Design Diary: Contemporary Kitchen With Folding Glass Wall

This fall I wrote about a condo in a classic 1920s brick Georgian in Brookline for the kitchen & bath issue of  Boston Globe Magazine. The story “A kitchen, deck combo lets the fun expand” features a sleek contemporary design by architect Michael Kim, who re-thought the client’s entire home. Initially a jumble of rooms and hallways indicative of life in the old days, Kim pretty much wiped the slate clean and designed a contemporary and highly single-floor family home that melds the indoors with the out. (David Cohen of Newton-based Hampden Design & Construction was the builder.)

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Splitting the home in half lengthwise, Kim positioned the three bedrooms behind the expansive living space. The new linear kitchen, designed by kitchen designer Charlotte Bogardus of Kitchens by Coco, features custom ash millwork handcrafted by Fall River-based East Bay Cabinetry, a local and more cost-effective solution than the high-end Italian kitchen cabinets they initially considered.  The layout is perfectly symmetrical, with pullout pantries anchoring each end, one flanked by an oven and microwave and one by a camouflaged 30-inch refrigerator. In the center of that wall, pocket doors hide a niche for smaller appliances and auxiliary counter space, under which are two sets of fridge and freezer drawers.

Design and color consultant Shelley Reed, who had worked with the couple on their previous home, guided them in choosing finishes and furnishings. The floor is high-grade walnut stained a rich brown, a color that simultaneously grounds the space, sets off the pale ash cabinetry. Reed purposefully combined contrasting tones of wood, all of which pop against the walls, painted Benjamin Moore White Dove. The Italian leather and chrome bar stools were $10 Craigslist finds and the weathered teak outdoor picnic table from Restoration Hardware. They flirted with the idea of splurging on Bocci lighting, but ultimately went with a more budget-friendly multi-globe chandelier from West Elm

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The 16-foot, stainless steel topped island, which the client loves even more now that it’s “beat up,” has a stainless double sink that they welded to the countertop for a seamless effect, a quick-to-cool induction cooktop, over which hovers a pared-down hood by Zepher that reads like a piece of contemporary sculpture.

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A built in desk is home to the family computer, and further down the wall there’s a built-in bar.

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The living room is outfitted with a modular sofa from Roche Bobois and a pair of chartreuse chairs from Ligne Roset. The shag rug is also from Ligne Roset and the concrete coffee table from West Elm. A floating shelf, which doubles as a bench, hugs the jagged wall.

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The kitchen island aligns perfectly with the contemporary accordion doors that open to deck, which was designed by Boston-based landscape designer Ed MacLean of Potted Up. The mahogany deck features a gas grill, a built-in wooden banquette off to one side (not pictured), and semi-circular loungers by Tropitone (the homeowners saw a similar style in Florida and had to have them) around a fire pit that can also be topped to form a table). MacLean also designed gardens around the perimeter of the house. 

Photos by Shelly Harrison

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ARTmonday: Still Life Photographs by Anna Williams

This morning when I was looking for art to share with you, I came across a photo I had put assigned labeled Anna Williams “Seeking.” When I Googled Anna Williams, this Brooklyn-based photographer’s work came up. Not the Anna Williams from UGallery I had been searching for, but another photographer named Anna Williams.

This Anna Williams shoots lush still lifes, often of sensuous food, as well as quiet, rich interiors. She’s assisted Stephen Lewis, Bill Abranowicz and Gentl + Hyers, and has shot campaigns for Michael Kors and Williams Sonoma, as well as editorial for Martha Stewart, Real Living, and Food & Wine.

Her work is beautiful, so, proving detours can be very good, I thought I’d share. Here are 10 works by photographer Anna Williams.

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Photographer Anna Williams Kitchen Interior

Photographer Anna Williams Still LIfe Fish Bones

Photographer Anna Williams Still LIfe Blood Oranges And Muslin

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life Measuring Cups & Pitchers

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life On Mantle

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life Nectarines & Plums

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Sunday Bouquet: Orange Roses & Burlap

Orange Roses In Glass Jar With Burlap DIY Flower Arrangment

DIY floral arrangement by Top This Top That

Orange roses in clear jar tied with burlap, plus green stems and twigs.

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Shopping Trip: Lou & Grey

Today I’m partnering with Lou & Grey, an offshoot of Ann Taylor LOFT that elevates loungewear by using textural fabrics and on trend silhouettes to create a collection of easy living pieces with a bit of edge. There are nubby oversize popovers, drawstring pants tailored enough to wear outdoors, stripey knit moto jackets, worn denim, a multitude of leggings, and soft drapey tees.

Interspersed with the Lou & Grey clothing, which is done in a palette of grey and oatmeal, with chambray, indigo, and shots of burgundy, is delicate, on-trend jewelry (lots of triangles) by makers that include Zoe Comings from Austin and New Refined Basics from Portland. There are also colorblock canvas pouches by Bittle & Burley and amazing candles in scents of storm, charcoal, and bone in handmade ceramic pots; both makers are out of Brooklyn. In addition, there are organic beauty products, matter ceramic canisters with cork tops, herringbone throws, stacks of Kinfolk magazines, and a carefully edited selection of books. 

The decor is perfect, with white wood plank floors, copper pipe clothes rails, table bases, and pendants, marble slabs, oak shelving, linen fitting room curtains, and leather hooks. It actually looks a lot like a gorgeous South End condo that I wrote about in the Boston Globe Magazine last Sunday. Lou & Grey is pretty much Pinterest come alive.

I visited the new Lou & Grey retail space at the Natick Mall outside Boston. (There’s a store open in Westport, CT too. I’ll definitely stop by when I’m there for Thanksgiving.) Let’s take the tour.

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L O O K S available O N L I N E

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S H O P P I N G
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1 Treadstripe Moto Jacket + White Signature Tee

2 Specklestripe Popover + Spacedye Maxi Skirt

3 Burgundy Zippy Tunic + Grey Skinny Jean

4 Pebbled Crepe Popover + Chambray Jogger Pant

5 Mixup Tee + Twill Drawstring Pant

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Just In: Project Safari Geo Ceramic Animal Heads

The number of emails I’ve been getting lately about Kickstarter campaigns has increased. They’re oftentimes pretty interesting. This morning I got one about a winter coat made out of 50 recycled water bottles.  Yesterday, Justin Johnsen of Bronsen, a new Brooklyn-based collaborative design firm that he launched with Pilar Romero Bruno, emailed me about Bronsen’s Kickstarter campaign, Project Safari

Project Safari a  ceramic geo, animal bust forms made in stoneware finished in satin-white or satin-black glazes that are hand-made in Portland, Oregon. The collection includes: Gerard the Giraffe, Grayson the Gorilla, Hamilton the Hippo, Calvin the Crocodile, and Lewis the Lion.

Bronsen is looking to raise $15,000 in order to produce Project Safari. They’ve got under $3K left to raise and 9 days (until Halloween) in which to do it. If produced, each bust will retail for $100. If you donate at least $1 to the campaign, you can buy one for $90. There are discounts and little gifts for larger pledges. I’ve got no special interest here. I just think the geo animal head sculptures are cute.

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Get the Look: Upholstered Swivel Chairs In Every Color

This Sunday was the last 2014 Boston Globe Magazine home decor issue. The theme was “Make It Your Own.” I wrote a several features for it (I will blog about La Tartine Gourmande blogger Bea Peltre’s colorful home soon and well as a South End condo with industrial style decor.) They’re two of my all time favorite spaces about which I’ve written.

In addition to the features, I put together the StyleWatch product page, which highlighted seven colorful upholstered swivel chairs. Swivel chairs are a perennial favorite of interior designers. A pair of swivel chairs can bridge the two separate conversation areas in an oversize living room. In the family room, swivel chairs can face either the sofas or the television, allowing for multi-function flexibility. Designer Alys Protzman, who decorated this yellow and white cottage on Cape Cod, likes to place a cluster of swivel chairs around a table to create an entire seating area that delights kids and adults. (Spin, spin, spin.)

There are lots of different types of swivel chairs available for living spaces, including mod styles on pedestals. Other than the one Jonathan Adler swivel chair I included here (because I just couldn’t resist it), these upholstered swivel chairs resemble traditional easy chairs that one would not expect to rotate. These upholstered swivel chairs would work in any room, whether to serve two functions near a television or open kitchen, or used as a reading chair by a window in the bedroom. (Or just use it to pile clothing on and swivel it away from you when it becomes overloaded.)

Here are 45 upholstered swivel chairs in every color as well as some patterns.

 

Modern Taupe Neutral Upholstered Swivel Chairs

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S H O P P I N G

1 Eos Swivel Chair, $999 at Room & Board.
2 Willy Swivel Armchair by Poltrona Frau at Switch Modern.
3 Alfosa Cow Print Swivel Chair, $278.54 at Wayfair.
4 Blakely Brown Swivel Chair, $480 at Bellacor.
5 Agathos Swivel Armchair by Antonio Citterio at Switch Modern.
6 Sutton Chevron Swivel Chairi, $499.99 at Bellacor.
7 Manhattan Swivel Stool, $986 at Seagrass Home.
8 Baxter Swivel Chair, $2,595 at Jonathan Adler.
9 Lazar Scroll Corkscrew Left Swivel Chair, $806 at AllModern.
10 Felix Chair by Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, $2,115 at Bloomingdale’s.
11 Felix Swivel Chair, $1,545 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
12 Penta Swivel Chair by Viccarbe, $1,697 at Switch Modern.
13 Hugo Swivel Chair, $999 at Room & Board.
14 Feelin’ Groovy Swivel Chairs at Thayer Coggin.
15 Rothko Swivel Chair, $799.95 at Boston Interiors.
16 Milo Baughman Style Barrel Chairs, $895/pair at Chairish.
17 Duffield Swivel Chair in Brushstrokes, $799 at West Elm.
18 Duffield Swivel Chair in Ikat Chevron, $799 at West Elm.
19 Floral Arm Chair, $1,900 at 1st Dibs.
20 Luxe Slipcovered Swivel Chair, $1,299 at Crate & Barrel.
21 Azimut Swivel Chair by Marco Fumagalli at Roche Bobois.
22 Anda Swivel Chair at Ligne Roset.
23 Reid Swivel Armchair, $2,720 at DWR.
24 Brisbane in Sunbrella Canvas, $1,299 at Room & Board.
25 Swivel Ottoman at Ligne Roset.
26 Celeste Swivel Chair, $749 at Room & Board.
27 Axis II Leather Swivel Chair, $1,899 at Crate & Barrel.
28 Serene Slipcovered Swivel Chair, $1,499 at Crate & Barrel.
29 Linda Swivel Chair, $799 at Circle Furniture
30 Anda Swivel Chair at Ligne Roset.
31 Morgan Track Arm Swivel Glider, $1,089 at Ethan Allen.
32 Colby Swivel Club Chair by Elegant Home Fashions, $496 at Bellacor.
33 Stockholm Swivel Chair, $399 at IKEA.
34 1980s Directional Swivel Lounge Chair, $3,850 at 1st Dibs.
35 Talia Swivel Chair, $1,399 at Crate & Barrel.
36 Nico Return Leather Swivel Chair, $2,545 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
37 Crest Swivel Chair in Sunbrella Canvas, $799 at Room & Board.
38 Modern Swivel Chair 805, $953 at Contemporary Furniture.
39 Mid-Century Custom Swivel Arm Chairs, $2,850/pair at Chairish.
40 Pumpkin Chair by Pierre Paulin at Ligne Roset.
41 Facett Swivel Armchair at Ligne Roset.
42 Fresco Swivel Occasional Chair at LaZBoy.
43 Otis Swivel Chair, $699 at Room & Board.
44 Barrel Back Swivel Lounge Chair, $2,850/pair at 1st Dibs.
45 Hathaway Swivel Glicer, $1,099 at Crate & Barrel.

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ARTmonday: The 50 Best Paintings in New England

This Sunday, The Boston Globe art critic (and handsome Australian) Sebastian Smee put forth his picks for “The 50 Best Paintings in New England.” He speculated, if disaster strikes, which would he salvage? He gave himself some rules, like no more than three paintings per artist, no murals, and just paintings. Having to choose sculpture and the rest would be too Herculean a task. He likens the exercise to that which curators face routinely, pointing out: “Only a fraction of their collections (at the Museum of Fine Arts it’s around 4percent) are on display at any given time.”

I’m not intimately familiar with the MFA’s collections (I must must must make it there more often), and embarassingly ignorant when it comes to works in the collections of the Harvard Art Museums, Yale University Art Gallery, and Worcester Art Museum, so I won’t critique Smee’s choices. I understand them, though my knowledge on early religious work is little to none. (I audited a 17th century European art class once and was baffled by all the church terms.)

The only piece of Smee’s 50 picks I actively dislike is Paul Cézanne’s “Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair,” c. 1877. It’s creepy, and she looks like a strained wax figure to me. Maybe Boston doesn’t have other, better, Cézannes? Probably I’m just in the minority of appreciating what is probably considered a masterpiece.

I pulled my dozen favorites from Sebastian Smee’s 50 Best Paintings in New England, below.

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“Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk”  •  1100s  • China
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
I studied Mandarin in undergrad, and a bit of Chinese art in grad school, so the image is somewhat nostalgic for me. Nevertheless, these ladies from the Northern Son Dynasty, are supremely graceful. 

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Nicolas Poussin  •  “Mars and Venus ”  •  c. 1630  •  France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This is an early mythological work based on the poetry of Lucretius. The landscape is lush, and the scene almost divine.

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John Singleton Copley  •  “Paul Revere”  •  1768  •  United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

I studied colonial American painting in grad school with Barbara Novak, one of the country’s premier art historians. I learned to appreciate what I once thought was dry portraiture from her (we certainly studied this masterpiece), as well as how to travel through the landscapes of the Hudson River School painters.

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Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun
“Portrait of a Young Woman (Countess Worontzoff?)”   •  c. 1797  •  France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

I don’t know anything about this artist. Smee mentions she is self taught. Her depiction of this woman is exquisite. The crispness of her clothing looks as though it was sharpened in PhotoShop, accentuated even more so against the Impressionistic clouds in the background. Her eyes and lips so expressive, with the sunlight making her skin simply luminous.

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 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres  •  “Odalisque With a Slave”  •  1840  •  France
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

Ingres’ “La Grande Odalisque” became an immediate favorite of mine when I learned about it in a summer art history class at NYU. While this odalisque (an odalisque is a concubine, by the way), is not quite as arresting, her body is painted beautifully, and I like the detailed depiction of the textiles and decor.

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John Singer Sargent
 “The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit”  •  1882  •  United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Of course I chose this, not just because it is painted by John Singer Sargent, but because it portrays young girls, one of my favorite subject matters. I actually wrote a paper for Barbara Novack in grad school on the depiction of women and children in colonial American painting, and what could be deduced from their frocks and props. This painting dates to much later, thus is more playful and decorative. Smee mentions that the MFA’s Erica Hirschler wrote an entire book, called Sargent’s Daughters, about this painting.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir  •  “Dance at Bougival”  •  1883  •  France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A universal favorite by Renoir. A life size Impressionist piece that is just magical.

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Vincent Van Gogh  •  “Postman Joseph Roulin”   •  1888  •  Netherlands
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

While I’m not much for uniforms, the color and movement (especially in the brushstrokes in the beard) of this painting is so distinctly Van Gogh. This was his postman in Arles. Delightful.

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Paul Gauguin  •  “The Brooding Woman”  •  1891  •  France
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

A woman lost in thought, another common theme of my ARTmonday blog posts. But this is a Gaughin, as you can tell by the woman’s robust form. Something seems amiss about that straw hat. This may be worth going to Worcester to see.

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“Summer Night’s Dream (The Voice)”   •  1893  •  Norway
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

I love the almost unfinished quality of this almost scene, which evokes thoughts of fairytales for me.  Smee calls it “the greatest Munch in any American collection.”

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Edward Hopper  •  “Rooms by the Sea”   •  1951  •  United States
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

This is one of my favorite Hoppers (the list is long). The fields of color are spectacular, the sunlight, the water, all of it.

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Mark Rothko  •  “Untitled” 1954  •  United States
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

And Rothko. Love most of his work. That this is lilac and orange makes it even better.

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Sunday Bouquet: Foliage + Gourds

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Photo by cay_mae

Scattered leaves, gourds, and mini pumpkins.

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Foodie Friday: Embracing the Green Stuff – 10 Kale Recipes for Fall

Stews aren’t my thing, but I love a good autumnal meal. The trick is finding dishes that feel like fall, minus the stringy meat. This summer, in a fit of kale frenzy, I posted 12 Kale Salads. I’ve definitely taken to kale. (It may be the influence of the “Eat More Kale” bumper sticker I see every morning on a car at my son’s school. Cambridge, yup.) My mother-in-law makes a delicious Kale Portuguese Soup (a Provincetown specialty), for which she swaps out the linguica for Hebrew National hot dogs, since we don’t do pork. I’ll have to try to create a batch myself in my new beautiful cast iron cocotte sent to me by Staub, which is displayed like art (a glossy grey sculpture it is) on the range. I have yet to try any of these recipes, but they are tempting. I think my younger son would love the Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas, and I’m feeling like the Quinoa + Kale Patties could be interesting. Let me know if you have a favorite kale dish, from here or your own recipe files.

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Kale, Spinach & Goat Cheese Pasta •  Fork Knife Swoon
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Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas  •  Running to the Kitchen
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Savory Kale, Corn , & Feta Galette  •  White On Rice Couple
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Skinny Slow Cooker Kale & Turkey Meatball Soup  •  Foodie Crush
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Kale & Artichoke Dip  •  eHow
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 Quinoa + Kale Patties  •  Yummy Supper
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Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts & Goat Cheese  •  Stuck on Sweet

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Spaghettini with Creamy Kale Sauce  •  Canuck Cuisine
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Crustless Kale Quiche  •  Ingredients, Inc.
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 Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Kale & Bacon  •  iVillage
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 Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel Honeycrisp & Goat Cheese  •  Cookie + Kate
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One Look: Graphic Sweater + Edgy Leather Midi

If you know me, you know my color of choice for clothing (and accessories for that matter) is grey. I dressed baby #1 in grey onesies so we were twinsies, and baby #2 (now a big boy) inherited my preferences, sporting grey heather tees so often I’m afraid the school thinks I don’t do the laundry. (He has like 4 of them. Really.)

I still haven’t used my new textured grey leather tote from Madewell. (Should I return it? I really like it though.) (By the, way, all sale items at Madewell are 30% off with code PICKMEUP, including a boxy leather trim sweatshirt and oversize gray satchel.)  My slightly fancier (and definitely more ladylike) Tory Burch grey flannel satchel has yet to arrive. I’ve been sporting my high rise skinny gray jeans whenever I leave the house, so probably that won’t mesh anyway.

What denim brand has everyone been wearing lately? I pretty much have only worn Madewell denim for the past couple of years. I learned yesterday that one of the major players in that arena is now at AYR, a women’s spinoff of the men’s label Bonobos. AYR had a popup at Bonobos yesterday and I stopped by. Rather than stocking everything in every size, the “guideshop” as the retail store is called, has one of everything in every size. You browse, try on, then order. (Ordering in store earns a 20% discount off  online prices.) I got a dark wash skinny jean (so comfortable) and a fall jacket, which looked so-so on the hanger but great on. They pieces will be delivered today via UPS. One day turnaround. The line is comprised of basic, minimalist, must-have pieces. I loved what I saw.

This Thursday’s One Look (what did you think of last week’s debut One Look?) is the ultimate black and grey outfit that is at once casual, pulled together, simple, and slightly edge. That leather midi skirt is genius (can you believe its from Reiss?), and the pebbled grey leather fringey bag so FW15. (It’s from Shopbop where everything is 25% off today. For real) And those platform oxfords. (Brings me back to the ”90s when Robert Clergerie was my shoe go to.) As for the sunglasses, while I’m not personally a fan of the animal print, I am officially in love with Illesteva. Wear it well.

Edgy & Slouchy Fall Weekend Outfit In Black Leather And Gray

S H O P P I N G

1 Leonard II Safari with Mirrored Lenses, $290 at Illesteva.

2 Sterling Silver ID Bracelet, $150 at Madewell.

3 “You Are My Cup of Tea” Sweater by Markus Lupfer, $386 at Matches

4 Ash Cross Body Bag with Fringe + Chain, $235 at Shopbop.

5 Hayden Textured Leather Skirt, $465 at Reiss.  

6 Lena Calf Hair Fingerless Gloves, $79.50 Club Monaco.

7 Robert Clergerie Iliad Platforms, $685 at Ssense.

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