betina lou spring 2013

this morning i received an email announcing the latest fall collection from betina lou. but seeing as how it’s still the summer, i decided to stick with the season and share the betina lou spring 2013 collection, which just so happens to be on sale this very moment. every look is so fresh and feminine with just the right preppy twist. a very classic and wearable collection in an array of cool cottons and nautical knits. and if you aren’t familiar with the label, betina lou is based in montreal with each piece being assembled by small, local manufacturers using natural and renewable fibers like cotton and wool. and don’t forget to shop the spring sale!

photos courtesy of betina lou.

fruits & veggies by the loved one

last week, i very quietly packed up my belongings and said goodbye to the bay area. i will be sharing more posts about the move and everything else, but until i get settled, i thought it would be fitting to share this pretty editorial by the loved one. these sunny summer photos have got me in just the right mood for my move to los angeles. and now that i’m in the area, i’ll be able to visit their pasadena shop for the very first time. in fact, they’re having an event this friday night and i plan to make my first visit, so come on out and say hi!

photos courtesy of the loved one. modeled by tara niami.

jane sews spring 2013

one of my favorite things about the internet is being able to discover new brands and to connect with people all across the globe. which is exactly what happened yesterday when i received a little press release announcing the jane sews spring 2013 collection. i don’t think i had ever heard of them before, but one look at this fresh lookbook and i was hooked. they are a small label based in durban, south africa creating easy-to-wear vintage-inspired pieces using natural fabrics and timeless silhouettes. that pretty much sums up what i want my closet to look like, so of course, i am now lusting after many of these dresses and separates.

images courtesy of jane sews.

go explore by need supply co.

i discovered this little gem sitting in my inbox while i was away. go explore is a new limited edition collection by need supply co. created in collaboration with dusen dusen, collina strada, and black crane. the intention of the collection is to “capture the spirit of transition, the energy of life in flux, and the power of exploration.” and as i find myself in such a position these days, i think this collection would be the perfect uniform for my own travels and transitions. i’m especially in love with the dusen dusen pieces, and in particular the collared dress in ferns. get into my closet!

images courtesy of need supply co.

young frankk summer 2013

i don’t often write about jewelry, but that doesn’t mean i don’t have favorites! one of the first brands to really push me in the direction of wearing a few statement pieces was young frankk jewelry. a couple of years back, christine was kind enough to send me the v steps brass necklace, which quickly became a favorite, and is one of only a few pieces of jewelry i now wear on the regular. so of course i always keep an eye on her ever-expanding collection and find myself drooling over her incredible lookbooks. such was the case with her latest collab lensed by the talented photographer amber mahoney in dreamy coney island.

photography: amber mahoney 
models: gabriella cetrulo and gillian herring
stylist: kate greene
makeup: allison paisley
clothing: need supply co.

myrtle “double ep”

today i’m excited to share the newly launched “double ep” lookbook for los angeles based myrtle boutique. i pretty much instantly became a fan after their tomboy style lookbook last summer, but this new collection of dreamy photos shot at echo lake is certainly a match. this time, they teamed up with photographers megan mcisaac and laura taylor who took turns shooting each other in looks from some of my favorite designers including samantha pleet, in god we trust, dusen dusen, and gretchen jones.

photographers and models: megan mcisaac and laura taylor
styling: whitney bickers
clothing: myrtle
sunglasses: gogosha optique
location: echo park, los angeles

in god we trust spring 2013

if you noticed the silence this past week on the blog, i apologize! i went off to visit family over the holiday weekend and came back with a bit of a bug that kept be down enough that i wasn’t even checking my email. it was a blessing and a curse as i am now desperately trying to scramble and catch up before the week ends! but now that i’m finally back on my feet, i thought i’d share the new spring 2013 lookbook from new york-based in god we trust. the entire collection is made and designed right in new york, and this season was all about capturing the essence of summer in the city. owner and designer, shana tabor says:

“as any proper new yorker knows, half the fun of summer is finding ways to get out of the city—whether it be to a beach, a lake house, or upstate for the weekend. honestly, sometimes you just want to get the hell out of town.”

i may not be a new yorker, but i think we can all relate with that desire to hit the road for the weekend. and what better way to do it than in easy silhouettes decked out in silly novelty prints like over-sized sunglasses and world-travelling kitties, or in crisp, clean colors with cool cut-outs and interesting proportions? you can shop the entire collection right here.

photos courtesy of in god we trust

rosaspina vintage spring 2013

just last week, i received a very sweet message from ale of rosaspina vintage announcing the released her very first handmade collection! i’ve been following her blog for a while, and had been eagerly anticipating the collection after she shared a series of sneak peeks in the weeks leading up to the release, so it was a very pleasant message indeed. and the story behind the collection is just as wonderful as the collection itself! each piece was designed by ale herself and lovingly handmade by her mother using vintage fabrics from the 1950s and 1960s out of her grandmother’s very own collection. the result is a very special collection of easy printed tops and ladylike pleated skirts with a unique history spanning three generations. there is only a very limited quantity, so if something strikes your fancy, head on over to her online shop now!

photos courtesy of rosaspina vintage.

victory spring 2013

while visiting portland this weekend, i stumbled upon local shop, victory, and decided to stop in. i was still a bit disoriented from the flight, but i recognized the name of the shop and figured it would be worth a browse. and wouldn’t you know, but there sitting at the counter was shop owner nicole. both of us recognized each other immediately, but it took us just a moment to place each other as “girls of the internet” who have never met in real life, but may have been following each other for a number of years. yes, we are such a strange breed of internet ladies. we sat and talked about clothes and the internet and portland, and i ooh-ed and ahh-ed at her selection of tomboyish goods. so today i thought i’d share her recently released spring 2013 lookbook so you can see some of the selection for yourself! which you can also conveniently shop right here.

the secret garden by summerland boutique

it is very possible that as you read this post, i’m currently boarding a plane headed for portland, oregon. which is quite a coincidence considering that the latest summerland lookbook has just been released by a talented team of portlanders. the online boutique also has a companion brick and mortar shop on burnside st. which i will hopefully have the opportunity to visit this very afternoon! is your mind totally blown? because mine sort of is.

i’m excited to have the chance to browse through the new spring and summer selection including the many pieces so beautifully photographed against so many epic floral scenes in oregon. i can only hope that they’ll get just a bit of sun while i’m there so i can enjoy portland in all of it’s splendor, pretending that i have somehow been transported into the dreamy images from this lookbook.

“the secret garden” for summerland, emily love styled by megan hart and photographed by anja verdugo.