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  I couldn’t think of a more fun person to contribute a California chic and casual gift guide than interior designer, entertaining expert, and store owner Nathan Turner. As many of you probably saw of the show Million Dollar Decorators, he’s extremely funny and down to earth. I really think they should create a show […]

People in Glass Houses

11 . 25 . 14

I was lucky enough be invited to stay at the Chafen’s new house in Napa Valley when I visited them. It is located a short drive from the Dutch Henry Winery but has its own vineyard outside the front door that had just been planted. Every time I looked out the windows, I questioned why […]

When I told everyone that I was going to Napa Valley for the first time recently, everyone agreed it was one of their favorite places and that I was going to absolutely love it.  I can confirm that they were right.  I could not have asked for better host for my first visit than the […]

I’m having a great time in the Napa Valley. The weather has been perfect and the wine plentiful. What more could you ask for?!  Bon week-end!   View from Dutch Henry Winery by me.

Chic in San Francisco

11 . 11 . 14

When I mentioned that I was going to be visiting California this week, everyone assumed I meant Los Angeles. I’m actually in San Francisco right now. I’m here for a few days before I head to Napa to visit Dutch Henry Winery. I’ve never been to Napa and everyone agrees that I’m going to love […]

California Chic

11 . 05 . 14

I’m getting ready for a trip to California next week that will hopefully include sunshine and warmer temperatures than we’re having in New York.  I’m also hoping it includes lots of great design inspiration. California is home to a lot of great interior designers and stores that I hope to hit.  I love the interior/outdoor […]

I couldn’t wait to see more of her C Home magazine feature after stylist Jessica de Ruiter posted the photo above on her Instagram account. This is the second issue of the publication from the team behind C magazine and Jessica also graces the cover.   I haven’t yet seen a hard copy of the […]

After two weeks of white interiors and French architecture, even I need a break.  While it’s not my style the Beverly Hills home of Rochell Gores Fredston featured in the June/July issue of Harper’s Bazaar is perfect for the indoor/outdoor lifestyle of California. The stone walls remind me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s own indoor/outdoor masterpiece, […]

Chic in LA: The Row

05 . 18 . 14

Just because I’m in Paris doesn’t mean I’m not keeping up with what’s going on aux Etats-Unis.  Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have just opened their first stand alone store for their uber-chic fashion house The Row in Melrose Place in Los Angeles. Like their collections, it’s very clean and simple. The space will not only […]

I usually visit Los Angeles every January but I didn’t make it this year.  I wish I had time for a quick trip before I leave for Paris just so I could visit Violet Grey. The store is the brain child of Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey who offers only the best edited selection of beauty products […]

Santa Monica Stunner

08 . 22 . 13

Since I’ve been focusing on fashion for much of this week, I thought it might be good to get back to some interior design.  I am loving this Santa Monica home designed by Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture and decorated by Kristen Panitch Interiors.  The kitchen is going in my future home file and I bet it […]

Let’s Lift It

04 . 16 . 13

I refer to Andrea Stanford as my Fairy Godmother in Los Angeles and the description is apt.  We first met online years ago when I posted pics from C magazine where she was the Design + Style Editor.  She still contributes to the magazine that is worth reading even if you don’t visit California all […]

When it comes to shopping for each new season, if you snooze you lose.  I’ve learned this lesson the hard way by missing out on quite a few pieces so now I shop early…and often.  The new Emerson Fry Spring 2013 Collection just went online today and the sunny California vibe is is welcome respite […]

When I visited Los Angeles last year, I stayed a big “too cool for school” hotel where I felt like no one cared who I was or how I was doing.  That’s why on this trip, I decided to stay at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills again.  I stayed at the hotel three years ago […]

Loving Lake Bell

08 . 30 . 12

I’ve always thought Lake Bell had great personal style but now we get to see that she also has great eye for design.  Probably helps that her mother, Robin Bell, is an interior designer but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Thanks to APT by LSD today on Vogue, we get to peek […]

Chic in Montecito

08 . 20 . 12

You might remember that I visited Kendall Conrad‘s little shop in The Brentwood Country Mart on my last trip to LA.  Thanks to C magazine, you can now peek into her design studio and home in Montecito, California.  Just like her logo-free chic bags, accessories and jewelry, her home is pared down and neutral but […]

Going to California

05 . 24 . 12

“Made up my mind to make a new start, going to California with an aching in my heart. Someone told me there’s a girl there  with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” – Led Zeppelin I can’t believe this is only the second season for Chance.  It just feels like it’s been […]