monday favorites

 /// Interdimensional and meditational healer Diva presents guided exotic journeys to her home planet Yialmel as well as other beneficial voyages through consciousness. Get tuned-in every first Monday of the month on Yialmelic Transmissions during which Diva leads you on a journey to healing destinations.

/// Headspace meditation app.
/// The hems at this Georgia Alice marooned off shoulder top, at Sincerely Tommy.

Dan Rasmussen home in Benisa, Spain
/// Dan Rasmussen home in Benisa, Spain.
/// Grace Jones in Issey Miyake (detail) vs. Alana Wilson The Terrible Boredom of Paradise (2011)
/// Jasmin Shokrian - Aeki Bag (via Ana├»se). Nude and creamy eyes. The Girl Who Fell To Earth editorial at i-D magazine, The Future issue (1995). Florence Henri, Still-life with Lemon and Pear (1929).

A conversation with Lauren Ardis

There is something about California girls. I just can't stop finding them so alluring these days. They are my definition of cool. Their style is always spot on and effortless. They look like a modern depiction of Venus with their natural beauty.I bet their breath smells like sage and their hair like palo santo mixed with Aesop. Lauren Ardis is one of them. She is the owner of the beautiful online shop called mono-ha, that is specialized in selling one-of-a-kind pieces for women and the home. This is a small conversation we had.

Can you please describe your personal style?

I am drawn to pieces that can serve a multitude of functions and can transition seasonally. I almost only wear black with occasional neutrals. I look for pieces that will age beautifully, are made of good quality materials, have an interesting texture or subtle detail, and that feel easy and comfortable. I also need clothes to have a slightly unpolished feel to them. I don’t like to feel too put together or done-up.

Tell us more about your beautiful, recently opened store. What is the concept behind it?

Mono-ha is a web shop that offers seasonally selected pieces for women, as well as home objects. Soon I am going to be offering ceramics made just for the shop, as well as the sculpture of my friend Sandra Ono. The idea to open my own shop started forming about 5 years ago. I have been thrifting since middle school, and from an early age started getting the bulk of my wardrobe second-hand. I want to show women that vintage is not just for costume parties, but that it is possible to build a modern wardrobe without resorting to fast fashion or buying pieces you can’t afford. Rotating the collection seasonally keeps the shop feeling fresh and allows me to add a more conceptual component to basic shopping needs. I just launched a summer collection that is centered around a very muted color story, with most of the materials being linen or silk. Each piece can also easily be brought into fall or another season. 

I own several navy sweaters.What are the items you tend to buy in duplicate?

I tend to not buy in excess mostly because I utilize half of my closet for storing vintage, but I own about 10 black over-sized tops or shift dresses. When I’m shopping for the store, I can’t ever resist buying studio or art class ceramics that have been thrown out as failed experiments.

What are the pieces we will never find in your closet?

Anything sparkly, floral, or colorful. I have a really hard time dressing for wedding showers.

What currently inspires you?

Fabric movement, particularly silk in the wind. Yoko Ono’s piece “Three Spoons.” Georgia O’Keeffe’s objects in her Abiquiu home. Nude, sheer fabrics paired with silver. Fripp & Eno’s album Evening Star. Always- Japanese aesthetics and the work of Eva Hesse.

Can you please tell us a little about your philosophy on beauty, style and well being. Do you work out? Do you tend to eat healthy? What are your favorite beauty products?

As far as well-being goes, I think it’s important that we all do our best to live naturally and as healthy as possible, but to keep in mind that the stress of this can sometimes be worse for us than the benefit. I’ve gone through some health changes since I was a teenager and believe that moderation and listening to your body is really the most crucial element in maintaining health. I am a huge believer in supplements and herbs - I swear by turmeric, especially. I try and go for long walks in the hills and attempt to do Ballet Beautiful at home in the privacy of my own living room. I’m pretty intimidated by gyms and public exercise. For beauty I love Dr. Bronner’s, Embryolisse, RMS makeup, and Rodin Face Oil, but I’m truthfully not rigid about any of my routines. 

Photos credits: Michelle Cho | Lauren Ardis

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monday favorites

This week we start things slowly. We try not to rush things, we say no to "busy" and we disconnect ourselves from internet devices for an entire day. We take the necessary time to nourish ourselves, gently exercising our bodies and decluttering our minds with the help of meditation. We make peace with ourselves and we don't fight anymore. We make amends to stop the constant inner struggles: fighting with yourself regarding your career, your personal life and with all the things that make you go crazy from time to time. And so we stop, because we feel exhausted. Instead we take time to enjoy subtle light effects and to discover what a ripe avocado tastes exactly.
It's Summer, the air is hot, we eat matcha/chia ice cream and when we have time we take a quick nap on a Sunday afternoon to restore inner guidance, bringing calm and the necessary rest to your body. These are Monday favorites:

//// This article - Medicating Women's Feelings, published on NY Times by Julie Holland, psychiatrist and author of “Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy.” (Penguin Press, 2015)

//// Invisibilia co-hosted by Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller. Particularly enjoyed this podcast on fear .

//// Revisited is an independent design collective, mixing vintage, new and revisited pieces. They stand for honest products, durable and timeless. These photos we taken in volcanic Lanzarote, by Berlin-based photographer Katja Kremenic, for Revisited SS15 lookbook.

//// Trisha Brown in "Water Motor", by Babette Mangolte (1978).

//// Jacob Kassay (b. 1984). American painter. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

 "Algorithm to the Stars," 2014, acrylic on canvas.

lately | high (summer)

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Palma suede low sandals.
A.P.C. Paris baby pink ribbed top.

Marvis Amareli Licorice toothpaste.
 Golden hairclip.

Aesop sage and zinc cream. 
RMS Beauty "Un" cover-up concealer.

Mauve nails. 
Selenite palm stone.

Selenite methaphysical properties: Selenite is known for gifting mental clarity, flexibility and for removing energy blockages from spaces and beings. It’s moonlike attributes enhance your connection to your unconscious and instinctive energies. It contains elemental water energy encouraging more flexibility and openness. A stone of truth and honesty, use Selenite to create your most genuine life. Balances the Third Eye and Crown Chakra and is also thought to open the doors to the transpersonal Chakras.

Beau Wanzer – Basement Dwellers 
(Delsin Records, 2014)

monday favorites

Monday favorites are up and running once again, because my horoscope told me so. So here we go, kicking things again with my definition of brilliant vintage at Mercantile Vintage.

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