kandinsky: a retrospective exhibition

The weekend before last, I was delighted to have the opportunity to catch an exhibition on one of my favorite artists Wassily Kandinsky. The exhibition is entitled Kandinsky: A Retrospective and it is currently on display at The Frist Center for the Arts in Nashville, TN. It runs through January 4, 2015. Here is an excerpt of information on the exhibit from the center's website:

Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Wassily Kandinsky is often credited with creating the first purely non-objective painting. Featuring more than 100 paintings, watercolors, drawings and a reconstituted mural, Kandinsky celebrates some of the most significant aspects of the artist’s oeuvre. Beginning with his early paintings influenced by symbolists such as Edvard Munch, Russian folk painting and Fauvism, the exhibition also includes works the artist created while part of the Munich-based group, der Blaue Reiter, which greatly influenced Kandinsky’s stylistic shift toward pure abstraction. The exhibition also surveys Kandinsky’s work during his time in Russia through World War I and after the October Revolution, the time he spent at the Bauhaus in Germany, and concludes with late works he created in Paris.
Drawing extensively from the collection of Kandinsky’s works from Paris’s Centre Pompidou, which were donated by Kandinsky’s widow, the exhibition will also feature  an additional selection of works by other der Blaue Reiter artists from the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, providing a context through which viewers can appreciate Kandinsky’s significance.

The show was fantastic and exactly what I needed last weekend to inspire and invigorate me. I had not slept well the night before and thought about skipping it because I was tired, but I am glad I did not. It was stimulating and more energizing than caffeine. I was struck by how much his style evolved yet elements of his style remained faithful through his final works. Here is one of my favorite late works of Kandinsky entitled Reciprocal Accords

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Here is a work used for the advertising and imagery of the exhibition, entitled Yellow-Red-Blue

Be sure to check out the exhibition if you are in the Nashville area!

Celine campaign SS15

Wow, it is surprising how quickly a month can pass. Things have been rather busy, but I am glad to report that things are also well. We selected and moved to a new place quickly, and we are settling in. The new space is great with a picturesque view. We are working on outfitting the space in a simple, modern way, aligning with our aesthetics and does not detract from the setting. 

When I think of simple and modern aesthetics in fashion, I am reminded of the beauty and luxury of Celine. Daria Werbowy takes another turn starring in the advertising shot by Juergen Teller. She looks lovely, makeup free and fresh. The standout piece for me is the white, pebbled tote. It is a stunner. Here are the images. Enjoy and be back again soon!

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the sale(s): october

I don't know about you, but I get way too many shopping related emails. It is sometimes overwhelming to attend to them all, but I have this organizational need to keep my inbox tidy. So, I end up going through them, keeping interesting ones and discarding the others. In my most recent review, I noted a few interesting sales happening over the weekend - I guess it is kind of a holiday weekend with Columbus Day on Monday so it makes sense. Here is a list of what I found:

  • Steven Alan: 20% off select styles through Friday, October 10th. Use code OCT20
  • Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale styles and extra 40% off clearance styles through Monday, October 13th. Use code FALLSALE
  • Madewell: 30% off select styles through Monday, October 13th. Use code OHFALL.
  • Theory: Friends & Family sale, save 25% off through Monday, October 13th. Use code THEORYFF2014
  • Helmut Lang: Friends shop 25% off through Monday, October 13th. Use code HL25FW14
  • Barney's Warehouse: Extra 30% off select styles and extra 40% off clearance styles through Monday, October 13th
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off women's and men's styles and 40% off girls and boys styles through Sunday, October 12th
  • (Malin + Goetz): Free shipping through Monday, October 13th. Use code SOAP14

Happy shopping!

gamine shopping: steven alan

Steven Alan is a well-curated boutique filled with pieces that walk the line between classic and modern. It is a gamine style dream! The shop features a range of items including clothing, shoes, bags, and jewelry, from select designers including the in-house line. This is a place where you can go to get quality, everyday pieces with beautiful details, like an embroidered top or simple elegance, like a turquoise ring. It is this combination that speaks to gamine style: quality, every day, beautiful detail, and simple elegance. There are 20 boutiques in the US, a showroom run by Steven Alan, and the in-house line is sold in over 200 stores worldwide.

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These images are from the Boston outpost. The visual merchandising in the boutiques is brilliant! Whomever Steven Alan employs to do their visual merchandising excels at creating an airy, open concept. There is a light, spacious feel to the boutiques, and it is felt from these images. I am also biased to the image above because it features my beloved CV simple tote. It is practical yet luxurious, and it is striped! That was a great purchase and so gamine. 

 

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gamine style: the ballet flat, pt. 2

Ballet flats are a year round staple in many wardrobes. I love the ease of this look and the casual elegance that ballet flat brings to it. It would be perfect for a weekend day outing with friends, perhaps to brunch or shopping. As the weather chills, you could change it up a bit with dark tights and ankle boots, like the model. You could also add a navy pea coat for extra warmth. 

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dress | lipstick | earrings | nail polish | clutch | ballet flats

What I love about the particular ballet flats shown above is that they remind me of my first pair of ballet flats that I got with my mother during a visit to see family in France. I remember being fascinated by the little heel, comforted by the smooth, supple leather, and delighted by the resemblance to my ballet slippers. I wore them with everything! It goes to show that a classic never goes out of style. 

winona forever

Rag & bone shot their FW15 campaign with Winona Ryder in Coney Island, NY. I love the candid shots and, it turns out, that the campaign was shot this way on purpose - allowing Winona to behave as she naturally would. The images have that cool, urban feel that reminds me of rag & bone and Winona looks beautiful. Winona forever, pretty much sums it up. 

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The FW2014 runway show featured a few stand out pieces that were embroidered with the names of the models who wore them on the catwalk. These are the items of the season from the rag & bone show. 

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For the remainder of the month of September, select rag & bone boutiques will be offering customization of the pieces seen on the runway plus a hoodie they added to the line up. You can get more information on getting an item customized here

on gratitude

As I contemplated the chances of my dream color not coming true, I reflected on what I could take from this exercise, if not a win. The voting process was intense, so it was a real possibility. The thing that I arrived at was gratitude. It all clicked. Even if I did not win, the voting process showed me that I had the support of many people. I was floored by how many people showed up for me. I was genuinely touched by the outpour of positivity, well wishes, and desire to assist me to reach my goal. It was and is inspiring. 

I am thrilled to say that we did it! My dream color will be made in collaboration with Rescue Beauty Lounge for The Fan Collection 3.0 along with six other sure to be beautiful colors. There is no way that it all could have happened without all the people who rallied for me. I am filled with gratitude, and I will cherish this feeling. Many thanks to everyone for their support!

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Revisit my color inspiration here

my dream nail polish

This morning I was thrilled to discover that my submission for the Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 3 was selected as a finalist! I recall my reaction as jumping up, yelling out YAY! So proceeding to jump around my kitchen. I have been a fan of Rescue Beauty Lounge, Ji Baek, and her beautiful polish creations for years - dating back to my trips to the lounge and falling hard for Grunge

Ji now focuses her time strictly on color mixing and has a loyal fan base, called ReBeLs. Isn't that a fun name! In her color mixing, she has taken on helping to make some lucky ReBeLs' polish vision come true via a series of fan collections. In each collection, Ji and her team accept submissions and sort through them to select finalists. Once finalists are selected, they are announced via her blog and social media platforms. Then voting begins. After the vote, the submissions with the most votes are made for distribution on the Rescue Beauty Lounge site. 

The Fan Collection 3 has 14 finalists; I am finalist #3. Per Ji's blog post "the 48-hour voting event on Monday 9/15th and it will end Wednesday 9/17th noon ESTEach ip address is eligible for one vote ... the top six winning colors will be produced." 

Here is my inspiration board for my color submission. Its working name is Tarocco. The description is as follows: 

The color I crave is a juicy jelly a la Starfish Patrick with a bright burgundy base. It is luminous like Poco a Poco, illuminated by a soft, peached pink glow and subtle flashes of orange. The color is vibrant, bold, and spirited. At once bright and sparkling and mysterious and dark. 


I cannot express how honored I am to be selected as a finalist to have my dream nail polish created by Ji and, if I am lucky, it just may happen! Read more about the other finalists here