Best of Basics | DE SMET Fall-Back T-Shirt

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As we embark on our second year, I want to reintroduce you to DE SMET.

Representing a lifestyle of conscious, finespun luxury, DE SMET begins as a dialogue between purist fabrics and their natural surroundings. With one new style released each month, we believe in building a wardrobe through slow, organic accumulation, culminating in an entire collection presented over the course of one year.

This month’s DE SMET style defines refined ease with an update to your basic t-shirt. Available in Starch white tencel cotton jersey, this redefined wardrobe staple is a statement of practical elegance and refined leisure.

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Editorial Eclipse: Introducing Viden

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I’m not sure if you noticed lately, but Totokaelo has really been upping its editorial game. The overall art direction has been awe-inspiring, to say the least. My latest favorite is an editorial featuring New York based brand Viden. The use of color is subtle yet bold. The juxtaposition of the soft blurry photos and the high-contrast black and white imagery feels fresh. The clothes are the centerpiece of the story; oversized silhouettes and elevated basics that every woman can wear.

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View the full editorial and shop the looks at Totokaelo.

Photography: Ryan Willms | Art Direction: Lauren Shooster | Styling: Alison Mazur @ ACN Studio | Model: Liisa Winkler | Hair and Makeup: Yuhi Kim | Casting: Nicola Kast

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The Maryn Shop

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My dear friend, Michelle Adams has created outstanding interior imagery in her own home and for many interior design publications and now turns her talents to her own shop, The Maryn. “I learned as a magazine editor that trends are fleeting,” she explains, “so I’ve curated pieces that are here to stay—the kind you will love today, and years down the road.” An ethos that is true to my heart as this is the same approach I have when designing clothing for DE SMET. It was hard to edit down my wish list, but after a few hours, these are my must-haves from The Maryn.

Art lives in our home as another member of the family. This print, Untitled (orange), by Pavel Feinstein reminds me of 17th century food paintings. The moodiness of the print would add a much-needed dark layer to our stark white walls.

 A reinterpretation of the Bolshoi Theatre chandelier in Moscow, this delicate, organic structure would add ceiling interest without creating clutter in our Brooklyn apartment.

Black spice bowls add a sculptural element to any table. I especially love that they are all made right here in New York and each one is slightly different. These are the items that make a space feel like a home.

We have been on the hunt for the perfect reading chair, our criteria was simple: comfortable enough to read in, but not too comfortable that you might fall asleep. We also didn’t want anything too chunky. The cognac club chair by Taylor Forrest meets all of our requirements while adding extra style to the room.

The Anderson ottoman by Hawkins New York is a generous size which allows it to double as a side table. I especially love that the founders of Hawkins New York, Nicholas Blaine and Paul Denoly split their time between Brooklyn, New York and the historic Hudson Valley. We spend most of our time between those three locations as well.

Cy Twombley is a favorite artist of mine. I especially love his ability to move seamlessly from one medium to another. His blurry photographs in this book feel real and mysterious. A perfect coffee table book.

We all have them: stacks of magazines taking over entire corners of rooms, filling every inch of table space and stacked as high as I am tall. In my mind, a magazine rack allows you to keep a small edited assortment of the best magazines. Overcrowding a well-designed magazine rack like this one would be sacrilegious.

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Weekend Reading: The Modernist Years

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When I came across this book Imogen Cunningham: The Modernist Years, the images looked so current, I couldn’t believe they were taken in the 1920s. Who knew that her affinity for capturing tropical plants would be trending today. The black and white imagery highlighting the similarities between the curves of a woman’s body and the stripes of a zebra reminded me of how similar we are to animals and reinforced my view of why we should treat animals humanly. Cunningham’s obsession for purity of image and clarity of detail became increasingly important during the 1920s when she took these images. It is clear that she is focused on the subject and nothing else.

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Beauty Supply: JINsoon ‘Doux’

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No matter what your style is: from minimal and simple or classic and preppy to playful with a punk edge, there is no denying that you wear a nude/pink nail color sometime throughout the year. For me, JINsoon ‘Doux’ is the color you will find me wearing on most days. I even wore it when I got married last year. With only two coats to get full coverage and a quick dry formula, I have nothing bad to say about this polish. Not only is it 5-free*, but it is vegan friendly and not tested on animals. What is your favorite nude/pink nail color?

*5-free: means there are no toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, camphor, and formaldehyde resin.

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