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September 03, 2014

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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.

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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!

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…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.”

Thanks Whitney!
Check out her → Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Vimeo


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Lovely Lady – Ngaio Parr

August 13, 2014

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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!

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…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


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OSC – Mini

August 11, 2014

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I recently wrapped up a branding project with one of the coolest shops around, Oakland Surf Club. They just celebrated their 2 year anniversary while simultaneously launching their new “mini” section of the shop. Imagine: Tiny clothing for rad tiny people! Our goal was to create a mark designed specifically for the mini products, that would mesh well with the current brand. They wanted the color palette to be gender-neutral and the overall vibe to be soft with a little bit of youthful coolness and edge. You can see our mood-board here!

I’m still photographing all of the printed materials that we built out – the full project will be up in my portfolio soon. What you can expect: Stamps, Stickers, Postcards, Tees, More tag details…!!


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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.

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…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.”

Thanks Ladies!
Check out their → Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram


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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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Introducing Marte Marie Forsberg – A Norwegian photographer and home-cook, living in a 200 year old thatched cottage in Dorset England. I was given the opportunity to work with her images through my designer position at Cuyana – Marte shot for their Winter 2013 Scotland Collection!

…and now, a little bit from her -
“I work as a food and lifestyle photographer with a little cottage as home-base. My new side project, Food For Thought, is a website centered around food from the farm to fork end of things. It’s beginning to take shape and is on a really exciting journey! I love telling visual stories of people in the food industry – this site allows me to pursue the stories that i’m passionate about and share them. I hope for it to become a home base for foodies all over the world, but that’s a bit down the road yet.”

…and now her favorite piece and why –
“This combination is one of my favorite everyday outfits. With just a change from Hunters to ballerina flats, and changing the basket for a little tote, it goes from countryside to french chic in a matter of minutes. I like clothes that feel comfortable and with a bit shape. Color-wise, navy and black seem to be repeated throughout my closet. I guess I have a classical dress style with not too much color going on, always paired down, quite minimalistic with little jewelry, but when I do I adore adding one big ring or necklace to the outfit as a statement pieces. Layering is also something that makes my wardrobe feel bigger than it is. I don’t spend too much on clothes, but I like splurging every now and then one one quality item that spruces up my closet and makes everything in it feel fresh and new again.”

Thanks Marte!
Check out her → Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

Inks & Thread

June 12, 2014


I recently teamed up with Maggie Pate, the designer behind Inks + Thread, to play out a creative personal challenge! She sent me a handful of her pieces and let me run wild with them – literally :) My goal was to capture images that would exude the same feelings her beautiful scarves produce.

Maggie’s work in patterns and textiles is a “cross-section that explores the synthesis of textures, repetition, and geometry.” She believes that these things “carry mood and transcend feeling.” Working primarily with silk, cotton, and chiffon – the lightness of all her pieces is inevitable. They’re just dreamy you guys, dreamy. It wasn’t hard to draw inspiration from them.

01. Elizabeth Suzann Artist Smock | 02. Inks + Thread Scarves | 03. The Samantha Pleet Arc Boot



Ashley Batz and I decided to run around Berkeley. We strolled up and down one of my favorite streets past one of my favorite houses! The homes over there are just magical. They are tiny, colorful, and surrounded by beautiful plants – the perfect backdrop for this little “assignment”. I’ve been taking more walks lately, exploring different areas – each one makes me fall more and more in love with California… How can a 10 minute walk around the block be so inspiring?



Introducing Kelly Jones, the owner of Little Paper Planes. I first met Kelly when I attended her shop opening exactly a year ago this month! I drooled over every item for sale and even won an amazing art-book from her raffle. She then proceeded to be incredibly kind and offered to host my San Francisco book launch. Needless to say, I am now a huge fan of her!



…and now, a little bit from her -
“I am an artist, curator and shop owner living in San Francisco. Little Paper Planes started online in 2004 and now has a store front on Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco. Little Paper Planes is not only a shop, but we produce publications, editions with artists and run a residency program. It is extremely important for me to extend a platform for artists and designers to show their work and celebrate art within the everyday. For LPP, we are starting a new video series highlighting artists and their research as well as a book documenting all the artist interviews we have conducted since 2008. For me, currently I am working on a variety of projects, including launching my clothing line, UNIFORMA ( comes out in Fall 2014 ) as well as my first line of ceramics. In between I try to keep up with my own art practice within painting and sculpture.”

…and now her favorite piece and why -
“My favorite piece right now is the dress. I bought it at a vintage shop in Temescal Alley in Oakland, right after my shop opened last May. It not only is so comfortable, but can also dress up and down and of course has an amazing textile. However beyond that, it was the gift I bought myself for opening a shop, so it is the marker for that life accomplishment.”

Check out the LPP → Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
Photos by: Loren Crosier

On the Radar

June 09, 2014


I find it so amazing that month after month, we as consumers, are introduced to new creations by talented inspiring people! They keep killin’ it and we keep coming back for more. I’m taking the morning to share some of my favorites at the moment. I have especially been into The 2 Bandits. After seeing some of the pieces in person, I’m convinced I need it all. That choker is the first on the list. Oh also – my friend, Julia Koestreva, has been knocking it out of the park! Have you seen the new line she designed for Need Supply! Enjoy +

Two Bandits Choker | Herbivore Botanicals Body Oil | Blue Pattern | Palm Tree Photo | Wave Print by Julia Kostreva | Monki Hat | White Pons | Love You Not Bra | Fish Bottle Opener | Book Clutch | Coral Pattern | EOS lipbalm

BC Summer Roadtrip

June 04, 2014


Raise your hand if you’re excited for summer?? I spent this past Sunday at the Alameda Flea Market getting a major sunburn ( …and sadly, I kind of loved it ) Being from Texas, I enjoy nothing more than feeling the hot hot sun on my skin – warm days feel like home! That being said, I’m super stoked to kick off summer with my friends over at BC Footwear. They are hosting the #BCSummerRoadTrip, where they will be “visiting” 8 bloggers in 8 different cities across the country. It started with Cali Vintage in Los Angeles and Chelsea Lane in Minneapolis – I’m up next, representing the Bay Area!

I decided to rock the Every Night sandal for a morning in Oakland. I grabbed some iced coffee at Subrosa, the tiniest coffee shop around, then ran over to Temescal Alley – a super cool spot a couple blocks from my apartment. This is definitely a must-stop area, it has so many unique shops packed into one little block.

A Few Oakland Favs –
Esqueleto: A rotating assortment of artists, objects and jewelry in a desert-like shop – I want just about everything in here. Crimson: Looking for some horticultural rarities? You’ve found the place – I stocked up on air plants and candles during my last visit. Donut Dolly: Need a sugar-fed energy boost? Why not get some donut holes stuffed with filling? Book/Shop: A light filled, meticulously curated, incredibly inspiring book shop. I could sit in here for hours. And last but not least, my new favorite, The Homestead Apothecary: This is where I get my sleepy time tea and remind myself to take a deep breath every once in a while.

Around The Corner –
Bakesale Betty’s: The best fried chicken sandwich you will ever eat. The line is consistently around the block, every single day! Pizzaiolo: Insane food with a cozy atmosphere. Dona Tomas: Modern Mexican with killer margaritas! I’m obsessed with their logo and even more obsessed with their back patio area ( …do you like bocce ball? )

What I’m Wearing –
Levis Jeans | BC Sandals | Steven Alan Purse | CAMP jacket | Vintage tank | Lookmatic Shades



>> A now for the most amazing GIVEAWAY ever!!

One lucky winner will receive 6 pairs of BC shoes ( yes – you heard me, SIX ) – alongside a super fun Summer Survival Kit. Hint Hint: You can enter with all 8 bloggers to increase your chances of winning. To enter with me: Leave a comment below mentioning which pairs you have your eye on. Also, follow BC Footwear either on Facebook or Twitter. Wishing you lots of luck! ( you have until June 11th to enter with me and you must be a US resident to win )

→ Photos by Ashley Batz


Lovely Lady – Wing Ta

June 03, 2014


Introducing Wing Ta – the Minneapolis based photographer behind Canary Grey. I first came across her photos through Mae Mae Paperie. There was so much light and color, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her style! Then, through the world of blogging, I saw that she was shooting for fun creatives like: Wit & Delight, Hackwith Design House, Wide Eyed Legless, and Anne Sage. All of Wing’s images have such a bright and etherial touch. Don’t you think? Enjoy :)

…and now, a little bit from her -
“I’m a photographer and design lover from Minneapolis. My business, Canary Grey, specializes in photography for the lifestyle, editorial and wedding industries. I love that I primarily work with other creatives and get to collaborate with them on their brands. Besides shooting, I’m looking forward to having an online print shop and and teaching workshops in the future. I recently released a one of a kind print with Hackwith Design from a shoot we art directed together. It was such a rewarding (and super fun!) process working with Lisa Hackwith on this project. I’m truly touched that these prints get to live in people’s homes, studios and other special places.”

…and now her favorite piece and why -
“My go to piece at the moment is this gorgeous Gamma Folk piece from Parc Boutique. I love that it’s hand crafted and so unique! It pairs perfectly with everything.”

Check out her → Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook