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. Dior - Ready to Wear - Fall 2014 Collection

A phenomenal collection by designer Raf Simons for Dior. One that not only paid homage to the house but was mixed with the perfect amount of the designer's own aesthetic. Jackets were accentuated with lacing taken directly from sportswear, classic pumps rose from colorful sporty soles and dresses recalled the '50s Dior classics, juxtaposed by brightly colored hues and silhouettes from streetwear. 

2. Westward Leaning Eyewear

Sunglasses have undoubtably become a year round accessory and I was recently introduced to the very cool Westward Leaning. Made in California, each pair comes with a feel good message with every silhouette is inspired by a different social movement. Ten dollars from every sale is given back to the cause. Now available at Cameron Marks.

3. Goe Oil

The never ending hunt for an all natural miracle balm is over. Goe Oil by Jao Brand hits the spot perfectly. A combo of 28 plant, fruit and flower oils and butters, Goe Oil softens chapped or rough skin, removes eye make-up, and even tames and shines fly-away hair. A cure-all that works on many skin types. Plus I love the cool surfer vibe packaging. In stock at Cameron Marks.

4. The Ojai Rancho Inn

Next Cali road trip: to the small town of Ojai just north of L.A. with a must-stay at the Ojai Rancho Inn, a hippie chic hang out for artists and design lovers. A 1950s retro motel that has been transformed into a new destination with a bohemian/mid-century flavor. Let's go.


5. Angus & Julia Stone

I've pretty much developed a full blown music crush on Australian sibling folk-rock duo Angus and Julia Stone. (Being fellow Aussies doesn't hurt either.) Their amazing, new, self-titled album "Josh & Juila Stone" was released Aug. 1. Favorite song so far: "Grizzly Bear" is on continuous repeat.

Photos: nawo.com, allegrocreativedesigns.com, ourwanderlust.com, cheeseontoast.co.nz, oliviapalermo.com.