Reiko Kaneko Tableware

To say I am completely obsessed with Reiko Kaneko is an understatement.  I just read about her in this month’s Lucky, immediately logged onto the website and have yet to close the page.  My adoration of all things gold has been alive and kicking for as long as I can remember and I’m finding a theme in my home decorating with equal parts luxury and witty.  There’s something about achieving that fine line that creates a well-kept, but still comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

Reiko Kaneko completely got it right.  Her uber professional ceramics with just the right touch of fun instantly moved them to the top of my lust list.

Pieces From Reiko Kaneko’s Collection I’m Dying For:

Drip Tease Mug in Gold $17.50

Drip Tease Cup and Saucer in Gold $28.50

Drip Tease Milk Jug in Gold $25

Lip Tease Mug in Gold $17.50

Lip Tease Cup and Saucer in Gold $28.50

Set of 6 Crack and Thunder Dinner Plates $112

Set of 6 Crack and Thunder Side Plates $90

RODIN Olio Lusso

With a couple weekend getaways coming up, I’m always on the lookout for great sample sized products to make my away-from-home beauty routine more manageable.  I’ve been a huge fan of RODIN Olio Lusso for a while now, after testing out their various oils a few years back.  When I discovered they were offering a limited edition Travel Kit $60, I instantly knew it would be a must have – especially for Summer trips where climate changes and red eye flights get the best of my skin and hair.

*Comes with sample sizes of their Hair Oil, Face Oil, Body Oil, Crema Hand + Body Lotion and Perfume.  That’s all of the products they offer, except the Lip Balm $30, which I’ve also been curious about.  Anybody tried it?

Matches Sale

Matches is a website I frequent because they often offer majorly splurge-worthy at a generously discounted price.  I try to buy staples with a little flair at these kinds of sites because I know they will last, but am most intrigued but the items that are hard to find anywhere else.  Whenever you spend over $100 on a article of clothing, the fit should be almost perfect.

Some of my favorite items from the Matches Sale:

DVF Haley Double Wrap Belt $65

DVF Eris Shirt $118

Acne Marnay Maxi Dress $221

Raoul Leather A-Line Skirt $205

Balenciaga Wool-Blend Trousers $221

Christopher Kane Neon Biker Jacket $710

Stella McCartney Perspex-Heeled Two-Toned Sandals $364

Current Elliott Leopard Low Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans $131

DVF Tamika Dress $202

Sportmax Anemone Trousers 264

Marc Jacobs Cashmere Blend Jumper $266

Current Elliott Stiletto Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans $115

Isabel Marant Etoile Cilla Crochet Top $205

Vionnet Beaded Sandals $272

Isabel Marant Leon High-Rise Flared Jeans $200

Issa Silk-Jersey Maxi-Dress $435

Christopher Kane Sleeveless Wool-Crepe Dress $912

Current Elliott Stiletto Low Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans $131

A+R

Although most kitschy items usually cause me to roll my eyes, I am oddly attracted to fun, unique household items that scream personality, but also offer a useful function. While strolling Abbot Kinney the other day, I visted A+R and was overwhelmed by the whimsical accessories I am now lusting for. They have a great website and offer lots of gifty (for others or for you!) brilliance for pretty much any age group or occasion.

My A+R Favorites:

Hay + Scholten & Baijings’ Tea Towels $32

Menu & Christian Bjorn’s Steam Tower $100

FusionBrand’s Food Pod $15

Gaia & Gino & Aruliden’s Fishscape Fish Bowl $170

MYdrap’s Perforated Roll of Cotton Placemats & Napkins $25-36

Thea & Mehl & Teroforma’s Avva Tumblers & Carafe Set $46

Normann Copenhagen & Aurelien Barbry’s Cork Wine + Bar Set $29

Karim Rashid & Move Collective’s Bobble Filtering Water Bottle $7-15

Domestic & Ich & Kar’s I Love Me Heart Wall Stickers $96

Hector & Serrano’s Air Heads Animal Balloon Set $14

RS Barcelona’s Indoor/Outdoor RS#3 Foosball Table $3450

Harry Allen’s C’mere Hand Gold Edition $85

Yuen’to Design & Idea International’s Hand-Cranked Paper Shredder $44

Yuen’to Design’s Balloon USB Speaker $35

ByWhiteDesign’s Le Petit Dej’ Breakfast Tray $92

Harry Allen’s Rollerstop Bookend/Doorstop $95-185

Rablab’s Agate Candle Holders $110

Tarte Cheek Stain – Ten

Tarte Cheek Stain – Ten ($19) is 100% one of my favorite products.  It’s paraben free and has countless skin nourishing ingredients, but the thing that makes it literally a must have is the color.  It’s without a doubt the perfect pink.  I use it on my cheeks almost every day and cannot get enough of either blending it or using it alone as a lipstick.  The consistency is perfect for a long lasting, smudge proof pout.

Buy this now!  You won’t regret it!!

Leather Jackets

I love seasonal and trendy pieces, but staples that supersede a time of year are my guilty pleasure.  Maybe because they make purchasing them seem so much more sensible, but either way, it’s undeniable that a classic leather jacket should be part of every person’s wardrobe.  Fit is so important here, that I think spending a little above what you normally would on outerwear is ok – especially because you can pair this with, seriously, anything.

Leather Jackets:

MUUBAA Athena Biker Jacket $429

Veda Max Leather Jacket $890

Sanctuary Runaways All Vegan Jacket $159

BB Dakota Fernando Faux Leather Jacket w/ Fleece Hood $57

Truth & Pride Perforated Leather Bike Jacket $399.90

MUUBAA Meggie Biker Jacket $649

Bernardo Leather Bomber Jacket with Detachable Hoodie Liner $339.90

Nixon Alexa Motor Jacket $94.99

MICHAEL by Michael Kors Moto Patch Pocket Leather Coat $495

J Brand Coated Sleeve Denim Jacket $259
*had to include this one!!!  a fusion between an amazing jean jacket and leather jacket is soooo lust worthy

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bomber Jacket $34.80

MUUBAA Navarre Sheepskin Jacket $476

Two-Tone Motorcycle Jacket $395

Burberry Brit Lambskin Leather Jacket $1795

*COVETED ITEM

Found Art

Like most things I put in my home, the art I select is particular.  Sometimes my favorites are out of my price range, most of the time it has to accent the decor, but always – every time – it has to make me happy.  I had been on the hunt for a dreamcatcher in an attempt to help with nightmares (it can’t help, right?!), but was consistently running into the problem that the ones I selected were too kitschy or clearly belonged in a room for a person that hadn’t reached the double digit age range.

One of my favorite pass times is navigating around Etsy to try and find unique items.  When I found Ana Victoria Calderon, an artist out of Mexico, I practically jumped.  First of all, her eye for precision and color amazed me, but it was her Woven Web Of Life Dreamcatcher $17 that made this discovery feel meant to be.  I’m a firm believer that art can be outrageously expensive or free, but doesn’t really resonate with a person until they look at it and smile.  This piece currently sits framed on my wall, right by my bed, and whether it’s magic or my naivety, I’m sleeping soundly.

‘Woven Web of Life Dreamcatcher’ feather’s series

Some of my other favorite’s from Ms. Calderon:

*find her work on her Etsy page (anavicky) or her website

‘Foliage Dream’ dreams series

‘Help!’ the beatles series

‘Feathers’ feathers series

‘Black Mamba’ flora series

‘Dharma’ mandala series

 

I’ll Only Go Curly With This From Now On…

Everyone knows I have a love/hate relationship with my curls.  I’ve spent hours, weeks, months, and what seems like years in front of a mirror on the verge of tears, dripping in sweat, with burning hot hair tools in my hand trying to straighten my natural curly locks.  I’ll really know I’ve made it when I can afford to have it done in the mornings (#dreamworld) and not have to tame what is comparable to a wild beast.

There are days, however, that a good air dry and comb through leaves me with a head of curls that aren’t so unmanageable and I decide to bare the outdoors as my natural self… well, at least from the scalp up.  I’ve tried almost every product and some definitely help.  I love Morroconoil Frizz Control ($32) and use it almost every day before I comb my hair after getting out of the shower.

I recently picked up a bottle of Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($4.79), which has a lot of mixed reviews around the web, but it’s cheap, so I thought I would give it a try (and full disclosure – I was $5 away from getting free shipping with an online order).  What I was looking for was a product I could use on my dry hair the day after I wear it curly.  I don’t think I’ve ever been lucky enough to score two good curly hair days in a row.

The thing is, I understand why people don’t like this.  The complaints are mostly that it leaves hair dry and “dirty feeling”.  This is a texturizing spray and is supposed to make your hair look like you’ve spent all day at the beach.  It gives you that unkempt, effortless look, which I happen to really like – it also smells like vacation, so I’m willing to overlook the downfalls.  I suggest starting with a modest amount and layering on if you feel you need it, but also (if you’re trying to create waves/more defined curls) spraying it on and twisting sections around with your fingers to get better definition.  It will feel a little dry, but only because the product contains a lot of salt, which holds the waves in.

Wear The Rainbow: Summer Shorts On Sale

I buy denim/denim shorts at all price points, but I love finding deals on premium brands that ensure comfort and fit.  I hardly ever buy full price though, because it’s inevitable there are enough sample sales and online seasonal clean sweeps to always have a large selection of whatever you’re looking for.  I’ll buy a good pair of basic jeans at any time of the year because my habit of finding the perfect pair and wearing them until their death is unavoidable.  My theory is: if you find an amazing pair of jeans at a great price – get them.  You’ll need them eventually.

For my lifestyle, the same runs true for denim cutoffs.  I’m fortunate to live in a place where they are wearable all year round and appropriate for 99% of the environments I’m in.  I crave the beginning of the end of Summer for one reason – shorts sales.

Colored Shorts On Sale:

Maison Scotch Summer Shorts $45.80

Current/Elliott Boyfriend Shorts $49.20

Alice + Olivia Five Pocket Hipster Shorts $77

Current/Elliott Boyfriend Shorts $75

Current/Elliott Boyfriend Shorts $84

*have you gotten the hint?  Current/Elliott’s Boyfriend Shorts are my fav!!

Joe’s Jeans Denim Shorts $89.60

MOTHER Frayed SNS Shorts $75

MiH Marrakesh Shorts $56.10

Blank Denim Semi Fit Shorts with Raw Hem $54.60