Last week I took a mid-day break to visit with co-creative director Anna Corinna of the handbag line Foley + Corinna. Besides being a long time fan of the New York City edgy rocker girl IT-Bag collection I knew the visit would allow me the chance to reminisce about one of my old stomping grounds. I spent five years living around the corner from F+C’s vintage boutique in the Lower East Side. As soon as I re-introduced myself to Anna we got into a “remember when” about a neighborhood that New Yorker’s are unable to control when they realize they have an old ‘hood buddy’ in their midst.
After a NY vs. LA vintage-sourcing discussion I quickly fell into handbag heaven. In addition to the classic Mid-City and FC Lady Tote there is a baby sister bag to contend with: the new Tiny-City Tote. It is a mini-me version of the cross-body Disco-City. It comes in an array of color ways and fabrics but I fell hard for the abstract floral print that will be available next season.
Can’t wait? Click link to purchase my current favorites:
Embellished Mid City Tote in Nude. Natural leather with gold leather detail and metal tassel.
FC Lady Tote in Mineral Canvas. Greyish gold canvas body with grey leather trim.
Disco City in Whiskey. Super soft leather in a versatile sized cross-body bag.
Tiny City in Sahara. A dose of glam packs a punch in this mini bag. Perfect for nights out.
I couldn’t resist including this embellished hobo bag as a wild card.
I think this laid back bohemian lifestyle may be rubbing off on me a bit.
Follow Foley and Corinna’s tumblr here for all their latest pieces and inspirations.
Let it Rain!
Yay! Spring is here. Although I live in LA which is pretty much nice weather all year round. No, I am not bragging. I am not a lover of winter but I am huge fan of appreciating the changing of seasons. I grew up in Florida where it is one long endless summer.
In that tropical climate of South Florida and the urban jungles of NYC I learned a thing or two about rain. Rule 1: Never be without an umbrella. Rule 2: Think of the umbrella as any other accessory; it must add to your outfit not detract.
But enough about me, back the freshest of seasons, Spring-time. Starts off a bit sloppy in March with all those sudden showers but that is what I am here to tell you about. I discovered these incredibly gorgeous umbrellas from Marisol.
Each limited edition African wax-cotton print is cut, sewn, and assembled by hand in Brooklyn, New York. The prints are the reason I fell in love with the Marisol umbrella but what is really special about them is that a portion of profits goes to help women survivors of sexual violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo to rebuild their lives at The City of Joy.
City of Joy is a revolutionary healing and training center created by women on the ground and sustained by V-Day, a worldwide activists’ movement to end violence against women.
To learn more about V-Day and The City of Joy go to http://drc.vday.org.
To purchase one of these beautiful umbrellas visit the Marisol website.
I love that fringe sweater and lace maxi skirt.
Vassallo FW ‘13
Sparkly yet demure cocktail dresses.
I don’t talk it about it much here on the blog but I am getting married this year so seeing the romantic and dreamy flower crowns from Cult Gaia has my head in full on bridal fantasy mode.
I love vintage clothing for so many reasons. Mainly the way you can make up a history about a 50’s dress and the housewife who spent her time valley-of-the-dolling in it or the 70’s fringe vest and the hippie who easy-rode down the coast in it. On top of all the day dreaming that goes hand in hand with recycled clothing there is the good you are doing for the planet by re-purposing what is already available.
Last night I visited the boutique opening of Denim Refinery in Downtown LA where designer Janet Sung has mastered a technique to get any vintage item super soft with silicone washes. From vintage Mickey Mouse sweat shirts to army-navy surplus they all get the treatment that turns coarse poly blends into perfectly worn-in coziness. There is a little bit of love from the 50’s to the 90’s in the shop but most of all there is killer denim. Here I am in a bleached out Levi’s jacket that is available online. Visit DR’s tumblr to get inspiration for your pieces that are left in the corner of a drawer because you can send your neglected jeans to get the Denim Refinery make-over.
When spring rolls around these Corso Como suede studded slippers will be simply splendid. Say that five times fast.
where did u find those gauge earring things? i love em(:
Such sweetness @openingceremony pre-fall #mod dress #dayinthelife of a #fashion #stylist @framenoir showroom
Back in the field. #dayinthelife of a #fashion #stylist @closedx showroom has this gorgeous silk #tie-dye double layer blouse on offer (at Cooper Design Space)
These Evita kitten heels from Nina’s holiday collection are perfect for a cocktail party. It’s like wearing an ornaments on your toes!
Are they rocks? Is it wood? Some sort of gemstones? I don’t know! What I do know is that I can’t stop thinking about these rings I tried on by Lydia Marcos during LA market week.
It’s raining in LA today which somehow makes me happy. I like the changes in the weather. It must be that I spent the first half of my life in forever summer-lands of Venice Beach, Houston and South Florida. Memories are all blurred together with no way of knowing when something happened other than if I was in school or not.
Anyways, my point is that it is raining and that makes me want to get into a cozy knit. I visited the FW12 preview of the Italian label Hache and wanted to keep all of the super soft sweaters to wear and don a spotted fedora while eating bread drenched in olive oil sitting by a fireplace. It’s my daydream, you can join me or not.
The turtleneck poncho is here!
Maybe the cropped ribbed is more your style.