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Falling for Autumn

The crisp in the air, the spotted gourds, the harvest pumpkins, the flint corn and the bales of hay: things I love about the final quarter of the year. In the northeast, especially in New York, we feel the four seasons quite distinctly. Although I might be pretty isolated from expansive farmland, we Brooklynites still feel the harvest season in special ways.

Pernille Folcarelli Unika Hand Prints of leaves, feathers and herbs

Pernille Folcarelli’s Unika Hand Leaf Prints

The sunday farmer’s market carries arugula, apples, chard, chestnuts and Crispin apples (my husband’s favorite – juicy and tart). Sweater weather also brings the best layering fashions. I am a sucker for heavy-knits. Finally, the leaves! In Carroll Gardens, I happen to be pretty close to some of the trees planted in the Million Trees Project, a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. The foliage on my street is astounding! I also happen to have a 70 year old dogwood tree in my backyard.

Pernille Folcarelli Unika Hand Prints of leaves, feathers and herbs

Pernille Folcarelli’s Unika Hand Leaf Prints

The various shades of the deciduous trees and shrubs on my walk to work range from fire-engine reds, to a crimson brick, to cornmeal yellow, sunset oranges, tyrian purple, and worn-leather brown. The tones are inspiring.

Harvest Season, Autumn Decor and Fashion via The Walkup blog

  1. Leaf Print Shirt by Christophe Lemaire 
  2. Falling Leaves Necklace by J.Crew 
  3. Special Fit Harvest Sunglasses in Crazy Tort by Karen Walker 
  4. Frappa Pillow by Crate and Barrel 
  5. Votive Set in Dark Rum, Vetiver and Tobacco by Malin + Goetz
  6. Leaf Suede Chukka Boot 69 CA in Ruby Wine by Vans 
  7. Fall for Autumn hat by Wooden Ships
  8. Pearl Branch Earrings by Shaun Leane 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

Botanists and scientist know a lot about this yearly phenomenon. As the trees are ridding themselves of chlorophyll and reabsorbing it along with other nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous to store them for the winter, they also suddenly begin to expend energy creating anthocyanin. Chlorophyll normally masks the yellow pigments known as xanthophylls and the orange pigments called carotenoids — both visible when the green chlorophyll is gone.  We understand the chemical changes of the colors, but plenty of questions still remain to as to ‘why’.

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The Olympics: Sochi 2014

The Olympics always inspire me: humans pushing themselves to the limit in search of fulfillment, pride, glory, and their countries. Sometimes the stories are based on sheer determination, other times, in honor of siblings, in determination to represent friends, as a way to pay homage to their nations. Whatever the case may be, the humans who partake in the feats are extraordinary – often sacrificing normal lives in pursuit of a singular goal.

Vintage Olympic Travel Bag from the SixtiesThis bag  has great graphics of past Olympics host cities, listing them with their respective country flags from 1936 – 1968, though it is interesting to note that the Berlin flag stands in for the 1936 era German flag…

I still replay moments from the Beijing Opening ceremony (that perfect unison), Michael Phelps swimming, Nastia Liukin medal haul, the dream team, Misti and Kerri on the sand, Kerry Strugs landing, and Jesse Owen’s statement on civil rights. The Olympics represent a microcosm of the human spirit.

Team USA by Ralph LaurenPatches, sketches and other sources of inspiration for Ralph Lauren’s official Team USA Opening Ceremony Cardigan cover a design table at company headquarters.

Although I don’t think the USA was the best dressed at the Soshi 2014 Opening Ceremonies (did you see France’s Lacoste jackets? Mexico’s Cardigans? Spain’s Hats? Canada’s Hudson Pay Red Parkas? Sweden’s Leggings?)… I love my country and so let’s represent TEAM USA with the items below.

Inspired by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, featuring limited edition TShirts, Sunglasses, Nailpolish and more!

  • Sheriff & Cherry gives a nod to the Olympic rings on these 5-color aviator sunglasses.
  • An illustrated history of the winter games (beginning in Chamonix in 1924) and the athletes, featuring stunning photography in the National Geographic fashion, Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics.
  • Designed exclusively for our collection for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, these fingerless gloves are made in the USA by Ralph Lauren from warm wool and feature a knit historical American flag and “USA” knit in patriotic colors.
  • Inspired by the heart of a winner, this Limited Edition Olympic glitter nail polish is called Champion by Let it Glitter!
  • This beautiful coat hanger with leather and natural wood is signed and designed by Valérie Windeck – who modeled them after the olympic rings!
  • The Olympic Rings Necklace by Bubble Jewelry is made of %100 cotton thread. When you can’t win a medal, you might as well wear this around your neck.
  • Sadly, we cannot all be great athletes…that’s why this stainless steel flask for the “USA Olympic Drinking Team” is for you!
  • Part of Vivienne Westwood’s 2012 Olympic themed collection, in honor of London’s’ home games, a highly graphic Medal Print T-Shirt.  I know it’s technically British but we’re friends and our flags do have the same colors…

Go #TeamUSA!

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Be My Valentine

Although I have never been one for the color pink, and the “heart” is my least favorite, anatomically-incorrect, geometric shape…there still remains a soft spot in my calendar for the holiday of Saint Valentine.

A day to celebrate adoration, passion, affection, ardor and devotion. What’s not to “love”?

Hearts and Pink Lifestyle Items Inspired by Valentine's Day

Incredibly Awesome Gold Foil Valentine Cards, in a Set of 10.  // No one receives physical cards nowadays so your lover (or your friend) will love this note.  Shiny gold foil lettering looks beautiful on bold color stripes from red to coral. A fun and festive way to tell someone they are incredibly awesome!

Diptyque, Limited Edition Valentine Rosa Mundi Scented Candle. // The new Limited Edition Diptyque Rosa Mundi candle celebrates the complex, emotional alchemy of the rose as it blooms over time. A soothing, romantic and sparkling scent, rich with opulent notes of Black currant, Lychee, Damask Rose, Centifolia Rose and Honey.

Moschino Cheap & Chic, Heart Cashmere Jumper. // Full of character and charm the heart cashmere sweater is utterly irresistible. Super soft to the touch it is a versatile piece that can be worn with pencil skirts or trousers alike. Dove grey cuffs sit perfectly as a contrast to the candy pink base as the white heart motif takes centre stage.

Dogeared, Heart Ring. // The American jewelry label works within a happy Karma culture to create beautiful, individual pieces “in the spirit of love, kindness and consciousness”. The 100% Silver ring is Made in California from gold-dipped sterling silver. This open heart ring is a sweet and simple style staple. Love looks good on you!

Love Poems (New Directions Paperbook) by Pablo Neruda. // Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or just to say “I love you!” Neruda’s love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner’s oeuvre.

Bisou Heart Sunglasses. // These fifties style sunnies always remind me of Lolita, which is to say that they ooze youth and sexuality.

Ciaté Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish and Effects in Mineral Love and Access All Areas. //  Bringing you the best of the best from Ciaté London in super cute bite-size minis, mix and match to create your own bespoke nail look. Sparkly soft pink with gold or a matte coral orange will make you feel feminine, even unshowered.

Tarte Cheek Stain. // A natural-looking, award-winning cheek stain that imparts a just-pinched look. Tarte’s iconic flush cheek stain is the first product that Maureen launched from the brand out of her one-bedroom New York City apartment. Now, almost 15 years later, the Tarte team introduced a new color, True Love, a sheer watermelon. 

Gorjana, XOXO Bracelet. // If you can’t say it with a card, or even utter the phrase aloud, why not say it with 18 karat gold-plating? Keep the message simple and concise with a cut-out of hugs and kisses ala the alphabet.

Valentine's Ombre Love Party Decor by MintedValentine's Ombre Love Party Decor from Minted

“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.” ― Pablo Neruda