rolling greens nursery

One of my favorite places to visit in Los Angeles is Rolling Greens. The nursery/shop hybrid  has two locations in the city, one in Beverly Hills which I actually posted about before here, and the other perched atop a hill in Culver City. I stopped by the Culver City location a couple of weeks ago to pick up something for a client but ended up staying for way longer than I meant to, just looking at all of the gorgeous plants and trees and flowers and imagining what my dream future garden would look like. I can and often do easily spend more than an hour here, and usually leave with a couple of pretty little plants or tchotchkes and a lot of inspiration.

The people that work at Rolling Greens are all incredibly helpful and knowledgeable which is a bonus. I feel like at some nurseries the employees don’t know much about plants and whether they’ll work in certain areas, what size pot a plant will need or whether something needs to be watered every day. I know that I can always tell them what I’m looking for and be honest about how bad my track record tends to be with plants, and they’ll always steer me towards something that doesn’t need a ton of attention to flourish. Some day I’ll have the attention span to actually pay attention to an entire garden and help things grow but I know myself and know that I basically just want something pretty that doesn’t require too much thought.

If you’re ever in LA you should stop by either of their stores even just for a browse – I bet you’ll love them.

 

bujera fort hotel

Morning! I wanted to share some photos of Bujera Fort hotel in Udaipur, India today even though I couldn’t exactly find the best photos of it online. I read about the hotel in House & Garden magazine the other day and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. The owners, Richard Hanlon and Trish McFarlane are two mostly retired Brits who started out looking for a part time home in India after falling in love with the country during a vacation in the seventies, and ended up purchasing and running this chic little boutique hotel in a quiet village twenty minutes outside of Udaipur.

I just think stories like that are so neat, don’t you? When people just sort of up and start a new life and figure it out along the way. In the article that I read they spent a few days with Richard (an interior decorator by trade) as he navigated the bustling markets and discussed his new life in India and his strict policy of locally sourcing as much produce, textiles, and furnishings as possible. India has always been in the back of my mind as somewhere that’d be amazing to visit one day, but after reading about this hotel I’ve moved it up my bucket list a few notches 🙂

Pick up the issue if you happen upon it, and here’s a link to another interview with Richard if you’re interested. 

My 6 Favorite Lipsticks

I’ve become a pretty big lipstick fan over the years and have amassed quite the collection. I’m constantly trying out new ones, and don’t think I’ve passed by a duty free store in the last five years without picking up a new shade. After quite a bit of trial and error I’ve narrowed down my top 6 absolute favorite colors; the colors that I’ve loved for years and/or wear every single day. Without further ado, my top 6 favorite lip colors, below:

(okay a little bit of further ado – after taking this photo and seeing it up close I realized that it’s not the most gorgeous photo and that you can see lip marks and little nicks and scratches on the tubes, but that just goes to show that I use these a lot and really do love them, right?)  

Chanel Rouge Coco in ‘Gabrielle’ – This to me is the perfect red. It’s not a crazy bright, fire engine red but rather a softer more elegant shade, which is really easy to wear. A makeup artist from Chanel told me that she’s convinced it’s a universal shade that looks good on every single person she’s ever put it on and I’d have to agree.

Bobbi Brown ‘Pink’ – This bright, deep pink has been my go-to for a few years now. I even wore it at my wedding! I like to apply a coat or two of it and then blot it so that it’s a bit more muted. The formula of this lipstick is nice and hydrating but still semi-matte (I don’t like really shiny or sparkly lipsticks and never wear gloss) and stays on for a long time.

Lancome Rouge in Love ‘163M Dans ses Bras’ – Alright unfortunately this shade is bizarrely difficult to find, but if you do then please try it because it’s the prettiest ultra pigmented raspberry color. I like to wear it during the day to feel instantly pulled together.

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Amazing Grace’ – Charlotte describes this color as a ‘vintage tea rose’ and I think that does sum it up pretty perfectly. It’s a really gorgeous dusty rose that goes on super matte and looks very natural – like your own lip color but better. This is a really neat feature where you can see how the lip color looks on various skin tones.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in ‘Pink Lily’ – This is an ultra pigmented, medium to bright raspberry pink color that’s very pretty for day or night.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in ‘L’Exubérante’ – I fell in love with this color when I saw it at Violet Grey a couple of months ago, but they only had the color as a display piece and didn’t even know what the name of it was. They ended up just giving it to me which was so sweet (I think they maybe didn’t want to make the pregnant lady upset ;)) and I finally tracked down its name.

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