Basket bags mean one thing: ease! They are a perfect classic summer accessory. A bag that will compliment your nautical or city style. When the magnolia trees and cherry blossoms begin to bloom, start preparing yourselves for warmer days and lighter accessories. Straw bags can range from simple to well decorated. They also come in every handbag style. These simple and functional bags set the tone for a laid back, easygoing vibe that we all tend to favor during the summer months. Baskets bags are fun, versatile, and perfect for strolling around a seaside village or walking around a farmers market.
These beautiful handmade baskets are made with love from the women of the Bolgatanga communities trying to make a difference for themselves and their families. The funds from these bags help provide health care, school supplies, and community buildings for the weavers and their families. The baskets are stunning in person and no two are identical. Truly works of art! Please check out Johns Jungle African Market Baskets if you fancy a basket bag or baskets for your home.
Net bags are all the rage! Time to get on board with this trend. They are a perfect city bag alternative for holding just your essentials. The net bag makes for a great last minute accessory to throw in your suitcase for a weekend away. An easy way to have some fun with a trending piece. My hot pink find costs $12.00! You can opt for a fancy designer stamped one or anything in between. But we can’t ignore how fun they are for summer!
Hands up for earth and wallet friendly purchases! They both are on trend (bonus). I love them for their care free nature. They are isostilo style! Time to swing into longer and lighter days!
Check out Eco Bags for inexpensive options for the string bag.
isostilo has a new local find in Cambridge. I am a fan of making something your own. The idea of designing and getting creative with textiles allows you to put your own spin on something. I love customizing t-shirts for my son’s birthdays. It has become a fun tradition. I scored this year with finding BOSSTOWN Custom Printing & Embroidery in Cambridge. Honestly I had gone to the Converse store originally but the equipment was under repair. So I was on the hunt to find a local business. Having a local shop that is owner occupied is always welcomed. We have to support our local shops to keep things interesting and unique. After a brief meet and chat with Melissa, the owner of BOSSTOWN, I knew a super fun t-shirt would be designed. I am thrilled to have found Melissa. She is running a business, juggling kids, and delivering a service that I hope all will consider the next time you are looking to personalize some kicks or t-shirts. I will say that she is located in an unassuming location and you walk through a little maze to find her small space. Another gem! BOSSTOWN
Spring is in full bloom at the new Converse retail store connected to the new Converse global headquarters at 1 Lovejoy Wharf in Boston. The minimal, clean, and hip space is stunning with sunlight streaming through the large glass windows. Very cool! It is well laid out showcasing kicks in pastel colors, track suits, and basics of t-shirts , sweatpants and joggers. You can head to the Blank Canvas to customize your sneakers or t-shirts. Converse welcomes you to engage with the products and get creative. One of my favorite reasons to head to Converse is to play at the Blank Canvas. I have designed my son’s past two birthday gifts at the old Newbury Street location with a unique customized t-shirt. Unfortunately the printer is currently under repair. But I did get to explore the new space and products. There is also a nod to the Boston Celtics with NBA x Converse Franchise Collection with Chuck 70 high tops paying tribute to local heroes. The TD Garden is a stone’s throw away. So be sure to pick yourself up a pair of screen printed leprechauns and clovers for some good Boston luck . After visiting the store, take a stroll along the waterside and enjoy a panoramic view of the Zakim Bridge. Converse could not have asked for a more stunning urban environment.
I love the new home of Converse. Sorry to say farewell to Newbury Street. The one downside to the new location is that there is no parking so I highly suggest public transportation. At the moment the Converse store is more of a destination with not a lot around it. But hang tight knowing Boston is exploding with new neighborhoods everyday. Plan your outing on a spring or summer day so you can stroll along the waterfront and take full advantage of the waterfront setting. Maybe head to the North End for lunch. There is cafe at Lovejoy Wharf so be sure to grab a coffee or whatever you fancy to get you to your next stop.
Disregard the current weather on the East coast! Here is something that rain, snow, or sunshine can’t prevent this accessory from being sported! Hats are not just an after thought. They are the final touch of style that you choose carefully. Melin, a company from Southern California is delivering style, function, and cool as hell hats. This find goes to my 10-year-old son who was hunting for a flat bill hat. Melin is innovative and hitting every detail. The Amphibian, the hat that my son decided with conviction was his to own is designed with the same attention to detail as one might compare to a sports car’s interior. It is ready to perform! The materials are a combination of neoprene, perforated tech suede, a moisture wicking lining, and the list goes on. One may say over kill and too pricey for a hat. But you could say the same over a fancy scarf (cough, Burberry). The Amphibian will float and stand up to any elements with no sign of wear and tear. This hat line doesn’t disappoint. isostilo is totally digging Melin and you should check it out.
Found at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. and modeled by Aleisi, who is rocking The Amphibian 24/7 except to school with the fear of loosing it.
Copenhagen is seriously a cool city! I am envious of those that have it easily accessible. We hit the streets running and I can share with you that design in every sense just lives and breathes in this city!
SKT. PETRI Hotel is centrally located and a five-minute walk from the metro. It has a lovely lobby filled with natural light, green plants, and plenty of large lounge areas to sip a drink. The restaurant looked nice but we didn’t try it due to all the options outside the hotel. Limited time means hit the streets and explore. Walk out the revolving door and the city is awaiting.
Coffee is my thing. You could say an addiction. Democratic Coffee is a lovely spot to pop into anytime of day. It is conveniently located next to SKT. PETRI. Democratic Coffee serves one of the best almond croissants (damn good) in Copenhagen and pours a delicious, smooth roasted coffee. It is located in the newly renovated Hovedbibliotek.
Copenhagen is a playful city that draws you in immediately. It has stunning architecture, cobbled streets, canals, colorful buildings, a royal castle, green space, and museums. Really what else could you ask for?! The city is filled with the Scandinavian aesthetic that I love (and the reason Copenhagen has been on my list). So much to offer with culture, shops, restaurants, and city activities. I did not even scratch the surface!
Paludan Bog & Cafe is a vibrant bookstore/cafe that has set the bar high for delivering a vibrant and cozy eatery serving from morning till late evening. One will be hard press to walk right in and sit down but it is worth the short wait. The restaurant offers tasty food and a lengthy beverage list. The environment is welcoming and the prices are reasonable. It is the perfect marriage of academia and a neighborhood hot spot in the heart of the city.
Drinks and Dinner:
Illum is one of Copenhagen’s best rooftop hot spots offering multiple restaurants, bars, and stunning views of the city. Live music, a bottle of red wine and large basket of fries was how we girls enjoyed it!
A total errand day! Getting ready for a weekend in Vermont along with some Easter bunny duties. The sun was shining and the weather had me in a pickle. I questioned the temperature would reach high 50’s but it is spring and I was optimistic. I went with layers. Super easy to peel off as the day warmed up. I have been committed to breaking out some old goodies from my closet and yesterday was the perfect day to for a spring friendly knit sweater. The sweater was the piece and the rest was easy. Paired with a current denim style that has a fuller leg, a stripe top (stripes always in style), white kicks, and finished off the outfit with an on trend piece, a cloth bag. I went with a denim on denim look but could have easily gone with a trench jacket.
The ANNELORE sweater was from the good old days when Louis Boston was on Newbury Street. I loved this store for their curated selection of merchandise. They were hunters of upcoming brands along with bold designers like Dries Van Noten. Each floor was beautifully arranged. It was a place to explore and a paradise for fashion mavens.
Maybe… I really don’t need one but why not take a peek. Basket bags, net bags, and fancy bags are all catching everyone’s eye. Handbags are a great way to add that one piece to freshen up your style especially with spring on the horizon. You want to feel lighter and carefree. For me, I want to carry my essentials: sunnies, iPhone, wallet, lippie, keys, sunblock, and my small note pad (yes, I know I can take notes on my iPhone). Shedding layers is a gal’s spring goal so why not begin with an accessory that we don’t leave home without. I am a bit of a bag lady and have collected some classic style handbags over the years. But now I am hunting for a minimal, nondescript, and fuss free handle carrying accessory that is not a luxury piece. It needs to fold into my lifestyle without defining my look. A fun bag that has me swinging with a smile on a sunny day. So I hit the shops for some inspiration. Check out these beauties that are currently trending. For now I will be toting around my recycled cotton patterned bags from cool shops that I have visited during my travels. Stayed tuned for what isostilo ends up sporting for spring and summer if at all anything!