FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

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LIFE | End Of An Era

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Our apartment in Brooklyn, shot by Claire Esparros of Homepolish,  just months before we moved. 

Our apartment in Brooklyn, shot by Claire Esparros of Homepolish,  just months before we moved. 

Before our move I wrote about how I was planning to keep the blog going but wasn't quite sure if I would be changing the name. It's now been a few months and we finally made the move across the country. While I've been working on both homes trying to make them livable and comfortable, I've also been doing a lot of thinking. This move has forced me to change a lot of aspects of my life, resulting in new beginnings and bittersweet endings. After over 10 years of living New York, I can't really call it my home any longer. Even though we're still planning to keep the apartment as a secondary residence I realize that I have to develop my life in Seattle and push myself to make it more of a home than New York is now. Because of that realization, I've also decided that I have to close out this blog.  

Fourth Floor Walk Up has been a written account of my life in New York since 2009. It was with me through my twenties, my college years, our rental walk ups on the upper east side, our first (owned) apartment in Brooklyn, our relationship from bf + gf to husband + wife, and even my career growth and new business. It's been a great stretch as a personal project that has produced rewarding opportunities, both as a channel for professional and personal growth, and for that I am grateful. Yet as I partake in this new journey west, writing in Fourth Floor Walk Up no longer seems relevant. Not only am I going to shift the majority of my life out of New York, I am also moving into rental cottage that is only one floor.

On a very personal level, moving out of New York is really difficult for me and my identity as a designer and creative. I love New York, I love the inspiration and the drive it has given me over the years. It's a challenging place to live but it has also made developing my career in a sense, feel easy (or at least that's how I perceive it to be). I have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and to learn from so many wonderful experiences. Being able to have the chance to edit out things to do and events to partake in is definitely a luxury that I understand not many cities can offer. 

My move to Seattle will be a challenge for me in the sense that I'm going to have to learn the lansdscape of the city, in regards to industry and personality. Which means, I will need to be open and present for this new home. Also, I believe in order to move forward I would have to lay the platform that is so centered around my life in New York, to rest. 

So here is it: A Layered Life, a new place to discuss and document my soon to be very complicated life. Complicated I say, because not only am I planning to build a life in the city of Seattle, but I'm also developing a business in both cities on both coasts. Union Adorn is my passion project that allows me to build a career on the work that I love. This new blog, will be a side project also driven by my passions, yet it's going to be a place where the pressure is removed. A method of practice, where I can commit to working on it daily or weekly, or perhaps monthly. Not perfect or print ready, yet it will hopefully as with everything I intend to do, be good. 

A Layered Life Logo - from my personal script. 

A Layered Life Logo - from my personal script. 

The name came about from a play on my style and design aesthetic, which has been characterized as being layered and eclectic. I am not a minimalist. I enjoy pairing contemporary and vintage pieces. I value both the modern ideas and classical school of thought and I can never leave a surface unset or vignette unstyled. 

In a blog it means categories that touch on decor, fashion, travel, shopping, and life's experiences. A format very similar to Fourth Floor Walk Up, just set for the most part, outside of New York City. With this new development I hope you'll follow me as I partake in a new chapter, era, whatever we should call it,  A Layered Life.

Thank you to those who have followed along over the years. I've always enjoyed your comments, feedback and the connections we have made.  It's been really special. 

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* Quick note: I'm still working out some of the kinks with the new site, so bear with me there may be some minor tweaks and changes that you may notice. And if you want to come back to Fourth Floor Walk Up, it will be here. I'm not planning to dissolve the site or let it completely. 

FASHION | Iris Apfel Partners with & Other Stories

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Last month the new store & Other Stories opened in SOHO on Broadway. It is an H&M sister brand which focuses perennial closet staples that indulge in a bit of drama; think voluminous silhouettes, interesting pleats and metallic jacquards for every day. & Other Stories' markets the more mature sibling of H&M who is interested good lines, lush materials and subtle details. The merchandising and interiors of & Other Stories has a similar approach to how you would expect a Parisian style store to be merchandised - I can see a Merci influence, with white walls, rolling racks, and bare light fixtures. The signage is minimal, evoking such signs used to identify garments at fashion shows - photos from the season's look books in plastic sleeves. The beauty section is like a European pharmacy, this department is less than appealing to me. I don't think it's necessary for the brand, but perhaps they're Farrow & Ball-esq named nail polishes will in the future, be something I can't live without. Okay, enough about the store.

I'm incredibly interested in their partnership with Iris Apfel, my favorite self proclaimed "Geriatric Starlet." Iris is everywhere right now, her documentary debuted at the New York Film Festival, she's selling up her least favorite collections on One King's Lane and now she's collaborating with new and exciting brands like & Other Stories.

& Other Stories asked Iris to create a styling story, where she pulled some of her favorite pieces from the AW/14 collection. Iris's mantra is for all women to embrace their own personal style. Known for her maximal-ist (not a word) accessorizing, she seamlessly layers on her own personal pieces to these new favorites. I have to say that I find the lighthearted direction of this shoot by Ari Seth Cohen [Advanced Style] with Iris in her own home one of the best parts of the collaboration. How cute is she! 

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Also opening under the large umbrella company of H&M in less than two weeks is COS, another brand that has a cult following with fashion bloggers and editors. COS lies on the more minimalistic end of the spectrum and from what I can gather is more high end in materials, construction and the price. The latest is that the store will open on December 5 or 8th. I can't wait to get myself to that location when it does!

All photographs by Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style

VINTAGE | Bunny Mellon's Collection at Sotheby's

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Next month Sotheby's will auction the Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, a collection of works and furnishing collected by Rachel Lambert Mellon, better known as Bunny Mellon. She lived to be 103 and in that lifetime was the matriarch of American dynasty, who according to the New York Times fortunes and art holdings rivaled the Fricks, Carnegies and Morgans. Proceeds from the sales will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, a charity established by Mrs. Mellon in memory of her father. The Foundation is in support of horticultural and educational endeavors.

Paul Mellon,  Bunny Mellon
Paul Mellon, Bunny Mellon

Included in the auctions are works ranging from 17th-century still lifes through to masterpieces of the 20th century. Masterworks by Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn’s, Ambrosius Bosschaert, and other works by American Artists Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper are up for sale. Rothko's Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange) from 1955, belongs to a year in the artist's career that is considered the most pivotal moment. Of the 22 created in this year, 13 reside in prestigious museum collections.

Two other sales, include are jewels and objects of vertu as well as furniture, porcelain, and decorative objects from the Mellon residences in the United States and abroad. Her residence in Upperville Virginia, Oak Spring Farm is also currently for sale for $70 million. Looking at the photos of the stables and pastures that was home to the family's prized racehorses has left me drooling and imagining the life I could have on that farm.

Not being at liberty to wave my paddle at the auction, I am still looking forward to the exhibition previews at Sotheby’sthe exhibit will be displayed on all 10 floors and surely to impress and enlighten. She was an impressive collector who amassed works and objects from a breadth of styles and periods - effortlessly combining them. Truly inspiring.

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Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon:

MASTERWORKS - Auction 10 November

JEWELS & OBJECTS OF VERTU - Auction 20 & 21 November

INTERIORS - Auction 21–23 November

Exhibition Times:

NEW YORK

FRI, 31 OCT 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT

SAT, 01 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT

SUN, 02 NOV 14 | 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST

MON, 03 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

TUE, 04 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM EST

FRI, 07 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

SAT, 08 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

SUN, 09 NOV 14 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST

MON, 10 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM EST

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
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Chanel Runway 2014
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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.

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Essential NYC: The Leather Jacket

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Source: etrangeresinsights.com Living in NYC I see a lot of great fashion but nothing puts a little cool in one's look like a leather jacket. They're perfect for these kind of crisp days and so chic layered over a pretty dress or black jeans. Lately I've been a huge fan of the drapey styles but the classic shape is the crisp moto. And yes, your life will improve!

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Jackets

  1. Bernardo Asymmetrical Moto Jacket - $299.00
  2. Cusp Layered Ponte Jacket - $298.00
  3. Vegan Leather Jacket - $85.00
  4. Helmut Lang Asymmetrical Jacket - $1,390.00
  5. Vince Motorcyle Jacket - $597.00
  6. Helmut Lang Hooded Jacket - $995.00