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Deets

8.30.2014

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Cheap Monday blouse (℅), American Apparel jacket (℅), J brand jeans, Sol Sana x Free People heels, By Boe ear cuff (℅)

A whole mess of asymmetry this afternoon, neutral colors, little details.
Speaking of little details, for those of you who also like to occasionally wear the decorative ear cuff, I'm pretty sure we can all agree that, usually, they can be totally uncomfortable to wear. These little ornaments get caught in your hair, pinch your earlobe, etc, you know how it goes. Thankfully Annika Inez over at By Boe always creates pieces that are made with the lightest, loveliest gold-filled wire.

Other details that deserve a shoutout include the hidden button placket on this blouse: a menswear-inspired detail that allows for a straight, uninterrupted line down the torso, delights.

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Lotsa Hands: A Li'l Studio Visit with Kaye of Datter Industries

8.27.2014

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Back when I was a Freshman in college, I found myself with a paycheck. I took that paycheck, promptly deposited it into my bank account and took my hard-earned money right on down to good 'ol Etsy, where I came across a ring that would wear everyday for the next three years. Fast-forward to, er, yesterday, and I am sitting with the designer of said ring, Kaye Blegvad: illustrator, ceramicist and jewelery-maker extraordinaire, and I'm giddy with awkward giggles.

Kaye's fantastic, and she welcomed me into her studio ever so graciously after an email correspondence spanning a couple'a weeks. Upon arriving, we sat down and she gave me a brief li'l overview of her life since graduating: from London, she studied illustration in college, came to NYC to sow her work deep in a sense of adventure, and then started her jewelry line: Datter Industries, after TEACHING HERSELF how to make jewelry. Like dude, lemme tell ya, times is hard for creative-types, especially if you're in such a competitive field such as illustration or design, and Kaye has managed to make a fantastic career for herself out of how she shapes her world and takes joy out of the tactile crafts she works within (she also polished and breathed new life into my ring, as documented above, and it was SO COOL TO WATCH!).

...All of which is why I found it fitting that so many of the photos taken during our visit involve hands; Kaye's journey has been predicated by her hands and her vision, and I have infinite respect for her and how much she has accomplished. So much of her work stems from motifs of ancient strength, from natural elements and from a sense of instinct. What drew me to her jewelry was her choice to make symbols of strength wearable: the arrow, the third eye, the soaring bird or the open hand- even a laurel wreath, these are all symbols that are as old as time (most of which, are symbols of the Greek warrior goddess Athena/ she also turns to medieval manuscripts for inspirado), and they all (to me at least) point back to this inner intellect that is steeped in both sinister cynicism and bright light. Her illustrations are beautiful in that they are quiet, yet they're really strong in what she intends to express.

Ok, so what I've been able to share here is Kaye's space, but y'all should really check out this fantastic interview she did with Need Supply so that you can see her illustrations and craftwork along with her very personal and inspiring explanations. She's great, seriously.

Thanks again, Kaye!

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Still Falling

8.25.2014

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Lafayette 148 chiffon top, Asos cardigan, American Apparel bandeau, Dessu shorts, vintage bag, Modern Vice boots, Ray Ban 3447 shades

Getting ahead of myself again and dressing in layers when I really don't need to. But see them damn leaves? It's comin' I tells ya!

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All Shook Up

8.21.2014

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Vintage top, bottom & sandals (top 'n sandals via Dusty Rose), Leifsdottir bag, Persol sunglasses

Got some sunshine before succumbing to total. fucking. illness. 
Ugh, summer viruses are the worst.

In any case, been trying more and more to be even more selective with the crap I let into my life, and the stuff I do let in is either vintage or made really well (in other words, I'm trying to put my money where my mouth is). Been digging for more graphic stuff as of late, and although I hopped onto the Birkenstock train due to their minimal allure, these things totally destroyed my feet. Still, they went well for a stroll-able ensemble such as this, and most of this stuff is second-handed. woo!

 Check out these stats on clothing and textile waste, the more recycled vintage sold and worn, the better!

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Spaces

8.20.2014

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Datura velvet tank (℅)American Apparel jacket (℅), De Lune x By Boe Odyssey choker, Drawn & Quartered nameplate (℅) 

The necklace I made with By Boe was made for pieces like this mindfully crafted velvet tank by Datura. Quite pleased.

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