Ulla Johnson Shop

I'm beyond excited about my new neighbor -- Ulla Johnson just opened her first shop around the corner from our apartment! The design of the space is absolutely stunning (no surprise there) and incorporates gorgeous materials and special details.

photos by Dustin Aksland for Vogue

currently

Between the holidays and wedding planning, blogging has definitely taken a backseat, but here is what I am currently up to...

Trying: I recently received products from the Goop by Juice Beauty line and have been using them for the past month or so. Favorites so far are the Exfoliating Instant Facial, Revitalizing Day Moisturizer and the Perfecting Eye Cream.

Reading: Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia. His unconventional work philosophies are so inspiring.

Coveting: A pair of Garrett Leight x Clare V. sunglasses from their fun collab.

Listening: I can't get enough of the "How I Built This" podcast. Favorite episodes include: Kate + Andy Spade, Kevin Systrom + Mark Krieger (Instagram) and Dave Gilboa + Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker).

Dreaming: We've been having 60+ degree days here in NYC and it's inspiring me to make some purchases for summer i.e. this navy gingham bathing suit and this perfect eyelet blouse

currently coveting no. 77

This post should be titled "What I Wish I Was Wearing" as this is the outfit I wish I was wearing every day during the fall.

1. Harris Wharf London Wool Coat / An easy wool topper is key to getting through winter and still feeling chic. I love the warmth of a navy blue coat. I also love this classic one from J.Crew.

2. Lizzie Fortunato Topaz Crater Earrings / These statement earrings add just the right amount of interest. Also available in black.

3. Khaite Vanessa High-Rise Straight Jean / These jeans have been on my wishlist for a looong time - I love the wash!

4. Toteme Verbier Ribbed Turtleneck / Everything Toteme makes is simple, but with a twist, including this easy to wear camel sweater. The ribbed pattern is a cool update to a classic.

5. Mansur Gavriel Crossbody Bag / I love navy accessories and this bag is perfect for fall and winter. I love how understated it is.

6. No. 6 Fur Slide Clog / I missed out on these last year and am so happy they brought them back!

 

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Oops it's been awhile since I've posted and now it's basically winter. I'm still mourning the end of summer, which is my favorite season and happened to be extra special this year because: we got engaged! Wedding planning is slowly taking over our lives, but I am really enjoying it and wish I could just do that all day. The date is set for next September in LA! 

Here are a few things currently on my radar:

Wearing: Now that it's gotten colder, I've been living in these thin wool sweaters from & Other Stories. I love them paired with high-waisted denim and they are great on their own when it's warmer and are an amazing layer when it's colder. I have both gray and navy and recommend them to everyone I know!

Also wearing: I finally bought my first pair of AMO Babe jeans and have to stop myself from wearing them everyday. I got the 'Eclipse' wash, but am already coveting the 'Blue Gem' wash. I wish they would make a deep black wash too!

Loving: I've been following Liz Damrich on Instagram for awhile and was excited to see her Charleston home featured on Domino this week! She's got a killer sense of personal style too and is over on Industry Standard showing off her sweater collection.

Sharing: I recently wrapped up a freelance project that is super close to my heart: Project Battlebox. They send curated boxes to women (and eventually men!) who are undergoing cancer treatments to help make them feel more like themselves and bring some beauty to their battle. I'm so proud of this project and honored that I was a part of it.

Coveting: Every year I add a few sweaters to my collection and this cozy navy number is next on my to-buy list!

Obsessing: I keep going back to look at these beautiful homes in Northern California. I love how seamlessly they fit into their surroundings and the adventurous spirit of them.

Cienne NY

I don't wear dresses. Unless it's above 80 degrees and shorts aren't appropriate, you will rarely catch me in a dress. To me, dresses are typically too complicated, uncomfortable and challenging to wear. This all changed when I got the Cienne NY Hudson Dress

I've been a fan of Cienne since it launched a year ago and was so excited to add this dress to my wardrobe. It is beyond easy to wear, which is saying a lot coming from me. You literally just slip it on and go—and prepare yourself for compliments. Every time I wear it, at least 5 people ask me about it!

I love that it's covered up enough to wear to work, but the neckline and leg slit make it just sexy enough to wear out or for occasions. It comes with a removable belt (and has no belt loops) so you can also wear it loose like a caftan. 

The best part about the dress is the fabric—it is so luxurious; it's got a great weight to it so that it drapes beautifully, but doesn't weigh you down. And it doesn't wrinkle, making it the best dress to travel with. I brought it upstate with me and wore it out for my birthday dinner at Gaskins

For those of you not familiar with Cienne NY, it is a socially-minded and sustainable clothing line that partners with artisans around the world to create beautiful pieces that highlight the textiles they are made from. Every piece is as easy to wear as the Hudson Dress and you can feel good about the brand you are supporting!

Cienne NY Hudson Dress / Loeffler Randall Crossbody Pouch / Madewell Sandals (similar here) / Warby Parker Reilly Sunglasses

Kid & Coe

Last weekend, a group of friends and I packed our bags and headed for the Catskills. We had all been craving a weekend out of the city and ended up finding the perfect house through Kid & Coe. They have amazing houses to rent, aimed at families with children. We didn't have any kids in tow, but I was assured that Kid & Coe celebrates "kids of all ages" and off we went!

We stayed at the Acra Residence, a house owned by a former interiors editor, and it could not have been more perfect. We loved how much space we had—compared to the city, it was great to have so much room to spread out and rooms large enough to comfortably hold us all for meals and late night games.

My favorite room of the house was the Great Room—a two story living and dining room with an upstairs loft bedroom. Every morning we made a huge breakfast and shared it at a large farmhouse table, and every night ended with drinks and games lasting well into the early hours. We had so much fun in this room and so many memories were formed in such a short amount of time.

My second favorite spot of the house was the outdoor space. The house sits on 16 acres of land, including a huge barn and out buildings. I spent the majority of my time reading outside under the pergola, which ran the length of the back of the house. It was covered in grapevines, which created the most beautiful dappled sunlight patterns, especially in the mornings.

It was the perfect weekend getaway and we are already plotting our next trip back during the fall or winter!

Long Weekend Packing

I'm headed out of town for a long weekend and can't wait to relax and spend quality time with our friends. 

1. Cuyana Straw Bag / The perfect tote whether you're headed to the beach or the country.

2. Madewell Chambray Cutout Jumpsuit / This jumpsuit looks so easy to wear and pairs well with flats or dressed up with a little heel.

3. Need Supply Off the Shoulder Top / The shirt of the summer.

4. Clare V Le Grand Depart Towel / No one will question what your plans are with this towel.

5. Carrie Forbes Salon Sandal / I love Carrie Forbes' straw shoes and these are extra-special in navy.

6. Solid & Striped Anne Marie Swimsuit / All of my bathing suits are black or navy so I'm forcing myself to try this striped (albeit still neutral) suit.

7. Warby Parker Tilley Sunglasses / These sunglasses are slightly Celine-esque and I love the grapefruit color for something different.

8. Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy Striped Tee / Another striped t-shirt, because summer.

9. Away Carry-On Suitcase / I recently purchased this suitcase and it has completely transformed my packing abilities. It has an amazing compression system that allows me to overpack and still have room! And it can charge your phone—I can't recommend it enough!