AUTUMN IN PARIS

Anthropologie Lookbook

Anthropologie Lookbook

Anthropologie Lookbook

Anthropologie Lookbook

Anthropologie Lookbook

I’ve always said that Anthropologie has the best catalogs and their latest lookbook, Autumn in Paris, might be the best one yet. The clothes are beautiful (that coat!!) but what I  found myself really wanting was a tour of the stunning location where it was shot.

The glimpses of jewel tone velvets, gorgeous window treatments, and whimsical wallpaper definitely piqued my interest. Whoever is lucky enough to call it home certainly has style in spades!

ART LESSON: THE VAULT FILES

The Vault Files Shop

The Vault Files Shop

The Vault Files Shop

The Vault Files ShopMy sister (yes, of camo fame) just moved into her first post-college apartment and requested a post on artwork for her new space. She’s taking full advantage of this time in her life to be as girly as she wants in her decor choices and specifically asked for some feminine pieces for her gallery wall.

Etsy is by far my favorite resource for affordable original artwork and after a bit of searching I found a shop selling the most perfect pieces for my sister’s collection:  The Vault Files. I’ve yet to meet someone that doesn’t love peonies (are you out there?) so I thought I’d share my discovery.

I seem to have an attraction to close up floral photography (as evidenced here and here) but the black backgrounds set these apart. They have a modern edge, but also remind me of antique German botanical charts. The best part is, they’re priced so well, you won’t have to worry if you can’t pick just one favorite–I know I can’t!

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ART LESSON: PAUL LANGE

Paul Lange

Paul Lange

Paul Lange

Paul Lange

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers! It seemed only appropriate to share these absolutely stunning fine art photographs from Paul Lange’s Big Blooms collection on the first day of May.

If they look familiar, you might recognize them from the chic Manhattan office of Aerin Lauder. Her impeccable taste never fails to inspire and I was thrilled to discover Paul’s work among the many covetable items in her office.

Just another piece for the someday list!

P.S if you can’t wait for the real thing, I was really impressed with this pink poppy photograph from Art.com.

IN THE STUDIO

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Michelle Armas | Pilgrim

Michelle Armas | Pilgrim

Michelle Armas | Pilgrim

I was recently introduced to Pilgrim, a blog authored by the incredibly talented photographer, Paige Maitland. Paige has an amazing series where she photographs artists in their studios (don’t you love when creative people collaborate?) and last week she photographed Michelle Armas in her studio.

I’ve been a fan of Michelle’s work for a few years now and her blog is one of my daily reads so I was more than a little excited to get a peek inside her studio. I don’t know what’s more beautiful, Paige’s light drenched, ethereal photography, or that stack of abstracts…

I’m looking forward to seeing who Paige photographs next. Caitlin McGauley and Bella Foster would be on my short list. Whose studio would you like to peek inside?

all photos via Pilgrim

STYLE ICON: LAUREN HUTTON

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton

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I recently read Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland and in it there’s a great story about Lauren Hutton. Lauren was just one of the many models made famous after receiving Diana’s seal of approval. Interestingly enough, she actually changed her name from Mary to Lauren, inspired by Lauren Bacall, who was one of Diana’s other great discoveries.

The photos above are from Lauren’s very first photoshoot for Vogue in 1966. As the story goes, Richard Avedon had turned her down at least three times before Diana convinced him to put her in front of the camera.

Diana was right, of course. Avedon was captivated and the rest is history. Great inspiration to keep on trying, right?
Happy weekend!