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Get To Know: Paloma Contreras of High Gloss Magazine

Paloma Contreras of High Gloss Magazine
From top: One of a Kind Iron Mirror, Bungalow 5 Jacqui Console/Desk in White Lacquer, High Gloss Magazine July/August 2011 edition, Bliss Studio Pillow in Monarch Spice, Serving Buffet

Paloma Contreras, is the founder and editor-in-chief of High Gloss Magazine as well as the creator of the style blog, La Dolce Vita, which has garnered attention from loyal readers around the world and has been featured in multiple publications including The Washington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, 002 Houston, and AOL’s ShelterPop. La Dolce Vita was founded in the summer of 2007 as a summer respite from Paloma’s former career as a high school Spanish teacher. Paloma’s passion for the sweet life is reflected in the topics she explores daily from interior design, fashion and intriguing people to fabulous food and travel destinations. An enduring love of magazines, creative writing and the pursuit of a stylish life prompted her to create High Gloss magazine: an online publication with the mission of providing readers with stylish inspiration for every facet of life. High Gloss has been featured on Curbed National, Casa Sugar, AOL’s ShelterPop, and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com. Paloma lives in Houston with her husband Fabian and their adorable dog, Tate.

Give us a peek into your personal style, faves and hot trends to watch out for!

  • My signature colors: I wear a lot of black, but I love turquoise, pink and orange.
  • 5 things in my handbag right now: A peacock blue business card holder by Abas, black python wallet, iPhone, antibacterial gel, gold Stephanie Johnson make-up bag, a camera.
  • Trends I have my eye on: I am currently loving bold looks like color blocking along with oversized clutches.
  • The superpower I would love to have: I’d love to have: I am pretty intuitive, but I would love to have the ability to read people’s minds. It would also be cool to be able to travel through time, like Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris.
  • I can’t live without: The internet—as a blogger, I am on the internet all the time and may have a bit of an addiction.
  • My favorite place on Earth is: It’s a tie between London and Barcelona. They’re both such amazing cities, but they are vastly different. I guess it would depend on my mood.
  • Books and music I am reading/listening to right now: I just finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. It is a beautifully written, powerful novel. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. I currently have Florence and the Machine, Maroon 5, and Fleetwood Mac on heavy rotation.
  • Layla Grayce items I covet: I love the Regency/Chinoiserie look of this buffet: Serving Buffet in Black. This pillow looks so sumptuous: Bliss Studio Pillow in Monarch Spice. I love Bungalow 5’s chic Jacqui Desk and this absolutely gorgeous, unique mirror: One of a Kind Iron Mirror.

Moggit Girls: 5 Trends Gone Wrong

moggit - 5 trends gone wrong
Sure, we could do a ho-hum recap of the “Best Design Trends of 2010″, but we’re in the mood for something different, and Joy and Janet, the creative minds behind moggit are the perfect gals for the job. Their sassy, irreverent blog (tagline: the guilty pleasure of the decorating world) is one of our favorites, so in true moggit fashion, let’s hear from Joy and Janet and then let you vote on the worst of the worst!

Looking back on 2010, it seems to us that nearly everything was a ‘trend’. It seemed very trendy to be trendy. But if there’s one thing we love, it’s a good trend gone bad. And this year, there were a bumper crop of seemingly harmless trends that went off the rails…

HERE’S OUR TOP FIVE:

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1. WALL TO WALL CARPET: So while we don’t necessarily mind a good layer of soft, plushy wall-to-wall carpet under our feet (especially on the bedroom!) we do draw the line at installing carpets– and layering them– in a bathroom. Are people still really doing this?

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2. NATURAL WOOD: Three words for this one, folks– Enough. Is. Enough. Maybe it’s a chick thing, but there’s only so much natural wood (or in this case– plywood) that we can take in one room.

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3. GOING GREEN: We want to be clear, here. We’re definitely all for being eco-friendly. We’re all saving the planet. Heck, we’re even all for this whole ‘bringing-the-outdoors-in’ thing– all of which can be encompassed in this ‘Going Green’ trend, but just not like this.

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4. ECLECTICISM: So here’s the thing– when you embrace eclectic as a design style, you really have to know when to say ‘when’. For us, eclecticism is all about showing off your personal collections, your unique and favourite objects and putting them all together in a way that just works. Can we just say it’s really, really not about doing this.

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5. INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Industrial chic– it’s a trend that been around for a while, and shows no sign of slowing down. The very words conjure visions of ultra-cool lofts, fab floors, and beauty in the very functionality of it all. But we have just one question– if we embrace industrial chic, can we please just be comfortable while we do it?

 

Trend Watch: Peacock

Trend Watch: Peacock (more…)