Jun
30

The Good Machinery

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I’ve been obsessing over every single piece of jewelry from The Good Machinery for the past week. Each piece in the asphalt collection is unique in color and pattern, which is the result of the free form mixing of resins, pigments, and additives. Everything is lightweight and basically unbreakable and my goodness, those colors. (Also, SALE ALERT! A bunch of pieces are on big time sale right.)

 

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Jun
22

Jenna Rowe / V Necklaces

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Strong, simply designed accessories are always my go-to. Especially during summer when I don’t want to be weighed down with a lot of clothing or extra anything. Jenna Rowe‘s copper and brass V Necklaces are refined enough to attend a wedding but low-key enough to wear with jeans and a simple tank.

 

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(via The Design Files)

Jun
18

Tiff Manuell

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We’ve all heard the reference that fashion is art, but what about when it actually is? Meet Tiff Manuell, a designer and artist from Adelaide, Australia. She creates a range of hand-painted accessories, each one completely unique thanks to her process. Tiff works by first painting canvases with bright colors and patterns, then cutting that canvas up and placing it inside a PVC outer shell before sewing and adding trim. Bags of all sizes and purpose, statement neckpieces, collars, and cuffs are all created in the same manner.

 

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Because I tend to dress in mostly neutrals, Tiff’s pieces have been an amazing dose of pattern and color for summer. Inside each bag she takes the time to stitch in a one-of-a-kind logo, just one last special touch that makes every piece feel just for you.

 

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Tiff also creates these dramatic statement necklaces from cut strips of painted canvas that are real showstoppers, color and pattern galore. I’ve been hanging mine on the wall as art when I’m not busy wearing it, and I always get so many compliments when paired with a plain tee or tank.

Long story short – I’ve got a crush, and it’s a big one.

 

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Jun
10

Summer Wish List

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1. Metal 4-Inch Steel U Hairpin  2. Cactus Print Half Sleeve Blouse
3. V Column Dress (Ink Lines)  4. Hillary Clinton for President 2016 Tee

Summer has unofficially been here for a few weeks now, but I’ve been coveting these wardrobe additions for even longer. A few tees, some shades, and I’m basically set. This is the lowest maintenance season and I plan to not only show it, but embrace it 110%. What’s on your summer wish list??

 

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5. Rose Quartz Triangle Gold Necklace  6. A Detacher Ruthie Romper (Hills & Dales)
7. Yami Backpack  8. One Piece Wide Strap Tank

 

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9. Vacay Times Tee  10. Super Duper Thistle Sunglasses
11. Lapis Stud Earrings  12. Alabaster Yama Imo Hat

 

Jun
09

The Good Twin / Zodiac Pin + Post

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There is some doubly awesome stuff going on with The Good Twin’s Zodiac Pin + Posts! Astrology can be intriguing to me (and I definitely match my Scorpio profile), so sporting one of these abstract pins and having a sweet postcard to go along with it is loads of fun. Can’t wait to pick up one, but be warned that they sell FAST.

 

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May
12

Kari Breitigam

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Houston, Texas fiber artist/art professor/jewelry artist Kari Breitigam must ooze creativity out of every perfect pore. Her pieces are handmade in such a thoughtful and ritualistic way that I almost wonder if those qualities might transfer to the wearer when they drape one on.

 

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(via Almost Makes Perfect)

May
01

Sybille Paulsen

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Art that gives back is like the pile of cherries on top of one of those ridiculously huge sundaes. The best. Sybille Paulsen‘s Tangible Truths focuses on the thread of change and transformation that runs through our lives, in this case women going through chemotherapy. By creating wearable artifacts from their hair, Sybille marks each transformation by creating something tangible that’s of value. Read about her first piece for Mary Beth, then consider donating to this meaningful project.

 

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Apr
27

Gamma Folk

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Gamma Folk founder and designer Lily Piyathaisere combines traditional techniques, including natural dyeing, weaving, braiding and ceramics to create her folksy line of statement pieces. If ever there was one jewelry line perfect summer, this just might be it.

 

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Apr
15

10 April DIYs

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Apr
06

Moulton (+ a Giveaway)

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Last month in Austin I came across lots of shops that were new to me, but none struck a chord quite like Moulton. Jewelry designer and fourth generation small business owner Jen Moulton creates pieces that are all about fresh clean lines that look just as great with a pair of cutoffs as they do with a cocktail dress. I couldn’t help but snap up a gold cuff ring and it’s barely left my right hand since. Because Jen is just as lovely as her offerings she giving one of you a $125 store credit to amp up your spring accessories game at Moulton – scroll down to enter!

 

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