Westward Leaning Sunglasses

I keep seeing photographs of celebrities in Westward Leaning sunglasses (Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman, the list of globetrotting Rovanesses goes on …) popping up all over the internet. And the brand is really doing something right, because their glasses look good on everybody.

One of my favorites, the No. 3 Mercury 7 on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley:

Kate Bosworth in No. 2 Louisiana Purchase:

The company’s concept is pretty cool: For every pair they sell, they donate $10 to a charity represented by a stripe of material on the frames. In fact, Westward Leaning only has one frame design and the sunglasses vary in the unique material (brass, wood, antler, etc.) representative of the cause it celebrates.

I’d love to get a pair of these in time for my next vacation. Since the design is so classic without being boring, they’re the kind of shades that could look good with just about anything, whether I’m doing some casual sightseeing or heading to an early evening dinner with my date.

What do you think? Chic, no?

Here Film Starring Agyness Deyn

Starwood’s Luxury Collection commissioned Waris Ahluwalia and director Luca Guadagnino (of the Golden Globe-nominated film I Am Love) to create a short film showcasing a few of America’s most iconic destinations.

The result was the film Here, starring model Agyness Deyn, as well as the Equinox in Vermont, the Phoenician in Arizona, and the Royal Hawaiian.

Watch the teaser above, then visit thefilmhere.com to watch the finished film.


A Swedish couple — forester Håkan Strotz and his wife, biologist and designer Ulrika Krynitz — designed and handbuilt a very special retreat in the forest near Ödeshög. A very peaceful and minimalistic wood hermitage, the place is called “Urnatur,” meaning “ancient nature” in Swedish.

Not just a tranquil hideaway, Urnatur also offers opportunities to learn more about nature, both through reflection and hands-on experiences; descriptions for summer 2012 courses include foraging wild herbs, the basics in timbering a hut, building traditional Swedish fences, and knife and fire basics. The wood hermitage is open April through October, and overnight accommodations — hut cots or treehouses — can be booked online, starting at 1,550 Euros per person.

[Hakan and Ulrika, with their dog Haily]

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In Search of Eustace

I love Anthropologie, and I think it’s so cool that they support such varied art through the section of their website called The Anthropologist.

The work of Scottish photographer and film director David Eustace frequently appears there, with one such contribution being this short film he made with his daughter, Rachel. For it, the pair took a 1,300-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Eustace, Texas, capturing some interesting Southwest scenery and landscapes.

Emerson Farm in New Hampshire

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If you aren’t already familiar with Emersonmade, go ahead and just jog on over to their website. Emerson Fry and her husband, Ryan Fry, started the e-commerce site and clothing brand in 2009 — she takes the lead on all the creative; he oversees operational logistics and the day-to-day. And the clothes? I am ob-sessed. Think mod little black dresses, pleated skirts, retro denim, flower brooches, monogrammed table linens, fitted blouses … But I digress.

After a decade living in New York City, the couple vacated to a 19th century farmhouse in New Hampshire a few years ago. Emersonmade’s new headquarters are perfectly simple yet stylish, complete with resident ducks and chickens. The home has been featured by Boston Magazine, The Nest, Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, Tart House, High Street Market, and and and … Let’s just say I’m not the only one who’s fallen in love with the house and the sense of place it conveys.

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This is just the kind of East Coast place where I’d love to hole myself up for two to three months each summer and type away on my novel.

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