If only homes had multiple kitchens, as they do multiple bedrooms. This way, I could live out my wildest kitchen fantasies – all at the same time, under the same roof. I could have my bluish grey industrial kitchen, my black and white country kitchen and my oh so daring green kitchen. I’m greedy like that. But back to the green kitchen. I’m currently crushing on green cabinets – in all the various shades like sage, emerald, forest and olive. There’s a comforting warmth about this earthy hue that feels so right. What about you? Would you ever go green?
Out of exasperation towards fashion’s wasteful practices and a dedication to positive social and environmental change, design veterans Genevieve Saylak and Corissa Santos are raising industry standards with their beautiful label Where Mountains Meet. Every step of the design and production process is executed with intention. Natural fibers, organic textiles, eco-friendly alpaca and non-toxic, plant based dyed fabric are consciously sourced. Versatility and minimal living are considered during the design phase. And better practices towards local and international manufacturing is prioritized during the final process – all of the woven collections are made in New York’s Garment district, while knitwear and handwoven textiles are made by artisans in India, Boliva and Guatemala. I love and respect the simplicity, sophistication and timelessness of the clothing. Some of my favorites from their spring collection include a gauzy cotton top with smocked sleeves, a white denim jumpsuit sourced from a heritage mill in North Carolina, and a cropped silk pant with a colorful print created in collaboration with Brooklyn painter Rachel Rickert. Kudos to this important brand that is moving environmental consciousness towards the new norm.
I’ve been desperately craving color in my life lately. It’s must be due to my excited anticipation of summer and my intense desire to travel to India. For those reasons, I was immediately drawn to Dutch-Egyptian artist Roeqiya Fris‘s spirited illustrations. Inspired by Arab culture, worldly travel and nature, her marvelous scenes radiate with vibrant color, boldly mixed patterns, and strong femininity. I would love to get a piece commissioned by Roeqiya . . . but I think I’ll have to get myself to India first.
Spring is here and do you know what that means? It’s pom pom season! As you know by now, pom poms and I go wayyyy back. There really isn’t anything I haven’t pom pom bombed. Disco pom poms on shoes, pom poms on pillows, pom poms on bags and clutches, raffia pom poms on baskets . . . but giant raffia pom poms on sandals? Brilliant! However, not my idea. I recently spotted Italian label Avec Moderation‘s Bora Bora sandals and immediately wanted them – in every color. But for over $350 a pair, I knew this was a project just waiting to be DIYed.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Hong Kong for the first time with my sister Karen. We haven’t traveled alone together in years and with her first baby soon to be on the way, I couldn’t think of a better way for us to spend some quality one on one time before life takes her by storm. So with Hong Kong Airlines and Kerry Hotel as our gracious hosts, we pounded the pavement terribly jetlagged yet eagerly ready to explore nearly every nook and cranny that 5 days would allow. I must say, I instantly fell in love with Hong Kong – it’s a true study of contrasts and contradictions, with its wonderfully blatant juxtaposition of traditional and modern, East and West, and city life and nature. This is just a taste of what we loved . . .