Friday, April 30, 2010

Muumuu Days

Some days, one doesn't like to feel restricted... Technically this is a Moroccan caftan, but it feels the same.



Thrifted Moroccan caftan, necklace and shell bracelet from National Council of Jewish Women's Thrift shop, wood/seed bracelet from Mystic Journey, sandals from Pierre Hardy for the Gap, Swarowski crystal earrings from Miss Scuba bought at Unique LA.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

One to Watch - Gaia Repossi

Repossi is a legendary jewelery house started in Turin in the 1920's.  Gaia Repossi is the granddaughter of the founder.  She has been recently appointed the artistic director of her family's venerable firm and has designed two collections with her childhood pal, Eugenie Niarchos (yes of THAT family). She has recently  collaborated with hot young designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzzara on jewelry for their collections.

Her designs are super cool.  In addition to being incredibly stylish, she also runs with a crowd of Euro and American "Royalty" including: Charlotte Casiraghi, Vanessa Traina, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Andrea Casiraghi and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. She has also  had her designs photographed by none other than "The Lagerfeld" - so cool!

Karl's photo of Repossi Jewelry

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Last Sunday I went downtown to check out Unique LA, an independent design and gift show held on the top floor of the LA Mart.  I went to see my friend, Sarah Scott of Lady Chocolatier who was sampling and selling her amazingly delectable chocolates.

We walked around mostly fantasy shopping, though I did find a heck of a lot to purchase including a mother's day present for myself-an amazing reclaimed sterling silver cuff bracelet cast from bubble wrap by Myfriendroz.

Here's what I wore to Unique LA. The dress matched the purple wrist band they gave me, EXACTLY.  And feathers were everywhere, in jewelry, headbands or clothing so I must have been in the Unique LA vibe.

Thrifted purple chiffon dress over black cotton mini slip. Vintage silver orchid brooch worn on dress.  Liz Palacios leather and rhinestone Libra cuff designed by my friend, Katie Hill.  Prayer beads (around neck) also a gift from Katie. Jill Platner necklace and Tortolani fish pendant (long).  Two different earings.  Cuffed gladiators bought super cheap on Ebay.  Linen 80's Anne Klein jacket worn upside down.

Some of my loot from Unique LA, worn Monday:
Ethic tunic top from Pixie from Principessa.  Long vintage bead necklace with crystal pendant from Dara Ettinger.  Gap cardigan.  Batik scarf hand dyed in Mauritania from ASHA Clothing.  African mudcloth cuff.  Vintage wooden bangle. Giant shell ring from Ritual Adornments. Old Navy 70's style jeans.  Old Navy leather slides. Satya lotus necklace. Two different earrings: One feather from Kathmandu Boutique (1844 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica) and the other a gift from my brother.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Renee Simonsen

I'm not sure what my current obsession with the 80's is.  Perhaps its because my father recently passed and I'm doing a bit of a life review. 

I did a lot of reading of Vogue magazine growing up  I asked for a subscription for my 12th birthday and couldn't wait for the mailman to deliver the magazine each month, usually around the 13th or 14th day.  I became obsessed with drawing all of the top models.  Maybe I can scan some of those funny drawings some time.  

Models in the 80's seemed to have very exaggerated features- bushy eyebrows (Brooke Shield), giant lips (Kelly LeBrock), personality (Janice Dickinson, Gia Carrangi, Paulina Porizkova), giant eyes (Kim Alexis) super long legs (Carol Alt), square jaw (Christie Brinkley) curvy figure (Cindy Crawford) and the 80's nose (Kelly Emberg).

I remember the first time I saw Renee Simonsen was in an editorial in Vogue that was shot with Talisa Soto (another beautiful exotic featured model).  She had won a Model of the World competition and signed a contract with Ford Models.  Her startlingly beautiful and intense features made her a top model almost immediately.  To top it off, she had a legendary romance with Duran Duran cutie John Taylor (my favorite back then, now I'm more into Simon LeBon, mainly because I love his wife Yasmin LeBon, another stunning 80's top model).

 Renee is currently a successful children's book author and novelist in her native Denmark.  She is still beautiful and still models occasionally.