Today, I helped the San Francisco based company, Taylor Stitch, launch their new Blair Sweatshirt – a top I’ll most likely be wearing every other day now! It’s the “perfect piece to reach for when you want to dial up the comfort but not look like you’ve thrown in the towel. This sweatshirt checks all the boxes — it’s incredibly soft and easy to toss on, while a fitted silhouette and flattering raglan sleeve keep things looking stylish, not sloppy. Constructed from lightweight french terry, it’s the perfect layer to take you from morning errands to evening sunset strolls.”
~ Stay tuned, as I’m also helping launch an amazing light-weight chambray soon!
~ Photos by Mike Armenta, the Creative Director at Taylor Stitch
It’s that time of year again. There is lots of cozy chit chat about lots of cozy things. I thought I’d kick November off ( well, we’re halfway through the month but still ) with these beauties from Córka Rybaka. It’s a one-person brand that hand knits beanies in Warsaw, Poland.
The story of how the shop began is beautiful –
“In 2011 my boyfriend and me were on holidays in Sicily, where we met this wonderful man called Ziu Paolo. He was 74, had a white beard and wore a red beanie. He looked like the fisherman from Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and in fact he used to be a fisherman when he was younger. He had a lot of stories to tell. One of them was the story of his beanie.”
“In 1976 he came down with sinusitis after being exposed to gale for the whole night during a tuna fishing cruise. He spent two weeks in a hospital and had to wear a hat ever since, even on warm days. Ziu Paolo’s first beanie was hand knitted by his neighbor – he chose the color and she did all the manual work. He paid her with fresh fish he caught. So far Ziu Paolo has worn out about 50 beanies that he never throws away. Instead, he collects all of them for his wife to put them in his coffin when he dies. Ziu Paolo says young people nowadays wouldn’t be able to knit a beanie. Everybody wants to be a professor at a university or work in show business. Everybody wants to buy everything and real manual skills die. I wanted to prove Ziu Paolo wrong. This is how Córka Rybaka began.”
Currently in my crafting line-up /
+ The Superbowl Sweater by Wool and the Gang
+ I just bought my first loom ( can you guess what I’m making all my friends for christmas? )
+ and maybe, just maybe, another one of these blankets!
How is it October already? Every single month has come and gone with such haste this year! Autumn is here, pumpkins are everywhere, and we’re already talking about Thanksgiving plans! You can feel each morning getting cooler and cooler ( we’re actually still getting pretty warm weather here in Oakland but I did travel an hour north this weekend and it was freezing! ) Either way, cool days and nights are coming – that’s a fact.
With that being said, I’m excited to share a fall-inspired shoot that I recently put together for Bridge & Burn – a Portland based clothing company. Do you guys remember when the owner, Erik Prowell, was a gentle-man!? His clothes are clean, well crafted, and functional – the aesthetic is anchored in quiet confidence and make-it-your-own versatility. Bravo Erik! Keep up the good work.
After selecting some of our favorite pieces from the new Bridge & Burn Fall line – we made our way over to Ampersand SF – a flower shop that recently opened up in The Mission. Their turquoise door is such eye-candy, we couldn’t help ourselves! Emerson & Benjamin, the owners, are truly friendly. A few minutes around these two and all of their beautiful flowers and you’ll be smiling from ear to ear.
Check out Bridge & Burns –> Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Our second stop was this little spot called Billy Goat Hill – there were rumors of a rope swing that was calling our name! Sadly, someone had maliciously chopped the rope in half, leaving it too short for anyone to reach, so we just sat back and enjoyed the incredible view. One of my favorite things about San Francisco is how there are so many ways to take it in. As you move through the city, going up and down and around, you’re constantly seeing it from a different angle, height or speed. I feel like I never see the same thing twice! It’s magical.
Thanks, Bridge & Burn, for letting us run around the bay in your beautiful clothes!
What We Wore – Warbler Burgundy Coat | Lily Skirt | Juneau White Crewneck | Colter Navy Floral Dress | Bea Navy Floral Blouse
Photos by – Ashley Batz
My cute friend – Bri Scarff
I’ve been feeling very bridal these days! Light colors, beauty products, and fun little details are all I can think about as the big day approaches. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I found my wedding dress this past weekend – I can’t tell you what an exciting moment it was! Overall, the search was not going well – I was starting to feeling a mixture of pure-panic and confusion. The fact that I couldn’t find a beautiful dress that made me feel happy was odd. Right?
In a desperate attempt to find something, I dragged a few friends to Shareen Vintage in Los Angeles. I’ve never been able to wear vintage well so I didn’t expect much. As soon as we walked in, we saw Shareen’s own personal line and that’s where it all fell into place! It is taking so much will-power to not post a picture of it right this second but you’ll see it soon enough. Wade & Jen are shooting the wedding weekend so there is no doubt in my mind that we’ll have some killer images and video :)
01. Necklace | 02. Fat & The Moon Lip & Cheek Stain | 03. Leather Cream Pouch | 04. Crepe Heels by Chloe | 05. RGB Nail Polish | 06. The 2 Bandits Crazy Diamond Earrings
Introducing Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth! She is the queen-of-craft, baking and all things pretty! Trust me… It will take a maximum of 30 seconds on her blog to get hooked. I really want to try out this DIY shelf for my new home office! It’s hard to decide though – there are so many good ones!
…and now, a little bit from her -
“I began Sugar & Cloth, a little place filled with everything for DIY inspired living, as a creative outlet just under three years ago after having moved across the country away friends and family. It blossomed into much more than I ever imagined, and now I’ve just gotten my first studio and workshop space here in Houston, TX under the same name. It’s been really exciting to find my own voice over the last few years through the blog, and having such humble beginnings has made all of the little victories along the way even more wonderful, especially now that I’m getting to focus on being a bigger part of the local creative community with workshops and collaborations.”
…and now, her favorite piece and why –
“I dropped hints for my Mom to gift me this Zara leather carry-all for a solid year (at the ripe age of 24, don’t judge), and it’s been my favorite ever since. At this point, I can’t really tell if it’s that I still love it that much or if I just put in too many hard earned discrete sentences about it that I can’t let it go.”
Check out her → Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
I just had to show you guys these recent photos I took for OSC mini – adorable right? I wanted to use my seamless one last time before I moved out of my studio last month so Ari and I teamed up to photograph these little nuggets. They are wearing custom Oakland Surf Club tees and a few of the shops new Fall pieces. Overall, it was a hilarious morning full of giggles, tears, issues with sharing, and tiny clothing. I think I have found a new hobby… playing with children :)
I was given the opportunity to shoot the new Slater Kimono – a collaborative piece by Oakland Surf Club and Hackwith Design House. I’m a big fan of Hackwith’s aesthetic so it was exciting to help them launch a new design. This piece will layer and drape beautifully over just about anything – we paired it with simple tank tops and high-wasted pants for a laid back look. Its medium-weight fabric allows for an easy transition from late summer to fall.
+ Purchase the Slater Kimono here
+ Download high-res images
Introducing Whitney Lundeen – A mother, an interior designer and a self taught fashion designer living in Palo Alto, CA. Her company is called Sonnet James and she designs play dresses for moms!
Guess what – She launched the dress that you see above in her photo a few hours ago – and it sold out in 28 minutes? I think she is on to something… She believes passionately in being a playful and involved mother! She also believes that with the right dress you can look great without letting your clothes get in the way of the next big adventure! Her motto: Play more!
…and now, a little bit from her -
I’m currently finished up my spring 2015 collection of dresses and am planning the photo shoot and campaign. I absolutely love what’s going on right now! I can’t decide what I like more, designing the collection, creating the photo shoot story, or the branding side. I love it all. I’m excited about shooting the new look-book in October in Central Park. It’s going to be more like a runway show and then I’m going to let the customers vote online for which dresses they want me to produce since I can’t decide! We will also be doing more dance videos in the dresses which I love being a part of. I’m really excited about all of it!
…and now her favorite piece and why –
“My dress of course! It’s classic, easy to wear, comfortable and kid proof. And it’s fantastic to travel in. I can just roll it up and throw it in my suitcase. I’m all about practicality.”
Check out her → Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Vimeo
Meet Ngaio Parr – a freelance designer, illustrator, and art director based in Sydney, Australia. I was first introduced to Ngaio through her recent wedding feature on 100 Layer Cake and then quickly fell in love with her personality and work. I was really drawn to the colors and hand-lettering on the invitation suite she designed for her big day. So vibrant! …and her hair?? So striking!
…and now, a little bit from her -
“I love my job and the opportunities it provides to collaborate with other designers and creatives whom I admire, travel the world, and do something different each day! Currently, I’m working on a few more exciting collaborations with Sibella Court, some new Record Reverie illustrations for an upcoming exhibition in New York, and adding all the time to my fresh new blog. I’m looking forward to a trip to New York, LA, and Nashville in Sept/October (holler if you’d like to meet!) and making it back to Australia for a summer filled with daily beach swims, balmy nights, and endless mangoes. In the future, I’d love to continue to meet and collaborate with great people, travel everywhere, launch an online store, try my hand at music supervision, and create some more album artwork and art installations. When I’m not working, my husband and I spend time obsessing over our boston terrier Iggy Pup, heading to gigs, cooking for our friends, and dreaming up new adventures.”
…and now her favorite piece and why –
“So hard to choose! Before I discovered Kathleen Whittaker’s staple earrings I hadn’t worn earrings for 10 years, and now I never take them off; but I’m also completely smitten with my first-ever leather jacket that I recently purchased. I think I also need to preface that these photographs were taken just after a seven hour flight and before another fifteen hour flight, so I was definitely dressed for comfort over style!”
Beautiful photography by Jennifer Emerling
Check out her → Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram
Introducing the founders of The Weaver House, a photography & design studio based in Portland, Oregon. I first discovered Hannah & Kelty through their videos and then quickly realized that they do it all – and really well I might add. To me, they are the very definition of a “creative” – they have proven that they can apply their skills to so many different mediums and never fail to produce quality results. Keep up the good work ladies, I can’t wait to see what you do next.
…and now, a little bit from them -
“We gravitate towards natural light, the great outdoors and organic documentation, and love nothing more than a unique branding project for an artist or small business. Sometimes we’ll eek in some time for long-term, personal projects like our tattoo portraits, or farm specimen prints – available soon in our online shop! We’re both beginning families, and are excited to see how The Weaver House will evolve with two baby girls in tow… we feel lucky to do what we do together. Our office is a small red barn on Kelty’s husband’s organic veggie farm, Working Theory Farm. The majority of our work and every-day wear consist of utilitarian jeans, button ups and clogs or boots. We’re tomboys at heart, but like to incorporate a delicate knit piece or a little bling and color here and there.”
…and now their favorite piece and why –
Hannah: “I stumbled upon some yardage of Missoni fabric a few years back and made myself a simple tank top. It blends a rainbow of my favorite shades of red, coral and orange and reminds me that I should spend more time behind the sewing machine.” Kelty: “I wear my Zara button-up at least once a week. I love it’s length and coolness, and now that I’m 7 months pregnant, it’s one of the only shirts that still fits me.”
Check out their → Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram
Introducing Tamar & Greg of CAMP Collection – They are lucky number five for the Studio Tour series! CAMP is a women’s ready-to-wear clothing line influenced by fond memories of camp, comfort, summer & relaxation. I first met Tamar, the creative brains behind the operation, at a sample sale in Oakland. I think I tried on every single piece out of pure excitement ( I went with the Rust Golan Shirt that is now my favorite item in my closet! ) Tamar was warm, full of energy, and passionate about her work. Between her jewelry brand, The 2 Bandits, and the launch of Camp Collection – I was hooked!
What they’re currently up to now –
“We are about to shoot our 3rd season in the Haight Ashbury Area of San Francisco. The shoot-collection is titled “Shakedown St” which is an ode to festivals in the 60s. We are photographing the beautiful Langley Fox, could’t be more excited!”
…and now her favorite piece and why –
“The MessKit Jumpsuit – because I love a good jumpsuit! They are the perfect item to pack for my weekend getaways, it’s just one thing!”
Check out CAMP’s → Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest
We were inspired to change up their video a tiny bit by moving the interview outside! We chatted with Tamar and decided that we should shoot at one of CAMPs favorite spots in California, The Russian River. It ended up being such a long, light-filled, playful day. Wade Koch, the bad-ass behind this video, did an incredible job at capturing all the best moments. Having been there, I will admit, this video is pretty close to the real deal – it’s that California light, I swear. We were also lucky enough to have Jen Emerling tag along to shoot stills. She drove all the way up from Los Angeles just to be with us! ( you can see lots more photos that I didn’t include in her post ) A huge high-five to both of you!
Now on to our hot little minions you see here – rocking the CAMP looks insanely well! I mean seriously, they all threw on their favorite pieces and boom, casually flawless. A day of water-balloon fights, s’mores, and canoes – such a hard life :) Thank you Bri Scarff, Julia Kostreva, and Jennie Stone for setting the tone!
Oh fun fact to end on – While we were all getting ready in the morning and partaking in some get-to-know-each-other chit chat, Tamar and I found out that not only are we both from Dallas, Texas but we went to the same FRIGGIN’ high school. Talk about small world moment. Turns out we surprisingly have NO mutual friends but STILL :)
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