Accidental Art Tour

July 14th, 2014 / by Lori / no comments / permalink

For my Mother’s 70th birthday our family took her to Italy. She’s Italian and had never been there, so it was an important trip for us. I decided that taking an organized tour would be the best way to ensure family bliss and proceeded to walk through hour upon hour of our tour guide informing us about Roman history. We made our way through every church and castle, but once we got to Florence thankfully art become the focus. The incredible statues in Piazza della Signoria date back to the 16th century, although the square has been a gathering place since the 1300′s. In the Uffuzi Gallery a permanent exhibition of the dynastic collection of the Medici family houses the largest group of Renaissance masterpieces including works by Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Artemis from the year 160AD, the goddess of childbirth and the protector of young girls, in the Vatican Museum.

Artemis from the year 160AD, the goddess of childbirth and the protector of young girls, in the Vatican Museum.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545 AD. At the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545 AD. At the Piazza Della Signoria in Florence.

Madonna of the Milk by Giuliano Bugiardini, 1518 AD. At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Madonna of the Milk by Giuliano Bugiardini, 1518 AD. At the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Then on to Venice, where the first thing I noticed from my water taxi speeding down the Grand Canal was a Forever Bicycles sculpture by Ai Weiwei! Turns out that I was there just in time for the Biennale Architettura, an Irving Penn Retrospective and THREE different Ai Weiwei pieces.
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Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei, at the Venice Biennial in the gardens of Palazzo Franchetti.

Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei, at the Venice Biennial in the gardens of Palazzo Franchetti.

Alternative View

Alternative View

Escalator/Rainbow Rain by Vidya Gastaldon at Palazzo Grassi in Venice. The sculpture is made from string and yarn and hung from wooden lime tree sticks.

Escalator/Rainbow Rain by Vidya Gastaldon at Palazzo Grassi in Venice. The sculpture is made from string and yarn and hung from wooden lime tree sticks.

Cuzco Peru Children by Irving Penn, 1948. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Cuzco Peru Children by Irving Penn, 1948. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Two Guedras by Irving Penn, 1971. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Two Guedras by Irving Penn, 1971. At the Irving Penn retrospective at Palazzo Grassi.

Street Art in Rome

Street Art in Rome

Lori's selfie in front of Non-Object a 4 sided stainless steel by Anish Kapoor.

Selfie in front of Non-Object a 4 sided stainless steel by Anish Kapoor.

Kat + Roger

March 2nd, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

Since we seem to be stuck in a never-ending New York winter, the custom color palette California ceramicists Kat+Roger designed for us is definitely causing daydreams of a warm beach by the ocean.

Kat+Roger cups, $65 bowls, $130-$175

Kat+Roger cups, $65 bowls, $130-$175

Roger Lee bringing one of K+R's bowls to life

Roger Lee bringing one of K+R’s bowls to life=

Kat+Roger Planters $75, $195

Kat+Roger Planters $75, $195

The duo (in work and love) throw, detail and paint each of their ceramic pieces by hand. And though they look pretty enough for mere decoration, don’t be afraid to eat, drink, be merry and then put everything in the dishwasher. If you stare long enough at the blues and greens maybe you’ll start to feel like you’re here…

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Spiritual Skin

February 17th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

Tattoo’s may seem ubiquitous amongst the cool kids now, especially if you live in a city like New York or Los Angeles, but they are far from a recent trend. In Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification anthropologist and photographer Lars Krutak takes a serious look into the ancient rituals of tattooing and scarification in tribal communities from Papua New Guinea to Sub Saharan Africa.

Spiritual Skin $200

Spiritual Skin $200

 

In his work that began about a decade ago, Krutak explains that tattoos and scarification are not merely for looks or to demonstrate status or accomplishments. For these cultures they are imbued with magic that provides strength, protection, and power with the universe. The Author gives a brief explanation here:

Whether or not you think tattoos are magical the photos are stunning and give a peek into worlds that, while they seem far away, are filled with people that have hopes and fears.

 Photos by Lars Krutak

 

 

 

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Goop goes to the Hamptons

July 30th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

 

Goop Hamptons Update

Thanks Gwyneth Paltrow for your seal of Approval!

Gwyneth gives the scoop on Love Adorned

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Love Adorned pops up in Montauk

July 11th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

Pop-up Shop at RuschmeyerWashed up on the Eastern Shore of Long Island, a Love Adorned pop-up shop at Rushmeyer’s in Montauk, showcases some of our favorites from the city and Amagansett stores. But, we’ll let our friends at the Times Magazine tell you the full story. 

 

Love Adorned: Summer Session is open through September at Ruschmeyer’s, 161 Second House Road, Montauk; (631) 668-2877

“If night hides many secrets, indigo hides just as many”

March 13th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

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It is said that the Egyptians associate indigo with power, magic and divinity.
Indians believe it is the true color of the sun, The God of life.
Ancient nobility of Guatemala reveal their position by garments made of this color.
West Africans say the color signifies wealth, abundance and fertility.
The age old process of West African indigo dyeing:
Transforming dried balls of crushed leaves into a dye vat was a complex process that often required great expertise and possible evocation of the spirit world for protection. The intensity of the indigo color is a result of repeated submersion of the cloth into the fermented dye and exposure to air until you reach the desired intensity. After the cloth had dried it was customary to beat the fabric with wooden mallets, pressing the fabric and imparting a shiny glaze. If greater intensity of color was required, additional indigo paste and fat (yes, we said fat!) was often beaten into the cloth, imparting a shine and later, would rub off on the wearer’s skin in a desired effect.
All of the Indigo’s at Love Adorned are from West Africa. Each one is entirely unique. Shop textiles in the store and online at loveadorned.com

 

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Last Minute Gift Guide

December 23rd, 2012 / by Vincent / no comments / permalink

Ok, so you procrastinated. Don’t get down on yourself, let’s focus on the solution. The solution is, you better get in gear, no hand drawn coupon for a massage is going to cut it! We put together a few last minute ideas to make it look like you’ve been mapping this out for months…

Russian Criminal Tattoo Volumes 1-3, $100

Russian Criminal Tattoo Volumes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: Good luck trying to find Volume 2 anywhere, finding all three volumes together is a mega score!

Con: All three volumes are chock full of cons and criminals.

 

Uncle Goose presidential block set, $130

Uncle Goose Block Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: Heirloom quality blocks that can be passed down generation to generation and they might learn something.

Con: They included both Bushs’ in the set, nothings perfect.

 

Handmade wooden play den, $145

Handmade Wooden Play Den

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: Once they start roughhousing, everything holding the blanket in place on the dresser won’t come tumbling down.

Con: They can’t really live in it, so you still have however long until they’re 18 or so.

 

Poler Nap Sack, $160

Poler Nap Sack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: It’s like the Snuggie 3.0; hooded, zips down the front, side zips for your arms and a drawstring at the base to free your hooves.

Con: So awesome, they may end up wearing it all the time, even in public.

 

Pendleton National Park Blankets, $230

Pendleton National Park Blankets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: One made up word, SNUGGLETIMES.

Con: They’ll probably hate having to put it away come summer, but they’ll live.

 

Faliero Sarti Scarves, $280-$770

Faliero Sarti Scarves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: You will look like a fashion pro with these beautifully knit accessories from a family run business that’s been flexing since 1949.

Con: N/A

 

Assorted Vintage gold rings, $200-$3000

Assorted Vintage gold rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro: You will definitely ‘lock it in’ for the year to come with these precious estate finds.

Con: You will have to outdo yourself next year.

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Magic Tricks

December 5th, 2012 / by Lori and Ally / no comments / permalink

The Magic Tarpit

Just because it’s chilly out doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of the great outdoors.

Here at Love, we’re huge fans of Poler. Recreating classics in genius ways, such as a bag that switches from holding your camera equipment to a cooler once you remove the separators and add a blue icy pack and beers. This year-old company designs products with the adventure seeker in mind. Their goods are both extremely utilitarian and super cool.

The Camera Cooler

One of our current obsession is the Magic Tarpit. In their words: “Half Tarp, Half Space Blanket, Half Magic”. The addition of pockets and a hood make it much more practical than a typical space blanket. You can use it to  warm up after a brisk surf in the Atlantic, to lay your equipment out on wet ground, or to cover your bike before crawling into your tent. It’s smart to keep in the trunk of your car for emergencies, as it’s waterproof, thermo-reflective and durable. It’s lightweight, folds up tiny, and the added grommets are perfectly placed to help create an instant shelter from impending elements. Leave it to Poler to make a simple product into a Survivalist’s fashion statement.

Be sure to follow @polerstuff on instagram for even more ideas on how to use the Magic Tarpit and other cool products, and to check out their never ending discoveries of ‘Adventure Mobiles’.

The Magic Tarpit

*Photos from www.polerstuff.com

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“I Want To Be Her” Pop Up Shop

September 21st, 2012 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

A packed house

Last night’s launch for Andrea Linett’s new fashion memoir “I Want To Be Her” was such a hit, we decided to keep the party going with a special shopping event. Andrea, a veteran style reformer, co-creator and founding creative director for Lucky Magazine, ebay Fasion and Michael Kors, speaks in her book about all the stylish things that helped shape her sensibilities. In a special pop-up shopping event, Andrea has curated a selection of these items for sale at Love Adorned. There will be a growing collection of pieces through Christmas, so keep checking into our Elizabeth street location for new products.

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Last Days of Summer

August 23rd, 2012 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Blankets, Books and Baubles

The last few weeks of summer can still be bright and vibrant, even in the slant of the late August sun. Make your next beach trip or park reading adventure stand out with beautiful patterns and colors, and be sure to pack a bag with all the essentials for the perfect daycation. Read a magazine, take some notes, paint your nails, put your hair up and just lay out and enjoy what’s left of the season while you can.

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