Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fab Finds for Summer

When Fab asked me to choose some of my favorite things for summer, I knew this fun photo of Audrey Hepburn and her then husband Mel Ferrer would be my jumping off point.  I love how happy they look sitting outside enjoying a meal. 

There is nothing that says summer like red checkered tablecloths and lobsters. If I had my own house in the Hamptons, I'd invite my friends over for a lobster party.  I'd set the table with these red checkered tablecloths from Dil and vases of blue hydrangea. 

At $11 for a set of four, I'd buy these cute crab and lobster napkins in bulk.  Heck, I might even buy them for my apartment in NYC! 

I love that you can find everything you need on Fab including the food for your party.  You could have six large lobsters delivered instead of braving the traffic in the Hamptons to head to the store. 

To continue the theme, you could buy your significant other a pair of these lobster swim trunks to wear for the party. 

And for yourself, I suggest this fun Conde Nast Lipstick beach towel. 

If you end up heading to the beach, this Chica Red Tote would be the perfect carryall. 

It can get chilly by the beach at night, so I'd buy a bunch of these red, white and blue throw blankets for my guests. When we were at the Crow's Nest in Montauk this weekend, they had a basket full of blankets on a table with bug spray which I thought was a very chic idea. 

I love the idea of burning herb scented candles for a lobster party so these Rosemary candles from Izola would be perfect.  They would also make a perfect hostess gift because you definitely can't head out to the Hamptons empty handed! 

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Beautiful in Bridgehampton

I'm still recovering from my fun weekend in the Hamptons and have a lot of photos still to edit.  Until those are ready, I'm leaving you with this beautiful home in Bridgehampton, New York designed by Vicente Wolf. Nothing says the beach like blue and white but what I really love is the interesting art in the entry hall. You can read more about the house here

Photos by Max Kim-Bee for Veranda

Friday, July 26, 2013

Bon Weekend

You know you're almost in the Hamptons when you pass the Stargazer sculpture above.  Depending on cell service, which is always spotty out East, I'll be posting pics this weekend on Instagram at @habituallychic. Until then, here are some photos from a few of my recent trips to the Hamptons.  

Bon weekend!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Heavenly in the Hamptons

I'm packing my bag and getting ready for a weekend getaway in the Hamptons.  I always feel bad that the Hamptons gets such a bad rap. Granted the traffic is hideous and the party scene can be is a bit ridiculous but it's the closest place we harried New Yorkers have to unwind.  No wonder a client of Thomas Pheasant wanted this idyllic shingled cottage in Southampton the moment she saw the exterior.  The interior was another story.  It was designed with soothing neutrals that let the garden and exterior be the star.  I feel relaxed just looking at it. Ahhh.

Photos by Max Kim-Bee for Veranda

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chic at Work: Steven Kolb of CFDA

When you work on a book, you realize during the process that sometimes certain elements don't work or you don't have enough pages to include everything you had originally intended. Lucky for me, I knew that I would be able to feature these interviews and workspace photos on the blog.  While we did feature photos of Steven Kolb's moodboard at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) on the end papers of Creativity at Work, the full profile didn't fit in the book. With all the talk about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recently, I thought this might be a great time to introduce exactly what the CFDA does and how important they are to the fashion world. 

This is actually Steven's old office as the CFDA has moved into a new space.  This is also something that happened with a lot of people I shot for the book so perhaps some follow up visits might be in order. 

I’m sure many people in New York know what the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) does but can you explain it so the average person can understand and tell us why it’s such an important organization?
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 400 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities.

The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with 7th on Sale; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual Fashion’s Night Out.

You worked for other non-profits such as the American Cancer Society and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). Was it easy to switch to fashion or did you experience a learning curve?

It comes down to having business experience. So many designers don't have the business back ground and are in need of advice and mentoring, so I help with that. In my not-for-profit life, I was helping different charities fulfill their mission. At the CFDA, it is the same, but connected to growing a designer's business.  In both instances it is rewarding to see success based on my input.  

How important is it for a designer to be asked to become a member of the CFDA?  What benefits are there for them?

Designers must apply to become a member of the CFDA.  Not everyone gets in.  When considering new members, we start with talent and whether a designer has a unique point of view. There is a prestige associated with being a CFDA member, but it is more than that.  We are a family of 400 designers and there is strength in numbers that influences issues that affect our industry.   We also bring tangible value to the membership by creating strategic access, value and opportunity for new business development.

How important is it for the CFDA to support charitable causes and health initiatives?

People look at fashion and think it’s all about appearance, but there’s a depth to fashion that goes beyond how someone looks, that goes beyond appearance or style. Real style is about the giving, and the connection to issues that are important to us as individuals. There really is a heart to fashion.

Who has taught you the most in your career?

When I first started working for the American Cancer Society I was a bit shy. The President of the ACS took a liking to me and would ask me to help him on special projects.  I am sure he did this to help me gain confidence in myself.  It was extra work but I liked it.  I’ve always remembered how supportive he was to me and credit him for building the basics of my work today.  

Who do you most admire in your industry and why?

There are too many people to pick just one, but if I have to then I would say CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg.  Diane is great.  She is a working designer and a smart businesswoman. She has global business and thinks big.  She is always accessible and truly hands on and I continue to learn from her both professionally and personally. 

What continues to excite you about your job?

The best part of my job is that I am surrounded by creative people. I was hired as a not-for-profit manager so my skill set is different. I love the challenge of taking a creative idea and making it work. 

How do you find balance in your life?

Fashion is my job but it does not define my life. My partner Jay and I have a house in Hawley, PA.  It sits up a hill and is surrounded by trees.  It feels like a tree fort.  I spend as much time there as I can watching birds and chipmunks.  Weekends are very Green Acres, “Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.”

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Be yourself and live your own life.  

You’ve not only embraced but successfully mastered social media on tumblr and twitter.  How important are these things to getting information out about the CFDA?

Social media is now.  It is a direct way of sharing ideas and issues that are important to CFDA.

"The end is nothing, the road is all."

– Willa Cather

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


This sign just went up in the window of a chic little frame shop down the street from me.  Don't you wish you could hang up a sign like this and take off on vacation for two weeks?!  I'm not actually on vacation but I wish I was of course.  What I am doing is working on a big proposal so that is why there wasn't a post on Monday. I hope to be back to my regularly scheduled programming tomorrow so thank you for your patience. 

photo by me via instagram
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