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A very motley mix to kick off 2017. But you don't mind, do you?

loeffler randall ALESSA PLATFORM SANDAL

Hi there and happy 2017! I hope you don’t mind that I took last week to settle back into the work flow. The year is already off to a fast and furious pace in the studio, but I’m kinda digging it. Thought I’d pop in to share some recent loves in my own life, and a couple things I’ve been eyeing.

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MY CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU

Among other things, my grandmother gifted me a few different serving bowls and platters from Crate & Barrel this year. She knew I’d been wanting larger pieces for dinner parties, buffets, that type of thing! Anyway, she got me the small and medium version of the Mallorca serving bowl, and I have to sing their praises. I like entertaining pieces that are super versatile, and these fit the bill — simple white, with a small amount of detail on the edge (that feels interesting, but not over the top, and like it’ll be in style in another 10 years). Both bowls are shallow enough to do double duty as a platter (I used one as a crudité platter, and nested a bowl of hummus in it alongside other veggies), but are deep enough that you can easily pile up pasta, potato salad, or items off a grill (barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, that type of thing). They’ve really amazed me with their versatility, and given that the small is $25 and the medium is $35…well, if you’re in need of some good serving pieces, these are the ticket. Trust.

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Top image via Loeffler Randall (shoes here, too).

VMS Digest: Vol. V

The stories, articles, and links I loved this month.

Here it is, my last Digest of the year! I made it extra long for a long (New Year’s!) weekend. Read on for my fave articles, sales, and news of the moment.

must reads

A MARRIAGE AS MODERN AS IT IS OLD FASHIONED // I loved this piece on the relationship and dynamics between Ina and Jeffrey Garten, on the heels of her latest cookbook.

SXSW X ATX // I grew up in Austin, but haven’t lived there since the early aughts. Since that time, South by Southwest has grown into something very different — and it was interesting to read about the challenges and changes Austin’s experiencing because of it.

HOW TO RAISE A CREATIVE CHILD // Leave them alone, apparently.

BEHIND L’APPARTEMENT // I loved this behind the scenes tour of Sézane founder Morgane Sézalory’s Paris apartment.

DRINKING FOR THE RIGHT REASONS // OMG, The Bachelor partnered with winemakers to make Bachelor and Bachelorette themed wines. They’re under $16 each. Watch NY Mag writers and a NY somm taste them. Surprised?

A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY // I was smitten with this gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard home tour. The older I get, the more I just want to live in the countryside with peace and quiet in a place like this! View more

2016: In Review

I was looking back through the last 12 months of my calendar yesterday morning, and was astounded. It’s strange seeing things that happened in February or March and feeling like it was just a month or two ago! In other words: y’all, this year really flew. It seems like a lot of us are happy to see the end of 2016, and I’m in the same boat albeit with mixed feelings. In life, there’s always good with the bad and I truly believe that the rough times are all part of the journey. So even as I look ahead, there’s something to be said for looking back, too.

Have you been reflecting on your 2016? Here are some of my highlights from the year, including a few anecdotes I don’t think I’ve shared with you:
 


january

We spent New Year’s weekend up in Napa with two good college friends. This was actually one of my favorite weekend trips of the year! I’m still talking about the Bloody Mary I had at Mustards on New Year’s morning — they used heirloom tomato juice and it was incredible. If you’re ever there for brunch, try it. On January 1, we posted up by the outdoor fireplace at Bottega for probably 3 to 4 hours in the afternoon, throwing logs on the fire when needed, ordering cocktails, and catching up. What a fun time! Also in Jan 2016: I started taking French lessons at a local school, and 1000% couldn’t hack it. It’s on my list to re-attempt this next year.

FROM THE BLOG: My 2016 goals. Hmm.

 

february

February passed in an easy haze — at least, according to my sparse looking calendar! Based on the books, I was working out a lot at Barry’s Bootcamp, busy with client meetings, and discovered a new salon here in SF via my friend Kate (I’ve been going to Spoke & Weal, for all you locals).

FROM THE BLOG: Documentaries I watched; Tips for working with a designer


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All images via my Instagram.