ONE: Artesano Tucan HAT
THREE: Supergoop Sunless Tan
I’ve been day dreaming of a European vacation and the Hotel Cort has me ready to book my trip to Spain…
Located on the island of Mallorca, in the town of Palma, The Cort is a little boutique hotel recently renovated to pure perfection by award winning Spanish designer, Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Residing in a former bank building, the hotel is drenched in color, bathed in marble, and has hand painted tiles for the floors and private terraces. Each of the 14 suites appears to be designed a bit differently creating a truly custom vibe for guests.
If you don’t go for the well appointed interiors, go for the lobby ceviche and oyster bar, loads of local wine options, perfect sunny climate and people watching…
The color was a mellow blue/ gray… as the late afternoon turned into evening, it turned into a wonderful soft, quiet gray.
I could go on and on about all the reasons I adore Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s been a safe and happy escape for me for more years than I can count at this point. My family spent 2.5 weeks there this winter and it was heaven, as always. Just in case you’re planning on escaping California’s horrible ski conditions and heading to some real ski know, here are a few places to hit in town…
The vibe is unreal. Warm, supportive, happy and always welcoming (even to us wannabe locals that float in and out of town when our kids have school breaks). Owner, Danielle Fuller could not be cooler and if you’re up for a complete challenge, but are in need of a mental rejuvenation, instructor Beth Stuart is your girl for a powerful glow.
My Australian brother-in-law noted this was the best Thai food he has had since moving to the states. And he is right. We all crave it when we’re not in town. Their secret is simple – fresh, perfect ingredients. When they run out, they close for the night.
There is nothing more quintessential “winter” than a sleigh ride in the snow. My entire family loved the cozy ride through white fields of snow to the warm, quaint trail creek cabinet for dinner. Hurry, the last ride of the season is Feb 21st.
As a side note…
I can’t wait for the classic Sun Valley Lodge to reopen this summer. Word is the interiors will still feel classic Sun Valley, just freshened. The spa is the new amazing upgrade I’m most looking forward to checking out.
Awesome weekend of work + fun in Santa Monica.
Stayed at the chic Palihouse Hotel just a few blocks from the heart of everything: 3rd Street Promenade shopping, a plethora of yoga, pilates and spin studios + great eats. Palihouse’s chic interiors and amazing coffee bar made up for the fact that they don’t sell cocktails. Ratings before I booked said the service was horrible. I found everyone to be overwhelmingly friendly… just maybe a bit short staffed.
Sugar Fish is no secret to LA Locals for a “roll free” sushi experience. The wait was about 45 minutes but they graciously brought us drinks while we people watched and chatted with the locals. Impeccable, creative presentation and the freshness was on par with sushi I’ve eaten in Hawaii and Cabo.
Shopped along Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd. Potentially the birthplace of “So Cal hipster cool” with everything to offer from top notch food and drinks to amazing Interior Design shops and original clothing boutiques. Loved the Australian Bohemian vibe of Flannel and stopped by Aviator Nation for some made-in-California surf sweatshirts for my kids.
What a treat to check out the new Serena & Lily store on our beloved Sacramento Street in San Francisco yesterday!
Sacramento Street is a great “local” shopping district that I wrote about last year as a guest over at Confessions of a Design Geek. Serena & Lily’s first West Coast brick & mortar store is the perfect addition to this corner of the city where boutiques and cafes line the street.
The store will focus on clients who want to peek at products before making online purchases. They graciously welcome interior designers and their clients for a true design studio experience. With a plethora of innovative ways to display their colorful wallpapers, perfectly patterned prints and occasional furniture, the team truly seemed to think of it all. This includes a Living Room for designers to enjoy during client meetings which hosts an impressive gallery of rotating one-of-a-kind art you can pluck off the wall for your own home or for a client.
And, still true to their roots as a company founded in 2003 as a nursery furniture and bedding only venture… they had a sophisticated baby nursery on display, anchored by a new addition to their wallpaper pattern called Herringbone Wallpaper in Fog which I’m REALLY loving.
It’s always a pleasure working and spending time with “team” Serena & Lily. Special thanks to our host and friend, Lydia Cullen, for the gracious tour of the space.
As promised last Friday we’re chatting with the founders/designers of SIX1FIVE and giving away one of my favorite pieces from their collection – an edgy, cozy classic sweatshirt perfect for just about any casual, yet chic, occasion.
I was intrigued with the Cissy Jones and Emily Cook business model and their ability to spring-up a brand that has so quickly caught a cult following. Cissy and Emily dwell in Dallas, Texas. I hope you enjoy my chat with the girls.
1 winner will be announced on cecyj.com next Monday, November 25th, 2013.
How did you dream up Shop SIX1FIVE?
SIX1FIVE WAS CONCEIVED BY EMILY OVER A CHAMPAGNE LUNCH WHILE ON VACATION WITH TWO BEST FRIENDS IN VAIL,COLORADO. ON THE WAY BACK TO DALLAS, EMILY IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED CISSY, A GREAT FRIEND AND TALENTED DESIGNER. CISSY RAN WITH THE IDEA AND EXPANDED IT INTO THE CREATIVE AND COHESIVE LINE IT IS TODAY. SINCE THE PAIR WERE BOTH BORN IN NOVEMBER, THE SCORPIOS DECIDED TO HAVE FUN WITH THEIR BIRTH DATES. NOVEMBER 6+15 TO MAKE THE LABELS NAME SIX1FIVE.
Advice for women starting their own company?
GO FOR IT AND STICK WITH IT. THERE ARE A LOT OF BUMPS IN THE ROAD, BUT YOU MUST PERSEVERE. RECOGNIZE YOUR TALENTS AND USE THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. BE MORE AWARE OF YOUR WEAKNESSES AND FIND A WAY TO CONQUER THEM.
Where is the clothing made? How and where do you source the materials from?
ALL PRODUCTION IS LOCAL IN DALLAS. WE LOVE SUPPORTING OUR CITY AND BEING ABLE TO BE HANDS ON IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE. OUR MATERIALS COME FROM ITALY AND CALIFORNIA AND CISSY SELECTS THE VINTAGE FABRICS THAT LINE THE BAGS AND BLAZERS FROM LOCAL VINTAGE SHOPS
City you visit for inspiration?
Fashion blog we should be following?
Where can we buy the SIX1FIVE line?
ON-LINE AND AT TRUNK SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY. CHECK OUT SIX1FIVE.COM FOR DETAILS AND TO SHOP THE COLLECTION
Ordering… this book is headed straight for my coffee table…
A friend of mine, who also happens to have a terrific Public Relations firm in San Francisco was filling me in on one of her new clients. I immediately asked if I could interview the founder, Diana Vincent for a blog post about her recently launched High Camp Home. What started as a brick and mortar boutique and premier design firm in historical downtown Truckee, California, in the Tahoe area has stretched its wings into a fabulous e-commerce site. High Camp Home makes sprucing-up the ski cabin an incredibly easy task!
High Camp Home is cholk-full of all the chic rustic lifestyle essentials including furniture, lighting, accessories rugs and seasonal decor. My favorite detail over at High Camp Home is the local artists work available for purchase, making it easy to find the finishing touches for decorating with a relaxed, yet polished vibe.
With the leaves starting to fall and the wind blowing outside just about every item over at High Camp Home is on my “must have” list for fall and winter
A few of my absolute favorites…
We are so thrilled for the month of October Cecy J readers can get 15% off on all items, just enter the code RUSTICALLY at check out.
I hope you enjoy the interview with Diana Vincent and a peek at one of her Tahoe area interior design projects that is a true inspiration for comfortable beautiful living. Not to mention… her fantastic travel tips for your next visit to the Lake Tahoe area.
Happy fall + winter shopping and a huge thanks to High Camp Home
1.) What is your signature style?
My signature style is sophisticated rustic design. No bears or moose allowed! I love combining texture with natural materials to create space that is warm and inviting but rustic and rugged enough to withstand the active lifestyles of my clientele and the harsh climates that surrounds most of the homes we work with.
2.) The perfect carpet brand/ line for a Tahoe cabin to withstand snow & ski boots?
In reality, the perfect carpet is really WOOD as it is durable and wears well.
3.) Go to paint color/ brand?
For a white paint that is warm and works well in most settings, Pratt and Lambert Milk White.
4.) Favorite, product you have in stock right now?
As it is fall, I love pulling out the blankets and throws and currently our store is filled with some wonderful throws that are not too heavy but have fabulous texture and rope like tassels. The Europa throw in camel is my favorite, although our Halloween Ghosts are seen walking down the street with customers visiting our store everyday, this time of year!
5.) The perfect stocking stuffer for Mom?
Pairing the Chalet Stripe Scarf with the Decorated Hoop Earrings is a great combination. Throw on a pair of Uggs, cozy sweater and jeans with this scarf and earrings and you are good to go anywhere in Tahoe!
6.) You are based in the in Tahoe area. Give us the scoop…
Where should we….
True Old Tahoe Ski Ambience – Cottonwood
Great Menu – Stella
For families – Northstar; for great skiing Squaw/Alpine always wins
I love going off old fire roads and hidden spots but for easy to find snowshoeing the meadow up at Mount Rose is really pretty
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