Tassels, PomPoms and Other NYC Musings

Tassels, PomPoms and Other NYC Musings

Hi you. I just got home from several days back East. First to say goodbye to my grandparents who are 94 & 95. I don’t like saying that’s the reason, but that’s the real reason. My grandmother asked  me to come right away, because they both had taken a sharp downturn over the past week… Despite my grandmother’s age, I’m not ready for her to go. I don’t know if there is a way to prepare, but every time I think about it, I get so emotional. Needless to say, the first few days of the trip were tough. I got to spend one night in Washington with Luke and his girlfriend, which was absolutely wonderful. We went to Le Diplomate, which I had been to once before for brunch. It’s a typical french bistro – lively, tightly packed, good food and all around a fun dining spot. On Thursday, I took the train from Union Station to Penn Station which is one of my favorite things to do. I love whizzing through parts of the country I would probably not otherwise see. The train was due to arrive in NYC late – 9:25pm to be exact. During the train ride I developed a serious craving for jewish food from Russ & Daughters Cafe. Matzoh ball soup and a bagel with lox and whitefish (not to be confused with whitefish salad) just like my grandfather made me for breakfast on Saturday mornings when I spent the night at their apartment, which was pretty much all the time. Anyway, Russ & Daughter’s was near my hotel and since I was alone and had been there before, I knew there wouldn’t be a ‘scene’ AT ALL. By the time the train rolled into the station, I was ravenous and it was 9:35pm. The restaurant closed at 10:00pm! OJ Simpson had nothing on me. I raced to get a taxi, but when I told the driver I was going across town, he said “No way can we make it. Too much traffic.” UGH! It all turned out fine, as there was a little Italian place nearby that was perfect. I did get my Russ & Daughter’s fix the next day. SO good!

xo

s

So, this was a sort of work trip, sort of not. The work stuff was to meet with some new vendors for the store mixed with a little R & D. It was a visual and inspirational vitamin pill to say the least. I took with me a few things to share with you. In no particular order, here you go:

Having grown up on the UES, I have no memories of going downtown – ever. It was as if it was a completely different city. So when I worked for a nyc based company a couple of years ago and stayed in Soho, my mind was blown at how vastly different it was than the part of the city I knew. Since most of my workwas downtown this time too, I decided to go way downtown and take in all the Village, Soho and the LES had to offer. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend the hotel – hipsterish and too young (omg, I can’t believe I just said that), but this one (that was nearby) I’ll consider next time.

The Ludlow Hotel Lobby

The Ludlow Hotel - Guest Room

The Ludlow Hotel - Bathroom

The Ludlow Hotel - Bathroom

LES

Coffee shop - LES

Coffee shop - LES

The above two photos are from the hipster coffee shop where I got my tea every morning. Why yes, they have a turntable?! How did you know?

This mostly men’s shop does an amazing job merchandising their products. I’m trying to observe and learn as much as I can about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to displays, merchandising, etc. This store had me at the window.

Birkencrocs

So, Birkenstocks and Crocs had a baby. Birkencroc? Seriously though, I do like these. Settle down. As an alternative to flip flops.

Balthazar Bakery

Balthazar Bakery

I just couldn’t resist. I’m trying to cut way back on sweets, because people say sugar is bad for you, but I say moderation is okay.

I fell hard for these bags made in Columbia. It seems that tassels and pompoms are embellishing just about everything from clothing (bags, scarves) to home decor (throws, pillows). I love the look. I did end up getting a bag, but surprisingly it doesn’t have tassels or pompoms – lol! I’ll put it on Insta in the next few days.

Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren

Greg Lauren

Another trend spotted on the streets of New York is patched denim. None done better than this newly discovered designer (out of my price range, but for inspiration:)) For better images and the whole collection, click here.

 

 

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The New ‘it’ Denim

The New ‘it’ Denim

Hi you. I’m writing this on the last day of the pop-up shop. It exceeded my self-set high expectations in every way.   I’ve loved meeting new people, reconnecting with former clients and seeing first hand, what people gravitate towards. More on that in a later post, but in the meantime – our next gig is a SAMPLE SALE starting tomorrow!!! I will post the specifics on Facebook and IG, so check there if you are local, as the items will not be on the website. The pieces I’m bringing in are from design projects that we didn’t end up using, as well as some vintage treasures and items from previous pop-ups.  All GORGEOUS and super low pricing, so if you are in the Bay Area, please do stop in.

xo

s

So, onto a very serious topic. Jeans. There is a style that emerged a few years ago which I assumed would be a fad, but I was wrong. Besides not being one to fall prey to trends I frankly didn’t think they were all that flattering either. Well, after seeing this new style appear literally everywhere over the past year, I’ve gone 180 degrees the other way, So, I decided to give them a try and I can honestly say I love them. As an added confirmation, they get a bazillion inquiries where I got them too. I will post mine on Instagram in the next couple of days (when I’m not at the shop all day!).  Here are some images of what inspired me to take the plunge.

New denim style for 2018

New denim style for 2018

New denim style for 2018

New denim style for 2018

New denim style for 2018

New denim style for 2018

Because the style is subtle – high waisted, fitted on the seat but looser on the leg, cut above the ankle – and can be confused with others (like boyfriend or cropped bootcut), here are some sources:

from here

from here 

The jeans above are the actual ones I got after looking at literally everything out there. This company, as well as this particular style have been touted as the best fitting, make your butt look more amazing than any other jeans, number one must-have jeans to get this season. I believed them (and Vogue!), and based on how many people stop me and ask where I got them, I think they back up what they say. They’re from here.

More denim inspo here.

 

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FarmHouseUrban Pop-Up Shop – Deerskin Leather Jackets & Clutches

FarmHouseUrban Pop-Up Shop – Deerskin Leather Jackets & Clutches

Hi to you… We are in full swing getting ready for the pop-up and despite having done several previously, I still have butterflies! I’ve never been so over the moon with all the components. The space, the products and the location – THE BEST yet.  Fashion, style and having fun with what to wear have been passions since my earliest memories, so I am most excited about finally having an opportunity to bring pieces that I adore to you and the debut of this premiere collection of women’s accessories and apparel! I cannot wait to share everything with you all! 

With that, I am thrilled to introduce the first pieces to the FarmHouseUrban apparel collection!  Presenting the most exquisite leather jackets and pouches! Designed in Northern California by creator Susan Kim and her label, My Dear Tejas and impeccably handmade in Texas, these jackets are true statement pieces. Made of the softest, most supple deerskin, they are not only gorgeous, but feel amazing to the touch.

There is one simple classic style – reminiscent of the wild west, but with a modern interpretation. They come in four colors – Off-White, Honey, Chocolate and Black. Much like a blazer, these versatile jackets can be dressed up or down.I had some fun trying them with a few different looks.

Dearskin jacket - chocolate brown

Dearskin jacket - chocolate brown

Dearskin jacket - chocolate brown

Deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin jacket - saffron yellow

deerskin clutch - off-white

deerskin clutch - saffron

deerskin clutch - black

I am honored to have Susan in the shop for TWO days with her complete jacket and clutch line (the clutches will be in the shop for the entire 2 weeks, but the jackets will only be in the shop for 2 days!), as well as some fun extra surprises, so please mark your calendar to come visit with us!!! The entire collection of jackets and cliutches will be available for purchase on FarmHouuseUrban’s shop site beginning March 15th.

Friday & Saturday

March 23rd and 24th

10:30am – 5:30pm

FarmHouseUrban Pop-Up Shop

Larkspur, CA (exact address will be announced on March 14th)

I look so forward to meeting you…

Serena

 

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When does something become an obsession & sweater season

When does something become an obsession & sweater season

Hi to you. It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I was contemplating what to say, and found myself vacillating in two directions. Instead of choosing one, I’ll share them both… Would love your thoughts too, if this topic resonates…. Okay so first, I’m officially in the second half of a century! Is it just me, or is there something about turning the-big-five-oh that plays with your head? Birthdays, especially “big” ones (btw – why do people call it that? aren’t they all “big”? you made it another effing year! with all the things going on in the world, the layers of complexity that form as kids grow, careers develop, financial situations fluctuate – isn’t every birthday “big”? not just the ones that are divisible by five?)  I digress… The thing is about birthdays – for me anyway – they are markers of time and opportunities to look at what footprint we are leaving in the sand. Often, we (me) can be hard on ourselves because we’re measuring against an ideal, or self-set expectations. While I don’t think it’s possible or necessarily a good thing to not be reflective, my newly aged wiser self 🙂 has come to the conclusion that we (me) need to tread lightly and be gentle here…We are works in progress, ever evolving. Each new day really is a birthday and an opportunity to celebrate, change course, take a chance, play it safe, start something, finish something, love more. This was the first birthday I spent without my kids and I’m also officially single, so this year had the potential to be a tough one. Instead, it turned out to be the best birthday I’ve had in a long, long time.

So, my second thought about birthdays and turning 50, has to do with age labels, barriers and stereotyping. When I was in my 20’s and 30’s I thought of 50+ as elderly. The beginning of the slow fade. Now that I have arrived there myself and feel better and am in better shape than I was in my 30’s, I realize that this is simply a mindset – and one that needs to be shattered! Women are not only not fading, but thriving in new careers, hobbies, passions and at the same time looking and feeling absolutely fantastic. So, I’ve made a paradigm shift this year and am embracing my age and the next chapter. You with me?  #FiftyIsTheNewThirty. 

xo

S

My latest purchases from here…Trying out the pattern mixing trend.

It’s sweater season – yay! The weather has changed – that wonderful transition from hot and languid to cool and crisp. While it doesn’t get really cold here in Northern California, it gets cold enough to bundle up. I like layering especially on those days where the temps can range 20+ degrees throughout the day. This season, it seems that there are tons of great sweater styles to choose from, and new ideas to pair them with – from chunky with skinny jeans to boxy with pencil skirts, to adornments like ruffles and flared sleeves – there is some fashion fun to be had in the sweater department this year. Sweaters can be an investment, so I like to buy things that I can wear for many years to come. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Chunky open front.Chunky open front sweaterchunky open front sweatercurrently obsessed with this
  2. Knee length duster:
    Knee length cardigan sweaterKnee length cardigan sweater

currently obsessed with this.

3. Loose turtleneck.

Loose turtleneck sweater

Loose turtleneck sweater

currently obsessed with this.

4. Boxy crew neck. Boxy crewneck sweater

Boxy crewneck sweater

currently obsessed with this.

Lots more sweater inspo can be found on my Pinterest page here.

 

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A Wardrobe Must-Have for all Wearers of Dresses Regardless of Age or Body Type

A Wardrobe Must-Have for all Wearers of Dresses Regardless of Age or Body Type

Hi beautiful I don’t have much to share as it’s been a pretty quiet week. Aaaahhh. Excuse me while I take a moment to fully appreciate what I just said…. It was Luke’s 22nd birthday last weekend, so we had a family dinner in the city. Luke picked where he wanted to go – Fogo de Chao. If you’re not familiar with this chain of restaurants – it’s an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steak house. The waiters dress as pirates or something, maybe conquistadors – I don’t know exactly – wearing pantaloons and vests and poofy sleeved shirts. They come to your table with giant swords with huge slabs of meat on them and carve off pieces for you to add to the other meat you’ve taken from the buffet. They just keep coming to the table with different kinds of meat until you, in a meat induced coma, flip the card by your plate to the ‘red’ side signaling defeat and for he pirates to halt. It was a wonderful and unique evening, and most importantly, Luke loved it! 

xo

s

Have you discovered the slip dress yet? I bought the one above from here at the beginning of the summer and I have worn it constantly. What I love most is it’s chameleon-like ability to be dressed way up or way down very easily. It also works for MANY body types. I prefer the knee length vs shorter personally.. For one, because I think it’s flattering, and second, the top part is sort of revealing and I don’t like doubling down in the showing of skin for my age group (45+).

Slip dress

Slip dress

Green Slip Dress

Slip dress with sweater

Slip dress with denim jacket

Here are some great and affordable slip dress options for an end of summer wardrobe spruce up:

from here

from here

from here

from here

 

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Stars & Stripes

Stars & Stripes

Hi to you. Summertime is here. It’s never the same, summer, that is… While the routine of the school year is so predictable, summer is always different. It’s not only the transition, but no two days, two weeks or two summers are alike, so it can sometimes be difficult (for me at least) to get a handle on everything. For example, we’re either completely out of food the day after I do a huge grocery shop, or I’m throwing stuff out because no one happened to be around for a few days and neglected to tell me. My Type A tendencies are being challenged, which is probably a good thing! I’m sure there’s some great lesson in the unpredictability  I’m putting my yoga and meditation practices to the test, just breathing through each day and letting it all ‘just be’…. When that doesn’t work, I’ve also got some military style strategies for staying sane that I may share in a subsequent post. 🙂 All that said, this summer is shaping up to be one of the most calm, joyful and all around blissful summers I’ve had in a long, long time. Happy Fourth!

xo

s

Blue and white turkish hand towels

July 4th watermelon kabobs

Sparklers

Red and white striped shirt

I’m headed up North this week… can’t wait. I have such a case of wanderlust…. See you next time from the road 🙂

 

 

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