(Zara dress, Ksubi shorts, Céline nude mules and sunglasses, Chanel art school backpack)
Zara wasn’t scared of committing to these slits at ALL. Actually amazing.
(Carven crossover crop top, Alexander Wang pleated skirt, Balenciaga oxfords, Dannijo Lypton bag)
Another zillion degree day, another crop top. Different in that it’s essentially two slings that are possibly to wear one at a time if you were worried about that. I grounded the look with shoes that the average boy despises and a simple shoulder bag. YES SUMMER. And perpetual one layer of clothing.
(Alexander Wang boxer all in one and wedges, Ray-ban sunglasses)
You know something is good when you have no freaking clue what to call it. I’ve broken this..doodad? in on Instagram and it’s time to slap the whole look on here. I fell in hopeless, doomed obsession with it on Behati circa last September so it was really just a matter of time. I find that such a piece makes so little sense in any context that it kind of makes sense in any context. Barbecue? Semi-formal event? Slumber party? SURE. The trick being to not have it be readable on your face that you’re aware you’re sort of wearing a Frankensteined morning after outfit. Feel free to offer your opinion on outfit poker face, the evil powers of B. Prinsloo, and potential names for an attached boxer shirt set below.
(Zara tank, Ksubi shorts, Céline sunglasses and espadrilles, Chanel art school backpack)
A beautiful gift from Chanel to kick off the summer. This backpack was the standout accessory of the spring collection and getting to casually sling it on with denim shorts is a trippy feeling. The idea just might never sink in fully. It takes a while to even fully understand the highly cool details it offers – a quilted back, solid gunmetal chains, hanging embroidered lariat doodad guy, gray acid leather zipper pulls..yes I’m having fun describing it and could continue for a long time without pause. I wore this simple look on Friday here in LA – my Memorial Day weekend plans? Preparing for a trip to Morocco that I couldn’t be more excited about.
Such a whirlwind trip to Shanghai with Omega! And what an introduction to China. I left last Thursday from LA and spent two nights there – here’s a little glimpse into what I saw of the city. Friday I strapped on the ol’ Rag & Bone overalls and spent the day exploring the French Concession neighborhood, getting a tour of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, and sampling flower tea at the Yu Yuan Tea House. Lost track of time a little and rushed back to the hotel to get ready to see what kind of event comes of being put together by Omega and hosted by George Clooney. We arrived to a twinkling wonderland complete with golden orbs on the grass and a beautiful dinner inside a greenhouse where everyone proceeded to fall in collective love with George. So much fun celebrating the Aqua Terra collection. Thank you to Omega and the Peninsula Shanghai for having me!
On my wrist – Aqua Terra 150m OMEGA Co-Axial 30mm in Red Gold
I’ve switched up my beauty routine a lot since I last posted a full rundown – here’s what I’m using going into summer.
Aesop’s products smell impossibly fresh like rinds and mountain fauna. This balm is more velvety than greasy and I find myself using it as a rich body lotion as well when I’m traveling and needing to make everything around me multi-purpose.
I discovered this food-grade, completely organic line while wandering around in Salon Benjamin on Melrose. I use a tiny amount sometimes in the morning and get more generous with it at nighttime. I love the mix of oils going on here and sea buckthorn is an all around wonder ingredient.
I’m obsessed as ever with exfoliation in all forms and this product is in it’s own class. It combines chemical and topical exfoliation for a very polished result.
Masks are necessary in life but sometimes can feel drying to me. I’ve been a fan of Koh Gen Do’s foundation forever but recently started to branch out into their other offerings. This one is refreshing and luxurious and yup, not drying.
I love having a super rich nourishing moisturizer to use at night – this was a wild card purchase at a Parisian pharmacy in January and the scantily researched decision paid off. Plus, heavy glass jar presentation. Very important.
Sunscreen isn’t even a question. There’s no excuse to not be swimming in the stuff. This gets points for calling itself a “sun lotion” which sounds so effortless and non-scary. The consistency is thin enough to make it easy to apply evenly and it has a fresh herbal smell that makes it so much more appealing to reach for in the mornings.
Caudalie is a favorite of mine and I use their Beauty Elixir so often in the summer. This serum applies like a dream and is the first thing I put on my skin after cleansing. The molecule size in serums is smaller than in moisturizers so the ingredients can be absorbed deeper. Cool huh. Both still matter in different ways though.
Probably the most life changing product I’m listing here and another Salon Benjamin discovery. I’ve seen these types of products before in Japan that start peeling skin upon application. You have to try it to understand/believe. Your skin will be impossibly smooth.
And now onto my beauty routine. Which does apparently exist beyond eyeliner and highlighter.
The tiniest bit of this adds a summery but not fake glow. TINIEST. This bottle will likely last me a century.
I’ve been using this oil for years – it smells so good and is actually worth the price because it, also, lasts forever. My go-to for post shower ends application.
This pencil is another multipurpose situation. I use it as a cream blush, undereye color, and mixed with balm for a hint of lip color. I actually love this product and use Biscayne Park regularly as well.
This liner is pretty unbeatable. Idiotproof felt-tip application, inky black color, and no weird raised feeling. This is like, IT.
A subtle pinkish nude color that you can apply sans mirror.
I could do a whole post on perfectly boring nude nail polish. Maybe I should. This is one of my favorites at the moment and more available than my other medium tone go-to Miss Frou Frou in Flesh. Which seems like it’s only available at their salon in Paddington, Sydney. Must use that one bottle wisely.
Final but important step in getting ready is always a swipe of this gel. Makes more of a difference than you’d think.
Such a good deal and everything I want from a brow pencil. I’ve been using this forEVER.
Another longtime staple, this balm feels rich and moisturizing versus waxy. Most of the time this is all I have on my lips.
So many makeup artists swear by it because of the dewy, not too heavy coverage this gives. I took a break from it for a while but now I’m back.
I’m never seriously committed to the idea of a primer but I’m experimenting with this at the moment. It definitely has a pretty sheen to it.
I’ve had hairstylists use this on me so many times that I finally became curious enough to get my own bottle. I love that the alcohol-free formula provides beachy texture without making things too…crunchy.
Another A+ product from the Swedish line – use on freshly washed hair for volume or as a dry shampoo if you’re second day-ing it.
Not really an excuse but something like that – with all the traveling I do, making an effort to get my place looking like something with any kind of purposeful design to it wasn’t really happening. Which was alright for a little while but it seems the longer you’ve been moved in somewhere, the more glaring things like not having a coffee table become. What is that? When I started talking to Homepolish and Orlando Soria about redecorating my dining room and bedroom, I was trusting and excited cause they got me but also wanted to explore ideas that would basically never have occurred to me. I love the end result, somewhere between stark and beachy and fort-like. With plant life even! Now I love coming back and throwing my suitcases down with a resounding crash and scrambling onto some fluff. The rooms are different enough but still cohesive and the shots of greens and grays feel calm and so LA actually. Thank you to All Modern for bringing everything together. And Tessa Neustadt for coming over and taking photos.
This beautiful St. Frank Textile Biddew Noir piece adds dimension to the dining room. The textile has these raw edges that look freaking cool against the simple Lucite frame. We kept the table and bench that you’re probably familiar with, and brought in these just matchy enough Safavieh Bentley chairs. I love the natural finish and latticed seats. The slate “placemats” I had already – a random find at Crate & Barrel. Really sure they’re supposed to used to display cheese at semi-large gatherings but whatever. The matte gold candlesticks are from Calvin Klein Home.
I’ve had this cowhide rug for years, but I love it layered over the larger woven one to break up all the neutrality. The plants Orlando sourced from Mickey Hargitay plants, which I feel confident in declaring the best place to source those from in Hollywood. The light fixture is by Varaluz.
Just posing in random directions. My favorite Weitzmans yet.
I feel so official with my own barcart but also not very because I don’t have the alcohol reserve to validate it? I get my mules at the place around the corner. So right now it’s just a cool golden mobile bookcase.
Tessa knows her natural light. Now we’re back in the bedroom. Shoes? Long since casually discarded.
This mirror is made out of railroad ties. Those are so handy. I got it last summer from Mix Furniture on La Brea, which has a boring name but is really fun to peruse. Everything there is huge so go there if you like feeling like an ant or fairy. The rug I got on my first trip to Sydney. Game of Thrones approximation credibility high.
Some Smythson and Kate Moss for good measure.
Kumo is perfect anywhere, which gives him the air of always choosing the best seat. He also always chooses the best seat.
And some bonus shots by Chris. I consume a lot of Health-ade. A lot. I’m always re-ranking the flavors in my head. Right now it’s all about the Cayenne Cleanse.
That’s how comfortable this bad boy is.
Thank you so much to Homepolish for your cool brains and all the laughter and working around my slightly wtf schedule! Noa, you had me at Hawaii-born and Stanford-bred and also you were awesome to work with. FYI they take on projects in most big cities in the US and are really good at finding ways to make things happen on all kinds of budgets. I hope you enjoyed our collaboration!
photos by Chris Dowson
Such a beautiful week down in Sydney – thank you to Dave Allison and Sunday Somewhere for having me, Chris for being such a qualified city guide, and Australia for putting avocado on EVERYTHING. Shop Paris and Tokyo on the SS site! xox
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