Repeat Offender

Monday, January 30, 2012

I realized I've been doing this combination a lot lately. Jeans, boots, cashmere sweater, and vintage blazer. These jackets have a similar look but are very different. (Both found via thrift for just dollars.) The one on {L} is made of wool and super warm, on {R} ~ light and structured, perfect for the warmer LA weather we've been having.
And the boots... don't even get me started. They were a "loan" from my sis and I'm dreading giving them back. They're a perfect, worn-in fit.
White Paige Denim - here, Calypso Taglioni Cashmere - on sale here, Vintage Blazer & Boots. 
See deets from look on {L} here

Huset - A Scandinavian Jewel!

Friday, January 27, 2012

When given the opportunity to visit and speak with the owner of this charming little store on Abbot Kinney, I was ecstatic. For one thing, it sits at the end of one of my favorite shopping blocks, just a stone's throw away from my own house. And for another, I was genuinely curious to learn about Scandinavian culture, something I admittedly knew very little about. 
It's on these occasions that I truly love what I do, especially when I can pick the brain of a self-started entrepreneur like Huset shop owner, Holly Hallberg.
First, let me just say and get out of the way, that Holly is fabulous. She was sporting the most stunning green leather pants I had ever seen, and her flaxen blonde hair was loosely braided to the side as if to say "I care, but not too much" in that cool, sort of relaxed way.

I was given the chance to chat with Holly about her start-up and successes, while browsing the racks of some  gorgeous clothing and accessories, exclusive to the US from Huset.
Such intricately detailed pieces, including this ostrich feathered skirt and handbag, both by Malene Birger, and both available at Huset online here and here.
The dinner and glassware had me swooning, while I simply could not take my eyes off of these two little guys, staring me down from a shelf full of goodies. 
Turns out they're called "Mood Birds" and their tiny heads can be turned or tilted in several different directions to express any mood from happy to sad, to curious and alert. Hands-down, my favorite item in the shop. (Get them here at!) A-DOR-able. 
The rest of this brightly lit and colorful store offers an array of furniture, gifts, clothing and accessories, not to mention, ridiculously cute and modern kid wear and toys. 
It definitely won't be my last visit... But until then, I'll just obsess over my favorite looks at Huset online and try my best to curb my new Swedish appetite. 
And now... a little Q & A with Holly Hallberg and a little bit of inspiration for all of our entrepreneurial hearts... (remember ladies, you can do it all!)

Your husband is Scandinavian and you had traveled there before, but how did the inspiration strike to create Huset? Since I grew up with a house designer/builder father and a architect/designer mother, I was surrounded by design from an early age. I've always been interested in beautiful design. I was always a huge fan of Bau Haus style and early modernism. It was a natural fit when I was introduced to Scandinavian design. Early in my and my husbands relationship I had said that I would love to eventually find an outlet to share this newly found design aesthetic that I discovered through my relationship with him. 

Did you always know you wanted to work in design and fashion? I must say that I never thought of myself as working directly in the design industry, but I did own a childrens accessory brand in my early twenties, but I think it was more about being an entrepreneur and doing my own thing more than working directly with design. As I matured in my career and clearly after my Scandinavian discovery, I definitely wanted to share this wonderful aesthetic with others, so again it was more about the idea and concept about it, than wanting to work in the design or fashion industry. Luckily I think my upbringing helped with making it so appealing.  

You have devoted followers all over the world who were ecstatic to learn that you were opening a physical store for them to shop in, in addition to - How did you choose Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach as the destination spot? Before my husband and I were married, he lived in Venice and so I was very familiar with Abbot Kinney and I've watched with much excitement as the street has developed and become such a hip shopping destination. I knew long before I ever opened the store, let alone thought of opening a store, that Abbot Kinney was were I should be. Also, I've studied the demographics for this area and the fit was perfect for us. 

You travel two to three times a year to collect all of these wonderful designs we see in the store, do you select based on what you personally like or what you feel best represents Scandinavian design? I think the answer to this question is a little of both. Most of the items in our store are things that I personally find appealing but I must admit that there are a few things that we have which are for a wider audience.

Being creator, buyer, merchandiser and owner of all things Huset, you wear many hats on a daily basis. What is your favorite part about what you do? Definitely the discovery of new design or designers. My favorite part of my job is traveling to Scandinavia and searching out new pieces for the store and our customers, I definitely get very excited when I return from my trips. I'm both inspired by what I see and feel such excitement to share my new discoveries.

Any advice for someone wanting to open her own store? Give yourself time to pull together your ideas, inspirations, write out a strong mission statement and stay true to it. I kept an idea book of things I loved, was drawn to and thought were very unique. By the time I started to think about opening the store my book was two inches thick. It was a great way to keep my focus sharp when you start second guessing yourself and the anxious feelings start creeping in. When I first started Huset, my main objective was furniture, textiles, housewares, lighting and other design related items. The fashion was an after thought after one customer requested some items from a Swedish fashion brand. The fashion side of our business really took off and I found myself learning more and more about Scandinavian fashion brands. So another piece of advise I would give would be to always be open to widen your business within your original mission statement. You may find a little "jewel" you didn't know about earlier.

Huset... a jewel indeed. Thanks, Holly! xx

"A little Annie Hall to my look"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hat - Vintage (last worn here)
Striped Shirt - Vintage Ann Taylor
Cashmere Sweater - Calypso 

When I found this vintage striped shirt last year (see post from a year ago here!) I was so excited. It was just what I was looking for. But inevitably it found it's way to the back of my closet to be forgotten about... But then I was looking for just the right layering piece to add a little "Annie Hall" to my look and voila! It's found it's way front and center once again. 

Camera + / Sunrise in Guadalajara

Monday, January 23, 2012

Well, it's raining like crazy here in LA, but my mind is elsewhere... This shot was taken from a hotel window overlooking Guadalajara, Mexico. The amazing thing is that a simple iPhone shot can be elevated so incredibly by one simple app. And there are a lot of good ones out there. But my new obsession ~ Camera +. OB-sessed. Sometimes iPhoneography captures something a little more... something even my pro Nikon can't.

I'm reminded how much I miss photography and how I want to start showcasing it again here on November Grey. I'll still be posting my outfit choices you've come to know and love, but look out for more of what put the art, in Fashion, Art, Friendship & Love.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Some recent looks, only captured via iPhone...

Calypso Sweaters (1 & 2) Vintage Wooden Bangles and one from Express...
A favorite yellow coat (United Colors of Benetton) - No doubt going into winter storage soon...
And these amazing vintage wide-legs, found via thrift for $1, but after drycleaning and zipper repair, they had me out $20 bucks. Oh well... sometimes this happens. It always makes me laugh.

{You can see all of my snapshots if you follow me on instagram}

A little bit of sunshine

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

There have been moments of sunshine-y goodness over the past few winter weeks, and while I'm the first to love good snuggling weather, I'll never resist a moment to enjoy the warmth.

Top - Haute Hippie
Bag - Maison de Vacances
Pearls - Vintage heirloom
Earrings - c/o Momo's March

Allsaints Jacket

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hi friends, I have some exciting stuff going on that's been taking up a lot of my time. I promise to share soon... In the meantime, check back in for more captured outfits and some coverage on my favorite new shop on Abbot Kinney!

Have a wonderful week!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Late start today, but so happy it's Friday, and looking forward to finding a sexier way to wear this Crash & Burn dress over the weekend.

Dress - c/o Crash & Burn 
Chain Flats - Gap 
(No longer avail online, but I've been seeing them in stores on crazy sale, so hurry!)
Necklaces - F21 & Thrifted
Earrings - Momo's March
Sunglasses - F21

I think it's gonna rain today...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Back to cold weather basics, which lately seem to include these favorite boots (last worn here), Calypso cashmere (worn this way, here) and some form of a blazer. I found this fitted wool baby last summer at Out of the Closet thrift for about $5 bucks. It's so warm and fits like a glove.

Remember that old Bette Midler song?...

Broken windows and empty hallways,
a pale dead moon in a sky streaked with grey.
Human kindness is overflowing,
and I think it's gonna rain today.

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles,
the frozen smiles to chase love away.
Human kindness is overflowing,
and I think it's gonna rain today.

Let's do this

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Up and at 'em bright and early. Someone get me another coffee...
Silk Red Pants - Vintage via thrift, Check Shirt - Forever21, Blazer - Nordstrom Boy's; Vintage, Chain Flats - Gap, Hat - Vintage

Sunday find ~ Monday morning! (Major thrift score!)

Monday, January 9, 2012

This is why I love thrift shopping:

Every once in a while you score. Big time. 

I'm a HUGE fan of Allsaints Spitafields...  have been for quite some time. So imagine my face when I found this baby, brand spanking new, with tags still on it, just sitting there.


You can find it here. {But I scored it for about a tenth of the retail price.) 

Thrift shopping: Good for the environment, good for the economy, excellent for your wardrobe. 

Snapshots + Happy Weekend!

Friday, January 6, 2012

This morning I'm all fashioned out in about six different colors of hair ties, a Hello Kitty barrette, leopard pajamas, and washable marker makeup. It's my day off with my little one and I intend to enjoy every second of it. In the meantime, some snapshots...

A favorite look from this past week, that I was too busy to shoot, but captured on my phone! {Vintage Hat, Calypso Silk Blouse, Wide Leg French Connection Jeans, Vintage Belt}

The back of our menu on NYE...

And dress decision making for that night {Vintage Red Redesign, Vintage Valentino & Black Halo Jackie O - the winner!}

The absolutely glorious weather we've been having in LA... 

And the hopes for some more time to enjoy it.

And now... back to my little love.

Happy weekend!xx

2012 is looking bright (pink!)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Calypso is doing these really yummy, giant cashmere sweaters, that feel like luxurious pajamas, but look pretty cool outside your bedroom too. I resisted the urge to get one in my standard neutrals of camel or grey, and thought this hot pink would punch things up.
Worn with white button up, Mother in Law's pearls, dark skinnies and Kensie Girl Leopard Mary Jane's.
Find sweater here