Individual Medley : Makers Video

I’m a little bit obsessed with this makers video made by Wade Koch (who is incredible and helped film our wedding!) and Individual Medley… Wade and shop owners Monica & Justin brought their makers together – many meeting for the first time! – in the Sharkpig Studio and filmed this video where the makers get to show off their products… I love seeing so many of my favorites all in one place, but I’m far more curious about the conversations and (and ideation!) that took place off camera!

I love it when creatives get together and make something new. And different. And I can’t believe I have spent so much time in LA and haven’t made it to Individual Medley yet!

Individual Medley from Wade! on Vimeo.

a few more weekend reads…

How to Travel the World & Get Companies to Pay for It. (Don’t Get Excited – It Doesn’t Work Like That.)
Casey Neistat (of Ludlow Traveler fame) on creating opportunities, doing the work, proving your value, and learning and building as you go. We all wonder and talk about how (so & so) got there – but instead let’s think about how we can take our unique experiences and use them to get to a place that we want to be.

Behind the Scenes with Emily Henderson Designs
This post by Emily’s newest designer is hysterical – I had the opportunity to help my friend Melissa shoot a project for Emily Henderson & Curbly last fall and I was amazed – and exhausted – by all that goes into styling a home. This is a great overview – and a reminder that nothing is as glamorous as it seems! (For example, even though we did not buy one new thing, or really even rearrange anything other than accent pieces, it took us an entire day to shoot our house for Design*Sponge – had I not seen gone through the EH shoot, I would have never survived!)

The Road Ahead was Supposed to be Clear & Filled with Light
Felicia Sullivan on learning what you are meant to do (vs. what you are good at) and on creating a structured, unstructured life. There was a lot of interest on my Antifragile post last week – but I know that my circumstances are incredibly unusual. Felicia proves you can make it happen regardless of your situation.

Build Your Own Gin & Tonic Bar
Kate created this deliciousness for our studio launch party last week and now I’m reconsidering my summer devotion to rosé.

Girls of a Certain Age and This is 50
I’m turning 30 in one month. I’ve been accidentally telling people I was 30 for almost two years, so I’m ready for it. Girls of a Certain Age has always been one of my favorite blogs and Erin introduced me to This is 50 earlier this week. Maybe I’ll be telling people I’m 50 soon!

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Grace Lee


I’ve followed Grace Lee‘s jewelry collection ever since I discovered her incredible lace ring online a few years ago. The ring took me by surprise, something that doesn’t happen that often with jewelry, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I saw it in person a year or so later, at Clare Vivier in Silver Lake – and the reality exceeded my expectations. It actually feels like lace – delicate, but still solid and durable. It’s timeless, simple, and so special.

I’m still waiting for the perfect reason to treat myself to a lace ring (which is made all the more difficult by the new variations coming out – like this lace arch ring Grace instagrammed recently!) but a friend and I bought these black diamond disc bracelets on a girls trip last year and I never take mine off.

Grace was so kind to meet me when I was in LA earlier this year – she’s wonderful, funny, and so thoughtful – and her personality shines through in her incredible work.



I have a finance background, but while pregnant with my daughter, I started to make simple pieces that I wanted but couldn’t find – the whisper ring was created because I wanted an extremely thin ring, but couldn’t find one anywhere. I made mine, and then people started asking me where they could buy them. I put them online, and the business was born… it’s been about six years and the business has grown very naturally over that time.


I draw on graph paper and then scan. From the computer image, we make metal or rubber molds and then we produce in 14 or 18 karat gold.


All production is done in-house or locally – this allows more control over the process. We’re more nimble because it’s local. It gives me more flexibility. It’s important to me to keep as much of it local for as long as I possibly can. But, it’s hard – labor is a bigger expense than gold! Being local also allows me to do custom work. I get to build and create relationships with my customers that can last a long time.



Life! The Lace Deco rings was inspired by the art deco ceiling at the El Capitan theater and the Sticks and Stones collection was inspired by rocks I saw one day.


Clare V. Handbags, some type of sneakers – I’m really into Stan Smiths right now. A lot of Black Crane, Steven Alan. Hansel from Basel socks, and my jewelry!


Lots of dark chocolate!

I love the time I get to spend with my kids – they will do one thing that will just make me crack up and it’s a great reminder that it’s all worth it. As a mom, sometimes you just have to roll with it – that transfers into my business as well.

Los Angeles has a real, natural community that supports each other.

Thank you, Grace, for meeting with me and for making beautiful jewelry!

Images c/o Grace Lee Designs.

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The Edit : Capital Eyewear Acetate Sunglasses

There are few things I like more than a good pair of sunglasses – with the key word being good.

I’ve been a fan of Steven Kilzer’s handcrafted wooden sunglasses, Capital Eyewear, for a few years and when I met with him in January, he told me he was (finally!) working on an acetate line (plastic, for the lay-people reading). I love the wood glasses… but the acetate are just what I’ve been looking for. The price is incredible (right on par with the low quality, mass-produced in China brand everyone else you know is wearing) and the fit is amazing – Steven doesn’t release product until he is positive that the fit is perfect and adds elements to the design to allow for custom fit adjustments.

These sunglasses are handmade in San Francisco with Italian and Japanese acetate (in my past life, I sourced plastic goods – trust me, this is the best of the best) and Carl Zeiss lenses. Steven is committed to sharing his process, check out the site for more on how the glasses are made.

I know a lot of people are hesitant to spend money on sunglasses because of the fear of losing them. But once you buy a pair that is well made and fits well, you take care of them – and you don’t lose them. You love them too much for that to happen. If you’ve been looking for a new pair, you can’t go wrong with Capital Eyewear. (I’m loving the Morgan and the Forrest in Crystal Clear!)

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Our home on Design*Sponge

I was incredulous when Design*Sponge agreed to share a sneak peek of our home – and thrilled at the opportunity to publicly share the real story of where we live. If you follow me on instagram, you have likely seen shots of the house from time to time. But when I would get comments on those images – I didn’t always know how to answer – because the house really isn’t my house. But I live there. And some of it’s mine. But some of it isn’t. The reality is that I have the most incredible living situation I could ever imagine – a situation that I’m thankful for every day.


Last winter our friends made the decision to move to Singapore. It’s never fun when friends move away, and we seem to be at the age where more friends leave than stay. But there was one silver lining – they didn’t want to sell their (beautiful) house and needed to find house sitters who would live in the house and take care of it. Matt and I were going stir crazy in our small apartment and were starting to look at buying a home – the thing to do when you are married and live in the Midwest! But if we did that, I couldn’t quit my job – and couldn’t start this business. So we were stuck – our shared goals and dreams seemed to be at an impasse with my (at the time) ambiguous professional goals. And as much as I believed in the idea of this business, it was hard to justify putting our life on hold, staying in a too-small apartment, and quitting a job – that I didn’t love, but I didn’t loathe – to pursue an incredibly intangible goal. I didn’t trust myself enough to take on a challenge like that. I didn’t know if I even wanted to take on a challenge like that.

And then this opportunity to house sit for our friends came about. Suddenly we had an opportunity where we could have more space (finally, a dining table!) and where we could also follow our dreams – travel, this business, and (if you didn’t know we were dorks before… now you will) building an antifragile life.


The fact that the home itself is so incredible? Icing on the cake. The items in this home have history, and amazing stories behind them. They have helped me to refine my thoughts on consumption karma, and to realize that, while in general it’s always better to spend money on an experience, sometimes a beautiful piece of furniture that makes you smile each day is an experience in and of itself.

But how do you build a temporary home when you don’t believe in buying temporary goods? And when both partners have very specific design tastes… and one has seem most home products in production and thus is even more particular? It’s not easy. It took us over a year to get to the point we are at right now – and we had 90% of our furniture pre-selected for us! We focused on items that we could repurpose in our future home – and when we couldn’t figure out (or agree on) an item or a room, we just lived with it until the right item found us, which was a lesson in and of itself. Some items were obvious and easy, like our Rebecca Atwood pillows, our Matteo/Restoration Hardware bedding, or the incredible Moroccan rug from Mille… others took time and lots of discussions and pinteresting and sketches – like our plant wall and our Trilby Nelson wall hangings in our bedroom. But the result is that this is our home. Even though it’s not!

When people ask me how I started my business, I tell them that, despite my education and my corporate experience and the numerous unpaid freelance jobs that I took on over the years, this house was the catalyst that lead to my start. This was the opportunity I couldn’t pass up. And I knew I had to make the most of it. That I’d hate myself if a few years passed and we moved out and I hadn’t fully taken advantage of the experience. So when I get frustrated or I feel lazy, I remember the opportunity I’ve been given, and I work harder and try to be better. I realize that instances like this are not that common, but I think the true lesson here is in building a flexible (antifragile) life that will allow you to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Leave yourself open to any and all possibilities… you never know what’s around the next corner.


Last – an enormous thank you to my talented friends – Ashley Sullivan for her styling expertise and gorgeous photography, Jackie of Munster Rose for replanting all of the plants I had killed over the last year and for creating an incredible arrangement worthy of my prized Heath vase, and Shannon Grant for her styling expertise and the amazing write up. And of course, to John and Lindsay, for trusting us with their home.