SHOP SPOTLIGHT // Urbane on The Considered Lifestyle

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Scott and Ben, owners of URBANE on Broadway in Oklahoma City bring their “considered tastes” to the downtown heartbeat of OKC. With a passion for sourcing all things “considered” for your thoughtfully curated surroundings, URBANE thrives on meeting new clients and friends and bringing new perspectives in interior design. Here’s our Shop Spotlight Q+A with Scott and Ben!

OM: Passions of the Owners?

U: We love to find unique items that will excite our clients, and we love to make people feel at home when they are in shop.  We will always do our best to help clients find exactly what they are looking for, at a fair price.

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OM: Some of your favorite designers / brands you carry / why?

U: Precedent is the designer of the chairs above and we love a lot of their designs for their originality.

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The curved wood chair is Gus Modern and we are the exclusive dealer for this amazing company.

Gus Modern’s pieces are simple and elegant, with clean lines. Gus Modern also strives to be as sustainable as possible, and uses foam made from recycled bottles for their cushions and reclaimed wood for their frames.

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Schott Zwiesel is a line of crystal stemware and barware made in Germany. The crystal is infused with titanium instead of lead, making it more resilient to breakage. The stemware is delicate and beautiful.

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We carry some wonderful throws, blankets, scarves and pillows from Faribault Woolen Mill Company, the oldest wool mill in the United States.  The company has made the military’s wool blankets since the Civil War, and their experience shows in the beautiful quality of their goods.

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The wood is Mango and olive wood from Be Home and they are both wonderful.

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We adore the Chilewich brand for placemats and other interior textiles.

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OM: Some favorite designers of both of you?

U: (without hesitation) Steven Volpe and Robert Stilin

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OM: Do you work directly with interior designers?

U: We do work directly with designers and other professionals, and we provide a discount for project work. We also provide consultations and are happy to bring pieces to a client’s home to help them visualize how a piece will ultimately work or source and style the right fit for the home and environment.

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OM: What you love about what you do?

U: We love the people we meet through the shop.  We have become good friends with so many people we may have never met if it were not for Urbane.

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OM: Single best piece of designing advice to clients from YOUR expertise?

U: “Ready for it?? Less is more, buy the things you love and love them. If you have to wait a month or two so you can afford it, then wait. You are going to be happy you did instead of settling for instant gratification on a mediocre piece.”

BE MINE // V-Day Cards That Don’t Suck

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I found sooo many Valentines Day that I loved on Etsy! I tried to narrow them down, but alas, it was very difficult.

I love these indie cards. The look is more kitschy and modern and the sentiments are so much more real (read NOT CHEESY) than the major greeting card companies. They are so refreshing!

Happy upcoming Love Day.

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One for the anti-sentimental and blunt.

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The anti-establishment lovers’ card.

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Real talk for the sarcastic couple.

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One for our mathematical lovebirds.

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The millenial way to say it.

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For the relationship that developed unexpectedly.

 

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For those who still want a deep and meaningful msg w/o the corporation.

 

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Perfect for Galentines!

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Another GALentines because 1 is NOT enough!

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Fashionistas like MOI for this one.

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Animal lovers and Otter Fans like Editor Aimee right here.

These Editor picks were chosen by Associate Fashion Editor Lacy McCullar.

Read more about Lacy here.

MOMENTUM // Styles to Move You

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Rolling thru 2015 with a bold word: Momentum.

As Newton says, An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

Whether training for that half-marathon, or jumping into a yoga or barre challenge, these pieces can carry you from cross training in the spin room to your detoxifying flow class.

Style Editor, Courtney Benattar, a certified Spin Instructor in Los Angeles, shares her favorite pieces to bring a little personality to your workout momentum.

1. FitBit — The FitBit Flex is a tech-trend that will only see a boost in 2015 –becoming an all around the clock Personal Trainer for $99. Recording calories burned, and mileage trekked, it also monitors sleep and provides insightful feedback for overall better living and wellness.

2. Nike is nailing it with this crossover zip jacket for to and fro activity.

3. For a little matchy punch with our funky #5s — of course they’re RayBans.

4. Who can pass these shoes up? And check out the heather grey while you are at it.

5. These track leggings from Onzie are rock star worthy for your entire day.

6. Life needs to be more — like play, so wear this to remind you.

7. Get your ladies in full position to let your body move, this was selected for high impact.

8. Bring on the Sandman and rock out hard with this tee.

9. Lipgloss, because — why not? Shown in kissyfit.

 

COAT ENVY // A Style Storm Editor’s Collection

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From our styleboards, we hope you will not only find inspiration to warm up your beautiful self, but also direction to new Designers or Retail Merchants– in coming across a new particular style you may not have on your own.

Our Editors and Contributors have a wide palette of taste markers and backgrounds, and I love when we pull together a style storm –to get an idea of what’s on each Gal’s pulse for the season.

1. SWING COAT W/FAUX // A little animal print from Gucci inspo carried me here for a lower modified price point. – Stylist: Stacy Suvino

2. LODGE ON THE LAKE JACKET // This is like Laura Palmer in the Swiss Alps. Love it. – Film Editor: Amy Scott

3. BUFFALO CHECK FEVER // I have been seriously obsessing over buffalo check patterns this winter. It represents so many things: stolen from the BF’s closet, a little lumberjack, punk rock, traditional, retro, chich and sometimes even a little playful. This type of coat would be just as stylish thrown over a t-shirt and jeans as it would over a holiday dress. I think it is the type of coat that you could wear in 20 years if you still had it! HERE is a great little Indie knock off as well!  – Associate Style Editor: Lacy McCullar

4. CLASSIC WOOL TRENCH // Okay, we are SO on the pulse, this one JUST sold out! But JCrew Factory has one, or we say, top it off with a Topper like this one! – Editor In Chief: Aimee Tietze Adams

5. STRIPED TAPE EDGE CAPE // When it’s not cold enough for a heavy coat, try out a cape. Comfy, like wearing a blanket. A very stylish blanket. – Style Editor: Courtney Compton Benattar

6. RUSSIAN REBEL // I love Reed Krakoff for new ideas, and this cashmere wool piece, with removable astrakhan collar. – Editor In Chief: Aimee Tietze Adams

7. STADIUM COCOON // High necks with the sideway zip or not are the way to go, this was a second choice to a sold out Madewell we loved. – Style Editor: Courtney Compton Benattar

8. GUCCI PUFFER // Can’t beat Gucci for the puffer inspo this season, this matte grey paired with a lean black pant says “effortless globetrotter”. – Travel Editor: Robin Chase

9. MELLOW MOMENT // This jacket is a perfect “mellow moment” coat. Warm and simple. I miss outerwear. – Film Editor Amy Scott

10. OPENING CEREMONY // This high chic look is being reiterated this season thru the Kenzo line as well, but this one has zipper pulls for hands! – Stylist Stacy Suvino

WINTER READS // Transform

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The cold Winter months breathe change into our existence whether we are ready for it or not. A season to mirror the reflection of transformation that occurs in nature surrounding us, we are able to discover the new paths that lie within our potential or outside on the horizon. These reads were selected to bring mindfulness into practice, as well as an intention toward purposeful self love which will lead to us living our best lives.

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Piero Ferrucci wrote the Bible of Kindness here with The Power of Kindness / The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life.

 With a foreward by The Dalai Lama himself, this book is one to be worn out and on hand for reference. Discussions of mindfulness, flexibility, respect, compassion and more, it brings attention to areas you may have sensed but never heard someone testify so eloquently leaving an imprint of authentic truthfulness in the human experience.

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Yes, Cameron Diaz wrote a book, well, she had some help in Sandra Bark, but The Body Book delivers holistic goodness rooted in self love.

Learning to authentically love ourselves is a process. Cameron shares the link between nutrition and movement, and finding the best way to shape a body we will love living in with a mindful approach to details.

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Julia Ross is a Mood Goddess with her resourceful book “The Mood Cure”.

Ross is a popular and compelling speaker who has made hundreds of presentations to introduce the public to the extraordinary benefits of nutrient therapy and biochemical rebalancing, with the specialized use of vitamins and supplemental amino acids. For those who suffer with a case of the blahs, to mood swings, to sleeplessness, addictions and  depression. Ross addresses the importance of knowing about “false emotions”. False emotions are essentially living blindly by your emotive response, when authentically there is a minor neurotransmitter issue that can be corrected often with over the counter supplements. Jim Carrey talks about his success with supplements in helping raise his serotonin, which essentially assists in working to where more melatonin is present, leading to more solid rest. Happy people are people who sleep. A little more about Julia Ross is below, as the Awards of her research and work is a testament to the positive intention behind her work.

“Julia Ross is a pioneer in the field of nutritional psychology and a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions. She has founded and directed six successful recovery programs since 1980 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite achievements include starting Northern California’s first treatment program for food addicts and the area’s first programs for drug-addicted adolescents and their families. Receiving a state award for her work with diabetes and addiction in California’s Native American tribal clinics is another of her most treasured achievements.”

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85 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List isn’t by accident and the movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern is now in theaters worldwide.

Cheryl Strayed recounts a memoir from the lowest point of her life (17 years prior) where she decided to take a solo trip hiking the Pacific Coast Trail following the recent death of her mother.

Smitten by her fearlessness and courage to bring the recollections to real story, it’s a must if you haven’t already. A stellar review and recap here by the New York Times. There is a mild backlash occurring within the Hiking Community in regards to Mrs. Strayed’s authenticity amongst her path, as she did not check in many main stations amongst the PCT, regardless of this new found criticism, her story is still worth telling.

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To transform within the Fall and Winter seasons offers a chance to surrender to the power of miracles. Showing up to serve and do the work, Marianne Williamson writes in her guiding tone of experience to awaken the possibilities that remain should we be open, willing and aware to live our gifts. She brings the practical approach to bringing love into your work and having faith God has your best interest at heart.

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I used to have a quote — ” I have never met an Amy I didn’t like”, and this book is next on my list. A super Creative, I am stoked to indulge in her mix of mantras, pseudo-essays and righteous blend of biographical context.

All book recommendations provided by EIC // Aimee Tietze Adams as Editor Picks.