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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.

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It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere:
Healthy Eggnog

Quick! When we say “holiday cocktail,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Eggnog, right? There’s… >

It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere:
Healthy Eggnog

Quick! When we say “holiday cocktail,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Eggnog, right? There’s no denying that it’s the quintessential festive beverage, but it’s also the one of the season’s top calorie boosters. Save your splurge for the pie and try this lighter, ladylike version made with kefir instead. That’s right, the superfood that’s known to boost immunity, regulate blood sugar and gloss up your hair is now bourbon’s best friend. So mix up some merry and have a glass…or three. It’s healthy after all!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

3 cups organic kefir
4 eggs
1/3 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg + extra for garnish
3 ounces bourbon

HOW TO MAKE IT…

Separate eggs. Beat the egg yolks with a mixer until they lighten in color. Add 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside.

In a saucepan, bring the kefir and nutmeg to a low boil. Remove from heat and gradually temper the hot kefir into the egg yolks. Then return mixture to the pot and cook until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit or coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon. Chill in refrigerator.

In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Slowly add 1 teaspoon sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture and pour into a glass. Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg and serve.

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Now That’s Entertaining: A Party with Our Personal Stylist

It’s nearly here! We’re on the cusp of party season and one thing is for sure: we cannot wait to… >

Now That’s Entertaining: A Party with Our Personal Stylist

It’s nearly here! We’re on the cusp of party season and one thing is for sure: we cannot wait to don our festive finest and head to all the holiday shindigs—or better yet, throw one ourselves. If you’re as eager as we are to play the hostess, our personal stylist Christina has five easy tips you won’t want to miss. Give them a look, and then we’ll get on to the other, equally as exciting aspect of parties: what to wear!

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"Poinsettias and paperwhites are as traditional as it gets, but holiday arrangements can (and should!) include much more. I love mixing in ferns and succulents—lush shades and natural textures of green are as striking as a fancy floral design. You can even layer in a branch or twig from your own backyard.”

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"Did you know that delicacies double as décor? It doesn’t take much—a grouping of pears or a pomegranate can add wonderful color and enchance the ‘still life painting’ appeal of your spread.”

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"Repeat after me: you can’t go wrong with a beer! Some of the older European brews have really beautiful labels and are stylish enough to live on your bar cart. This German beer happens to come from one of the oldest breweries in the world, which makes it a great conversation piece.”

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"I love the color of blood orange juice—it’s a beautiful shade that looks great in contrast to all the greenery without feeling too holiday cliché. Just add champagne and you’ve got your house cocktail!”

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"A mix of sweet and savory snacks is my go-to trick for keeping everyone fueled for the festivities. Forks and knives get fussy, so stick with things like cheese or macarons that are easy to pop in to your mouth in one or two bites.”

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