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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Take It Outside

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.

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Make your next reservation at home! Get creative with whatever space you may have.  All spaces can be turned into a summer oasis.
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Pick flowers and fresh herbs from your garden or go to an outdoor market for fresh local flowers.
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Gathered utensils in a container to pass around is simple, functional, and casual.
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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.
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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!
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Light it up with string lights and candles!
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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.

What Is Not To Love About lemlem

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!

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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

Make Room For Teva This Summer!

Seriously!  Teva is rocking some serious style.  They have been around since 1984.  Maybe known to the adventurous outdoorsman but the stylish urbanites are now onto them.  Priced under $100 with the exception of a couple of styles.  That alone should have your attention.  These sandals will keep you grounded and current.  They are not making a come back because they never left!  Rock them with a sock or go bare foot to hit the beach.  Find the Teva that is right for you this summer!
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Teva has isostilo booking a pedi! All pics from Teva.

Happening Now! Tomas Maier + UNIQLO

An isostilo find that is kind on your wallet!  Who doesn’t love a collaboration?!  Tomas Maier x UNIQLO just launched so don’t miss out.  Time to enjoy summer with some beach inspired pieces that will have you weekend ready.  Here is everything you need besides the sunscreen and sun hat.

All pics from UNIQLO.  You have to love shopping from the comforts of your own home.  You just have to keep your fingers crossed that what you see online will impress you even more in person!

One Pair of Pants 2 Ways OOTD

A pre Memorial Day rule breaker but when you love something there are no rules!

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Beacon Hill Garden Tour

Hitting the streets with my gal pal to explore the hidden gems of Beacon Hill. Going bright with a crisp full leg cord trouser paired with a playful navy sweater from Comme des Garcons (a year round piece). Nike Air Max sneakers because who doesn’t wear sneakers these days but also perfect for marching the streets and climbing stairs to view the lovely gardens.  Also CPW is looking pretty good.  I love to be hands free so my Bottega Veneta is really in the mix these days.  Casual afternoon attire with no fuss to enjoy a happy spring day with a friend!

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Part 2: With a small window of time to freshen up my look before heading out for an evening with some sweet mamas from my son’s school.  I swapped out the sweater but kept the navy look because I was digging the blue and white combo.  A quick change into a short sleeve solid navy t-shirt and an oversized navy blazer with white dots from Maison Kitsune.  Added a pink lippy for a pop of color to my face.

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Marni Marni Marni! A forever piece that will be on repeat.

Mama’s new Marni bag from Mother’s Day.  This clutch was made for me!  When your boys know your style you just get giddy with excitement especially when it is totally unexpected with NO HINTS!  Ready for the night with the just the essentials.  xo

FYI I am a big believer in wearing pieces over and over again.  I love occasionally adding a new piece into the mix.  Life is busy enough and getting dressed should be fun, easy, and no stress!

 

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