the spring season is in full swing and i am so ready to start wearing regular clothes again. i cleared out my closet and lined up all of my favorites, just waiting to throw on once this baby is born (in three days, might i add)! among the items that i’m really excited to wear are my new a-tank and easy pant from philadelphia-based designer wol hide. the collection was started in 2014 by knitwear designer leah d’ambrosio with a focus on clean, soft knits in relaxed silhouettes. which is pretty much exactly what i need right now. the a-tank is 100% cotton, but is somehow the softest knit i have ever touched. and while the pants are jersey, the cotton and hemp blend is so fine that i almost thought they were a woven. and of course, everything is hand made in the usa with all of the sweaters hand loomed right in philadelphia.
even though i no longer live in oakland, my latest obsession is oakland-based boutique, lisa says gah. they only recently opened, and i am super bummed that they weren’t around when i was still living there. although perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise because i pretty much want to own every single thing in the shop! they carry a ton of my favorite brands, and they have the most enviable product photography of anyone around.
i think i can say with 100% certainty that my current obsession with hats stemmed from my first handmade panama hat by portland-based designer brookes boswell. i got it last spring, and pretty soon, it found it’s way onto my head almost every day, especially in the warm and sunny summer months. she’s just released her new spring 2016 collection, and now i’m trying my best to narrow down my new wishlist! she has a large range of both straw and felt hats to cover any type of weather, with plenty of styles to choose from. i decided to try something new, so i got the new straw cortland for myself, and i’ve been having a lot of fun wearing it. or if you’re curious about the hat that i’m always wearing in outfit photos, the wakefield is still available to order!
each hat is custom made to order by brookes herself, and you can usually select from a variety of different types of straw or felt in different colors to really personalize the look. she also has a really great selection of hat pins and vintage hats, and if you’re in portland, i hear she’s opened a store front so you can check them all out in person!
with baby girl arriving in just about a month, i’m get super anxious about dressing her! i know that they are only tiny for a couple of months, so i’m trying my absolute best not to go crazy buying lots of clothes, but it’s really hard to resist with so many adorable spring collections coming out every week! i bought a little peter pan collar top by soor ploom from misha and puff last season, and now i’m hooked! their new spring 2016 collection is just hitting retailers, and you’ll be able to shop everything on their site at the beginning of april. the collection is designed and made in brooklyn, and i can personally attest to the quality! everything is made with super soft linens and cottons in classic styles, but each piece is unique and interesting with little details that you just don’t find everywhere. also, i cannot get over this adorable look book!
perhaps it’s the impending birth of my new baby, or maybe it’s all of this california sun, but something has got me feeling the more relaxed and romantic vibes lately. i recently came across the new spring 2016 collection by dôen. i’d had them bookmarked on my computer when i ran into my friend katie of mother mag wearing the beautiful raw silk quintana dress. i’m so glad i got to see one of their pieces up close, because they really are beautiful and well-made!
the brand is a new collective of creative women based in los angeles, and the line is vintage-inspired with a focus on elevated basics in quality fabrics, all the while managing to keep prices quite affordable. the clothes are produced within the united states when possible, with beautiful handwoven textiles ethically sourced overseas. they’re exactly the types of clothes i want to be wearing right now! and i can’t wait to order my first piece. i’ve really got my eye on the raw silk fringed tate tunic!
i didn’t get proper outfit photos this weekend, but i did get a quick snap of one of my favorite pairs of shoes by marais usa. i really love the new direction that the brand has taken with all of their shoes now being made in la. and i want to own pretty much every new style coming out for spring! below are some photos i snagged from the marais instagram account, which are much more glamorous than my own!
i’ve got babies on my mind pretty much 24/7, so i hope you don’t mind me sharing some of my favorite collections! i first learned about oeuf nyc when adam was born. that season, they came out with all of these ridiculously adorable woodland animal-themed knits, and as much as i loved them i never did end up snagging one. but he did wear one of their iconic knit crowns on his first birthday! fast forward a few seasons, and i’m really excited to see their spring 2016 collection of gingham, florals, and nautical stripes! i’m definitely most interested in all of the teeny tiny baby clothes, but i like that they also make toddler and little kid sizes, especially since i probably won’t be able to resist dressing adam and his little sister in matching outfits! of the collection, they say:
the new collection, entitled “bug juice,” is an homage to nostalgic childhood summers, drawing inspiration from camping adventures, lake house trips, and the age of innocence. the collection includes whimsical pieces that are refined, yet understated with a retro feel. as always, oeuf wanted to create a playful and comfortable collection for kids to enjoy being kids. from terry cloth and jersey t-shirts and pants, to classic gingham swimwear and dresses, styles can endure summer adventures while keeping kids cool in the warm sun. illustrator marie assénat designed imaginative one-of-a-kind prints to pair with the effortless styles, perfect for the mischievous minds wearing them. the classic knit hoodies are offered with their signature playful ear accents in pink and white, along with knit jumpers, tops and shorts in iconic nautical stripes, reminiscent of new england summers.
besides having adorable designs, i love that everything by oeuf is eco-friendly and made with 100% organic certified pima cotton. it’s something i look for when shopping for my little ones and i really make it a priority to support businesses who champion sustainable use of environmental resources! you can see all of their offerings here.
i’m sure you guys know by now that i’m a serious clog fanatic. so of course i was excited to see the new spring 2016 clogs by no. 6. i have to admit that i’ve never actually owned a pair, but i have drooled over them for years. maybe this season i will finally break down and get a pair!
these are only a few photos of the collection. you can see the rest here.
the new esby apparel spring 2016 collection, and i basically want to own all of it! over the summer, i picked up one of their bestsellers, the allison jumper, and wore it more times than i could count. so i was really excited to see that they’ve updated the fit this season with a cropped, wide leg! i didn’t even know it was possible to improve on it, but it is definitely on the top of my wishlist for spring. in addition to their beautiful, linen jumpsuits, they also have a really cool denim kimono top and plenty of wide leg, ava cropped pants in lots of different colors. summer uniform? check!
esby apparel was founded in 2014, by designer stephanie beard. all of her clothes are made with the idea that they’ll be worn often, so everything is well-made right in the united states using high quality fabrics. everything is designed in austin and constructed in new orleans and dallas before making it’s way to your doorstep.
as you guys all know, i’m just about six months pregnant now, and maternity clothes are pretty much necessity at this point. or at least clothes that are comfortable and versatile enough to be worn with this growing belly of mine. and if there’s one company who’s got maternity figured out, it’s hatch collection. they know how to make clothes that will work conveniently before, during, and after pregnancy without screaming maternity-wear. no ruched side seams or high belts. just simple, comfortable clothes that can be mixed and matched with your current wardrobe and that will last long after your belly is gone.
during my first pregnancy, i was kind of adamant that i didn’t need maternity-specific clothes. but this time around, i totally accept that no matter what i buy for my pregnancy, it’s not like i’m going to continue wearing it for years down the line. it’s more about finding a few really versatile essentials that will be comfortable to wear, and help you to feel good during an otherwise pretty challenging nine months of your life! and don’t forget that sneaky fourth trimester! bonus if you keep wearing it beyond a year, which is exactly what’s so nice about hatch.