Summer Stylin’ with TOMS



One of my favorite summertime accessories is a great pair of shades – particularly the large, bug-eyed variety (I even remember purchasing my first pair the summer before college at a discount store!). I love the protection they offer my light sensitive peepers, so I’ve stuck with them and basically worn every shape for the past fifteen years. TOMS summer eyewear collection is beautiful, so when they asked me to help them get the word out there was no way I could say no! I’ll admit it was difficult not to fall into my old bug-eyed ways, so I struck a compromise and went with the Kitty Pink Tortoise style. I love their classic shape, trendy colorblocked arms, and the hint of pink in the tortoiseshell design. Did I forget to mention that I’m a pro at losing sunnies? Because I am. Luckily these gals arrive with a sturdy zippered which helps me do a better job of keeping track.


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Now of course what TOMS is best known for are their super comfortable shoes and their One for One movement where a pair of shoes is donated to someone in need for each pair purchased. (This also extends to their eyewear now – woohoo!) I’m a happy owner of the Earthwise Orange, and now a pair of these wedges too. I actually haaate wearing heels of any sort, and can 100% honestly report that these are the most comfortable I’ve ever had on my tootsies. I took a chance on the color and pattern – I’m much more of a black/white/grey girl – and have to say I love how they go with just about everything in my closet! (As a matter of fact, I didn’t wear everything in these two images together, but I’m starting to think I might have to.) And I also like how the pattern goes all the way to the floor for a more fluid look as opposed to it just being on the upper straps. Now I’m eyeing up TOMS Cordones for fall!

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Happy Weekend

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01/ Wanna see Wookies in real life situations? Here you go.
02/ Giant chrome T-Rex installed in the Seine River.
03/ Learn how to make ice shot glasses!
04/ Disciples, fans dressed like their favorite pop stars at their concerts.
05/ At Rest, heartbreakingly beautiful memorials for roadkill.
06/ Whoa, these kaleidoscope glasses are insane-o.
07/ The coolest 4th of July photo ever.
08/ 40 Days of Dating, two friends date for 40 days as an experiment.
09/ Switcheroo, an on-going dual portrait series of men and women swapping clothes.
10/ Candid photos of + interviews with 4th graders around the world.

 This week on Design Crush…
Mix #26: Open Up Your Arms
You Should Totally: Make DIY State String Art
Kristina Krough
Colour Block Book Ends
Erin Lightfoot
Jozef Mvra’s Masks
Lauren Wilcox Puchowski
Rebecca Rothfus


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Virginia Johnson


Virginia Johnson‘s illustration style is sososo good. It’s bursting with bright colors and playful strokes. And that sweet dachshund just kills me dead with his little red collar!

PS: Virginia currently has a sweet collaboration happening with JCrew.


Gem Scarves

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I love crystals and gems in a very un-magical, un-hippy way – it’s more of a holy crap science connection between us. These scarves by Jen Altman for Cisthene are rocking my world in a big way. The 48 x 48″ beauties are created from her photography on crêpe de chine silk fabric and I think I wouldn’t mind turning them into everything from dresses to head wraps. Science!


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GoodLife Key Tags

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Two great reasons to get your own GoodLife Key Tag:
1. A feel good affirmation never hurt anyone.
2. It will feel like you’re on vacation every time you walk in your front door.


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ROW 1: Kaline at Free People // Le Steel Round-Frames by Illesteva // Snake Effect Wayfarers by AJ Morgan    ROW 2: Super Duper Strength by Karen Walker // Stateline at Wonderland    ROW 3: Baxter by Rebecca Minkoff // Harvest by aren Walker // Harlm Cat Eye by Quay    ROW 4: Harvard Yard by Free People // Retro by Marc by Marc Jacobs // Frame by Acne


The Genet Scarf

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See that beautiful, graphic scarf up there? It was woven by a former sex worker named Genet. She lives in Ethiopia and has been counseled, trained and employed by FashionABLE, an incredible for-benefit company based out of Nashville. The Genet scarf was designed by my friend, Janette (different spelling, same name!), who won the vote of 600 Alt Summit attendees in January to have her design produced in a limited-edition for delivery by Mother’s Day. Today and tomorrow the scarf is available for pre-order through the ONE Campaign and FashionABLE. The more scarves sold, the more lives we can change!


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Stone Framed Sunglasses

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I would be foot-stomping mad if I owned a pair of Shwood‘s limited edition stone framed glasses and lost them. As I tend to do. These beauties are made by fusing slate with birch wood and are available in white and black in the Canby and Belmont styles.


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The Stone Collection by Shwood from Shwood Eyewear on Vimeo.


Spring Fever


Hellooooo, Spring! As much as I love winter, it’s always nice to see buds on the mystery tree in my front yard and the perennials in my flower bed popping up for another year. Later this week the temps are supposed to drop again, spring you’re just so fickle! That means my day-to-day wardrobe will be full of pieces that are great for layering and stripping off, here are a few I’ve got my eye on…

Dooney & Bourke Small Savannah Satchel // Stateline sunglasses // Half Moon Threaded Bronze Amulet Necklace – Kate Miss // Fruit Punch Sanguine Red Strathcona Stockings // Splatter Jewel Studs – Kate Spade // Double-Square Tee – J.Crew // Zippered Curved Hem Jumper – SheInside // Hayley Knit Dress – Club Monaco // Wilfred Marais Pant – Aritzia // Dazze in charcoal perforated – Rachel Comey