October 15, 2014

Art Inspired: The Mulberry Tree


Vincent Van Gogh painted The Mulberry Tree in October, 1889 less than a year before he died. He was at an asylum in St. Remy, recovering from his fight with Paul Gauguin and the famous ear incident. He painted everything around him; the doctors, the halls, the wheat fields and the garden. It was a beautiful autumn that year and he told his brother Theo that this painting was his favorite. Despite everything he was going through, The Mulberry Tree expresses Van Gogh's interest in expressionism, his mastery of color theory, his understanding of the modern direction of painting and how he was attempting to go with it. In my mind, the painting goes deeper than the color of the leaves and has to do with change, grief, rebirth and mastery.

Inspired by Van Gogh's Mulberry Tree, here are a few enticing things I thought you might enjoy...

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Details:

18k Butterfly Yellow Quartz earrings by Mary Jo Matsumoto...our Magical Mind earring collection is finally available online!

If there was ever a watch meant for the autumn season, it would be the Jord wood watch. I love the Ely in cherry, with it's simple but lovely design.

Our Thalia Shopper is still my favorite go-to Fall bag. More styles available on MaryJoMatsumoto.com.

Lieber Gustav 14 by Krigler was F. Scott Fitzgerald's favorite scent and has beautiful rich and woody notes of black tea and lavender perfect for fall. I love it so much that Mr. TrustYourStyle received a bottle, but I'm tempted to steal it back for myself.

Clothes: Haider Ackermann shirt, Splendid track pants, Givenchy sandals.


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September 22, 2014

When The Leaves Come Falling Down


Hello friends! Summer has come and gone, and since we're on the cusp of the first official day of Fall, I wanted to check in and say I've missed you.

Won't you join me for a little fall reverie?


PLEASE LISTEN TO THE MUSIC: IT GOES WITH THE STORY



The other day I was in a magical little shop in Santa Fe and fell for a winter hat...



I found out that Natalie Goldberg had bought one too. Remembering her book, Writing Down the Bones made me reach through time and smile. 




What is it about autumn that makes us stop and savor all the things we used to dream about?




I remember the beginning of the school year and making long lists of things I wanted to do...

places I wanted to go,

books I wanted to read.




Luckily I can't remember the things I didn't get around to. But those surprising wild leaps that happened like taking off one October for India to meet the Dalai Lama in his living room...they come floating down this time of year.




Silly things like little bright spots come to mind too.




How a preppy boy on a bicycle on a fine fall day in Berkeley would turn my head.

Things that don't matter anymore. 

But they mattered then.




And then life happens.

With all it's twists and turns.







I like to think there's a clarity in fall 

that lets us see the things we thought we couldn't find

were right there under our nose 

the whole time.




Wishing you a sweet and happy end of September.




Where do you need to go this fall?

Painting by Stanley Spencer


August 4, 2014

Adventures Await


Hello friends. Just a little note to say that I'm heading out for a bit.


I've been missing that feeling of taking off for uncharted territories, 
rambling conversations with strangers, the feeling that anything could happen,
making a blind leap of faith and trusting that the world will catch you. 


Wishing you many happy adventures of your own until we meet up again soon!


I'll be back in the fall. 

In the meantime, you can always find @trustyourstyle on Instagram or pinterest

July 28, 2014

Feeling Chairish?

Me too! My love for chairs is on par these days with my enthusiasm for shoes, so it wasn't hard to say yes when Chairish asked me to put together a style board using one of their gorgeous chairs.

This Arne Vodder Danish Modern beauty was impossible to resist!



CHAIRISH

Above is a collection of some of my favorite pieces I've been wearing non-stop this summer. Now all I need is this teak Danish Modern lounger to complete the raspberry reverie! Make sure to click over and view all the great accent chairs on Chairish!

Details (clockwise from the top):
Our Bougainvillea Mini-Wallet
My favorite shade of Laura Mercier lip color is Fresh Raspberry
Our Bougainvillea 4 Free Nail Color (going on Sale this Friday, but hurry! There's only one left!)
This adorable shift
These Melissa Slides ~ living in them this past week!
Our Linen & Leather Tote (also going on Sale this Friday - only 2 left!)
This Markus Lupfer iphone cover makes me smile every time I see my phone.


Do you share my love of chairs? Would love to know what's your favorite chair.

July 18, 2014

Simply Irresistible: Firenze

Anita's beautiful blog Castles, Crowns and Cottages is always a pleasure to read, and so I decided to join her Simply Irresistible Link Party that launches today. Those of us participating have agreed to write about our dream European destination.


Won't you come with me for a little visit to la culla del Rinascimento, the cradle of the the Renaissance, otherwise known as the eternally lovely Florence and the winding roads of Tuscany?



As an homage to the spirit of Anita's dazzling reveries,
PLEASE LISTEN TO THE MUSIC, IT GOES WITH THE STORY:



Ever since I was little, I wanted to see Michelangelo's sculptures.



The angel that he set free from the marble, the Doni Tondo, and so much more....




I visited Florence with my family when I was 19 and went back to study art the next year.



My time in Florence was glorious. 
There were magical dinner parties that lasted for hours. 



Afternoons filled with shopping and cafes. 



Glamorous parties, where I picked my way through champagne bottles strewn under the olive trees at villas up in the hills of Firenze. Florentines know how to enjoy life and then some.



I don't remember much about art class except that our teacher would wear a pareo and nothing else in the afternoons...But I do remember taking an hour or more every morning to spend alone in the Ufizzi and Palazzo Pitti walking among works by Botticelli, da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and so many more. I never started my day until I had spent some time in front of my favorite Raphael painting.



The Madonna della Seggiola is to this day the most beautiful painting that I have ever seen. Missing morning class to spend time in front of it was one of the best educational decisions I ever made.



From the beginning, life in Firenze was a slice of heaven laced with chocolate from Rivoire...you haven't lived until you've sipped this melted chocolate concoction.



It was my first behind-the-scenes glimpse of handmade luxury leather goods; 
little did I know it was to become a life long passion...




And then, not surprisingly, one evening, at a party overlooking the Arno, I was struck by the same lightning that Dante wrote about in the Divine Comedy.


For a time I lived with him above the Piazza della Signoria.


I missed one plane ride home. And then another...



We toured the Tuscan countryside, tasting wine and stopping in villas to taste more wine. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. It was like a strange but wonderful dream.




Weeks were ticking by and I was missing the beginning of grad school.
He asked me to stay and I thought about it.


I'm sure I filled pages in my journal.
Penne for your thoughts, ragazza...




I was just 20 and at the time the things I still wanted to do made
the 12 years between us seem like 1200.


Before I left he gave me the pocket watch his mother, a beautiful artist, had worn in her passport photo. And yes, this is the very same watch. I still have it.



To this day Firenze has a dear place in my heart and always will.
Just thinking about it has made me want to return.


Have you ever visited a place that was simply irresistible?


* make sure to check out some of the other 54 Irresistible Destinations!


July 15, 2014

Splurge on Summer Art




Capturing summer's ethereal moments just got a little easier with Ugallery, an online destination for affordable art. Ugallery invited me to be one of their guest curators and round up some of my favorite picks and it was a lot of fun! Prices in my selection range from $150 to around $2000. They were really great to work with and many thanks to Ugallery for featuring trustyourstyle on the Ugallery blog

P.S. Speaking of summer fun, make sure to check back this Friday when I'll be taking you for a quick but delicious trip to one of my favorite destinations in Europe as part of Castles Crowns and Cottages' Irresistible Destinations party. Can you guess where we'll be going?












July 11, 2014

Art Inspired: JoaquĆ­n Sorolla, After the Bath



Yesterday I spent a wonderful day at the Sorolla and America exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. It's a beautiful and large show. Sorolla was a prolific Spanish master draftsman and painter (4,000 paintings/8,000 drawings completed in his life). His love of light and nature makes him particularly appealing to americans, who snapped up his beach scenes as fast as he could paint them. A peer of John Singer Sargent, who urged him to use his growing popularity and accept portrait commissions from wealthy patrons, Sorolla was influenced by Impressionism but brought a personal style to the naturalist movement, pursuing themes of every day life and beach scenes.

If you can manage to travel to see this exhibit before it closes this summer, you won't be disappointed. It wasn't hard to put together a collection of summer fashions based on Sorolla's lovely paintings--breezy white dresses never go out of style and I actually wore the one below to the exhibit. I also read the books below before seeing the show; they're both by Sorolla's great granddaughter and have excellent images and text. If you're just going to get one, I recommend Sorolla: The Masterworks.



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Mary Jo Matsumoto Salt Creek Key Fob
Pulsaderm Buddy: a tiny sonic facial cleaning system for fresh faced summer beauty
Free People Fable Dress
Sorolla and America by Blanca Pons Sorolla
Laura Mercier Eye Color in Deep Night
Mary Jo Matsumoto Salt Creek Mini Wallet
Sorolla: The Masterworks by Blanca Pons Sorolla
Laura Mercier Rouge Noveau in Sexy


P.S. If you enjoyed this post there are over 100 Art Inspired fashion posts you can peruse here on trustyourstyle - just click the link or check the right hand index.






July 3, 2014

Summer Wellness Essentials


My morning workout has been lagging, okay nonexistent recently. When Kohl's invited me to go shopping for wellness essentials, my Bridget Jones mentality immediately rose to the challenge. Shopping?! That counts as exercise, right? As it turns out, I had a field day in Kohl's picking out some new workout gear. I got all of this for $100!


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Hoodie
Cropped yoga pants
Asics
Food Containers

If you're wondering about the Food Network 7 piece container set on the bottom left, it's my attempt to turn over a new leaf. I'm pretty crap when it comes to packing a lunch (sorry I got that expression from Bridget Jones and I couldn't help myself). I've never brown bagged it even two days running. Ok, let's be honest, never. During my time in Santa Fe, my friend Christi brought her lunch to class every day in something similar and it made me realize that I needed to get a little more organized in the food department. 

What about you? 
How are your summer workouts going? 
Do you find that buying work out clothes motivates you to actually work out?


p.s. Many thanks to Kohls for sponsoring my wellness essential picks!

p.p.s. Make sure to stop by tomorrow for the first art inspired post of July!

June 30, 2014

Notes on Santa Fe + Desert Inspired Beauty Picks

Hello friends, I missed you! Over the past week I've been recovering from my June road trip to and from Santa Fe, checking in with friends and trying to settle back into some semblance of a routine, which has been challenging.



Aside from what you see here, I didn't make it home with much in the way of souvenirs, unless you count snugger fitting clothes courtesy of Santa Fe green chile, frybread and Sierra Nevada on tap. I'm pretty sure this is why summer, bikinis and beaches were invented--to keep these kinds of indulgences in check.

As much as I missed Laguna's breezy weather, the 4,300 species of flowering plants to be found nowhere else in North America but California and the comforts of home--now that I'm back, I find myself thinking about the night blooming lilies and cottonwood trees that look exactly how Georgia O'Keeffe painted them. I'm also missing the discipline of daily drawing class and the new friends I made.

It seems only fitting that this week's beauty round up be inspired by the colors of the desert.

sfinspired


The tans and corals of the desert make for pretty lip colors - The Hollywood Nude Lip Palette by Skinn and Mally's Lip Magnifier in luminous Petal Pink are a couple of easy to wear lip options perfect for summer.

Normally I don't wear a watch but I fell for the turquoise face of this Michael Kors chunky watch and decided it might be a good idea to rely on more than my iphone for the time.

The bleached bones of New Mexico are the inspiration for including Everday GLO Teeth Whitener in this roundup. I'm not one to have patience for teeth whitening strips so I adore this pack-and-go pen that slips into your purse, doesn't have an icky taste, texture or downtime and gives you nice breath too.

Soap and Paper Factory's Solid Perfume Bella, with its mix of Bergamot, Grapefruit and Black Pepper somehow reminds me of Santa Fe.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiant Bronze gives a sunlit glow to your skin without the heaviness of a self-tanner and can be worn as sheer coverage without any foundation.



How has your summer been so far? Please fill me in!


 
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