Three Stylish Reads

I always get at least 5% happier when I open my mailbox and see a fresh new copy of Vogue or Elle or any other favorite fashion glossy, but lately, a few reads have been inspiring me. While not explicitly connected to fashion, all are part of a larger, broader dialogue shaping what we want now from our homes, wardrobes, and lives.

Garden & Gun


Garden & Gun, with its memorable title and with a whip-smart, former first-female editor-of-the-New-Yorker editor at the helm, has been a favorite of mine since 2009. I stopped a woman on the street for a photo once and noticed the latest issue poking out of her bag. Immediately, we bonded. G&G has enjoyed a passionate, cultish following of Southerners and wannabe Southerners since it launched in 2007. Favorite articles include a recent one featuring one of my fave D.C. couples, Anna and Dan Kahoe, their store Goodwood and boundless creativity, and one that got me contemplating the creation of my own moonshine distillery. The magazine covers everything from music (profiles of legends like Ralph Stanley to Nashville’s new sound) to food (recipe for Mississippi Bourbon Punch, a father/son barbeque road trip through Tennessee) to conservation and craft. BLOG: Daily Shot.

Gensler Design Forecast 2013

Gensler TopShop

{TopShop store at The Grove in LA. Image courtesy Gensler/Ryan Gobuty}

I have always been interested in fashion, but am especially interested in how matters of style intersect with trends and movements in related fields (architecture, design, art, music…), and how they affect consumer behavior and drive innovation. Gensler, a global architecture and design firm with offices here in Washington, has long been considered a thought leader in architecture, design and beyond. The Gensler Design Forecast 2013 distills all of the market trends that matter this year in one fascinating report. BLOG: GenslerOn.

BOMB magazine


BOMB, which started in 1981 out of New York and operates as a non-profit (supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs), “delivers the artist’s voice through in-depth interviews between artists working across genre and media—collaborations that reveal their ideas, concerns, and creative processes through carefully developed dialogue.” The mag covers art, architecture, film, music and more. This article, by DJ Mike Snow, is about the DJ/performance artist Aki Onda, who, like a musical Amelie, travels the world capturing sounds on a Sony Walkman and then “performs” them, toggling between various mixtapes (real mixtapes!). BLOG: BOMBLOG.

Happy reading!


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