Lucille Ball once said, "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." It's a simple truth that we often lose sight of.
This Valentine's Day, we are going rogue and proposing an unconventional kind of love. A no-strings-attached love that doesn't hinge on other people making us happy. A love that isn't rife with expectation. A love that isn't found on Tinder or symbolized by a box of Godiva chocolates. Today, we are celebrating a self-love that comes only from within and, unlike a dozen red roses, will stand the test of time.
We've asked some of the amazing women in our lives to share what they do to give themselves love. Let this inspire us all to love ourselves today and everyday.
Spending time with friends and family doing things like dining out, drinking good wine, listening to music, hosting parties, and skiing (on powder days). Lighting a nice candle and eating gourmet french cheeses also are some of my favorite indulgences.
Sophie Elgort, photographer
I love the sun, and since moving to La Jolla I get to enjoy it a lot more! When I need a little rejuvenation, I'll take a walk (on the sunny side of the street), drive with all the windows down on a warm day, or head to the beach & take a little nap in the sun.
Molly Rossettie, shop owner
I give myself love by taking a nice hot bubble bath when the bubbles and bath tub are available to me. I allow myself to relax and enjoy being still.
Alicia Reina, designer
Wrapped up in a cashmere blanket, I hold a rose quartz crystal over my heart chakra and feel the love. A nice glass of wine and a Laguna Beach sunset help me find peace after a busy day.
Jeanne Diradoorian, artist and our mom
While I am not at the studio I like to pick up a green juice from JuiceLand and walk Town Lake with a girlfriend or my husband. It's the perfect way to start the day.
Marnie O'Donnell, fitness studio owner
I love strong coffee, walks and talks with family, friends and my fiancé, dinners that go late into the night, dessert, and red wine. Life is busy but when I can work one of those things into my day, it's a good day.
Laura Strachan, lawyer
I really enjoy eating a long breakfast at a restaurant with a good book or magazine. I pretend I'm back in Paris but New York City will do for now :) It's the best way to start out the day and it gives me inner peace.
Sarah Engelke, interior architect
What do you do to show yourself love? We'd love to know.
We all have friends like this. The ones who seem to always be in some exotic location, whether for work, for pleasure, or both simultaneously. As if always being on vacation wasn't enough, we've put together a list of some holiday gifts that can keep them comfy cozy on their next transatlantic flight. While you're at home eating takeout and watching The Bachelor.
1. Le Labo 10mL Travel Tube $145 - lelabofragrances.com
2. Skullcandy Aviator Headphones $79.95 (47% off) - amazon.com
3. Armand Diradourian Cashmere Travel Blanket $495 - barneys.com
4. Taschen Books with Style, 4 Cities $60 - shopbop.com
5. Aesop Jet Set Travel Collection $37 - aesop.com
6. Westward Leaning Sunglasses $185 - otteny.com
7. Alexander Wang Prisma Flat Pouch $315 (40% off) - shopbop.com
1. Fornasetti Candle $165 - barneys.com2. Hermes Playing Cards $85 - hermes.com3. Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate Pot Set $49.95 - williamssonoma.com4. Kate Spade 'Rain Check' Umbrella $38 - nordstrom.com5. Swarovski 'Little Star' Crystal Ornament $40 - lordandtaylor.com6. Jonathan Adler 'Calorific' Canister with Chocolate Balls $98 - jonathanadler.com
Last year we collaborated with New York-based fashion photographer, Sophie Elgort, and her dashing younger brother, actor Ansel Elgort, to showcase a small men's capsule collection that we designed to coordinate with our women's line. The result is a mid-century inspired lookbook set at their family's home in Southampton.
Sophie and Jessica met during college while Sophie was at Brown University and Jessica was at the Rhode Island School of Design. Sophie went on to launch her fashion photography career in New York and now shoots for magazines like Elle, Tatler and Teen Vogue, in addition to her weekly photo blog Suits and the City for the Financial Times. Her equally talented brother, Ansel, whom you may recognize from the remake of Carrie out in theatres now, is one to keep an eye on - not just for his athletic good looks and old Hollywood charm, but for his acting ability which spans the stage and the silver screen. He's blowing up as we speak!
The talented duo's father is the renowned Vogue fashion photographer, Arthur Elgort, and their mother is an opera director - clearly, artistic ability is a dominant trait in the Elgort family gene pool.
Now, enjoy the photos that remind us of a 1950s seaside rendez-vous. Imagine a sequel to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof... Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor get over their differences and vacation in the Hamptons.
Since when did 'knockoffs' become so damn cool?
Catchy t-shirts and accessories that poke fun at fashion houses like Hermès, Céline and Saint Laurent (or the house formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent) are becoming as ubiquitous as the fashion houses themselves. The witty slogans, such as Aint Laurent Without Yves and Céline Me Alone, are championed by celebrities, fashion bloggers and Instagrammers galore. But the designers they celebrate have mixed reviews.
To wear, or not to wear?
Designer Hedi Slimane of the recently re-named Saint Laurent has even gone so far as to punish retail partners that carry these parody products. Last month Saint Laurent pulled out of Colette in Paris for carrying t-shirts that spoofed the label. Is this a case deserving of punishment, or more like a case of biting the hand that feeds you?
On the other hand, designers like Donatella Versace have embraced counterfeit culture and are using it to gain more brand exposure and, like any smart business, turn a little profit. Last month Versus Versace and rapper M.I.A. unveiled a new capsule collection they had collaborated on that was inspired by all the fake Versace sold on the streets. Rather than viewing imitation as a threat, Donatella saw flattery (and a business opportunity), and inserted her voice into the dialogue rather than try to silence it. That's smart business IMHO.
These clever products push old, established brands into the fashion zeitgeist. A totally free marketing opportunity that will certainly not damage brand equity. If anything, they make the brand even more valuable. They are not in the same classification as fake Louis Vuitton bags on Canal Street...they are creative, unique and something the fashion brands should listen to, not try to snuff out of existence.