Happy 2016 !!!

Dear Readers, 

thank you for all your wonderful support since 2005.  Lots of things have happened since then & I've been less available to my blog unfortunately.  Other changes coming after the New Year, we shall see where the road takes us..... best to all of you. XO

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Dagne Dover Event

Was such a pleasure to work with talented ladies from Dagne Dover this past weekend! I was at their pop-up shop hand-painting bags for their customers. This was such a fun event & so fun for everyone that popped in. A few people weren't sure at first about a painted handbag, and then when they saw them in person they were convinced to get one! I left with my all-white mini-tote, but my mom snagged it when I showed it to her that evening. I couldn't say no!

Speaking of bags, these bags are some of the nicest work bags I've seen. Before I work with a brand I have to really love the product and know that I would absolutely use it myself. When I first received my bag from Dagne Dover, I was super impressed. The beauty of the bag flowed from the inside-out. The inside has many (well thought out) compartments, even one for your umbrella! But can also be used for shoes & water bottles! The zipper is a gorgeous chunky gold on most of the bags, which I love! A bag with a cheap looking zipper is a huge turn-off, but these do NOT disappoint there!  The tote bags come in a variety of sizes like:

The 15 inch Tote :  the ultimate day-to-night carryall, made with highly functional compartments to keep specific items in place. Stylish and spacious. I own this one in black & can carry my new gold 11" macbook. Made with a canvas material almost identical to the Louis Vuitton bags.

The 13" Tote :  It's made for 7am-10pm lifestyle, with the same clever compartments but a slightly a slimmer shape and fold-down handles for tighter situations.

The Mini-Tote This small-bodied model is designed for speedy days-about-town that call for more than a purse but less than a full-size carryall. Fully-equipped with a 10.5” tablet sleeve, pen loops, a water bottle holder, and an array of convenient compartments for wallets, phones, cards and more! Since I don't tend to carry a lot, this is my favorite size!

The Tiny Tote:  For day-to-night dressing, our smallest tote is your smartest choice. This miniature version of our classic style features the same stashable compartments with a stylish size to take you well into the evening. In addition to a separate 3-pocket card case, it includes a secure zip pocket, magnetic-close pocket for a phone or your card case, and pen loops. Detachable cross-body strap frees up your hands!

I highly recommend these bags if you're a working girl, or a busy entrepreneur. These bags are well designed and well thought out....I can't highlight this enough.  They are much prettier in person too!
You can buy yours directly from Dagne Dover.

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Gift Guide: Kids Must-Have Books

Christmas is around the corner.  

Have you shopped for your grand kids or your own children yet? On the off-chance that you haven't yet, have you considered gifting them books? I LOVE books & my son loves them too!
Book are one of my fave gifts to give.  They are just TIMELESS & so special.  I remember when I was a little girl...my dad would always buy me all  kinds of books, even if I wasn't old enough to read them. I would be amazed just staring at the pictures on the pages.

Here are some must-have titles for kids books right now.  These are sure to be a hit in any child's life! Happy Holidays!

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You're invited

If you're in NYC - please drop by & say hello! Or come by & purchase a great work bag, you can also have me customize it for you! We will be doing brushstroke pieces only at this event! Happy Holidays! 

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Holiday: Gift Guide for Her

Working moms, girlfriends, soon-to-be wives and so one, this gift guide is for you. Well, actually it's for the men In their lives who are looking for gifts to give ya. So go ahead, and point them in this direction. I gathered 8 must-have gifts this Holiday Season!

1. Lancome pro secrets brush set  - because trust me, a gal can always use new brushes. (limited edition & on sale!) $57.60
2. The cutest scarf, with a similar look to the iconic Burberry but for A LOT less! $20. via Nordstrom 
3.  Dagne Dover 15" Work Tote a beautiful large canvas tote with the same feel as a LV bag. The  inside is brilliantly designed. The zipper & the pockets for your laptop & many other work items gorgeous & high end, it's ideal for the working woman.
4. Lancome Parisian Holiday Juicy tubes - this is by far my favorite lip gloss. It's gorgeous and is super shiny. Smells good too!  On sale $27.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume - An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee – for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals – to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. One of my current favorites. I DEF want!
6. Loreal - Brow Stylist Plumper (love this plumper, it really accentuates my brows. I'm addicted to this stuff. It's too bad my local store doesn't carry it!).  Infallible Smokissime - for a perfectly balanced, smokey eye-lookExtraordinaire By Colour Riche lip gloss 
- a smooth, shiny ip gloss that I recommend as well!
7. The Paris Style Guide Book - Ideal for your upcoming trip to Paris. Lots of cool places and things to see, the perfect guide!  $25.00 
8. Mom Life Is The Best life Tee - What a great reminder for stay-at-home moms.  $62.00

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Holiday gift ideas for Moms

I am not posting many GIFT guides this year, but I will do a few. 

For starters, I wanted to put together one for moms. You see, this year, I became a first-time mother....so, I know just how challenging motherhood can be.   Every so often it's nice to receive a little something new ....ya know.........like a gift!   What better place to-go for gifting to mom than Sur La Table ? Below are some of my favorite items over at Sur La Table for moms. 

Heck, or for anyone that loves to entertain or enjoy a nice hot chocolate at home.  Which gift would you buy your mama friend or your own mother?


Have a great weekend!!! 

P.S. on another note, I am currently working on a blog re-design, stay tuned! 

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Beauty: Holiday Gift Guide

Hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday Season! Monica here from Beauty Parler. If you're like me I tend to wait last minute to buy gifts. But, I seriously need to change that habit as most beauty gifts sell out quick. For any beauty aficionado this is the season to do some serious shopping and I mean for yourself too. Stock up on your favourite makeup products because it's the best time to find deals and kits that aren't normally offered throughout the year.

For example, the Charlotte Tilbury 'The Bombshell' Set is almost a complete full-face set minus a foundation at an exceptional value versus buying the items separately. Items like makeup brushes are another great add to your wish-list. Sigma Brushes (as pictured) are a great gift for a teen or young adult who is looking to start a makeup kit without breaking the bank.

Can't forget those work parties and Secret Santa exchange. Co-workers love hand creams and lipbalms. Kiehl's is my go-to source in that department. Love the Kiehl's #1 Lip Balm, perfect for dry cracked Winter lips. For the lipstick lovers at the office or a great hostess gift, the Clinique 'Days of the Week' Matte lipstick set if a fabulous gift.

Am I the only one that likes to stock up on beauty products this time of year? Do tell. Happy Shopping!

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Kids: Joovy Spoon Walker

My mother has been mentioning the word "walker" ever since our son was born.  I admit, when I heard that word, I went into caution-mode.   I really believed walkers were dangerous & always thought "no one uses those anymore!"   I admit, I was against it.  But after consulting with several moms - it seemed most of them have used either a jumpers or a walkers for their own kids. Everyone had a good experience, but they did tell me to always watch the child & not leave them unattended. Well, mom was right. 

After deciding that I would get a walker - I figured  get something that has clean lines and looks modern and is also functional. Enter Joovy.  A friend of mine (also a mom)  introduced me to Joovy & recommended their Spoon Walker.  I looked it up & it was exactly what I had envisioned if I was EVER going to follow mom's advice about getting one.  So, the people over at Joovy sent one our way & its adorable!! We decided on the Charcoal Spoon Walker  & when we received it here are a few things I noticed:
  • It combines two essential products into one (highchair & walker)
  • It has a large tray which can be used for eating 
  • The design blends perfectly into our home decor (yay!) 
  • The tray has a removable insert for easy-cleaning or put in dishwasher
  • It's big enough for child to play with their fave toys
  • it's a bright high gloss, which cleans easily too.
  • It has a wide base for great mobility & stability. 
  • The seat pad is supportive & comfortable, machine washable. 
  • The wide base ensures that little fingers wont get pinched on the side of the tray if your toddler bumps into a wall.
  • It has a soft and padded high seat back.
  • It has three height positions.
  • It folds flat for easy storage and travel.
  • It's entirely BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free
So to be fair, my son is 9 months old & is still getting used to it.  At first he was only moving backwards ha! But recently he finally started moving forward but VERY SLOWLY.  Looking forward to seeing him use it to it's full potential.  I highly recommend the Joovy Spoon Walker for your toddler.

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-in partnership with joovy

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Nespresso 'A Cup Above' Gift Ideas

Everyone knows I love coffee, but I've never received coffee-related gifts for Christmas. Well, then why not just gift my friends some coffee related accessories to enjoy?  My all time favorite is Nespresso.  They offer high quality coffee from the world's finest coffee-producing regions.  It is my to-go place for finding gifts that suit everyone on my Holiday list! 

I love that they offer many of the same accessories they have in their boutiques on their site.  So, if you enjoyed sipping your cappuccino from the VertuoLine Cappuccino Cup at their boutique, you can experience the feeling at home by purchasing the cups from their website!  

This Holiday Season feel free to follow my lead & let your friends 'Experience A Cup Above'.  
What do I mean by that?  Well, Experiencing 'A Cup Above' is more than a gift, it's an invitation into Nespresso's elegant lifestyle.  Here are 7 Nespresso Gift ideas for coffee lovers. 

1. Dark Chocolate Squares with Cocoa Bits  (perfect addition to any cappuccino + chocolate lovers.)
2. VertuoLine Recipe Set  (ideal for serving lattes & latte lovers
3. Piano Black VertuoLine Evoluo Machine  (for great tasting freshly brewed coffee & espresso at the touch of a button. Convenient. )
4. Indulgent Pack  (ideal for the first time buyer of a Nespresso machine or for a housewarming gift). 
5. VertuoLine Travel Mug (for the constant traveler who prefers their coffee on-the-go)
6. Premium Espresso Gold Cups (Impress that stylish friend of yours who loves coffee. Hurry though, limited quantities available!)
7. VertuoLine Cappuccino Cups  (this cup set is for the coffee lover who likes to see their coffee & crema)

On another note, here's a great Coffee Milkshake recipe you can pass on to a friend if you decide to gift the lovely Vertuoline Recipe set


  • 1 capsule of Decaffeinato or Vanizio

  • 2 oz of cold milk
 (or you can add Soy milk if you're looking for a dairy-free milkshake)
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Preparation
  • Brew Coffee capsule and allow to cool slightly in a cocktail shaker, add ice cream, cold milk and cooled shot. Stir with a whisk or large table spoon. Continue until ice cream is melted and mixture is uniformly thickened and smooth. Pour into VertuoLine recipe glass
  • Enjoy & Happy Holidays! 

Did you know that Nespresso capsules are also recyclable? They are!  You can bring them to the Boutiques and retailer drop-offs for recycling + they have a UPS mailback program, which provides pre-paid recycling bags for consumers to mail back used capsules. Drop those off at one of the 88,000 UPS drop off locations across the country. Nespresso recently expanded its program with UPS from 20 to 48 states

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-In partnership with Nespresso

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Fashion: Ramy Brook

Hey Fashion lovers, here's a new shop I wanted to introduce you to called, Ramy Brook. They recently contacted me and introduced me to their collection. I fell in love with it! This company was founded in 2010 by Ramy Brook Sharp.  It's based out of NYC and offers a line of contemporary women's wear.  I love that almost every piece can be worn either day or night.  For example, the amazing Jessica Sweater ...(made from 100% Merino wool) that I'm wearing below.  I've worn it out for a coffee meeting as well as date night - it did not disappoint!  Looks fantastic & sooo soft.  This brand is great & I am now going to be keep an eye-out for all the new stuff they launch! 

I've gathered a few more of my favorites below.  Check them all out here.

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- in partnership with Ramy Brook

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Winter Coat Ready

The coolest coats of the season are upon us. As much as I want to buy a coat, I have TOO many!  However, if you're looking to purchase some stylish outerwear - I've got you covered.  My personal pick is definitely the icon Trench coat in wool-cashmere by Jcrew  - and guess what?  It is on SALE right now for 30% off!  It comes in 4 different colors, but I'd choose the all black.  I also included a super cool leather fringe scarf by Mackage that I love! I've never seen anything like that in a winter accessories before. DEF a + 

1. jcrew trench 2. faux fur hooded coat via topshop 3. scarf w/leather fringe via mackage 
4. neat wool blend cape via topshop  5. faux fur animal print coat via topshop 6. black faux fur coat via zara

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Hi guys! this is Monika bringing you some decor this Friday! 

This living room designed by The Design Co is one of my favorite spaces of all time and I thought I put a little inspiration to crate a similar look! I love everything about this room, from the comfy, traditional sofas with carved legs to French inspired chairs and a fabulous marble fireplace mantel. The zebra rug adds a bit of an edge and it's a perfect contemporary addition to mix thing up and contrast with the chic Parisian windows frames and classic accessories. The whole is just perfect!

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Experience A Cup Above

Coffee is my thing.

I used to be a coffee-shop fanatic, until I discovered Nespresso.  I realized how much money I was spending on coffee +  time wasted in-line waiting for my tall decaf soy latte with a splash of mocha on top! Oooh, long name!  Nothing wrong with name brand coffee shops but there's something magical about making your own cappuccino in the comfort of your own home.  After receiving my first machine, citiz & milk  as a gift from a friend,  I was HOOKED on Nespresso.  The ease & the taste of the coffee was way better than the coffee shops I had visited.  For the last few years I've been a loyal customer of this amazing brand.  So, Nespresso asked me to share my daily coffee routine & to try out the newest machine in the VertuoLine range, Evoluo.  The new machine launched last month and is featured in their new “Experience a cup above” campaign with George Clooney.

To those who don't know me, I work from home. Working from home is definitely an interesting & challenging experience. I tend to work on turbo-mode and then take a break during the daytime to spend time with my son for a few minutes.  I usually hang out with him while I make myself a (much-needed) cappuccino & pair it with Sprinkles cupcakes or a gluten-free bagel + pumpkin butter spread.  I eagerly look forward to these moments & feel relaxed & at ease being a work-at-home-mom.

During the middle of my work day on my break, I'll  enjoy my coffee with a bagel.  It's one of my favorite things......but my son loves colors, so cupcakes get him EXCITED!  He then goes back to his sitter & I get back to work, checking email, posting photos on social media like instagram & painting.  Being an artist, my home studio can get a little messy.  Even still, I'm not afraid to bring my coffee into the mix... I'll even use it as a prop for photo shoots.  Of course, I'll drink it afterwards.   I love painting & sipping on my cappuccino, I feel like the two things go hand-in-hand.  Working at home has it's challenges & the one day my sitter isn'tt working, it's hard to leave the house & walk into a coffee-shop with a stroller etc. (even if I wanted to).  So having a high-end machine like the Evoluo, which brews espresso and large-cup coffee, is VERY helpful.

Below:  Infant Nuna ZAAZ convertible high chair in Pewter

In the last few days, I've really enjoyed my work breaks, because the new Evoluo machine has been wonderful. You see,  I love milk (soy milk) in my coffee, so I got the bundle with the Aeroccino (milk frother).  This machine is quieter & more beautiful than my previous one.  It also maintains the gorgeous crema, which is what you see in my glass cup in the photo.  Nespresso machines use Nespresso capsules and brew high quality coffee , they are easy-to-clean & offer some great varieties in their Grand Crus like the new Limited Edition Swiss Chocolate for the holidays, yum!!!   One thing I learned while trying the new Evoluo is that Nespresso only selects the top 1-2% of coffee from the finest coffee-producing regions for their Grand Crus! Nice.

I love my coffee at home & drinking an iced version on the weekends with my husband after dinner is like my dessert sometimes.  He'll even add a scoop of coconut milk ice cream on top!  I swear.  So now you know how I  "Experience A Cup Above."

Above: Infant Nuna ZAAZ convertible high chair

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-this post was created in partnership with nespresso - thanks!

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Kelly Behun was featured in Elle Decor a couple days ago as designer for a gorgeous Park Avenue home - and boy was it beautiful! I'm only showing you one photo of that gorgeous space, the rest is on Elle Decor. However here is some of her other work which is amazing too. Kelly's studio is based out of NYC & they also design funky pieces of furniture. 

Interesting enough she graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science in Economics - she is now a highly sought after designer. Kelly's design work has been published in numerous magazines including Elle Decor, New York Magazine (cover story of annual design issue), House Beautiful, House and Garden & more! She's designed many homes including Ivanka Trump's NYC apartment.

Feel free to view her portfolio here.

Have a great weekend! 

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-images via elle decor

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My Baby Boy Room Ideas

I've been imagining Noah's nursery for several years now, and although he doesn't officially have his own room, he will one day soon!  Right now he shares a space with us in a side area of our room.  Living in the City requires sacrificing space & oftentimes people will share their space with their children for a several months until they can figure out another (more-convenient) arrangement.

In the next couple of months I hope to CREATE a few digital-nurseries & then choose, execute & start working on it in REAL LIFE. That's my plan.  I've come up with option number (1) below, which includes some of my own new ABSTRACT art. Hopefully as he grows, he'll be inspired to incorporate his own art into the space.  All in all, I wanted the room to feel modern, creative with bright pops of color! One other feature I really want to add is the black- striped teepee from Land Of Nod.  I can already picture myself reading to him inside this cozy little teepee ! 

Another decor item I'm also considering is a neon sign.... in a blue-ish tone.  I love the effect the neon lighting gives off in a space. It adds such a cool effect!  However, I haven't decided what I'd like the neon to say.....hmmmm.  I remember wanting to have a child for as long as I can remember. Adopting Noah was a dream come true, and he is so loved.  But I'm stuck on what the sign should say.... Any ideas??? Maybe his name, Noah? Or maybe something else like 'dreams come true' or "You are Loved".  

I'm currently looking at a company called Endeavour Neon for the sign, so we shall see.   Books are so prominent in my home, I want them to be a BIG part of Noah's life. So, I figure start adding them to his space & that should hopefully generate interest in them! I can literally keep going on decor...but you get the idea. Stay tuned for another nursery down the line!

Curious....what do you think the neon should say?

1. delaney rug in 8"x10" via pottery barn kids
2. teepee via land of nod
3. snow rabbit via ooh noo 
4. set of 2 or 4 blue abstract art via made by girl (coming soon)
5. modern alphabet blocks white letters via ooh noo
6. boys rule print via mini learners
7. custom neon signs via Endeavour Neon 
8. mini zebra print via made by girl 
9. new issue book case via Land of Nod 
10. Andy Warhol's Colors book
11. bow tie blocks via Land of Nod
12. WHERE THE WILD Things Are book via amazon
13. Personalized name kids book via Pottery barn kids
14. sort and tip truck via pottery barn kids
15. rainbow stacker via Land of Nod

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The over-the-knee boot trend is one of my faves. I used to think this look looked too"Pretty Woman" & wasn't that fond of it. But as the years have gone by & countless fashion bloggers have worn this style, I've learned to love them. I own a pair but they are a bit narrow in the tow area for me, so I don't wear them too often.

I would love to invest in some comfy ones (if even possible) so that I could wear them with a pair of skinny jeans.  My all time favorite are the pricey ones called the 'HIGHLAND' by Stuart Weitzman they run about $800.  Gulp, I know. But they DEF look the best in my opinion.  

Tell me, are you into the over-the-knee trend this Fall?? Which is your fave?

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Traveling with my family last week was not easy.  I'll be the first to tell you that being in such a small space with my husband (for too long) is not always a good idea.  I love him, but damn.... we can get on each others' nerves in such tight quarters!  I also discovered on this trip that RV'ing (as they call it) just isn't for me.  I guess I'm more of a city girl who likes to dress chic & sip on cappuccinos.... I ADMIT IT.

Nonetheless, I decided to go because I thought it would be a good idea to experience the back roads, farms, fruit markets and the beautiful animals we don't see in the city.  I guess you could say, I wanted to be rugged for a bit.  On this trip, I realized I'm too much of a city-girl to go rugged more than 4 days. Our trip went for 9 days. Tooo long.

In the meanwhile, we also traveled with our 7 1/2 month old son.  He wasn't a handful, he was ACTUALLY two.  We had to make stops every time he was to be fed & changed. To be fair, he has a good temperament and isn't a huge crybaby but he certainly got irritated being in the car seat too long.  Car seats are wonderful & horrible at the same time, right?  Because he's still under 2 yrs old,  he has to face towards the back of the vehicle, so he doesn't get to see much out the window. Like a friend told me recently, when you take kids with you, it's no longer a vacation but a trip.  Don't get me wrong, I thank God for the time off, but hoping for a vacation next time.

All in all, the sights I saw were as beautiful as any movie & the places we visited were SUPER fun. I learned a few things along the way, if you decide to  travel in an RV + baby, it will require a few things:

  • patience
  • a good amount of baby clothes
  • if you're traveling in the cold, pack warm attire
  • Organic baby food to-go like Ella's Kitchen or Happy Baby
  • portable baby tub like Puj - that folds & hangs to dry easily
  • a comfy car seat that is easy to remove like the nuna PIPA
  •  Pre-fill bottles with water or pedialyte to carry around if you're child is thirsty
  •  Do not plan too much, because trust me, most of the trip will be spontaneous and you may be disappointed. 
  • have lots of possible destinations as back ups, in case plan A fails.
  • download cartoons or kids learning videos on an ipad or whatever for your child to watch during his/her traveling time in the car seat. 
  • always charge phones, iPad, etc. 
  • With an RV it's better to opt for plastic dinnerware because renting the ceramic dishes etc. like we did, wasn't a good idea. Why? because with every bump all you could hear are dishes & I was fearing the cabinets opening. Although the dishes are in a safety box, still...it was annoying for the baby to hear as he slept.
  • bring plenty of bottled water for everyone - which baby can also drink from. 
  • Forget bringing your entire wardrobe. Almost all RV parks have laundry & while you are there you can do a quick load. 
  • if it's cold, I'd suggest bringing a small portable heater. You never know when you may need it.
  • stay organized, put things in specific places so you don't spend most of your trip wondering where you're shoes are etc. 
  • Do not overeat. Not for anything but... being on the road too long with a baby you will be sitting around a lot. The kitchen should be used to cook meals. We used it almost every single night. 
  • We decided to cover the cloth RV seats with towels we bought at a Walmart after i spilled some water on one section then sat down on it. Got up to discover i had a dark spot on my jeans from the dirt that collects on the RV cushions. Gross. So, cover those things up! This is perfect when you have to place some baby items on the seats. 
  • Use the main RV bed as the baby changing station. But make sure to never leave your infant alone!

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Lenny Kravitz for CB2

If you haven't heard.....Rockstar, Lenny Kravitz is now a designer & has teamed up with CB2 to launch a super chic home collection! Exciting! I've been waiting for this & have to say this collaboration was a great idea on CB2's part.  I mean, I've been dying to see more edgy & brassy-gold elements & BAM.... it's Lenny's new stuff!! -   I gathered some of my faves like this amazing Rake Brass chair designed with Lenny & this
Icelandic Sheepskin stool with gold legs (not from his collection but, OMG!)  

If this collection doesn't give your home a CHIC & edgy feel, I don't know what will. I DEF have to visit CB2 as son as we get back from our vacation! 

I should be updating mostly on my instagram from our vacation, have a great weekend!

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Hey everyone! I'm still here...but been busier these days on my instagram to tell you the truth. Ha! Anyway,  I found this cute California based company I wanted to share. It's called Lux Eros.

LUX / EROS is a lifestyle brand & design studio by creative consultant Desanka N. Fasiska. They create handmade ceramics and textiles for the home. The ceramics are so interesting & chic looking, reminds me a bit of the Kelly Wearstler home stuff.  These are chunky & unique pieces, I bet they would definitely strike up a conversation at any dinner gathering don't you think?  My favorite piece from her collection is the Golden Kiss Vessel.  

What's yours?

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