i can’t tell you how long it’ s been since i’ve wanted a proper pair of round glasses. not a tiny john lennon/harry potter pair, but a slightly oversized pair to fit my slightly oversized face. i think it started at least a few years back when i got my first pair of round sunglasses by karen walker. but unfortunately, the optical style is not as easy to come by as your would think. and even though it’s now been long enough that i’ve almost lost interest, i still find myself coming back to this pair of selima edouard frames. they seem to be the perfect simple style in just the right size. and they just so happen to have a selima optique nearby in santa monica. i should really go try them on!
today i thought i’d continue the trend and share another cool bay area-based brand, gravel & gold. they’re set to release their spring 2014 collection in their san francisco shop this friday and have shared some images from the new lookbook. this season, they’re featuring new prints by los angeles-based artist sara bright and their own lisa foti-straus, which will be found on their selection of clothing, accessories, and furnishings.
photograped by katie davis + luiza sá for gravel & gold.
back when i was still living in oakland, i started noticing these pretty bottles of beautifully-branded, scented soaps popping up in a few local boutiques. i had always been curious about the brand, so i was delighted when juniper ridge recently contacted me and asked if i’d like to test out their newest wilderness perfume. this oakland-based company is in the business of bottling-up the fragrances of the wilderness. they go out on backcountry hiking adventures to collect plants, bark, moss, and mushrooms which they use to distill beautifully-scented colognes and perfumes. their new winter redwood fragrance was inspired by the redwood canyons of mt. tamalpais. this dreamy fragrance has notes of “redwood needles, douglas fir pitch, sea grass, chanterelles cooking on the campfire, wood smoke in the cool evening air, jeans soaked through at the knees.” it’s not the least bit over-powering, but instead, it lingers gently for only a few hours before i find myself opening the bottle to take a little sniff, and finding myself thoroughly homesick for those beautiful stretches of land just north of san francisco.
photos by me.
today i’m excited to announce my latest giveaway from designer rebecca mir grady. this chicago-based designer has just released her spring 2014 collection featuring beautifully hand-made pieces from recycled sterling silver and 14k gold. and this week, she’d like to offer you the opportunity to win $100 to use in her shop!
to enter: simply visit rebecca mir grady and tell us which piece is your absolute favorite.
the fine print: this giveaway is open to international readers so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after tuesdaty, march 25.
bonus: rebecca mir grady would also like to offer you 15% off with code “CALISPRING15″ now through march 31st!
today i’m excited to share a preview of the upcoming lauren moffatt fall 2014 collection. her designs have long been favorites of mine, and once again, she doesn’t fail to disappoint with a huge collection filled with amazing prints and patterns, plenty of separates to mix and match, and some really awesome knitwear and outerwear. there really is something for everyone in this cool collection, and the styling is spot-on as usual.
photos courtesy of lauren moffatt.
a couple of photos from adam’s third week of life, wearing silly little pajamas. looking at him now, it’s hard to believe he was ever this small and curled up. he looks like a little glow worm in that hat!
i’ve spent a bit of time putting together a small collection of jewelry recently, and while most of the pieces i’ve been picking up are dainty pieces that i know i can wear every day, it’s also nice to have a few statement pieces. and for that, i look to the beautifully hand-crafted jewels designed by katherine bently of la-based dream collective. i am still a bit obsessed with this evil eye cuff, but i’m also falling pretty hard for this new spring 2014 collection.
photos courtesy of dream collective.
just a little note to let you know that i’ve updated my shop with a bunch of handbags, more shoes and boots. i’m also letting go of a few really special pairs of shoes including an epic pair of céline wedges, a super vintage-inspired pair of manolo blahnik mary janes, and an amazing pair of carven x robert clergerie platforms. there is plenty more than just what i’m mentioning here, so definitely go have a look!
it’s been a few seasons, but the new ymc spring 2014 collection really caught my attention. it started with that perfect navy eyelet dress above, and as i continued scrolling through the looks, i really started to appreciate the little details on these cool pieces. whether it’s a dip-dyed hem on a simple denim dress, or an unexpected space-dyed yarn on a comfy striped sweater, every look has something interesting and unexpected to offer.
a few months back, i posted a little preview of the family affairs spring 2014 collection that i shot on a particularly sweltering nyc day. as always, it was fun to share a peek at what was to come. and now that it is almost officially spring, i thought i’d share the official look book featuring some of my favorite family affairs standbys along with a really cute selection of fun little halters and bralettes for wearing on hot and hazy summer days by the lake. once again, designer nina produced her own hand-illustrated prints with a particularly cheeky pattern of red lips with tiny little braces on a toothy grin. of her inspiration, nina says:
this collection is inspired by the golden, sharp light of the southwest, salty, white walls at the port in marseille, italian ice cream parlors of the ’80s,picking strawberries on a swedish farm, hiding behind the greenery to make out, eating watermelon on an old fishing boat in biarritz, roller skating disco to the sounds of david bowie.
she has just released the collection right here!
photography by amanda jasnowski.