The Curator: Five Favorite Things

In this month's The Curator column, Vanessa Ambrose, owner of Cameron Marks boutique, chooses five of her favorite things. 
1. I'm currently obsessed with the "Running Sneaker Chic" trend (above). Such a Godsend! I love the mix of wearing straight up feminine silhouettes or even a great blazer paired with running shoes. The brighter the sneak better, I think. It's nice to see a trend that can not only bring an outfit together in a quirky, cool way, but also where you don’t feel the need to pack an extra pair of shoes to actually walk in.
2. On a recent buying trip to L.A., on the "to do" list was breakfast at Sqirl café in Silver Lake, an artisanal jam factory-cum-café. Insanely soul satisifying food. A must-try: Kukuho Rose Brown Rice Bowl with sorrel pesto, preserved Meyer Lemon, watermelon radish, and dill, then topped with a poached egg. Also get the almond milk latte. Sqirl is at 720 Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 394-6526.

3. Downtown L.A. is undergoing a major renaissance including the recent opening of the Ace Hotel. It’s the perfect mix of opulence, functionality and wit. The gorgeous location is at the United Artists building which was built in 1927, home to Old Hollywood and it even had a private screening room for UA founder Mary Pickford. I loved the pencil drawings that adorn the lobby walls by the Haas Brothers. Go check it out while enjoying a Stumptown cup of coffee. Ace Hotel is at 929 Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 623-3233.

4. I first laid eyes on the pieces of Brooklyn-based jewelry and fiber designer Erin Considine a few years back and have always adored Erin's fresh and completely original approach to design. Her outrageously gorgeous pieces are 100 percent earth conscious, organic, modern, and "recomfortable" (refined and comfortable) as she likes to say.  Coming soon to Cameron Marks.

5. My last obsession for the month are the handmade ceramics by Brooklyn designer Re Jin Lee of Bailey Doesn’t Bark, who is all about designing beautiful things with purpose; a philosophy I have always thought made sense. I'm loving the porcelain jewelry holders which are just the perfect thing to hold and display that growing collection of single stud earrings. Coming soon to Cameron Marks.