Introducing Jen & Laura of Ascot and Hart! Born from friendship and a love for fashion, their killer online retail shop is a joy to follow! These two are a seriously stylish duo, challenging me to UP my wardrobe-game constantly! I recently received these Payton suede booties, OMG! and when this tee is back in stock, it’s all mine!!

…a little bit about them:
Jen lives in Dallas with her family and Laura lives in Long Beach with hers. We launched Ascot + Hart at the end of November 2013! It has been the most challenging but rewarding job! We love seeing people wear our tees or something they found on our site. We fly back and forth every 5-6 weeks to meet up with each other or go somewhere together to brainstorm! we just got back from Sayulita Mexico and we are totally inspired. Right now we are mapping out the year for ascot + hart. We have some collaborations in the works and new things we are designing for the shop. We both gravitate towards anything creative, whether its fashion related or not!”



…and now their favorite pieces & why:
“Our vintage Levis 501 cutoffs are our favorite. We live in them! We dress them up and dress them down and basically find a way to incorporate them into every outfit. They are definitely our go to piece when warm weather is around.”

Thanks girls!!
Check out their: Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


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Introducing Tara Hurst – a woman of many talents! When we first connected through email, she suggested that we do a “feature-swap”, where we interview each other for our blogs!! Since I’m completely in love with her series: Creative Q&A, I happily agreed. You can read mine here!

…a little bit about her:
“I work as a designer on beautiful Vancouver Island. When I first came to the island I had no intention of staying and tried on a few other cities (Berlin and Vancouver) before returning to Victoria three years ago. After receiving a grant to work on a gallery project, I started working with creative companies, designers and photographers and soon found that working for myself was possible. I was amazed. That was more than two years ago now. Today I have clients all over North America, most of whom are incredibly talented women that I’m fortunate to collaborate with. Presently, I’m working on branding projects for a jewelry company and a textile designer, as well as launching a blog for a new magazine and two online stores this month. I’m looking forward to an upcoming trip to Nashville to help with a Kinfolk dinner. Outside of my work, I love morning beach walks with my chocolate lab Zadie, the combination of strong black coffee and a good book in the sunshine, cooking for my friends and taking photographs of flowers.”

…and now her favorite piece and why:
“My Nana is always knitting beautiful sweaters for my sister and I. Most recently, she completed this stunning Brooklyn Tweed pattern. She posts each sweater to me, wrapped in brown paper with a little note. Every time I wear one of her sweaters I think about where my own creativity stems and how much love and time goes into all of her knitting.”

Thanks Tara!!
Check out her —> Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Photos by Amie Enns


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Introducing Jeanne Chan of lifestyle and shopping blog Shop Sweet Things. She has an incredible eye for all things fresh and trendy – so it didn’t surprise me that her photos for this feature were so adorable! …and her new workspace is to die for!

…a little bit about her:
“My blog is where I share my passion in discovering simple luxuries in fashion, home, & kids. I’m also a mommy to 2 adorable girls, happily married to my husband, & have been calling San Francisco my home for over 25+ years. I was born & raised in Hong Kong & miss it dearly. It’s probably where the shopper in me came from!”

“The blog itself keeps me being pretty creative right now. I’m constantly thinking of new content and also finding a fresh approach to share it. I’m also exploring another business opportunity right now that involves creating products. It’s in the early planning stage so I can’t talk about it too much. But I am super excited and it will be such a milestone for me when it launches!”

…and now her favorite piece & why:
“Oh boy, it’s a toss up between my Vince leather top and my Dieppa Restrepo shoes. I can’t get enough of leather and gold right now. These two elements sounds so decadent together, but the simple design on these two pieces makes it so easy to wear. And they actually make great transitional pieces from winter to spring.”

Thank you Jeanne!!
Check out her → Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram


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Introducing Shauna Haider – a creative director, graphic designer and blogger living in Portland, Oregon! I first met Shauna 2 years ago at a retreat in Palm Springs called Designer Vaca. Since then, she has continued to be an inspiration in all that she does! This week, we have a double-wammy of Shauna love – as she is featured on Bre’s Creative Diaries as well +

…a little bit about her:
“I spend my days creating branding, web and print-based solutions for small businesses at my boutique design studio, Branch. After many years of freelancing and working at agencies, I launched Branch in September 2013 and it’s been incredibly fulfilling to work with a roster of clients I truly believe in. I also co-own a blogging workshop, The Blogcademy with two friends and we travel the world teaching women the strategy behind blogging. We’re gearing up to kick off 11 new dates in May! When I’m not designing, I’m sharing design and style insights on the lifestyle blog I started in 2007, Nubby Twiglet. My life these days is very full but I’m lucky that for the most part, it revolves around my favorite things: designing, teaching and blogging.”

…and now her favorite piece and why:
“I love this skirt because it’s the most perfect shade of Crayola crayon green, my favorite color ever since I was a child.”

Thanks so much Shauna!
Check out her: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest


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No. 6 Store

March 24, 2014


I’m in the market for some clogs and came across these gems. No. 6 store has such an amazing selection of colors and styles. How to choose?? It doesn’t help that the model is seriously cute and pairing the shoes with incredible looks… That black dress?? Yum.


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Introducing Kate Harmer of Hum Creative – I’ve been recruiting her for this feature since it started so I can’t tell you how happy I am to see her pretty face ( alongside her incredible dog ) here today! She’s been working as an illustrator and designer for over 10 years, producing some really great work – one of my recent favorites being The Rhoads promo. I got my hands on a printed copy and was very very impressed! Drooling, in fact.

…a little bit about her:
“I’m the Founder & Creative Director of Hum Creative, a design studio based in Seattle. Running Hum brings me so much joy and satisfaction, but is also the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Every morning presents a bunch of new learning experiences, and every night I am overwhelmingly proud of, and grateful for, the Hum team. My husband and I are obsessed with our two french bulldogs, Etta and Margaux. They definitely run the house, as well as the Hum office — we all work to a constant soundtrack of various adorable (and not so adorable) dog sounds.”

…and now her favorite piece & why:
“My studio did some branding for Jennifer Meyer, who is an amazing jewelry designer. I bought these cute little heart studs that she designed to celebrate when we completed the project. This Christmas, my husband gave me a single “N” initial stud (his name is Nick). I loved it so much that I pierced a new hole in my ear so that I could wear it every day! The combo of the two earrings feels really special to me — together they celebrate the best of my work and home life.”

Thanks Kate!
Check out her: Instagram | Facebook | Dribbble
Photos by: Carina Skrobecki


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Introducing Tekla Severin – the color queen!! I found her on Instagram and never looked back. She has an insane eye for color, shapes, & texture… See some of my favorite pulls below :) This recent yellow banana one kills me! I think her nails are even yellow? ha.

A little bit form :
“I have lived in Stockholm for 10 years, working full time as an interior architect at Jordens Arkitekter. It’s a rather small architectural office with many exciting projects! Right know, I´m working on both office spaces and private home renovation projects. Outside of work, I have so many fun projects going on – actually much thanks to instagram! This spring, I am participating in a exhibition with 10 other Stockholm based architects, designers, & illustrators. I´m also excited to be doing a work collab with a rather big international shoe company.”

“Looking Forward, I’m going to Milan during the annual international furniture/design week in April for inspiration, spring sun, and too many aperitivo with dear friends/colleagues. In General, I want to travel more, see more, discover more colors ( i´m a color addict ), meet great people and do fun collabs. My main vacation plan for this summer is to plan a trip to Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, and LA -yey!!”

…and now her favorite piece & why:
“The sweater, I love this powder pink color and the feeling to be embedded in this warm softness these cold winter days”

THANKS TEKLA!
Safe travels +


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Per-Tim

March 10, 2014


I’ve got sleep on the mind you guys… or shall I say, lack of sleep? Before diving into my pillow-talk, can we please admire PER-TIM?? They are a Melbourne-based label specializing in graphic loungewear, sleepwear and bedding. Do you guys enjoy changing into your “I’m at home and ready to veg” clothes as much as I do? I mean, it’s literally the 1st thing I do. They are definitely not as cute as these pieces ( cue my grey drawstrings and tank top ) but maybe some day!

So my pillow talk… without getting all “omg listen to all my issues” on you, I’ll just say that I am a horrible sleeper. I bring this up because I would love to hear about other people’s experiences. I’m trying to work through my sleep stuff without being too dramatic and running to the doctor. Are you the type that goes to bed and doesn’t move a single inch until your alarm goes off? Or do you toss and turn, dream a lot, drool, what’s your thing??



Me personally?? I have always thought I was just a really tired person that loved to sleep… I would proudly clock 13-14 hours in high school ( on the weekends of course ). In college, I was so busy that my schedule couldn’t handle such long sleep-filled nights. I would have to survive on 4/5/6 hours and that was just miserable. I hated going to sleep because I knew how hard it would be for me to wake up… I’m now 26 and still feeling unsatisfied every morning and a constant exhaustion throughout the day. What to do?

Tests!! That is what you do… How many hours do I need to sleep before I reach my sweet spot? Meaning, I wake up on my own feeling super rested and ready to go right? The result = 9/10 hours. ( I also borrowed my boyfriend’s FitBit for a week to track how restless I am – this was so insightful. On an average night, he probably turns over 5-10 times maximum where I log about 20-30 turns, eek. ) In the end, I have no idea why I feel the way I do. It could be stress, it could be sleep apnea, I could just dream really hard? My fix? I’m going to try and not look at the computer a few hours before bed ( …as I write this blog post at 11:56pm, haha ), drink some sleepy-time tea ( thanks Jessica ), breath rhythmically, get one of those face masks you wear at night ( oh gosh please no! ) Who knows… Sigh of frustration… Wish me luck.


Photos from: Per Tim & The Design Files

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Lovely Lady – Lisa Hackwith

February 26, 2014


Introducing… the seriously talented Lisa Hackwith of Hackwith Design House. I first found Lisa through Instagram but quickly started spotting her all over the web!! Her designs are simply breathtaking and completely deserving of all the recognition they get! She has her way with silhouettes – let me tell ya. I plan to invest in one of her pieces this year – I just haven’t decided which one! Her jumpers are pretty perfect.

…a bit from her:
“I own Hackwith Design House, a small clothing company based out of Minneapolis that specializes in making small limited edition runs of clothing. Because I release new items every week, I am constantly designing – which I love because I never get bored and I’m always working on a new project. I also work with boutiques to create a collaborative piece for them that represents both Hackwith Design House and their own style. I love the challenge of coming up with something that’s equally mine and theirs and arriving at a design that I would never have arrived at myself.”

…and now her favorite piece and why:
“My favorite piece is the Hackwith Design House Dusk Kimono because even though I made it only a moth ago, I’ve already worn it a half dozen times. I love that it is a more simple shape that’s super easy wear but it has all these details like the double stitched line around the bottom of the kimono, the slight v shape that appears at the back of the neck, and the fun side slits that are open when you move – all the the little details are what makes a piece a favorite for me!”

Check out her: Instagram | Blog
Photos by: Canary Grey Photography


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WATG

February 21, 2014


It’s time to share my amazingly chunky WATG sweater! It literally feels like I am walking around with a blanket on, so cozy. I made this bad boy from one of their knit-kits & truly enjoyed the experience. Everything from the packaging to the pattern itself is flawless! I love how bold the brand is. ( note: I did change the pattern a tiny bit – I wanted the sleeves to fall differently, wink* )

If you’re not familiar with Wool and The Gang, you must go see what they’re all about – especially as of late! They just collaborated with Giles for London Fashion Week and have some great process photos on their blog! It’s so fun to see the craft being embraced on the runway.

ALSO – we partnered up to host a little giveaway for you guys! You have the chance to win a knit kit of your choice/colour and 1 copy of Knitting By Design. To enter: Go here and fill out the entry form! You have until March 1st: Good-luck & happy knitting.

Photos by: Marissa Maharaj


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