I love when my friends get creative. And right now I’m digging these starburst ball studs from my girl of almost twenty years, Sarah Hendler. The other style I’m coveting – a pink sapphire studded heart ring – would make the best push present for some lucky new mama (it’s really too bad this shop is closed). And with a brand new addition to her super hip fam (dad is chef Vinny Dotolo, a star in his own right), SH has lots of time to dream up some more beautiful, vintage inspired pieces. And by dream, I mean not dream because she’s not sleeping.
I’m gearing up for my first big gala of the school year. Event locale: Hollywood speakeasy. Theme: Roaring 20s. Borrowed blush-toned fringe dress? Check. Grandma’s fur cape? Check. Vintage Christian Dior liquid gold turban? Check. Oh wait. Perhaps I should swap that last one in favor of my daughter’s Tutu du monde sequined headpiece that’s shades of Daisy Buchanan. Tight around the scalp, yes, but it will feel a lot looser after a drink.
It’s that glorious time of year: school fundraisers. This year I have two separate galas with two different themes. Roaring twenties = I could do that in my sleep. Bizarre Bazaar = let’s just say do not google that phrase for inspiration if you are at the office. So does one go out and purchase a vintage stole and some fur antlers? The answer is: you’d be surprised what you can find in your friend’s closets. Below, a super amazing headress I wish I could sport but will not because it’s too un-PC for a multi-cultural school setting. But maybe I need one for another event on October 31st.
My Kindergartner is into these keychain thingies that kids dangle from their backpack. I have no idea what they’re called but apparently this is what’s happening in elementary school. As soon as I tuned in I realized that all the kids were sporting a version. Of course if she were going to follow a major trend, the keychain thingies were gonna at least have to be unique. Up first were these handmade fabric dolls from Tanzania of which I can’t seem to locate more (I’ve tried). Next we layered in a glitter heart coin purse – to stash her lunchbox stickers, natch. But then. I discovered these Mua Mua fashion keychain thingies and decided that I just might have to start my own trend.
I’m a total psycho when it comes to shopping. I’ll stalk a high-ticket item all season and then pounce on it once the price drops. As a former retailer, I am basically my own worst nightmare. It’s a gamble every season but you know – I win some, I lose some (won: Balenciaga “Join a Weird Trip” baseball jacket. True.) Lately I’ve been on the jewelry hunt. Just thoughtfully browsing. And although these Holly Dyment rings (my latest fixation) will never be an end-of-season kind of purchase, I can still covet. Because luckily at the end of next season is my birthday.
Time for teacher gifts. Ahh, the choices. How many apple themed finds can the sites serve up? Pass. So if you happen to find yourself with a groovy teach this year, these monogrammed Baggu pouches could offer something new. The bag company teamed up with Flat Vernacular, the Brooklyn-based all-things-sick-for-your-walls company and came up with this funky alternative to Claire Vivier clutches. I am in the process of a custom order myself (see some examples below.) You can throw in your IPhone, lip stain, anti-bacterial wipes and car keys, and they can toss in their teacher-y stuff. And while the style harks back to those graffiti tees from the ’80s, there’s nothing wrong with bringing it back a bit.
School runs require comf shoes – especially when there is more than one school for which to run. Next year I will have three different stops. True. Searching for a chic flat isn’t a hard task for many but since I gravitate more toward heels and sandals, a great-looking slipper is a super score. I’m scooping up these Del Toro loafers (they’ll arrive in March) for the Spring time zippity-doos.
Crystals are so ’90s but not when they’re lodged in a bullet. Unearthen’s sprouting styles house everything from phantom quartz to ruby and are small enough to sport on the daily. I’m far from New Age-y but there is something very grounding about wearing a semi-precious stone around your neck. My daughter spied these online as I was scrolling through my daily sites – she thinks they look like lipstick. And lipstick they are not, but might they give you the same sense of completion?
Happy Labor Day! About once a year I post a runway shot and in this case, it’s from Stella McCartney’s Resort presentation. It’s about 97 degrees in LA – sweltering – and it’ll stay like this for another month or so. I’m sick of my army green cut-offs and I find everything for Fall kind of illin’ so I’m anxiously awaiting for November when the gorgeous Resort collections arrive. When people ask me if I’d ever go back into retail, my answer is a resounding, Oh hell no. But with that said, I appreciate design across all categories more than ever: an edgy pearl ring, a fur covered chair, a beautiful indie mag – and yes, this decked out dress – are all creations that I find inspiring for Fall. And when I say Fall, I mean, the next two months of summer.
We just booked a trip with another family to Los Poblanos, an organic farm in New Mexico. It sounds too good to be true: roaming peacocks, swaying lavender and minimal chic farm houses. There’s balsamic tasting and a balloon festival to boot. And even if the reality doesn’t match the fantasy, I can still live the dream in a Little Doe silk floral halo. Teamed with a maxi dress and Frye boots, it’s the perfect look for attending a “Field Sketching Academy.” Nope, I couldn’t make this up if I tried. I’ll report back in late October.