It has just been a little over a week since I returned from my amazing trip to California wine country. To say it was amazing would be an understatement! I have never been to California and was blown away at how beautiful it was and the weather is all it is cracked up to be. I could get use to the no humidity thing! Our trip was full of gorgeous views and amazing wine and food! I was thrilled to get to wear some of the great pieces we have in the store and they fit in perfectly amongst the beautiful backdrop.
Our first day was predominantly a travel day but because of the time difference it was only around noon when we arrived in Los Olivos. Los Olivos is about 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara. My in-laws, who were so sweet to bring us on this trip, said that the Central Coast region (where we were) is what Napa was 30 years ago. It is much less developed and a lot less people (just my speed) but has amazing vineyards. The house where we stayed was to die for and had an infinity pool/hot tub overlooking the most gorgeous scenery. My husband and I had our coffee every morning in the hot tub while taking in the views (something else I could get use to)! The first night we went to an amazing italian restaurant called S.Y. Kitchen. This was probably my favorite meal and I had the most delicious fresh pineapple and basil mojito ( ok….I actually had 2, they were that good). I wore one of my favorite pieces in the store right now, Zimmermann’s Laelia High Neck Floral Dress. It is a lightweight linen fabric and features the most beautiful color palette. It is my favorite length – a midi – and has such a romantic feel that only seemed appropriate given the setting! I paired it with some fun Sachin and Babi earrings, a Jerome Dreyfuss Remi bag and a pair of Rachel Zoe heels I have had for a couple years that are comfortable and look great with everything!
We started day 2 at Firestone Vineyard (remember Andrew Firestone from the Bachelor?…his family started the vineyard). This tasting was a great way to start out the trip. We toured the facility and vineyard and they walked us thru the process of how wine is made and everything that goes into it! I learned a lot from this tasting and the wines weren’t so bad either! I wore an Ulla Johnson dress with a Rag and Bone hat and casual black strappy Aquzzura sandals. I wanted to dress up but also wanted to be comfortable and this was the perfect dress to achieve both. I knew this dress would transition perfectly later in the day when it was time to get dinner. I paired it with another Jerome Bag (I can’t get enough of his bags) and my trusty Lizzie Fortunato Modern Craft Earrings that I wear with everything and some Le Specs sunglasses.
Next we headed to my favorite tasting of the trip at Gainey Vineyard. There we did a blindfold challenge where we had to rely solely on taste and smell to identify white wines from red and then more specifically what types of each. We all had such a great time with this one and my husband was the only one who got all of the wines right (we are a wee bit competitive with each other so this pains me to even type that statement haha).
On our third day we went to Rusack Vineyard and this was by far my favorite vineyard we visited on the trip. They had the most gorgeous sitting area with the most phenomenal views. We were able to sit and relax and take it all in while we did the tasting. This is a spot that locals love to come to and on Saturdays you can bring your own lunch and sit for hours sipping on vino and taking in the scenery. If I lived in this area I would definitely be a regular! I wore another super romantic Zimmermann dress and instead of wearing the matching tie belt I added some contrast with one of Lizzie Fortunato’s fabulous belts. I opted for my Modern Craft earrings again (they go with EVERYTHING and don’t hurt my ears even after wearing them all day) and slipped on some Free People sandals that have the perfect height heel. And shocker….I carried another Jerome bag. This one is a pretty pink hue.
On our last day we decided to head farther North to Paso Robles, a place that is special to my husband and I. This is the place where our 5 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Deacon, was born. Several years ago we took a weekend trip to Asheville to celebrate my birthday. We were at a neat wine bar and my husband saw they had a Brochelle red zinfandel on the menu from Paso Robles. Because we had gotten Deacon there he decided to order a glass. We both took a taste and instantly it became one of our favorite wines and still is to this day. We figured since we were going to be so close to the area we had to make a day trip to their tasting room. It was great and we got to try some of their other wines which were also very good. On our way back to the house we stopped in Pismo Beach to eat lunch. I have never seen the Pacific Ocean in person so I had to document! Since I knew we would be in the car a good bit I decided to wear this super comfortable Zimmermann jumpsuit. It comes with a self tie but I wore it flowy with no tie which added to the comfortability. I paired it with the same Lizzie earrings I wore almost everyday, my Aquazzura flats, Rag and Bone hat and the green leopard Remi bag by Jerome Dreyfuss.
It was such an amazing time with family in this beautiful place and I will cherish the memories made forever! Now, excuse me while I go daydream about that pool and those views!
I am currently en route to California with only one flight standing between me and a much-needed fun family vacation! Normally, when I travel it’s for work. It is nice to be switching it up and going somewhere solely for fun. I wanted to share some of my travel essentials and things I do/wear/use the day I am traveling anywhere.
The first thing I always do is prep my skin before getting on a plane. My face gets very dry when I travel so I try to keep it as hydrated as possible. I use all the same products I normally do, I just add a couple extra steps of moisturization to ensure my face stays hydrated for the duration of the travel day. I start by cleansing my face with Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (1). I have recently started using cleansing balms and I don’t think I will ever go back to a normal cleanser. Balms don’t seem to strip my face of moisture or dry it out like some normal cleansers do. Next, I neutralize my skin by using Kopari’s Coconut Rose Toner (2). This instantly puts some moisture back into my skin after cleansing, and it smells divine! Then I apply an eye serum (3) (I am very generous with this step because my eyes seems to soak it right up) and a Vitamin C Serum (4). Both by Dr. Dennis Gross. Next I apply Rose Hip oil by Naturopathica (5) to my entire face and neck. This is my favorite step. The oil feels so good on my skin and I feel this step is essential to keeping my face moisturized all day. I then follow that up with an Elemis Superfood Day Cream (6). I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup the day I am traveling so I opt for Nars’ Tinted Moisturizer. It gives the perfect amount of coverage and has SPF. I am a nut about sunscreen, so I double up on the SPF by using Supergoop’s Setting Mist with Rosemary (8). I keep my skin hydrated thru out my flight with Dermalogica’s Hydramist (9). This stuff is so refreshing and instantly makes my skin feel hydrated. Kopari’s Coconut Melt (10) is my go to body moisturizer the night before I travel, and pretty much every night while I am on a trip. It can be a little greasy, which is why I don’t use it during the day. At night though, it transforms my skin while I sleep. It is a game changer! Kopari also makes a coconut oil spray that is lighter and is perfect to use for the day.
Aside from prepping my skin, there are some other items that I keep handy while traveling. My husband recently bought me a three meter iphone charging cord. We always wish our charging cords were longer and this takes care of that problem. It is especially great for the airport when outlets can be long distances away. He bought the pretty rose gold color (he knows me well), which is a bonus!
I also recently just got the Wireless Apple Earbuds and I am obsessed. They sync with my iPhone and Apple Watch, and come with a case that charges them in 15 minutes flat. I wasn’t sure how much I would actually use them, but I use them all of the time!
I follow the Skinny Confidential and love everything she posts about and recommends. She recently posted about Liquid IV and how she adds it to her water for optimum hydration. One bottle of water with Liquid IV equals the same hydration as 3 bottles of water. I am terrible about drinking enough water so I had to give it a try. So far it seems to help, and they offer some great flavors.
Comfort is the key when it comes to what I wear when I am traveling. In the warmer months, I love to wear a dress and no one makes a more comfortable dress than Rachel Pally! Not only does this one shoulder dress feel like a pair of pajamas, but it doesn’t wrinkle or have to be dry cleaned. Win – Win! I get cold easily so I always have a scarf with me. By Malene Birger does the perfect size scarf in my opinion. They are a great weight and she always offers beautiful prints. Both scarves below are available on our website and are on SALE! Lastly, I almost always travel in sneakers and we all know that Golden Goose is the sneaker king. My sweet hubby got me this leopard pair (you can never have enough leopard) for Christmas this past year and I wear them with everything!
These are just a few of the things I can’t live without when it comes to traveling! Next up, sipping yummy vino in California wine country!
Welcome to Mosaic Florence! It was such an amazing (and lets be honest…a little stressful at times) journey designing this space from scratch but we are thrilled with the results and can’t wait to share them with you!
I wanted everything to be very white, bright and clean so the clothes could do the talking. It is amazing to see how much color pops against a white back drop. I have always wanted to use our look book photos in another way besides just on social media and the website. I picked several of my favorite shots from past shoots with Angela Zion and framed them above each rack in the store.
The building is over 100 years old and I wanted to keep some old aspects intact. There was a fire in the building many years ago and most of the exposed brick was not in great shape but we were able to keep 2 sections of it showing and framed them off with racks.
One of my favorite parts of the store are the dressing rooms. I wanted them to be large and spacious and a space that really feels comfortable for customers. I chose a geometric wallpapers in two different colors and I was ecstatic with how they turned out. They definitely scream, “sit and stay a while.”
Behind the checkout counter we have two commissioned art pieces done by one of my best friends Morgan Elvington Walker (Melvin G). We picked the color palette to compliment the store and she even designed the accessories on these girls after designs we have had in the store.
All of my fabulous light fixtures came from Saleeby Jean Interiors in Greenville which is owned by one of my great college friends Dixie Dulin. I also got my wallpaper from her! I have some pretty talented friends 🙂
Next is the dramatic before and after pictures. It is hard to believe that the space ever looked like the top picture but it really was exhilarating getting to design my dream store from scratch. I couldn’t have done it without the help of many many people! M3 Renovations handled all of my contractor needs and were fabulous.
If you are ever in town please stop by and see us!! We are located at 178 West Evans Street in Florence and also have another location at 113 West Main Street in Lake City.
If gifts are ordered by tomorrow 12/21 we can overnight them and have them anywhere in the US by Friday 12/22 (Buyer is responsible for shipping cost) Call 843-374-0377 for overnight inquires. For local customers we are glad to deliver to your door step!
Day 3 & 4 of market were full of awesome showroom appointments. We saw so many great things the first two days it was hard to think it could get any better….but it did! See some of our favorite appointments below!
We were so excited when we found out that Tucker was re-launching! Tucker always was a great seller and they had such amazing prints. This holds true for their Spring 2017 collection as well!
Next we headed to Self Portrait. This will be a new line for Mosaic and the pieces are like works of art. The detailing is unreal!
Self Portrait offered this cool off the shoulder neckline on many of their silhouettes.
Megan Park is always a delight to see and their Spring ’17 collection offers some great prints and beautiful embroidery!
A great caftan and jewelry at Megan Park!
Another new line coming to Mosaic is Saloni. Five words to remember about this line….Out of this world prints!
Fun iphone cases at By Malene Birger.
By Malene Birger offered many great pieces featuring this beautiful burnt orange color.
The last line we saw on Day 3 was another new line…Hemant & Nandita. More awesome prints and super wearable styles.
More Hemant & Nandita!
Day 4 started at Rag & Bone! It is always a pleasure being in their showroom!
Great bags at Rag and Bone and an awesome floral print in their Ready-to-wear.
Easy Rag & Bone Slide!
DVF no longer is showing at the Coterie so we saw the line in their amazing showroom in the meatpacking district.
Our last market appointment was at Dannijo!
It is always hard narrowing down our selection at Dannijo!
That’s a wrap on market and now we are off to write orders! We can’t wait for you all to see all of the amazing things coming to Mosaic for Spring 2017!!
Day 2 was full of exciting showroom appointments! It included some of our favorites…Sea, Zimmermann and Ulla Johnson to name a few! See some of our favorites below!
We started our day at Oscar de la Renta, which is always a treat!
(left) Oscar’s tassel earring drawer is what dreams are made of! (right) We loved this gold and gunmetal group. Especially the microphone hand gloves…something very different for Oscar!
Next we headed to Sea NY and we are so excited at all of the easy and versatile pieces they had to offer in their Spring collection!
A couple of our favorites at Sea!
Zimmermann is always a highlight of every buying trip. They recently moved to a new showroom space and it was beautiful!
The showroom wasn’t the only beautiful thing at Zimmermann. The collection was romantic, feminine and refined.
Ulla Johnson has become one of our favorite designers across the board! We could dedicate a whole post to just her Spring collection but we narrowed it down to some of the highlights! These are some of the amazing looks from her runway presentation.
Ashleigh perusing Ulla’s collection!
Expect to see these beautiful Ulla bags at Mosaic in the Spring!
Some of our favorite shoes at Ulla….so wearable!
More Ulla shoes!
Amazing details at Jerome Dreyfuss!
We viewed Cynthia Rowley’s (a possible new designer coming to Mosaic) Spring collection and it featured some intricate fabrications and a lot of interesting texture through out!
The amazing color palette at Tibi!
Some of our favorite runway looks from Tibi!
Mara Hoffman’s new studio space!
A few of our favorite pieces from Mara’s Spring collection!
We finished the day off at Lizzie Fortunato which never disappoints!
Lizzie Fortunato offered some amazing clutches for Spring! We loved the vivid color palette!
We started off day 1 of market at the Coterie and it was busy, busy, busy! We saw almost 16 different lines and our heads are still spinning at how beautiful Spring 2017 looks thus far. Below are some of the highlights from the day!
Sachin + Babi was breathtaking! They always have the most beautiful dressy pieces and the detailing is amazing!
Another gorgeous look from Sachin + Babi’s Spring presentation.
Great prints at Equipment!
Rachel Pally offered some fun prints in some oh so comfortable fabrics and silhouettes!
Some of the dazzling styles at Kendra Scott!
Rachel Zoe had some awesome statement pieces!
Line up at Alice + Olivia!
Loving this color palette at Rebecca Minkoff!
Rebecca Minkoff fun clutches!
It doesn’t get much more fun than this pom pom story at Rebecca Minkoff!
Color, color, color at M Missoni!
Some of our favorites at M Missoni!
Great print at Trina Turk!
Mignonne Gavigan Tassel Earrings. They come in an array of colors and are a great price point!
Pretty blues at Mignonne Gavigan!
BCBG was amazing and had so many wearable, versatile pieces!
We saw so many great, wearable shoes! These are Joie!
(left) Strappy sandal by Joie (right) Fringe tie up sandal by Bernardo
Rachel Zoe’s shoe collection featured great pops of gold!
Last month I made a quick day trip to NYC to see several lines for Spring 2017. While I was there I was able to pay a quick visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Spring Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina. The exhibition explores how fashion designers have combined and are combining the handmade (manus) and the machine-made (machina) in creating haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The exhibition showcases more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present.
The exhibition was incredible to see in person and I could have spent hours and hours looking at each ensemble. I took pictures of my favorites so I could share with you all even though these pictures don’t quite do these works of art justice. If anyone is in NYC you should definitely try and see it. It is on exhibition until September 5th. See some of my favorites below!
House of Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014-15
(left image) House of Chanel Autumn/Winter 2005-6 (right image) (left) Boué Soeurs 1928, (right) Both dresses Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2009
(left) House of Dior Autumn/Winter 2012-13, (middle two) Prada Autumn/Winter 2015-16, (right) Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012
House of Dior Spring/Summer 2014
(both dresses) House of Dior Autumn/Winter 1949-50
(left image) House of Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2010-11 (right image) (left) Madame Gres 1968 (middle) Madame Gres 1950-55 (right) Iris van Herpen Spring/Summer 2010
(left) Iris can Herpen Autumn/Winter 2013-14 (right) Saint Laurent Autumn/Winter 1969-70
A mosaic is a work of art created by assembling beautiful pieces of brightly colored materials, such as glass, metals or stone, to create an image. Mosaic is an upscale contemporary women’s boutique that draws its inspiration from the fundamental lesson communicated by these pictures made from bits and pieces — that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Whether you’re assembling a single outfit or an entire wardrobe, we can help you find just the right pieces and make sure they work together to create the image you want to project. Read more....