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SPACES | The Ultimate Lady Cave aka Ladies Salon

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The Ultimate Ladies Salon Essentials

The Ultimate Ladies Salon Essentials

I was recently asked by Chairish to create a post that would reflect my style if I were to create a Lady Cave or as I'd like to consider it, a ladies salon (pronounced as the French would, Sah/lohn). What would the essentials be to design a space specifically for myself and perhaps my girlfriends to spend time, chat, relax and drink in... Such a fun project and concept, considering I'm now in the midst of designing our new home in Seattle. I have been canvasing both Chairish and other sites discovering my favorite items that I'd love to scoop up if all the money were available to make it happen. 

Coco Chanel's Apartment | Photo by Brittany Abridge | Domino Magazine 

Coco Chanel's Apartment | Photo by Brittany Abridge | Domino Magazine 

My personal style is quite ecclectic and I tend to border the line of horder with the amount of layers I like add in. I do love that push and pull of masculine and feminine by layering textures, finishes and materials. Also pairing both soft and hard with darks and lights. An inspiration would come from the salon of Coco Chanel. That room with it's layers of gold, chinoiserie elements and deep handsome hues is assuredly a room where I could find myself and my ladies enjoying a few drinks. To make it my own, I would add some of the elements found in Chanel's salon, however I would love to give it a touch more of a modern edge. Here's how...

First I would anchor the salon with these chic yet handsome bar stools. They are an iron rebar structure is hard and their leather upholstery is masculine. However, pairing them with this French style settee below, in a dusty, Wedgwood blue says, I have edge yet I'm also a sophisticated lady. 

The next big item I'd like to bring in would be the lucite and brass bar cart to store all my favorite liqueur, glasses, bar utensils and books. A cart with at least two tiers is more functional, allowing for more storage.

For glasses I would layer a mix of dark, light and color. I love the combination of the wine glasses next to the gold striped high ball glasses and the rich cobalt blue tumblers.

Cobalt Tumblers

Cobalt Tumblers

I chose this shaker because it's handle reflects the silhouette of the sofa and also has a nod to chinoiserie. Plus I'm a fan of the pop of red bakelite in the handle. Bar tools are essential and this vintage chrome set with a marble stand references once again handsome with the hard, heavy material. 

Other items to add to the bar cart would have to be my favorite printed cocktail napkins in red from Scalamandre, and my go-to cocktail books, because I don't consider myself the best mixologist. 

Items not included in my board, but would be added layers to tie the whole room together; throw pillows covered in the Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Alabaster print, a counter height round bar table for two, in walnut wood and brass, and lastly, a gilt French style mirror as an homage to Coco herself. 

Round Bar Table

Round Bar Table

So, with all that, who's coming over to my salon of or a drink? Anything that you'd add to the mix? 

FASHION | Chanel Pop-up @ Bergdorf Goodman

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Chanel Spring 2015 Runway Show - Vogue.com
Chanel Spring 2015 Runway Show - Vogue.com

In this world there are few statement brands that are able to keep hold of a seat at the round table of classic, relevant, important and coveted design. We could probably count all of them on ten fingers. One of those brands is unquestionably Chanel. Now almost 100 years old, this brand remains at the forefront of fashion trends while still withholding it's historical relevance. This season Chanel is going big with the release of a new 'film' for Chanel N°5 directed by Baz Lurhmann, their unbelievable Boulevard Chanel Spring RTW fashion show from last week, and a unprecedented collaboration with Bergdorf Goodman, where they have taken over the entire row of 57th street windows, created a massive installation on the main floor and a spectacular pop up shop on the 5th floor.

Karl's Club (which some are calling it), is the pop up shop which opened on October 9th and will only be up until October 19th. The concept is inspired from their 2014 fall/winter collection which prominently relates to the modern depiction of sportswear. This modern collection of sneakers and sweats resonates with the origins of the brand being in Sportswear. A juxtaposition of luxury fashion set in a grungy gym/locker room is both humorous and cool. Could almost be an analogy of our city - New York in of itself is grungy being host to some of the most luxurious things.

Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Window - Pop Up @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo from Bergdorf Goodman
Chanel Runway 2014
Chanel Runway 2014
Chanel Marketing Image
Chanel Marketing Image
Chanel Pop-Up on 5F @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron
Chanel Pop-Up on 5F @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron
Chanel Pop-Up on 5F @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron
Chanel Pop-Up on 5F @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron
Chanel Pop-Up on 5F @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron
Chanel Pop-Up on 5F @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron
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Chanel on Main Floor @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron
Chanel on Main Floor @ Bergdorf Goodman - Photo by: Lauren Caron

Which takes me to the Chanel N°5 film. Set in New York, first in Montauk then in the city. The leading lady is Gisele Buncheon, is the the new Nº5 woman. She is described as being a powerhouse figure who remains true to herself. She is a sportsman, a successful entrepreneur, a mother, and most importantly a lover. She juggles all aspects of life, and struggles with the ability to maintain the balance of it all - just as many of us have to do.

Unlike the other Baz Lurhman film partnership with Chanel, which starred Nicole Kidman and depicted the story of a fantastical life that she was trying to escape to, the Nº5 woman has evolved, as the brand has. she is now living her life, the one that she has imagined and she grasping the reality. The brand holds true to it's roots of developing a scent that as Coco Chanel wanted, "would epitomize the modern flapper that would speak to the liberated spirit of the 1920s." Only now, modern flapper translates into the modern femme that must practice a balancing act of work, fun, family and love.

Chanel Nº5 Still Image from Film
Chanel Nº5 Still Image from Film
Donuts - photo by: Lauren Caron
Donuts - photo by: Lauren Caron

I had the opportunity to see the film before it's world debut last week, at a breakfast showing amongst Chanel team members and partners. As Chanel is always so chic, they served bite sized donuts in black and white striped popcorn boxes with Illy Issimo caffé drinks and matching straws. The hashtag #YOURTHEONETHATIWANT was everywhere because the chosen song is a remake of the old classic as well. I look forward to your thoughts on the film and the other installations. You can see the 30 second version on TV starting today - I believe it's first spot was during Good Morning America.

My Best
My Best

Fashion Night Out : New York

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Fashion Night Out supports a great cause and encourages stuffy fashion brands to relax a bit for one evening.  But last year it ended up being the fashion industry's version of Halloween.  It was all about getting dressed up, hopping from one store to the next to drink, eat, meet celebs and of course shop!

With that said, the question of the week is, "Where are you going for Fashion Night Out?!"  Well, after I'm finished a 7 am installation and a 9 hour work day I'm planning to head to the place with the best fashion and the best alcohol!  Well that's not completely true, I actually haven't quite decided about where I'll be going to this year.  Last year, my friends and I jumped around from 55th to 59th and 5th ave.  We spent a lot of time at Bergdorfs, where we saw Anna Wintour, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe and Padma (from Top Chef)!   Later on we ended up at Barney's to catch a glimpse of the Olsen twins, which was a disaster because everyone else in NY went Barney's for the same reason (funny because since then, I've seen them multiple times - they work in the same building as my boyfriend).

This year I'm defnitely planning to hit up The ACE HOTEL where Opening Ceremony will be hosting a French flea market style event inspired by the Les Puces de Saint Ouen in Paris.  Booths featuring exclusive items from Alexander WangBand of Outsiders, Deyrolle, Joseph Altuzarra, Keds, Laduree, Proenza Schouler, and Rodarte —  there's also a chance that the designers will be shopkeeping. You can find more out about this event at Opening Ceremony's website [here]

The next location I'm planning to stop by is Madewell, it's my old stomping ground, having worked there for a few months to make some extra cash and binge on some cute clothes.

This year on FNO they will be debuting their capsule collection Alexa Chung for Madewell.  Chung should be there and I'm really excited about those high-waist jeans!

Lastly,  I hope to make it to the Chanel Soho store.  After accepting a Fashion Visionary Award, Karl Lagerfeld may be making an appearance.  I imagine that I will not be able to see him, so I'm more excited about the possible complimentary manicures they will be giving out with their debut Khaki nail polish collection.   Let's hope it doesn't end up being "Complimentary manicure with purchase of handbag!"

For more information about Fashion Night Out, along with an opportunity to make your own itinerary go to Vogue.com.

A great article from Fashionologie explains more as well, [here].