I met Claire years ago through my husband and my friend, Kimberly Muller. She is striking – a beautiful 6’1″ English-born brunette, and the mother of two adorable boys, Lucky, 8, and Rocco, 6. Claire has lived many lives in terms of her career – a former model and actress, she co-founded C&C California with Cheyann Benedict, in hopes of creating of the perfect vintage-inspired tee. She did that and more, and after selling C&C, dove into interior design.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Barrett and I had lots of mutual friends growing up, but it wasn’t until recently that we actually met. She spent a number of years working in fashion before embarking on a new phase of her life that would lead to her role as chef and owner of Valleybrink Road. What began as a blog to share recipes, Valleybrink Road has evolved over the past year into a successful boutique catering company offering on-site personal chef services for parties up to 100.
I met Michelle through Caroline in my office – they both grew up in Southern Louisiana and reconnected when Michelle moved to Los Angeles. Law school brought her to New York, where she practiced for several years, eventually coming to the realization that her true passion was interior design. After training with interior designer Daniel Romualdez, Michelle started her own design firm – Studio MRS. She recently finished both Prabal Gurung’s studio and apartment and is currently completing homes in Haleiwa, Hawaii and Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.
I had the pleasure of meeting Beatrice not long after being introduced to her amazing shoes. With many friends in common, we were bound to be connected at some point, but it was my friend Lauren Soloff who originally put us together.
Born in Los Angeles but was raised in Mexico City, Beatrice has enjoyed a life filled with travel and discovery. Both a footwear designer and weaver, she describes her life’s work as that of bringing joy and beauty into people’s lives (including her own) – whether it be in the form of handmade shoes, a wall hanging, or by bringing artists together at the Echo Park Craft Fair, which she founded and co-hosts with Rachel Craven.
I met Rachel a couple of years ago through mutual friends and instantly fell in love with her linens and overall style. Now based in Echo Park, Rachel grew up in the arts-focused neighborhood of Tribeca, and as the daughter of two painters, enjoyed a richly creative upbringing. She attended The School of Visual Arts, and upon graduation moved to Los Angeles for work as a fashion stylist. Shortly thereafter, her focus shifted back to her love of painting and design, and ultimately, to success in the form of her eponymous line of textiles.
The second part of my profile on two very stylish sisters, Alexi (pictured on the right) is younger sister to Ariel, and extended family to my very close friend, Zach. Alexi grew up in Placitas, New Mexico, but later went to college, and then law school, in Los Angeles.
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.
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 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 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