Inspired Palettes.

I was looking at a painting the other day and thinking randomly about how a specific shade in it would make the best lipgloss color. So random, I know, but it got me thinking about how painting and makeup are similar. I majored in painting in college and find those skills make me pretty decent at doing people’s makeup. The day of my wedding I did some of my bridesmaids makeup (and my own), at other weddings I’ve helped fix some brutally overzealous makeup-artist work and I did my sister-in-law’s at her wedding to my brother. It’s like painting on a three dimensional canvas, in a way. So I thought, why not create some makeup palettes based on paintings?? It was a fun creative exercise for me and hopefully fun for you too.

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Painting: Coastal Redux #149, Dan Gualdoni

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Photograph: Ruby Magnolia #3, Jeri Eisenberg

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Making Old New & Tag Sale!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love using antiques in almost every project I do because it adds so much life and patina to a space unlike anything else. And while flea markets and antique fairs are fun, they are a lot of work and time. We love to use 1st Dibs, Etsy and Ebay to source from our desks, but there are two other sites that sell not only vintage items but also gently used designer items that you can have for a fraction of the retail price.

The first is Viyet. I met one of the founders in Los Angeles while doing a panel discussion and she was so lovely. The premise to this site is for designers and owners of high-end furniture to be able to consign pieces they don’t want, need to sell, etc. Also showrooms sell some of their floor models on here, which is fabulous! You can shop by showroom here.

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His Thoughts on the Big News.

*Many of you asked about Andrew’s reaction to our big baby news, and so I asked him to write something over the weekend. And as it turns out, it only emphasized my belief that he will be the best dad ever.

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When I first moved to Boston it was to help my older brother open a bakery. Those first few years I was here, he did so much to ensure I was okay and adjusting to life in New England. He helped me find a place to live, gave me a car to use for a while, and included me socially. The move to Boston changed my life and I felt indebted. So even though I didn’t have a lot of money at Christmas the first year I was here, I wanted to show him how much I appreciated all that he had done. So I gave him and his wife 1-year of date nights. Each week, for 52 weeks, I would babysit my 2-year-old nephew so they could go out. It was the right price for me and priceless for them. What I later realized was that it was priceless for me too, especially now as I prepare for being a father to a son.

My relationship with my nephew Jackson, who will attend Harvard this September and has now publicly stated on Facebook that he will return the babysitting favor, will always be a special one for me. And perhaps a blog for another day. But Jackson is one hell of an impressive kid and if I can do half the job of raising our son as my brother did, then I will consider it a great success. In fact, Johnny (my brother) did a pretty good job of raising me a little too. And it began with the framed copy of If  by Rudyard Kipling hanging on Jackson’s wall as a kid. It was the first time I actually read the poem and I have read it hundreds of times since. I have referred to it as a guide and as motivation throughout my life. If I can raise my son to live by one set of rules it will be this these: