Friday Fave: Kit Kemp for Wedgwood

Kit Kemp for WedgewoodAbove left: Kit Kemp’s Mythical Creatures pattern for Wedgwood.
Above right: Kit Kemp-designed Number Sixteen Hotel in London.

In case you don’t know this about me, I’m obsessed with fine china–plates, demitasse cups, tea cups, saucers, teapots, etc. My love of pretty painted place settings comes from my mom, who always had to buy Ginori plates every time we traveled to Italy on vacation when I was a kid.

Know what else I’m obsessed with? Firmdale hotels. Yes, all of them. Although the Number Sixteen in London’s South Kensington neighborhood is my absolute favorite out of all of them. My sister lives in London and I’ve stayed there a few times while visiting her. Like the interiors at the other Firmdale hotels, the Number Sixteen’s rooms are characterized by fresh English style with a modern twist. Each one is decorated with a wonderfully unexpected mix of patterns and textures–florals and stripes, velvet and distressed wood, wallpaper and marble. The hotels are all designed by Kit Kemp, the Brit who owns the Firmdale hotel group with her husband, Tim. Every property is conceived with her flawless aesthetic but each one has a distinguishable feel from the rest.

I’ve always wanted to live in a Kit Kemp designed home, but since I can’t afford to live at the Crosby Street Hotel for the rest of my life, I’m going to have to settle for the next best thing: buying her fine china collection by Wedgwood. Called the Mythical Creatures pattern, Kemp’s china is rimmed with gold and decorated with bright pink, blue, green, and yellow birds and land animals of whimsical species.

Why not pour yourself a spot of English Breakfast from a beautifully designed teapot?

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White Truffles at Zafferano in London

Above, a waiter shaving white truffles onto a plate of creamy risotto at London’s Zafferano on October 13, 2012

Until four years ago, I had a love/hate relationship with white truffles. My father, a New York restaurateur, exposed me to them at a young age, making me travel each fall to our house upstate with a canister containing a stinking white truffle on my lap. While the fowl, rancid stench nearly killed me every time, it was the taste of the white truffle shavings over my dad’s creamy white risotto that always won me over in the long run.

This weekend, my sister hosted an intimate Continue reading “White Truffles at Zafferano in London”

Elizabeth Taylor’s Art Collection on the Auction Block

In early December, sales from the late Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection at Christie’s nearly reached a record-breaking $116 million. That record has since been shattered earlier this week, after the auction house’s New York and London locations hosted a series of sales from the late actress’s estate. The entire collection sold for a whopping $183 million, including 38 seminal works of art from Taylor’s impressive collection, sold exclusively in London .

As the daughter of esteemed art dealer Francis Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor invested much of her earnings in fine art. Below are my two favorite items from the auction.

image Vincent Van Gogh’s Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy, 1889

imageJoan Miro’s Painting Poem, 1925

Topshop: My Answer to All Things Chic

One of my sisters moved to London when I was in high-school and since my first trip there, I have been obsessed with Topshop. During college, I visited her each summer, bringing a practically empty suitcase which I would later fill with fashion-forward, London-chic items to spruce up my otherwise drab New York wardrobe: sparkly costume jewelry, faux fur jackets, sequined capelets, Kate Moss-esque skinny jeans… and the list goes on!

When Topshop opened in SoHo in 2009, I was devastated that my most well kept fashion secret had become everyone’s shopping go-to as well. And I was so sad that I no longer got to hop a B.A. flight to Heathrow to stock up on my beautiful Topshop pieces!

Over the past two years, I have dutifully visited the Broadway location once every other month, buying one dress here, and a pair of earrings there. But never was I as enraptured by the experience at the New York store as I always was at my beloved shopping mecca in Oxford Circus. Gone were the days of my 4-hour long trips to my favorite store! Or so I thought…

You will be happy to know that yesterday, I finally fully overcame my hump. Below is a list of my acquisitions. (I’m wearing 3 of the items today!)

  • Two dresses: the same, feminine, flirty, full-skirted style – one in black, and one in pink
  • An awesome African-tribal inspired multi-strand collar necklace, in electric blue
  • Luscious, navy blue velvet ballet flats
  • Gorgeous, reddish-brown, flat leather ankle boots
  • A cream colored weekend pullover sweater with black velvet shoulder details
  • A fox wrapped ring, with pink, gray, and yellow rhinestones (shown below)