Nikki Davalos

Nikki Davalos

I'm Nikki, from Miami -- love a good steak at Morton's The Steakhouse, writing of Sommo Vita and Purdy Lounge on Miami Beach. Email me at nicole@sommovita.com

Sunday, 23 June 2013 21:52

Style: Gucci Lady Buckle Jaguar Tote

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There are a lot of things to admire about Gucci, but the thing that strikes me most is the brand’s commitment to interesting hardware. Horse bits, stirrups, bamboo – the Gucci has made a legacy of adorning its bags with interesting signature metal work. For Gucci Fall 2013, the go-to piece seems to be a big, bold, rectangular buckle that’s being referred to as the Gucci Lady Buckle ($3,190 USD) and is often paired with striking jaguar print. (Which simply looks like leopard to me, but sure, we’ll go with Gucci’s story on which big cat it is.) If that look’s a bit too bold for you, you can also get the elements independently on a black leather version of the Gucci Lady Buckle Tote or a jaguar-print bamboo bag. As always, other brand staples are plentiful in the collection – lush python, logo hardware and Guccissima prints. [See More]

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 20:07

Art & Design: Ro Armchair

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It's not quite as angular as most modern seating, but it's also a little more inviting. Named for the Danish word for tranquility, the Ro Armchair ($2,550 USD) features a curvy, sculptural design from Spanish designer Jaime Hayon that provides both comfort and privacy. The seat is 1.5 times as wide as your standard chair, giving you extra room to stretch and move, or sit your tablet/book/kid/laptop next to you. It'll be available in September at select retailers and comes in nine colors, broken down into traditional (black, grey, and taupe), bright (violet, blue, and yellow), and soft (light pink, sage green, and sand).

BMW’s first-ever collaboration with renowned Italian design house Pininfarina resulted in the Gran Lusso Coupe, a luxury grand tourer that was displayed at this year’s Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. s we find out from Pininfarina’s design director Fabio Filippini, the concept’s styling was entirely the Italians' job, with the Bavarian carmaker only checking from time to time that the project would fit its design DNA. Hear Fabio Filippini and BMW’s design boss Karim Habib talk about the genesis of the Gran Lusso Coupe in the video that follows.

Thursday, 25 April 2013 16:55

Videos: Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M

Beyoncé breaks out her bikini and shows off her summer bod in the brand new commercial for H&M's summer collection, dubbed Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the pop star poses on the beach in Nassau, Bahamas, sporting various swimwear options, from two pieces, to shrongs, to two piece bikinis. The 90-second spot also features the debut of her Sia-penned song, Standing on the Sun. The H&M 2013 Summer collection is slated to drop at the beginning of May at H&M stores worldwide and online. Enjoy.

Sunday, 21 April 2013 15:03

Videos: Cooking With Ms. Mimi Thorisson

Life envy. This is the residual emotion you are left with after two days spent in the company of Ms. Mimi Thorisson. To say that the 38-year-old author of the beautifully curated culinary blog, Manger, is an ambassador for French country living is, shall we say, a little undercooked. She lives and breathes French lifestyle and cuisine in a manner so beguiling that you start to pity being born in any other nation. During MR PORTER's trip to her home were treated to her surprisingly light yet comforting Calvados Apple Tart, which she shows us how to cook in the short film above. Enjoy.

Saturday, 13 April 2013 22:26

Videos: The BMW Concept X4

If consumers want crossovers and SUVs (as all sales charts suggest), why should premium carmakers like BMW disagree? The brand with the roundel logo is keen to capitalize on the growth of this segment, something that is evident from the sales of its X-series models, which now account for one in every four new cars it delivers worldwide. Today, the Bavarian carmaker previewed its second SAC model in the form of the X4 Concept, a couple of weeks ahead of its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show in China on April 21th.

Saturday, 16 March 2013 05:23

Style: Gucci Soho Begonia Shoulder Bag

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Sure to make a style statement, Gucci Soho Begonia Shoulder Handbag ($1,295 USD) is at the top of our must-have lists. Carry it in wear-with-everything salmon leather for an added edge of urban sophistication. Styled after the jump with a Proenza Schouler shirt and Isabel Marant heels. [See More]

Inspired by the polygonal shape of minerals found in nature, Spanish architect Ramon Esteve has designed the Faz daybed for VONDOM. The resulting outdoor furniture piece mixes an elegant design with a practical ability to protect its user from harmful sun rays. Moreover, the lounge chair is equipped with wheels, making it easy to move from one place to another and create a versatile relaxation platform for sunbathing. Just switch the daybed around in order to get an optimum amount of sunlight. Enjoy.

Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:27

Fragrances: Féerie Spring Blossom

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Following success of 2011′s Feerie Rose des Neiges, French jewelry & luxury goods house, Van Cleef & Arpels has launched Feerie Spring Blossom – new poetic and infinitely charming limited edition Eau de Parfum. Since it’s time for spring romance, this fragrance will make you feel like you’re in meadow surrounded with vibrant colors, first buds and fresh and sweet scents. Deeply poetic and infinitely charming scent tinged with mischief and magic is developed by Antoine Maisondieu and is inspired by spring fruits and flowers such as cherry blossoms. [See & Read More]

Thursday, 21 February 2013 21:13

Videos: Louis Vuitton ‘Mini Mon Amour’

If you haven’t seen them yet it’s about time you lay eyes on Louis Vuitton’s Mini Mon Amour collection from Louis Vuitton. The French house dropped a collection of their most iconic bags in mini sizes that are finally available online at Louis Vuitton. The Epi BB Monceau bag displayed above especially is on my “want-if-someday-I-can-afford-it-list.” Right below find the accompanying campaign video starring fashion blogger Elin Kling, Miroslava Duma and Hanneli Mustaparta. Enjoy.

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