Gift Guide / For Him

 1. Wallace & Barnes sweater / 2. Ebbets Field cap / 3. Kaws by Monica Ramirez book / 4. Fishs Eddy catch all / 5. Malin + Goetz candle / 6. J Crew travel bag / 7. Uniform Wares watch / 8. Pony leather sneakers / 9. Good Worth seeing eye key / 10. Jawbone fitness wristband / 11. Field Notes memo books / 12. Vince beanie / 13. Nordstrom cedar shoe tree / 14. Marcomonde socks / 15. Kent handmade comb / 16. Radius v2 iPhone case / 17. Frausto & Co. playing cards / 18. Tovolo ice cube tray / 19. Gerber Paraframe pocket knife / 20. Paul Smith card case

 

 

The Etsy Elite

11.17.2014
Etsy-Elite-NovRow 1: Cocoono Bags clutch / The Eden Collective bracelet / Aspidistra Vintage glasses / Row 2: Minus One art deco cuff / Olivine Atelier perfume / Senkki shadowbox / Row 3: Pythagoras Place organizer bookends / Chut by Sewet Laine candle holders / Karolin Schnoor screen printed envelopes

Cocoono Bags – Creations made to stand out in a shop that values creativity and individuality

The Eden Collective – Luxurious antique jewelry that are truly one of a kind curated in Philadelphia

Aspidistra Vintage – Vintage finds curated by Manchester based owner Alex Jenkins

Minus One – A mix of vintage and handmade jewelry with an old fashioned feel

Olivine Atelier – Handcrafted perfumes to make women feel and smell beautiful

Senkki – A family owned design studio filled with modern handmade furniture

Pythagoras Place – Vintage home decor that reflects the owner Amy’s taste for craftsmanship and expression

Chut by Sewet Laine – A 100% eco-friendly shop with a focus on textile recycling based in the south of France

Karolin Schnoor – Prints, calendars, and stationary by German illustrator Karolin Schnoor

 

Gift Guide / The Romantic

1. Olivia von Halle pajama set / 2. Baublebar studs / 3. Schwinn tandem bike / 4. Connor “Emoji” stationery set / 5. Princesse Tamtam bra / 6. Wisteria agate tealight holder / 7. Calypso St. Barth pillow / 8. Frederic Malle perfume / 9. Baublebar morse code cuff /  10. J Crew tulle skirt / 11. Chloe – Atitudes by Sarah Mower / 12. Smith & Cult nail polishes / 13. Jo Malone London hand & body lotion / 14. Tuleste headband / 15. Charlotte Tilbury makeup set

 

 

Cape Season

11.10.2014

CapesIf a coat and a blanket had a very chic baby, it would be this season’s “it” piece.  Capes have hit the ground running this fall since the Burberry blanket cape came on strong on the scene this past fashion week.  It’s a nice alternative to throwing a coat on when you’re heading out the door and it’s one that you don’t have to make a huge change to your wardrobe to make it work.  All you need is a good pair of skinnies and a sleek pair of boots and the cape does all the high fashion effort for you.  A lot of brands have put their own spin on the trend, making sleek options and cozier, sweater-like ones.  You can find one that suits your taste if you’re a Kim Kardashian or if you’re more of a Zooey Deschanel.  Hitting all ends of the spectrum from quirky to modern, the cape never misses the mark on style and should be on your shoulders all season. Check out some of my favorites below…

CapesRow 1: Warehouse checked cape / Lovers + Friends moto cape / Michael Kors military cape / Row 2: Pied a Terre cape / Ted Baker embellished collar cape / C Wonder check tie cape / Row 3: BCBG Max Azria cape / Topshop cape / Lauren Ralph Lauren plaid poncho

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The Etsy Elite

10.22.2014
Etsy-Elite-7Row 1:  Layered + Long necklace / La Fabrique a Lettres design / Little Flower Soap Co. bath set / Row 2: Kate Zaremba Company wallpaper / Lee Coren make-up bag / Seedling Plantation serving bowl / Row 3: The Object Enthusiast ring dish / Gray December measuring cups / Tocamade ear pin

Layered + Long – A simple, stylish jewelry shop that offers customization for special gifts

La Fabrique a Lettres – Letters and figures made of fencing materials from France

Little Flower Soap Co – All natural soaps, lip balms, bath salts, and more, made with only the highest quality ingredients

Kate Zaremba – Prints and papers made from original designs from this DC based artist

Lee Coren – Escapism inspired fabric prints made into everyday usable pieces

Seedling Plantation – A collection of vintage pieces that put an emphasis on pretty

The Object Enthusiast –  Handmade dishes, potters, and other ceramics with a golden touch

Gray December – Hand painted pottery for the quirky ones

Tocamade – Modern and delicate jewelry from Spain

 

 

 

Hit List

10.17.2014

Candice

With the weather cooling off I’m dreaming of tall boots. I love my 5050’s so much I’m kind of itching for another pair, like these for instance.

I was just introduced to the Serial podcast and I’m hooked. Anyone else listening?

This Halloween I’m thinking a scary movie marathon with one of these in hand is just what I want.

While we’re on the topic of scary movies, this will be your guide to all things spooky this month on Netflix.

Gisele Bundchen, proving yet again she is nothing less than the queen of chic, stars in this Chanel short celebrating Chanel N. 5 directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Feeling in the DIY mood after my pumpkin post yesterday. Here’s another simple project to try at home this weekend.

The wait is finally over to see this. But I gotta say I’m not getting up at 5am for anything in there.

Are you coming to this on Wednesday? Hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend you guys!

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Case Study

09.09.2014

louis vuitton luggage

OK guys, I need your help. I wanted to conduct a little survey of sorts on here because I’ve been obsessively researching (as I tend to do) and I’m having a hard time finding like minded ladies’ opinions on this topic across the general internets. Here’s the deal: I’m heading to Italy in a couple of weeks (eee!), and I’m in need of new luggage. I’m in hardcore shopping mode and I’m all over the place between the cheapest and pricier options. I feel like a suitcase is one of those coming of age purchases. Since it does take a beating over time, it’s normal to go through luggage fairly frequently, having to say goodbye to the one the TSA has battered and abused for the past few years, and move on to something new. While the fact that luggage gets so beat up is a reason not to spend a lot, at the same time there is nothing worse than a suitcase breaking on you mid-trip. I know because it’s happened to me with every piece of luggage I’ve ever owned, and it makes me SO ANGRY. Ok maybe that’s also because I’m usually hungry and tired while it’s happening, but still. THE WORST. I’ve never splurged on luggage but I’m considering stepping it up from the cheapest of the cheap for this next purchase. What kind of luggage do you use? Hard side or soft side? Cheap-o or splurgey? I’m considering going middle-of-the-road. Not the cheapest, but not $800 either. And I’m REALLY into the white hard side cases, regardless of how silly that may be. It’s just so chic, and I don’t mind putting in a little work to keep it clean. Has anyone owned a white suitcase? I’m dying to know your luggage experience and tips ladies, so please do share!

Case Study

Victorinox / Globe Trotter / Rimowa / Mandarina Duck / Tumi / Louis Vuitton / Ben Minkoff / DVF / Samsonite

The Etsy Elite

08.25.2014
Etsy-Elite-4Row 1: Pani Jurek chandelier / Beautiful Line bookends / Minetta necklace / Row 2: Fabulous Mess glasses / Sarah Mimo clock / Native Bear canvas pouch / Row 3: In Haus Press tags / Beach Blues jars / Up in the Air Somewhere vessel

Pani Jurek – A polish shop focusing on creating multi-purpose products and promoting sustainability

Beautiful LineHandmade designs and vintage treasures

Minetta – A UK based minimalist jewelry shop with delicate pieces for everyday wear

Fabulous Mess – Glamorous old hollywood and mid-century modern finds

Sarah Mimo –  A Brooklyn based shop creating intricate laser cut wooden clocks

Native BearOriginal stamps, prints, and bags made by artist Leela Hoehn Robinson

In Haus Press – San Francisco based letterpress shop offering minimalist yet quirky cards and gift tags

Beach Blues – Distressed and painted mason jars in a variety of colors and metallics

Up in the Air SomewhereHandmade ceramics and housewares that dance the line between raw and luxury

 

Grecian-Blue In case you’ve been around these parts for a long time, chances are you already know that there’s a certain shade of blue that’s the only exception to my “no color” ways. Maybe it’s because it makes me daydream about lazy days wandering around Santorini, or maybe it’s the fact that it sometimes seems like the only color that complements fair skin and dark hair in a way that manages to maintain some edge. Whatever the reason, Grecian blue is my jam. When summer comes around, it’s almost like another neutral even though it’s so delightfully bright and saturated. At the very least, a solid silk dress in this color is a must for every summer wardrobe.  It also makes a great handbag or shoe investment since it goes with so many other colors. Do it in stripe, do it in tie dye. Whatever you do… just do it.

Color Code / Grecian Blue

 

Vionnet dress / Hugssy necklace / Marc Jacobs phone case / J Crew tank / Capri Blue candle / Saint Laurent tote / Rablabs coasters / Giuseppe Zanotti heels / Marc Jacobs bracelet / C Wonder plate / Vince Camuto watch / Loeffler Randall espadrille / J Crew Bikini top & bottom / Dior nail lacquer / Preen blouse / Lamps Plus chair
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Designer Duel

06.13.2014

Panama-Hat

 

Borsalino / Biltmore