La Vie RT

04.02.14

Grand Budapest Hotel

Loved the cinematography by Robert Yeoman. Beautiful colors.

Grand Budapest Hotel

Loved the cinematography by Robert Yeoman. Beautiful colors.

03.30.14

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:
“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.” 

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!
See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.
Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!

See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.

Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

03.29.14

Irfan Onurmen
 I highly recommend the exhibition of Irfan Onurmen at the C24 Gallery in NYC. The portraits from his “Gaze Series” are made of layered tulle on canvas. Beautiful!

Irfan Onurmen


I highly recommend the exhibition of Irfan Onurmen at the C24 Gallery in NYC. The portraits from his “Gaze Series” are made of layered tulle on canvas. Beautiful!

03.28.14

Slow Dance: Lykke Li

A friend of mine announced she was having a slow dance party (fantastic idea) and wanted suggestions for songs… first song that came to mind was “Careless Whisper”, a personal favorite from days gone by, but I looked up some modern slow dance songs and I found this Lykke Li gem.  I love the video as she dances by herself.  We created our own Slow Dance playlist on rTunes (on the right column, at the bottom). Enjoy!

Required for slow dancing: a beautiful dress!

View the Black Tie Lookbook.

03.24.14

The Messy Up-Do

A classic, feminine style that accentuates a long lovely neck—- the key is to make it look effortless, though it’s not. Hairstylist David Keough explains how to achieve this look.

On damp hair, spray a little John Frieda Root Booster on the roots and a little Fine To Full Blow Out Spray on mid lengths to ends. Throw your head over and use your hands to create texture (you don’t need to use a brush at all through this process). Once hair is dry, throw your head up. Use a little dry shampoo on the roots to create more texture. You will see your head looks messy, but that’s the point. 

Have an elastic handy and pull into pony tail, split the pony into two and twist them around themselves, loosely. Secure with a couple bobby or french pins. Now the secret is, once it is all in place, pull it apart to finish the look. This is a versatile style that can be worn day or night, and could be gorgeous for a bride on her big day by just placing some beautiful flowers into the side of the notch.

 Shop the Black Tie Lookbook 
Follow David on Instagram and Twitter:  @dklahair

The Messy Up-Do

A classic, feminine style that accentuates a long lovely neck—- the key is to make it look effortless, though it’s not. Hairstylist David Keough explains how to achieve this look.

On damp hair, spray a little John Frieda Root Booster on the roots and a little Fine To Full Blow Out Spray on mid lengths to ends. Throw your head over and use your hands to create texture (you don’t need to use a brush at all through this process). Once hair is dry, throw your head up. Use a little dry shampoo on the roots to create more texture. You will see your head looks messy, but that’s the point.

Have an elastic handy and pull into pony tail, split the pony into two and twist them around themselves, loosely. Secure with a couple bobby or french pins. Now the secret is, once it is all in place, pull it apart to finish the look. This is a versatile style that can be worn day or night, and could be gorgeous for a bride on her big day by just placing some beautiful flowers into the side of the notch.


Shop the Black Tie Lookbook

Follow David on Instagram and Twitter:  @dklahair

03.19.14

Well-Traveled
Some people really know how to pack and my partner, Beth Bugdaycay, is one of them… she’ll arrive at the airport with her Rimowa graphite carry on and look amazing throughout the holiday. She’s an expert at choosing versatile pieces and so skilled at dressing them up and down. Here are some of her tips:

I love to travel LIGHT… I always pack one “highlight” color that works with every outfit, and one pair of shoes in addition to the pair I’m wearing. (Pierre Hardy are currently my favorites!) I LOVE jewelry, which I carry in a small clutch in my day handbag and then doubles as the accessory for evening. I love a statement necklace to give new life to a Tshirt, right now I’m loving one from artist Orly Genger.  I also love  jewelry from Jennifer Fisher, Cat Bird, Opening Ceremony as well as some special vintage pieces.  We have some very travel-friendly jewelry and accessories (a lightweight scarf is a must-have.)

I’ll pack one jacket or cardigan - for Spring I love this one —— and comfortable pants, such as these sophisticated twill pants in a neutral color. And I am loving the ease and versatility of lace —- the chartreuse lace tunic can be worn over pants or over shorts for two different looks —— and the lace skirt and lace top are classic, feminine, timeless…will never look dated in the vacation photos that I’ll cherish for years to come.
photo by Margee Challa

Well-Traveled

Some people really know how to pack and my partner, Beth Bugdaycay, is one of them… she’ll arrive at the airport with her Rimowa graphite carry on and look amazing throughout the holiday. She’s an expert at choosing versatile pieces and so skilled at dressing them up and down. Here are some of her tips:

I love to travel LIGHT… I always pack one “highlight” color that works with every outfit, and one pair of shoes in addition to the pair I’m wearing. (Pierre Hardy are currently my favorites!) I LOVE jewelry, which I carry in a small clutch in my day handbag and then doubles as the accessory for evening. I love a statement necklace to give new life to a Tshirt, right now I’m loving one from artist Orly Genger.  I also love  jewelry from Jennifer Fisher, Cat Bird, Opening Ceremony as well as some special vintage pieces.  We have some very travel-friendly jewelry and accessories (a lightweight scarf is a must-have.)

I’ll pack one jacket or cardigan - for Spring I love this one —— and comfortable pants, such as these sophisticated twill pants in a neutral color. And I am loving the ease and versatility of lace —- the chartreuse lace tunic can be worn over pants or over shorts for two different looks —— and the lace skirt and lace top are classic, feminine, timeless…will never look dated in the vacation photos that I’ll cherish for years to come.

photo by Margee Challa

03.18.14

Site We Love: Tomboy Style

So nice to stumble across this blog that showcases “tomboy style” —- being a bit of a tomboy myself. They feature many marvelous women artists, surfers, skateboarders, designers, musicians, adventurers and random, wonderful features… the photo above is from a feature about the book Jane and Serge, A Family Album.  Amazing!
Tomboy Style

Site We Love: Tomboy Style

So nice to stumble across this blog that showcases “tomboy style” —- being a bit of a tomboy myself. They feature many marvelous women artists, surfers, skateboarders, designers, musicians, adventurers and random, wonderful features… the photo above is from a feature about the book Jane and Serge, A Family Album.  Amazing!


Tomboy Style

03.17.14

The Hair Force

Good hair can make or break a shoot so we love to work with the best ones available: one of our favorites is Rolando Beauchamp who created the hair for the Spring 2014 Campaign. For the “Urban Canvas” campaign I imagined a girl around town, effortlessly cool, expensive taste, but “effortless” hair for a shoot can be a difficult look to create! Here is how Rolando did it:

Manon has wavy / curly hair, he blew her hair out using the Bumble and Bumble Styling lotion and a Mason Pearson Brush, created a messy center part, used the Oribe Dry Texturing Spray and created texture with my fingers here and there and tucking some hair behind the ears, pulling some out. At the very end, Bumble and Bumble “Does it All” spray. Very important, once the texture is achieved do not brush it again, you will lose everything you just created! Cool girl/effortless style tip: If you’re putting on a coat, don’t pull out your hair —- hair tucked inside clothing is a great look!
See the Urban Canvas Campaign
Follow Rolando on instagram:  robeauhair

The Hair Force

Good hair can make or break a shoot so we love to work with the best ones available: one of our favorites is Rolando Beauchamp who created the hair for the Spring 2014 Campaign. For the “Urban Canvas” campaign I imagined a girl around town, effortlessly cool, expensive taste, but “effortless” hair for a shoot can be a difficult look to create! Here is how Rolando did it:

Manon has wavy / curly hair, he blew her hair out using the Bumble and Bumble Styling lotion and a Mason Pearson Brush, created a messy center part, used the Oribe Dry Texturing Spray and created texture with my fingers here and there and tucking some hair behind the ears, pulling some out. At the very end, Bumble and Bumble “Does it All” spray. Very important, once the texture is achieved do not brush it again, you will lose everything you just created! Cool girl/effortless style tip: If you’re putting on a coat, don’t pull out your hair —- hair tucked inside clothing is a great look!

See the Urban Canvas Campaign

Follow Rolando on instagram:  robeauhair

03.14.14

Wonderful dinner last night at Dover in Brooklyn:  ricotta and honey bread, fantastic oysters, I had the lobster with tomato confit, amazing!  I always eat what I want when I go out for dinner, otherwise what’s the point?   Highly recommended!

Wonderful dinner last night at Dover in Brooklyn:  ricotta and honey bread, fantastic oysters, I had the lobster with tomato confit, amazing!  I always eat what I want when I go out for dinner, otherwise what’s the point?   Highly recommended!

03.13.14

sometimes you just gotta laugh… The New Yorker

sometimes you just gotta laugh… The New Yorker