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Ink & Tailor

I’ve been seeing a trend lately in textiles that I’m love, love, loving. Designers are utilizing photography to create beautiful abstract textiles that are used for everything from dresses to totes, to clutches and scarves. Ink & Tailor is a master of this intersection between visuals, textiles and design, and in their case it’s in the world of oversized, beautifully-handcrafted scarves.

Each scarf is born from a photograph, taken by the founders themselves. Some are wide open natural landscapes, some are industrial scenes and some are macro objects but all are beautiful and take on a completely new life when coiled around your body. It’s the ultimate transformative piece. The fabric is a blend of cotton and silk and has a wonderful delicate strength that each image seems to defuse within. And with the entire collection being made in the USA, what’s not to fall in love with?

Like I’m seeing with a lot of new small batch creative collections lately, brand voice and imagery are extremely strong and Ink & Tailor is no exception. Their logo is simple, modern and the concept behind it is lovely. Ink & Tailor is a collaboration between Maya von Geldern and K’era Morgan. Two lifelong friends who met in Art School over 20 years ago, August 28th 1993.  Living in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, CA their logo is inspired by a postage stamp and that’s no coincidence. Deeply rooted in the Ink & Tailor philosophy is the respect for travel, new ideas, the convergence of cultures and, of course, the effect it has on our souls. Each scarf is accompanied with custom tag detailing where the image originated; a nice connection, rooting scarf and image in a deeper purpose.

They’re new on the block so show them some love and follow them on Instagram for everything from a new way to tie your scarf to daily reminders that beauty is all around us. And make sure to check out their e-commerce site. To welcome fall they’re offering 20% off for the rest of September with code SEPT20, so shop till you drop. Gift giving season is just around the corner. That’s if you have enough self control to buy one for someone else and not yourself!

Check out images below from their inaugural collection along with the photographs that inspired the textile design.

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Blake Lively at Cannes

I know I’m late to the party but it almost seemed criminal not to post these photos of Blake’s red carpet looks at Cannes. I mean she wasn’t even there for anything but to be arm candy for her totally hot husband, who happens to be Canadian I might add, and wow, did she do a good job. Everything from the makeup to the hair to the accessories to the dresses was flawless. The girl doesn’t even have a stylist which makes me love her all the much more. Let’s just take a minute and drool.

Dresses are as follows: Two Guicci Premiere dresses (black and burgundy), a Chanel Haute Couture mermaid dress and more casual short Giambatistta Valli Couture.

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Images via Vogue.

Yo Vintage!

One of my favorite vintage stores in Portland for women is Yo Vintage! They’re a small shop in SW Portland just off of Burnside. Each piece on the rack instantly feels special. This is due in no small part to the picking and buying abilities of the owner Sarah Radcliffe but also in the entire atmosphere of the store. Saying it’s a well-curated space is an understatement; it’s an intimate experience. Carrying not only vintage but a variety of artisan goods including a thoughtfully chosen selection of jewelry, clutches, hats, stationary, cosmetics and sun glasses allows the space to take on a unique point-of-view all its own. It’s so refreshing to walk into a store and be able to absorb not only the experience but also legitimately appreciate the quality and craft of items without being overwhelmed.

Below is their Spring 2014 Lookbook. I’m so impressed by the production of these. As a vintage lover, buyer and past seller I definitely understand the tediousness of cataloging vintage pieces as they’re one of a kind. But as you can see this only adds to Yo Vintage! charm.

Check out their site here. And next time you’re in PDX I would highly recommend checking them out!

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Rebekah Miles

Seriously though, check out these amazing hand-painted book covered by Rebekah Miles. Originally a ceramics painter, her love for painting something sculptural and functional led her to start extending her talent to book covers. She takes inspiration from the book itself to create the design, whether that be an image or content, and reimagines it into a beautiful art piece. She hand cuts the book jacket out of glossy paper and paints in acrylic right down to the title, author and publisher. I just love her free and un-calculated style.  Using mostly used books she breaths new life into each piece of literature, giving it literally a facelift while creating a truly sculptural piece of art. For someone who loves displaying books as art in her home this immediately caught my eye and attention. I would just love to have one of these pieces.

Be sure to check out her latest colab with Rodarte and Curve. Curve, a boutique with locations in NY, LA, SF, and Miami set out to launch Rodarte’s Fall Collection in a unique way. Working with Mulleavy Sister’s they tapped into friend Rebekah Miles to reimagine the 2011 book they created with the fine-art photographers Catherine Opie and Alec Soth. Rebekah created 27 unique one-of-a kind book jackets that will be on sale at CURVE in New York. They kicked it all off with a book signing earlier this week.

Each copy of “Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth” with limited edition hand painted cover is on sale for $395. For more information visit Curve’s site.

Check out more of Rebekah’s work here.

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Lounge Like Olivia Pope

I was a little late to the game but my past few weeks have been spent binge-watching Scandal on Netflix. It’s everything you want out of a “turn your brain off” series and is the perfect guilty pleasure to indulge in after a long day at work with a glass (or two) of wine.

It has an aesthetically pleasing cast who struggle not only to find truth for their clients but also in their personal lives. The extremely well dressed Kerry Washington; aka Olivia Pope is the highlight of the show. Playing a strong, successful woman who is very good at what she does and likes needs to be in control but has a weak spot for the (married) President, all the while struggling with the morality of her situation. I know, juicy, eh?!

So alas, instead of fixing her own problems she spends her time fixing other peoples. Classic deflection. In any case, her wardrobe is to die for. Structured jackets and handbags, silk camisoles, classic jewelry, wool slacks and platform heels. She is a power dresser. But for me, the true genius of Olivia Pope’s style is her loungewear.  She has the absolute most to-die-for after work, curl up with a glass of wine, wardrobe. She seems to toggle between two color palettes, cream and grey but it always consists of a beautiful oversized sweater, a glass of big red wine, an elegant ring on her left pointer finger, a cashmere blanket and even though we never see her eat, she talks a lot about having popcorn for dinner… a personal favorite. So, it’s time we all take note and learn to Lounge Like a Olivia Pope. It’s the one thing she’s actually got all figured out.Olivia Pope21. Ralph Lauren Blue Label $1377.52 2. T by Alexander Wang $75  3. Ginette NY Mother of Pearl Ring $720 4. La Perla Silk Pajama Pants $308  5. Tile Cotton Blend Pillow $45  6. Stipe Bamboo Throw Cream $85  7. Diptyque Paris Genevrier $60

Olivia Pope1. Donna Karan Sleepwear Oversized Wool and Cashmere Blend PJ Top $300  2. Carine Gilson Sonia Lace and silk Camisole $770  3. Donna Karan Sleepwear Stretch-Jersey Pants $100 4. Gabriela Artigas Single White Diamond Ring $264  5. Lattice Cotton Pillow $72 6. Solid Cashmere Blended Throw $99  7. S/2 Assorted Octagonal Mirror Trays $45

Style It – Shades of Blue

I’m starting a new category for the site called, Style It. I think this is going to be a particular fun category for me to create. Basically, I will be pulling together outfits that correspond to things going on in my life. That could be somewhere I’m going, a season change, a sudden spark of inspiration or a past post, like this one.

Shades of Blue was a post in All the Rage about the trending blue theme in Street Style. Here’s a peak at my take on the trend for an effortless outfit ready for a work day or lunch date.

Find designer information and click through for where to buy below.

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1. Chloé Classic Wool Coat $1550  2. Diane Von Furstenberg Relaxed Sweater $382.28  3. 3.1 Philip LIM Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglasses $280  4.Takoon Floral Printed A-Line Skirt $770  5. Rebecca Minkoff Made in NYC M.A.B. Mini $450  6. IRO Saika Cone Heel Sandals $685  7. Elizabeth & James Apollo Ring $195

 

Besty & Iya Voyage

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… Betsy & Iya. They are one of my favorite jewelry designers from right here in Portland and they have a new collection, Voyage. Pulling inspiration from three destinations, Portland, Scandinavia and Mexico, Voyage is strong, geometric and architectural; everything we’ve come to expect from their jewelry. But it’s also something else, colorful. The three destinations each have a color pallet that lends its self to the jewelry, adding just the right pop to give each piece a truly unique personality. I don’t have much color in my everyday jewelry so I can’t wait to pop down and pick a few pieces up this weekend. Check out the lookbook below and some key pieces from the collection.

Two friends who wanted to make jewelry and run their own schedules formed Betsy & Iya in 2008. They now have a fantastic little shop in NW Portland where they not only make the jewelry right there in the back they also carry other lifestyle goods. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for any gifting needs, including that little reward for you. I hear there’s an expansion on the way and I couldn’t be happier! I wish these two all the luck in the world. I can’t go a day without someone commenting on my rings and I have Betsy & Iya to thank for that.

To shop online and learn more about the brand head over to their site.

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Pop of Red

This spring it’s all about the pop of red. Whether that be a handbag, shoe, tank or sweater it doesn’t matter. I mean really, look at how utterly boring everyone in the background of these pictures looks in comparison to those pumping it up with a shot of red. Truthfully, red is the one color I do not have in my wardrobe so it’s going to be struggle for me, but if I can do it so can you.  And I’m determined to make red work.

So, here’s some inspiration. Lets get after it!

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The Backpack

I’ve been obsessing over the “fashion backpack” for some time now. I mean, it’s so practical and reminds me of Cher Horowitz. So, everyone wins. I present to you my top ten backpack picks in no particular oder except for the middle placement of the 3.1 Philip Lim and Stella McCartney. Those are my favs.

Click into the post to see brand, cost and click through links. Let’s shop!

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10. Opening Ceremony Izzy Backpack $595

9. 3.1 Philip Lim Pashil Backpack $895

8. Jérome Dreyfuss Florent Calf Hair Backpack $ $1,140

7. Alexander Wang Prisma Leather Backpack $1095

6. Stella McCartney $1205

5. Elizabeth & James Cynie Sling Bag $545

4. Rebecca Minkoff Zach Leather Backpack $259 on Gilt

3. Deux Lux Perforated Faux Suede Backpack $105

2. KARA Small Backpack $410

1. Whistles Verity Backpack $517.52

 

Shades of Blue

Blue is no longer the bluest of colors. In fact, it is as fresh and bright as today’s spring day. At first I thought it was all about navy but with a deeper dive I stand corrected. There is no playing favorites or sides; all different hues, saturations and intensities of blue are fair game. Truly, the more you pile on and group together the better. So, it’s high time we all dust off that J Crew cashmere navy sweater we all have in the bottom of our closet (you know what I’m talking about), grab a cyan t-shirt, your favorite dark wash denim and layer it up. Anything goes here, so have fun with it. Get inspired by some of my favorite blue ensembles from Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week street style below.

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