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Well it was certainly an unplanned hiatus from the ol’ blog, but a busy one at that.  One of the projects I took on in my absence was a break room makeover.  It played out like a show on HGTV: “two days!  Two hundred dollars!”  And only falling slightly over budget—$17 dollars to be exact—I would say the makeover was a success.

Now for the obligatory Before and After shots:

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If you would like to purchase some of the items seen in the revised break room for your own abode, I have included links and prices: faux leather futon, $129 (it was on sale for $117 when I got it–sorry!); floral rug, $19.99; floral pin board fabric, $7.99/yard; leopard and geometric pin board fabrics, $8.99/yard (only one available on the website.)  Everything else was either donated and/or re-purposed (except for the paint, of course.)

Now, with the fashion weeks being in full swing, do not expect another hiatus anytime soon!

Much love and good shoes,

e

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Flipping through Women’s Wear Daily on Thursday, June 28th, an unusual accessory caught my eye.  A sloping, varnished wood Lanvin clutch, topped with a mint green enamel clasp, stood out amongst all the surrounding colorful, embellished Resort 2013 accessories.  I was so struck by its unique and quiet, earthy beauty, I thought, there must be more like it!  (Although some may like to think so, designers do not create in a vacuum.)

Lanvin’s Varnished Wood, Clutch Resort 2013, Image courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Of course we are all familiar with the classic wooden-handled canvas clutch that accompanies our summer outfits on occasion, but this is a new breed of wooden clutches.  The wood stands alone; requiring no assistance from textiles in structure or in adornment.  The result is a sleek and fresh clutch with vintage appeal, ready for any occasion.

Here are a few more wood clutches I have stumbled upon (click for purchasing information)–I may have to start a collection of my own:

Stella McCartney Engraved Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Viecouture.com

So pretty and delicate, I would love to see this Stella McCartney clutch with an outfit that compliments it (a white sun dress), as well as one that contrasts it (a motorcycle jacket and skinnies.)

Emilio Pucci “The Box Clutch”, click this image to see variations of this clutch; Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

The mixed materials of varying depths on the faces of this Pucci clutch and the exposed screws on the sides give it an unfinished, rustic quality, despite its modern design.

Rachana Reddy Studded Teak Gold Clutch, Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

I appreciate the vintage appeal of the Rachana Reddy piece and how it looks as if it is wearing a studded cuff.  Minimal jewelry needed with this one.

KAYU Alyssa Shell Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

This KAYU clutch is an absolute stunner and my favorite of the bunch for its unusual use of natural materials.

French Connection Wonder Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Realliferunway.com

If you are unable to count carpentry as one of your skills, this one is a financially feasible alternative to trying to DIY your own clutch.

SigniCase Wood Camera iPhone Case, Image courtesy of Photojojo.com

This is not a clutch by any means, but it popped up in my search and I could not resist including it in this post.  For the non-clutch-carryers out there: a little timber for you, too.

I do not think I will ever look at a small wooden box the same way again . . .

Much love and good shoes,

e

Jessica Simpson “Oversized Ombre Hat”, Image courtesy of shop.nordstrom.com

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we should all be gearing up for warmer weather and a little time off to soak up some rays.  Of course you may already have some summer essentials in your closet, a breezy sundress, embellished sandals, and a classic denim jacket, but let me share my current obsession for summer 2012 that will not even break the bank:

The pink version of my pick, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Wide-brimmed sun hats are creeping up in retailer’s summer collections all over the place.  Whatever your style, there is a straw sun hat just for you.  They come in stripes, bright colors, dark neutrals, and of course, their natural state, straw.  There are even brands, such as Coolibar, that boast UV protection so you can be stylish and protect your skin.  I picked one up for myself at the Gap in a natural straw and black stripe pattern—trés chic!

Wide-brimmed ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

Wide-brimmed, embellished ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

The sun hat trend seems to be a lasting one; sun hats were spotted on Chanel’s 2013 Resort runway with ombré treated brims and others with feminine embellishments.  So snag a few in bright colors and patterns or splurge on a classic neutral that you can wear poolside year after year—sun hats are here to stay.

Much love and good shoes,

e

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Voting has opened on my tees!  If my design is chosen, Threadless will make my tee and it will be sold by Gap!  Follow the two links above and vote (5-0, 5 being the best!) for each design.

Thank you!

Much love and good shoes,

e

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Bumble Bright.

http://www.threadless.com/submission/410884/Bug_Bold

I have been working on a few projects in my absence.  Two of which, you can view from the links above (and vote on, if you like!)  If my pieces are selected, they will be produced by Threadless and sold by Gap!  They must be approved by Threadless before voting may begin so please check back again if voting is unavailable at this time.

Thank you in advance for the support!!

Much love and good shoes,

e

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