I live in such a cool neighborhood that is always inspiring me, so I recently decided to start illustrating my way around it. Here’s a piece I did featuring Niche, one of my most favorite stores. They sell beautiful plants and are a true urban gardening paradise.
I love fragrances, and I’m not sure what I love most about them – the bottles themselves or the liquids within them. I’ve been guilty of buying a perfume I didn’t love just to see the pretty bottle on my vanity.
When I was 10 years old, Santa left me a red-patent leather backpack under the tree. Inside was the tiniest bottle of Lancôme Trésor.
It was, no doubt, from a gift-with-purchase bag that I’m sure my mother had gotten when she bought her signature Mars lipstick. But it made no difference to me – I was immediately hooked, not on the scent exactly, but on the ritual of perfume: how the scent could evoke a mood, how the glass bottle was like jewelry for your vanity, how something so small and attainable could be so luxurious. I fell in love with not just the scents, but the bottles they came in. In fact, many of the scents I’ve bought over the years are because I loved the way the bottles looked. I’m positive that my passion for perfume is what helped pave my way to design school. Here are a few of my current favorite bottles, and scents:
Everything Tom Ford does is a lesson in luxury. His scents are gorgeous, especially the Private Blends collection.
D.S. & Durga is a new line. I haven’t tried their scents yet but I’m into their rustic and natural looking packaging.
While I’ve never owned this scent (it never worked for me) I’ve always been in love with the bottle. Such a clever design, and so beautiful as well.
Hermes doesn’t do wrong when it comes to design, and their perfumes bottles are no exception. I love them all, especially this new scent with its matte white top and heavy glass bottom.
Byredo has beautiful scents and beautifully minimal packaging. Leave it to the Swedish to create something so striking!
Jo Malone is another minimal-chic line, but the bottles have edges that make them look like cut crystal. So chic. I love Red Roses, especially how the liquid has a paler-than-pale blush hue.
Frederic Malle scents have such a sexy look. My favorite scent from this line is L’eau d’Hiver.
The Bond No. 9 ‘Scents of New York’ don’t actually smell like New York – that would be terrible. Instead they are artistic interpretations of many of the city’s famous places. I don’t love all the scents, but Chinatown is definitely a favorite. I love the unique shape of the bottles as well.
Prada Infusion d’Iris is my all-time favorite. I’ve been wearing it religiously for 4 years. And I love the clean, simple and striking bottle with it’s textured cap and slightly green-tinted liquid. I almost love the EDP frosted bottle better, but the parfum scent in the clear bottle is my go-to.
What are your favorite scents? Or bottles? Or both?
Courtney Rose and her husband Laren Fitzgerald are living my dream.
Originally from California, they moved to Kampala, Uganda after Laren’s travel for his work with a human rights group became overwhelming. From there, they’ve created Rose & Fitzgerald, a stunning line of hand-made artifacts by local artisans.
They also do a fair bit of traveling.
Beautiful company in a beautiful place. What I wouldn’t give to pack my bags and head back to Africa.
It may be rainy out, but at least it’s still spring. Good luck to all the Boston Marathon runners today!
Part of the reason I really wanted my studio space was that it came with a network of inspiring women with whom I really wanted to be connected. I felt that if I could physically put myself where all the action is, then my network would expand and my business would grow and, most importantly, I could learn from those all around me. And that’s exactly what’s happening. Last night, I attended a Design Salon event at Merida Rugs at the Boston Design Center. Design Salon is a group co-founded by the woman I rent my space from, Jill Rosenwald, and it is a monthly meet-up for women in the creative field. There is usually a speaker, someone who can tell you about their own business, how they got to where they are, how they plan to grow and what they’ve learned so far. Last night’s even was hosted by Catherine Connolly of Merida.
Our trip to Ireland was booked on such a whim that it didn’t even seem real – that is, until we were driving down an Irish highway in a manual hatchback on the left side of the road. That was very real. I can’t remember what it was that made us all say “Sure, let’s travel together. Internationally. For the first time.” But the trip was promptly booked and we went about our lives until we all met at the airport on a Friday night, bags packed, ready to go. However it happened, I’m glad it did. It led us to Killarney and the Dingle peninsula.
I’ve long talked about visiting Ireland, since out of all the nationalities that make up the background of my family, the Irish is the strongest one. While I don’t have any current family that lives there (that I know of), it is still the place where, for much of my family, life originated. So it made sense that I was traveling with family – my mother, my brother and his girlfriend, and John. I actually didn’t know much about Ireland, its history or geography, its language or customs. I’m a bit more informed now, but I’m also incredibly captivated. It is hands down one of the most beautiful, and haunting, places I have ever been.
We just returned from a week in Ireland, hence the silence here on the blog. It was a magical trip, in a lot of ways, so while I’m still processing the events and organizing the photos, here are a few snaps of this incredible country:
Ever wondered how two adults can live in a 600-square-foot apartment of a 150 year old townhouse? Let me show you.
During the Superbowl, I fell into the dark hole of Instagram after realizing the Pats were scoring while I was busy on my phone. So being the superstitious bunch we are, I continued to do that for about 4 hours. It worked – they won, and I found a whole new side of Instagram that I’m now addicted to. It’s already paid off, because I discovered Peter Combe.
photo © Peter Combe.
There is so much snow outside that I’ve actually lost my car. I only knew it was there when I accidentally hit the panic button on my keys and my little horn came squeaking back to life from under a snow bank that is level with the parlor floor of our building. This city is being buried alive. Naturally, I’ve been spending a lot of time indoors, mostly on Pinterest. Pinterest: For When Your Husband Is Watching Garbage on the SyFy Channel. While pinning exciting lamps and freestanding bathtubs, I came across this pin and it stopped me right in my pintracks:
A while back, I submitted some work to Minted.com, a major paper goods website, to see if, by chance, they liked me. Each year they have a huge wedding invitation competition; thousands of designs are created by people from all over the world. Having never entered an artistic competition before in my life, no less a large global one, I didn’t know what to expect and therefore was blissfully ignorant. I just designed what I liked and sent it off. In fact, I’ve never even designed invitations before – not even for my own wedding. Well imagine my surprise when I received an email over the weekend declaring that I was a winner!
John and I had a relatively quiet weekend freezing our behinds off here in Boston. We’re fighting off colds, again, and so we spent a lot of time parked in front of the TV where we rented “This Is Where I Leave You”. Despite the bad reviews, I actually really liked it – I laughed, I did cry a little bit but mostly my jaw was on the floor because of the house.
I loooovee a good movie house. Home Alone? Classic. Father of the Bride? A flippin’ dream. Mr. and Mrs. Smith? Oh my effing G. And let’s not forget about Something’s Gotta Give. So I was pretty hopeful when the movie got rolling and I realized the characters would be spending the remainder of the movie at home. More specifically, this home: