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May 2016

Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot!

It’s 100+ degrees in Sacramento right now, so all I’m thinking about is easy to wear dresses. Today’s match was unplanned, but I’m loving this tomato red / orange dress from ASOS that is under $50! The Tory Burch sandals I’m wearing are old, but the ones below are super cute, on sale, and will do the trick! I love this color combo and when I got to work, I realized I’m not the only one who loves it!

I paired my outfit with one of my favorite pieces by John Karl Claes that also utilizes the red/orange and gold combo. The piece has a hot gradation of deep red to bright orange at the horizon, where it joins the land, which is painted from John’s trademark aerial perspective. I also love the gold leaf floater that it’s framed in – it’s contemporary while still reminiscent of the thick, gaudy gold frames that are traditionally found on impressionist landscapes.


John Karl Claes "Deep Red Evening" Oil on panel 10 X 10

John Karl Claes
“Deep Red Evening”
Oil on panel
10 X 10

Hide & Seek At Palais-Royal

One of my favorite places to visit in Paris is Palais-Royal, a palace located in the 1st Arrondissement near the Louvre. The courtyard and gardens are so beautiful and in the couple of times we visited during the week, it was almost empty!

The palace was originally named Palais-Cardinal, as it was the personal residence of Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th century. Arcades of shops surround the main courtyard, where artist Daniel Buren installed several site specific striped columns called Les Colonnes de Buren. They create visual interest and are quite interactive – you’ll usually find tourists like me standing or sitting on the columns while children zoom around on the courtyard on their scooters.

When I came across this Kate Spade dress a few days before we left for our trip, the pattern immediately reminded me of Palais-Royal. The dress is perfect for travel – not fussy and the fit and flare shape is flattering on most! I paired the dress with my favorite Stuart Weitzman heels and a pair of fun sunnies from Anthropologie.






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Oui, Oui, Musée de L’Orangerie!

I just spent the week in Paris and was in art history heaven! Between the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay alone, Paris is home to the most incredible collection of masterpieces. One of my personal favorite museums, though, is Musée de L’Orangerie, which is located in the Tuileries Gardens. While it is best known for Claude Monet’s incredible large-scale panoramic water lily paintings, the museum is also home to the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, which consists of several hundred paintings, from Impressionism to Modern Art.

I chose to match a beautiful landscape by Paul Gauguin called “Paysage” from 1901. The bright blue sky and contrasting green foliage caught my eye immediately. While the piece is representational in its subject, Gauguin’s Post-Impressionist application of paint and saturated palette make for a vibrantly modern interpretation.

Check out the Anthropologie dress I paired it with at the link below!

Working An Angle


Marna Shopoff  Echoing Reflections, 2016
oil, ink, and acrylic gouache on canvas
24 x 47 inches