If you spend every work day at your desk space, it only makes sense to add a little bit of your style to it, right? Luckily there’s a lot of art and creativity buzzing around my office at any given moment, so it’s pretty easy to get inspired. Even though we all work together to achieve a cohesive aesthetic in our magazines, each editor, designer, and photographer has put their personal touch on their workspace whether it be a memorable quote, a group photo, a favorite cover, or an inside joke. I try to keep my desk space as light and airy as I can while mixing in colorful details like my floral banner and my candle in a chinoiserie-style French blue jar (score from T.J. Maxx!). My bulletin board acts as a place to hold useful production calendars and little notes from the day as well a mood board of images that are inspiring me. Spotted in the winter 2015 issue of Jewelry Affaire: my ear! Ear cuff by artist Donna Miyasako-Blanco. Sorting through (trying on) blingy rings that look pretty rad styled together. These were designed by Cara Stimmel. One of my favorite photos taken by our director of photography, Johanna Love, for Haute Handbags. Lisa Zinza created this swingy bag. So there you have it! How do you strike that balance between organization and inspiration when it comes to your workspace decor?
No, this isn’t a tour of my apartment (dreamers can dream!), but I fell so in love with the decor in these photos that it seemed wrong to not share. Set somewhere in West Hollywood, this apartment captures many of the design trends that have been on my radar: mid-century, moroccan-inspired, earthy, industrial, and Hollywood regency. The decor doesn’t fully fall into one aesthetic or another, which is what makes this space so appealing. Just like each of us have different sides to our personalities, this multifaceted apartment can allow the (lucky) inhabitant to indulge whatever side they’re feeling. And let’s be real, when you have light like that, you can’t help but want to fill the rooms with colorful, charming pieces.
A seagrass planter, wooden chairs, a fiddle leaf fig tree, and more bring that natural California vibe to the dining area and throughout the home. Plants are tucked into almost every room of the apartment, keeping the feeling airy and organic.
Much of the youthfulness of the apartment comes from the Moroccan-inspired accessories: hand-embroidered pillows, linen blankets, and arabesque motifs so beautiful its as though they were chosen right from the bazaars in Marrakech.
Photos via Gia Canali
Originally seen on Domaine
As someone who has pondered getting a second piercing for a while, I was excited (and slightly relieved…) to find ear jackets. My initial reaction to them, after spotting some on Jewelmint, was a mixture of awe and confusion: awe because, without adding a ton of bulk or formal-ness, they looked way cooler than my everyday silver stud earrings; confusion because one particular pair (seen in this post) gave the illusion of having a double piercing without actually needing to go for it. If the silver stud is the plain-Jane, the ear jacket is its cool, older cousin. I was curious, and I’d seen this jewelry trend floating around in magazines and on the internet, so I purchased a pair.
The versatility of this style of earring is probably the biggest plus – I can wear my single-bar ear jacket with pretty much any stud in my jewelry box (turquoise and pearl ones featured below). Wearing these little guys is easy: After inserting the pin through your ear hole, push the pin through the hole in the ear jacket and then through the backing (For some people, the “how to put them on” might be totally obvious, but because several friends have asked me upon seeing me wear them, I figured I’d include it).
This style is changing the idea of the statement earring from a gigantic, sparkly bauble into a more delicate, structural, sexy piece. Maybe this weekend will be the one that I get another piercing, but until that happens, I’m more than happy dressing up my ears like this.
In college I had a black, A-line skirt that I fondly called “Old Reliable.” For days when an inventive outfit just didn’t come together, I knew I could pull on this comfortable, versatile skirt and not think twice. This collared shift dress from H & M reminds me of Old Reliable – it’s a flattering, timeless piece that can be dressed up or down and accessorized with just about anything. The green lenses and cool shape of these Warby Parker sunglasses (1.) give off a slightly retro feel. Delicate and understated, this ampersand necklace from Etsy (2.) would pair well with the collar on the dress (3.). One of my favorite jewelry trends is the ear jacket; these ones from Rue Gembon (4.) add a little bit more edge than your average pearl post. Winter calls for lots of lip balm, and I just picked up this tinted tube by Maybelline in Berry Soft (5.). For those of us on the go, the classic black tote means utility and effortless style. This leather carry-all from Cuyana (6.) is available with or without the monogram. This Zara coat (7.), when paired with sophisticated staple pieces, is leopard print done so right. A quirky umbrella like this one from J. Crew (8.) will bring a little cheer even on the rainiest of days. Finish off this outfit with the sweetest pair of menswear-inspired oxfords (9.).
Floors and shoes: two relatively simple elements that, when combined and photographed from hip distance, have proven to be incredibly artful. My new favorite Instagram account, I Have This Thing With Floors, has capitalized on the floors + shoes = art fad and turned it into a visual smorgasbord. I’m hesitant to admit that I spent the better half of an hour scrolling through the photos, gawking at the composition of tile to boot, and wondering where in the world these photos were taken. More than just graphic musings, @ihavethisthingwithfloors reminds me to slow down and notice the beauty of everyday spaces that might normally get overlooked.
The holidays are officially over (how’s your Monday going so far?) and the chilly months are upon us. However gloomy that sentence might sound, it actually reminds me of the many sartorial moments of layering to come. Striped T-shirt below oxford shirt below sweater below coat, cozy socks with weatherworn boots, a scarf, and a beanie to keep out the cold. I always manage to rediscover pieces that end up getting pushed to the back of my closet and surprise myself with the print/color combinations that pan out rather wonderfully.
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