring an oversize tote that I can keep all of my carry on stuff in: iPad, headphones, small purse, makeup, Chapstick, snacks, etc.
But for longer trips with check-in luggage, there is nothing better than our Rimowa Salsa Air 29″ Multiwheel suitcase. Made of the lightest and nearly indestructible polycarbonate, the Rimowa bag weighs 7.06 pounds so it’s particularly ideal with all of these weight restrictions. You can pack so much more and the wheels rotate 360 degrees, so it can roll through the airport in an upright or leaning position. I never thought I could have a crush on a line of luggage, but I do.
PS. They are pricey, but Tim and I are able to share one do to the roominess. If you travel it’s well worth it.
I knew I was keeping my high school letterman jacket for some reason. I think Class of 94 is going to be representing when the weather finally cools down here in LA. Below are some of my favorites for fall.
I recently met my friend Kim for breakfast at Bottega Louie, one of my favorite places in L.A., and had some primo lemon ricotta pancakes. I love to hang out in the marketplace for a few minutes afterward so I can just look at all the pastries, macarons and sweets. I definitely have to try the Grand Macaron sometime (the ones in the back would make for a great alternative to a birthday cake.)
Hope you have a nice weekend ahead.
I have no background in graphic design whatsoever, but I certainly know when I am drawn to particular fonts. I always just assumed I had to use whatever fonts my Mac came with as I wasn’t going to spend money on fancy ones. But then I started seeing some of my favorite fonts available for free downloads (often there is an opportunity to make a small donation) at sites like dafont.com, Font River and Font Squirrel. Even if you aren’t a designer or blogger, it’s nice having pretty fonts to use for invitations, signage and notes.
PS. Comic Sans should not be used under any circumstances.
Books are some of my favorite gifts to give and receive. When it comes to fiction, I devour everything from David Sedaris, Jeffrey Eugenides, A.M. Homes and Jonathan Safran Foer. This year I was blown away by Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and really enjoyed Patti Smith’s Just Kids.
Next up I’ll be digging into Gone Girl, Hologram For The King and The Art of Fielding and I’m going to ask for Kate Moss by Mario Testino for Christmas. If you have a must-read please share!
Pictured above is Nigella Lawson in her incredible library from House and Garden