Françoise Gilot by Pablo Picasso

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Many of my favorite works by Spanish master Pablo Picasso are his seemingly simple line drawings. The three above of his lover and muse of ten years, Françoise Gilot (an accomplished artist in her own right), are particularly captivating. What I would give for those eyes! If you’d like to know more about Françoise, I highly recommend this profile by Vogue. What a life she has led. May we all be “beautiful, feisty, and fiercely independent” women at 90. Wishing you a lovely weekend. xx Katie

 

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Loft Love

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Remember awhile back when I wrote a post praising the new look of LOFT…? Well, they’ve kept up the good work. I dropped by the site again this morning and was once again blown away by the chic, wallet-friendly options for fall. I have so much respect for women that can artfully mix pricey and affordable brands and look like a million bucks. It’s easy to look fantastic if you’re dressed head to toe from Bergdorfs, but it’s my girlfriends that walk out the door with a Chanel bag and LOFT coat that I most admire — that takes true style. Did I mention nearly all these pieces are under $100 and they’re having a killer sale…? Click the images to shop.

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The pieces that caught my eye:

 

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The Farnsworth House

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When I first spotted these photos of the Farnsworth House on Pinterest my modernist-loving heart skipped a beat. Designed in 1945 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the “glass box” in Plano, Illinois remains one of America’s greatest architectural masterpieces. I’m anxious to tour the site before it closes for winter, but may just have to wait until spring. In the meantime, the lego set will simply have to suffice.

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(photography by Peter Gutherie)

 

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Your Recommended Reading List

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I was blown away by all your wonderful book recommendations last week and I thought it might be nice to compile some of the popular favorites for everyone’s reference. I’m still deciding which twelve to tackle…it’s so hard to choose! Last night I curled up with The Alchemist — what a beautiful, quick read with so much simple wisdom. I admired its lessons of gratefulness and living in the present — a welcome reminder. Without further ado, a handful of your favorite reads:

After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

One More Thing by B.J. Novak

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

If you pick one of these up, be sure to let us know what you think! I’ll keep you posted on my progress as well. Happy page-turning!

 

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