For Labor Day this year, my family took a trip to Dunton Hot Springs and had the most incredible time. My sister Saree had stayed there previously and recommended it, and upon experiencing for myself, I was completely blown away. Located an hour outside of Telluride off a dirt road (pretty much in the middle of nowhere), and surrounded by gorgeous mountains, rivers, and grazing cows, Dunton Hot springs is heaven on earth.
I met Ariel years ago through my very close friend Zach – they grew up together spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard, and have basically become extended family. Once, while visiting Zach and his family on The Vineyard, I was taken by the stunning redesign of their home, and they told me it was Ariel that had helped them.
Sophie and I grew up together – in elementary school she was a year ahead of me, and we continued on to middle school together after that. We reconnected years later during NY Fashion Week, shortly after we had both first entered into the business. Sophie and her partner Lisa Mayock started their collection, Vena Cava, around the same time that I started my line. In it, they have found incredible success, and recently launched Viva Vena, a more affordable, but no less amazing, version of their collection.
I met Stefanie years ago through my good friend and publicist Ali. At the time, she had a beautiful clothing line called Mishon Schur, but she eventually traded that in for a gorgeous floral shop in the Brentwood Country Mart. Botany is hands down my favorite floral storefront in LA, and filled with feminine, earthy, and wild arrangements that never fail to blow me away. One step into Botany and you are instantly transported, and Stephanie’s home is no different.
I met Irene ages ago – our fathers are very close and we have many mutual friends – and have over the years watched her build an insanely gorgeous jewelry line that has made her both an incredible success and an editorial darling. Designing jewelry for over a decade, Irene’s pieces are characterized by intense colors and raw, uncut gemstones, and are a true reflection of her wonderfully eclectic, authentic personality and taste.
For Christmas this year, my sister Saree gave us all the most incredible gifts – unique, hand dyed pieces that she had crafted with her friend Deepa Preeti Natarajan. They were all so beautiful and special, and she had obviously put a lot of time and love into them, which made them all the better.
I met Natasha years ago when I started dating Richard – longtime friends, they have known each other since they were teenagers. She is an actress turned mother to a beautiful baby girl named Clover who just turned 1, and lives in Venice with her boyfriend Barry and his two sons, Oliver and Felix.
I was recently introduced to Amanda, after already being acquainted with her amazing juicery Moon Juice, and we soon discovered that we shared many close friends. Amanda opened Moon Juice, an organic pressed juicery and nut milk shop, in Venice in early 2012, and has since enjoyed incredible success fueled by a philosophy rooted in nutrition, wellness, and simplicity.
I have always loved the look of a floral headdress – sweet, organic, and simply beautiful. Now that I have a little girl, it seemed the perfect excuse to learn how to make them myself, and such a fun activity for the two of us to do together. We invited a group of adorable little ladies and their Mamas over for a wonderful afternoon with the amazing Amy Blessing as she taught us how to make our own very chic, very homemade headdresses. I asked Amy to share her tips and tricks in creating the perfect floral crown, and hope you enjoy!
I have long been a fan of the work of Kristen Caissie from Moon Canyon Design, so when my friend Maurice of Bloom & Plume connected us, I was thrilled. Moon Canyon specializes in flowers and styling, handcrafting beautiful, intimate details for gatherings of all types. But perhaps what they are becoming most recognized for, is their signature wreaths. Insanely gorgeous, they also smell heavenly, and can be used in the traditional sense or as a stunning centerpiece.
I first met Baelyn over ten years ago when she was modeling and I had just started designing. Both Virgos and the same age, we instantly connected and hit it off. Soon after, she became my fit model, and so for the next several years we saw quite a bit of each other. Since then, she has taken up a totally different lifestyle – one that I find both beautiful and inspiring.
I first met Katie years ago through her sister Alyson, who is one of Richard’s oldest and dearest friends. She is wonderfully quirky and sweet, and never fails to makes me laugh. She is also an amazingly talented interior designer with a great eye and colorful sense of style.
I met Amy Blessing years ago when she had the absolute best Men’s store, apartment number 9, located in the Brentwood Country Mart – it was Richard’s favorite. Besides the merchandise, I always loved the decor and Amy’s unique sense of style. Years later, I was so happy when we were able to reconnect through her best friend, Annie Campbell.
When choosing gifts for the special people in my life, I love finding both the traditional and the unexpected, and Mother’s Day is no different. Here are some of my favorite picks for this beautiful holiday, and for all of the Mamas in your lives.
I first met Kimberly through her husband, Michael Muller, just over ten years ago. I came to their house way too early to pick Michael up for a shoot, and Kim was pregnant, making eggs in the kitchen with a big smile on her face. Years later, Michael and Kimberly set Richard and I up on our first date. Needless to say, they hold a very special place in our hearts.
Born in Washington, D.C., Kimberly moved to Los Angeles and worked in the entertainment industry representing directors and later producing. She then met Michael, a very talented photographer (download his App if you haven’t already), and they started a gorgeous family together. She is an amazing mother to three beautiful girls, and in her spare time writes children’s books and has a blog. As you probably know by now, besides being a great mother and talented writer, Kim is also the queen of crafts. She creates the most magical gift wrapping and centerpieces that never cease to blow me away.
Her home is no different – she has a great house in the Hills that perfectly captures her warm and eclectic sense of style. My favorite parts of the home are all of the spaces that she has created for her kids. From the kitchen to the playroom to her girls’ rooms, she has helped to create fun environments by letting go and allowing each of her girls to go wild and express their unique sense of style. I envy this about her and hope to one day be able to let go in the same way! XXJKE