The Butterfly Effect

Red Valentino Skirt, Isabel Marant Skinny Jeans, Jennifer Zeuner Earrings & Necklace

     Visiting a magical butterfly garden on my trip to Santa Barbara reminded me how fond I am of the fluttering creatures.What I love even more than the insects themselves is their beautiful depiction in Damien Hirst's artwork. For years Hirst has made an array of butterfly paintings, from simple colored canvases to busy kaleidoscope pieces.
     In addition to art, butterflies are seen often in fashion, from printed fabrics to simple embroideries to dainty jewelry charms. They add girly, fantastical elements to any outfit, and are absolutely perfect for summer!

P.S. If you ever dine at Cecconi's in West Hollywood, be sure to peek into their private room… They have a stunning, heart-shaped butterfly painting by Hirst!


The New Classic

     I'm ecstatic to team up with Warby Parker to announce the launch of their new line! Named after the morning star that comes out after sunset and before sunrise, the Beacon Collection is a series of specs inspired by late night adventures that last until sunrise. One would think that frames meant to be worn 24/7 would look super classic, however these shades are far from that. Each pair has a unique silhouette. For example, the oversized frames and angled brow of the Nancy (my personal fave) make the sunglasses more distinctive than a typical round frame. I absolutely love the idea of wearing an unexpected shape day-to-day to redefine classic eyewear.


Monday Muse: Alex Turner

Topshop Blazer & Skirt, Equipment Blouse, ASOS Bowtie, McQ Alexander McQueen Winklepickers

     Alex Turner has the best goddam style ever. The Arctic Monkeys' frontman has this 1950s Greaser/Burberry model/rocker vibe going for him and he never fails to look just plain cool. Plus, when the singing begins it all gets a billion times better. Naturally when I admire someone's style I try to incorporate it into my wardrobe. Taking cues from an editorial of Alex in AnOther Magazine, I translated his rocker suit and tie look into more feminine terms. It's an outfit I easily envision Alexa Chung donning, which is funny because she and Alex used to date! 



Topshop Metallic Cut-Away Tunic, Alice + Olivia Sequin Dress, Camille x Reformation Mars Dress

     Metallics and sparkles and sequins, oh my! Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, an it couple of the 1960s, were often photographed in sparkling silver pieces by Paco Rabanne. Rabanne, famous for his metallic fashions, had a huge impact on French fashion in the 60s. Not only Jane and Serge were fans, but Françoise Hardy also rocked Rabanne (undeuxtrois). 
    Influences of these sixties styles can still be seen on the runway today. In the Saint Laurent Fall 2014 collection, sparkly metallic dresses nodded to Rabanne, but also screamed sixties icon Edie Sedgwick. Styled with black tights, the glittery frocks with itty-bitty hemlines were a major shout out to Warhol's factory girl. 
     To get the look for yourself, check out my sparkling silver picks. My favorite is the t-shirt dress from Camille Rowe's collaboration with Reformation… You can add being a fashion designer to her list of shining qualities!



Marysia Swim Bikini Top & Bottoms, Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviators, Jack Rogers Sandals

     While thinking about my upcoming weekend getaway to Santa Barbara (one word: Bacara), I can't help but dream up an ideal poolside look. It would consist of solely baby blue and sea foam green tones, inspired by the colors in Ed Ruscha's Cemetery for Nerves painting and a still from Wes Anderson's film Bottle Rocket. A stack of fashion magazines and a piña colada would also be nice...