Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About Art Basel

Art Basel Miami has become one of the biggest art events of the year. From world renowned galleries represented at top art fairs, exhibits, openings and parties - Art Basel is the place to see and be seen. Our favorite interior design gal Sarah Holland shares her experiences, while wearing designer pieces from Reverie:

Checking out Art Basel this year was so amazing - being there for a quick weekend, there was no time to spare! On Friday night, I attended the launch party at the Shore Club for Douglas Elliman's new luxury lifestyle publication Elevate Magazine

Wearing a Silk Star romper by Reverie. What great attention to detail! I love the gorgeous oversized Swarovski crystals on the drawstring and straps!

The Shore Club space was curated as a hidden garden art exhibit that continued into the bungalow room with a contemporary art exhibit created by Kipton Cronkite.

I also popped by Soho House, the design of this outdoor scene is so unique and has perfect beach vibes.

Soho House Miami
On Saturday I had fun checking out the DesignMiami exhibit - a global forum that features galleries, designers and curators. DesignMiami features a unique synergy of art, furniture and design from the top art community.

After DesignMiami - I was sure to stroll through the Miami Botanical gardens that featured an outdoor installation by Moroso, an iconic Italian furniture manufacturer. I wore a colorful Silk printed Top from Reverie Resort 2015 collection.

It was so nice seeing my dearest friend Melissa Fornabia, a local South Beach Holistic specialist. I love Melissa’s B12 injections - her unique vitamin complex keeps you energized and your skin looking amazing! Check her out at Holistic Medicine by M 

We had a fabulous time at the Cavalli Restaurant, followed by an event at the upstairs club. Love the design and cuisine at Cavalli Club Miami - and everyone there is so wonderful!

Moschino at Alchemist Miami
On Sunday, I soaked up what was left of Art Basel by stopping at the edgy fashion boutique Alchemist - which featured furniture by Moroso and Moschino and all the latest and greatest collections from around the world.

I stopped by Coltorti, a really amazing boutique that featured European high fashion pieces. Fashion photography capsule exhibit "Under My Skin" for Art Basel of Sogni Lucidi by Italian Photographer Lucia Giacani

A special thank you to Reverie, love your pieces Ronit!
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- Until next time Melange Mode XO XO Sarah Holland

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Cool Kids

The holidays are coming up fast, so it's time to buy some gifts! We selected a few sweet finds that any cool girl would want.

First, we have a fun everyday scarf, a personal favorite of ours, or a not-so-everyday snood:

Fluffy Star Scarf by Scotch and Soda, Sequin Snood by Haute Hippie.

Don't leave home without a Reverie clutch!

When you leave home with your Reverie clutch, pair it with some sweet blue suede shoes from Freda Salvador, complete with detachable ankle bracelets! Another great gift for a special someone!

At this point, it's officially sweater weather. We love the Maraz sweater from Allsaints.

The M.Dot Design Studio's Mau Angle lobe cuff makes an awesome stocking stuffer!

We also found some great gifts for the cool home...

The Pyro Pet is sure to grab attention, this Icelandic cat candle won the "Best Product" award at the NY International Gift Fair. Light the candle, and the cat slowly burns down to a creepy skeleton.
The only thing is it's so cute you may not want to let it burn!

Lastly, this longneck dinosaur planter is a prefect gift for a quirky home. If you are the crafty type or you don't have so much cash to burn, and you still have your childhood plastic dinosaurs you can make them yourself too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Secret Garden

Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages. 
We instantly fell for these incredibly detailed terrariums, all from Shu's Flower shop on Mulberry Street in Nolita, NYC. Each piece created in the shop contains a world of its own and tells a unique story. You can choose from ready made pieces in the store or they can also create custom-made arrangements. 

We love the variety of shapes and sizes of each glass container, some even locally hand crafted and completely one of a kind. If you are in the mood for something more hands on, there is also a DIY version by Twig.  This complete kit includes all the materials for making your own creation, spotted at Wave Hill, a beautiful Garden and Cultural Center located off the Hudson River, perfect for a stroll through the gardens for a little inspiration. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Meet the Makers & Shakers @ Young & Able Pop-Up Shop

We were so excited when one of our favorite online shops, Young & Able opened a Holiday pop-up shop in downtown Manhattan. Check out the coolest emerging designers and independent makers and we love reading about each designer and sharing their stories. The shop is also hosting great events, installations and workshops, so you can meet the designers in person. Here are some of our favorites finds, but hurry - the pop up shop will close its door December 21! 

Shades of Grey
We love these geometric minimalist wall hangings, 
one of a kind made in Chicago

Demetria Chappo Ceramics
Brooklyn-based hand-built and wheel thrown porcelain
We love the etched graphic eye motifs!

The Greater Goods
Hand made ingredients like Dead Sea Salt and activated Charcoal, 
these soaps are raw and cool-looking - we love The Sea and Lavender

Cuero & Mor
Fine leather + clean lines = chic backpack

Andrea Bocchio Jewelry
Bold statement jewelry made by Peruvian designer, 
using alpaca fibers and handmade in New York 

Abby Carnevale Jewelry
Vintage inspired, all pieces are handmade by the 
designer using locally sourced materials

BTW Ceramics
Made in Brooklyn, minimal ceramics with a 
sense of playful elegance 

Great gift set ideas!

Bar Soap
Natural soaps, good for you skin and the Triangle shape 
gives you a better grip in the shower

Minimal & modern, 
silversmith jewelry taken to the next level

BTW Ceramics
Made in Brooklyn, minimal ceramics with a 
sense of playful elegance 

Toy Syndrome
Clothing with a sense of humor, these hand dyed tops are 
embroidered with toy appliqu├ęs 

Andrea Bocchio Jewelry
Bold statement jewelry made by Peruvian designer, 
using alpaca fibers and handmade in New York 

J Beebe Shoes
Comfortable, Minimal, Bohemian and Chic, whats not to love!

Shades of Grey
We love these geometric minimalist wall hangings, 
one of a kind made in Chicago

Owen & Fred 
Made in USA, Vegan, 
Nothing better than an old fashioned bar of Soap

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

All the Pretty Horses

We love it when art meets awareness.
Two beautiful, meaningful roads intersecting.

UNWANTED PROJECT connects people through photography and goods to raise awareness about the rescue of American horses from abuse by the racing and horse show industries, meat producers and even pharmaceutical organizations. A percentage of sales is donated to rescues like Cracker Box Palace Animal Haven in Alton, NY.

Stunning limited edition prints document 'unwanted' horses, capturing the beauty and spirit of these incredible animals. The stories and rescues are moving and the imagery of these gentle creatures is full of light, heart and soul.
We especially love these silk scarves by pAra - printed images of rescued horses on textured Chiffon, which are perfect as a sarong for the beach or around your neck for Fall. Each purchase feeds a rescued horse for 2 weeks.
All images by Unwanted Project

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Day of Shopping in Austin, Texas

On a beautiful Fall day we decided to check out some shops in Austin. While there aren't many mainstream clothing stores in town, Austin has unique, independently owned boutiques and terrific vintage stores. After a leisurely brunch at the Elizabeth Street Cafe we headed over to Friends & Neighbors, a fantastic concept shop which opened earlier this year.

Jill at Friends & Neighbors

Co-owner Jill Bradshaw, whom I knew from working in trend forecasting in NYC, has incredible style so I was excited to check out Friends & Neighbors!

This charming boutique is a collaboration that brings together tastemakers in fashion, food, art, and design. Jill started Friends & Neighbors along with Greg Mathews and Jade Place Mathews of Austin’s Hillside Farmacy and Brooklyn’s El Diablo Tacos at Union Pool. The store is set in a historic east Austin home where guests can shop, hang out, and meet friends for coffee or a glass of wine. 

The merchandise is a mix of vintage, emerging designers and established brands, unique to the Austin area. The store is laid out as if it was someone's home, with a number of rooms, each with different themes. The living room features vintage clothing, along with jewelry, accessories and home goods, and the bathroom showcases soap, beauty, products, and linens. The bedroom has a boudoir feel, with bold colors and patterns and fun lingerie.

The kitchen carries Stumptown coffee and a curated mix of artisanal snacks, wines, beers, and juices for enjoying in the cozy backyard or to take to go. 

These fabulous hand painted platforms were a great find!

They recently added a children's room, with kids' clothes that match the funky aesthetic of the shop. We loved the leopard sweatshirt! Another thing I really love about Friends & Neighbors is how they offer an onsite tailor to get the perfect fit with their vintage clothes!

A colorful outfit at Feathers

After Friends & Neighbors, we stopped by a classic Austin vintage store - Feathers, which has been an Austin favorite since they opened in 2005.

Feathers is beautifully merchandised, with everything laid out in bold, color coordinated sections - making it easy to find a perfect vintage piece. They also carry an array of artisan jewelry.

Peggy searching for treasures at Feathers

Our last stop was to a one-day pop up shop called Feliz, held at the Palm Door event space. The packed event featured a select group of independent artists and designers. 

One of our favorites was Christy Curcuru's collection called Growing. She makes some incredible, intricate beaded necklaces. 

Colorful and playful necklaces from Growing

Teresa Robinson's Tiro Tiro jewelry line was another highlight! Inspired by traditional craft practices, Teresa's work is simple yet refined. 

Tiro Tiro's designs

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