I walked into the house after a SoulCycle Spin Class on THANKSGIVING DAY with an ear to ear grin as I told the husband it was the best workout I’d ever had! Who works out on Thanksgiving morning? Apparently, I do.
Truth be told, I had no interest in going for a work out, after having a smidge too much fun with family in New York City the night before… but my sister (always the motivator) had me out the door before I could gather my thoughts to protest.
The full body cycling workout combines good branding, great service and a perfect ambiance to make it an A-list workout stop in Manhattan & Los Angeles (and hopefully beyond soon). Think lit candles during your spin and every room is sanitized, aired out and prepped before the next guests arrive for class.
Oh, and did I mention the seriously buff instructor? I swear he might have been a dance choreographer for Brittney Spears back in the day with his bad a$$ moves on the bike.
Go! This was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Also, it made the Turkey Dinner guilt free.
My family is heading to New York for the Thanksgiving Holiday but I still wanted to do a little “turkey something” at home before we left. I was literally trying to figure out how I was going to have time to pull together a pre-thanksgiving celebration when I got an email from my friends at Whole Foods about their 2012 Holiday menu. Think roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, traditional pumpkin pie, spiral cut honeyed ham or even a Goose… or a Vegan dinner… they do it all!
And I love that they use natural Diestel turkey which is raised right here in Sonora, CA by one of the last family owned and operated turkey ranches.
So even if you’re not heading out of town, you might want to jump online and order your Holiday Menu from Whole Foods. It’s always my “go to” for holiday celebrations.
I had a serendipitous meeting with Una Malan while we were standing together in the Montecito, California sunshine next to some old avocado trees. We both happened to be waiting for the trolley to return us from our press tour of the Santa Barbara Design House. The trolley seemed to take forever (which worked out perfectly because I had the pleasure of meeting Una!)
Una is strikingly beautiful, stylish and living a splendid life. She recently launched a beautiful new clothing brand that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I hope you enjoy learning more about this “girl to know.”
Okay, you were born and raised in England but you seem completely at home in California. Tell me your story. What brought you to the States?
It’s such a cliché, but it really was the sunshine! I adore London and it’s such an inspirational city (especially for fashion), but I love the outdoors – horse riding, hiking with my dog, playing tennis – and the lifestyle just suits me so well here.
You have a background in Interior Design. How did fashion design find you?
I have always been passionate (obsessed really) with beautiful fabrics and would often create a whole interior around something that I was dying to use. I love to play with billowing pieces of sinuous silk to see how it falls and flows, so it seemed perfectly natural for me to want to be dressed in them too.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love simplicity and elegance mixed with interesting accessories that bring in the character of your current mood. I am also intensely focused on being comfortable – I can’t bear to feel constricted (I think that applies generally to my view of life) – so all of my designs offer the balance of sophisticated comfort.
A smidge obsessed with your Vireo Silk Dress. Tell me the inspiration for the design.
Thank you! All of my designs come from a starting point of versatility, so you truly can take them anywhere in the world. Often I start by draping fabric and then starting to sketch. Some go directly from my mind onto paper, and some morph during the process into several variations until I feel I have the right balance. But my inspiration comes from everywhere – nature, jewelry, music, dance… I’m a Scorpio, so I feel everything passionately and I think that translates into wanting to design pieces that make women look and feel beautiful, but most importantly, she won’t be restricted from living and embracing her life.
1 essential item to pack for a sun vacation?
Lancaster Sun Deepener. There is no other product on the market like it – it smells heavenly and lasts forever.
Where should we stay in London?
When I’m visiting, I love staying at Claridge’s. It’s in the heart of Mayfair, so everything is easily accessible – world class shopping, restaurants, theatre, galleries, walks in Hyde Park. The old world charm, history and great service really appeal to me.
My absolute favorite weekend getaway is the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito. I’m madly in love with the cottages and the fresh, local food prepared perfectly in the restaurants.
I love the practicality of coffee table books and have been using them more and more for my interior design installations. In addition to breathtaking content, coffee table books often add an element of interest to a room in an affordable way. They also often provide a simple pop of color.
I find they work particularly great for families that want kid friendly rooms to look “complete” because they offer the added benefit of being unbreakable (other than a few crayon signatures from the kids, I suppose).
A friend of mine turned me onto Pose Prints the other day and I found myself creating my own look-alike caricatures for my entire family in no time. Pose Prints gives you a very simple step-by-step guide for creating holiday cards, notepads or even the casual wedding invitation that will not only reflect your personality but look like you!
What do you think of my caricature notepad? Such a fun company concept started by a mother/ daughter team.
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