MOMENT OF / freckles

FRIDAY / pin up

Rounding up this week's favorite Pins

Happy Friday!

CAT'S EYES / top 5 picks


This summer is all about the cat's eyes, so we've picked out our favorite five just for you.  Meow.

White Acetate Sunglasses by MERCI, €25

Marbled Acetate Sunglasses by HOUSE OF HARLOW, $148

Tortoise Acetate Sunglasses by CELINE, $338

Two-Tone Sunglasses by MAISON MARGIELA,  $575

Black Acetate Sunglasses by THE ROW, $450


OBSESSED / marble book case


Chen Chen & Kai Williams is a New York based design studio working in furniture, products and materials. It was founded in 2011 by Pratt Institute graduates Chen Chen and Kai Williams. I love anything marble, and I love this portable marble book case.

MOROCCO / minimalist mountain MAISON


In the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco stands this stoic villa designed by Studio KO.   Blocked prisms, earth tones and exotic textures mark this home designed in a color palette that mimics its surrounding landscape - terra cottas, muted browns, and dusty putties.  Architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty - who keep offices in Paris and Marrakech and ergo, are masters at mixing East with West - already have such clients as Hermes.  So it is no wonder that this villa drips with understated luxury and timeless modernism.  My favorite feature are the stacked bricks that have a monastic, pure feel.

Dubbed 'Villa E', I wonder what the 'E' stands for.  Ecstatic?  Esoteric?  Euphoric?  Evocative?  Is it wrong that something so monastic-looking is turning me on?

FRIDAY / pin-up


A look back at this week's favorite Pins.

Happy Friday!

GOLD / mussel ashtray by LINDSEY ADELMAN


I am never one to promote smoking, but as someone who is married to a smoker (*sigh*) I am always looking for ways to make the smoking more pleasurable -- for me.  One way is to insist on using beautiful ashtrays, and this one by renowned Brooklyn-based glass blower, Lindsey Adelman, is no exception.  Gathered along the coast of Maine, the mussel shells are then electroplated with 18k gold in their Brooklyn studio.

approx 7.5'' x 3.5''

MODERN / Bleu Nature


There is virtually nothing from this collection by BLEU NATURE that I do not love.  Literally.  The mix of nature (wood, mostly, and skins) and industrial materials (plexi, hammered metal, mirrors) live harmoniously in things like side tables, wall sconces, patio furniture, and coasters.  Given that they go through 150 tons of driftwood per year, it would appear that I am not the only one who agrees with myself.

Here I have hand picked my favorite items.

NOSEY / Wang @ the CFDA's


There are so many good things happening with this photo of CFDA Womenswear Design Of The Year nominated Alexander Wang (he didn't win, sadly) with uber-model Anna Ewers and SNL character 'Mango' as portrayed by Chris Katan (one of my all-time favorites):  

 #1 Apart from the fact that Mango is just there, I love his ridiculous leather shorts and sequin beret worn with a too-long cape -- the only reason it looks good is because they are all designed by Wang, I can only assume.
#2 Anna's dress is killer with that transparent side panel.  I just wish we could see more of it.

#3 Wang's safety-pin closure on his blazer.

Wang even created a short video to promote his 'T by' line, featuring Mango and Anna in a humorous elevator exchange.  You can see it here.

I always appreciate designers who don't take themselves too seriously (I am one of them). 

MALIBU / Matthew Perry's Modern 'Pier House'


Matthew Perry has recently put his 3,800 square foot home up for sale for a cool $12.5 million.  Overlooking the Malibu Pier with approximately 2.5 acres of hillside property, Perry bought this house in 2005 although it was originally built in 1981.  Without a hint of the 80's in sight -- with floor-to-ceiling windows and cool color palette -- this home is a total babe magnet.  Gee, I really wish that he was one of my 'friends.'

WANT / knuckle ring set by MARGIELA

I think I would feel very organized with this set of four gold knuckle buster rings by MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA.  Or at least, very armed and dangerous.

Gold Knucklebuster Ring Set of Four by MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, $490
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