I attended West Coast Craft this weekend, a craft and design show featuring carefully selected designers, artists, and craftspeople inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle! Needless to say, it was incredible ( …and there were so many lovely ladies there!! ) I discovered new brands that I’m really excited about and was reconnected with old-familiars. Overall, the show heightened my awareness of how much creativity is truly out there and got me amped to invest in a few more pieces for holiday gifts! In the spirit of supportive-consumption, I thought I would share some items I have my eye one. Enjoy.
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.
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!
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 :)
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 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.
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?
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
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? )
>> 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
Yesterday was awesome …so awesome that I wanted to share a few BTS photos of what went down! I just couldn’t keep these bad boys to myself and I didn’t want to blow up Instagram with a billion outtakes… I teamed up with my favorite videographer, Wade Koch, & photographer, Jennifer Emerling, to create the next addition of the Lovely Lady Studio Tour series! We decided to feature Camp Collection, a women’s ready-to-wear clothing line based out of San Francisco, CA. The founders, Tamar & Greg, shoot the majority of their look-books in Mirabel Park, a campground in the Russian River area of Northern California. So we decided to head up there for the day and explore what it had to offer. Needless to say, it was a gorgeous & perfect day sunday.
Stay tuned. The video is being edited as we speak :)
I can’t wait to show you what we put together + Cheers!
Ahhh it’s so warm here this week!!! It makes me want to ditch and go lay in the park with a book! Maybe on my lunch break?? I’ve been able to slowly and happily pull out some dresses and skirts these past few weeks – I think summer is creeping into the bay? I came across this top yesterday on Pinterest and almost died. It’s so obnoxious and amazing, all at the same time ;) I wish it came in a dress, can you imagine?
I have one pair of clogs from Dolce Vita that I bought a couple of years ago. They are hands down my favorite pair of shoes in my closet. There is something about the wooden heel and dark brown leather straps that gets me every time. I have noticed an increase in clog popularity lately – have you? ( check it out: 1 / 2 / 3 ) I’m definitely wanting to invest in another pair as I’ve realized how versatile and durable they are. There are so many amazing designs out there! Did I leave any brands out that you guys are into?
Every once in a while you come across something that stops you in your tracks. These bags did exactly that for me… Mansur Gavriel makes simple, high quality leather goods with Italian vegetable tanned leather and brightly colored interior coatings! The collection evokes Italy in the 60′s or a classic California easiness.
My favorite is the Large Tote – I love how stiff and smooth it is! It’s this perfect little shape that refuses to change, no matter what goodies you have inside! I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this bag – I assume that’s a sign I should invest? Oh man… to save up or not to save up?
I’m super into the new Oakland Surf Club women’s swim lookbook! Being that I’m like 10 blocks away the shop, I have seen all these pretty suits in person. It’s fun seeing them in action on their model, Aubrey Kia. You can see the whole shoot here – alongside a video! Enjoy :)