Looking fabulous is not limited to a particular season, but fall is one season where fab rules! From bold textures and earthy tones to colorful animal prints, sequins, terra cotta, mauves, dusty roses, burgundy, dramatic colors like silver metallic. Textured clothing such as velvet, corduroy, suede, fringes, and the oh so ever glamorous tortoise pattern that is singlehandedly an enduring trend beloved by the fashion world also play a central role in this season.

      1. Fall is fun and offers the perfect opportunity to be playful, sophisticated and dazzle the crowd, and what a better way to spruce up your glamour one level with this zebra-patterned Carine pocket calf leather from Hugo Matha, a young French designer who has taken the fashion scene by storm.  Be ready to hear a lot more from him in this blog.
      2. I am lusting for those sexy suede fuschia pumps from the iconic paris based shoe designer  Roger Vivier.
      3. This glow purse in tortoise Film from Maryam Nassir Zadeh is absolutely stunning and makes such a Hollywood statement!
      4. I also love, love, love this Alpaca Camel Beret from Brooklyn-based designer laura manoogian and those super cute mesh socks in olive stripes from darner.
      5. Of course, scents are critically essential and not to be downplayed. One of my favorite scent of the moment is the Bal D’afrique eau de parfum from Byredo.
      6.  If you haven’t checked out Zara’s fall collection yet, you should take a peek at their uber sophisticated jewelry collection. those sparkly chain earrings and faux-pearls and coin necklace will ensure you shine at your next vernissage without going bankrupt.  I love Zara for that. I believe that social equity in the fashion world is so critical and that women regardless of social status, education or income should look good and feel their absolute best!
      7. I’m also fond of pastels and this cute nail polish shows how pastel colors aren’t limited to summer.

    xx, Kenza

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits via: Hugo matha; roger vivier; byredo; need supply and Zara websites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the perfect nursery can be a hit or miss but a downright necessity if you want your plant to be happy and thrive! After buying a fiddle leaf tree at one of the bigger chain retailers, I learned an important lesson when my fiddle started dropping leaves due to a major bacterial infection which is something that cannot be overcome and has caused  (after money, labor and time wasted and 10 dropped leaves) my plant to be on her deathbed.  As you can tell where you buy your plant matters a great deal, so this time around, I did my research and stumbled upon Mickey Hargitay Plants.

If you’re in LA and love plants, you must check them out. This lush oasis which definitely lives up to the hype is located dead smack in the heart of LA and all I can say is that experience was beyond superlative, but more importantly, those plants were full of life.  Good thing hubby was there with me, because I would have went bankrupt!  Hubby and I found ourselves wandering around in all the corners nooks that housed such a wide variety of flowers, exotic plants, Buddha statues for all you yoga heads out there and a large selection of pottery and handmade woven baskets from local artists.  They have pretty everything, from ficus plants, lyrata, elastica, weeping figs, and they alreay carry pilea and snake plants; yaaaas.  This is such a zen place with a very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.  I ended buying another fiddle leaf and some other plants, this time smaller, but it’s thriving here at home!

xx, Kenza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those pictures were taken at a friend house who owns a lovely chalet in the French Alps. I immediately fell in love with her converted attic which serves as a creative studio. What makes this charming attic so unique is the marriage of alpine and Marrakesh design elements which by the way aptly showcase butter-pecan brown Tadelakt walls, adding texture and lots of warmth. The studio is quaint, welcoming and imbued with bohemian flair, wooden parquet dark brown beams, and a gorgeous hand-woven Moroccan rug playfully complement one another without looking awkwardly staged. I believe that your home should (1) be comfortable and (2) utilitarian (3), most importantly should be an extension of you.  In this case, this attic precisely achieved the owner’s goal who found herself inspired after visiting Marrakech.  I’m definitely inspired and need to step-up my design game. In the meantime, I’ll settle with some delicious honey-drizzled baklava. Yum.

xx, Kenza

 

This attic is full of surprises and doesn’t lack rustic character with its stunning wooden parquets, an imposing wooden commode, thick wood beams which gives it alpine warmth.

 

 

 

 

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Fall brings new change, trends, and warm hues. from burnt orange, olive green with sprinkles of gold, whiskey brown, and burgundy, deep warm colors are here to uplift us, inspire us and energize us. This is a very exciting time for me. The transitional phase of shading off my old skin and looking onward is fulfilling, but I would be remiss if didn’t mention the excitement a new wardrobe brings, new goals, seasonal produce, and drinks (hello pumpkin chai latte) and above all, a reprieve from scorching heatwaves. If you are in LA,  the struggle can be real. So I welcome the whimsical foliage and cool breeze. Speaking of cool breeze, what a better way to tackle the season’s crisp morning with this rich burgundy hat?  Such a statement hat that evokes Parisian elegance and with this Bordeaux Chanel polish, you’ll nail (no pun attended) that French look in no time!

In my quest for all things burgundy, I have also dug up this soft velvet mask.   This fluffy bathrobe and adorable animal slippers will also keep you nice warm and comfy on cold autumn evenings, and it does get frisky during this season.   I’m so here for it, looking forward to a sultry evening, laying on this anthropology Atelier sofa  as I indulge my imaginative mind to  Leila Marouane’s The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris, a satirical novel that offers a detailed account of Mohammed, a French Algerian man who has Gallicized his name to score french women. While humorous, the story reflects a contemporary post-colonial narrative of French North African communities in Paris. I’m an unapologetic homebody and true to that spirit, I have to surround myself with comfortable things like this collection of super comfy bedspreads found on H&M home to get me in a Romanesque spirit. Now, this is what I refer to L’art de la relaxation mes ami(es).

xx, Kenza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m undoubtedly lucky to live in Sunny Los Angeles, but every now I then, I get terribly homesick, finding myself dreaming of retiring in Paris and owning a beautiful pied-a-terre like this beautiful Parisian apartment located in the  6eme arrondissement in super trendy Saint-Germain-des-Prés.   The dramatic entrance embodies opulence at its finest. The exotic wallpaper not only contrasts nicely with the tall black doors but exudes far distant lands.  The built-in Archway screams sophistication while shying away from more austere traditional foyers. It definitely draws you in.  The eclectic colors found throughout the apartment, warm blues, khaki walls, chevron parquetry, and the palatial living room, with its jaw-dropping crown molding, whimsical blue velvet sofa, and luscious emerald green rug are staged unobtrusively to create a convivial atmosphere where sophistication and simplicity will satisfy the most intransigent aficionados.  Enjoy the tour!

xx, Kenza

 

photography and designed via GCG architects Paris