Astis!

Meet Astis, the ultimate outdoor mittens!  I was introduced to these stunning handcrafted mittens from a sweet, stylish friend of mine who loves to ski.  She rocks these mittens like no other.  She puts them to the test in the elements for which they are designed, the freezing temperatures of Vermont.  Beautifully crafted suede mittens with a forearm that can be decorated with beadwork, cowhide pattern and fur trim.  All the mittens and gloves are lined with Polartec Thermal Pro High loft material that is dry wicking which in return will keep your hands warm and dry.  Don’t let the highly stylized mitten fool you.  They are durable and are meant to be worn not just for apre!  Astis combines modern technology and the time-honored tradition of handcrafted artistry.  Each piece is unique and a work of art.  I own a pair and my hands couldn’t be happier or warmer!  Oh Yeah! I love a stylish and functional find!  xo

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Crean Long Cuff Mitten
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Bering Long Cuff Mitten
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Fitz Roy Mid Cuff Mitten
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Freuchen Long Cuff Mitten
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Herzog Glove
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Liechhardt Glove
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Nanga Parbat
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Pocahontas Long Cuff Mitten
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Face/Neck Warmer

All images from Astis

Awesome Fact:  Astis was founded out of necessity by Brad and Charlie, two friends with the love of outdoors.  Brad was gifted a pair of beloved Cree mittens that unfortunately were also loved by his dog.  Those furry friends of ours are always up to mischief!  After much research,  prototypes,and determination along came Astis.  All mittens and gloves are hand stitched in the U.S.A!

Healthy Fridays

 

Gym Bag
Let’s go!
YUM!
Mother Juice lunch date
Almond Love Smoothie Time
Almond Love tastes so much better when made by someone else!

I love my Fridays.  I get to kick-start the day my way!  Weekends can be really busy.  So carving out a window is a priority for me.  Getting after it in the gym for an hour is rewarding and a gift to myself.  Well and to my family.  I’m just happier what else can I say.

I have added a new post workout reward to the mix if time allows.  Today I stopped by Mother Juice.  I’m a fan!   It feels cold as f..k outside(no sun:( so I was waffling between something cold or something hot.  I know it sounds ridiculous.  I went for both!  I ordered my usual favorite Almond Love smoothie .  Which I swap out strawberries for blueberries.  I’m a pain in the arse and I know it!  I also grabbed myself lunch.  I’m a sucker for coconut so the carrot coconut soup made it an easy choice along with the grab and go kale caesar salad.  TGIF!

Here’s What’s Cooking

I am so smitten with Smitten Kitchen.  I follow this site more than any other food website for inspiration.  Smitten Kitchen is so beautiful to explore.  The recipes are well laid out and easy to follow.  I am constantly seeking out easy, healthy and flavorful recipes with a refreshing spin on basic ingredients.  Here are a few new recipes that I will be cooking up from Smitten Kitchen!  I’m also well stocked on chickpeas at the moment.

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sheet pan meatballs with crispy tumeric chickpeas
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quick pasta-e-ceci-pasta with chickpeas
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fried rice with zucchini, tomatoes and parmesan and how about that egg!

 

8.6.4

I recently discovered the company 8.6.4 while shopping.   I spotted a stack of gorgeous cashmere ribbed knit beanies in a selection of soft colors.  The pink is particularly eye-catching and was immediately wrapped up to be gifted.

Tats and Ena Otake, are the creative minds behind 8.6.4.  The Japanese husband and wife team have crafted a beautifully edited design company in Brooklyn, New York that makes handmade jewelry and leather goods.  The jewelry line includes lovely necklaces, sweet knotted rings, and a wide range of earrings.  The pearl earrings are sweet, dainty and float on your ear.  A creative twist to the classic pearl stud.  The leather items and nylon bags look particularly interesting on their website.

8.6.4 makes pretty everyday pieces.  The prices are reasonable.  The website has the same meticulous attention to detail and keeps you exploring.  For me, I love knowing the history behind creations.  What is so impressive is that neither Tats or Ena had any design experience before this new endeavor.  Tats produced commercials and Ena was a sushi chef.  After a move from Hawaii to New York, they decided to leave their careers behind and to try something new.  It is obvious that Tats and Ena have a natural sense of style, a passion and a commitment to the goods that 8.6.4 creates.  Love it!

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Earrings
Love the playful spin on a pearl
Jewelry
The K-03 ring
Beanies
Pick your color

Photos from 8.6.4 website.

MFA Outing

Something to keep in mind when one is looking for an indoor activity this winter in Boston.  Being a tourist in your own city is exciting and fresh when a friend is visiting.  Exploring the Museum of Fine Arts with your pal definitely becomes more appealing.   Especially with the Takashi Murakami exhibit that is currently showing now through April 1st.  A huge hit for all ages and playfulness is encouraged!

The MFA offers wonderful programs for children.  Their website is loaded with fun and creative ways to take advantage of your visit.  I highly suggest taking a peek at it.  The Family Art Cart is certainly  worth checking out and is free with admission!

Time To March

The Women’s March is coming up on January 20th in Washington DC.  Rachel Comey has partnered up with friends across the country to update her classic camo jacket, the Short Zia Trench, for this year’s march.  The jacket is stylish with pops of blue that soften the camo print yet it maintains its strong presence.  What makes this year’s jacket unique is the printed Latin phrase “Si Vales, Valeo” meaning “If you are strong, I am strong”.  This special edition jacket represents what Rachel Comey believes in and more importantly delivers a powerful message of solidarity.  Ten percent of the sale of these jackets will be donated to Downtown for Democracy .

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Damn!

Photos from Rachel Comey.

Can’t end this post without saying this model is just slaying it!  Her hair is stunning, the pants are rock ‘n’ roll, the cami is sexy and the earrings, come on!

Surfing

Sometimes it is just fun to surf the web and curate while sipping some coffee on a Saturday morning.  I find myself bouncing from one site to another.  Exploring anything from fashion, lifestyle, health, or pop culture.  Today I have found a few fashion pieces that have my eye.  It all started with the black suede Neous boots.  They are sculptural, elegant, and funky in my opinion.  The boots speak for themselves.  Seriously this heel is amazing!  Easily paired with any denim.  Absolutely digging these mid rise, straight leg in light denim from the Brock Collection.  The Acne Studios bomber style jacket found on Vestiaire Collective is just cozy like a teddy bear but hip because it is from always edgy Acne!  The icing on the cake are these Rebecca De Ravenel’s two drop earrings.  Soft pink, I like it!  xo