The Start of Something

Above: 7 for All Mankind jeans (via A Pea in the Pod), Banana Republic top, J Crew zebra jacket (similar zebra jacket here), Hermes Constance, Zara leopard penny loafer (similar leopard loafer), Karen Walker Sunglasses


Yay, the start of a bump! Still small, but visible in last photo, I swear! I am almost half way through the pregnancy- 20 weeks and counting. I can't believe how fast the time has flown by. I'm quite certain things will slow to an absolute crawl when the weather becomes unbearably hot and I am the carrying a full bump. 

Until then, I can get away with some maternity jeans and a few flowy tops I already owned. I knew my penchant for boxy, boho shirts would come in handy some day. I have been stocking up on lots of long, flowing maxi's for the warmer months (including some fabulous finds from Marshalls and TJ Maxx). Most flattering, and most comfortable.

This weekend saw lots of spring cleaning and organizing. Closet clean out has been epic. I have clothes out at the Real Real, Raspberry Beret, The Closet, and I am taking shots of items to post on my own online shop, which has sadly been dormant for too long! Stay tuned for more to come....


Malachite Musings


Carlyn and Company Interiors 

Amanda Nesbit Designs

Townhouse of Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy/Elle Decor 



Malachite. Semi-precious. Emerald green color variants- also Pantone's color of the year. And down right pretty, am I right?

I first became mildly obsessed with mistress malachite when I saw the roman blinds in the above Elle Decor spread, from the stunning townhouse of Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy. I managed to track down the cloth, as part of the Tony Duquette Collection, from Jim Thompson (the original seen in the chair, item 1, which is sadly, listed as sold on 1st dibs). Perhaps someday when the living room is due for an upgrade I can have some of these made, but until then, I will have to satisfy myself with some small objects of beauty and perhaps a luxe book set from the man now synonymous with the material.


1. Tony Duquette Belvedere Malachite Chair & Tony Duquette Collection Cloth via Jim Thompson

2. L'Objet Malachite Candle via William Sonoma

3. Christian Dior Malachite China via Replacements

4. Tony Duquette Luxe Box Set More is More

6. Roubini Rugs Malachite Carpet


And for fun....a  DIY malachite tutorial



Get in My Closet: Interview with Neda Norbash of 30 Ponte V

Images: 30 Ponte V, AEA Snake Charmer Necklace


Who doesn't have a weak spot for all that is glittering, gold and/or semi precious? My obsession is well documented....and has a fabulous new outlet.  Welcome new sponsor, and perfectly curated site 30 Ponte V, purveyor of pretty much every jewelry brand I love.

Launched in October, 30 Ponte V is a luxury ecommerce site carrying heavy hitters like Erickson Beamon, Mawi, Fallon, and R&Y Augousti. Founder Neda Norbash drew inspiration for 30 Ponte V from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, 30 meters long, with jewelry stand after jewelry stand....crafting an easy to access, well edited, virtual jewelry box of your dreams. The site articulately recreates the Ponte Vecchio shopping experience, no passports or plane tickets required. 

I had a chance to chat with Neda, find out more about the genesis of the site, how she selects brands to carry and of course play a few rounds of rapid fire questions and word association a la five questions with MPCC. Check it out below!


What inspired you to launch the site 30 Ponte V? I’ve always loved the process of discovering something unique. I wanted to recreate that feeling you get when searching for a really special piece to bring home from a vacation. When deciding upon a name for the boutique, I drew inspiration from my childhood, when I took many trips to Italy to visit family in Florence. On every trip, I was mesmerized by the jewelry on a 30-meter stretch of the Ponte Vecchio bridge (hence the name “30 Ponte V”).

Do you personally select each line carried on the site? How do you know when a jewelry line/designer is a 'fit' for the site? Yes, I personally select each designer and each piece for the boutique. I search for pieces that are unique, well-made and have a special quality, like a piece you stumble upon in an off-beat boutique while traveling.    

Any items from the current offerings find their way into your own jewelry box? Absolutely! I wear all different kinds of jewelry, depending on my mood and the occasion. I have the Mawi dome pendant that I adore; the Iosselliani stacking rings set in blue, and I’m waiting for my husband to buy me ila&i’s Canali locket. 

Personal style philosophy? Wear clothing and accessories that make you feel your best.

Last big purchase you made for your own closet? What piece in your closet means the most to you? The last big purchase I made was a black Nina Ricci handbag. I love the detailing, and I don’t see it everywhere, which is a huge bonus for me. The piece in my closet that means the most would probably be a navy blue trench coat by Stella McCartney that I purchased a few years ago—I truly believe it will be in style forever!

What is an average day for you? I have a 4-year-old so the day, often times, revolves around him! After dropping him off at Montessori, I try to make it to the gym before work. Then, the rest of the workday is all about getting to e-mails and essentially overseeing all aspects of the business. My son is home by 5:00pm, so it’s family time until 8pm, when he sleeps. Because we just launched the site a few months ago, I often work late into the night.

Any new additions to the site or changes in store for the season? I’m constantly searching for new designers and new pieces. We just introduced a one-of-a-kind necklace by AEA jewelry as a teaser to their collection pieces arriving soon. We’ll also be introducing a few new designers to the boutique in the coming months—each with a unique perspective and aesthetic…I personally can’t wait to receive their pieces! 

The one piece on the site no woman should be without? Jewelry is so personal, so I would say no woman should be without the one piece that they feel a personal connection with and represents who they are.


Five Questions with MPCC: 


Trapped on a deserted island, what three things do you bring? Photo album of the people I love, a crate full of fine chocolates and a leather-bound journal. (Wait, is there free Wi-Fi? In that case, I’d bring my fully charged iPhone J)

Currently on your night stand? Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

What historical event would you have loved to have been part of? The height of the Renaissance, for witnessing the creation of the greatest works of art.

What's your own definition of happiness? To me, it’s simply when you love your life.

Favorite restaurant? Agua Restaurant and Bar at the One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico. It was the first restaurant I visited on my honeymoon~ overlooks the Sea of Cortez and has a stunning bar with amazing music. 


The lovely Neda Norbash, of 30 Ponte V


This post was sponsored by 30 Ponte V