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

The July Edit

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer is in full swing and I couldn't be happier about it.  When the weather warms up, I'm all about easy pieces that make a statement on their own.  Be it a bold floral dress, a round straw bag, or simple denim shorts with embroidery, I like to wear things that can stand on their own which makes for less fuss when putting together an outfit.  Here are pieces I'm craving this month - shop the look below!

01. Poketo Solstice Hat: When summer rolls around, hats aren't just ornamental anymore, I actually need them to shield my face from the sun!  This one with a wide brim is a great shape that you'll have on repeat all summer long.  And my favorite part?  It's packable!

02. Zara Embroidered Mini Dress: I'm all about the easy outfit these days, and dresses are just that.  This one has cute embroidery that will take you from the beach to lunch no sweat.

03. Soludos Indigo Dyed Platforms: I love mudcloth and espadrilles, so the fact that this combines the both is a total win.  Espadrilles are your perfect alternate to sandals in the summer, and the pattern on these is so boho chic I can hardly take it.  The platform gives a little extra height and will elongate your legs without a pesky heel.

04. Surf Shack: As someone who loves the design of 'California' homes, and that nomadic bohemian trend, I knew I had to get Surf Shack, and it didn't disappoint!  The interiors are so inspiring, you'll definitely want to have a look if you love beachy California vibes.

05. Serax Copper Chemistry Glasses: In my mind, you can never have too many amazing glasses at home.  I'm a sucker for anything with copper or brass, and these beauties are sure to take your cocktail skills to the next level.

06. Jenni Kayne Round Market Basket: I'm loving the round bag trend these days, and this gorgeous straw tote is perfect for a chic market bag, or for the pool or beach.

07. Madewell Perfect Jean Short: Light denim is perfect for summer, and the embroidery on these is so on trend right now, making denim just a little more interesting than your usual go-to's.

08. Krewe Orleans Sunglasses: A good pair of sunnies is a summer must, and these rose gold lenses add interest and intrigue without going over the top.

09. Joshua Tree Bandana: I'm a sucker for bandanas and have been amassing quite the collection, but, I've identified a hole - national park bandanas.  Can't believe I overlooked this one, and will be snapping him up stat to add to the collection.

10. Madewell Dawnlight Maxi Dress: These days Madewell is killin it, every time they come out with new arrivals I have such a hard time resisting!  I love the pattern of this dress, its flirty and feminine, and the longer length will ensure you can wear this dress from summer to fall in a chinch.

11. Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen: In the hotter months of the year, I'm a no makeup kinda gal.  But, living in LA when the sun is shining year-round, I always make sure I'm wearing SPF on my face.  I'm dying to try out this sunscreen thats a water-based formula that claims to leave your skin with no residue or grease.

12. Seaworthy Qausar Ring: In warm weather, I like to go minimal with jewelry as well and wear simple pieces that make a statement on their own.  This ring does just that, and is unique with it's hollow opening.


Iceland Part 3: Eastfjords

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today I'm sharing the third leg of our road trip around Iceland.  At this point, you're probably tired of hearing just how pretty all the drives through Iceland were, but I have to say, the Eastfjords were pretty spectacular.  This leg of our journey from Hofn to Egilsstaoir was pretty slow going, just because of the nature of the fjordlands; the road weaves in and out of the terrain, so you just wind in and out of the land along the coastline.  If you're planning a trip to Iceland, you can read more about the first two legs of our road trip in Reykjavik and the South Coast, and the fourth leg in the Northeast.

We stopped in Stöðvarfjörður and saw a strange little rock museum called Petra's Stone Collection.  It was totally quirky and weird, but fun to see so many gems!  We also found a small handicraft place where I snagged some amazing hand-woven wool slipper socks, and then continued on to Egilsstaoir.  Right in the town center we found a great spot where we got a very good deal on two Icelandic sheepskins.  I would definitely recommend this spot if you're in the market, they were great quality and the most inexpensive we'd seen (around $70 USD).

There isn't a ton going on in the eastfjords, so we spent most of our time in Seyðisfjörður.  The drive alone was so stunning!  We drove through some sort of glacial dam, at such a high elevation that there was snow, and then came back down the mountain to find the most picturesque little town surrounded by waterfalls, fields of purple lupins, sheep, and horses.  It felt like something out of a storybook!  I actually started counting the waterfalls and quit at 20.  This little town is beyond picturesque.

We walked around the town and stopped into El Grillo for some local beer.  You have to try the El Grillo brew, which has a rather remarkable back story involving a sunken ship and a secret brew recipe.  Be sure to ask the bartender about the history of the beer, and the backstory on Lara.  This place also looked like a great spot for some homey food.  After beers, we had dinner at Norð Austur which serves Icelandic sushi!  It's on the upper floor of the Hotel Aldan (we desperately wanted to stay here but there was no availability).  The food was phenomenal; they had some really stand out dishes like wings and tempura asparagus with a sous vide egg that was outstanding.  The sushi itself was so delicious, with lots of local arctic char.  After dinner we walked around the small harbor.  Most of these photos were taken around 10pm!

After dinner we drove back under the midnight sun to our little Airbnb cabin.  Our time in Seyðisfjörður was so special and a big highlight of our trip.

The next leg of our journey takes us to North East Iceland.
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