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Instagrams That Inspire

Our buyers and designers head off to all sorts of exotic locales all year long, hunting… >

Instagrams That Inspire

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Our buyers and designers head off to all sorts of exotic locales all year long, hunting down new sources and soaking in everything as inspiration. Some, like our dedicated handbag designer Sebastian, keep track of their travels (and give all of us back home a little something to dream about) with Instagram. Some of those Instagrams even become designs themselves, like the one above, that Sebastian snapped of a wall in Rome, that became our Hashtag Bag. With his help, we’ve culled some of his most intriguing shots here into a travelogue for you.


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“I always draw my color inspiration from pictures—the season’s palette comes together through them. On our last visit to India, I just loved the tangerine saris, the washed pink and terra cottas I saw everywhere. India is an assault on the senses…the colors, the smells, the flavors.”


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"I love taking portraits of people. This woman was selling textiles—you can see some behind her—at the Kinari Bazaar in Old Delhi, which is where most of the antique textiles can be found. We even bought some for our upcoming summer 2014 collection."


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“We always stay at The Trident Hotel. It’s in the middle of Delhi, but it feels private and zen. There are lanterns everywhere and they burn this amazing incense throughout the hotel. It’s an escape from the bustle of Delhi and our home away from home.”


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“Here we are landing in Hong Kong after a 17 hour flight! It’s a real birds-eye view —you can see all of the boats and clouds.”


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“Hong Kong is so hi-tech, way more so than India, it’s really a contrast. At the trim markets there, they have these walls filled with spools of ribbon and you can just pick what you want. In India, everything is really handmade. At the trim markets, they also have these little altars to ward off evil spirits—I almost lit myself on fire at this one (pictured, left)! Of course, the food is so inspiring too, this was a little pre-appetizer of sashimi at the Armani Restaurant there.”


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“The Amalfi Coast of Italy is amazing—Positano is my favorite place on earth. In Positano, the sidewalk is covered in gold mosaic terrazzo! We were at Le Sirenuse Hotel on a windy night and I snapped this photo (above left). It felt very surreal and Fellini-esque!”


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“Positano is all about lemons (and limoncello). I just love the colors of the food. And I loved these cute antique mini Vespas.”


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“I’m very inspired by Rome, the walls and whitewashing and the pigmented colors—and even the pigeons! The mask statue is from the Valentino offices in Rome, the arches are from the Uffizi in Florence and the ceiling is a cathedral in Milan.”


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“When we visited Africa, I flew in the cockpit of the plane. Everything is so remote there, it’s the best way to travel. In Zanzibar, we explored Stone Town, which has a real Casablanca feel to it—it’s a very dilapidated glamour. We saw this wooden sailboat with huge linen sails at breakfast one day there. And this building (left) is the House of Wonders, now a museum and formerly a sultan’s palace.”



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“I loved this door in Stone Town, so it’s going to be a bag in our summer 2014 collection. Here’s a little sneak peek!”



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Master It: Pollyanna
Presents Perfected

We get a real kick out of gift-giving in general, but there’s something extra fun about Pollyanna… >

Master It: Pollyanna Presents Perfected

We get a real kick out of gift-giving in general, but there’s something extra fun about Pollyanna exchanges—secretly selecting a special little something maximizes the giving glee. Sometimes though, you reach into the Santa hat and pull the name of a distant cousin, your brother’s new girlfriend or a coworker from a different department, and what to give becomes a bit of a head-scratcher. Don’t fret! This year, all you’ll need is an inkling of her interests, and we’ll do the rest.

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For The Entertainer: She has hosting down to a science and knows not to stress over appetizers when a bowl of fancy nuts and a fun cracker will do.

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For The Baker: She’ll appreciate a stamp that proves what you already suspected: her cookies are made with love. And don’t forget to jot down the secret to your sugar cookie dough on a recipe card!

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For The Sleepyhead: The only thing she loves more than racking up REM is lighting a candle and relaxing in slippers all morning.

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For The Beauty Buff: The gift that keeps on giving? Good hair days. Stock a pouch with sample-sized products and a nifty comb.

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For The DIYer: Let her put her personal stamp on every project—literally. She can carve this rubber stamp set exactly to her liking, and press it onto fancy paper for personalized stationery.

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For The Outdoorswoman: She has to come inside at some point, right? When she does, she’ll love to warm up with rich cocoa in a critter mug.



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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere:
The L Train

As winter approaches, most of us Northeasterners stock up on rock salt and… >

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere: The L Train

As winter approaches, most of us Northeasterners stock up on rock salt and snow shovels. But Eric Prum and Josh Williams? These cocktail enthusiasts head to NYC’s Union Square Farmers Market in search of late-season lavender, an essential ingredient in many of their cold-weather concoctions, including the L Train. Guaranteed to warm up any holiday party, this gin-based, citrus-laced delight is just one of the spirited recipes included in “Shake,” their new book on stylish sipping.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 shots of gin
1 shot of St. Germain
1/2 shot of fresh lemon juice
2 sprigs of dried lavender (plus 2 more for garnish)
Seltzer

HOW TO MAKE IT…

Add the gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and lavender to the shaker. Add ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for five seconds. Strain the mixture into two chilled coupe glasses and top with seltzer. Garnish with remaining lavender sprigs.

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Eugenia Kim and the Legend
of Cottonball

You may have heard the lore behind the launch of Eugenia Kim’s career… >

Eugenia Kim and the Legend of Cottonball

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You may have heard the lore behind the launch of Eugenia Kim's career: after an awkward haircut, she fashioned a feathered cloche to disguise her wayward mane and turned out to be a millinery prodigy, catching the eyes of fashion editors and buyers alike. But what you might not know is that Eugenia's fashion-forward ingenuity is matched by a mile-wide whimsical streak. Take, for instance, her Fifi Stole, the majorly cute, sweetly oddball handknit wrap featured in our Wants & Wishes Gift Guide. It has so much personality that we knew there had to be a story behind it, so we got the sidesplitting scoop from Eugenia herself.

On the pup that inspired it: Cottonball was my toy poodle. He had short stubby legs and a Napoleon complex. He was extremely aggressive, provoking fear in even the largest of the neighborhood dogs, and he routinely bit my friends. Secretly though, he just craved affection. He was decidedly male—my mother used to send him to the groomers, and he would come back shaved with pom-pom legs and pink bows on his tail. He would immediately bite the bows off.

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On Cottonball’s foodie leanings: He loved eating my mom’s Korean food. She would give him leftovers, but sometimes he would jump on our dinner table to eat. My mother tried to train him not to eat her food by putting really hot red peppers in with her galbi, but no matter how spicy her food was, he kept coming back for more!

On gazing into his soul: Cottonball’s white fur made him appear cute, cuddly and angelic from afar, but up close you could see the intensity in his eyes. Likewise, the cozy wool-and-alpaca boucle yarn I used to make Fifi belies the power behind its big, black Swarovski crystal eyes.

On his more mellow moments: He had a pillow where he always hung out, that gave him a view of our yard. He spent many sunny days looking pensively outside the window from that pillow.

On dogs vs. cats: As far as pets go, I am definitely a dog person. In regards to design, aesthetic and personality, I am more of a cat person—my two best-selling designs this year have cat ears (one of which is the Felix Beanie), and I own over 30 items of clothing with cats on them. However, due to my animal allergies, I do not have any pets. I was almost given a Chihuahua for a Christmas present last year, but I had to say no!

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#TuesdayShoesday:
Seasonal Sparklers

#TuesdayShoesday: Seasonal Sparklers

            Holiday outfitting, meet your merry match! We’re ooh-ing and aah-ing
                 over glam-packed pairs, like these Brio Mary Janes modeled by
                                Gal Meets Glam, that up the festive ante.

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6 Amazing Holiday Party Outfits

So you’re going to a few holiday parties, huh? You’ll need a show-stopping outfit… >

6 Amazing Holiday Party Outfits

So you’re going to a few holiday parties, huh? You’ll need a show-stopping outfit (or dare we say, two) and we know just the gal to gussy you up: our personal stylist Christina. She has an eye for all things fashion and festive (don’t miss her party-planning tips), and with any one of her six new looks, you’re guaranteed to land a spot at the top of the season’s best-dressed list.

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"This year, why not trade in that ‘hostess dress’ for a fabulous ‘hostess top’? Pair it with tailored pants and it’s still ready-for-guests dressy, but also really easy to run around in—which is key when you’re entertaining guests!”

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"If you think of a dress as a separate, you can really expand its horizons and wear it for both formal and casual occasions. The juxtaposition of sparkly paired with cozy is a favorite concept of mine—here a cardigan brings this metallic dress down just a notch, so it’s not too fancy for the occasion.”

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"I love menswear for dressing up—the key is to go for feminine silhouettes, a heel and some sparkle. With the velvet pants and cropped jacket, this look has a real vintage Yves Saint Laurent “Le Smoking” appeal!”

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"Skirts and pullovers give endless opportunities to mix and match. Pattern is just one way to switch it up—this pairing of classic stripes with a full skirt feels so modern-Audrey-Hepburn.”

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"There’s something so luxurious about mohair, it feels special and can hold up to the sparkle and the dense lace detail of the skirt. Layering these textures really works—although they’re very different, together they both make a strong statement.”

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"Dots and prints are one of those can’t-go-wrong combos. Here we’ve kept to tonal berry hues on the top and bottom. Berries are some of my favorite shades this season—they flatter so many skin tones.”

For more styling tips and tricks, book a complimentary #AnthroPS appointment today!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Diva Pyari

Diva Pyari, mastermind behind the stationery and gifts line Linea Carta… >

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Diva Pyari

Diva Pyari, mastermind behind the stationery and gifts line Linea Carta, is not only a skilled calligrapher, but a real-life jill-of-all-trades: she dances ballet, speaks Italian, hikes daily, wrangles two lovable pups and swims a mean backstroke. Oh, and she’s also a world traveler—her Calligrapher Canapé Plates were inspired by vintage flashcards she collected from antique shops around the globe. After chatting with the artist, we found ourselves longing for walks on cobblestone streets and itching to sign up for swim lessons. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, right?

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On Living Abroad: When I was teaching in Italy, I loved everything about day-to-day life—walking on cobblestone streets, a cappuccino at the bar near my apartment, the light shining through Piazza Santo Stefano and the beautiful view of tiled rooftops from my window.

On Tools: The ingredients for a productive workday include my very favorite pen—the Pilot Hi-Tec C 0.4, to be exact—a dip pen, nib and oak gall ink, watercolors, gouache, paper, linen, friends, dogs, hikes, yoga, ballet and cuddling.

On Puppy Love: Henry is a ridiculously sweet pug. He likes daily hikes in the hilly forests and running on the beach. Nico is Henry’s counterpart—a rascal through and through. He’s the fastest dog in the West and loves fetching anything, especially pinecones.

On Childhood: I was captain of my swim team in high school. Backstroke was my best event.

On the Holidays: My vision for a perfect festive day is simple—time with loved ones, a walk near the water, and a table with fresh food and candles.

Learn more about our other collaborators like Rebecca Rebouche, Gwyneth Leech and Corey Lynn Calter.

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The Best Wrap Songs:
A Gift-Wrapping Playlist

Some consider it a chore, but wrapping gifts never fails to put us in the holiday… >

The Best Wrap Songs: A Gift-Wrapping Playlist

Some consider it a chore, but wrapping gifts never fails to put us in the holiday spirit. Our secret? While the eggnog certainly helps, we credit most of the warm-fuzzies to a festive soundtrack. Consider this toe-tapping, merry-making, holly-jolly playlist our little gift to you.

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A la Mode: Weckerly’s Pumpkin Bourbon Ice Cream

When you think of winter desserts, chances are your mind goes to warm slices of pie, steaming cups… >

A la Mode: Weckerly’s Pumpkin
Bourbon Ice Cream

When you think of winter desserts, chances are your mind goes to warm slices of pie, steaming cups of cocoa, cookies straight from the oven…and ice cream, right? When it’s pumpkin-based, spice-infused and bourbon-spiked like this recipe, it sure does! Philadelphia-based ice cream maker Weckerly’s was kind enough to share their recipe for their Pumpkin Butter Bourbon Ice Cream, which is some of the most luscious, wintry ice cream we’ve ever sampled (think local, organic and seasonal ingredients, mixed into a French-style, egg-custard base). Here’s the scoop…

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 cups of heavy cream
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups pumpkin butter
1 1/4 cups of sugar
3 tablespoons of your favorite bourbon
Spices*
Hint of salt

*Different pumpkin butters have different amounts of spice. Depending on what brand you’re using, feel free to add nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger in small amounts to taste.  

HOW TO MAKE IT…

Mix together cream and milk and bring to a simmer in a small saucepan. While cream mixture is heating, mix together yolks, sugar, bourbon, spices and salt in a bowl. Slowly pour heated cream over yolk mix while continuously whisking. When fully combined, pour the mix back into the saucepan and over medium heat, whisk constantly until mixture thickens (about 1 minute). Pour the finished mix into an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. The next day, strain the mix through a fine sieve and add the pumpkin butter. Place the combined mixture in a blender and process until smooth. Freeze in your ice cream maker in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

Have your ingredients prepped and ready before getting started. Canisters and mini bowls offer handy storage.

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Have your ingredients prepped and ready before getting started. Canisters and mini bowls offer handy storage.

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                                           Scooped up and ready to eat!

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Another crowd-pleaser? Serve between gingersnaps (Weckerly’s makes theirs from scratch!) for a spicy spin on the ice cream sandwich.

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Gal Meets Glam Meets LBD

The perfect Little Black Dress is the Holy Grail of every busy gal’s wardrobe… >

Gal Meets Glam Meets LBD

The perfect Little Black Dress is the Holy Grail of every busy gal’s wardrobe. From desk to dinner, everyday to holiday, this versatile essential is comfortable in any situation—if, of course, you know how to unlock its magic. We hit up Julia Engel, the San Francisco-based blogger behind Gal Meets Glam, for tips on getting some serious mileage out of one of our MVP LBDs, the Arana Crepe Shift.

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"Add a layer or two of something that’s cozy and more relaxed, like an oversized sweater or scarf. I think, ‘What will I be most comfortable in?’ and then add that.”

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"I love the holidays because sparkles make everything feel more festive. I love to layer fun jewelry, then throw on some red lipstick and a great pair of heels.”

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"Adding lots of layers this time of year is key—something I’ve become really used to living in San Francisco. Add a jean jacket or sweater under your leather jacket or coat, a cashmere scarf and some gloves, and you should be good to go!”

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"First and foremost, you want to look polished and professional at work, but you can do so while adding fun elements through your accessories. For example, I added polka dot tights, but because they’re darker—grey on black —it’s not as in your face.”

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Welcome To Merryville: Population One Million Smiles

What do ballerina mice, scholarly goats and socialite bunnies do when they get… >

Welcome To Merryville: Population
One Million Smiles

What do ballerina mice, scholarly goats and socialite bunnies do when they get together? Put on a holiday dance performance, of course. The season of all things merry and bright has arrived, which means it’s time to hoist up your tree, unpack your ornaments and watch our annual trim video—we dare you not to crack a smile!

Ready to trim your tree? Shop all of our holiday décor.