La Vie RT

01.20.14

Birds of a Feather

While home in New Zealand, I visited with Niels Meyer-Westfeld —- an artist and husband of a dear friend Deborah. Niels is working on a book about New Zealand birds and his workplace is a charming studio in Wellington with an inspiring view of the ocean. I love the detail in his pictures and can’t wait to see them compiled in the final book…

01.16.14

Happy 40th Birthday, Kate!
photo Dave Benet / Getty Images

Happy 40th Birthday, Kate!

photo Dave Benet / Getty Images

01.15.14

Site We Love: Kinfolk
Discovering new things, to cook, make and do.  
Kinfolk

Site We Love: Kinfolk

Discovering new things, to cook, make and do.  

Kinfolk

01.10.14

A Place on the Beach

On the way back from New Zealand we stopped off in LA and stayed at Shutters, on the beach in Santa Monica (the last time I was in LA we were on the ferris wheel on the Piers, I spotted Shutters and said “next time we’re staying there!”)  Feels like home to be near the beach, beautiful view and I love the some of the unique details.

01.10.14

My Mood: Happy

Love this song!

12.31.13

Happy 2014

I cherish my holiday in New Zealand at the end of the year as a reaffirming reminder that home, in a world of change, is a constant.  In New Zealand, I am inspired by the magic of the natural world - the colors, smells, formations; as well as the human ability to see and create our own magic, as New Zealanders especially do.    Some thoughts which have come to mind in this particular trip:   create, play, work, discover, try;  and to always take time to celebrate friends and family and to smell the roses.  Happy New Year!

12.20.13

Inspiration: Aunt Bridget

In addition to my mother, I’m lucky enough to have another creative, independent woman in my family:  my Aunt Bridget.  As a young woman, she moved from New Zealand to London in the 60’s to train with the Royal Ballet and was truly a woman who embraced the time with style and grace.  As she told me, “there were so many excuses for dressing up:  premier parties,  cocktails on the lawn with Princess Grace and Prince Ranier followed by BBQ on the hills above Monaco at Nureyev’s villa.”  She shopped at Carnaby Street, King’s Road, Biba, Kensington Church street; and was always surrounded by enthusiastic, creative people.  An amazing woman, a huge inspiration!

12.17.13

I love NYC at Christmastime!  Light display at Grand Central Station

I love NYC at Christmastime!  Light display at Grand Central Station

12.13.13

From the book “Sky Crystals” … photo by Don Komarechka

From the book “Sky Crystals” … photo by Don Komarechka

12.03.13

Comfort and Joy
I really enjoy choosing personal gifts for everyone on my list, and though I do have some tried-and-true favorites (cashmere sweaters, gloves and scarves always receive a warm welcome) I have found some new discoveries I’d love to share.    The Kelly Lamb candle is a beautiful, architectural object of art that fills the air with subtle citrus, herbs, rose and white tea scents.  If any candle can be considered ‘sexy’, this one can.    I love to share great books —- reading feeds the mind and excites the imagination, and the luxury of time alone with a great book is something we all need.   And, time with friends:  I always bring two bottles of a nice wine to social gatherings, one is never enough!   This is my husband’s area of expertise, not mine:  try this dry white wine, Montenido Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2010.  And I may be late to the game with his, but stainless steel wine pearls are a sleek and chic way to keep your wine chilled as you celebrate the season.
More Great Gifts
See the Rebecca Taylor Pinterest Page to create a “Comfort and Joy” holiday wish list, share your gift tips, and for an opportunity to win some of Rebecca’s gift suggestions!

Comfort and Joy

I really enjoy choosing personal gifts for everyone on my list, and though I do have some tried-and-true favorites (cashmere sweaters, gloves and scarves always receive a warm welcome) I have found some new discoveries I’d love to share.    The Kelly Lamb candle is a beautiful, architectural object of art that fills the air with subtle citrus, herbs, rose and white tea scents.  If any candle can be considered ‘sexy’, this one can.    I love to share great books —- reading feeds the mind and excites the imagination, and the luxury of time alone with a great book is something we all need.   And, time with friends:  I always bring two bottles of a nice wine to social gatherings, one is never enough!   This is my husband’s area of expertise, not mine:  try this dry white wine, Montenido Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2010.  And I may be late to the game with his, but stainless steel wine pearls are a sleek and chic way to keep your wine chilled as you celebrate the season.

More Great Gifts

See the Rebecca Taylor Pinterest Page to create a “Comfort and Joy” holiday wish list, share your gift tips, and for an opportunity to win some of Rebecca’s gift suggestions!