Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. I went to a really beautiful art show on Saturday (more on that below) but otherwise all I really did was work, chores, and watch Emily in Paris (more on that below, too!). Boring, but the art interlude in between was a definite highlight. It’s starting to get colder here in Brooklyn which makes me a little bit nervous… I’m really going to miss street cafe life once it gets really cold. I am hoping that maybe the restaurants in my neighborhood will come up with a good solution (heat lamps? we can pretend it’s apres ski?) as I don’t feel comfortable with indoor dining just yet.
This Week’s Good Things, 10.5.20.
Amazon the Drop
I guess the biggest news is that my Amazon the Drop collection launches this week! I will be posting the day to my instagram a little later on, but I’m getting so excited. The outfit above is a matching top and pants which was one of the things I was most excited to make – it does not disappoint! It makes me so happy and feels like pajamas… pajamas that you can dress up with heels and a little leather jacket! The perfect WFH look. Make sure you’re signed up for updates to get a text or email the minute it launches.
Nessa Designs is actually a blog reader’s company (Hi Meredith!) and when she reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in covering her business (and also her new stone VOTE necklace which is so beautiful) I was like “oh my god, yes, PLEASE!” Her pieces are drop dead gorgeous and beautifully crafted. Meredith is a finance executive by day and an artist by night.
She combines natural elements and organic forms with high-quality gems and precious metals. Think diamonds set inside pebbles. And because of that, each piece is really unique and special and completely one of a kind. The stones are taken straight from nature and include all of their flaws, and then polished nad set with precious stones. So beautiful. She sent me a really beautiful pendant necklace which I’ve been wearing pretty much every day since getting it. I wanted to wait to take proper photos of it but just love it so much. They are definitely a higher price point as they’re fine jewelry and handcrafted in NYC but something you will have and cherish forever. Lastly, there is a charitable tie-in with Dress for Success, which I love!
Catherine Howe Exhibit
Catherine Howe is one of my absolute favorite artists. I have been slowly starting to collect more and more original art and her and Hunt Slonem are two of my favs. I bought a piece of hers a few years ago at my friend Rob’s gallery without knowing her or much about her, I just loved it. It’s the abstract yellow and gold piece I have in my kitchen. My other friend had brought me to the gallery and I saw it and was like, “GUYS, that is definitely a cat.” And they were like “OK whatever Grace…”
All I knew was that looking at it made me happy and that I definitely “needed” it. Anyway, we became friendly over Instagram, it turns out she’s a huge cat lady too and it WAS indeed a cat, and since then we have kept in touch and met up at her studio and gallery in the city.
When I saw her newer work on Instagram, I just… fell in love. They’re tantric flower paintings, painted with monotype acrylic on habotai silk and a product of (something I think we can all relate to) playing around during quarantine. I’ve never seen anything like them, they are magical. Her show is at the Gold/scopophilia gallery in Montclair, New Jersey. It was a little bit of a hike for me in Brooklyn (I wrangled my friend into driving me, we had a fun girls’ afternoon) but 1,000% worth the trip!
The new silk paintings are just so incredible! I ended up buying the one on the right. I am so excited to get it when the show ends.
Emily in Paris
I am having a lot of polar opposite feelings about Emily in Paris. First of all, I watched the entire first season on Saturday (all ten episodes, yes, I am garbage). And I loved the fashion. But I didn’t love the show. I had a lot of conflicting feelings. I didn’t like any of the characters, and couldn’t relate to anyone. I’m somewhere between the age of the uptight French boss and Emily (played by Lily Collins who is adorable). So, I guess… old enough to be annoyed by Emily’s optimism (she’s just way too perky!) but young enough to find her boss to be rude and (stereotypically) bitter.
I don’t want to be a jerk and shit all over it. Honestly I thought that this article had a lot of good points on why it fell flat for so many of us (timing is everything!). I wouldn’t discourage you from watching it but just manage your expectations and tell you it might make you a little bit sad. If you want mindless and fun with annoying characters but great fashion, this is for you. Also, Emily’s love interest, Gabriel is an absolute dish.
The Makeup Museum
As a beauty lover, The Makeup Museum sounds RIGHT up my alley. It was originally supposed to open on May 1st but of course with COVID that did not happen. They just opened their doors on 9/1, hustling to create a completely hands-free experience and following extreme safety guidelines. It looks very cool and while I’m not in the city a lot these days, I’m thinking of checking it out next time I am in the area!
Hot Merch for Biden
I found out about this brand via my friend Akilah and oh wowowowow… I love! It’s all so good and I love that 50% of the proceeds go to the artists and 50% go to the Biden/Harris campaign. My favorites are probably the horoscope collection (they’re so simple but DEAD ON if you are someone who cares about your horoscope – I do!) but also the Cat People for Biden tee which you better believe I ordered on the spot and absolutely cannot wait to wear!
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photo by Carter Fish.