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ARTmonday: Flowers Are Manly

Maapilim, a Tel Aviv-based grooming and beauty brand, was in touch earlier this year, about its male-focused, Israeli-made products, along with its art exhibit/campaign, Flowers Are Manly.

Maapilim Male Grooming Products From Tel Aviv Israel

They sent a couple of samples for me to try. Maapilim Pacific Soap is delicious in the shower. It contains argan oil, rosemary oil, and sage oil, and smells like grapefruits. Maapilim Wedgewood All Purpose Oil contains jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and scotch pine oil, which helps reduce redness. Guys can use it on their beard, though it’s also meant for skin.

As for Flowers Are Manly, you can imagine my interest/ I fell head over heels for these flower-infused portraits of vulnerable manly figures. Although they are not hiding, per se, they remind me of the obscured portraits of women I love so much.

Maapilim Male With Flowers 1

Maapilim Male With Flowers 2

Maapilim Male With Flowers 3

Concept & Production by Maapilim • Photos by Liron Erel • Flowers by Fiori • Grooming by Barberia • Space by Kuli Gallery • Clothes by Story

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Sunday Bouquet: Roses and Georgia

Sarah Lutz Abstract Painting And Pink Roses

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz / StyleCarrot

New rose bushes producing pretty flowers that look gorgeous against my Sarah Lutz painting, not to mention the beautiful cover of Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i (Prestel, 2018).

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Get the Look: Our Cape Cod Patio Refresh

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I am lucky that I get to spend summers on the Cape. Even luckier that I work from home, which means I can work at the beach, on the sofa, or if the weather is just right, on the patio.

We have a couple of really solid teak chaise lounge chairs that we bought years ago when we lived in D.C., which have held up beautifully. But the hunter green umbrella and navy cushions, never looked quite right, so I took this opportunity from Wayfair to update the outdoor patio decor.

Wayfair Summer Living Cape Cod Patio Refresh

The starting point of the new color scheme, is the new turquoise color market umbrella. Our exterior windows are actually this color (for real), so it is a really fun touch.

I swapped out the cushions on the teak chaise lounges for  neutral grey ones. (There’s also an upstairs deck with an old lounge that desperately needed a cushion – we went with a pale green/blue spa color up there.)

Tired of the hard-lined geometric trellis patterned outdoor throw pillows, I opted for more organic shape patterns, as well as global-inspired patterned throw pillows.

Finally, some new planters add structure and color that ties back to the flowers along the rail. Given we’re on the Outer Cape and not California, I didn’t go for the full-on outdoor room thing, with a rug and lights. Because, seriously, thunder storms are just too frequent. It’s trouble enough to drag the cushions indoors.

The patio looks really cheerful. Now, if only the mosquitos would disappear.

Wayfair Summer Living Cape Cod Patio Refresh

G E T  the L O O K

Get the Look Summer Living Patio Refresh

 

S H O P P I N G
1 Nine-foot Market Umbrella

2 Indoor/Outdoor Chair Cushion

3 “My Happy Place” Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

4 Tall Fiberclay Planter

5 Sunbrella Chaise Lounge Cushions

6 Janus et Cie Concrete Pot Planter

7 Two-Tone Plastic Pot

8 Golden Gate Outdoor Throw Pillow

9 Mudcloth Geometric Outdoor Throw Pillow

10 Abstract Outdoor Throw Pillow

11 Don’t Be Catty Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

12 Modern Metal Side Table

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Fine Print: Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise

Back in February, when we really needed the sunshine, I received a review copy of this design book by photographer Tim Street-Porter. As you might imagine, Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter (Rizzoli, February 2018) showcases the mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, a modern desert oasis.

Examples include jet-set homes designed by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and Paul Williams, as well as private residences by tastemakers, including fashion designer Trina Turk, who penned the book’s foreword and owns a home there.

The pages are glossy and gorgeous; it makes a good housewarming gift if you’re spending the weekend with any modernists this summer.

Palm Springs Modernist Paradise Rizzoli 2018

Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter

Palm Springs Modernist Paradise Living Room

Living room of Trina Turk’s home The Ship of the Desert. It was designed by Los Angeles architects Adrian Wilson and Earle Webster in 1936 in the architectural style is known as Streamline Moderne. The sofas are Vladimir Kagan.

Palm Springs Modernist Paradise Preppy Dining Room

President Gerald and Betty Ford’s home, which they commissioned after Ford’s defeat by Jimmy Carter in 1976. It’s designed by architect Welton Becket, who designed the Capitol Records Building and Pan-Pacific Auditorium in L.A. This is the dining room, which still contains the original dining table, chairs, and wall murals. (The chandelier is a later addition.) Annie Leibovitz shot this portrait of Betty Ford here in this dining room.

Palm Springs Modernist Paradise Conversation Pit

Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard bought Villa Grigio in 2014. It was designed by architect James McNaughton in 1964. The site was originally part of the Barbara Hutton estate, near the first Palm Springs residence of Frank Sinatra. This is the living room’s sunken conversation pit. The view looks out bowed glass windows to the patio and pool.

Palm Springs Modernist Paradise Round Tub

The master bath of Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Villa Grigio echoes the living room design.

Palm Springs Modernist Paradise White Eames Chair

This is a minimalist glass house designed by William F. Cody in 1967. It has views across the Coachella Valley.  The master bedroom, complete with an Eames lounge and Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed, opens to the pool.

Palm Springs Modernist Paradise Desert Architecture

The Albert Frey House II, which the architect designed for himself on a steeply sloped lot overlooking the city of Palm Springs, 220 feet above the desert floor. It’s built right inot the rocks.

 

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Get the Look: 20 Dresses Under $500

It’s the season of graduations, weddings, and cocktail parties out on the patio; you know you’re going to need at least one new summer dress. I always feel much less stressed buying a new dress at the beginning of the season, when there are plenty of sizes and styles, and more importantly, no real stress to find something.

Here are 20 summer dresses, all under $500 (many much less expensive than that), appropriate for celebrating in balmy temps. A number of these summer dresses can be easily dressed up or dressed down, depending on your footwear and accessories. I’ve included a number of silhouettes appropriate for varying body types, and tried to avoid the abundance of flounces that are everywhere this season.

Selections include affiliate links to pieces from StyleCarrot sponsors, but are all my own choices.

Shop For Summer Dresses Under $500

Dee Elly / 2 Cefinn / 3 Equipment / 4 Pixie Market / 5 Reiss

Shop For Summer Dresses Under $500

7 Reiss / 8 Pixie Market / 9 Julia Jordan / 10 P.A.R.O.S.H. / 11 Alice and Olivia

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12 Vince Camuto /13 Maggy London / 14 DVF / 15 Joie / 16 Cos

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17 J.Crew / 18 Draper James /19 Ted Baker / 20 Azalea

 

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