Sunday Reading: Handcrafted Modern


Sunday is a perfect day to catch up on reading or browsing through the stack of coffee table books you’ve been staring at for weeks. This Sunday, I wish I could flip through the book Handcrafted Modern by Leslie Williamson. Featuring photographs of creative mid-century homes as they were lived in by their designers. From Harry Bertoia and George Nakashima to Charles and Ray Eames, the inspiration is endless. What are you reading this weekend?



Inspired by Claire Cottrell


I’m currently pulling inspiration for the next DE SMET collection, and I can’t get enough of these images from Claire Cottrell. The shapes, colors, architecture, and nature exist harmoniously together. If you don’t already follow Claire on instagram you should, here and here!


Monday Mood: La Piscine


New York was rainy and grey for over a week, which meant staying in and trying to find something to watch. When Netflix lets you down, sometimes rewatching old French films will do the trick! One of my favorite films is La Piscine. What’s not to love about this movie? The late 1960’s clothes, the Southern France scenery and Jane Birkin of course. This film reminded me that summer is just around the corner and to appreciate the not-so-hot weather we are having at the moment.
If you are looking for new old movies to watch, check out Claire Cottrell’s Pinterest page entitled ‘film’.


Introducing DE SMET


It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to DE SMET, a perennial wardrobe crafted & released one piece at a time. Over the years, I have focused on building an edited wardrobe while becoming more conscious of the number of items I buy throughout the year. I designed a collection which will be released monthly, piece by piece and made-to-order in New York City’s Garment District. Focusing on pure fabrics including linen, cotton, silk, flax and wool, each piece was designed to withstand the test of time. Visit DE SMET to see the first piece of the collection: a versatile wrap dress inspired by the utilitarianism of the apron, but the ease of a slip dress.


Beauty Supply: Clean Korean Beauty Routine


This 10 step skincare routine is more like the Cliff’s notes of a culture of skin pampering than an enumerated routine actually prescribed in Korea. The gentle multi-step process includes cleansing, exfoliating, treating, and intensely moisturizing to pamper and nurture your skin before bed, when repair happens the most. Elizabeth and I had heard about it and wanted to give it a try, but couldn’t find a version made up of only clean products. Being that there is such an incredible amount of product involved, we decided to gather up our favorite clean products and test out the routine. What follows is our conversation around the whole process as well as our findings and recommendations.


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