Artist’s Board…pour les petites!

  • 26th March 2013

Everyday it’s a struggle to help your children realize it’s the process that matters most and not the outcome.  For this reason (and many more) we love the design of this art-board for kids.  It’s a simple way to highlight a masterpiece as well as all of the lovely effort that went into it.

 

 

Ballard Design Cork Board

 

The bonus is—it’s super simple to swap out items and it brightens up any room!!

 

On the board above we placed:

2 framed canvases

2 raw canvases

One lovingly used palette and strips of dried acrylic paint pulled off

Used acrylic paint tubes

2 paint brushes

Thematic push pins

 

(all of the above were used by the child to create the featured artwork)

 

It absolutely works!

 

Set of 12 Style Tacks
Set of 12 Style Tacks

 

 

 

set of 12 style tacks

 

 

 

Set of 12 Style Tacks, ballarddesigns.com

 

Madison Cork Board

 

Madison Corkboard, ballarddesigns.com, $249.00

 

What I Love Today…

  • 26th March 2013

The look of Carolina Bucci

 

Carolina Bucci Initial Rings

 

These gorgeous initial rings from Carolina Bucci are sure to be gracing the most fashionable fingers all over town and soon to be sold-out everywhere.

 

Carolina Bucci Initial Rings

 

 

The rings come in labradorite and 18k gold with a white or yellow gold initial and band.  Or, yellow gold with pavé diamond initials and band.  Prices vary from $3,705 to $5,685.  Made in Italy and available at the moment at Bergdorf Goodman on the main floor or Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills

If You’re Heading to…Paris

  • 25th March 2013

Even if you are not!…it’s a real feast for the eyes and worth dreaming about!

 

The boutique chocolates and confections of Pierre Hermé Paris

 

 

Oeuf Galets Pierre Herme
Oeuf Theobroma Pierre Herme
Oeuf Mendiant Noir Pierre Herme

 

 

Some are available by home delivery throughout France & Europe, some by courier in Paris and some only by pick-up in store.  If this does not work for you location-wise…just take inspiration from the beauty, and imagine the decidedly delectable tastes!  

 

Oeuf Griffe Lait
Oeuf Dentelle Noir

 

 

Hens and rabbits can be delivered throughout Europe!

 

Poule Noir Pierre Herme
Lapin Noir Pierre Herme

 

Now let’s move away from Easter and into the exquisite realm of ‘macarons.’  Everyone is doing them now.  But are they offering flavors like these?  Hardly!

 

Chocolate & Honey from the Maquis Shrubland Region of Corsica:  “Pierre Hermé prolongs the state of grace with a chocolate ganache that is surprisingly low in bitterness, in order to allow this very special honey to express the many facets of its character. This equilibrium is as captivating and fragile as the natural environment of the Island of Beauty itself.”

 

Pierre Herme Macaroons

 

 

More outrageously interesting options include:  Aniseed & Saffron, Vanilla & Basil, Lemon & Caramelized Fennel, Chocolate & Lime…

 

Pierre Herme Macarons

 

 

 

Olive Oil with Mandarin Orange, Liquorice & Violet, Rose & Rose Petal….

 

 

Pierre Herme Macarons

 

 

 

Pierre Hermé Paris

Locations throughout Paris and France—and within England, Japan and the United Arab Emirates

The Look of Leather

  • 24th March 2013

The Spring/Summer lines took a cue from the popularity of last year’s leather pants/leggings and brought leather into the fold wherever possible.

 

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

 

It always works on belts, bags and shoes, but used elsewhere, leather can sometimes be overpowering.  Here are some sure-fire ways to make the look work.

 

Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress
Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress

 

 

 

Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress, barneys.com, $1,010.00

 

Black Leather Skater Skirt
Tibi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt

 

Black Leather Skater Skirt, us.missselfridge.com, $114.00

Tibi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $382.00

 

Leather Woven Chain Link Necklace Chloe

 

 

Leather Woven Chain Link Necklace, Chloe, mytheresa.com, € 198.00

 

Leather Yoke Cardigan Anthropologie
Leather Yoke Cardigan Anthropologie

 

Leather Yoke Cardigan, anthropologie.com, $98.00

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

 

Nanette Lepore Leather Spinning Skirt

Nanette Lepore Catch Me Leather Skirt
Red Valentino Leather Skirt

 

 

Nanette Lepore Leather Spinning Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $598.00

Nanette Lepore Catch Me Leather Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $239.30

Red Valentino Leather Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $695.00

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli Sleeveless Leather Top
Tess Giberson Reassembled Leather Top

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli Sleeveless Leather Top, bergdorfgoodman.com,

Tess Giberson Reassembled Leather Top, amazon.com, $735.00

 

Collection Printed Leather Skirt

 

 

Collection Printed Leather Skirt, jcrew.com, $1,200.00 (Pre-Order)

 

Leather Belstaff

2013 Collection Belstaff

 

Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts
Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts

 

 

Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts, matchesfashion.com, $903.00

 

Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress
Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress

 

 

Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress, shopbop.com, $698.00

 

Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress
Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress

 

 

 

 

Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress, barneys.com, $169.00

 

Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket
Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket, matchesfashion.com, $604.00

 

 

Narciso Rodriguez, Stretch Leather V-Neck Dress
Milly Snake Print Panel Dress
Milly Mirrored Leather Skirt

 

 

 

Narciso Rodriguez, Stretch Leather V-Neck Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $2,495.00

Milly Snake Print Panel Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $525.00

Milly Mirrored Leather Skirt, neimanmarcus.com, $495.00

 

Alexander Want Leather Fishline Pencil Skirt
Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts
Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts

 

Alexander Wang Leather Fishline Pencil Skirt, shopbop.com, $995.00

Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts, shopbop.com, $398.00

 

Parting Words…

  • 24th March 2013

“A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.”

 

Mark Twain

 

 

BonConseil

Derek Lam & Kohl’s Winning Combination

  • 23rd March 2013

A new pairing is upon us!  April 5th is right around the corner and so to is the launch of Derek Lam’s vibrant collection debuting at Kohl’s.  Lam’s line is inspired by the art and architecture of Rio, thus bold colors and shapes abound.  

 

Modern Contrast Derek Lam Kohl's

 

While discussing this new line, Lam highlights graphics and dark prints on a signature shirt-dress.

 

Botanical Gardens Shirt Dress Derek Lam Kohl's

 

He also loves the sinewy, long languid dress for spring.

 

Sophisticated Ease Dress Derek Lam Kohl's

 

But, his absolute favorite piece is the denim dress, and he sights its versatility and modern look coupled with ease of wear.

 

Sunkissed Denim Derek Lam Kohl's
Easy Going Nature Derek Lam Kohl's

 

 

Lam expands upon a back-story to every print from menus in his favorite Rio restaurants to street graffiti.

 

Graphic Design Derek Lam Kohl's
Color at Play Derek Lam Kohl's

 

 

He surrounded himself with the city until he “got the atmosphere in his head,” particularly the beach/art culture.

 

Effortless Blend Derek Lam Kohl's
Sidewalk to Boardwalk Derek Lam Kohl's

 

Lam’s collection is available in-store and online on April 5th, at kohls.com.  He is particularly proud of the price-point for his pieces, making them accessible to most!