Eye Swoon

June 27, 2014

GARDEN PARTY_main2Peacocks, floral wrist corsages, Jenni Kayne floral pre-fall napkins, terracotta water pitchers, stunning linens and tabletop pieces, baskets and vintage glassware courtesy of One Kings Lane, an insanely delicious and thoughtful meal created with love by Valleybrink Road…HOLY SWOON! I don’t think I could have dreamt up such a feast for the eyes and the bellies!

The setting for the garden party I co-hosted last week with Jenni Kayne for Rip + Tan still has me swooning. And beyond my enjoyment of all things visual and yummy, I encountered the loveliest group of women chatting about all things Californian. I was schooled in everything on where to shop, eat, vacation, stay and visit, along the entire coastline of California, by the likes of: Jessica de Ruiter, Lawren HowellLiseanne FrankfurtNicole SimoneKristen CaissieBarrett Prendergast, and of course Shiva Rose, who opened up her tranquil yard complete with peacocks, chicken, and tee pees! It was the perfect California party setting.

This is what EyeSwoon is all about: creating new ideas, inspiration, friendships, and making new discoveries. I have said it before, but food is the greatest common denominator—it creates togetherness, the sharing of a common ground that breaks down the barriers we often put up. We can feel awkward in new surroundings (at least I do), but through EyeSwoon, I was sitting among a new group of women and feeling completely uplifted.

Jenni greeted me with an insane amount of warmth and curated a stunning tablescape with florals by Moon Canyon, complete with individual wrist corsages that we tied onto one another—what a brilliant idea! I was swooned by all of the ceramics and tabletop pieces – Variopinte enamel plates from Jenni’s Montecito store, and  Portuguese terracotta pitchers, serving bowls and platters. One Kings Lane was gracious enough to share gorgeous vintage Villeroy & Boch crystal glassware and natural woven baskets to hold the flowers. What an awe-inspiring afternoon spent in nature with all that a swooner could ask for: food, beauty, inspiration, and newfound friendships.

Photography by Yayo Ahumada

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Perry Light Tote Basket

Perry Light Tote Basket

Olive Wood Bowl

Olive Wood Bowl

Terracotta Charger Plate

Terracotta Charger Plate

Variopinte Enamelled Plate

Variopinte Enamelled Plate

Crystal Lismore Tall Wine Glass

Crystal Lismore Tall Wine Glass

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