What They’re Into…with Erica Chan Coffman


You know Erica as one half of the dynamic duo behind the uber-popular blog Honestly WTF.  I know her as a former client {we worked with her on two past design ventures} and as a result, a dear friend.  I couldn’t be happier for her with the runaway success of the site, and am thrilled to include her in our ongoing series, “What They’re Into”.  

Today is also a big day for Erica, as her newest venture, Honestly YUM, launches!  As Erica explains, she hopes the new site will “inspires readers to try out our seasonal food recipes, delightful libations, exciting culinary adventures, and festive DIYs.”  Speaking for Ruby Press {an office of food-obsessed women!}, we couldn’t be happier.

Thanks Erica, for being a part of our blog and congrats on the new site!  We love you!  xx

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What is the last thing you bought that you shouldn’t have?
I probably shouldn’t have bought that umpteenth crystal statement necklace from J.Crew. They’ve been absolutely killing it in the jewelry department and thus, feeding my already problematic jewelry addiction. However, jewelry is absolutely timeless so it’s all worth it!! At least that’s what I tell myself . . . 
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What are your favorite places to shop, online and off?
Catbird in Brooklyn is hands down the ultimate destination for jewelry and gifts. Shopbop, J.Crew and Zara are my go-tos when it comes to wardrobe staples. I love L-atitude and Calypso for worldly wears. And when I’m not shopping online, Mercy and Minds Eye Vintage are my favorite local vintage haunts.
 
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Wow – that’s a hard one! I’d have to say “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. It’s a classic and one of the few songs where I know all the lyrics to – probably because I relate to it so much. I mean, ten thousand spoons when all you need is knife?! That happened to me yesterday.
 
What is your favorite room in your home and why?
I’m currently in the process of renovating my home, so I’d have to say my favorite room at the moment is my office. Equipped a closet full of crafting supplies, a massive wall of inspiration photos and an oversized working table, it’s where I find creative refuge. I love inviting friends over for mini-crafting parties!
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What is your favorite scent?
Nothing quite beats the smell of homemade cookies baking in the oven. As far as fragrances go, Bond No. 9 Nuits de Noho has been my scent for as long as I can remember.
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What inspires you?
Pretty much everything we feature on HonestlyWTF has influenced me in some way. But what inspires me the most is creativity and confidence. I feel so lucky to have met so many incredible artists, designers, visionaries, and makers in the past few years. Their conviction in their artistry and dedication to their work is so motivational and stimulating.
 
What’s one luxury you can’t live without?
Travel. It’s so important to treat yourself to an escape once in awhile and explore the millions of incredible places in this world – even if it means just an overnight or weekend getaway. Inspiration is everywhere!
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What They’re Into…with Shiva Rose


We’re so excited to share actress and activist Shiva Rose‘s favorites in our third installment of our “What They’re Into” series.  I met up with her when she was in town recently and she’s just as warm and lovely in person as she comes across in her thoughtful posts on her blog The Local Rose.  Thanks Shiva!!

 

What is the last thing you bought that you shouldn’t have?
The last thing I bought that I should not have is a vintage leather travel bag in New York from the vintage store Narnia. I gave my old travel bag to a friend who loved it, so I suppose I could justify buying this one, but it is vintage and the leather is fraying a bit. It looks great but I’m not sure how functional it is.

 

What are your favorite places to shop, online and off?
I like to shop at various vintage stores, Roseark in Los Angeles for jewelry and leather moccasins, Jenni KayneZara.

 

{Jenni Kayne store image from here}

 

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I love, love music so my theme song is always changing. I would say this week it is the song Golden by My Morning Jacket.

 

What is your favorite room in your home and why?
I love my bedroom because it is peaceful. I have very little art on the walls and it is mostly white and blue. It feels soothing. I just bought one of those salt lamps so it feels almost womb like in there with the amber light in the evening.

 

What is your favorite scent?
I love the way my daughters smell. I also love the smell of lavender in Tuscany. Also the wild sage bushes when I’m hiking in the mountains of Ojai or near my house. As far as perfumes go, I like rose and molecule perfume.

 

{Tuscan lavender image from here}

 

What inspires you?
Kindness, music, women all inspire me. Trees inspire me. Being authentic also inspires me and so rare to find.

 

What’s one luxury you can’t live without?
One luxury item I can’t live without . . . . hmmmm I’m not sure I’m that attached to luxury goods though I have to say my Celine bag that I invested in a year ago has been a good staple in my every day wardrobe.

What They’re Into…with Michelle Adams


Welcome to the first in our What They’re Into series!  I’m so honored to have Lonny co-founder and Editor in Chief, Michelle Adams, as the first interview in our series.  Not only is she abundantly talented, but she’s also a hilarious, self-depricating friend who doesn’t quite get how amazing she is.  I wish everyone knew her like I do.  Here’s a little glimpse into what she’s into right now…

What is the last thing you bought that you shouldn’t have?

HAHAHA- this question makes me laugh because I REALLY shouldn’t have!!  I fell in love with a vintage Milo Baughman pedestal from Flair and I stalked the store for months looking at it!  Then one night I was at a party that Flair hosted and I was chatting with Peter Som who was also obsessing over it, but even he said it was too much.  So I’m not really sure who I think I am buying an outrageously expensive pedestal that even a world renowned fashion designer can’t justify, but I couldn’t stop myself!! (she says with a crazed look in her eye)  It looks unbelievable in my apartment and I have zero regrets. 

What are your favorite places to shop, online and off?

Flair- without a doubt my favorite store in the world!  I’m also a J. Crew-aholic, I find Net-a-porter BRILLIANT, and I can’t stop thinking about all of these vintage Moroccan rugs here!  I also think Zara has been killing it lately- so chic and so affordable- and I can usually be found every Saturday morning trolling the Chelsea Flea Market.  

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

DuckTales.  I kid!  (Even though I really do know every word to that song…) Hmm…I’ll have to get back to you on that one!

What is your favorite room in your home and why?

Well I mean my apartment is small so there’s only two rooms to choose from, but I’d have to say my living room!  It has floor to ceiling windows that overlook the Hudson as well as Times Square!  To soften up the space I added a vintage Louis sofa, a beautiful vase filled with snowball flowers, pillows made from Moroccan wedding blankets, and of course, my new pedestal!  I left the walls white and put all lamps on dimmers so that the room glows at night along with the city.  The space is spectacular, and it still makes me smile everyday when I wake up and see it.  

What is your favorite scent?

Oddly enough the scent of dry cleaning has always been comforting because it reminds me of hugging my dad after work when I was a kid!  But for scents of the non-toxic variety, I’d have to say the white candle from Flair called Spicy Amber.  As an editor I sniff a lot of candles, and I’ve never smelled anything quite like this. 

What inspires you?

So many things!  Aside from the obvious- travel, magazines, books, etc.- I tend to become enamored with certain people, and suddenly I want to know everything about them down to the scent of their lotion!  At the moment that person is Marlien Rentmeester, so I can’t get enough of her blog Le Catch, and her home that we shot for Lonny. I’m also completely fascinated by people like Natalie MassenetJenna LyonsAndy SpadeJulia LeachTom DelavanMichele Bonan and Kelly Wearstler. They’re the visionaries we’ll be looking back on in years to come.  

What’s one luxury you can’t live without?

Sneaky afternoon naps.  They’re the best!  One of the joys of working from home. 

Thanks Michelle!! Your new apartment sounds like a dream.  Can’t wait to see it in your next issue of Lonny!!  xx