I like to keep the wish lists to a minimum around here, so I always look forward to the anticipation of a new season. While I’m not one to overhaul anything ever, I do like to add a few pieces to my closet and jewelry box to help make classic, longstanding pieces feel fresh again. This time I’ve also mixed in a few outdoor things that would definitely help elevate summer to an entirely new level!
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Minimal, functional, and beautifully designed. That’s a solid description of Portland’s Sons & Daughters and the leatherwork owner Katie MacFaarlane creates. From laptop sleeves to clutches, every piece is created to wear well and last. I can definitely see these being classic hand-me-downs for years to come.
Chances are you’ve noticed kilim rugs everywhere lately. The bold, colorful patterns offer up a dose of visual interest that’s hard to beat. Boho Gypsy takes kilim to a new place with her clutches. Annah works with artisans around her home country of India on a one on one basis, keeping small business alive and creating beautiful one of a kind pieces you’re sure to hang onto for years to come.
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Bristol, England-based Howkapow brings a smile to my face every time I visit them online. Their shop is full of innovative, fun, interesting work from breakthrough talent as well as a few carefully-chosen independent, family-run brands. There’s an ever-changing collection of unusual pieces at affordable prices, and their spring collection was just recently released so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.
Check out be packs, started by outdoorsman Rory Rogan who set out to make the perfect pack to carry his gear. be packs works with the African Education Program, giving $10 from every sale toward youth education in Zambia where secondary school must be paid for by the student. Every twenty bags sold provides a child with a year of education, one meal a day for the entire year, and their school uniform. Stitched inside every be pack you’ll find a Hope Patch, which has handwritten messages by children in Zambia. Now that’s a lot to fit in a backpack. (PS: The bags are all made in the USA and are UV, water, and mildew resistant.)
1. A pair of mid-length deconstructed denim shorts that can be worn with tights on cool days.
2. A set of simple circle studs that can be worn with anything.
3. A knit sweater with a sweet 60s neckline to layer or wear alone in lieu of a jacket.
4. A pair of black peep toe flats for those extra warm days that warrant a little skin shown.
5. The perfect sized boho bag to stash the essentials, along with whatever else.
6. A double-wrap cuff in a whispery pink as a hello to spring colors.
7. A pair of booties with extra character to pair with skirts and dresses.
8. A slouchy pair of tapered drawstring pants, because comfort is key.
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Tie-dye is experiencing yet another comeback, but not just any tie-dye – shibori. Shibori is a Japanese process for resist-dyeing cloth by binding, folding, twisting and compressing. There are tons of ways to manipulate fabric for shibori, each one creating different designs and patterns. And right now it’s showing up everywhere in the home and on the runway.
I love these quirky canvas pouches from Pamela Barsky so, so much! And judging from her sense of humor and font choices we’d be stellar friends.
The new year is kicking off with Aztec-inspired prints across the board. This bold, graphic print has been popping on garments, accessories, and in the home. It’s equally eye-catching in black and white or bold colors, and lends itself especially well to cold weather essentials like cardigans and throws. I can’t wait to get on board!
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