Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Favorite Looks from the Met Gala

When reviewing my favorite looks from the Met Gala, I saw a common theme: none of my picks really reflect the technology theme. (A somewhat LOL-inducing theme considering there are no cell phones allowed.) While I 100% love the people who really went for it -- Claire Danes in that light up gown by Zac Posen; Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom with matching Tamagotchis -- I truly adored the dresses that had an element of nature instead. Let's take a look, shall we?

Bee Schaffer in an Alexander McQueen dress that I only wish I could see closer.

Sticking to my floral theme: Zoey Deutch in Dolce & Gabbana. Her makeup is so on point I can't deal.

Kate Bosworth also wore Dolce & Gabbana, and for me -- the headband makes the entire look.

When I saw Carolina Kurkova, I thought "OMG I WISH THAT WAS MY WEDDING DRESS." And it makes sense, because it's Marchesa. I can't say I love the shoes with it but I'm obsessed with the rest. Okay, mostly the skirt. The skirt is giving me life.

And saving the best for last, Blake Lively in a decided non-tech dress from Burberry. I suppose the shimmer adds a little space-age element to it. I would also have worn this for my wedding. Actually, I would wear this every day of my life, even to Intelligentsia where you have to wait in a long line for your coffee while people watch. Actually, ESPECIALLY to Intelligentsia. It's just a beautiful dress, and she looks radiant. As always.

As a side note, but still relevant to Blake Lively, have you seen that new filter on Snapchat where you can put other people's photos over your own face? Word to the wise: don't do Blake Lively. You'll hate yourself. Forever.

Anyway, did you have any favorite looks from last night?

All images courtesy of Vogue. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FashionABLE: Jewelry That Gives Back

So, it's been awhile since I've done any sort of personal style post. (I think the last one was during our Tulum recaps!!) But, here I am, sharing an outfit:

Now, you might be thinking... "why is she posting a picture of the world's most basic black dress and equally basic leather sandals?" But the truth of the matter is, today I'm talking accessories. Specifically, my new (perfectly tiny) necklace that is so darn shiny it's a little hard to see in the photos. Sure, they were snapped en route to enchiladas and therefore I was a bit hurried, but still. So you could get a better look, I took a close up at home:

At long last, I'm officially (AKA legally) Kelli Lamb. And I wanted a little daily memento to remind me. I love horizontal bar necklaces as an everyday accessory. Big, statement pieces often steal the show -- hello, real housewives -- and these days I gravitate towards simple and sweet. I got it from FashionABLE -- a really cool online marketplace where everything is made by women, both in America and around the world, who have overcome major challenges.

FashionABLE believes that by empowering women, creating JOBS for women, they're making a difference. And they absolutely are. My necklace was handcrafted by a woman in Nashville named Melissa. She works with the Miriam Collection, a wonderful organization that employs women who have overcome everything from homelessness to prostitution to addiction. (You may remember this post on them from a few years ago.) So it's not just a necklace, it's a piece that gave someone an opportunity.

Their jewelry is all handmade in Nashville by the women who are looking to work, and they even have custom options -- like my little LAMB addition. Creating my own design was easy, and took about 5 minutes to get it exactly how I envisioned. And if a necklace isn't your thing or you want something with a little more embellishment, don't fret. It's all custom... so you can create exactly what you're looking for. Who wouldn't want to create their perfect piece of jewelry AND give women jobs? Just saying.

To learn more about the amazing work FashionABLE is doing -- and why they're doing it -- click here.  To create your own custom piece of jewelry, click here.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Slides to Save Your Feet

1. Matt Bernson // 2. Raye // 3. Tibi // 4. Coclico Shoes

So this is a little embarrassing. But, I basically ALWAYS have a blister (or 2) on my feet. Like, always. I don't know if it's the way I walk... perhaps I'm buying the wrong size shoe... the fact of the matter is, the first time I wear ANY pair of shoes, cheap or expensive, they destroy my feet. Once they're broken in, all is well. But man, those first few wears result in COMPLETE MISERY. Like put-me-in-the-grave-MISERY.

Now, when we were in Spain we discovered the MOST WONDERFUL TREASURE. Compeed!!!! Have you heard of these bandages?? We cannot begin to understand why they're not on the shelves of every drugstore in America, but these babies are foot lifesavers. Footsavers. They're cushy and gel-ish and incredible. You put them on BEFORE you wear a new pair of shoes or a pair that you know might cause some pain. And they almost become a second skin, protecting your feet with every step. The only problem is... sometimes I forget to wear them. SIGH.

So recently, we walked to the movies and I could have cried by the time we got there. I'd forgotten to use a pair of Compeeds and my "dogs were barkin." Not to be gross, but my heels were both completely raw and I felt like an idiot. The days that followed, I had to coordinate my clothes based on what shoes I could wear, and we had to cancel a hike. Dramatic!

I was telling Tim that I really need to get some shoes that I can reach for when that happens, and I think slides are the solution. Your heels are free to, well, heal, in a pair of slides. And I love that they're totally on trend this spring. It's like, the shoe gods knew my little blisters needed a break and so they sent down a trend that would save my feet and I'd still look stylish. I've found 4 that are at the top of my wish list. The only question... which to buy??


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wanderlust: 4 Hotels Worth Traveling For

I've got a major case of wanderlust these days. Lately, I've really been feeling in a rut -- creatively, socially, mentally. Living in a new city is a really hard thing, even when it's been almost a year. At times I feel displaced, and I definitely feel homesick... for San Francisco, for Idaho. I miss my friends and family A LOT, and I still don't feel like I have a "routine" down. I've found a lot of coffee shops I love, but I haven't found "my spot" where I'm comfortable and often opt to just enjoy my coffee at home. Same with restaurants... though, who are we kidding? One can never replace Tacolicious.

I think as a result of this feeling of displacement, my brain just feels compelled to leave. To explore somewhere else new, and justify this lost feeling I have by feeling it elsewhere. For some reason, it's easier to explore and enjoy a place when I'm just visiting. I find it really hard to get out of my comfort zone when I'm living somewhere new and unfamiliar.

Maybe it's because I just love hotels. I would travel to the dullest place in the world if there was a beautiful, interesting hotel. And is it wrong to want to travel to a place because of a beautiful hotel? If so, I don't want to be right. I've said it once, and I'll say it again... I am my best self in a hotel.

(Except when there are bed bugs in said hotel. I mean, then I have a full meltdown and stop breathing and call my husband screaming and he initially thinks I've been attacked but in many ways I have, you know? But that's a story for a different day. The hotels below would NEVER compromise your luggage -- or sanity -- like that. These hotels are so well designed, I'd try to pull an Eloise and never leave.)

In the midst of my wanderlust, here's what I came up with:


As a member of Design Hotels, Ion Iceland obviously has a beautiful interior. The rooms are designed with thoughtful Nordic details -- like fluffy sheepskins and natural wood. The rest of the hotel takes pride in immersing you in the natural benefits of the area. There are numerous adventures available (horseback riding, glacier hikes, volcano visits, fly fishing), but I think I'd like to just soak in the warm outdoor pool with the northern lights twinkling above. Swoon!


I first discovered El Fenn when Claire Zinnecker and photographer Molly Winters shared the space with Rue Magazine. El Fenn was originally a private riad (a Moroccan home with a private, enclosed courtyard) and has been converted to one of the most popular resorts in the area. There are 28 rooms -- each different from the last -- alongside gardens and swimming pools. I personally would spend most of my time at the gorgeous rooftop restaurant.


Another getaway discovered via Rue, and this one is driving distance from the very spot I'm sitting in now. Located in quirky Solvang, CA, this spot is modern and so visually appealing. Plus, it's a short drive to some of the Santa Ynez Valley wineries, meaning you could really make a weekend out of it. Perhaps it would nip my Napa craving in the bud. (I also am gathering inspiration from our own bedroom design based on this exact space.)


I've never been to Paris but I've always wanted to go! (Obviously.) Hotel du Temps is adorable -- featuring vintage furniture, pieces from local artists, and, HELLO, floor to ceiling palm print curtains in the guest rooms. So charming! PS... let's talk about the lounge. I love when hotels have a cute spot for a nightcap!


Basically, I need to stop shopping the ASOS sale and save my pennies for a vacation! Any spots I should add to my bucket list?? Let me know your favorite destination(s) in the comments!