Current Vibes

December 6, 2017

Does anyone have a dog who loves seeing other animals on TV? My little Rosebud can basically sense when an animal (dog, horse, etc.) shows up while I'm watching and she totally tunes in. I don't know how she knowns - it's not like these short animal clips in my Bravo and Law & Order: SVU watching involves much sound. But anyway, I just started feeding her animals on TV interest with Animal Planet and she is hypnotized. Not sure if this is a good thing (could help for me to leave it on when I leave the house so as to distract her from destroying my rug) or a bad thing (is screen time for dogs unhealthy?) but for now I love watching Rose watch other animals. My life is full of fascinating going ons like this. Just call me if you want more mundane stories. (and read on for the stuff I love this week!)

1. SPYING // JENNA LYONS’S LOFT: Remember when everyone (including me) freaked for Jenna Lyons’s brownstone that was published in domino? Dark bedroom…yellow couch…white and yellow striped nursery ceiling. It was nine years ago and I still see images from the feature on Pinterest. But I have to say that Jenna’s new SoHo loft that was recently showcased – along with a short video tour – for T Magazine blows the brownstone out of the water. There’s still splashes of color (a giant pink couch situation) and moody darks (a deep green/blue hallway and a dark-walled master bath) but it feels a lot more layered and dare I say, more Jenna-ish. Like most everything Jenna does, it’s both enviable and approachable. Love how the article notes how her “idiosyncratic genius for color and texture.” Truth.

2. BLOOMING // SISTER GOLDEN FLOWER ART: I stumbled upon the work of Vicki Rawlins and her “flower prints” the other week and felt like they were to fun not to share. Vicki and her daughter Brooke started Sister Golden, their online shop of curated artistic goods – including Vicki’s floral wonders and work by other independent artists all over the world – in 2014 and have been going strong ever since. Each flower piece that Vicki makes carefully arranged and layered (no tape, glue or pins!) then photographed before the temporary balanced beauty is gone. Though the 3D goodness can’t be framed and displayed, the prints are the next best thing! They literally look like they’re popping off the page. I think Iris might be my favorite…

3. WEARING // TIPPI: If you saw my post yesterday you saw me in one of my two J.Crew Tippi sweaters. I bought both around this time last year and am so glad I did…they’re soft, a basic shape (like a t-shirt but better?), and fitted just enough. I love the grey and ivory Tippi I have so much that I’m considering getting both black and heather flax this year. But then I saw that J.Crew made a very special Tippi sweater this season…one with a heart-eyed emoji. So good, right? I feel like I can’t totally justify getting the style for myself since I already have the style in grey but I really want to scoop it up for an emoji-loving friend. Who wouldn’t have hearts for eyes when getting this as a gift this year?!

4. UPGRADING // iPHONE X CASE: I did it. I ordered the iPhone X the other day. Though I have to wait a couple weeks to get the shiny new device in my greedy hands, I couldn’t be more excited to have an upgrade camera for all the dog and nephew photos I’m snapping on the reg. New phone = new case. I’m not one of those people who live on the edge and let their iPhones go naked…mine always needs a protective case. I’m recycling the Anya Hindmarch “Thumbs Up” leather sticker I used on an old iPhone case for whatever new case I get and I want something sold in color so that when I superglue the sticker on it stands out. I’m going to go super basic with either white or black. I’m torn between Apple’s silicone case or a Pela eco-friendly case. I recently learned about Pela and their plant-based cases that are BPA-free, eco-friendly, child-safe and designed to be 100% compostable. If you’re into clean products (I find myself switching out more and more things to be non-toxic/clean/eco-friendly thanks to Sally) then you should definitely check out the brand!

5. STUFFING // CHOCOLATE FOR THE STOCKINGS: Stockings are one of my favorite things when it come to Christmas. My parents are pretty great at stuffing mine and my siblings with a combination of sweet treats, things for the pups, and small surprises. Sally and I are doing stocking for each other this year in Dallas (a new tradition we’re starting) and I’m thinking that I might have to get a Compartés chocolate bar or two (sorry for spoiling some of your stocking surprise, Sal). If you haven’t tried yet the gourmet chocolate that is Compartés yet, I’ll tell you that the bars worth the hype. Besides the fact that each bar is handmade with all natural organic ingredients in Los Angeles, the crazy creative and delicious flavors are enough to have you intrigued. S’mores, anyone?

6. INSPIRED BY // BOBBI BROWN: I’m such a nerd for Bobbi Brown. I love her, her products and her whole approach to makeup (no contour palettes, whatttt?!). Last week I was on The CUT and liked reading this feature on how she “gets it done” – really cool to see a day-in-the-life of – but it was a link to an older Bobbi feature from March that I really loved. “Bobbi Brown on Why She Really Left Her Brand and Resisted Making a Contour Palette, and Her Next Moves.” If you’re also a fellow Bobbi lover you’ll probably really enjoy this read…she touches on her start her career (as a make-up artist, how her signature style came about, how she got into making her own make-up and was the first makeup artist to do so!), and more personal topics (like why she left the brand and what she’s doing now). Bobbi, you’re a boss.

7. WANTING // URBAN SPIKES: Hi, my name is Molly and I do not have a green thumb. I love the idea of having pretty plants in my home but have a very hard time keeping them alive. I’ve been told that succulents, cacti and orchids will be my best friend and require little to no maintenance…but I don’t just want to plop a succulent on my coffee table and call it a day. Ideally, I’d like some sort of arrangement that’s less “I picked up this resilient plant at Home Depot” and more “Oh this living piece of art? I consider it my flora spirit animal.” If you’re feeling a similar desire for something green that won’t be instantly killed and you live in the DFW area, then you need to check out Urban Spikes. Sorry for everyone who doesn’t reside in Dallas/Fort Worth…but this company is based in Dallas and Courtney Goldberg is the artful genius behind the creative arrangements. Love how Courtney uses so many elements – from sand art, stones, geodes, branches, petrified wood, quills, crystals, and more. Head to the @urbanspikes Instagram and site to see more eye candy and find out how to order your own “inventive, modern, botanical décor”!

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