in the studio with leanne shapton

Leanne Shapton is the kind of woman who does it all. Formerly the art director of the NYT Op-Ed page, she now writes and illustrates books, runs a nonprofit press with a friend (which she founded, of course), creates and sells her own incredible art, and generally kicks ass in the game of life. I fell in love with her Manhattan studio a few years back when it was featured in The Paris Review. She's nailed the eclectic look while staying completely true to herself... it seems as if everything in her space has a story. I've looked at these images too many times to count. I hope you enjoy as much as I do!


not your grandmother's pearls

I LOVE pearls. Real, faux, I don't discriminate. But sometimes they can be a bit difficult to wear without looking too "Barbara Bush." The above wishbone posts + cuff necklace from Anthropologie don't fall into that category. The earrings are a no-brainer and can be worn with essentially everything. The cuff (named the "Double Pearl Necklace") is fierce... I see it with a minimalistic black dress, or maybe paired with an Alexa Chung-esque babydoll dress to give it a little edge. Once again, Anthropologie for the win.


chez carolina issa

I discovered these lovely images of Carolina Issa at home in London on Tod's website (while looking at shoes that I can't afford :). First of all, the burgundy suit, pale pink secretary blouse + nude pump combo is killer. Second, her shelves are beautiful! As you can tell in these photos, they go over the doorway and have no rhyme or reason. I love that they’re not perfectly organized and kind of magpie. Clutter can sometimes stress people out, but I find it energizing to be surrounded by my things. They make me feel at home. Minimalism is wonderful and I certainly appreciate it, but I simply don't know how to do it! Maybe in my next life. See the rest of Caroline's feature here


must watch: le week-end 

I absolutely can't wait to watch Le Week-End starring Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent. It has a Something's Gotta Give-like feel (one of my favorite films) and is set in Paris... what's more to want? I eat up romantic comedies because I'm a huge sap and unlike most, this one has rave reviews. As it will probably never come to Kansas City, I'm impatiently awaiting it's arrival on Apple TV. If you're in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, do me a favor and see it in theaters! 


spring hair essentials

When it comes to hair, I am extremely low maintenance. I schedule cuts + highlights way less than I should and when I do, I never change a thing: same length (just past the base of my shoulder blades), same color (a cool dark blonde, close to my natural hair color). I don't ever blow dry it and I rarely take the time to curl or straighten it. In fact, I'm pretty untalented when it comes to hair. Knowing this, you won't be surprised to find that I own very few hair products. But the few that I do own, I couldn't do without. 

I swear by Kerastase's Elixer Ultime. I've tried other products but my hair always ends up looking dirty... Not cute. This product is lightweight, smells amazing and works wonders for my dry ends. I just wish it wasn't so darn expensive! 

Like most busy girls, I always keep dry shampoo on hand. I don't have a particular brand that I favor and I'm always down to try new products. Stila's Hair Refresher looks yummy and is supposedly wonderful, so I think I'll pick it up once I'm finished with my Lulu Organics hair powder. Dry shampoo saves me. 

I'm fairly certain that I've written about my Mason Pearson brush before (I have the XL Boar Bristle), but it's only because I can't live without it. I'm not a huge hair-brusher, but I do it when I must (post wake-up, post shower). The Mason Pearson effortlessly detangles and teases like nothing else. If I temporarily misplace my brush (which I'm prone to doing...), my hair is a complete nightmare. Yes, it's very expensive but think of it as an investment. I've had mine for almost nine years and plan to have it for many, many more. 

Not everyone is a hair accessories person, but I've always love them. When I was younger, I used to spend my entire allowance on France Luxe headbands at Nordstrom's. Truth be told, not much has changed - France Luxe/L. Erickson is still my favorite line of hair goodies. I picked out a few of my favorite pieces from their website that I think are adorable: L. Erickson Daisy Pearl BarretteL. Erickson Pearl Bobby PinsL. Erickson Wide Couture Bow, L. Erickson Dog Clips
L. Erickson Oblong Barrette (I wear this one all the time!).

Wishing you and yours a great hair day :)