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.
Check out this T-shirt dress from Holstee. It’s a dress that’s a pocket and a pocket that’s a dress … with a pocket. Sounds at first like it could be a little kitschy, but the final product looks more than appealing.
The dress is cut, sewn and dyed in Los Angeles, using all-natural fibers (60% hemp/40% organic cotton), and it comes in white with a dark blue pocket, or black with a mint green pocket. There’s a video on holstee.com showing how you can tuck the whole dress into the pocket for storage or travel (they also make a T-shirt that follows the same concept). Price for the dress is $55.
I’m thinking about the possibilities … As a travel nightgown for overnight or weekend trips. Pack it in my carry-on in case my luggage doesn’t make it. Use it as a pillow on the plane. Toss it in my gym bag to throw on after a workout.
I see this as just the kind of versatile, dress up or dress down thing that I would probably find myself packing over and over again …
There’s a book available through the publisher Taschen called Great Escapes Around the World Vol. II, and it’s filled with introductions to some truly unique getaways and first-rate resorts. The imagery is incredible — just pick it up and flip through the pages for a mini mental vacation (or to plan your next adventure!).
Highlights include a California inn where Liberace would have felt right at home, and shabby-chic bungalows on Highway 1 in Big Sur. Choose from luxurious residences nestled on the Ubud hillside overlooking the Ayung River in Bali, or oceanside bungalows on a Brazilian archipelago. Go camping in “royal style” in the Indian desert, or opt for a luxury tented camp on an island in the best game-viewing location in Botswana. Relax in a hand-woven banda on Zanzibar, a hotel-museum full of contemporary art on the Sicilian coast, or a sumptuous Provençal spa retreat in the south of France.
I bought a Luxe City Guide before a trip to New York City two years ago, and I’ve been enamored with the little books ever since. They’ve developed somewhat of a cult following, and I think are probably purchased just as often for their absolutely beautiful, artistic covers as they are for the witty listings printed on their foldout pages.
The stylish little pocket guides can be purchased individually or as sets (great gift ideas) and are chock-full of the most sophisticated destinations each city has to offer. You won’t find any generic or underwhelming recommendations, just the best of the very best.
They can be a fun alternative to coffee table books, as they create a powerful visual impact grouped together and can also be fun for guests to fold out and browse. There are no photographs, just short reviews for hotels, bars, restaurants, spas, activities, shopping itineraries, etc.
Get your own guides here, and check out the LUXEtasy blog here.
And speaking of Paris … And I know that style houses are already focusing on spring 2012 collections … But just in case you missed it, you have to see the images from fashion brand Maje’s fall/winter 2011 campaign. I’m a little bit obsessed with the whole thing. The Eiffel Tower in the background, the adorable skirt the model is wearing, the perfectly sophisticated heels, the colors …
Moroccan-born designer Judith Milgrom launched Maje in Paris in 2004, and since then the bohemian and feminine styles have been favored by such French starlets as Marion Cotillard and Vanessa Paradis. I personally came across the brand after noticing “it” girl Emma Watson sporting one of the brand’s sweaters. (Note: The below is not the Maje sweater, just a photo of the ever stylish Ms. Watson.)
Here’s the “Maje Making of Fall Winter 2011 Campaign” video by the brand …
Fancy a little French shopping yourself? Visit Maje’s American e-retail site at us.maje.com and promise you’ll tell me what you get!