Covet: Melissa Joy Manning Pyrite Earrings

Pyrite & Gold Earrings By Melissa Joy Manning At Net A Porter

Melissa Joy Manning Pyrite Earrings
$125 at Net-a-Porter

California-based jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning is one of my favorite jewelry designers. Not only do I love her jewelry, I love that they are affordable enough for me to buy. I often find her pieces at Good in Beacon Hill, though tonight I stumbled across these gold and pyrite earrings online. These Melissa Joy Manning earrings are handmade from recycled 14-karat gold and  10.00-carats of raw faceted pyrite. I have a thing for pyrite too.

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ARTmonday: Ky Anderson’s Contemporary Artwork

Ky Anderson is a Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based abstract artist represented by one of my favorite galleries, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts. The gallery has outposts in New York City and Bridgehampton, and while I’ve never actually been to either, I often peruse the website and am a huge fan of many of the artists it represents, including Sydney Licht, whose pale pastel abstract still lifes are endlessly appealing.

Anderson, who was born in Kansas City and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, creates abstract paintings in acrylic and ink on paper (both found paper and new), and more recently, in oil on canvas. The colors are soft and the shapes simple and bold, often scaffolded with inky lines.

Anderson founded DUSK, through which she works with artists from all over to develop handmade editions and curate original series. She has a small printmaking shop in Greenpoint and welcomes nearby artists to use the press. She’s curating a DUSK show for this summer.

In addition, Anderson features her own art collection in a tumblr on her site. According to an interview she did with Got a Girl Crush, she started her art collection blog in order to “document and appreciate the artwork I live with and to encourage art collecting.” (I think I should document my personal art collection in a separate tab here on StyleCarrot. Yes?)

Anderson adds, “Not all art is expensive and I like to tell stories about how the work came into my hands to show that you don’t have to have a lot of money to grow a collection.” Absolutely. In fact, Jen Bekman offers five prints f Ky Anderson’s abstract paintings on 20×200, starting at $24.

Here is a sampling of some of my favorite abstract paintings by Ky Anderson. Those colors… Girl crush indeed.


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Ky Anderson’s studio in the Pencil Factory Building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


Ky Anderson


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Sunday Bouquet: Simple Pink Flowers in Clear Glass


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Saturday Say It: No More Type As

Good Enough is The New Perfect

are you on board with this sentiment?
i sometimes wish i could be
lazy or smart?

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Montage: 18 Vacation Rentals (Instead of Hotels)

We rarely travel as a family. On one hand, we miss out exploring new places and exposing the kids to different countries and cultures. (They can be heard whining that they’re the only ones in their classes that haven’t been out of the country.) On the other hand, we are lucky to have a beautiful place on Cape Cod where we can spend a good portion of summer and a little place in Florida where we can escape in wintertime. And I’ve been on some pretty amazing press trips in the last few years, with trips to Venice, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Kennebunkport.

At one point we were talking about taking the kids to London. It would be easy for our first big excursion. Wherever we go, whenever we go (at this point plans are non-existent), I think it would make so much more sense to rent an apartment than stay in a hotel. Hotels are luxuriously wonderful for romantic getaways, but when travelling as a family, it would be so much easier, not to mention more economical, to stay in an apartment (or, you know, a villa) with a kitchen and roomier living space.

There are so many sites that showcase vacation rentals, be they short-term apartment rentals in urban centers or fabulous villas in the countryside, all with galleries of photographs of customer reviews. I browsed through a number of them, and came up with these 18 vacation rentals, in cities all over the world, from Santa Fe to Santorini to Sydney and Copenhagen to Costa Rica to Capetown.

These vacation rentals not necessarily the absolute best, most decadent or distinctive, as that would have taken a ludicrous amount of time, but they are all really appealing, from the photographer’s loft in Miami to the casita in Santa Fe to the mid-century modern apartment in Reykjavik. I’d be happy to take up residence in any of these apartments for a week, family in tow.


Industrial loft
Santorini  •  Luxury Retreats


Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris


Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris

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Miami  •  Airbnb


Urban apartment
Berlin  •  Nomads Apt.


Pott’s Point apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels


Penhouse apartment with view of Hyde Park
London  •  Urban Retreat


Adobe home
Santa Fe  •  Two Casitas


Amsterdam  •  Houseboat Rental


City center apartment
Copenhagen  •  Airbnb


Penthouse apartment
Reykjavik  •  Boutique Homes


Studio in Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro  •  Airbnb


Villa with panoramic jungle and ocean views
Costa Rica  •  Luxury Retreats


Loft apartment in historical building
Barcelona  •  Home Away


Vineyard estate
Napa Valley  •  Home Away


Medieval watchtower amidst olive groves
Tuscany  •  Luxury Retreats

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Contemporary beach house
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels


City apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels
Mountain estate
Capetown  •  VRBO

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