Kate Brien's Venice Bungalow

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Stylist Kate Brien Kitz  has a beautiful home in Venice Beach that was built in the '20s that showcases her laid-back SoCal vibes.  Her bright and sunny rooms are decorated with a mix of vintage and new furnishings that come together in a relaxed, collected aesthetic with a subtle bohemian influence.  Her home was first featured on Rip & Tan, photographed by Nicki Sebastian.

All photos by Nicki Sebastian for Rip & Tan.

The October Edit

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This month I'm all about pieces that can transition from late summer to fall seamlessly and easily.  I'm loving incorporating traditionally summer pieces like straw hats and off the shoulder tops in  unexpected hues that work so well in fall.  Interesting details like ruffles, fringe, and embroidery give these staple pieces a fresh look that adds intrigue to your everyday uniform.

01. Janessa Leone Panton Hat: This is a great fresh take on a straw hat - the deep rich color of the straw means this hat will transition well to fall, even in a more summery material.  The emerald leather accent band is also unexpected and stunning.

02. Apiece Apart Neroli Top: I'm still loving the off the shoulder trend and am loving this tiered silhouette of this top in a gorgeous fall olive green.

03. Le Labo Rose 31 Perfume: I was recently introduced to Le Labo and am totally floored by their unique scents!  The rose perfume is sophisticated and has earthy notes to it that balance out the floral nature so well.

04. Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash: I'm really excited to try this body wash from Glossier that claims to cleanse and get rid of dirt while also moisturizing.

05. St. Agni Kai Tie Waist Pantsuit: I'm still a fan of jumpsuits, and this kimono style top is beautiful and flattering for every shape.

06. Madewell Denim Chore Jacket: The chore jacket silhouette is a classic that will be around for years to come.  I have a more traditional blue cotton one, but desperately want to add a denim version to my wardrobe for fall.

07. Dragon Diffusion Bucket Bag: The bucket bag has been in for a while now, but woven leather brings a new twist to an otherwise classic piece, adding interest and intrigue with texture.

08. St. Agni Paris Woven Mule: Everyone should have a great mule in their fall wardrobe, and the texture of these woven leather ones make for a unique addition to any closet.

09. Sandy Hyun Geo Earrings: These statement earrings are sure to stand out with any outfit with great details like the arc shapes and pink fringe.

10. Cuyana Weekender Bag: Finally!  An affordable, classy weekender bag that's ultra chic.  I love the light grey paired with natural leather handles that will only improve with wear.

11. Velvet Jeslyn Pintuck Embroidered Top: Embroidery seems to be here to stay, and I love the beauty in the details that it adds to this swingy top for fall.


Iceland Part 4: Northeast Iceland

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

If you're just joining, today I'm sharing the fourth leg of our road trip around Iceland.  You can read about other parts of our road trip on the blog as well: Reykjavik, the South Coast, and the Eastfjords.  Today I'm covering the stretch of our trip from Egilsstaðir to Myvatn in Northeast Iceland, which was both an incredible and harrowing experience.  We unfortunately took a wrong turn and almost ran out of gas!  We wound up miraculously coasting into a petrol station in Myvatn in neutral.  There's hardly anything once you start heading north so make sure you've got a full gas tank before you leave Egilsstaðir!

We stopped in one very tiny town, Möðrudalur which literally had a church, a petrol station made of turf houses (this was before we took the wrong turn), and one very cute restaurant, Fjallakaffi, where we stopped for coffee and waffles.

We had planned on stopping at Dettifoss waterfall but couldn't afford the gas.  Once we made it to North Iceland and filled up the gas tank we had a much better experience.  North Iceland is quite a remarkable landscape, the colors here were very different from the beautiful green and brown hills and glacial blues we encountered on the South coast, instead there were sprawling landscapes with red dirt and bubbling mud pots.  The Myvatn region felt like we had landed on Mars.  Our first stop was Hverir mud pools, an area with a ton of geothermal activity and steam fumaroles.

After exploring a bit, we took our nerdy selves to Grjótagjá cave, a filming location for Game of Thrones, or where Jon Snow sealed the deal with Ygritte.  And yes, it was pretty cool.  Very close quarters though, it is literally a cave.

Since we drove the ring road, we opted to skip the Blue Lagoon in favor of the smaller, less expensive, and less touristy Myvatn Nature Baths.  I really became the biggest fan of soaking in hot bodies of water all throughout Iceland -- it is so relaxing!  Personally I don't feel like we missed out by skipping the Blue Lagoon, but if you're not traveling to Myvatn I would make sure to stop there.

We stopped for lunch at Vogafjós which is also a farm with lots of cows.  We wanted to do Viti Crater but lost a lot of time when our car wouldn't start (seriously, harrowing day!).  Instead, we continued on to Husavik.  Our evening in Husavik was rather remarkable.  The town is quite charming and is Iceland's whale watching capital.  It's unique waters grow many different types of plankton which attract over 12 different species of whales.  We of course opted for an evening whale watching tour and were lucky enough to see puffins, several humpbacks, and the rare blue whale (mama and baby - the largest animals on planet earth!).  After whale watching, we had delicious seafood dinner at Naustið with a great view overlooking the mountains and the bay.

Driving towards our hotel we got a marvelous view of Iceland's infamous midnight sun.  I'd recommend staying at The Arbol if you can, it looked wonderful but was fully booked.  Instead we stayed at Hotel Rauðaskriða where we would up with a flat tire.  The worst car luck that day!  It took quite some time to change the tire as we were parked on lava rock - not the most sturdy.  But we did survive!  And our night ended with a marvelous almost sunset.

Next up: North Iceland and Akureryi.

Modern Boho Style

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Have you noticed lately how the bohemian interior trend is evolving?  I'm loving the simpler side of boho, with mid century accents, woven textures, statement plants, lots of wood, and simple color palettes.  At times to me, boho can feel a bit maximalist, and lately I'm enjoying paring down and letting less be more.  I'm feeling like this minimal boho is the evolution of this style that really has staying power, and I can't wait to incorporate more of that into my own home.

Morgan Beatton for Ayla Gurganus

Natalie Myers of Veneer Designs via Domino
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