Street Style: Blue on Blue

Blue Pleated Skirt Blue Overcoat Blue Tote Street Style

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I love this monochromatic street style look. That color blue—let’s call it marine blue—more interesting than navy, not annoying like cobalt. I love the layering of identical shades of the pleated maxi skirt and cocoon coat; the black low cut booties sans socks complete the cool look. And the weather is mild enough right now to really wear it.

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Designer Spotlight: Architecture & Art Inspired Jewelry by Jessica Biales

My friend Jessica Biales, who is a Manhattan-based jewelry designer, has just debuted a brand new collection. True to form, these newest pieces are based on art and architecture, a common source of inspiration for Biales. (I typed at least one or two architecture papers for her in college. On my electric typewriter.)

Earlier this year she released her Scissors Collection inspired by Matisse’s work in last year’s MoMA exhibit “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.” Her most popular earlier work includes  signet rings and slice rings. (I have a rose gold slice ring with tavorites, a green gem.)

The current collection offers modern rings, bracelets, and pendants in sterling silver and gold. Pieces echo artist Josef Albers’ colorblock square paintings, steel sheet metal sculptures by David Smith, and the inverted architecture of The Whitney Museum by Marcel Breuer, and Rothko’s meditative abstracts.

 

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Paintings by Josef Albers

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Painted steel sculpture by David Smith, Untitled, 1955.
Ballad Hoops, Jessica Biales Jewelry

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry\

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Whitney Museum of American Art designed by Marcel Breuer.
Pendant necklace with pavé diamonds by Jessica Biales Jewelry.

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Abstract paintings by Mark Rothko. 
Colored diamond bead necklaces by Jessica Biales Jewelry.

Jessica Biales Architectural Jewlry

Jessica at work in her studio.

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Montage: 18 Winter Tablescapes With Holiday Centerpieces

I’m not into holiday decorating, and not just because I’m Jewish. I just don’t see the value of buying and storing extra stuff (clutter!) that is only used a few weeks a year. I remember going into an off price chain store a couple of years ago and being visually bombarded with turkey fingertip towels and the like. Nobody needs those. There are better ways to use both natural resources and money; plus, they’re just ugly.

Seriously though, I don’t mean to be Scrooge-y. I love flowers, garlands, candles. Such winter holiday decor is beautiful. I especially appreciate Scandinavian style accents — Moravian stars, white candles, pine tree springs, sheepskin, and all that. And while I personally don’t favor red, there are plenty of ways to incorporate red flowers and berries into winter tablescapes that look pretty and fresh.

Branches studded with berries standing solo in clear vases are stunning. A simple, wide red ribbon around a white ceramic vase looks pretty as a centerpiece. Plenty of tapered candlesticks and votives. Evergreen garlands. All of these items help create more naturalistic winter feel during holiday time. Here are 18 winter tablescapes with centerpieces geared toward Christmastime decorating.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Scandinavian Greens

Sarah Winward  •  Honey of a Thousand Flowers

A simple evergreen garland, plain glass votive holders, and black candlesticks make an elegant rustic winter tablescape.

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Tinsel & Twine  •  Photo by Marianna Jamadi •  via Ruffled

I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, but the wintry white blooms mix well with evergreen sprigs and look beautiful in a silver pot. Fluted votives and gold-rimmed goblets add more shine and show that mixing metals can be done tastefully.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

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Red berries on branches in a clear glass florist’s vase adds Christmas color color without confusion.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Martha Stewart  •  Photo by Eric Piasecki

I’m not a fan of the poinsettia, but I love the way the large blooms are placed around the based of tapered candles on this classic but simple holiday table.

Rustic Winter Tablescapes Holiday Table Settings

The White Buffalo Styling Co.

A black and cream buffalo check runner pairs perfectly with wood slice chargers and forest green glass, not to mention handpainted deer napkins. The winter centerpiece consists of oversize pinecones, greens, and a hurricane lamp.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Better Homes & Gardens

I put together a similar arrangement this summer on the Cape, cutting white roses from my rose bush and pairing with pine tree clippings from the forest.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Good Housekeeping  •  Photo by Michael Parantino

Peppermint striped runners made from ticking fabric laid across the table vertically provide a cheerful backdrop to this red and white Christmas table setting complete with shiny red  winter berries in white vases of varying heights.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Plaid Tablecloth

City Farmhouse

Jen from the City Farmhouse det her Christmas-themed dining table with a fringed plaid blanket (I had one of these as a baby, too bad it’s long gone), a potted mini evergreen tree, lanterns, and woodland creature.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Marigold and Mint  •  A Blog Named Scout  •  Photo by Belethee

 Seattle florist Marigold and Mint created the cotton flower  centerpieces for this Seattle dinner party that celebrated the cozy Danish concept of hygge.

DIY Winter Flower Arrangements And Holiday Centerpieces

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Blogger Victoria McGinley created this simple DIY Christmas centerpiece using  a clear glass cylinder vase, one bunch of white roses, a bunch of Ilex berries, evergreen clippings from the Christmas tree, and a red and white ribbon.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Scandinavian Greens

Martha Stewart

A mix of vintage and new vessels holds white spider mums, seeded eucalyptus, and blue Atlas cedar branches frosted with silver floral spray paint. Cluster them as a centerpiece or set them in a row down the middle of a table for a Scandinavian style setting.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes Lush Dutch Inspired Florals

Sarah Winward  •  Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Winter citrus, privet berry, and amaryllis centerpiece on rustic wood table set with organic white ceramic dishes and pewter candlesticks gives this tablescape the feel of a Dutch still life painting.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Salt Harbor Designs  •   Millie Holloman Photography

The Wilmington-based event planners used cylindrical, Christmas tree shaped topiaries and white candles in a row down the center of an extra long table.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

Annabode + Co.

Denver-based interior designer Anna Smith made the black and white striped runner out of wrapping paper, then layered brass candlesticks, mercury glass votives, and an evergreen garland down the center of the table.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes In White With Greens

Floral Designs by Lee

White spider mums, greens, and branches topped with a silver ribbon makes for a petite but multi-level and economic centerpiece.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes In White With Greens

Flowers for Everyone

The simple Nordic winter vibe is very popular in Australia too. One can send a gorgeous bouquet by Flowers For Everyone of crisp green and white flowers in a cardboard box.  This one has Singapore orchids, roses,  lisanthus, lime chrysanthemums, native green brazillia berries, and adorable little bundles of cinnamon sticks.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes

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Topiary trees get red and white ribbons for a joyous Christmas touch while burlap accents infuse a rustic feel to this traditional but still fresh holiday table.

Winter Flower Arrangements Holiday Tablescapes With Succulents

JL Designs  •  Photo by Leo Patrone  •  via Be Inspired PR

Mini succulents in low  vases mixed with bright red blooms make for a festive and fresh modern table setting at Christmastime. 

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Better Homes & Gardens

Pretty Christmas floral arrangement features red and white amaryllis in a white pitcher tied with a ribbon.

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Get the Look: 75 Holiday Party Dresses

Many of you are probably still in the crush of the holiday rush. But since I celebrate Hanukkah, my present giving season is complete. My husband and I celebrate our anniversary on Christmas Eve -a spur of the moment elopement – so there’s opportunity for one more give and get, but the real buying, and by that I mean the buying for the kids, is complete.

That means it’s time to move on to planning the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit. Or you might have some holiday parties to attend. I’ll likely cozy up at home. But if I were planning a rocking New Year’s Eve, I’d start trying on dresses right now. There’s nothing worse than buying a party ensemble under pressure. After all this research I may just make a buy so I have a pretty party dress on hand.

I may have gone overboard—there are 75 party dress picks here from StyleCarrot partners and other sources. Lots of lace happening this season. There’s a turquoise lace dress by DVF; a cobalt lace dress from J.Crew, and a one-shouldered navy lace number fromReiss. (Princess Kate should totally dare to wear that.) Of course there are plenty of metallics. Metallic gold and gunmetal dresses, as well as jacquard (big trend right now, especially at Tory Burch), and a sprinkling of sequins. Plus capes. Channel Gwyneth and try a dress with a cape. The white one from Pixie Market is darling. 01

What would I wear? If I were a tiny bit younger and going dancing, I think #3 is really cute, though I’d probably opt for #33, the pleated midi by Rebecca Taylor or #47, the gold wrap dress. The stripey sequin Marc dress, #16 is adorable, especially paired with those studded clogs. The green knotted Lanvin silk shift (#25) is more my style these days, if I could afford it, along with #38, the modern minimalist black gabardine from Ssense. (Everything from Ssense is fierce. For a more festive feel but still considering comfort, I like #49, a black embellished chiffon shift by Velvet.

I like to order a whole bunch and then decide.

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

1 White Cape Dress, $98 at Pixie Market.  

2 DVF Sky Blue Lace Dress, $501 at MyTheresa

3 Sequin Cage Dress, $150 at Bloomingdale’s

4 Aster Flower Dress, $495 at Rebecca Taylor

5 Silence + Noise Lattice Back Dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

6 Keepsake Lace Bodycon Dress, $170 at Urban Outfitters

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

7 Embellished Mini Dress, $898 at Alice + Olivia

8 Double V-Neck Fit & Flare Chambray Dress, $79.95 at Gap.  

9 Jacquard Sleeveless Dress $595 at Tory Burch.  

10 d.RA Blue Hi Lo Dress, $149 at Urban Outfitters

11 Hot Pink Flutter-Sleeve Dress, $128 at Banana Republic

12 Floral Print Silk Dress, $198.50 at Club Monaco

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

13 Gold One Shoulder Dress, $300 at Whistles.

14 Lovers + Friends Magenta Cape Dress, $178 at Revolve

15 Bailey 44 Gunmetal Cut-Out Dress, $202 at Revolve

16 Marc by Marc Jacobs Striped Lamé Shift, $498 at Saks.  

17 DKNY Allover Sequin Dress $495 at Shopbop

18 Blush Sequin Dress, $198 at J.Crew.

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

19 Red Scalloped Shift Dress, $48.99 at Ruche

20 Lanvin Silk Dress With Tassel Tie, $1,690 at MyTheresa

21 Maison Scotch Tulle Skirt Dress, $329 at Revolve

22 Silver Metallic Sleeveless Dress, $169.99 at ModCloth

23 DVF L Printed Silk Dress, $468 at Saks.

24 Green Floral Drop-Waist Dress, $138 at Banana Republic.

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

25 Lanvin Gathered-Front Shift Dress, $1,690 at Barneys

26 Gray Organza Dress, $470 at Whistles

27 Electric Blue Lace Dress, $178 at J.Crew

28 Gray Lace Shift Dress, $148 at Madewell

29 Metallic Brocade Dress, $398 at J.Crew

30 MLV Forest Green Embellished Dress, $350 at Cusp

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

31 Halston Heritage Blue Cutout Dress, $267 at Bloomingdale’s

32 Karen Keen Ombre Sequin Dress, $158 at Bloomingdale’s

33 Lurex Pleated Cami Dress, $479  at Rebecca Taylor

34 A.L.C. Montana Dress, $495 at Saks

35 Merlot Velvet Dress, $89.99 at ModCloth

36 Alexis Starlight Print High-Low Dress , $798 at Cusp.  

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

37 Asymmetric Lace Dress, $360 at Reiss

38 Enfold Black Wool Gabardine Dress, $865 at Ssense

39 Topshop Unique Crushed Velvet Dress, $435 at Net-a-Porter

40 Self Portrait Maroon Dress, $560 at Shopbop

41 Velvet Studio Dress, $99.90 at Zara.

42 Embellished Blush Shift Dress, $369 at Ted Baker

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

43 Ronny Kobo Camo Dress, $336 at Pink Mascara

44 Black & Gold Fitted dSequin Dress, $595 at L.K.Bennett

45 Alice + Olivia Sleeveless Floral Jacquard Dress, $398 at Saks

46 Isabel Marant Chiffon Keyhole Dress, $710 at Net-a-Porter

47 Bec & Bridge Gold Wrap Dress $320 at Urban Outfitters

48 Michael Michael Kors Sequined Tank Dress, $325 at Saks

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

49 Velvet Embellished Chiffon Dress, $472 at MyTheresa.  

50 Maje Stripe Fit & Flare Dress, $376 at Bloomingdale’s

51 Geometric Jacquard Dress, $375 at Milly

52 Rag & Bone Silk Shift Dress, $425 at Nordstrom

53 Cheap Monday Illusion Dress, $90 at Need Supply Co. 

54 Bec & Bridge Silver Metallic Dress, $180 at Shopbop

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

55 French Connection Black & Blue Lace Dress, $248 at Cusp

56 Black Fringe Dress, $389 at Club Monaco

57 Adeline Rae Fit & Flare Dress, $94 at Nordstrom.  

58 Metallic Dot Dress, $188 at J.Crew

59 Keepsake Black Mini Dress, $199 at Pixie Market

60 Black Graphic Floral Dress, $198.50 at Club Monaco

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

61 Floral Print Silk Crepe Dress, $895 at Burberry

62 Elizabeth & James  Red Dress, $365 at Intermix

63 Rachel Zoe Fringe Cocktail Dress, $495 at Neiman Marcus

64 Lela Rose Half-Sleeve Fit-&-Flare Dress, $1,095 at Neiman Marcus.

65 White Sequined Fringe Dress, $34.90 at Forever 21.

66 Pink Dot Pleated Dress, $378 at Kate Spade

67 Sleeveless Sequin Stripe Dress, $598 at Kate Spade

Holiday Party Dresses New Year's Eve Dresses 2015

68 Elizabeth & James Sequin Dress, $465 at Intermix

69 Open Back Fit & Flare Dress, $548 at Kate Spade.  

70 Turquoise Satin Dress, $100 at Topshop

71 Maje Midnight Sequined Crepe Dress, $229.50 at The Outnet

72 Silver Lamé Slip Dress by Boutique. $240 at Topshop

73 Marchesa Notte Strapless Lace Dress, $402.75 at The Outnet.  

74 Red Pleated Strapless Dress, $159.99 at Ann Taylor

75 Black Dolman Sleeve Dress, $775 at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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ARTmonday: 15 Pieces from Restoration Hardware’s Contemporary Art Gallery

A couple of  years ago Restoration Hardware opened a 28,000-square foot gallery, complete with roof garden in the Meatpacking District in New York. In August ArtNet reported that the gallery would close. While the brick & mortar venture was short-lived, the online outpost remains. 

Restoration Hardware’s Contemporary Art Gallery offers what seem to be the same pieces that were on display in real life. ArtNet dismisses the artwork as mostly painting that “leans heavily toward decorative, easy-on-the-eyes abstraction.” I don’t care what they say. . . Maybe the artists won’t wind up at the Whitney (or maybe some will); I  like them. No need to be snobby. 

Here is a sampling of 15 pieces from  Restoration Hardware’s Contemporary Art Gallery online. There are videos online too if you’re particularly interested in any of the artists, most of whom are from cities scattered throughout Europe.

RH Contemporary Art Gallery In NYC

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Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Landscape

Sohyun Bae, Frozen Lake, 2015
Rice paper and pure pigment on canvas, Sold

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Painting

Meng Zhigang, No Difference Space – Bathe Stately, 2013
Oil on canvas, $7,500

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Landscape Photography

Andres Galeano, Unknown Photographers #175 (Diptych), 2015
Found photo album pictures, C-prints, $4,480

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Alessia Armeni, Painting Rome 07/04/14, 2014
and Painting Berlin 19/04/12, 2012
Oil on canvas, $7,000 each

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Anna Virnich, Untitled (#12), 2013
Various fabric on wood stretcher, price upon request

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Oystein Aasan, Untitled 2013, 2013
Oil on veneer, $4,200

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Brice Bischoff, Bronson Caves #23, 2010
Edition 2 of 5, C_pring, $4,900

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Koen Delaere, Untitled (Jeremi), 2014
Oil and acrylic on canvas, $9,000

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Hilal Sami, Mandala, 2014
Copper and handmade paper, Price upon request

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Maria Schumacher, Center of a Vicious Circle, 2014
Oil on canvas, $2,100

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Troika, Drawing Together, Drawing Apart #02, 2014
Blank ink on paper, Price upon request

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Aurora Passero, Triggers #1, 2015
Woven, hand dyed nylon, acrylic tube, Price upon request

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Daniel Schubert, Untitled, 2015
Acrylic on canvas, $7,130

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

David Mohr, Inertia, 2015
Sand and acrylic gel on canvas, $800

Restoration Hardware's Fine Art Gallery Abstract Painting

Paul Weiner, Complaint and Information, 2015
Graphite and acrylic paint on canvas, $1,200

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