Something Short For Summer

Vince Easy breezy shorts for summer.  I love the idea of shorts but they must hit the sweet spot length.  The hunt is over with Vince’s pleat front cotton shorts. They look crisp yet read casual and hit mid thigh.  You can choose from three neutral tones.  Keep your look relaxed during the day by pairing these with your favorite tee.  For an evening look, add a loose-fitting blazer along with some fun earrings.  A woven pair of sandals or sneakers to complete the look.  (I am anxiously awaiting for these shorts to hit sale!)

image from Vince

A Textile Love Affair With ace & jig

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.

ace & jig

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

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.

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

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Anytime

Spring in the city is the best.  All the trees and flowers are blooming. There is renewed energy that is contagious  with the city dwellers and the tourists.  Everyone is always looking for places to experience.  The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been on my list.  The recent April showers presented the perfect time to enjoy the Gardner Museum.  I had one goal, the Courtyard.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

To me, the Courtyard is a year round city oasis.  The space is peaceful.  The sound of trickling water and soft floral scents combine to create a tranquil and beautiful  environment.  To just sit is enough.  The Courtyard is a gem that is accessible for all to enjoy.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

I found myself pausing at patterns, textiles, bold colors, and wall coverings.  The interior design world and the fashion world are extensions of each other.  I immediately start thinking of Dries Van Noten, the Belgian genius who is delivering wearable art through his exquisite taste in fabrics and patterns.  Walking through the Gardner had me thinking about the current trending floral and bold prints.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

The Gardner is stunning.  One must look up or you will miss beauty.

Gardner Museum

Gardner Museum

I really enjoyed Bharti Kher’s Sketchbooks and Diaries.  Kher spent a month as an Artist -in-Residence at the Gardner Museum.  Her contemporary point view is delivered through her use of sketches and drawings. Kher has a playful perspective while incorporating her focus on motherhood and gender.

Gardner Museum

My favorite piece, John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo.  The setting that Isabella curated especially for this piece of art makes it come alive.

Gardner Museum

The Gardner was founded by Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1903.  Her love of travel inspired her to collect art and untimely share that love with Boston.  Her passion, commitment, vision, and spirit is still very much present.  The Gardner has an amazing and impressive art collection.  It is also offers music, dance, and special performances.  So spend as little or as much time as you wish.  I highly recommend making a lunch reservation ahead of time at Cafe G.

Go Bold With Timeless Pieces From Marimekko

Anything that hints of spring is welcomed with open arms.  The Finnish textile company, Marimekko is known and respected for their bold colorful prints.  There is nothing shy about their brand.  Marimekko has a long history of offering unconventional designs for your wardrobe and home.  You can’t help but appreciate their knack for offering season after season a timeless and unique aesthetic.  Spring is the perfect time to embrace change and perhaps reach outside your style comfort zone.  This season is about patterns, prints, and colors.  I spent some time in both the Cambridge and Boston Marimekko stores .  The stores are full of bright and lively pieces for your wardrobe and your home.  Time to be bold!

Marimekko
A spring setting that says host a lady’s coffee morning!
Marimekko
Sweet flower vases in light creamy tones are perfect for a powder room or small side table.
Marimekko
Fresh, light, and neutral tones with quiet patterns could be perfect for a bedroom.
Marimekko
Prints and boldness playing off each other with a pop of yellow.
Marimekko
Vibrant pinks and reds to give you a splash of color for a guest bathroom seems right.
Marimekko
These black and white patterns create an interesting story on these simple plates. The small two-tone plate with a pop of pink compliments the playfulness of all these prints. Easy additions to your spring and summer tables.  A common circle design connecting them all together.
Marimekko
Patterns and colors to inspire a few changes this season. The pink, red, and yellow flower power says spring!  I’m also thinking a wrap skirt would also be fun in this fabric!!  The cars and animals are perfect for a child’s space.

Marimekko has so many pieces to freshen up your space.  You may feel inspired to recover a few cushions or pillows with some bold and playful fabrics or maybe it’s a sweet tray for your drinks.  A small bud vase with fresh flowers makes for a perfect host gift!

Marimekko
You always seem to need a small catch-all purse.
Marimekko
A great city bag for errands to tucking it in your suitcase for an extra tote.  Functional and stylish!
Marimekko
Green print or black print? Both sides are fab but would remove the label.
Marimekko
Pop of sunshine
Marimekko
Classic stripes should be a basic in your wardrobe.
Marimekko
The stripes go back to Marimekko’s to commitment to equality for everyone since 1968.
Marimekko
Bold Flower Power
Marimekko
An alternative to the classic blue strip
Marimekko
A bold wide leg poplin cotton pant in the Tasaraita pattern for any summer occasion like cafe sitting to a summer holiday!
Maimekko
The Pollina Nurma ankle boot!  But are they comfortable? I’m told yes.  The fabric and pattern on these open toe booties are beautiful in a cotton canvas.  The heel is wearable and street worthy.  Summer perfection!
Marimekko
More cloth bags!

 

Check out isostilo’s picks off the Marimekko website.  Go big this summer!!

 

 

Like A New Bag Is Necessary?!

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!

Bag It
Small but packs a punch
Bag It
Stunning, effortless, and perfect paired with a simple outfit
Bag It
Heading to lunch with a pop
Bag It
An Ikea upgrade but pay a fortune for it
Bag It
Nothing but net baby
Bag It
Day to evening
Bag It
A color for every mood and just for my essentials
Bag It
Have some fun with your style
Accessories
Just when you need that little something to swing and check out the neck candy

Peanuts For Spring!

Walked into Essentiel Antwerp, a men’s and women’s clothing store from Antwerp (not that the name doesn’t give it away).  At the moment they are having some fun with a Peanuts collaboration.  One can swing a snoopy bag to bring a basic outfit to life or flirt in a Peanuts inspired skirt.  I am always delighted to see a fun side of fashion.  The store is full of bright and colorful pieces.  Spring is knocking on the door in this store.  It is so refreshing to experience something different but wearable at the same time.  Essentiel Antwerp will bring out your inner playfulness!  I Love It!!

 

A few pics for the men.  But you get a sense of their style.  I’m digging the plaid pants.  Here’s a peek!

Essentiel Antwerp for your online browsing pleasure if you wish!