It is Sunday morning as I write this, and I have rewritten this opening paragraph seven times now. The question is do I need more coffee or should I lay off of it… All I’m trying to say is here is Spring/Summer 2014! All shot by my awesome friend Adrian Barry.
Please excuse my obsession with Things Organized Neatly when viewing the cover and back page…
Summer was a bit of a bust here in NY, rain seemed to plague my planned beach trips and my freckles barely even surfaced…however as summer comes to a close (take your time Mother Nature…) the one good thing is that new seasons goods are now up and Summer is on sale. Find them HERE
With the Fall/Winter season I wanted to focus on providing that much needed punch-in-the-face of colour when January rolls around and it seems Spring is NEVER ever coming back. Tone on tone and colour blocking were my main focus. Even just sewing brighter hues are more fun let alone wearing them!
I introduced a couple of new styles, along with old favourites Crystal/Roxanne/Katie.
Meet Sierra who in real life is a petite pixie of a lady and big bags overwhelm her. Sierra even in the depths of crazy coldness continues to cycle to work so a cross body bag that was big enough to fit the essentials that could be slung over her mountainess jacket was a factor.
major cuteness, much like my friend that I designed it for
And then the J.A.G which is for Jessica who is equal parts my PR (The Shiny Squirrel) and close friend requested a large portfolio clutch. That was really fun to make and surprising her at Brunch with it was even better. She wanted those beautiful jewel tones of wine and red and then I took it pop further and made orange and aqua which feels almost nautical to me, a nice memory of summer when the snow is falling.
For all your ipad holding needs
And finally I am pretty sure I’ve mentioned this one before but the Barbara which is made for my mother. She needed an upgrade to the one I made her some 3 years ago I think. This is a woman that carries the world around so she needed something that had many pockets to allow for all the different parts of her life that absolutely have to leave the house with her.
kitchen sink not included
Dudes, I have long wanted to make my own shoes and so I put some of my tax refund to good use and signed up for a class at 3rd Ward. Aka, my new favourite place for learning skillzzz. This class was Introduction to Shoemaking wherein the outcome was a pair of summer sandals of your own design. I had very high expectations – which I don’t know where they came from since I’ve never made shoes before ?!?! – and thankfully wasn’t let down…
I took a pair of leather flip flops I’ve had for ages and used the base of those as the shape and I combined it with these awesome and sturdy Nimrod sandals:
Super clunky mens sandal
First off, I took to them with a box cutter:
I had to use all my strength to cut these babies apart
And traced a pattern off of it and then pared it down to a more feminine shape:
Turning that chunky to chic
And then with glue, so so much glue:
Post Apocalyptic Chic?
I made these!
So I’ll be testing them out over the course of the summer for durability and fit and I’ll be including them in the next seasons offerings! Woohoo!
You know the time when you start to get cranky at work about little things that normally don’t get on your nerves that it’s not them, it’s you…I had in my head I wanted to do a big trip next year but I needed something in the interim to preserve my sanity. So I texted my friends in L.A and begged for couch rights for a long weekend. Be prepared for a photo dump…
Oh, as side note my friend Jessica pointed me in the direction of Atlas Obscura, which for those who don’t know it is a wonderful travel resource for things to do and see that are off the beaten track around America – super cool.
Chilling on the tarmac and immediately I’m thirsty for a coke…
My friends live in Venice and this sums up their life…
Love all the vintage cars in L.A
We usually spend most of our time in and around Venice, but after checking out Atlas Obscura I hung out downtown and saw the sights
Not my smartest idea to walk through this neighbourhood….but I was on a mission to get to Handsome Coffee
My friend Liz works as a buyer at GoJane.com so she dropped me in the Fashion District in the morning and I went from there
The Last Bookstore – super cool new and second-hand bookstore housed in an old bank vault
Angels Flight – literally the shortest tram ride in the World…it took 30 seconds and cost 50c. My friend Gio that came along for the ride laughed at me the whole time…
The aforementioned Gio
The Bradbury Building which was really beautiful and which you may recognize from the movie Bladerunner. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but if you can kind of see that those two main structures against the light of the ceiling are open pulley elevators. How amazing to come to work every day using those! I would never take the stairs in this instance…
No trip to see Liz and Rudj would be complete without disco dancing…
I decided this car ought to be mine because – duh – it matches my purse!
I will spare you the rest of my holiday snaps…
Until next time L.A!
So this is what you all are thinking – Curl Envy explained…
Awesome celebration of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass.
We’re included in a giant swag bag of Mothers Day giveaway goodness with the Ikat Apron. Visit Coos & Ahhs to see how to win some serious brownie points with your mum this Mothers Day.
I was out of movies on my Netflix list and found this last night on Hulu – Dr. Bronner was a total radical, in the very definition of the word – preaching one world, one humanity, one love. Magic Soap is narrated mainly by his son Ralph who is a less intense version of his father, and who continues to to spread his philosophies. Dr. Bronner wasn’t without some pretty interesting flaws and quirks but a game changer with vision and a unique spirit doing what he could to make the world better.