What’s the 2016 Color of the Year? It Depends on Who You Ask

Color-of-the-Year-2016-Rose-Quartz-Serenity-PinterestIn a quick Google search for the 2016 color of the year, I saw conflicting reports. It’s white, no it’s alabaster — wait no it’s rose quartz AND serenity.

Puzzling to say the least, but of course it depends on your source. With the publicity behind Pantone’s color of the year in recent years (marsala in 2015 and radiant orchid in 2014), other companies are also gaining exposure for choosing their own color to define the upcoming year. Read More

New Year’s Eve Whimsy — What to Wear to Ring in 2016

I’m a sucker for a great party dress. New Year’s Eve is one of the most fun times of the year to dress for, because why not be a little whimsical? Sequins, feathers and luxe fabrics are all totally approved to bring in the new year. And perfect for meeting Ryan Atwood at the top of the Four Seasons Newport, seconds before midnight. Let’s be real — nothing can compare to when you roll the dice and swear your love for me…

Birds of a Feather

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Left to Right: Elizabeth and James – Dania DressHoss Intropia – Feathered Mini Dress and Milly – Blair Feather Dress

Sparks Will Fly

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Left to Right: Parker – Elijah Sequin DressBCBGeneration – V-Neck A-Line Dress and La Maison – Sequin Cap Sleeve Dress

Gorgeously Wrapped
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Left to Right: Bec&Bridge – Jacques DressDonna Mizani – Knot Front Midi Dress and Nasty Gal – Hells Bells Crepe Dress

The Cartoonists of The New Yorker

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“Being a single panel cartoonist is like being a poet,” said Bruce Eric Kaplan. “If you think, oh this is my career, I’m going to have health insurance, I’m going to have a great house, that’s just not the reality of it.”

I’m a big fan of documentaries that go behind the scenes at workplaces like a magazine. It’s fascinating to see how the work gets done, and learn about the people who make it all come together. I’m a more recent subscriber to The New Yorker, so I was excited to see HBO’s new special, Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists.

Similar to the documentary The September Issue, which looked at how a Vogue issue is produced, Very Semi-Serious follows the inner workings of The New Yorker’s cartoon department.

So how do the cartoons make it into the pages of The New Yorker? In the film we meet Bob Mankoff, the magazine’s cartoon editor, who sheds some light on the process. Each week about a thousand cartoons are submitted to the magazine, some by mail, others delivered in person by the hopeful cartoonists themselves, giving Mankoff the tremendous undertaking of sorting through, and ultimately choosing about 15 cartoons.

And there is a method to this madness.There is something in particular that makes a good cartoon.

“In each instance, our expectations are defied,” Mankoff said in a 2013 Ted Talk, “In each instance the narrative gets switched. There’s an incongruity and a contrast.”

In interviews with some of the published cartoonists, you see different backgrounds, ages and points of view. Each cartoonist has a different perspective on the world and has their own quirks and eccentricities that help to inspire their work. And maybe unsurprisingly, most of these cartoonists have day jobs and are submitting work to The New Yorker on the side.

Mankoff started off in their shoes — he was first published in The New Yorker in the 1970s, and had a contract by the 1980s. He then created the Cartoon Bank, a website that acts as a visual vault of thousands of New Yorker creations, as well as a secondary source of revenue for the artists.” In 1997, he stepped into the role of cartoon editor, ushering in a new era for the magazine.

“I had to change the approach and get new talent,” he told The Washington Post, “…It’s the humor of today — it’s more absurd, more meta. When they use a cliche, they almost destroy it.”

Here’s a look at The New Yorker’s favorite cartoons from 2015.

Christmas in the Tropics — Dreaming of the Perfect Holiday Getaway

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Albert Camus once wrote that “in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” And as the rain pours down outside my window two days before Christmas, I certainly agree that I’m dreaming of a sunny vacation. For those of you that make it a family tradition to Christmas in, say the Bahamas, I convey my deepest jealousy. Meanwhile stateside in D.C., I’ll continue to fantasize about that perfect tropical getaway (to perhaps the Four Seasons in Nevis), with the following imaginary packaging list.

The Airport Outfit
So your bags are packed and you’re ready to go. Simplicity, and a good pair of flats, are the keys to the perfect airport outfit.

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From top: Paige Denim – Los Feliz pant, Madewell – Slub Longsleeve Crewneck Tee, Humble Chic – Globetrotter Scarf and Jeffrey Campbell – Vionnet in Black flat.

Travel Companions
There are only a few more accessories needed for your trip: a great wheelie bag you can spot in any lineup, and a chic pair of headphones to play all the Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes to your heart’s content.

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Left to right: Herschel – Navy Window Pane Campaign Luggage and Friends with Benefits – ‘Layla’ headphones.

Take Me to the Beach
You’ve landed and are ready to soak up the rays. An immediate wardrobe change to sandals and swimsuit is in order, while contemplating how Santa will find you without a chimney.

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From left to right: Palm Beach Sandals – Classic Cork/Gold, La Blanca – Caged Strap One Piece Swimsuit (check out the back on this one!) and L.L.Bean – Crescent Beach Sun Hat.

The Christmas Eve Dinner
Now you’re rested and tan (!), it’s time for a feast of the fishes in paradise. What do you wear? You’re at the beach, so a maxi (remember those from summer?) and a low heel sounds about right. I’m also really digging these trident-like earrings for an unexpected edge.

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From left to right: Show Me Your Mumu – Kendall Maxi Dress, Jeffrey Campbell – Des Moines Sandal and Luv AJ – The Barbell Earjacket.

Christmas Morning
As you gather around the holiday palm trees and you share gifts, and perhaps mimosas, you’ll add a dash of whimsy with a caftan and some oversize sunglasses.

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From left to right: Conde Nast – On Duty Beach Towel, Lilly Pulitzer – Sydney Caftan Dress and Native Eyewear – Perazzo.

So no matter whether you’re in a tropical paradise or spending time at home, here’s to a happy holiday and fantastic new year!

Things Are Calling Me Away

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“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” -Anais Nin

Photo: Taken by author at Four Ninety Two, Charleston, SC

Grace Coddington: Vogue’s Romantic Visionary

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“I think I got left behind somewhere because, you know, I’m still a romantic. You have to go charging ahead, you can’t stay behind.”

Re-read: Born in Anglesey, Wales, Grace Coddington was the shy daughter of a hotel owner. She spent her childhood playing on the beach and becoming enthralled with British Vogue (reading issues that often arrived at the local store three months late). She would become a model, a fashion editor and then the creative force behind American Vogue as we know her today… [Continue Reading]

Photo: Dressed and Educated; From Vogue Magazine, April 2005, Photographed by Annie Leibovitz