Logan’s Guide to Buying & “Investing” in Art

I like art. I like art museums. I like pretending that I’m an artist. I even like podcasts about art. I think at the young, ripe age of 26, I’d like to consider myself a baby art collector, much like Porsha from RHOA recently called herself a “baby vegan.” We’ll both get there eventually folks. Over the past 3 years of buying/investing in quite a few pieces, I’ve come up with my own set of rules that I use as my personal gut check when getting a new one.

1. Start small

If you’re just starting out with your art collection, really—just start small with your size and budget. As you buy more, you’ll see that your tastes will change (but also stay somewhat the same), so consider this your exploratory period where you learn about your preferred medium (print/photograph/painting/sculpture), color scheme, artists, where and how you like to buy your art. Plus, if you’re the type who’s always on the move, you won’t have to worry about lugging a larger piece every which way your heart desires.

From Left Field by Ty Hjortland

2. Try Local

Now that I sit down and actually think about it, most of my favorite pieces have come from California, with 2/3 of them coming from the same region (SLO). Sure, there are plenty of great artists scattered across the globe, but your favorites might be down the street (or highway!) from you. I would skip local “craft” fairs if you’re serious about getting (more) serious art in your house and head to local galleries and art shows if you have them. Another source for scouting locals? Instagram!

3. Think about the big picture

So if you’ve already got 2-3 pieces that you’re thinking really represent you and your burgeoning collection, any new purchases should fit in and complement what you have. For example, most of my pieces have some sort of blue and white scheme to them, but I threw in a pink piece that stands out but also fits right at home with everything else. IMHO, you can’t really place a Picasso and a Monet side by side.

From Inez Boutique in Los Olivos, CA. By Rana Wilson

4. Go with your gut

All right, my mantra (which gets me in trouble) is if you like it, buy it. If you get the heebie-jeebies/butterfly-in-stomach feeling when you see that piece, give it a new home on your wall/shelf/cabinet/backyard. One of my favorite pieces was recently purchased from a drawing rally, and when I saw it I knew and didn’t have any time to think about it.

5. But don’t be afraid to sleep on it

But my bank account has told me to do a serious gut check before pulling the plastic trigger on any new pieces. If you’ve got time to think about a new acquisition, take time to sleep on it. Take a photo of it (always ask!), print it out and put it on your wall to try and visualize it in your space and figure out if it fits in with your other works.

6. Each piece should have a story

Okay, I give terrible advice when it comes to buying things. If you leave this post with one thing, just know that every piece you have should have a story and you should remember, where/when/and who you were with you bought each piece. Good art is always memorable, but the best art has really great stories behind them. (Cough, see my brief stories below).

Wednesday Wants: New Apartment Vibes

Wednesday Wants New Apartment

New month, new apartment, same old me! I packed up and moved to my #dreamhood in San Francisco and now I get to walk three blocks to get a $7 scoop of ice cream from Bi-Rite. Color me very happy. To really get into my new space, I’m (naturally) looking for some new goods, because it’s all about reinvention right? Here’s what I want to add to my home and closet to fully complete my transition to being a NoPa girl.

Everlane suede bootiesSo my new neighborhood has just the slightest incline. Okay, to me an inch is an incline. I like walkable booties and I cannot lie—that’s all!

Inflorescence Eau de Parfum by ByredoI’ve been crushing on this EDP for a while now, but it might be finally time to pull the trigger. It’s light-ish, very floral and (in my opinion) can be worn all year round.

Cotton Poplin candle by ByredoOne scent for my body, one scent for my room. I smelled this at the Everlane showroom one day and my nose has never gone back.

Away luggageSome of my suitcase served as moving boxes, so it’s time for an upgrade. I mean, this suitcase has 2 USB chargers built in—so it’s perfect for when I drain my battery just before I have to board my flight.

Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend trucker jacketLast week at work, there was a point where I had three different jean jackets slung across my chair. So what’s one more?

Matrix blush pink chair by Article:  There’s a little corner of my room that’s waiting to host this chair. I know everyone’s all over millennial pink right now, and I guess that includes me too.

Hexagon sunglasses by Ray-BanSometimes you just get tired of plain old round and rectangular sunglasses (as is the case with me right now). I’m digging these hexagonal ones by Ray-Ban that everyone and their best friends have.

Wednesday Wants: Sand & Tan Summer Sandals

Brown sandals for summer

Summer’s making it’s official debut in less than a month, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the temps will start to drop in San Francisco. But no matter where I am, tan, block heeled sandals are my go-to for high summer dressing. They just go with everything—whether it’s my most unflattering pair of Levi’s and a white tee or my favorite striped dress. But there’s a new kid on the shoe block, the sand sandal to brighten up (and modernize) all the summer outfits you could dream up. Keep reading to see my favorite sand and tan sandals from Nordstrom, then click to get your hands on a pair!

Sand sandals for summer: 

  • “Carmela” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff:  Super strappy without being too declassé. These will pair perfectly with that imaginary golden tan and white dress combo that I can never achieve summer after summer.
  • “Franine” mules by Vince Camuto: Mules are the *it* shoe of 2017, but I just can’t seem to get on board (I think they make me look shorter). I think a strappier pair that shows a little more skin just might do the trick.
  • “Christy” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff: I’ve had a crush on these since last summer and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Just grown-up enough to make a T-shirt and jeans work at the office.

Tan sandals for summer:

Shop these picks and more below!

 

Favorite Things: May 11th

All these months and I haven’t had a single favorite thing. Of course it took a coffee shop with wild wallpaper to get me back in the groove. Kidding—but here’s my first favorite things in a long, long while.

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Jane in San Francisco: One name to rule them all—Jane. Now with three locations around the city (2 of them close to my hood!), residents and tourists can get a taste of their housemade bread and pastries, plus a piping hot cup of Jane’s own coffee.

Everything by The OuaiYes, okay, I watch KUWTK. Yes, I learned about The Ouai through KKW’s Instagram. And yes, everything smells amazing. The Ouai’s dry shampoo is the best I’ve ever used—I feel fresher with just one spray and it lasts all day long. Plus it doesn’t hurt when the compliments on how good you smell start rolling in.

SF Conservatory of Flowers: I’ll be celebrating four years in the Bay this June and it took the four blood-related women in my family for me to visit the Conservatory of Flowers. Feel like you need some more butterflies in your life? Head here.

Trump Draws: Sorry to sour the mood. But let’s be real, my mood has been sour since November 9th, 2016. I will never respect the Cheeto in Chief, but I will always laugh at this Twitter account that shows off his most enviable skill. Are you kidding me? He’s skilled at nothing.

Wednesday Wants: Embroidered Clothing

Wednesday Wants: Embroidered Clothes
It’s time to get my stitch on. On a scale of 1-10 of craftiness, I’d safely same that I’m at a 4. I know how to use a hot glue gun (and skillfully), but I never had the patience for anything that required yarn or thread. Everyone’s pulled out their needle and thread for spring’s biggest trend—embroidery from head to toe. Here are my favorite picks for this stitched (and seriously pretty) trend, from top left to bottom right. 

  • Sam Edelman clutch: I. Love. Clutches. Apply your best Oprah voice when you say that in your head—because that’s exactly how I feel. I’m fully prepared to have orinthologists fawn over this bag. 
  • Madewell embroidered jeans: I can’t keep orchids alive, but at least I can wear them, with no water or sunlight required. I’m fully supportive of a denim-on-denim look with these jeans. 
  • ‘La vie’ military jacket by Rebecca Taylor: if you see me regularly, you know that there’s a 75% chance that I’ll be wearing a cargo jacket. A sweet, floral accent seems like the perfect spring update for this personal staple. 
  • Topshop skinny jeans: I need a new night-out rotation. Im digging the thought of embroidered skinny jeans and a black cold shoulder top, especially as warmer weather starts to really sit in. 
  • Gap button-up: No one can go wrong with a blue button-up. I’d dress this one down with boyfriend jeans and flat slip-ons. 
  • Guitar strap by Rebecca Minkoff: I don’t know how to “shred” anything other than old checks, but I will wear this as a bag strap. 
  • Zara embroidered jeans: These babies are sold out already, but tune keep tuning into Zara to check back for more. 
  • ‘Reena’sandals by Topshop: Kill two trends with one shoe. Lace yourself up in these embroidered sandals, then head out the door. 

The Under Hundred Gift Guide

Happy holidays! Are you #stressing about getting gifts for all your big loves this holiday? Don’t worry, I am too. I am what they call a “visual learner” so I had to assemble a visual list to get all my gift-giving essentials in one place this year. Here are all my picks, all of which are clocking in at under one hundred dollar bills.

Here’s the Oh Wonderful gift guide for 2016: 

Under $100 Gift Guide 2016

What to Get Your Boo

If he needs a wardrobe refresh, opt for a pocket tee by Everlane where everything’s made in full transparency. If he’s into cooking (and you’re into eating), invest in his (or her) culinary future and your future meals by getting them a long-lasting cast iron Lodge pan. Help him keep his finances in line with a leather wallet from Tanner goods and keep him active with wool sneakers from All Birds.

What to Get Your Parents 

Out-gift your parental units this year and recap your favorite memory of the year with a photo printed from Parabo Press. Help them wake up with a gift box of coffee from San Francisco-based, Blue Bottle coffee. Help them serve themselves or their future guests with a bowl from Heath served straight from a cast iron pot from Le Creuset.

What to Get Your Best Friend

Help your gal pal keep her lips super soft with Glossier’s Balm Dotcom (you know I love it too), then help her keep her hands soft with Byredo hand lotion. Tell her and everyone else how dope she is with a charm necklace from Kris Nations. Have her gather all of her essentials into a leather travel pouch from Cuyana.

Wednesday Wants: A Cool, Grey City Wardrobe

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I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls who look impeccably dressed no matter where they are—whether it’s the grocery store at 3 p.m. or the coffee shop at 7 a.m. Instead, I’m that girl who spends 40 minutes to achieve that dewy look and curls my hair so that it looks like I didn’t brush it. I think that the secret to those ladies is that they often know their color palette and they stick to it. Maybe Karl the Fog is influencing me or maybe it’s because I like it’s versatility, but I think grey might be my go-to color this season. Here are my favorite cool grey pieces to wear in this cool, grey city, clockwise from top left.

The Oh Wonderful picks for an all-grey wardrobe: 

Rivington Sweater Coat by Madewell: Hurry up, this sweater is selling out fast! This jacket will be a long duster coat on my 5’1 frame, but I’m excited to pair it with my favorite jeans and mini dresses this season.

Cluse ‘La Boheme’ Watch: You can’t ever go wrong with a classic timepiece. Trends come and go, just like the time. Not sure what I was trying to do there.

Vans Pig Suede Court DX sneakers: I need to get lace-up low tops this season and you can bet that I’ll look for a suede pair. These grey ones by Vans will go with anything.

Eugenia Kim Fedora: I’ve been a fan of Eugenia Kim and her toppers for a while and each season she gets better and better. It’s a #goal to own one of her hats—so why not start with a grey fedora?

Sole Society ‘Selena’ Backpack: As the temperatures drop, I’ll probably want to keep my hands warm and cozy in my pockets. A backpack to store all of my essentials will keep me hands-free as I head to work.

Wool Coat by Mango: If it starts to get really cold, I’ll layer on a grey wool coat over one of my favorite moto jackets. It doesn’t hurt to double the warmth, right?

Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005 in Silver Metallic: The famed and headband wearing makeup-artist, Pat McGrath has unleashed her fabulous collection at Sephora. I’m crushing on the sliver metallic set, after all, I do have a cool skin tone.

Grey Turtleneck by J. Crew: Jeans, ankle boots and a grey turtleneck have been my outfit of choice as of late. I only expect to add a couple more grey turtlenecks by the end of the year.

‘Taye’ Boots by Sam Edelman: I’m all about versatility when it comes to getting dressed, from my hair to my boots. I like a boot that I can dress up with a shimmery mini dress or dress down with distressed jeans and a tee. These fit the bill perfectly.

Wednesday Wants: Fall Outerwear

Fall Outwear

Fall is here, fall is here, fall is heeeeereeeee (Oprah voice)! As I was getting dressed this morning in my dark as night black jeans, shapeless turtleneck and new over-the-knee/Kanye inspired boots, I no longer felt the weirdly emotional dilemma I had wearing a coat in the middle of July. To ring in the appropriately cold season, I rounded up my fall outerwear picks this season—all under 350 dollar bills, from left to right, bottom to top.

Leather Moto Jacket: I declared that I’d like a moto jacket in nearly every color, but I also want to add in some shearling this season for a softer, edgier (but totally warmer) spin.

Water Repellent Trench Coat: Last winter we experienced a mild El Niño and I invested in a very functional, but unstylish nylon raincoat. Once it rains, I’ll pull out a cropped trench coat instead—who cares if my hair gets wet. Actually, I care.

Denim Bomber Jacket: I know nylon bomber jackets are “in” right now, denim is a much cooler take on a bomber jacket. This Naked and Famous bomber is making me swoon.

Menswear Wool Coat: Now that I find myself wearing a hefty dose of stripes, black and jeans, I have no need to stray too far from a uniform. A menswear-inspired coat is an easy way to look a little chic and feel a lot warmer.

Printed Statement Coat: For those days when I want to pack more punch with my fall outerwear, I reach for a patterned statement coat. Windowpane prints or a fun, botanical print get my vote.

Wool Cocoon Coat: Also last season, I invested in a J.Crew Wool Cocoon coat in a mint green. They’ve been making these coats since 2006 (says them) and every year they come out with new colors. This season, I am crushing on the olive green hue.

 

Favorite Things: September 23rd

Guess what everyone, I actually broke a sweat in the city this week. Twice. Otherwise, this whirlwind of a week (in life, work and everything in between) flew by (I mean, what’s new) and now my neck hurts really bad. Otherwise, here are my favorite things that I discovered this week:

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I got a haircut a couple of weeks ago (which I love) and my stylist recommended that I try out the three-day method. Which basically means don’t wash your hair until the third day. Without the Death Valley dry shampoo by R+Co., I wouldn’t have made it throughout the week.

Narcos on Netflix has been my TV jam as of late. Get ready for lots of drugs, guns and other unmentionables.

New week, new book. Just kidding, I’m lucky if I finish a book within two months. I’m crushing on Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett—it has pictures!

How can I forget the magic that is a Beyoncé concert? That woman sang, danced and made me cry. She really can do it all.

Wednesday Wants: What to Wear in Seattle

What to Wear in Seattle

T-30 days until I head back north to Seattle for a few days of eating, eating, and a little bit of walking. It’s been a while since I’ve last been there (where I literally only spent only a day), so it’s like I’ll be going for my first time! Per usual, it’s bound to be cold and a little rainy while I’m there. But I’ll be with my number one travel partner and a little weekend away never hurts either. Here’s what I’ll pack for Seattle:

Good ol’ blue jeans: Can’t really go wrong here, right?

Grey & White Sweater via Zara: I’ve been craving some warm basics and I think that this might just make the cut for the cold and damp weather in the PNW.

Small Leather Backpack: Seattle has less bustling streets than SF, so I’m going to take that opportunity to not get robbed with a backpack. Plus, they’re chic again!

A Wool Beret: I’m a hat girl—I love them and I will wear them for any appropriate occasion. This one from Goorin Bros is chic and so is this one from ShopBop.

Water Repellant Jacket from Zara: I’ve had my eye on this rain coat for a while—it better not sell out before I leave!

The Heel Boot by Everlane: Everlane launched a new (and higher) ankle boot. Would def wear these with a pair of black skinny jeans and a chambray top for work, work, work, work, work.

Windowpane Cape Scarf by Madewell: Just because it’s cloudy with a chance of rain, it doesn’t mean that I won’t be layering up with a thick scarf.