Here’s a look at what I’ve been up to over the past month, through the lens of my Instagram! Above an image taken from beach at the Viceroy Riviera Maya where I was able to escape to for a little R&R recently. I added the text over this instagram photo using my favorite new iPhone app called Over which allows you to add beautiful typography over your photos.
Fell in love with Essie’s new Sleek Stick nail strips. Especially loving the red and cold pattern called So Haute! How much do you love the name?!
Was recently introduced to the bespoke framer J. Pocker and Son and received a wonderful lesson in the art of framing from Robyn Pocker who heads up the company founded by her grandfather in the 1920s.
Spent some time perusing old issues of Domino for inspiration. Even though the mag ceased publication more than four years ago, flipping through the old issues never get’s old!
I also paid a visit to the Hickory Chair showroom at the NYDC where this cheery yellow sofa caught my eye. I’ll be visiting High Point next month as a guest of Hickory Chair and couldn’t be more excited about touring their 25,000 square foot showroom full of beautiful design.
And lastly, another shot from my Mexico trip. Wishing I was back there already!
Twice a year, the NYIGF (New York International Gift Fair) showcases the best home and lifestyle goods in the market for buyers, press and other members of the design industry. I always look forward to going to check out the latest trends and to discover amazing new products and brands. (As a side note, The NYIGF is officially rebranding and changing it’s name to “NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle” which I think is a better fit. I always felt Gift Fair sounded a little misleading. ) Anyway - A couple of weeks ago I popped by Pier 94 during the NYIGF which focuses more on a cross-section of newer home brands. Armed with my iPhone and my favorite photo app, Instagram, I set out to document my favorite products and trends from Pier 94. Here’s a look at some of the things that caught my eye this season, starting with the photo above from Made Goods which has a wonderful selection of chic furniture and accent pieces. I was especially loving their collection of faux shagreen items, including the Annika stools and Nella console pictured.
Manglam Arts, an exporter of beautiful furnishings from India had this graphic display of black and white pieces on display. I’m a sucker for anything bone inlaid and Manglam Arts had some very unique pieces. I loved the chest in the back left corner with the chevron pattern.
Natural Curiosities is such a great resource for art. This piece, Golden Feathers, is a new addition to the company’s Animal Kingdom collection and features actual bird feathers that were each hand painted in gold and dropped onto a linen bed which illustrates the natural movement of fallen feathers.
There were lamps galore on display at the Lamp Works booth. They have a plethora of lamps to suite every style and taste.
Oomph is a brand that I always love checking in on to see what’s new. Their products are so vibrant and colorful and many come in a variety of surfaces and materials that you can customize. New introductions this season include the Newport console, seen here in a sunny yellow called Gambol Gold. I just love the laquer finish and fretwork detail. The X Bench Setee seen in the front is also a new introduction.
I was super excited to stumble upon the Dunes & Duchess booth this season! Launched nearly three years ago by stylist/editor/blogger Stacy Kunstel and photographer Michael Partenio, the brand has evolved from a simple collection of candelabras and hurricanes to a robust assortment of lighting including table lamps, wall sconces and chandeliers which you can see here.
Another home furnishings favorite is Bungalow 5 which has some of the most stylish furniture and accessories in the market. Here is their Higashi coffee table which is a new introduction. I love the brass details and Asian feel.
How cute are these vintage bathing suit prints? I spotted them at the Wendover Art Group booth and had to snap a photo. These would be perfect in a beach house!
If you’ve checked in on the blog over the past couple of months and noticed the lack of updates you’ve probably been wondering whether I’m still alive and breathing! Well, I can asure you I am and I’m currently recuperating from one of the busiest Fall seasons I’ve had in a while, hence the radio silence. Besides working full-time and executing my biggest project of the year which just wrapped up the first week in December, I was traveling quite a bit, had some family obligations to tend to and also just took the opportunity to enjoy some much needed “me” time. When I wasn’t swamped with work or travel, I used my free time to catch up with friends, catch up on sleep and also committed myself to working out 3-4 times a week which has done wonders for my sanity. I’ve also been working on some behind-the-scenes updates to the blog including a slideshow feature which will be launching soon. So without ever intending to, I ended up taking a 2+ month hiatus from the blog and I feel great … Refreshed, re-energized and ready to get back to regularly scheduled blogging. So Haute has grown so much this past year that I also think it’s time to enlist some help. I’m looking for a fabulous New York based intern to help contribute to So Haute. Click here if you’re interested in learning more. And if you want to have a look at some of the highlights of my time off from the blog, I included some of my Instagram snaps below. I am utterly obsessed with Instagram so if you ever want to keep up with what I’m up to outside of the blog you can always follow me @sohaute. Thanks so much for reading!!
Trips to London, Barcelona and Dubai earlier this fall were quite memorable. Top left: London – one of my favorite cities in the world. So full of charm and history! Top Right: Gaudi architecture at La Pedrera. Bottom Photos: Architecture at Al Quasr in Dubai (L) and the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world (R).
Last week I went to LA to visit my sister and my bestie. While there I visited the urban light sculptures at LACMA (L) which is one of my favorite outdoor art installations. I also had brunch with a few blogger buds including my girls Sydne, Aimee and Chriselle. The top right photo is from brunch with Sydne at Blu Jam Cafe – a new fave. Bottom Left – persimmons at the Larchmont Village Farmer’s Market. Bottom Right – took my first SoulCycle class while in LA and am now obsessed! Can’t wait to make this a regular part of my workout routine in NYC!
There seemed to be a lot of rainy days like this one in NYC this fall…
Spotted this graffiti on the wall in Freeman’s alley on my way to dinner at Freeman’s – a favorite dining spot on the Lower East Side.
The view of NYC from the rooftop at the Met. I still think NYC is the greatest city in the world!
I’m blessed to have survived hurricane Sandy unscathed. This is the infamous crane you all probably saw on the news. It was just a block from my office which was in the crane collapse danger zone. Thankfully, the crane did not collapse!
I caught a couple of awesome concerts. Above is a snap of Rihanna during the last stop on her 777 tour in NYC. She is so badass and now my latest girl crush!
I also saw Justin Bieber in concert at Barclay’s Center on a whim and I have to admit it was one of most fun concerts I’ve been to in a while…despite the piercing, nearly deafening screams and shrieks from the 19,000 tween girls in the audience. I’m now a belieber LOL!
I also ventured to Brooklyn for the launch of West Elm Market…such a cool concept shop that will be rolling out across the country to West Elm stores and a few stand alone locations across the country. It’s full of tools and solutions to make life at home easier.
I brightened up my winter wardrobe with a bold chartreuse green coat from Milly that I ended up buying thanks to feedback from all of my fab followers on Instagram! The coat is now on sale at Nordstrom!
I also saw the awesome Andy Warhol exhibition at the Met which focuses on the work of Warhol and sixty other artists whose work was influenced by Warhol. Above, is his iconic pop art painting of Marilyn Monroe. Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years is on view until December 31st so there’s still time to check it out!
All photos via my Instagram @sohaute. Top photo in this post is from deGournay’s beautiful new NYC showroom that opened in New York this fall just steps away from the D&D building.
I think I might just be having the best summer ever. I’ve truly been enjoying every non-working moment…traveling, visiting museums, enjoying good eats and spending QT with family and friends. It’s flying by so quickly…I can’t believe we’re already half way through July! Thanks to my current addiction, Instagram, here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to so far this summer!
I kicked off the summer with a little beach getaway to Mexico.
Which called for pink toes, sandy feet and blissful dips in the ocean!
I’ve also been enjoying the sights during long walks in my neighborhood Harlem, which has been (mostly) bright and sunny all summer long!
This was the first of many backyard BBQ’s at my brother’s house … a favorite Summer pastime!
I updated my apartment with a pretty pink azalea plant that totally brightened up my home!
Cocktails on chic NYC rooftops are the best way to spend an early evening…
Mani/pedi’s in the season’s brightest shades are a must! Here, I’m wearing Essie “Lights.”
I took a trip to to visit my bestie and her family…
… In LA! Which happens to be one of my favorite places ever.
While there I enjoyed plenty of yummy food…like this healthy lunch at Lemonade!
More recently, I visited a hidden gem for kids in Central Park called Victorian Gardens with 5 of my nieces and nephews. We ate plenty of popcorn, played games, won some stuffed animals and, of course, I even rode a few rides! Who says amusement parks are just for kids?
In my previous post I talked about my obsession with Pinterest and other social media sites and one that I post to almost daily is Instagram! It’s an app for Apple and Android devices that creates a fun way to capture and share photos with vintage inspired filters. Like Pinterest, I’m totally addicted to it! Here’s a recap of the last couple of weeks through the lens of Instagram! I’m going to make this a regular feature so you can stay connected to what I’m up to when I’m offline.
I took a stroll through Union Square Park in awe of the first true sign of spring – blossoming magnolia trees!
I flew to LA where I spent most of last week and the week before for a bit of work and play. I stayed at The Chamberlain which is one of my favorite hotels and has the chicest interiors. Here’s a vignette from inside the hotel.
I also spent some time chillaxin; at the Chamberlain’s rooftop pool. There’s nothing like the California sun!
I also enjoyed some fonuts – another LA food obsession! This is their baked, gluten free chocolate hazlenut donut. It was as delicious as it looks:)
I bought a chic, gold hand chain made by my friend Kelly Schumacher who I caught up with while in LA. Her fabulous jewelry line is coming soon!
I continued to eat my way through LA with a stop at Lemonade for some fresh salads and a yummy blood orange lemonade!
I caught up with Kishani Perera for dinner and was thrilled to receive the most amazing gift – a copy of her new book which I have been devouring! The beautiful book highlights some of Kishani’s best work with a focus on mixing old and new! It’s full of inspiration and you can purchase a copy here.
I flew home on a red eye…
And this past weekend upon returning to New York I made a pit stop at J. Crew where I picked up this colorful arm candy!
You can follow more of my daily adventures on the Instagram app @sohaute or here from your web browser!
PS – did you hear the announcement yesterday that Facebook bought Instagram for $1BILLION dollars! That is not a typo. One of my favorite lines in the movie The Social Network is when Sean Parker played by Justin Timberlake tells Mark Zuckerberg: “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” That is the first thing I thought about when I heard the news about the Instagram acquisition – ha!