Saturday Say It: Avoiding the Negative

Positive Quotes From Oprah Winfrey

Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.
 –Oprah Winfrey

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Get the Look: 20 Pops of Pink

Last time I embraced true pink was in the early years of high school, in the throes of the era of John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink movie and Madonna’s Like a Virgin album. (Yeah, album. that was 1984). I saved up for the most darling pink ballet flats by Gloria Vanderbilt. The leather was like buttah. I wore them with lace ankle socks. (I always wanted lace anklets but my mother insisted those and black patent Mary Janes were for little girls who went to church.) At this point, despite the whole Madonna thing, I was probably too old to be wearing them.

Flash forward a zillion years to Fall 2015, where pink pieces overtook runways. Prada, Gucci,Alexander McQueen, Lela Rose, Dolce & Gabanna, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel all showed versions of pink, from the palest blush to the most obnoxious bubble gum. Since Barbie is so not my thing, if I were going to play with pink, I’d gravitate toward blush tones, and pinks colored with a touch of melon.

I did a small roundup of ladylike pink styles in the Boston Globe on Sunday (In the Pink), which I’m following up here with 20 pops of pink, including pink fur outerwear, pink shoes and handbags (just use one pink accent, you can still get the effect), and some accessories and makeup. (I actually enjoy a rosy pink lip stain.)




1 Kiesza Rabbit Fur Vest at Calypso.

2 Danielle Earrings in Rose Quartz by Kendra Scott at Cusp.

3 Folded Leather Cardholder at Cos.

4 Lip2cheek in Demure by RMS Beauty  at Net-A-Porter.

5 Rockstud Ballerina Flats by Valentino at Nordstrom.

6 Tweed Print Wool Sweater by Escada at Nordstrom.

7 Pillow Pie Nail Polish by Smith & Cult at Blue Mercury.

8 Leatherstripe Square Satchel at Tory Burch.

Stella Suede Pump at J.Crew.

9 Alba Faux Fur Coat at Reiss.

10 Izzy Cardigan With Detachable Fur Collar at Alice & Olivia.

11 Piani Flower Stick Pin at Reiss.

13 Pink Shearling Bootie by Fendi at Nordstrom.

14 Sofia Lace Underwire Bra by Heidi Klume at Net-A-Porter.

15 Lillie High Collar Lace Dress at Reiss.

16 Soho Suede & Rose Gold Watch by RumbaTime at Shopbop.

17 Dayna Ruched Dress by DVF at Cusp.

18 Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blush by Charlotte Tilbury at Net-A-Porter.

19 Debbie Suede Platform Pump by Charlotte Olympia at Saks.

20 Shearling Popoche Pouch by Jerome Dreyfuss at Shopbop.

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ARTmonday: Photography from Tappan Collective

Yesterday morning I was catching up on my Pinterest boards when I came across this crisp bedroom designed by L.A. based designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. I love the sapare design and mix of white, charcoal and wood, but what really caught my eye was the misty landscape photo (affordable artwork I suspected/hoped) tinged in pink. (Clearly I’m still stuck on my blush and charcoal color palette.)  The photo was handily captioned, crediting this statement photo to Brian Merriam.

Brian Merriam is a self-taught, Brooklyn-based photographer whose prints are sold though Tappan Collective. Founded by two young Los Angeles natives, Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein who met at the University of Michigan, Tappan Collective is yet another great source for affordable artwork. I explored the photography section and came up with these 14 images that are thoroughly appealing. Eight of them are photographic portraits of partially obscured women. A pretty good match for my taste I’d say.


Amber Interiors  •  Photo by Tessa Neustadt


Brian Merriam, Mist Six


Brian Merriam, Mist One


Dafy Hagai, Xenn


Amanda Charchian, Nobody Quite Knows What To Make Of The Moon Anymore 2


Hughes Laurent, Truus


Hughes Laurent, Vogue


Gia Coppola, Gabbi


Lani Trock, Once, We Danced


Shay Spaniola, Costa Rica 1


Ward Roberts, Court 16


Annelie Vandendael, Sois Belle 3


David Kitz, Color Portrait #4


Matin Zad, Still Life With Dirt

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Sunday Bouquet: Pumpkin Succulent

Pumpkin Succulent DIY Fall Arrangement

Pumpkin Succulent DIY
Simply Happenstance (click for instructions!)

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ARTmonday: New England Artists at Webster & Company

This fall I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wonderful new project: curating artwork for the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center.

I love art. I buy art like other women buy shoes. I have master’s in art history that I did for fun and I started collecting art around the same time.  Friends have asked me for help choosing artwork, and over the years I’ve often thought of art consulting for interior designers.

This summer I was at the bar at Blackfish in  Truro with my friend Dee Elms,who encouraged me. (If  you don’t know her, she  is a very talented, supremely generous Boston-based interior designer). A week later I got an email from Mr. Webster at Webster & Company, asking me if I’d be interested in helping find local Boston artists whose work he could hang in his showroom. (A little birdie suggested me.) He was looking to do a complete swap of everything he had hanging. Within a month.

In a frenzy, I scoured my files and sources for Boston artists (and some further afield in Maine and on the Cape) whose work I loved that aligned with Mr. Webster’s tastes. We met in early September, narrowed down my finds, and over the last few weeks the very gracious Mr. Webster and his meticulous visual design director Jonathan Giacoletto have hung the work. There are about 75 pieces from almost 20 artists, all either local or with ties to the area.

It’s been a thrilling experience, both working with Mr. Webster and his team and all the artists. I haven’t seen everything hung yet, but I plan to go this week. If you happen to be over there, stop by. (Obviously they’re all for sale. If you you’re interested, you can  let me know.) Here is one piece from each artist represented. If you read ARTmonday regularly you will recognize some names. More photos to come of the installations in the coming weeks.


John Ross

John Ross, who has a degree from UCLA and is co-founder of design label PATCH NYC, composes photos inspired by Dutch still life paintings in his South End studio using only natural light.


Tess Atkinson

Tess Atkinson, who graduated from Skidmore College and studied photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, likens her images to being lost in a trance.


Linda Pagani

Linda Pagani, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, photographs vast spaces to compose abstract new environments.


Anna Kasabian

In her studio in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Anna Kasabian crafts wafer thin porcelain pieces that recall the forms and motions of flowers, sea plants, and ocean waves.


Jenny Brillhart

Abstracting beauty from the ordinary, Jenny Brillhart, who holds an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art and a B.A. from Smith College, lives and works in Miami and Stonington, Maine.


Judyth Katz

Having begun her career as a fiber artist, today Judyth Katz works in paints and pastels to create abstracted landscapes en plain air and from her studio on the Outer Cape.


MP Landis

MP Landis, who traveled the world with his Mennonite missionary parents, opened a bookstore, and painted in Provincetown, recently relocated from Brooklyn to Portland, Maine.


Jenny Prinn

Rain, laughter, footsteps, and foghorns are examples of the fleeting inspirational moments that inform Maine-based artist Jenny Prinn’s colorful abstract paintings.


Grace Hopkins

Grace Hopkins, who holds a B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, creates photographs with he look and feel of abstract paintings.


Hilary Tait Norod

Neuroscience and psychology are strong influences on Boston-based painter Hilary Tait Norod, who holds a B.A. in studio art from Skidmore College.


Steve Barylick

Former creative director and muralist Steve Barylick, who holds a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, paints abstracts at Joy Street Artist Studios in Somerville.


Linda Cordner

Linda Cordner layers pigmented translucent wax to depict subtle, atmospheric landscapes, all created in her SoWa studio.


Alicia Savage

Boston-based photographer Alicia Savage, who holds a B.A. from Northeastern University, documents her life and mind in self-portraits that hide her face but uncover her journey.


Budd Hopkins

Abstract Expressionist Budd Hopkins (1931—2011), who worked in New York and Wellfleet, combined geometrics with a gestural style. The Whitney Museum and The Guggenheim, among others, own his work.


Sarah Lutz

Sarah Lutz, whose abstract work refers to the natural world, holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.F.A. from The American University, and lives and works in New York City and Truro, Mass.


Stephen Sheffield

Using film and nontraditional techniques, South Shore-based photographer Stephen Sheffield, an alumnus of Cornell University and California College of the Arts, creates narrative images with a cinematic feel.


Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, who grew up and studied art in New England, creates expressive compositions with colorful gestural brushwork in her Northern California studio.


Joe Diggs

Working from his home studio overlooking a pond on Cape Cod, Joe Diggs sometimes strategically plans his compositions while other times is guided by pure emotion.

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