Make room for another tote bag! The Aiko Tote is a beautifully crafted bag made from German merino wool felt. The Aiko Tote comes in four stunning color blocks that will compliment all personal styles. A bag that is up for any adventure or errand. The Aiko sets itself apart with its soft vegetable dyed leather trim and handle, an interior zip pocket, as well as an open interior pocket. So need to worry where you will stash your keys, loose credit cards, and other essentials. It is all in the details! Just take a look at their attention to the interior label. This Los Angeles based company is led by Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz. They have combined their Japanese and German influences with a Southern Cali lifestyle to create distinct pieces driven by high quality materials. All pieces are designed, produced, and shipped from their home base of Los Angeles.
The beauty of using German merino wool felt: biodegradable, water-resistant, renewable, and sustainable
pics from graf lantz
It is all about collaboration! This is absolutely true with Carey Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, the two ladies behind ace & jig. They met years ago as fashion design interns then fast forward to being reunited over their absolute love around antique textiles. ace & jig is where pattern playing is at its best! The more you experience the pieces the more you fall in love. Every piece has its own personality and is waiting to be worn and enjoyed. The colors and patterns can make even the most conservative lady branch out of their comfort zone. ace & jig are timeless pieces that you build upon. They don’t read in the moment trend and they don’t read boring! They are effortless. You can layer, wear alone, and mix and match any piece. ace & jig has no rules except that you must love what you own if not then swap it with another ace & jig fan.
Want more reasons to love ace & jig besides that they strive daily to be better, to build a loving community, and they recognize that they can make a difference?! Here you go:
1. ace & jig are committed to giving back to communities, charities, and organizations
2. focused on no waste with their textile scraps so they find creative ways to repurpose them via scrap donations, artisan collabs, making kids clothing, quilts, and other creative ways
3. slow fashion focus with designing timeless garments
4. encourage their community to resell, repair, upcycle or swap pieces
5. they work closely with their textile producers in India to be environmentally focused
6. Want more then check out their site ace & jig
All pics are credited to ace & jig
this summer with alfresco dining at home. Let’s just say June is officially summer! There is nothing better than firing up the BBQ and having friends over to enjoy the long summer nights. It is the best time to entertain. Summer gatherings can be simple and festive with little prep or you can go full-out gangbusters. Spending energy on creating a lovely and inviting atmosphere will delight you all summer long. You will just need to clean up the space and make of list of the items you will need to make entertaining fuss free and easy. After this it will be a breeze! Here is a helpful tip: clear out a designated space to hold all your summer dining essentials to make it easy on yourself and for those that are willing to lend a helping hand.
- Make your next reservation at home! Get creative with whatever space you may have. All spaces can be turned into a summer oasis.
- Pick flowers and fresh herbs from your garden or go to an outdoor market for fresh local flowers.
- Gathered utensils in a container to pass around is simple, functional, and casual.
- A folding table (great for pop up dinners when you have more guests than your typical dining set can accommodate) covered by a simple white table-cloth. Get clever with seating if you don’t have enough matching chairs by mixing in pieces from your indoors space. Benches work really well too.
- Melamine plates and glasses are worth the investment. This would also look just as lovely with colorful paper plates and napkins. Outdoor dining can be what you want it to be. No rules!
- Light it up with string lights and candles!
- Her smile tells it all! A dear friend who just happens to be my neighbor (thank my lucky stars!) kicked off summer with an outdoor set up that has me planting flowers , dusting off summer plates , and hanging lights! Thank you for the inspiration!
Here are a few places to check out online for your summer alfresco evenings. Happy Summer folks!
Crate&Barrel could be your one stop shopping for all your alfresco needs.
Ikea for some Scandinavian inspiration.
Target for string lighting options and folding tables (so handy to own and can be tucked away).
Check out this great piece from RealSimple. Lots of tips to get you excited for all your summer entertaining.
isostilo is hunting and sharing! Los Angeles based company, Cult Gaia will have you swooning for one of their timeless handbags. The Ark is their iconic statement piece that is taking social media by storm. A semi circular bamboo bag that can take you from day to evening with just your essentials. The Ark is offered in multiple sizes and colors. It’s versatile enough to swing beyond your warm destination holidays. Cult Gaia is taking handbags in a refreshing new direction. This bag is both object and art!
Finding classic pieces that become forever pieces for your wardrobe should make you look twice. Simplicity doesn’t mean boring. You want pieces that fold effortlessly into your lifestyle but reflect your personal style. Less is more with the Ark (that also goes for what you choose to carry inside this beauty). Check out more styles from Cult Gaia.
Any excuse to not give much effort to your hair. Summer gives you permission to be free from the blow dryer. Summer temps, humidity, and sunblock create a no win situation for most women. So forget about it! Try getting creative with bandanas and turban inspired hair pieces. They will do the trick. They are fun options and effortless in comparison to the alternative. Check out the following for inspiration: JCrew, Anthropologie, Madewell, and for the price of a fancy frock check out Hermes!!
Hunting for beachy summer pieces? Don’t miss lemlem! This line screams summer! lemlem is a collection of pieces for women, men, and children created by supermodel Liya Kebede. She is giving back to her home country, Ethiopia. Traditional weavers who once faced a dying craft now have a way to keep it alive with the help of Liya’s company. All the clothing is made from locally sourced cotton and made in Africa. Liya continues to expand lemlem’s partnerships throughout Africa and grow the lemlem Foundation to improve the lives and well-being of the women of Africa. Women are the heart of Africa and lemlem is supporting them!
The clothes are simply beautiful. They are also effortless to wear. The story behind the label is inspiring. A company and a cause to follow. All pics are from lemlem. The lemlem Foundation’s mission is to support the women of Africa through promoting healthcare and economic opportunities. Learn more here: lemlem Foundation
Always hunting for stylish hats that are functional, fun, and chic. An important accessory that shouldn’t be overlooked especially in the summer. In fact, a well designed hat can transform your basic outfit instantly. So besides sunscreen and eyewear, you can add sun hats to the top of your list for summer day essentials.
Lola Ehrlich is a former ballerina with Dutch and French roots and also the designer behind Lola Hats. She is delivering hats this summer for all ladies to take a second look at! They are charming, sweet, and embellished with just enough detail to make them unique and timeless. Each handcrafted hat is pressed on vintage or custom designed blocks then steamed. All trims are sewn on by hand. Every detail has been considered without sacrificing quality or style. Lola Hats have graced magazine covers and are admired by many including isostilo. Take a peek for yourselves online. Lola Hats is based in Brooklyn, New York. One word that comes to mind when I see these straw or felt hats is BEAUTIFUL!
All pics are from Lola Hats. Inspiration for your perfect summer hat!