I was so excited when my friends, Gudy and her boyfriend Christopher, told me all about their love for fashion blogger and illustrator Garance Doré last month! I’m a bit slow… To think that I started decor8 a million years ago (so embarrassed, sorry guys!) yet know so little about fashion bloggers, well all I can say is that I definitely need to work a little less and read more fashion blogs!
Honestly (why do I say honestly, it’s not like I’m about to lie about this!), but anyway… Honestly, outside of The Sartorialist and his two lovely books, I don’t know much about fashion bloggers… I think it’s because that world (fashion in general, not blogging) always felt so elitist and off limits to me. I think films like The September Issue made me feel even more frightened, not to mention what a head job shows like The City do to my view of the fashion world – s c a r y. In a way, it’s almost how interior design felt ten years ago, well before we design bloggers came along and started to rip down the massive walls and say, “Hey guys, stop being so arrogant – it’s just a sofa!”. Now we have Garance saying, “It’s JUST Chanel you guys!”, in her very cute accent, and suddenly I’m less intimidated by it all.
From her gorgeous blog to her stunning photos, warm and enthusiastic writing style, fun videos and yummy fashion illos (I!know!lots!of!adjectives!and!excitement!over!Garance!) I feel I’ve been swept away from sofas and floor plans for a moment to mingle in this very chic world that I knew little about outside of the pages of Vogue. Through her web show, Pardon My French, Garance takes you behind-the-scenes into her life as a blogger/fashion photographer so you get to check out fab places, meet cool people (Jenna Lyons! Eep!) and sit in the front row as Garance reports from catwalks around the world in her videos. (The closest I ever got to Jenna Lyons was when her assistant told me that she would have loved to have been in my book but her home wasn’t finished yet and that she knew and loved my blog, I nearly died. In fact, had I died I would have died very happy!) I digress…
What I love about Garance is that she comes across super likeable and normal – like she could be my best friend – there isn’t this pretentiousness hovering around that the fashion world (haute couture at least) is known for. Her consistent point-of-view shines through both in her writing and when she’s chatting away in the back seat of her car interviewing friends between shows. She is definitely very inspirational. I’m going to have to turn her into a case study for my next blogging workshop and who knows, maybe when I’m in New York for my next book tour, I’ll see if I can arrange to interview her for decor8 – a girl can dream!
Through her blog, I also found out about another amazing woman, Amanda de Cadenet, who is a photographer from London living in LA who is host to the most lovely web show called The Conversation. (I love this photo that she took of Rumer Willis.) I watched every single Conversation epi over the past few weeks and I’m hooked – Amanda is my new girl crush along with Garance. Swoon!
Oh and did you see the above prints and posters? Aren’t they just soooo nice? These are available for purchase online in the Garance Doré Boutique. My friend, Samantha Hahn, is one of my favorite fashion illustrators in the world (she does work for Daily Candy and even for humble little me) but Garance is definitely up there now in my top 5. I may not know fashion (as in catwalks and big labels and fashion bloggers) but I consider myself pretty with it when it comes to fashion illustrators as I’ve written about a ton of them throughout the years. There I feel a little better (peacock feathers spreading) because I’m not a total fashion loser.
And look you guys – I am even cooler now – I just purchased Belle De Jour for my home – lovely pony and such a sweet portrait! Woot!
SO! There you have it – you have been officially introduced to Garance Doré if you’ve never heard of her before and have been living under a rock for years. Enjoy! I’m off now for the day to finish up some interviews and for my 4 hour film theory class so wish me luck because I need lots of it. It’s hard but I like a good challenge…
Tell me, are you a Garance fan?
(images: Garance Doré Boutique)
While at imm this year, I briefly had a chance to look around as I ran from my lecture to the book shop – but at least I spotted a few things on my sprint! I snapped a few photos on my iPhone for future blogging and one of those photos had a pouf from GAN. Here’s a glimpse of the good stuff… Runners, rugs, pillows, poufs and best of all, a totally crafty chic boho vibe.
I particularly am fond of the Mangas collection because it was designed by one of my favorite designers in the world, Patricia Urquiola, who I dream of meeting someday – she’s just amazing! I love how cozy her designs for GAN look, don’t you? So snuggly…
Hello my dear friends! I hope that you are enjoying the season and all of the good feelings that it can bring, despite some of sad news we’ve been hearing lately from countries all over the world having their own trials and tribulations. Despite the bad times though, we have to each try during such moments to pause and reflect on all that is good in our life, in our community and in the world. It’s not about being Pollyanna, it’s about recognizing how precious life really is and that we have to value the time we’ve been given on this planet and live each day mindfully, with intention. For me, this also means taking time out.
While I admire bloggers who write 365 days a year (woot woot!), I simply don’t want to because I truly need and want time to dedicate to myself and my family – to be in a bubble all of our own – together, with friends, strolling the Christmas markets here and being in the moment without any sense of obligation or “I really need to blog this or that” because the truth it, taking time off is healing and the chance to recharge my batteries after a long year is, for me, a necessity.
I encourage all of you to take a little holiday pause this year – even an internet pause – and make some things with your hands, play on the floor with your children, pay attention to those in your home who are there because they belong to you and are yours to love and most importantly, refresh and refuel. I was going to have guest bloggers post for me while I’m away, but I decided that I want them to take time out too and I don’t want to encourage people to constantly surf blogs from now until January 1st because frankly, we all really need to enjoy other things offline to maintain joy and balance and to find more inspiration to put into our blogs again once the pause is over. Take it from me, the social media blog queen, it’s vital. :)
I took some photos today after I pulled together this little wall in my work room – it took about 30 minutes and I like it so much. I did this after cruising Pinterest all morning. I saw so many projects and ideas and felt inspired but wanted to make my own “project” so I stepped away from my iPad and got busy with my hands, scissors and washi tape. These photos are the result.
The beautiful cards came in the post by dear friends and some were given to me recently in person. They mean the world to me, especially when no one really sends paper cards anymore (heartbreakingly so) – I always make room on my walls each Winter to post the cards that did come in.
I will be on a holiday pause until January 9th, so I’ll see you on Wednesday January 9th. I may be posting a surprise edition of Color Me Pretty with wonderful Leslie Shewring between now and then though, so watch my blog for that special post.
Before I sign off for the year though, I have some thanks to give. First, to all of you who read decor8 and support this blog – Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful, year. Thank you to everyone who is leaving feedback on my books over at Amazon. Thank you to all who bought my books this year. Thank you to those of you who follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks to all who I’ve taught via Blogging Your Way (the next e-class is in March!). Thank you to my publishers: Jacqui Small (and team!) Chronicle Books, Murdoch, Callwey and the other 8 publishing houses who have translated and sold my books. Thank you to Debi Treloar for working with me this year on so many lovely photos for my books.
Thank you to everyone who came to my book launch party at Anthropologie in London this past Autumn, including Will and James and to Anthropologie for sponsoring it in the first place. Thank you to my columnists, Leslie, Emilie and Jillian for your beautiful contributions to decor8 each month. Thank you to the many bloggers who participated in the Decorate Workshop book tour for Chronicle Books, too!
And most importantly, a huge heartfelt thank you to my husband Thorsten for supporting me and loving me and putting up with living with a blogger but more than that, for working so hard to manage my business, handle my advertisements, work with my clients, support and maintain Blogging Your Way and for the beautiful, “Holly Song” that he composed for my new video shown below for a class I taught with Leslie Shewring in NYC earlier this year. So many assume I’m running my business alone but I’m not, my husband does a huge amount of work for what has become our company and he was the one person who encouraged me to write in the first place when I was so unhappy at my corporate job. Thorsten, thank you so much for being there for me!
There are so many more to thank, including those who advertise on my blog (see the column to your right for a complete view), but I think this post is already long enough. But seriously everyone, you all are a wonderful bunch of friends, thanks for being such a big extension of my family.
I wish you a beautiful and happy season and a wonderful 2013. I’ll see you on Wednesday, January 9th!
Have you laid eyes upon the book, Mes petites Kokeshi by talented Parisian shop owner Adeline Klam? I first saw it at the Frankfurter Buch Messe in 2011 and fell in total love, I had to buy a copy despite how little French I know (though now it’s been translated into German, available here). In this book, photos truly do speak a thousand words whether you speak French or German (or not). Adeline’s projects are so cute and are all themed around the Japanese Kokeshi wooden dolls. Here is a glimpse from the book taken by my friend Emilie Guelpa from Griottes who worked on the project with her as the photographer.
Recently, Emilie felt very inspired from working on this book for Adeline and decided to make her own version of kokeshi dolls at home. She wrote about how she did it on her blog (click here) but here are the items she transformed into little people laid out below. This is such a beautiful and inspiring craft project to work on, especially this time of year with your children. All you need are some wooden shapes, paint, fine tip brushes and maybe some glue if you want to accessorize your little people. You can add angel wings, glitter, feet, hats – whatever you’d like!
I feel so inspired by this project that I’m going to look around in the local craft store for wood pieces while I’m on vacation (I’m taking off December 15 – Jan 7) to see if I can make a few kokeshi of my own. You can even glue ribbon to them and create ornaments!
(images: emilie guelpa)