One of my favorite indulgences is a great candle. They can personalize any room and they come at any budget. One of my very best friends and college roommates, Cassady, first ignited my craze because she would always light candles in our small shared sorority room and it felt like we were in our own little world. Then, when I was an assistant buyer at Barneys I was exposed to luxury brands and developed my own nose. It was there that I discovered my favorite candle brand, Astier de Villatte. ADV is foremost a ceramics shop from Paris with the most delicate, dreamy ceramics. A couple of summers back I visited an antique shop that carried the line called Galerie Salon, located in the St. Germain-Des-Pres neighborhood, and would definitely recommend making a stop to any kitchen wares lover.But ADV’s gateway drug are their candles. The scents come in either hand-blown glass or ceramics. The names come from cities around the world that the designers have traveled and that inspire them. My favorite is Roquebrune, “Dominating the sea, a ‘perched village’ of Provence crowned with its Carolinian castle. Wandering, lost amongst the narrow, paved streets. Resting in the shadows of Roman arches, bathed in the thousand and one aromas of The South: enigmatic wild sage, spearmint, coriander, rock rose, and bitter orange, with its decisive accent of citrus.” In the US they’re available in a handful of places like ABC Home & Carpet and Aedes. (Disclaimer: ADV candles may be habit forming.)
The much anticipated Andy Warhol: Shadows exhibit opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art this week. I know Warhol for his pop art, namely the Campbell’s Soup and Marilyn Monroe series; however, I saw a new side to Warhol in this exhibit. Shadows wowed me not only because it was a different (darker, more abstract) side of Warhol, but also because of the gallery aesthetic.
The MOCA did a fantastic job laying out the exhibit in a huge hall to give you the sense of how vast this series is. This 102 part series was inspired by photographs of shadows taken from Warhol’s New York City studio. The alternate images are positive and negative imprints of the photographs recreated in different colors. One review described Shadows as “a purposefully made image of nothing” which I think is kind of poetic. It was also noted that “There is almost nothing on them. Yet they seem to be pictures of something.” Confused yet? See the pictures below.
I am so excited to get my hands on Lena Dunham’s eagerly anticipated first book, Not That Kind of Girl. Lena came into the scene with Girls and quickly asserted herself as a brash, bold and precise observer of our generation. I know the term “feminism” is such a loaded, complicated term for women in their 20’s, early 30’s, but Lena is somehow such a clear example to me of what a feminist is. She makes no excuses for her self expression, whether through her oft-written about nudity on her show, or her unfiltered Instagram feed. If she is our generation’s Nora Ephron, we are some lucky bitches.
Photo courtesy of Style.com
I look forward to Paris Fashion Week for 1 big reason: Dries Van Noten. The Belgian designer does luxe bohemian like no one else. His collections are surprising, full of life and fantasy. This particular collection merged surf with embroidery, calf fur with Indian-inspired fabrics, and of course his hippie/boho vibe signature was woven throughout.
Style.com hailed, “The sheer beauty of Dries Van Noten’s Spring collection was inspired by John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, the Pre-Raphaelite image that launched a million hippie fantasies. In the painting, Ophelia floats dreamily in a magical woodland setting. Van Noten re-created the mood with dusky golden lighting and a mossy forest floor—actually a carpet specially created by the Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou.”
It was nothing short of breathtaking.
Photos via Vogue Paris
In honor of my birthday month, I want to write about one of my favorite products as of late. I’ve known about the classic, charmed Alex and Ani bracelets for a while, but I came across their (+) Energy line of bracelets on a recent shopping adventure.
I was drawn to the sapphire charm initially because it is my birthstone and I felt it was a meaningful piece of arm candy. Different from their gold or silver charmed bracelets, the (+) Energy line brings a subtle pop of color while remaining delicate enough for daily wear. I even learned that these bracelets are ‘infused with positive energy!’ Take what you will from that, but I think these bracelets are super adorable.
“Known as the stone of destiny, September’s sapphire is a symbol of optimism and serenity. Wear sapphire to clear your mind of clutter and to embrace fate”
Cheers to a clearer, wiser, more tranquil year!