Monthly Archives: December 2013

Get The Look: New Year’s Eve

Near Year's Eve outfit from NEUSTADT A Lifestyle and Design Blog

1. Gold Finger Sequin Pant  2. Crystal Wild Flower Necklace  3. Seaside Cropped Shirt  4. Jeffrey Campbell Carina Cutout

I don’t have time to go shopping for  New Year’s Eve but I’ve put together my ideal look for this year’s celebration. I’m not much of a dress and high heels girl, so I went with sequin pants – perfect for dancing and low heeled Jeffrey Campbell boots for comfort. I would wear these pants everyday if I could.  I layered this crystal necklace from J Crew over a casual stripped cotton shirt. I love this necklace, It’s really easy to dress it up with a dress or wear it more casually with a t-shirt or sweater. This year I’m headed to Malibu to go to some neighborhood parties for New Year’s.  There will be dancing, dogs, a canon being fired, whiskey and hopefully a lot of glitter – although Michael despises it for the very reasons I can’t get enough of it. My only resolution this year is to be more pro-active, in every aspect of my life.  Sometimes I find myself just waiting for things to come to me; friends, job opportunities, inspiration, etc. So this year I’m  going to focus on not letting myself get stuck in that mindset.  Here’s  to a happy and prosperous New Year!



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Modoc County: Paint by Number Murals

I’m up in Modoc County to visit family for the holidays. It’s a very small town, the kind of town that has a main street that it is quite literally the main street and almost the only street.  A few things  catch my attention here;  the old architecture, deer, and paint by number murals. Paint by numbers make me happy even when they’re 5 inches tall, imagine how happy murals make me. I camped out in 23 degree weather to shoot these without cars parked in front of them

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Round Up: Gifts for him

So I just recently did a makeover of my boyfriend”s room (photos to come) and I was pretty nervous as to whether or not I’d be able to pull off  a more masculine design. Well I got the hang of pretty quickly and now all I want to shop for is mens stuff.  I’ve gotten Michael enough gifts so I thought I’d share a little gift roundup of some of the things I got him/convinced him to buy and other things that will have to wait for another holiday.

gifts for him via Neustadt

1. Shetland Sweater 2. Unknown Pleasures 3. Whiskey Decanter

4. Whiskey Tags 5. Horn Bottle Opener 6. Coal Coasters 7, Desert Mali Boot

8. Striped Beanie 9. Timex Watch

The whiskey decanter I got him for his birthday/Hanukkah./Christmas  and had his last name engraved into the wood stopper – and then of course bought myself one. I actually ordered it 7 months early because I’m not good at waiting for birthdays, but it was on backorder, then got sent to the wrong address  and then finally showed up on my doorstep right before his birthday.  I wish that happened every time I bought presents prematurely. The sweater is from JCrew – its so amazing that Michael , who is not exactly eager to spend upwards of $100 on a sweater, hardly needed any convincing by me to buy it.


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Here’s a sneak peak into a restaurant I designed with Monica Wang.  I’m doing a guest post on  Emily Henderson’s blog  on Tuesday  where you can find more photos!



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Los Feliz Hillside Home

A few months back I got to shoot  architect Donna West’s home up in the hills of Los Feliz.  She designed it herself and its such a great combination of modern and classic design.  A friend of mine was house sitting for her and added a few touches of her own – coral reef, her collection of mortar and pestals, and some artwork.  I really liked these rustic items layered on top of the modern architecture.


Wouldn’t mind waking up to this every morning.  The house has an interesting open floor plan – this window is in the largest room in the house , it is at the center of the house and is  the room you would enter into from the  front door – however  it also acts as the bedroom.   So this is literally what you see when laying in bed.  Off to left is the kitchen and living room and to the right is a hallway and bathroom.

The kitchen was probably my favorite room of the house. Here you can really see how Donna plays with modern & rustic design. She designed white streamlined cabinets but then brought in this gorgeous 10 foot long farmhouse table.



I want to stare at these windows all day long.


Here’s what the outside of the windows look like – also very beautiful.  I love Donna’s attention to detail.


The bathroom featured concrete walls and unfinished wood accents.


I cannot  stop starring at this concrete backsplash. I love the subtle texture and color


Below is a little reading corner nestled against the window and behind the low bookshelf is a little nook where a single mattress fits.



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