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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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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 04:00

Della1We are always on the lookout for cool people who are making fashion in forward-thinking, sustainable ways: companies like Maiyet and John Hardy, and tastemakers like Greta Eagan. So when we heard about Della ~ an LA-based, women-run clothing line handcrafted in Ghana ~ our interest was piqued.

We did a little digging, and it turns out they run a genuine and effective program to educate and employ Ghanaian tradeswomen, and to preserve the traditional Dutch wax printing techniques indigenous to that region. Their materials are 100% vegan, and their production is as green as it gets. We were thrilled to learn that they’ve recently joined forces with Urban Outfitters, making the collection more accessible than ever, so we teamed up with photographer Reid Rolls (with whom we also shot THIS and THIS) and his lovely fiancée Linda Holm to showcase our favorite looks from that collaboration. The best part of it all is that they are exactly the sort of easy pieces we all want to wear this time of year.Della2|ABOVE| Della tie-back romper (it also comes in black!) |BELOW| Della button-up tank dress Della3 Della4 Della5 Della6|DISCOVERING DELLA| starring Linda Holm |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Reid Rolls |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR + MAKEUP| by Ido Raphael Zadok |CLOTHING| by Della

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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 04:00

My summertime style is all about beachy ease: free-fitting frocks, simple swimsuits and surf-inspired separates. My bags are made of straw and my sandals are always sandy. So committed am I to the look (and lifestyle!) that the good folks at Harper’s Bazaar took notice and asked me to put together a guest edit of all the summery yummies that fit my Montauk mood over at ShopBazaar ~ click through the images to investigate, or check out the full feature RIGHT HERE!

|CLICK ANY IMAGE| to shop |SURF PHOTOGRAPHY| by James Katsipis, our favorite East End photographer

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 04:00

For us, movie nights are a way to bring friends together without a lot of fuss, to open up our home in the comfiest and most casual of ways. Besides a white sheet and a projector, you really only need a few cozy accoutrement to make the evening complete: rugs and blankets to lounge on, poufs, pillows, citronella candles, a roaring fire, big bowls of popcorn, and some good wine. Find these accessories around your house and drag them out into the yard (or up to an apartment rooftop), or click through these images to shop our favorite party picks!

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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 04:00

MovieNight1Around here, we fervently believe in the power and importance of upgrading the everyday: making every meal an occasion, applauding a sunset, opening our home to friends and filling it with a lot of love and fun. It’s this ethos that inspired us to collaborate with Ecco Domani Wines on some summer entertaining ideas; their brand is built on the same tenets we ourselves live by. For us, living every day like it’s your last means celebrating life in the moment: putting your best foot forward, wearing a pretty dress just because, using the good plates, living in harmony with nature, and taking care of the ones you love.

For the past year and a half, we’ve divided time between New York City and Amagansett, a quiet little hamlet nestled between The Hamptons and Montauk on the easternmost tip of Long Island. Our time in the city is filled with momentum: industry, appointments, takeout and crowded restaurants ~ everything in inverse of the languorous days we spend in Amagansett. It’s a life with distinct yin and yang ~ a fantastic balance. Out East, happily ensconced in our little cabin in the woods, the rest of the world really fades away. In every direction, we’re surrounded by trees; we wake up under a canopy of leaves, glistening through the skylight above bed. You can almost hear their branches sing. The retreat feels endless, and it’s a cathedral we’re always loathe to leave. So we entertain at home, make every day festive, and lure friends into our little dreamworld so that we rarely have to abandon it.MovieNight2We’re surrounded by fisherman and farmland, fresh produce only a bike ride away. If you pop by at lunchtime you’ll likely find seared tuna tacos served alongside heirloom tomatoes and watermelon salad, for dinner, ceviche. The afternoons in between are spent poolside, and we rarely go inside again until it’s time for bed. Why should we? In lieu of lawn furniture, our grassy backyard is littered with sun-faded rugs, oversized pillows, Moroccan poufs and a random assortment of stuffed jungle animals. Friday night is movie night. We pin a white sheet to the clothesline and pull a few rugs and a projector up around it. Word has spread quickly that if you mosey over to our place at sunset, you’ll be just in time for the evening show.MovieNight3It’s the easiest, most impromptu of parties. We never know who exactly will drop by or how many friends they’ll bring, but it really doesn’t matter. There’s plenty of room around the fire. Popcorn is constantly exploding from our stovetop (it’s the simplest thing to make endless quantities of, then elevate with a sprinkling of herbed salt), and as long as we have plenty of wine and fixings for s’mores, then we’re pretty much in business ~ whether 2 or 20 roll up for the flick!MovieNight4|ABOVE| the menu is simple, and as easy to prep for 2 people or 20: stovetop popcorn, DIY s’mores, and great wine (usually red wines are more of a wintertime thing around our house, but I make an exception for this particular Merlot by Ecco Domani because of its bright, fruit-filled flavor; it’s an ideal summer red).MovieNight5 MovieNight6|ABOVE| stemless wine glasses are key to outdoor entertaining |BELOW| incense coils from Vietnam are forever burning around our house and yardMovieNight7 MovieNight8 MovieNight9|ABOVE| the secret to the perfect s’more? Patience! Take your time and let the marshmallows slowly puff up and soften, rather than burn. I also like to perch my chocolate-stuffed graham cracker on the side of the fire pit while roasting my marshmallow, to let the bar get nice and gooey.MovieNight10 MovieNight11|ABOVE| the key to life is to make it fun, to raise a glass to the everyday and to make small moments the most memorable. MovieNight12Hungry for more of that summertime good life? We’ve got you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
|SHOP| our favorite party-making picks RIGHT HERE

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Date: Friday, 11 Jul 2014 04:00

WhatIYam1Since the day I broke out of school uniforms, I’ve been furiously experimenting with the possibilities of style. I’ve played all sorts of characters, tried on every costume under the sun. I’ve died my hair platinum, black, burgundy, blue (and once all four at the same time ~ no lie). I’ve used clothing as one of many mixed media in the crafting and discovery of self. Through it all, I’ve found personal style to be an incredibly powerful tool, and I’ve learned a lot about who I am and the kind of woman I want to be. WhatIYam2It’s still a work in progress ~ I’m forever evolving as life experiences continuously remold me. And clothes are far from the most important thing in life, but they do matter. A good outfit is one I can put on in the morning and then forget about the rest of the day, because it feels so seamlessly me. I like classic colors, I like tailoring that drapes, I like elegant silk separates cut to feel like pajamas. I like bodysuits under everything and loose, low-cut tops. I love a good harem pant, a smokey eye and gold jewelry. To quote Popeye, “I yam what I yam.”WhatIYam3The moral of the story? I want to look cool and feel good without thinking too much about it. I spent all those years fighting my way out of one uniform just to wrap myself up in another ~ and I couldn’t be happier.WhatIYam4Anyone else see a theme? If you’re in the mood for a parade of fashion déjà vu, click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE!WhatIYam5|WEARING| Ray-Ban sunnies, John Hardy hoop earrings, necklaces by Jennifer Zeuner, Ippolita and Monica Rich Kosann, Vince blouse (similar), Calvin Klein bodysuit (similar), Chanel bag, shorts custom made in Vietnam (similar), Tibi shoes (similar) |PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

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Date: Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 04:00

As the summer heat escalates, clothes become increasingly unappealing. ~ but still we must wear them. Compromise by choosing featherlight dresses that float off the body, softly-draped pants, white cotton dresses, filmy t-shirts, lacy shorts, pretty fringed jewelry and sturdy, sole-supporting sandals. Click around inside these images to get your shop on, or cool off with this visual dreamsicle.

|CLICK HERE| to shop all our seasonal favorites ~ and revisit some our our coolest summer swim stories HERE, HERE and HERE! |IMAGES| via Pinterest

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Date: Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 04:00

CircleOfLife1Mandalas are circles train-tracked through with geometric pattern, hypnotic wheels designed to give a break to our busy minds and allow our creative pathways to run free. Mandalas represent the Self, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon ~ the wholeness and circularity of the universe. Buddhist monks draw mandalas in the sand, finish them, erase them, begin again. The urge to make mandalas indicates a re-balancing process is underway in our psyches, for they represent reordering, stabilizing.

The cycles of nature form their own perfect circle. Summer is a treasured time of human renewal, a chance to live outdoors, to be barefoot in the sand, roll in the grass and ground ourselves to the earth. To feel feral and free. The days are long and hot and inside those hours life’s beautiful possibilities are amplified ~ like ice, we melt into liquid, heat to a boil, then find ourselves floating, as free as the wind…CircleOfLife2|ABOVE| Anne Fontaine dress |BELOW| TOME tunic and skirt CircleOfLife3 CircleOfLife4CircleOfLife5|2 ABOVE|Laynea silk gown |BELOW + HEADER| Ellery top, TOME skirtCircleOfLife6|THE CIRCLE OF LIFE| starring Cosima Schelfhout |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Chloe Crespi |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |FLORAL DESIGN| by Bess Wyrick

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Date: Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 12:33

AmericanWoman1In honor of this weekend’s Independence Day celebrations in the states, we are delighted to present you with pictures from our latest sitting with Sarah Sophie Flicker, shot this past spring for Brooklyn Magazine. Sarah is one of our favorite muses around here; she represents the best of what it can mean to be a woman in America today.AmericanWoman2|ABOVE| vintage headdress and necklace, Sally LaPointe gown |AT TOP| Honor shrug and gown

She’s a wife and mother obsessed with making the world a better place for her children and grandchildren, a loving leader, an artist and an activist. In a country founded on freedom, essential liberties are still being snatched away (pun intended) from women today. Sarah has been very vocal in her dissent of it all, but chooses performance, music, humor and art over accusatory rhetoric in her pursuit of reform.AmericanWoman3|ABOVE| DVF dress over Zuhair Murad gown |BELOW| Naeem Khan gown

Incensed, she’s a torch-carrier for Lady Parts Justice, a movement intent on keeping politicians out of our pants that aims to improve the welfare of womankind today, from V to shining V. And that’s why we salute her ~ and each and every one of you ~ this 4th of July! Let freedom ring.AmericanWoman4|AMERICAN WOMAN| starring Sarah Sophie Flicker |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Shae DeTar |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR| by Travis Speck |MAKEUP| by James Boehmer

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Date: Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 04:00

HotTipAfter much market-testing and tears (ok no tears, but plenty of unfortunate flavor combinations), we have finally found the perfect nude nailpolish: Essie’s Brooch the Subject. Boom. There’s a holiday weekend approaching, so why don’t you turn up the fan, put on our newest playlist, and paint your nails all afternoon! It’s all the bluesy tunes we’ve been grooving out to as we cruise ~ convertible top down ~ to the beach this summer:

|CLICK HERE| for more playlists |CLICK HERE| for more shopping + beauty tips!

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Date: Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 04:00

Just last week we were kiki-ing about how it can be really difficult to dress elegantly and professionally these steamy summer days. As if in answer to the dilemna at hand, Erin showed up that same day for meetings in what seemed to be the epitome of how best to marry both workplace-appropriate and swelter-resistant.

The recipe? Graphic gold jewelry (extra-gorgeous with a tan), a loosely-draped black top (colored so as to hide the inevitable sweat), vibrant watercolor-print pencil skirt (office-approved but still summery), and laser-cut pumps (too much toe remains a tricky proposal in most professional settings; these are a nice compromise). It’s fairly fail-safe and frankly, fun. CLICK PRODUCT IMAGES to shop!

|ERIN WEARS| Alexis Bittar necklace, Kora Rae top (worn backwards), Lela Rose skirt (available online as a dress or pants), Emporio Armani bag, Zara shoes |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Austin Phelps

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Date: Friday, 27 Jun 2014 04:00

PlayingDoubles1Trying to dress even moderately well ~ vaguely professional ~ in the city during summer is a challenge. You’re just always sweating. Sun beats the concrete with unrelenting heat, and cotton dresses can seem like wool cloaks. Everything you put on feels either too hot or too casual ~ so when you find something that’s breezy, un-clingy, and still reasonably chic, you buy two. I do.PlayingDoubles2 |WEARING| Club Monaco dress, Nina Ricci bag, Joie shoes |PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

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Date: Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 04:00

Styleliner_1|ABOVE| Joey Wöelffer (in a groovy pair of Super sunglasses) and The Styleliner 

When Joey Wölffer’s late father bought the land that would become Wölffer Estate Vineyards, it was being used to farm potatoes ~ an interesting historical coincidence, as the younger Wölffer’s latest entrepreneurial venture, The Styleliner ~ a shoppable, mobile, resort-friendly treasure chest on wheels ~ was built into the body of a former potato chip truck.Styleliner_2Wölffer Estate Vineyards (which Joey and her brother now run) is an idyllic winery, the first obligatory stop off the main road upon arrival in the Hamptons. First wine, then groceries, no? Their rosé might well be the official drink of the region, and The Styliner (which during warmer months can be found nestled at the feet of the vineyard’s endless, grape-filled hills, then touring the country throughout the remainder of the year), is as rich a sensory treat.Styleliner_3The guts of Wölffer’s spacious bus have been retrofitted with accoutrement appropriate to the dressing room of a well-moneyed, itinerant gypsy ~ the traveling trousseau of a rock n’ roll bride, perhaps. At its rear she’s added an enormous 1980′s-nightclub-esque porthole window, which floods a tunnel of light through a wood-paneled galley of plush pink drawers and display boxes, waiting to be peeked into and pillaged.
Styleliner_4 Styleliner_5 Joey Wölffer isn’t a stranger to the gypset lifestyle. Born to a German father and British mother (her maternal great-great-grandmother founded legendary London retailer Marks & Spencer), she grew up between New York City, the Hamptons and Europe and can recall summer lunches at her parents’ home, back when the East End was at its bohemian peak; artists occupied now-extinct beach shanties and Bianca Jagger and Lee Radziwill would casually pop by for sandwiches. A golden age in East Coast culture.
Styleliner_6Joey’s jewelry collection ~ a mixed offering of her own designs, a few favorite independent designers, and a mélange of collections from her global travels ~ accessorizes her colorful assortment of silk tunic dresses, beaded denim jackets, artfully paint-splattered jeans, scarves and sun hats. She’s just launched a new bag line (think supple fringed hobos attached to riotously beaded vintage straps), and stocks all the little lightweight scarves and wraps one needs for a weekend at the beach. All in all, what we’ve got here is as a wheeled walk-in closet stuffed with the sort of delightful frocks that make holiday weekends especially memorable, and the sort of accessories that cheerfully diffuse a vacation-like mood into everyday life.Styleliner_7 Styleliner_8 Styleliner_9 Styleliner_10 Styleliner_11 Styleliner_12|KEEP AN EYE OUT| for The Styleliner if you find yourself cruising out East this summer!

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Date: Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 04:00

CevicheWatching all the World Cup action has me reminiscing about our recent trip to Brazil ~ the sunset soccer matches in Rio, the cuddling monkeys in the Amazon, the waterfalls of Iguassu, and especially the sea bass ceviche in Salvador. Now that we’re back out East for the summer season, we’re spoiled by an abundance of fresh fish and produce, and Zach has faithfully recreated that quintessential summer recipe, exactly as we discovered it at the Hotel Villa Bahia (replete with zesty mango, decadent crème fraîche and caviar!).

Photography and directing duo We Are The Rhoads made a trip out to Montauk to capture the magic of his approach to food ~ why he loves to cook and how we entertain ~ and Q by Equinox has the recipe for his yummy ceviche right here! Enjoy every bite, and always take the time to raise a glass to life, love, fresh food and good friends.
|IMAGES| via Gaby Dalkin and We Are The Rhoads for Q by Equinox

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Date: Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 04:00

JenniferFisher1Jennifer Fisher’s empire was sweetly and serendipitously born in 2005 with a simple charm necklace, custom made to commemorate the birth of her son Shane. Immediately, friends and strangers alike began clamoring for clues as to the ornament’s provenance, and Fisher realized she was onto something. That innocent initial piece paved the way for what has since grown to become an extensive jewelry collection comprised of over 4,000 charms, handmade chain link necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, rings and earrings ~ all designed with a rigorous, minimalistic city aesthetic, a casual edge. We sat down with the designer in her studio on the eve of the 2014 CFDA Awards, at which she was deservedly nominated for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.JenniferFisher2What brought you to New York?
LOVE! I met my husband Kevin here.

How did you get your start in fashion?
I actually was a wardrobe stylist for years in Los Angeles mainly for television commercials ~ a complete accident as I studied Business Marketing at USC.

Who are your favorite designers?
Céline, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and The Row

Whose style do you admire?
Emanuelle Alt

Career highlight (so far):
Being nominated for the CFDA Swarovski award this year for Accessory Design

How has the industry changed since you’ve been in it?
I now see a shift of more customers wanting fashion fine jewelry over costume JenniferFisher3This morning, I woke up and made my son chocolate chip strawberry pancakes

My favorite artist is Jean-Michel Basquiat

I’d like to steal the entire shoe floor at Barneys on Madison

My greatest fashion moment was when I wore a classic ivory Tom Ford suit to interview in front of all the Fashion Fund judges at Vogue when I made the top 10 of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund

My greatest fashion regret is selling all my old Balenciaga Arena bags

To be a good designer, it’s crucial to travel for inspiration

My fashion pet peeve is people wearing open toe shoes with nasty toenails

Every woman should own a charm necklace

Every man should own a well-tailored suit

My favorite place to shop is online (aka Net-A-Porter)

These days, the thing I wear most often is my Celine slide sandals

The coolest place I’ve ever been is Iceland

Right now, I’m obsessed with juicing

Vintage is smelly until properly laundered

Being a glamourai means being yourself JenniferFisher4|CLICK HERE| for the full Jennifer Fisher experience
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Date: Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 11:00

CruelIntentions1All that you touch / all that you see / All that you taste / All that you feel / All that you love / All that you hate/ All you distrust / All you save / All that you give / All that you deal / All that you buy, beg, borrow or steal / All you create / All you destroy / All that you do / All that you say / All that you eat / And everyone you meet / All that you slight / And everyone you fight / All that is now / All that is gone / All that’s to come / And everything under the sun is in tune / But the sun is eclipsed by the moon. ~ Eclipse, from Dark Side of the Moon by Pink FloydCruelIntentions2|AT TOP| Donna Karan gown, Tableaux Vivants bodysuit, Charlotte Olympia heels, rings by Wendy Yue and Moritz Glik |ABOVE| Urban Outfitters hat, Caruso top, Diesel jeans, Ivanka Trump necklace, Moritz Glik ringCruelIntentions3|ABOVE| Urban Outfitters hat and tank, Va Bien bustier, American Apparel briefs, OMEGA watchWendy Yue earrings
CruelIntentions4|ABOVE LEFT| Ellery top, Harlow & Fox garter belt, Va Bien brief |HE WEARS| Zana Bayne harness, Alberto pantsOMEGA watch |ABOVE RIGHT| Va Bien bra, Zana Bayne harness, Sally LaPointe pants, Ivanka Trump earrings, Moritz Glik ring |HE WEARS| Diesel blazer, Alberto pants, Todd Snyder shirt, Zana Bayne harness, Wendy Yue ringCruelIntentions5|ABOVE| Else garter belt, Urban Outfitters panties, OMEGA watchWendy Yue earrings, LK Designs necklace |HE WEARS| Caruso coat, Urban Outfitters shorts |BELOW| Urban Outfitters hat and tank, Va Bien bustier, American Apparel briefs, OMEGA watchWendy Yue earrings
CruelIntentions6 CruelIntentions7|ABOVE| NOE bodysuit |HE WEARS| Marine Layer shirt, Diesel jeans

|CRUEL INTENTIONS| starring Carolinne Prates and Ryan Taylor |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Greg Swales |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR + MAKEUP| by Ido Raphael Zadok |NAILS| by Katie Jane Hughes for Butter London |PRODUCTION| by Erin Framel |SHOT ON LOCATION| at The William |CLICK HERE FOR MORE|

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Date: Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 04:00

DarkSideOfTheMoon1b|ABOVE| Urban Outfitters t-shirt, Milly skirt (similar), Tableaux Vivants underpinnings, Schutz shoes, LK Designs necklace, OMEGA watch, Borgioni and Wendy Yue rings

In our myriad projects and lines of work, inspiration forever ebbs and flows. We absorb it, we use it, we share it. Last week, we went to a party for Omega, where they launched their new Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ watch. Ominously elegant and crafted from a single slab of zirconium oxide ceramic, the sleek, black timepiece (pictured throughout) pays homage to the Omega watches worn by Apollo 8 astronauts, the first humans to ever see the dark side of the moon with their own eyes. True newness, a seed of inspiration.

A few weeks ago, we grilled an abundant farm dinner, strung a white sheet up across the backyard, hauled a video projector outside, and thus annointed outdoor movie nights as the friend-gathering, weekend activity du jour this summer. For our first screening, a buddy insisted we do a revival of The Dark Side Of The Rainbow ~ that throwback tradition so beloved by high school stoners, wherein one watches The Wizard Of Oz (oh, those ruby slippers!) in sync with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon album. Another seed. If you start the film (sound off) and the album (sound way up!) at just the right time, the visual portions of the film seem to match up with the music. Have you ever tried watching the movie that way? The synchronicity is arresting. Pink Floyd band members have always insisted that it’s totally coincidental ~ but even the dispersive prism on the album’s cover seems to reflect the movie’s transition from black-and-white Kansas to technicolor Oz.
DarkSideOfTheMoon2|ABOVE| Ellery top |HE WEARS| OMEGA watch, Zana Bayne harness

Are they really related? Who can say. Inspiration, causality and creative energies are eternally moving targets; how do you catch a wave upon the sand?

Seediness itself (the photographic playground of artists like Helmut Newton and Araki) is inspiring us lately. At that same dinner party, another friend theorized that the spring in which Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstands was the lustiest chapter in New York City history. Everyone was hooking up, he claimed. It made me giggle, thinking of all the nice-looking subway riders secretly reading that book on their Kindles and eyeing each other lasciviously. A summer of love not envisioned by the hippies of the sixties.DarkSideOfTheMoon3b|ABOVE| Ellery top and skirt, Secrets in Lace stockings, Wendy Yue earrings, OMEGA watch, Ivanka Trump, Wendy Yue and Moritz Gilk rings

We recently styled a campaign for a client at the estate where Cruel Intentions was filmed ~ and of course had to screen the movie for ‘research’ beforehand. I loved Sarah Michelle Gellar’s racy bustiers, Ryan Phillippe’s contemptuous snarl, their disaffected sexuality. The slime of too much luxury. Those stylistic touchstones weren’t right for that shoot, but I’d been ruminating on them ever since anyway. Good ideas always find a way to be exorcized.

Tune in later this week RIGHT HERE to see more of what grew from these and a hundred other tiny seeds, and always remember to unceasingly soak up whatever stimuli life feeds you. Be it a cool watch, a classic movie or a campy paperback: inspiration is everywhere, especially after dark

|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Greg Swales

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Date: Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 04:00

WhiteNight1Erin and I both love an all-white look ~ but as with everything else, we tend to do it differently. Same same but different, as they say in Vietnam. Omega (my old friends!) had a party in New York Tuesday night, and we unintentionally showed up matching-but-not. Totally typical.WhiteNight2|KELLY WEARS| COS top (in which I also hiked the Great Wall Of China!), vintage Louis Vuitton skirt, Omega watch, Devi Kroell clutch, Tibi shoes |ERIN WEARS| vintage earrings, Lela Rose dress, Patricia Bonaldi bag, Prada shoesWhiteNight3Speaking of parties, we’re stoked to see all you New York kids tonight at THIS ONE!!

|PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

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Date: Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 04:00

Candy1Photo booths have always held such delicious mystery for me; they must be filled with stories. The seedy little stalls and bare fluorescent lighting lend a film noir eeriness, and yet they’re perfect for filling with giggling friends, all clambering to cram into four tiny film frames. There is nervous anticipation waiting for the columned prints, the suspense in wondering if the machine is even working or whether the strips will come out too light or too dark. In the best instances, what pops out is pure elegance: black and white, high-contrast glamour moments, frozen eternally in time.

Furla’s Pre-Fall handbag collection is similarly fanciful but mysterious. It’s classic shapes in sugary plastics, combined with seductive undercurrents ~ dark-spirited reds and sophisticated iridescences. The brand is famous for their ‘Candy’ bags, and it seems this season’s flavors must be butterscotch, lollipops, and poisoned apple. It’s the playfulness of summer sunshine, tempered with temptation ~ sinful bonbons for the wickedly elegant bon ton. Like the four faces in a photo booth film strip, it’s sweet then playful then sexy ~ a classic bit of fun.Candy2|ABOVE + BELOW| Tome top, Tableaux Vivants skirt, Furla bags and ballerina flatsCandy3b Candy4|ABOVE + BELOW| Honor shrug, Milly top + skirt, Furla bangles, bag and shoesCandy5 Candy6 Candy8|ABOVE + BELOW| Milly dressTableaux Vivants underpinnings, Furla bags and shoes Candy9 Candy10|I WANT CANDY!| starring Vlada |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Reid Rolls |ART DIRECTION + STYLING| by Kelly Framel |HAIR| by Francis Anthony Rodriguez |MAKEUP| by Camille Thompson |PRODUCTION| by Erin Framel |ALL BAGS + SHOES| by Furla |SHOT ON LOCATION| at The Smith East Village

|GET IN ON THE SUGAR HIGH| we’re hosting two events with Furla so you can try out the collection, hang with The Glamourai team, and step into our photo booth for a few snapshots of your own. The festivities commence this Thursday (June 12th) from 5-8pm at Bloomingdale’s on 59th St in New York, then continue next Thursday (June 19th) from 12-3 at the Bloomingdale’s in Short Hills, NJ. Details HERE! [The collection will also be carried at Tysons Corner Center, Aventura, Lenox Square and North Michigan Avenue. Enjoy!]

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Date: Monday, 09 Jun 2014 12:59

WarmRain1I woke up this morning to a moody June rain, the city hot and wet. My mood floated off somewhere distant and grey, to a cold, late summer bay remembered from last year, and these images, hidden till now in an unseen archive…WarmrRain2 WarmRain3 WarmRain4|PHOTOGRAPHED| by Jamie Beck, late summer 2013 |WEARING| Emporio Armani coat, Miguelina top, Candela skirt |MORE IN THIS MOOD|

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