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Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

At this point, my office has basically turned into a mini jungle (imagine 2 large palms and about a dozen various succulents and cacti calling the place home). During the first year that I was growing my collection, I picked out planters that were simple, affordable and mostly white from IKEA.

While they’ve totally served the space well and match with everything, I’ve been itching for a bit more personality. I love the black and white minimalist vibe as much as the next designer but I’m craving texture. A little bit of shine. A dash of color. Unique shapes.

With Spring in the air, I’m looking for easy ways to change up my surroundings without breaking the bank and new planters can help with that. There are so many good ones out there right now and at the very least, it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a new vase for your fresh cut flowers.

Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

My picks: mod metal planter (also shown above in my photo!), brass watering can, luciana (boob) vase, cylinder vase, cactus vase (ordering this soon!), raya vase, case study planter, i scream vase and gem facets planters.


What about you? What’s on your Spring wish list? Are there any places you swear by for finding great vases and planters?

Latest & Greatest #34: Milk Makeup

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Though I love beauty products, I’m not usually the type to dedicate an entire blog post to a brand of cosmetics. The truth is, I have very little to say on the subject because I’m a minimalist at heart and have the same routine day in and day out, mostly consisting of products I love so much that I see no reason to ever change them out. I adore Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC Studio Fix (I’ve literally worn this for two decades) , MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick (my everyday perfect nude lip color) and Grown Alchemist face cream.

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It takes something really special to catch my eye since I’m not in the market for anything new in the makeup department but when I clicked on a recent Urban Outfitters newsletter and spotted Milk Makeup, it stopped me dead in my tracks.

For those of you like me who were in middle and / or high school in the 90s, CK One was the cool, unisex fragrance of the moment and I’ve always loved the crisp, no-nonsense look of the branding. It reminds me of a simpler time before social media, when it was the norm to have a free-form, less done-up aesthetic. That’s partly why I’m obsessed with the look of Milk Makeup because they nailed that casual, fun look I remember from that time so well. Think: no heavy foundation, lots of freckles, nose rings and a simple promise of achieving a day to night look in 5 minutes flat. SOLD.

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If Milk sounds familiar, they are best known for their studios in New York and Los Angeles where they have a huge presence in fashion, music and photography. It makes sense that they would be able to zero in on what works and create a line that straddles the fine line between simplistic and hip.

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Check out: 1. salve, 2. eye marker, 3. highlighter, 4. lip color, 5. charcoal cleanser, 6. mascara, 7. lip pigment, 8. lip stain and 9. lip + cheek color.

Learn more about Milk Makeup here.


Images: Milk Makeup and Urban Outfitters.

Latest & Greatest #33: Nuuna Notebooks

Nubby Twiglet | Nuuna Notebooks

Who needs another notebook?

Not me.

Who wants another notebook?

Most definitely me.

Do you have a notebook addiction, too? As much as I try to stay away, another brand has just caught my eye and these are just too good not to share.

Nuuna is a German brand that’s on a mission to do away with boring notebooks. Their thought is that notebooks are meant to store our ideas and therefore, they should be creative and fun to write in.

I first spied the brand on my friend Sian’s Instagram and it was love at first sight. These aren’t just eye candy, though. The quality and attention to detail puts most brands to shame. With Swedish paper and silkscreened covers, these are pieces of art unto themselves.

Nubby Twiglet | Nuuna Notebooks

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Nubby Twiglet | Nuuna Notebooks

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P.S. I love it when brands share their behind-the-scenes process and the factory photos of these being produced are so cool.


Photos: Courtesy of Nuuna.

Latest & Greatest #32: Palm Print

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My obsession with palm print everything started during my first visit to Palm Springs in 2012. The town knew what it took to elevate a simple vacation into something special. It now holds a very special place in my heart and Joey and I are on our way back in a few weeks to renew our wedding vows!

Nothing screams vacation and relaxation like a good palm print — and there’s bound to be some wallpaper inspired by the likes of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Indochine in my future Palm Springs pad.

If you’re in the market for a palm fix of your own, these are some of my top picks — there’s a ton of variety out there to get that classic tropical vibe that’s so popular right now.

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Sources: 1. For Love and Lemons dress, 2. Atlantic Ocean tote, 3. Billabong rash guard, 4. JUCO photo, 5. C.R. Laine chair, 6. Rhythmic Palms room and 7. Elena photo.


I wore: Billabong rash guard, Zara skirt (old) and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges (old).
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Latest & Greatest #31: Just My Type of Graphic Tees

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I have a thing for tees with messages emblazoned across them. The bigger the type, the better!

They’re a good conversation starter, not to mention comfortable. I have recently been on the hunt for a few new ones to add to my growing collection and there’s an especially great bunch at both Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters right now. To save you the time of doing a digital dig for the perfect tee, here are some of my top picks.

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Pictured above are: 1. RAWR, 2. Stockholm, 3. New Order, 4. Wake Me Up, 5. Get Over Your Selfie, 6. Strange, 7. Don’t Be Jealous, 8. Rock It, 9. Can You Not, 10. My Life and 11. Weekend Lover.

What’s your top pick?



In the top photo, I’m wearing the RAWR tee, NARS lipstick in Jungle Red and a Carrie Hammer necklace. For even more Latest & Greatest posts, click here.

The Latest & Greatest #30: Radiant Human Aura Photography

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Over the past week, I’ve been lamenting my lack of tangible photo prints — the thousands of images I’ve snapped over the last few years sit on various hard drives, collecting dust. I want more images I can hold and proudly display; do you feel the same?

Well, thanks to a spur of the moment outing, I have another print in my collection…but it’s completely different than anything else I’ve seen.

Over the weekend, I got a text from my aunt Shannon, asking if I wanted to join her to have an aura photo taken. Wait…I’d heard of that! A few months earlier, Gala showed me the wildly popular Radiant Human Instagram account and Christina happens to be located in Portland (though you should check out her dates — she often hits the road, visiting California and New York).

You may be wondering what an aura photo is and Christina does a great job of explaining how it works:

We all have energy running through our bodies. This energy radiates beyond our skin creating an atmosphere or “aura,” otherwise called an electromagnetic field. The aura camera uses hand sensors to analyze this energy’s vibrational frequency. Through this camera, we are able to match your vibrational frequency to a corresponding color’s vibrational frequency, making your energy visible and easy to see in the form of an instant Polaroid picture.

Getting an aura photo on a Sunday afternoon seemed to be on everyone elses’ agendas, too. We showed up early, snagging spots towards the front of the line but by the time the doors opened 10 minutes later, a few dozen people from all walks of life were eagerly waiting.

Shannon and I were added to a list and a few minutes later, I was led into a white wigwam-like structure that was completely black on the inside. I took my seat on a stool and then Christina set two blue boxes on my lap. I lined my fingers up with the sensors which were in the formation of hands and pushed my palms down onto another large sensor.

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Staring directly into a bright light and trying not to blink for 10 whole seconds took some serious concentration. And then, just as quickly as it had begun, it was over. I paid up ($25.00 for a single person or special group rates for multiple people in the same image) and was then handed my photo by Christina who explained what my aura meant. I was so surprised by how different my photo was from Shannon’s — her green and blue aura contrasted sharply with my red and purple.

Christina explained that my aura represented an extreme sense of creativity and also handed me a cheat sheet with the color definitions to keep.

The cool thing about auras is that yours can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime — and for that matter, even a few months! There’s really no way of knowing what’s going to show up until you see it and that’s part of the fun.

My take on aura photography is that no matter what you think about auras, the outcome is always beautiful and personal. This would be a great experience to share with your best friend or someone else you love.

“The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh.” —Lucien Freud

Latest & Greatest #29: Succulents Paired With Unique Planters

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Have you mastered the art of caring for household plants? I haven’t! I’m totally guilty of having a black thumb — even ornamental grasses seem to die under my care. The ongoing issue is that I often travel for weeks at a time and naturally, when I get home, my plants are long gone. I’ve since turned to collecting succulents because most varieties need very little upkeep.

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To celebrate these new additions to my office, I picked up this great set of head planters. The boy sits one the far right of my desk while the girl sits on the far left. I have a bit of an obsession with white ceramic body parts so these are fitting right in!

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The funny thing is, I thought I’d finally solved my dying plant issue…but then Chubs came along! He hangs out with me in my office all day and guess what? Every time I turn around, he’s chomping down on my plants. And honestly, squirrels don’t take “no” very well. 😉


Your turn: Are there any new additions to your house or workspace that you’re excited about?