Mini Mood Board: On the Rocks

Excited to feature Gabriella Imperatori Penn's cool diamonds on ice paired with Nathaniel Goldberg's sensual beauty. Special thanks to Gabriella for generously offering both her photos and support for today's mood board. Keep your eye out for another one coming soon.

L) Adorn. Photo by Gabriella Imperatori Penn
R) The Looks That Matter featuring Iselin Steiro. Photo by Nathaniel Goldberg for Harper’s Bazaar, Dec 2012.

Garance Doré Stationery Launch

I was delighted to be invited to style blogger Garance Doré's intimate breakfast this morning to launch her new stationery collection with Rifle Paper. As you can see from the notecards above, the paper is adorned with Garance's irreverent fashion illustrations and French salutations.

I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the pop-up space on Bowery and Delancey. There were already about two dozen people, mostly women, gathered around a communal style breakfast table, eating croissants and drinking coffee. Like a gracious host, Garance stood up and personally greeted each person as they entered – something unheard of in NYC. Naturally a stationery collection would be a no-brainer for someone with these kind of endearing manners. I had seen her give a talk at the Alliance Française the week prior and even in front of 150+ people, she came off as intimate and friendly. Its so refreshing when a person's public persona is truly a reflection of his/her personal one – in a good way. Don't you agree?

I urge you to visit the Open Studio this weekend and meet Garance – you won't be disappointed. There's a line-up of activities both days from tattoos to calligraphy. And, if you can't make it to the launch event, be sure to check out the full line of stationery, including note cards, to-do lists, calendars, iPhone cases and art prints are available through her online shop and at Rifle Paper.

Garance Dore's Open Studio pop-up shop is located at 168 Bowery, NYC
hours: Friday 3/28 and Saturday 3/29 from 12-8pm

Beauty Trendspotting: Spring Runway 2014

Spring has sprung! Today is officially the first day. Its warming up a little in NYC and time for some seasonal editing of the makeup bag. While, I'm pretty consistent in my personal beauty preferences, good skincare, my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, and pink or red lipstick (coincidentally my brand colors), I am in the beauty biz and love to see what's going on out there. 

Because I have so much extra time on my hands (haha), I did a little side project on Skillshare for Beauty Trendspotting Spring 2014.  I'm happy to say, I won the contest for the best trend report chosen by Beauty High editor Rachel Adler. It came with a feature on their page and $100 prize, presumably so I can restock my cosmetics case for the season. Some of these are pretty extreme coming off the catwalks, but you'll also see images of how they're moving from runway to red carpet to real way. Here how I called them:

  • Baby Blues (blame Marc Jacobs for this one)
  • Orange Lips (bright, like neon orange)
  • Crowning Glory (gorgeous milkmaid braids)
  • Bold Brows (full and natural)
  • Cropped Tops (short, choppy haircuts)
  • Dare to Go Bare (less is more)
  • Pretty Pastels (Dior has the most beautiful palette)

If you want to see the research or commentary on the trends, check out my Pinterest board.

Mini Moodboard: Eyes on the Prize

Mini Moodboard: Eyes on the Prize. Mental imagery techniques or Google Glass

Analog or digital, visualization tools increasingly augment our reality and enhance performance. Olympians, like U.S. freestyle aerialist Emily Cook (shown here), use imagery techniques that simulate sight, sound and even smells, to mentally train for the Games. Alternatively, Google Glass is bringing visualization technology in a heads-up display for optimized information. 

L) Emily Cook, Olympic Freestyle Aerials. Clive Mason / Getty Images
R) Google Glass

Mini Moodboard: Visionary

A person with a clear, distinctive and detailed vision of the future. This term can be easily assigned to an Olympic athlete, as well as exceptional designers, such as the late Alexander McQueen. In this case, the device that allows the wearer to see, simultaneously provides a shield for privacy and protection.

L) Skeleton helmet. Image source NYTimes
R) Mirrored visor, Alexander McQueen A/W 2012. Image source British Vogue

Mini Moodboard: Aerodynamics

When speed is your game, the efficient flow of air is of utmost importance. Olympic lugers know this first hand and get all the help they can from special Adizero boots that keeps toes pointed down. The power of stripes are clearly evident in the Mercedes wind tunnel.

T) Adizero luge booties by Adidas. Image source NYTimes.com
B) Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Image source via Mercedes Benz

Mini Moodboard: Delft Blue

Blue from one cultural reference to another. Dutch designer Marcel Wanders combines traditional and contemporary in this hand-painted vase by Royal Delft, up-ending mass production in the process. On the other end of the spectrum, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli translated their Delft-inspired pieces with delicate embroidery and beading for their Fall 2013 collection.

L) One Minute Delft Blue: Vase by Marcel Wanders
R) Valentino Fall 2013. Photo by Nicolas Valois