this and that   //   August 15, 2014



Raise your hand if you love Clare Vivier. I do too. The accessories designer is most well known for her leather goods – including adorable foldover clutches (how does one even choose a print? they’re all so good!), laptop cases, and totes. Now, thanks to One Kings Lane, we get a tour of Vivier’s L.A. studio. Don’t you love behind-the-scenes peeks?

For me, a trip to the Big Apple is not complete without a stop at Barneys. More specifically the 9th floor of Barneys. Because that’s where Freds is. And I love Freds. It has of those epic (seasonally-inspired!) menus with so many delicious options that you can’t go wrong but, for the most part, you almost always end up getting the same thing. (The Palm Beach salad and an order of pomme frites for me!) After reading The Definitive Guide to Eating at Freds, however, I’m inspired to change up my order the next time I’m there.

I seriously just can’t get enough of Aerin Lauder’s home collection. There’s already a pair of these beauties in my living room (in fact, they’re the only thing in my yet-to-be-furnished living room), and now I’m drooling over her newest arrivals. These ceramic vases, for example. The tall gold ones are fab. Can’t you just see a gorgeous dozen of pink peonies in one of those?

As a book collector, I’m always interested to see what others have stacked on their shelves. This is especially true when it comes to designers, artists, and others who inspire me. Kelly Wearstler is certainly one of those people. Thanks to her online library, I not only get to peek at some of Wearstler’s favorite tomes but I can purchase them right then and there, too. The selection includes everything from fashion photography must-haves to rare, out-of-print gems.

When was the last time you had a Pop Tart? I haven’t thought about those delicious things in years – which is totally surprising considering they’re pretty much all I wanted to eat for breakfast between the ages of seven and ten. After seeing this homemade pop tart recipe pop up on my Pinterest, they’re on my mind. I’m actually craving one. I guess we know what I’ll be whipping up for our weekend brunch.

Ever feel totally overloaded with all of the information being thrown at you via Facebook, Twitter, etc.? You’re not the only one. It’s non-stop. And it’s really hard on our brains. This New York Times article is a great reminder that our brains need a break. A real break. Even on my “vacations,” I’m guilty of checking social media and responding to emails. This isn’t a good thing. Our brains need a chance to reset in order to function properly.

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