Bihor Couture’s Story

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Something good to share!  Beau Monde, a fashion magazine is partnering with a small town in the Beius Country of Romania to keep their craft alive by creating the brand Bihor Couture.

Fashion designers find their inspiration by traveling around the world and immersing themselves into different cultures and traditions to draw inspiration for their next line.  Unfortunately they don’t always give those communities credit.  But through the awareness and support of Beau Monde the story is changing.  The local creators of Bihor can now sell their 100% authentic Romania design pieces online.  Their handcrafted pieces are bold, bright, unique, and steep in tradition.  The Beius Authentic Jacket is artwork, the scarf is fantastic, and the blouse is simply perfect.  Pieces are for pre-order only due to the length of time that goes into each handcrafted and hand embroidered piece.  Quality takes time.  There is no mass manufacturing here in Bihor.

The video is eye-opening, beautiful, inspiring, and true!  I want to visit these ladies.  I want to befriend them.  They are talented and don’t hold back any punches!  I want to learn their craft.  This story makes my heart sing and it deepens my love for authentic fashion.  Connecting faces to stories is how messages can be conveyed.  Thank you to my dear friend, solid liquids who shared this story with me. Keep them coming my way!  I have been meaning to share this story and no better time than now. Discover Bihor Couture for yourselves and share this story.

video @ Bihore Couture and images @ Branding News

Color Blocking Totes

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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.

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The beauty of using German merino wool felt: biodegradable, water-resistant, renewable, and sustainable

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Stay Shaded And Chic with Lola Hats

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!

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All pics are from Lola Hats.  Inspiration for your perfect summer hat!

Accessorize Your Phone With…

iDeal of Sweden offers the chicest and coolest phone covers out there.  A company from Sweden, you know it is going to be good!  Pick a cover that matches your style and your mood.  You never leave home with out your phone.  So why wouldn’t you accessorize it up?!  iDeal of Sweden has you covered with functional and fashionable phone accessories.  It is one more way to be playful with your personal style.

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Check out iDeal of Sweden for inspiration!  All pics from iDeal.  I’m going with the tropical vibe since that is my current mood!

Stepping Into Spring OOTD

City living and keeping the look fresh and light is the goal.  Who doesn’t love the sweet spot before the summer temps strike?!  Yesterday’s look was all about being able to properly chill in the park.  Spring and all its glory is giving everyone a reason to dress with pops of color.  Darker tones can have a much deserved timeout.

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Crossover bag for hands free action
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Stylish kicks for walking the city
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Light weight knit so no need for a jacket
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Fresh new phone cover for spring is an easy spring accessory

OOTD: Nike Airmax (walking on clouds), Frame Denim (all about the slit), A Detacher sweater (from Covet & Lou is getting lots of wear so CPW is coming down!), Bottega Veneta bag (an oldie but goodie gift from my husband is a timeless piece), iDeal of Sweden phone cover, watch borrowed from my husband, OTIS sunglasses

Getting Sunny With OTIS

A Kauai eye spy find in a surf shop.  Side note:  Surf shops are the best places to explore for all your cool hip summer accessories and more! OTIS is an eyewear brand for men and women that is shedding some light into the eyewear market.  Starting with scratch resistant!  Sunnies that can be thrown into your bag with out their protective case.  The collection is eye-catching, cool but understated, fashionable yet technical with playful names like Skinny Dip and A Day Late.  We love our sunglasses and love multiple options.  OTIS stands out with their mineral glass lens.  The lenses are scratch resistant and distortion free.  The costs are approachable.  The quality and care of the product can justify a purchase.  I have now owned mine for over a year.  They have been tossed around not to test their claim but that is just what happens with sunglasses.  I am happy to report that mine are still in their perfect scratch free condition.  OTIS gets you excited for the sporty days of summer.

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isostilo is looking forward to the sunny days ahead wearing  OTIS sunglasses!  How about you?

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Catching Up With Covet+Lou

I can’t think of a better way to spend my morning than visiting with Tina Burgos, the founder and owner behind Covet+Lou, a clothing boutique in Needham, MA.  You may recognize Tina from the days when she co owned Stel’s on Newbury Street.  Stel’s is where I met Tina and continued to follow her ever since.

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Covet+Lou is Tina’s new journey.  The store is a direct reflection of her style, passion, and commitment to offering inspiring designers with unique  stories.  The minute you walk into her shop you immediately know you have landed someplace special.  It is a space offering something new .  You get the feeling you are walking into someone’s closet.  A closet you will find interesting!  Covet+Lou is a breath of fresh air.  Discovering new brands is so welcomed!  The clothing is simply displayed only complimented by vintage finds that may be perfect for your home or to wrap up as a gift.  At the moment, everything is bright, patterned, and spring ready.

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Make summer easy with one piece of clothing to thrown on!
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More than just clothing

My time with Tina covered every topic from kids, shops, blogs, how to change the world, fashion, and just life. You can’t help but feel energized after spending time with Tina.  Her style is authentic and appears effortless.  She rocks it with confidence.  One of the many reasons I admire Tina is for her ability to make everything her own.  She is more than the woman behind Covet+Lou.  She is wife, a mother, and an entrepreneur.  From what I can see, she is doing it with confidence, determination, and grace.

I explored the fashions, learned about the inspiration behind each label, and walked away committed to the less is more approach.  We need to support designers who combine craftsmanship, art, integrity, passion, and environmental awareness.

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Easy, light, and summer ready
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Shoes for all personalities
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Something to make your basic t-shirt interesting
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Simple but not boring
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For your home

Covet+Lou is bringing to you a place to shop and feel connected.   Tina is a welcoming encyclopedia of fashion knowledge.  She embraces what she is showcasing and doesn’t have fillers.  Covet+Lou is a must to visit in person if you are so lucky but rest assured Covet+ Lou is available worldwide online with a click of a button.  She has a cult following and I am right there with them!

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The one piece that allows the rest of your outfit to boring
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Shades of blue
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Material Girl in such a good way!
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Something fun from BASERANGE for underneath that classic crisp button down
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Transitional knit pieces

isostilo was like a child in a candy store.  Bouncing from one piece to another.  Here are few highlighted brands and pieces that I love:

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NO.6 nails it with this dress.  Wear it now by wearing a thin long sleeve underneath.
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Crisp white with pastel!

NO.6 is known for their clogs but you should get to know their clothes.  NO. 6 designs unique pieces with a feminine edge.  Tina introduced me to N0.6 seven years ago with my first pair of clogs. I still wear them!  Timeless design is all I am saying!

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Casual with interest
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Pullover paired with one piece jumper says all day and every weekend

A De’tacher means to be detached .  The pieces are designed with an aesthetic that demands appreciation.  This line is meant to be layered which gives the pieces endless possibilities.  Two stand out pieces: The Conor Polo in sky and black along with the Sequoia Pullover in orange cream and orange are perfection. Investment pieces but lifers!  Both pieces made in Peru.

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Beautifully crafted bag from Brother Villies

Woven basket bag from Brother Vellies is the perfect bag for summer.  This unique piece is a subtle style statement. It also timeless!

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Flirty and sophisticated not so expected white summer basic

Hansel from Basel’s soft white embroidered cotton blouse is sexy but tasteful with detailing that can’t be overlooked.  A summer basic to be worn with everything.  Hansel from Basel is out of Los Angeles created by artist turned designer, Hannah Byun.

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