New Essentials & Holiday Gifting

December 12, 2014

Growing up in a tropical climate meant I was always dreaming of layering up and keeping warm. Hence, my weakness for luxe coats. I also thought that purses (alongside some fab heels) were the ultimate female essential - you can tell a lot about a woman by the kind of bag she carries. Always the practical type, I look for functional minimalist details and craftsmanship. There has to be plenty of room for a cell phone, wallet, keys, glasses, sunnies, and a small water bottle (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate). One can never have enough black - so I'm delighted to add this Petra crossbody from Everlane to my collection. I'm loving the easy-access pouch, roomy interior and the contrast of suede and leather. Another fab Black Friday score - this coat from Toteme, which was on the top of my wish list. The kimono wrap styling and over sized fit is perfect for a relaxed yet refined ensemble. I'll be pairing it with high-waisted distressed skinnies, chunky knits and some booties all winter long. 

Toteme Coat
Everlane Purse

I did most of my Christmas shopping online this year and scored some amazing deals. Here are a few items I've picked up for friends and family:

Spaces: Clean & Cozy

December 03, 2014

The challenge in creating minimalist spaces lies in finding the perfect balance between simple yet intriguing, raw yet refined,  clean yet cozy. I'm loving everything about this space - the muted tones, rich contrast, the mixture of finishes. Layers of linen frame the platform bed creating a room within a room without sacrificing light or precious square footage. The juxtaposition of the low frame and the drapes hung all the way from the ceiling gives the illusion of a taller space. Bright, airy and extremely relaxing. The cave-like sleeping nook draws you in with the contrast of dark linen lining the interior. I cant get enough of the seamless storage cabinets and the fine, well-thought out details (like the discrete inset drapery mechanism). It seems like the ultimate blend of practical, livable and luxe simplicity. 

Design by Architect Rick Joy. Image Via