April 18, 2014

She Cleans Up Nice

This image sort of sums up the season, doesn't it? I've always loved The Bath by Mary Cassatt, not only because it's less sentimental than her other well known paintings, but also because of the beautiful line work and flattened decorative elements  influenced by the Japanese ukiyo-e wood block prints that she'd seen in a group show of Japanese masters in Paris the year before in 1890. 

There's a lot of theories about why spring brings on the urge to cleanse, bathe and otherwise start over fresh. I've been feeling the pull to do all of the above, not to mention end my long and unplanned hiatus here on the blog--I'm sorry about that and hope to clean up my act on that front starting now. Perhaps it's more than coincidence that these pretty soaps showed up right on cue.

This lovely neapolitan ice cream hued trio of Allafia Good soaps recently hit the shelves nationwide at Whole Foods. Affordable {$2.59 each} and made with certified fair trade shea butter and coconut oil, they come in wonderful scents like Lavender, Fresh Mint, and Sweet Vanilla. 

I've also been meaning to try African Black soap for the longest time as it's touted to do everything from deeply hydrate your skin to remove makeup, wrinkles and dark spots. Above is a bar of Out of Africa African Black soap handmade in West Africa that I can't wait to try out as I've heard all sorts of miraculous things about it. Have you ever tried African Black soap?

p.s. The bronze Dove Soap is a sculpture by Luis Fernando Ponce. I could'nt resist the play on pop/prison art. Speaking of art, I also wanted to mention that TrustYourStyle has partnered up again with Art.com and I'm excited to let you know that there's a very cool and generous giveaway coming up next week, more details soon!

Need more spring cleaning inspiration? Click over to our decor blog Magical Mind for Eight Magical Spring Cleaning Tips!

April 9, 2014

Spring Lips, Eyes and Some Gumballs

Some really pretty new colors from Laura Mercier showed up on my doorstep this week in time for spring and I couldn't help but notice how they echoed the coral colors in Wayne Thiebaud's "Gumball Machine". There's a great show going on at Laguna Art Museum, Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories, that's definitely worth checking out. All the paintings, drawings and prints were picked out by Thiebaud himself, who is 93 years old and looking back at his life and work.

So back to lips...I'm really loving Shy, Star and Moi, which are Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colours - the first letter of the name of each of the shades stands for matte, sheer, etc. making them easy to remember when you're getting ready. And of course the Creme Smooth Lip Coulours are always a hit around here {Strawberry Sorbet, Maya, Belize, Hollywood and Palm Beach pictured above}.

I don't know about you, but I always find that spring is the time when I feel like changing up my mascara. A long time fan of Laura Mercier's lovely long lash mascara in Bleu because the thin wand makes it so easy to apply and the color is so fun, I never thought I'd be game again for a fatter mascara. Then faux lash mascara in Black showed up with it's curved brush and smooth glossy application and I've become a convert. Actually, I'm going back and forth between the two, although I don't really wear enough mascara most days for anyone to notice. How about you? What colors are you wearing this spring?

p.s. I have been away from the blog for the last few weeks and have missed you! I'm also back with a new post over at Magical Mined. Please pop over if you feel like checking out my new blue phase.

March 28, 2014

Mike Kelley at MOCA


I'm really looking forward to checking out the Mike Kelley show opening at MOCA on March 31. If you haven't seen his work  before, this will be a great show to catch - it's the largest survey of his work to-date.

Mike Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles from the mid-1970s until his death last year and is considered to be one of the most important artists of the last quarter century for a number of reasons. One is that he picked up where pop art left off and was one of the first to mine the baser aspects of pop culture and suburbia and create art out of it, making commentary on class relations, sexuality, religion and politics. Kelley pioneered the way to bring low brow culture into mainstream of art and his 'thrift store aesthetic' influenced a generation of artists. Although he's largely identified with his stuffed animal pieces, he worked in a multitude of mediums -- drawings on paper, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography and painting. 

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Rainbow Coalition

John Glenn Memorial Detroit River Reclamation Project

More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin 
stuffed fabric toys on afghans on canvas with dried corn; wax candles on wood and metal base

Estral Star #3, tied, found stuffed animals

Animal Self and Friends of the Animals

Mike Kelly, the largest survey of the artist's work to-date will be presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from March 31 - July 28, 2014.

All works are (c)Mike Kelley and courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
March 27, 2014

Confessions of A Beauty Editor: Three Good Things

For no particular reason, earlier this month I got back on the wagon I fell off four years ago and have gone back to my strict veggie often vegan ways of the previous fourteen. It's been strangely easy and I'd underestimated how much I missed my old recipes and have even picked up a few more good ones from lovely Terry Walters, who I interviewed a few years ago.

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I simultaneously remembered the healthy beauty habits gleaned from years of Gurmukh's weekly Women's class. Body brushing {it makes your skin look better than any expensive cream}, followed by almond, castor and olive oil and other natural products have put my beauty editor impulses, ie gluttonous luxury product hoarding to shame. I won't lie, it hasn't been all kale leaves and coconut oil--the other night something called 'A Good Girl' {watermelon, jalapeno pepper and vodka} made a mockery of my re-embraced yogi tea swilling ways.

3 good things

Obviously spartan austerity isn't really my thing because I've also managed to find three fabulous new beauty products: 1) CBeauty's Universal Beauty Oil No.1 by Christina Madera, made from Virgin Coconut Oil with Chamomile -- there are 3 scents to chose from and this wonderful moisturizer will be coming to the U.S. market soon! 2) Laura Mercier's Radiant Bronze Primer that gives a sunlit radiant glow, which is especially nice coming out of chilly temperatures and 3) Lydia Mondavi's 29, an all natural, paraben free collection of grape seed based products available exclusively at Target. I'm seriously crushing on the wine blot lip balm -- no pun intended.

* P.S. Beauty lovers, if these 3 beauty products and collections aren't enough, today starting at noon, GILT will be showcasing an amazing assortment of beauty products from Laura Mercier including 6 exclusive, curated sets at up to 65% off retail prices!

What are your favorite beauty products of the moment?

March 14, 2014

The Silver Bag: The New Neutral

I couldn't help but notice a few days ago that the Pick of The Day on Style.com was this silver "paper bag" tote by Lanvin. Coming in at a cool $1,641 it actually makes our Laguna Shimmer tote look like a steal.

I don't know about you, but I love that metallics have for the most part replaced the tired beige bag for this season's neutral. Silver leather is surprisingly versatile, it goes with everything from jeans to dresses and I'm excited to announce that we've updated our entire silver Laguna Shimmer line with pale pink lining for spring! I should have photos of the new version soon.

I wish I had an excuse to upgrade to the new pink lined tote. I feel like I deserve it as I've logged in plenty of miles with this bag already {it went to snowy London and Luxemburg with me last year} but after a minor stint in rehab it's as good as new. Need some handbag RX for your tired totes? Click for my best handbag repair tips: 7 Ways To Heal Your Handbag or for those who would prefer to rehab in French, Michelle reposted it: click here if you parlez handbags.

Do you have a favorite neutral bag in mind for spring?

March 12, 2014

Gajin Fujita: Drawings

Gajin Fujita is one of my favorite artists of recent years, so I'm looking forward to his show at L.A. Louver, which opens tomorrow featuring Fujita's works on paper made over the past 7 years. The drawings portray geishas, demons, fish and flowers in a style influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e, modern day manga, American pop art and his East L.A. roots, creating a unique amalgamation of east meets west culture that could only exist today. The work is stunning in person and I thought you might enjoy checking out this short video of how his layered pieces are constructed.


Gajin Fujita: Drawings, officially opens at L.A. Louver on Thursday, March 13 with a reception for the artist from 6-8 p.m., and will be on view through 26 April. This is the first exhibition dedicated entirely to Fujita's drawings, and spans the period 2007-2014. Also concurrently on view is Ed and Nancy Keinholz: Berlin/Hope.

P.S. If you're interested in learning more about collecting art, check out the Spring Schedule for The Fine Art of Art Collecting with Edward Goldman, art critic and host of KCRW's "Art Talk".

March 10, 2014

Peter Lindbergh: Photographs

Peter Lindbergh's instantly recognizable saturated black and white photos have been gracing the pages of Vogues around the world since the late 70s. His work is credited with birthing the advent of the "super model" and he's worked with all of them:  Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Kristen McMenamy, Gisele Bundchen, and Cara Delevingne to name a few. His story within a story style of portraying strong modern women also helped redefine fashion photography and many of the world's top models claim that a photo by Lindbergh captures their truest self.

I had the pleasure of checking out his stunning large scale black and white photos in person at the opening of his show in L.A. recently. I can't remember the last time I've been star struck, but I have to say that seeing so many iconic fashion photographers in the same room was pretty exciting. Peter Lindbergh himself was present along with Bruce Weber and {still my beating heart} Mario Testino among others. If you are a fashion photography lover, this show is a must see. 

The exhibition will be on display through April 19 at Fahey/Klein Gallery148 N. La Brea Ave.

P.S. Things around here have been hectic and last week I was away for my birthday, but I'm glad to be back after taking a month long break from social media. In case you missed the latest posts over at Magical Mined, I thought you might enjoy:

The Magical Mind of Eva Zeisel
Magical Obsession: Design Au Natural

Photos by Peter Lindberg: Kristen McMenamy, Vogue Italy, Le Touquet, France, 2009; Milla Jovovich, Vogue Italy, Paris, France, 1998; Nicole Kidman, GQ UK, New York, USA, 2009.
February 11, 2014

Art + Fashion and More

Not many street artists are recognized, which is part of their underground thrill and appeal, so when I heard about a fashion collaboration with W Concept and Paul Richard, the street artist known for his drip paintings in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, I was intrigued as I'm always interested in the intersection of art and fashion.

Above are a couple of Paul Richard's abstract drip prints from the collection: the skull tee and my personal fav-the Paul Richard fox, printed on premium quality tees, sweatshirts and hoodies. I have the fox sweatshirt in black and it's quickly become my favorite in rotation. I love that the quality is so nice and think that the skull tee would look great under a blazer. I'm still a believer that black and white is the way to go for transitioning into spring.

Which brings us to Vogue Italia, who sent over some luscious images of Hilary Rhoda from the February edition of Vogue Italia this morning. Apparently the black tuxedo jacket has no intention of leaving the scene. And why should it, when it looks this good?

Speaking of scenes, as you can see from the photos {courtesy of the Orange County Register} the Laguna Museum auction this past Saturday was a lot of fun! I was too busy dealing with my dress malfunction and noshing looking at art to take a decent photo myself.


Before I sign off, I thought I'd leave you with this video that Ralph Lauren shared with me about their USA Olympic Collection and Team USA. It's Americana all the way.

p.s. If you're in the mood for a little Valentine eye-candy make sure to hop over to Magical Mined, my new design blog for those of you who haven't had a chance to stop by}.

Wishing you all things bright and wonderful this week!

February 5, 2014

In the Studio With Jeff Peters + Laguna Art Museum Giveaway

Juniper Oil by Jeff Peters, courtesy of Laguna Art Museum

I'm excited to introduce you to Jeff Peters, whose work I first saw at Laguna Art Museum. He was kind enough to  let me drop in on his studio in Laguna Canyon, and even though a lot of paintings were on their way out to shows, etc. there was plenty of work-in-progress happening. 

Inspiration is a tricky thing, I try to process inspiration as soon as it occurs so I can remove it from the equation, I have had no luck going into a painting inspired. If I have an idea I try to use it for a story or an illustration, painting is just something I have to do, I try to do that with no audience in mind, with no one to please, when I am painting I am mostly thinking about the small details of my life, like my knee is hurting, or I have to find a proper guitar chord, or my girlfriend is an hour late, the details. Painting takes time and inspiration comes and goes, I have ideas, but I hope to leave them behind in a painting so that I may discover something new. 


I was raised in a tract home with many throw pillows. There were pristine rooms filled with valueless tchotchkes that could not be entered without a vacuum to erase your footprints, books whose literary value was placed on how effectively the cover matched the wallpaper, towels that were only for décor, bedspreads that were to be pulled down before sitting on the beds they covered, it was as luxurious as cultural deprivation could possibly be. It was no fault of my parents though, they suffered from this plague as well, as did everyone on our block, city and maybe even state. We wanted Neil Young but got Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow; we needed Patti Smith but got Barbara Streisand and Crystal Gayle; we could have used Kurt Vonnegut but relied on a secret stash of Penthouse Forum’s in the adults bathroom.
Growing up in this environment made me suspicious, suspicious of beauty, of value and of desire. Of course I was extremely grateful of family and of the love but as a young man seeking an aesthetic preference I was suspect of the objects that defined value not only in my home but my surrounding culture. 

This has been the overall theme of most all work I make now, reconciling my most immediate surroundings, trying to comprehend beauty and fear, frustration and desire, I am looking most at nature and how that represent so many things, I am after turning a backyard fruit tree into an overworked, overproducing glitzy starlet, with perfect supple fruit that should be on the cover of a cosmetic package, even the beauty is suspect.   
Jeff has an upcoming show at Hall Spassov Gallery opening March 5 and his work will also be available for auction in this Saturday's Art Auction 2014: The Art of the Heist, Laguna Art Museum's annual art auction fundraiser


Which brings me to today's giveaway. The Laguna Art Museum has generously offered a pair of tickets (worth $300) to a lucky Trust Your Style reader! Just leave a comment below about why you'd like to attend and you'll be entered to win.

Taking inspiration from the stylish 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair, Laguna Museum's Art Auction 2014: The Art of the Heist will feature glamorous 1960s-inspired décor and the chance to “heist” original works of art by over 100 of California’s most sought after artists. The works will be sold during an exciting silent auction as well as a fast-paced live auction. There will also be a sampling of exquisite cuisine from local noteworthy restaurants, cocktails and live entertainment.

February 3, 2014

Black and White

"Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means." 
~ Karl Lagerfeld

I love the crispness of black and white, especially when everything else including the weather is a shade of gray.  I'm also glad that it'll be so easy to move seamlessly from winter whites and blacks into the strong black and white trend for Spring/Summer '14. Above are some runway looks that I'm looking forward to. {Left to right: Ralph Lauren, Edun, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein}.

Have you noticed how black and white accessories are working almost like a neutral these days? To me, there's something so classically romantic about black and white.

Obviously I'm partial to my own collection, but there are many great choices out there. And while we're on the subject, I just wanted to quickly say thank you to everyone who stopped by our Three Day Flash Sale and also give a hug and thank you to those who were kind enough to mention it on your blogs and social media. It really made me smile to see so many blogger friends scoring some of the great deals!

And now, to something which is definitely not black and white. Such sad news that Philip Seymour Hoffman is gone. To my old friend Lisa, who invited me to lunch with him that day long before he was famous--thank you. My crush never stopped but my heart really did when I heard the news.

Thank you PSH for being you, and just so great.

So friends, how does this Monday find you? Feeling black and white or a shade somewhere in between?

photo: Nigel Parry
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