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LIFE LIST
What’s On Yours?

2013 was a big year for me in a lot of ways. At the start I absolutely dreaded it due to a looming birthday, until a friend inspired me to make a bucket list for the year. It was a surprisingly uplifting exercise to think about what I wanted to accomplish personally and professionally, for just plain fun and for growth. Because of that proactive outlook, I got to check off a lot of items big and small on my list, and felt really good about it all by the end of the year. (And I got to add some great memories in my little black “Now or Never” book!)

Recently another friend told me she calls her bucket list a “life list” — I really like that! So while I have some big ticket items on my life list, here are a few manageable ones that I’ve got up for 2014…

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KATE MOSS IS 40
Life is Good

After coming off strong from her first Playboy shoot this month, Kate Moss celebrates her 40th birthday today and appears to be at the top of her game. For someone who’s been in the biz since 14, it’s no wonder that this prolific pro is still #1 — and still has time to be a savvy businesswoman and adoring mum. Here’s a look at her work this past year…she rocked 39!!!!

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ART IN 5
Auguste Rodin

Rodin’s “Danaïd” 1885

I’ve got my second installment up of “Art in 5″ on sculptor Auguste Rodin on La Dolce Vita! I hope you’ll check it out and learn something new about an artist you most likely only associate with his most famous work, “The Thinker.” But for me, I’m in love with his pieces that celebrate the female form and incite emotion through it, such as the beautiful creation above. Click over to see and learn more! And as always, let me know what you think!

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FEATURED
Style Me Pretty Living

In case you missed it, I had the amazing double opportunity to share a bit about my business and my home on Style Me Pretty last week! They did such a great job with both pieces and I couldn’t be happier. But of course I wanted to be sure I got to feature some of my fave shots from photographer Bryce Covey here! I adore the fact that Bryce was able to capture different viewpoints from previous shoots (see the other house tours here) and make me fall in love with my home yet again. You’d think I’d be bored by now! Thank goodness for photo shoots…

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GET MY LOOK
Raw & Refined

I’m thrilled to announce I’m on Style Me Pretty in a two-part feature discussing biz/life bits  and giving a tour of my home! A few months ago, photographer Bryce Covey came by to shoot my house, and it was so fun to see how another photographer would capture new details. The above shot is one of my favorites because it epitomizes my style to me, so I thought I’d create a special “get my look” post for you all!

In decorating my home, I typically follow my “5 Pieces” rule: something textured, shiny, modern, organic and vintage.  I generally like to keep it neutral (black, white, gray, gold) mixing in glam/sophisticated and natural/edgy elements – much like my closet! (And as you can probably tell, I’m very much inspired by my fave designer Kelly Wearstler.) Although many of my items are sold out or vintage, I tried to recreate the look for you here…

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LE DONNE FORTI
Versace Pre-Collection FW14

Versace nailed it with their Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Pre-Collection, taking the softness of silk satin and pale pink, and toughening it up with black leather, studs and zippers. Add in the crispness of a few good white blouses, the regality of a classic crest, and a little sparkle, and we’ve got all of my fave elements in one very zzexy, wearable collection. An ode to le donne forti (“strong women”) everywhere…

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RECIPE
Cappuccino Thins

(a.k.a. my most favoritest cookie recipe ever)

Here’s a post I meant to put up before the holidays, but it’s such an amazing cookie recipe that I can’t NOT share it with you. (That would be greedy of me, and I’m a giver.)

As with all my best recipes, I got this one from my mom. Not only does it include coffee, cinnamon and chocolate, you can freeze the logs for up to six months, cutting off pieces to bake a few at a time as needed. Don’t feel too bad though if you end up eating it all. They are amazing, after all…

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LUXE MINIMAL REHAB
in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Happy New Year! I’m just now getting back into the swing of things after an unplanned long break, and soooo excited to do so…finally! But rejuvenation comes easily when you stumble upon gems like this très dreamy Parisian terraced pad. Architect Joseph Dirand took a sad 80′s remodel and reinserted its previous glamour with paneling and moldings, marble galore, and contemporary fixtures for good measure. (Not to mention the floors…and the art!) It’s that perfected mix of traditional architectural elements with modern furnishings that never fails to take my breath away. And let’s not forget my fave palette of white, black, gray and gold…

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#NYE HUSTLE
Anja Rubik Goes 70′s Glam

Although still recovering from the Christmas mayhem, this New Year’s Eve I’ll be inspired by the silky, slinky, undoubtedly feminine frocks of an era dedicated to disco, the female form and showing a little skin, as in this shoot by photographer Marcin Tyszka for Vanity Fair Spain. Anja Rubik looks effortlessly sensual in Chanel, Gucci and Christian Lacroix, and has me asking myself, “Where is she headed tonight and how do I get an invite?”

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!
(& A Mini Meltdown)

Happy Christmas Eve! But let me apologize for being M.I.A. I’m sure I’ve lost most of you by now (I’m scared to look at the analytics!), but it was completely unexpected. My daughter ended up having a nasty stomach virus (that closed down her classroom), my husband has the flu (still), and at one point last week after having to cancel a very important meeting with new clients, sitting in the middle of my living room cleaning up vomit, feeling the weight of the world on me as the realization strikes that I’m going to be letting all of my clients down over the next week and not be able to accomplish much on my enormous Christmas to-do list…I had a mini meltdown.

But you know, it’s at these times that you really have to pull yourself together, accept it, figure out a plan of attack, and move on. Otherwise, you become immobilized and nothing will get done. And just when I let go of having to be/do everything for everyone, my daughter with a 102F fever is crying out to me because she’s so miserable, and you think to yourself, “Nothing else really matters right now.”

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