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?
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? )
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
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?
01. Palm Top | 02. Crap Eyewear | 03. Palm Clutch | 04. BC Footwear Sandal | 05. Zipped Skirt
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?
01. Nina Cognac | 02. No. 06 Clog | 03. Ecote Slit-Slide | 04. Lotta’s Slingback | 05. Funkis Sweedish Forms | 06. Koshka | 07. Sweedish Hasbeens
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 :)
+ Shot by Lauren Crew & Isabella Bejarano
Introducing Erin Dollar – the owner, maker, and designer behind Cotton & Flax. Since 2010, she has been creating limited edition textile goods, as well as fine art prints on paper, from her home studio in Los Angeles, California! Check it out.
…a little bit from her:
“The Spring Collection for Cotton & Flax debuted a few weeks ago, which included a few new products (cocktail napkins! wool felt trivets! new pillow sizes!), as well as fresh new colors and patterns across the whole collection. I’m a big proponent of slow design – I don’t rush the design process, and each product I create for Cotton & Flax is developed over weeks and sometimes months of testing and experimenting to find just the right fabric and pattern design for each piece. This means I only release new pieces a few times a year, but the new products are always my absolute favorites. I’m excited to finally share these new pieces, and to start designing for more new products to debut in early Autumn.”
…and now her favorite piece & why:
“My favorite piece from the outfit: the jewelry! The necklace was made by my friend Kate, and I love everything she makes! I’ve really enjoyed watching her work evolve over the time I’ve known her. The eye ring was made by Kaye from Datter Industries, who I had the pleasure of meeting last year at Renegade Craft Fair. All her work is so fun and odd – I feel an instant camaraderie with other ladies who wear her jewelry, like we’re all members of a cool club of weirdos.”
Also, Erin was kind enough to offer up a set of cocktail napkins for one reader to win! They are perfect for having a lady-friend over for a drink or a special dinner with your significant other!! Printed by hand with eco-friendly ink, these napkins are a serious treat :)
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Photos by: Laure Joliet
Day dreaming of warmer days & distracting myself from work on this lovely Monday morning!! I booked a trip to Mexico this summer and it’s all I can think about now ( …as I sit here in a big wool sweater and scarf ) I truly am considering getting this Scoth & Soda botanical shirt. It’s like a more awesome fitted version of the classic tacky hawaiian shirt! p.s. I also have a tropical inspired Insta-Discoveries coming up next. Like I said, I have margaritas and white sand on the brain!
01. Yestadt Millinery Hat | 02. La Prestic Ouiston Antique Lau Jumpsuit | 03. Scotch & Soda Botanical Shirt | 04. Yosi Samra Flats
Alright y’all. Who wants the chance to design their own postcard pack from Artifact Uprising!? I’m not going to lie, it’s fairly addicting. After getting my first set, I very quickly started setting aside more photos for the next round. I’ve also started working on a love-book for me and my man, ha. I think it would be really fun to start printing these regularly… Who wants to go down memory lane via a laptop and a bunch of random JPG files? That’s not fun.
The postcard pack comes in a set of 20 on 100% recycled paper – and are inspired by the “disappearing beauty of the tangible”. They have this wonderful softness to the print quality that leaves them feeling… it’s hard to explain! I love it :)
To enter: Go here!!
Giveaway ends on: 04/08 – Goodluck +
I recently started working alongside jewelry designer, Courtney Cady, at Cuyana in San Francisco. She always struts in with the most amazing assortment of jewelry on – low and behold it’s usually from her own collection, Bagtazo. I am now her biggest fan!
“Bagtazo is inspired by traditional body adornment and primitive production techniques. Using simple materials worked by hand, the pieces are derived from folk and tribal wares.”