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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 04:00

Less is more, simple is sublime: turns out all those clichés they teach you are true. Felt my best during Fashion Week in an easy white tuxedo shirt (vintage, from Melet Mercantile), a fluttery pencil skirt by Tanya Taylor and minimal two-strap shoes. Also, it turns out Ray-Ban Clubmasters go with everything and furthermore, hunter green is truly the new black (Marc Jacobs, you’ve changed my bag-buying life forever). SimplySublime2

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 16:00

I’m all about a little daring these days. We recently relaunched this site in a big, bold way ~ right in time for a fresh season of dressing dangerously. It’s always important to have fun with fashion, and challenge the parameters of what (you think) does or doesn’t ‘work’ for you.

Fall, with all its possibilities for layering, is the best season for sartorial experimentation. I’m using it as an excuse to break out of my high-heeled comfort zone and invest in fun flats, and to play with proportion by layering cropped, boxy sweaters with slim pencil skirts and dramatically sleek updos. Making bold stylistic choices isn’t about wearing a flowerpot on your head; it’s about consciously evolving your eye and careening away from familiar ruts.

In that spirit, MyHabit hired me to clock some time at their headquarters, culling together a curated selection of my favorite Fall fashions. We even filmed a little video, wherein I gush and spill all sorts of personal and professional opinions on what’s exciting this season. Check that out HERE ~ and shop every one of my hand-picked pieces RIGHT HERE!  It’s all the sort of stuff you can feel really good about wearing to work while still making a statement.MyHabit3

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 04:00

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 04:00

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Ecco Domani Wines, we’ve brought you along on some of our favorite friends & family festivities ~ from movie nights in Amagansett to slumber parties in NYC. We’ve shown you the ways in which we choose to upgrade the everyday, for we believe good times are meant to be shared ~ which is why we’ve organized a little giveaway so you can begin to create your own entertaining traditions.

Together with Ecco Domani, we’ve put together a perfect package for hosting your own screening: complete with a cuddly blanket, Apple-TV-equipped projector, silk pajamas, stemless wine glasses, linen napkins, a big bowl for popcorn and a firewood-scented candle (in case you don’t have space for a proper bonfire). Just add your own white sheet!

To enter to win, click over to Ecco Domani’s Facebook page. And in the comments below, let us know what some of your favorite fashionable flicks are (we’ve got a list going with a few of our favorites right HERE). We’re always in the mood for major cinematic inspiration!MovieGiveaway2

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Author: "Kelly Framel" Tags: "Entertaining, Living, Top Home Carousel"
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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 04:00

Being able to collaborate with family is such a blessing, and although Erin and I always have a lot of fun working together, we are conscious of how important it is to carve out sister time that’s separate from coworker world. We knew Fashion Week was going to be crazy for us both, so just before the madness commenced, we took a night off and checked into the Mandarin Oriental for a stylish staycation.

We both live in downtown Manhattan, so simply heading uptown for an evening felt like a total getaway ~ the perfect everyday upgrade for two women too busy for a proper vacation. The hotel provided a delicious departure from our everyday realities, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring views of Central Park. We packed Sleepy Jones pajamas, a few fashion magazines and our favorite Ecco Domani wine, ordered a feast from room service and a fleet of fashion movies on demand. It was the ideal escape, a little sisterly campout complete with bubble baths and Le Mieux face masks ~ for one night, we could forget all our cares and and simply pamper ourselves. What better way to clear our minds and our moods before a frenzied Fashion Week and a fully-booked Fall than with good food, good wine and the most-fun company?!Food1Staycation9ABOVE + BELOW| we paired our favorite wines with fresh fish dishes: hawker-style grilled shrimp, sesame-crusted Ahi tuna over frisée salad, and Saikyo miso cod ~ served with a heaping side of French fries (because you can’t not!)
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 13:22

Four days into New York Fashion Week, one big, pervasive trend has emerged: flat shoes with everything. We couldn’t be happier about it; there’s nothing cooler than the convergence of comfort + chic. CLICK HERE for our guide to the 6 flats every woman should own! Flats4

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Date: Friday, 05 Sep 2014 04:00

Yesterday’s surburban-inspired fashion story was all about taking high fashion elements and putting them into an incongruous context ~ pairing a Carolina Herrera dress, for example, with beat up old Vans shoes. Clothing should never be too precious.

We’re all about turning the messages of the runways on their heads, but nothing is more interesting than figuring out how to work them into our real, everyday lives. To wit, Erin showed up for a shoot this week wearing a smeared-rose print dress from the same Tia Cibani collection that we shot on Saul Silinyte for that story, and I was so delighted by the surprise. It was the essence of what we aim for around here, a balance between high fantasy eye candy and meaningful, applicable, everyday reality. Who wants to live in a world without one or the other?!
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Date: Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 04:00

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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 04:00

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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 07:00

Summer has come to a close, Fall air is slipping in on the winds and we’ve changed our clothes in honor of the occasion. Welcome to an all-new TheGlamourai.com! We’ve been plotting and scheming for months behind the scenes to bring you a bigger, brighter, more exciting site and we’re so thrilled to finally share it with you.

We’ve made the archives more accessible than ever ~ so you can poke around all your favorite editorials, revisit past outfit inspirations, discover playlists you might have missed, and travel the world with us again and again. If you’re visiting through an RSS reader, make sure to hop over to the homepage and peruse all the new features ~ including a cool moodboard and lots of great shopping options. Take a peek and please let us know what you think! As always, our aim is to keep upping the ante on our mission to surprise, inspire and delight you, and we’re looking forward to a very fun future.WindsOfChange4
Photos| Austin Phelps, Montauk, NY, June 2013

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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 04:00

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 04:00

I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again! |WEARING| Ray-Ban sunnies, Ippolita and Monica Rich Kosann necklaces, custom made top and pants, Cosabella bodysuitPrimary clutch, Joie shoes |PHOTOS| by Austin PhelpsWontStop2Want to get in on that harem life? The two best-designed pairs currently online come courtesy of Eileen Fisher and Oak ~ and yes, I’ve got multiples of each. A girl can never be too careful when it comes to her favorite things.

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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 04:00

In fashion, it’s not enough to be incredibly creative. It’s a brutal industry, so a good head for business is equally crucial. Many great designers have faltered or failed from too much of one and too little of the other ~ but the really lucky ones know to team up with a partner who compliments their talents with serious business savvy.

It’s a formula that worked for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy ~ and it’s working for Reece Solomon and Max Stein. We introduced you to the Reece Hudson designer earlier this week and showed you how I wear my favorite of her bags. But we saved the best for last! Below, her business partner Max Stein gives us a frank and fascinating peek into how the two have built their business, one evil daydream at a time…

How did you guys meet?
I went to college with one of Reece’s best childhood friends.  We met in New York in the summer of 2006.

What were you doing before founding Reece Hudson?
I had recently graduated from college and moved to New York.  I spent some time interning at Men’s Vogue, and then doing some freelance work for a few other publications and brands, while trying to figure out a career.

Whose idea was it to launch the collection?
Reece had designed and produced a few sample bags as part of an accessories class at Parsons.  I remember going with her to coffee and she told me that a store in LA had seen the samples and wanted to make a small order.  From there we sat and put together a very informal business plan – a loose structure of how we saw the company on the inside and the brand on the outside.
ReeceHudson2What was the biggest challenge in initially getting it off the ground?
There are obviously one million challenges in any business.  I think our hardest was finding the right production resources. Reece always has great ideas, but finding factories that can realize those ideas correctly, timely, with quality, and in the quantities and price points that work is not easy.  We started with production in New York, as that was where our business was founded and located, but fairly quickly we were forced to obsessively research alternate options, which ultimately landed our production in Italy.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known then?
I wish I understood the business behind the business more.  Fashion is certainly creative, but I think from the consumer level it seems less business-obsessive than it really is.  I would recommend to anyone thinking of starting a brand – step one is a subscription to WWD.  Also read all the books – the Ralph Lauren book, the Gucci book, the Versace book, Terri Agin’s The End of Fashion.ReeceHudson3|ABOVE| Reece Hudson fringed Rider bag, Siren backpacks and mini bags

How do you divide responsibilities?
Reece oversees all the design, creative, and production.  I handle business development, including press and sales.  From the beginning we were very clear about outlining responsibilities.  One of the first things we ever put on paper was a list of every imaginable responsibility, and which one of us was responsible for taking the lead for each thing.  I think that was incredibly important and helpful.

You two just graduated from the CFDA Incubator program. What was the greatest lesson that experience gave you?
The most important challenge for young brands is to know your identity inside and out, be able to communicate that clearly to the people you work with and your consumers.  Not only product, but everything you put out into the world – websites, printed materials, the way you package your goods, the florist you use.  It does not happen overnight, and it is a constant evolution, but it is something that deserves a lot of energy.
ReeceHudson4|ABOVE| Rider mini fringe crossbody bags

How is life different post-Incubator?
Our time in the Incubator program is definitely over, but the great thing about the CFDA is that that relationship is never really over.  Also, we are so lucky to have found a much larger and gorgeous light-filled studio in Soho.

Career highlight (so far)?
Hosting Linda Evangelista at our studio, and then dressing her for events including the CFDA Awards.

How has the industry changed since you’ve been in it?
It feels that each year the industry moves faster and faster.  The pre-collections have become formal presentations, more deliveries, not only campaigns, but also corresponding ‘films’, new social media channels everyday, e-commerce… When you are small, you have limited resources.  I think it is important to figure out what is right for you, and do that incredibly well, rather than trying to have a hand in everything.ReeceHudson5This morning I woke up early

My favorite artist is Donald Judd

My business mentor is Kyle Andrew, of Kate Spade Saturday

My style icon is Mordechai Rubinstein

My favorite daydream is evil

My greatest fashion moment was when I wore Baby Dior pale blue tuxedo, age 3ReeceHudson6To be a good designer, it’s crucial to understand the customer

The thing that would surprise people most about my job is how many different things I do everyday

I’d like to steal a Tesla

Every woman should own a Reece Hudson bag

Every man should own cologneReeceHudson7My top beauty essential is Into The Gloss

My fashion pet peeve is hybrid clothing ~ sneaker heels, sweatshirt blazers, and the like.

I’d love to have a chance to work with Graydon Carter

My favorite place to shop is Prada

The key to life is work hard, relax hard

Right now, I’m obsessed with my new TempurPedic mattress

Vintage is for denim and flannel

Being a glamourai means leaving the house without a look in the mirrorReeceHudson8

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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 04:00

My everyday style is fairly streamlined: lots of slouchy pants and draped button-downs. It’s a uniform that works for my body, style, and busy life, but for special occasions I still love a LOOK. Fashion is fun because it allows us to be a little daring when we feel inclined, and I plan to never stop experimenting entirely. Life is change! Change your clothes, change your day. And always be game to give a feather skirt a spin.

Refinery29 and Nicole Miller invited me to contribute to a feature on fearless fashion, and it’s a mindset toward style that I obsessively encourage. Fashion is not to be feared! There’s always room to try something new; you can pull off a lot more than you think. So I offered up my favorite stylistic dares for Fall ~ from the best statement bra to the coolest new nose rings. Check it out RIGHT HERE!Change2Fashionable flirtations aside, there’s always a place for perennial favorites. Reece Hudson’s Bowery pouchette has proven to be my most-used bag for the past few years (you may have noticed from yesterday’s post). The pattern pressed into the leather is so genius; it renders the thing implausibly more dressed-up and more casual in one fell swoop. Incredible. It’s the perfect day-to-night size, goes with everything, saves lives ~ you get the drift.Change4
So there you have it: something treasured and something feathered. That’s the way I do me, fearlessly.

|KELLY WEARS| Ray-Ban sunnies, Ippolita necklace, Nicole Miller blouse and skirt (coming soon!), Phillips House bracelet, Reece Hudson clutch |PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

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Date: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 04:00

Having lived in New York and worked in fashion for nearly 10 years now, I’ve gotten to see many of my friends blossom from students and interns to tastemakers and brands. It’s why we come to this city, to join the pulse of culture, the quick of its current.

Coming of age and accelerating headfirst into dreams with your peers is endlessly exciting, especially when your friends dazzle and challenge you with their brilliance and determination. Reece Solomon, the designer behind Reece Hudson, is one such friend. When we met, I was designing eveningwear at Naeem Khan and she was finishing her degree at Parsons with classmate Cleo Schroeder (now the designer of Primary), who assisted in our design studio for a spell. We were all young and hungry and so it was an era of endless possibilities; we were revving up to take this town by storm.

In the ensuing years, I’ve been proud to watch Reece join forces with Max Stein, another longtime friend, to build Reece Hudson, a New York-based, Italian-made collection of handbags and accessories that bridges the gap between luxury and street style. The two have just graduated from the second class of the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} program (alongside so many other friends of ours, like Timo Weiland and Daniel Vosovic), and are thus on the cusp of an exciting new precipice of creativity and business crystallization. What better time could there be to subject an old friend to our 20-questions interrogation, and to take a walk down memory lane, revisiting a few of the ways that Reece Hudson handbags have popped up on this site over the ages…

ReeceSolomon|ABOVE| Reece Solomon, designer for Reece Hudson, by Citizen Couture

Before launching Reece Hudson, I was studying fashion design at Parsons, interning for Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone.

The biggest challenge in getting the line off the ground was figuring out how to manufacture.

Since entering the industry, the biggest change I’ve witnessed is social media becoming a huge area of focus, and thus the notion of direct-to-consumer becoming increasingly important and valid.

This morning, I woke up, took a shower, got a large cup of coffee to go, and had my first meeting of the day (at 8:30 am).

My favorite artist is my good friend Gordon Stevenson, aka Baron von Fancy (who we just collaborated with on a print for our Resort collection).

My business mentor gives me a lot of perspective on reality.

My style icons are Abbey Lee Kershaw, Jane Birkin, and Talitha Getty

My favorite daydream is a secret.
ReeceHudson_2|ABOVE| Reece Hudson appearances from the archives, to name a few: numbers one, two, three, four and five (below)

My greatest fashion moment was when I wore a beautiful floor-length white satin gown with a train by Katie Ermilio with huge Irene Neuwirth earrings and Pamela Love fine jewelry to the CFDA Awards this past June (my first time ever going!). Pam was my unofficial date, which made it even more fun.

My greatest style regret is high heeled Sketchers in elementary school. I still cringe. Oh, and midriff tops with extra low rise pants.

To be a good designer, it’s crucial to stay true to what you believe in.

The thing that would surprise people most about my job is how unglamorous it is, which I know is a cliché to even say about the fashion industry at this point.ReeceHudson_3I’d like to steal the entire lot of vintage Levi’s from What Comes Around Goes Around

Every woman should own jeans that make their ass look amazing

Every man should own a perfect leather jacket

My top beauty essential is Argan oil

My fashion pet peeve is high-heeled sneakers

I’d love to have a chance to work with Carine Roitfeld

Right now, I’m obsessed with turquoise jewelry

Being a glamourai means having a killer, unique sense of personal style

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Date: Monday, 04 Aug 2014 04:00

This cotton top (with its great lace-up neckline), paired with these reworked army pants (turned shorts) felt like the modern day, casual answer to this iconic look. Perfect for my own city safari: a day spent running around town sourcing accessories for a magazine shoot and fixtures for a new restaurant Zach is building. Our days are so full and frenetic lately, best to keep the outfits easy.CitySafari1|KELLY WEARS| vintage Stetson hat (similar), Ray-Ban sunnies, JCrew top (on sale!), Urban Outfitters shorts (also on sale!! similar alternative in brown HERE), Everlane tote, Joie shoes (similar)|PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 04:00

ParadiseLounge2|TOP IMAGE| WestwardLeaning sunnies, Primary silk trench, Lucy Paris appliqué tee, Primary skirt, Luxury Rebel brogues |ABOVE| Primary sleeveless trench in olive and khaki, Schutz shoes (at left), Tibi shoes (at right, styled with Audra ankle covers) |BELOW| Westward\Leaning sunnies, Primary top (coming soon!), Dance + Marvel skirt, Luxury Rebel shoesParadiseLounge3 ParadiseLounge4|ABOVE| Primary crop top, scuba skirt and dress |BELOW LEFT| Nevis crop top, Luau short, Jerome C. Rousseau shoes |BELOW RIGHT| Maya dress, Ash shoesParadiseLounge5|PARADISE LOUNGE| starring Laura Kargulewicz & Lydia Hunt |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Greg Swales |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR + MAKEUP| by Ido Raphael Zadok

|CLICK HERE| to revisit our most recent collaboration with photographer Greg Swales |CLICK HERE| to check out the all-new Primary experience!

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Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 04:00

Breezy, oversized hothouse florals for hot-as-heck summer nights: what could make more sense?! Been returning to this combo a lot lately. When it works, you work it.
|WEARING| Ray-Ban sunnies, Roberto Cavalli blouse, Chanel bag, Joie pants (similar) and shoesHothouse3|PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps |MORE OUTFIT INSPO HERE!|

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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 04:00

For the past few years, we’ve only had eyes for the daintiest of jewels ~ sweet, stackable rings and wear-everyday lariats. It’s a fantastic trend that has made fine jewelry more accessible and personal than ever, for these are the types of pieces you can put on once and never again take off. One designer who’s mastered this métier especially well is Ariel Gordon, with whom we recently caught up over rosé and the setting sun amidst the sprawling gardens of Gallow Green, an airy dreamscape perched atop Manhattan’s McKittrick Hotel.

Ariel’s a busy lady these days. She’s just rebranded her jewelry collection, launched an exclusive three-piece collaboration with Shopbop (a pretty pearl ring, necklace and pair of earrings) ~ plus she and her husband are expecting the imminent arrival of their first child. What better time to cozy up with the designer (pictured below) for a few canapés and questions?!ArielGordon21. Where are you from?
San Diego, CA

2. How did you get your start in fashion?
I majored in English and Italian at UCLA. After graduating, I worked in PR producing celeb red carpet events.  During this time, I took some jewelry classes at a local jewelry school to escape the hectic pace of the industry. This led me to the Revere Academy in San Francisco, where I learned metalsmithing and stone setting. Once I moved back to LA, I blindly sent my resume to every jewelry designer in the area and ended up working as the assistant to Maya Brenner for 5 years. She taught me everything I need to know about how to run a small business – from making line sheets to sourcing materials to accounting and everything in between.  It was a great partnership and we are still very close.

3. Which characters or moments in your life illuminated your calling as a designer?
During my PR days, I worked on an event with a jewelry designer named Page Sargisson. Meeting Page was a revelation for me. I was so inspired by the life she had created for herself… She owned her own company. She was the one who benefited financially from all her hard work. She was doing something creative. She had time to be with her kids. I knew those were all things that I wanted in my own life. I had literally never made a piece of jewelry before I met her. She inspired me to start my own business.

4. Why jewelry?
It is so satisfying to design and make something that is tangible that will become a part of a someone’s daily life. I know a lot of girls that don’t change their jewelry everyday and I’m definitely one of them.  I like jewelry that I can put on and never take off.  Because all of my jewelry is real metal and stones, I love the idea that the pieces I make could be handed down as family heirlooms.ArielGordon35. You’ve just embarked on two intensely personal new journeys: impending motherhood and the rebranding of Ariel Gordon Jewelry. Do the two feel related?
Absolutely.  I had been toying around with the idea of rebranding for a while. Finding out I was pregnant was the catalyst that made me finally take the plunge (since I knew that I’d be otherwise occupied very soon). Coincidentally, the whole rebrand process took me a long and exhausting 9 months to complete so I feel as if I’ll be giving birth twice this year.

I feel like I have grown so much as a designer and as a woman since I started my business. It was a natural progression as I grew from my early 20s to my early 30s. My tastes have evolved and became more refined and I wanted the branding to better reflect this evolution. I also feel like I have a better sense of who my customer is and how I should be marketing to her.  The new AGJ logo is meant to evoke both the sparkle off of a new piece of jewelry as well as the excitement that bubbles up when you see that jewelry for the first time. I incorporated this element in both the new custom packaging and a new sleek website.  I’m so happy with how it turned out. The new look book was shot in NYC by my friend James Dimmock and he nailed it.  I think it really helps set the cozy and intimate mood I was looking for.ArielGordon4|ABOVE| James Dimmock photography |BELOW| Shopbop’s Fashion Director Elle Strauss wears Ariel Gordon’s pearl earrings and lariat necklaceArielGordon56. In redefining your brand after 6 years in business, what have you discovered about yourself?
I feel like I am a funny mix of aesthetics.  In my clothing and jewelry, I like things to be very simple and minimal.  However in my décor and environment I like a lot of vibrant color and pattern.  Because I wanted the new branding to be more chic and understated, I had to practice a lot of self-restraint and I had to constantly edit myself so I wouldn’t junk it up too much.  It was an ongoing joke with my graphic designer, Wendy Polish.  She helped me walk the line of keeping things simple but still expressing my playful personality.ArielGordon67. Which piece of jewelry in your own personal collection means the most to you?
My engagement ring. I love the man who gave it to me (after I designed it) and what it symbolizes.ArielGordon7|ABOVE + BELOW| pearl-drop necklace and earrings, two Ariel Gordon x Shopbop exclusivesArielGordon8This morning, I woke up and made some sourdough toast and green tea (my pregnant morning routine).

My greatest fashion moment was when I wore the Monique Lhuillier wedding dress that I scored at her infamous LA sample sale.  It was originally a size 10 and had to be totally rebuilt to fit me but it was so beautiful I couldn’t resist.

My greatest style regret is having bangs in the 80s. Curly bangs are never a good look.ArielGordon9Living in LA is full of sunshine and traffic. One of those things I love. The other, not so much.

I am happiest when I’m traveling to a new exotic place with my husband. I love an adventure.

Becoming a mom is exciting and terrifying.

Maternity clothes are better when they show off the bump. Because I’m only 5’2”, if I wear a loose caftan I look like I am wearing a tent.  So I wear a lot of dresses and shirts that cling close to my belly.  I’d rather look super pregnant than like I’m swimming in fabric.

Jewelry on men should be limited to a wedding ring and a nice watch.ArielGordon10The thing that would surprise people most about my job is it’s 90% running a small business and only 10% creative.

To be a good designer, it’s crucial to also have a good head for business.

My favorite place to shop is Amazon prime.  Makes my life so much easier.

My fashion pet peeve is knockoffs.

My top beauty essential is coconut oil.ArielGordon11Every woman should own a luxe handbag (No one will know if your clothes are from Zara or H&M if you’re wearing good jewels and fancy purse. The right accessories always elevate an outfit).

Every man should own a properly tailored suit.

The key to life is surrendering.

When I’m feeling stressed I make lists and cross things off (sometimes I’ll even write down things I’ve already done that day because I love the satisfaction of checking off another to-do).

These days, the thing I wear most often is summer dresses and Birkenstocks.

The coolest place I’ve ever been is a traditional Japanese ryokan in the forested mountains outside of Kyoto.

Right now, I’m obsessed with finding the right wallpaper for the nursery. Nothing too baby. Nothing too gender specific.

Vintage is a fun treasure hunt. I love early mornings at the Rose Bowl flea digging for treasure.

Being a glamourai means being comfortable in your own skin.

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 04:00

ReadingList1Growing up, I was one of those nerds who got really excited about being assigned a summer reading list, and to this day I kick off each summer by stocking up on stacks of paperbacks to pour through. Now that we find ourselves about halfway through the season, three favorites have so far crept to the top of the heap. Check them out and let us know what books you recommend in the comments! We’re always in the mood for a well-told tale. ReadingList2TENDER IS THE NIGHT: So you’ve read The Great Gatsby, seen the movie (both the 1974 & 2013 versions!), ogled the fashion story and still you’re craving more F. Scott Fitzgerald? Enter Tender Is The Night. As in Gatsby, we oscillate here between the intrinsic attitudes of the idle rich and the upwardly mobile ~ but with even more intrigue between party lines. If Daisy Buchanan represented the author’s wife Zelda’s better years, Nicole Diver (one of this story’s leads) imitates her historically infamous, darker turns. In typical Fitzgerald fashion, theres a lot of living and little salvation in these pages ~ and the storyline is all the more compelling for it.ReadingList3THE INTERESTINGS: What starts as a summer camp camaraderie flourishes into a 30-year journey laced with friendship, romance, family, crime, betrayal, massive success, crushing failures and an endless, delicious litany of pop culture references that spans the Moonies to the Simpsons. My social life stopped from the moment I picked this book up till I reached its final page ~ I literally could not put it down.ReadingList4THE FLAMETHROWERS: A floridly-written story set between the 1970′s New York City art scene and the gilded palazzos of old-money Italy, this true-to-life portrait traces one young artist’s adventures in following her instincts. Throughout this compellingly written saga, this intuition takes her from the salt flats of Utah to the lofts of Soho to riots on the streets of Italy ~ and somehow also nowhere at all.

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Author: "Kelly Framel" Tags: "Lifestyle"
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