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I’m Loving…

I'm Loving

This post is the result of having way too much fun (read: margaritas) at Hitha’s place on Saturday night. When you make margs, play games, have dance parties, and also watch random home movies until well past midnight on Saturday, as a general rule of thumb, your Sunday is spent on the couch in pajamas, watching House of Cards and surfing the Internet while you re-hydrate and give your body a break. Feel me?

Nevertheless, I had so much fun discovering all these little items. The weather in New York over the weekend felt practically like summer — or maybe that’s just what 55 degrees feels like when you’ve gotten used to 20. Because of it, I had a definite kick in my step and found myself drawn to items that reminded me of the sea and warm, breezy vacations. This bikini and this blue floral one from Anthropologie particularly caught my eye, as did these lovely sandals (I really love the dusty tone in them, especially with the bright gold accent!). Last week I popped into Gracious Home, a local home, hardware, and decor shop here on the Upper East Side, and spent some time admiring their gorgeous dinnerware and table linens. I was browsing their site yesterday to price check a few, and instead happened upon these gorgeous hand-painted plates from Oscar de la Renta. Aren’t they stunning? Lastly, I’ve been taking stock of my loungewear and pajama situation at home, and it’s somewhat dire. Thing is, I hate sleeping in pants of any kind (too hot…and how can anyone stand how they get all twisted as you move around?), so this little sleep set may be just the ticket. Isn’t it adorable? I’ve heard such great things about Eberjey, too!

Did you do anything fun this weekend? And did you celebrate National Margarita Day?

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Antarctic Beach Day

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gray malin antarctica series

You know Gray Malin, yes? Fellow former Texan and photographer behind such wonderful, whimsical series as À la Plage, À la Piscine and these famed shots of Prada, Marfa? His latest series is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. Last December, Gray took a trip down to Antarctica —  a place I think would be fascinating to visit, despite so few people having the privilege to do so. I followed along with the trip as he posted some shots to Instagram (penguins!!!!), and was curious to see what images he’d come back with.

In short, I love his new Antarctica series. The whimsy and joy that are hallmarks of his photographs are there, for sure, but so is the political statement. For me, it’s art that makes me smile, makes me think, and makes me dream, all at the same time. Indulge in it this Friday, why don’t you? (I can’t stop staring at this triptych).

The Antarctica series is currently available for sale via One Kings Lane, though since the prints are first editions, they’re quite pricey. Fingers crossed these will eventually be available in smaller formats! And I definitely recommend you check out Gray’s Instagram to see lots of behind the scenes shots (flamingoes WITH penguins!!!!). There are lots of extra shots from the trip recently posted, but the play-by-play was happening in mid-December. Enjoy! And happy weekend.

Images: Rainbow Umbrella II; Neon Beach Ball III; Rainbow Umbrella I all part of Gray Malin’s Antarctica collection. Images via One Kings Lane

12 Amazing Natural Beauty Resources

resources to learn more about non toxic and natural beauty products

I can’t even believe it, but today is the last post in my natural beauty series with Tata Harper. I hope you guys have enjoyed it! In a lot of ways, I feel like we just scratched the surface when it comes to talking about non-toxic beauty and cosmetic products, but the good news is that you can still explore this topic on your own — there are tons of resources out there! Today, I’ve asked Tata to provide a list of books, sites, blogs and apps that she thinks are worth checking out. Even though the Tata Harper series is over, make no mistake — we’ll still be chatting about natural, non-toxic beauty plenty here on vmac, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Tata pops back in sometime in the near future. In the meantime, here’s where you can keep learning:  Read more »