Interior Therapy: Thvm & Maxfield

Two of my favorite places to shop for rocker chic clothing are Thvm and Maxfield, whose interior spaces vie for my attention almost as much as their garments. Thvm, pronounced Them, is an acronym for “This here very moment.” Nestled in downtown Los Angeles along the L.A. River, the store is housed in a century-old brick paint factory that shows evident signs of age, but nonetheless adds charm to the location. Thvm is more than just the natural-dyed premium jeans that founders Brian Kim and Olga Nazarova are heralded for, but rather the store also acts as an events venue and art gallery where noted local artists, like Ishi Glinsky and Caitie Hawkins, have contributed installations.

On the opposite side of town in the swanky stretch of West Hollywood’s most covetable shops and eateries rests Maxfield. The cool concrete exterior and three large Roger Herman sculptures near the store’s entrance is a far cry from the richly warm interior. Eccentric touches of skull-shaped candles and antique gold desk accessories add to the affectionate ambiance and is perfect for anyone with a bit of an edge. Founded in 1969 by Tommy Perse, Maxfield is a Los Angeles institution widely credited for introducing brands like Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto to the West Coast in the 80s.

If you are looking to channel your inner Joan Jett or Slash, or just want to get your interior therapy fix on, then I highly recommend putting Thvm and Maxfield on your list of shopping spots.

Style Spotlight: Françoise Hardy

When it comes to effortless style, Françoise Hardy is tops in my book. The French actress and singer’s boho-meets-mod-meets-androgynous fashion aesthetic blends together in a seamless manner that only further lends to her natural beauty. Hardy’s neutral style palette complimented by frequent appearances of a men’s watch, Parisian stripes, motorcycle leather and oversized white sunglasses assisted in making her the muse of such stars as Mick Jagger, Alexa Chung and Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, who penned in the September 2001 Vogue Nostalgia section that, “What’s so fascinating to me about her is that she did something new every decade. She remained charismatic and beautiful and herself, but she changed with the times, both musically and in her style. It’s a very modern attitude.” Oui oui, monsieur.

Here are my best recommendations for interesting and eclectic beauty stops in L.A. Check out the list on www.fathomaway.com, my favorite new site for travel tips and getting inspired to get lost…
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Here are my best recommendations for interesting and eclectic beauty stops in L.A. Check out the list on www.fathomaway.com, my favorite new site for travel tips and getting inspired to get lost…
XxM

Talking style and favorite shopping haunts with Angeleno

Check out this month’s issue of Angeleno where I spill some neighborhood go-tos for clothing and beauty items. xxM

(Source: digital.modernluxury.com)

The reviews are (starting to come) in!

Thanks to Decades web guru and super star writer Lizzy Epstein for the great book mention on Hollywood Style Scene. Check it out here:

http://www.hollywoodstylescene.com/hollywood/reading-list-city-of-style/

L.A. Light

Local L.A. Filmmaker Colin Rich spent six months shooting a time lapse video to capture what he coins the, “electric radiance of Los Angeles at night.” What I absolutely love about Rich’s film is that he goes against the grain and explores numerous camera angles, locations and settings as opposed to shooting from a single stationary camera. Paired with a song by Cinematic Orchestra and dedicated to his grandmother, Rich’s “L.A. Light” is the perfect love letter to the city of angels. XxM

The FINAL version of my book finally arrived in the mail today! It’s thrilling to see the finished book after more than a year of planning and hard work.

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? What are you waiting for? Do it now! :) Enjoy. xxM

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062088408/ref=rdr_ext_sb_ti_hist_1

The FINAL version of my book finally arrived in the mail today! It’s thrilling to see the finished book after more than a year of planning and hard work.

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? What are you waiting for? Do it now! :) Enjoy. xxM

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062088408/ref=rdr_ext_sb_ti_hist_1

A Luxury Surf

Chanel is not a brand that remotely comes to my mind when I think of surfing. As it turns out, though, the luxury goods company has a 4-piece collection of boards priced at a “modest” $4,000. Shaped in monochrome carbon fiber, polyurethane and fiberglass, the Chanel surfboards feature the original brand aesthetic and come packaged in a signature traveling case. Talk about an item for the person who has everything!

The best of Coachella Festival Fashion

Coachella has grown to be a full-fledged fashion festival, with brands like Mulberry, Lacoste and DKNY holding colossal events to showcase their lines to bikini-clad “It” girls taking a break from getting bronzed in the hot desert sun. Many women go to the extremes with either a pile-everything-on look or a wear-next-to-nothing aesthetic; however, it’s those gals who strike the right chord of practical chic that come out as style savants. Here’s a look at my most favorite celebrity festival looks to descend on Indio Valley in years past:

Top Row: Beyonce, Rachel Bilson, Vanessa Hudgens, Malin Akerman. Bottom Row: Kate Bosworth, Dita Von Teese, Zooey Deschanel, Diane Kruger.
DVF & Current/Elliott celebrated their denim collaboration last Thursday. The collection is filled with brightly colored, splashy printed jeans that feel just right for spring and summer. 
Here, I’m wearing a DVF embellished top and 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, shoes are Marni for H&M and the bag is NewbarK. A lot of people ask about the lipstick (which you can’t see that well here) but it’s the perfect coral-watermelon color called Nectar from Lola.
The arm candy is Cameron Silver in purple Bottega Veneta and Goyard. Natch.

DVF & Current/Elliott celebrated their denim collaboration last Thursday. The collection is filled with brightly colored, splashy printed jeans that feel just right for spring and summer.
Here, I’m wearing a DVF embellished top and 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, shoes are Marni for H&M and the bag is NewbarK. A lot of people ask about the lipstick (which you can’t see that well here) but it’s the perfect coral-watermelon color called Nectar from Lola.
The arm candy is Cameron Silver in purple Bottega Veneta and Goyard. Natch.