I’m writing while sitting in a freshly assembled Poang easy chair from Ikea (I could sleep in this thing it’s so comfortable) in my new apartment in New York City. This Friday will mark our one-month anniversary of living in the city, and although the feeling of moving here has been exhilarating, the actual physical experience has been a roller coaster of planning, moving, plans falling through, frustration, surprises (some really really good), and general confusion which has already taught me to adopt a more go-with-the-flow outlook.
One of my friends who has called NYC home for almost 10 years passed on a bit of wisdom to me while he helped me move in to my apartment a couple weeks ago: essentially, having a type A personality is a blessing and a curse while living in the city. On the one hand, persistence and an impulse to control your destiny is important in a city of 8 million people. But on the other hand, knowing when to bend and ease up on controlling every situation is essential. I’m learning to draw from these two wells of thought as we slowly piece together our apartment and transform it from a living space into a home. And if loosening the reigns doesn’t work, there’s always puppy videos.
Below is the movie we filmed while traveling across the country last month. I had a great time filming, editing, etc. so there might be more videos in the future. We’ll see!
I’m going to write about that heart-stopping, joyful sensation that occurs when you find a perfectly distressed, perfectly fitting vintage piece. That feeling – after flipping through racks, digging through piles, and trying on garment after garment – of discovering something that’s one-of-a-kind. If you’re like me and the idea of mixing vintage and contemporary looks excites you, then you understand the possibilities that finding a vintage wardrobe staple like a pair of Levi’s jeans can hold. Jeans and a t-shirt is an unbeatable combination, but adding high-waisted timeworn jeans that are undoubtedly as rugged as they are feminine to the mix takes it to another level. I have found some pretty sweet vintage pieces in unlikely places, but I have yet to find, yes find (not “find” in Urban Outfitters, which, not going to lie, I’ve been tempted to do) my own pair of vintage Levi’s. In cherishing these timeless jeans (or jackets, or shoes) of the past I feel as though I can bring nostalgia to an outfit of otherwise current pieces that were most likely manufactured in this decade. A pair of vintage Levi’s can stand alone with a modest shirt and not much else and can add something special in their own subtle way.
Cheers to Friday, and have a fantabulous weekend!
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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.
1. Serena & Lily 2. 1stdibs 3. Etsy 4. Dot & Bo 5. World Market 6. World Market 7. Etsy 8. Dot & Bo
Photos via Gia Canali
Originally seen on Domaine
| it’s so easy to forget how grounding a day exploring your own surroundings can be |
Last weekend, my family and I set out on a Saturday morning hike around beautiful Phoenix Lake. Seasonably cold weather aside (I have to admit, it was about time the winter weather set in!), we decided to layer up and take advantage of the clear, sunny day and spend the morning enjoying the trails. On numerous occasions my family, friends and I have found ourselves confessing, “We really should get out and explore more. I mean, we have beautiful [insert mountain, hiking trail or state park] basically in our backyard!”
As we dive head-first into this holiday season, I have made a point to remember to embrace the beauty around me, not only in the place I live but in those people with whom I interact and spend time.