all images// Slantt, model// Ameli Agbodan
Earlier this year I came across a new-to-me jewelry designer, Jennifer Rodgers of Slantt, on Instagram and I was instantly a fan. My husband gave me the Freya earrings from her last collection for my 30th birthday, and since then they have been my go-tos for everything from special occasions to everyday wear. Without a doubt, they are the most versatile and striking earrings I own. Jennifer recently released her Winter 2017 collection, Amalfi, and it’s more beautiful than I imagined.
“Guided by a modern and organic sensibility, her jewelry is designed to be distinct while speaking to the individuality of the wearer. Interaction, form, and process are the designer’s focus, and the line continues to evolve while remaining close to the core ideals of modernism and the careful practice of a small studio.” –Jennifer Rodgers, Slantt
Each piece is handmade by Jennifer in her Austin, TX studio with a focus on ethical and sustainable techniques and materials. The Amalfi collection features hand formed, cut, and hammered silver and brass with soft curves and waves–like earrings in contrasting shapes and textures that can move with you for a bit of drama, or bracelets and rings that feel grounded and bold with their organic ridges and folds. These elegant silhouettes offer dimension and personality–everything you could want in a statement piece. See the entire collection here and be sure to browse more of Jennifer’s gorgeous goods.
all images courtesy of STATE
I’ve been a big fan of STATE for a while, and I recently had the pleasure of modeling for their Winter 2017 collection! I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I’ve never modeled outside my own blog and it was a challenging experience for me, given my anxiety, but so worth it. Adrienne Antonson, designer and owner at STATE, has created beautiful pieces with texture, dimension, and unique details (the hand painted and dyed pieces are incredible)–relaxed basics for the everyday. Having a behind-the-scenes look gave me insight into the why of the collection, which makes it all the more special. Trust me when I say you’ll want to wear these pieces all the time. The environment Adrienne cultivates at the studio is welcoming and inspiring, and I’m honored to be able to work with her and the team. Head on over to the website to see the collection in full. It’s too wonderful to miss.
When I won a gift card from Goodwin several weeks ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to spend it on. There were several sneak peeks on Instagram of a dusty rose top that I couldn’t stop thinking about. When Goodwin’s Fall collection dropped (it’s so good), I snatched one up quickly, and I’m so glad I did! I tend to skew towards black, cream, and tan, but I didn’t realize quite how limited my wardrobe palette is until several people mentioned what a great new color this is on me. Often I admire certain hues on others but never feel like they fit into my wardrobe–I can’t see myself in them. I’m excited to know I was wrong. Not only is the color beautiful, but the top, made by Hackwith Design House exclusively for Goodwin, is one of those double duty pieces that my life and limited clothing budget requires. Made of a soft, comfortable textured cotton, the Aysha top is reversible and the flattering wrap silhouette and balloon sleeves mean it easily makes a statement. I’ve reached for it several times since it arrived. It’s a stunning piece with thoughtful details, both playful and sophisticated, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. This top is sold out, but another limited batch is coming soon in a different color. I definitely see more wrap tops in my future, and more from the always stunning collections at Goodwin!
all images// Gamma Folk
Collection Seven from New York based Gamma Folk is a statement lover’s dream. Rough textured and subdued neutrals pair well with the more bold hues, adding unexpected dimension to these beautiful sculptural pieces–art for both body and home. The collection features handformed clay and naturally dyed materials, woven details, and elemental modern shapes that provide a major dose of tactile intrigue. I’m especially in love with the Ionia Earrings, Agni Earrings (you can’t go wrong with mix-and-match earrings), Myrto Vessel, and Zois Wall Hanging. Take a look and shop the full collection here.
all images// Gamma Folk
Here we are, September nearly over, and the last post I made was about spring/summer fashion early in May. I didn’t intend to take such a long break, or even a break at all, but life often gets in the way of our plans. I’ve been struggling lately, personally and creatively. Chronic back pain (for which I’ve started seeing a chiropractor–it helps!), depression and anxiety, and busyness have all kept me from feeling like my best self. But Fall has always been my favorite season so I’m starting to see a bit of light ahead, starting to feel inspired again. I have a few exciting events on the horizon, the spider lilies have bloomed, and mornings have given way to that refreshing chill in the air–little things that bring joy to the forefront of my mind. It’s good to be getting back to this space not out of obligation but after a small yet significant rush of the creative energy I’ve been missing.
all images// wrk-shp
Los Angeles based wrk-shp, the design duo made up of Ryan Upton and Airi Isoda, easily earns a spot in my list of top five favorite clothing brands with their architecture inspired designs that bring a softness to the utilitarian. It’s fun to play around with bold choices, but I always feel grounded in timeless and versatile pieces like these. Simple boxy shapes, clean lines, and neutral shades are certainly having a moment, but the details in wrk-shp’s SS17 collection–a button closure or belt, the sleeves, the texture and draping–are what make it even more special. My favorite sweater from fall/winter is by wrk-shp and their spring/summer line does not disappoint.
This collection drew inspiration from Japanese architecture group SANAA, of Kazuyo Seijima & Ryue Nishizawa. Their buildings are known to use transparency and translucency with pale tones and soft curves. –wrk-shp
Read about their multidisciplinary work and see more collections here.
*Forgive me for another extended absence but I’ve had a lot going on and some lows that made blogging about clothes and interiors seem pretty disingenuous–a regular experience it seems. But today I figured I’d just go for it using whatever time I have. I’m locked away in my office with our anxious dogs while our kitchen backsplash is being installed. I can’t wait to finally reveal it!
//all images courtesy of Afternoon Swim
I cannot get enough of these incredible hand woven pillows by Hanna of Afternoon Swim. With a background in interior design and a love of textiles, Hanna blends art and function in the best possible way. Intricate detail adds textural warmth to her geometric designs, making these pillows the ultimate art object. See more of Hanna’s stunning pieces on her website and follow along here.
I have a lot to say about turning 30 in less than two weeks, most of which I’m nervous about sharing –though I’m trying to work up the courage. So instead here are a few lovely goods that piqued my interest in recent months–for my closet, body, and home. Weeks ago I requested one specific item from my husband for my 30th birthday and it’s not any of these things, but what can I say, making wishlists is fun.
//Nisolo mules–I’ve been wanting a pair of tan/sand colored mules for years and these, with their modest heel, strike a nice balance between style and practicality.
//This Tie Blazer from Lauren Winter’s recently released SS17 collection is a dream.
//A fragrant candle with well-designed packaging–yes please.
//A natural woven tote for spring and summer day trips I’ve been planning. Coming up is a quick drive to Columbia, SC to hit up our favorite spots and hopefully the zoo.
//I try not to buy any pottery that’s too similar to something I already own, and without a doubt this stunner of a vase by Ashley Hardy is unlike any other in my collection.
//A pink brooch to wear with my spring and summer denim jackets, because offbeat shapes and designs have a place in my wardrobe no matter how old I get.
//Everyday Oil since I’m terrible about moisturizing anything other than my face and at 30 that definitely needs to change.
//Boxy linen tee, because no other shape (or material!) makes me feel more comfortable and at ease.