Sure, it is getting a bit late in the season to be sharing Spring/Summer collections, but who really cares? Not me.
I really adore the Spring/Summer TBA: To Be Adored lookbook and how how the looks combine contemporary with classic pieces. It all feels so fresh and free. View and shop the collection here.
I'm not off to a good start posting my favorite looks every week, but that's okay. Here is this week's edition:
1. I love the peep of sky blue those socks provide. It's a great contrast to the skirt. 2. I really adore off the shoulder tops, and those shorts! They look like the ones I posted about here. 3. I can't get enough of bustier tops...I realy love that this one is paired with a very high waisted skirt. 4. I love everything about this look - the skirt, the tied top, the jewelry, the red lips, the bun - just everything!
5. That dress is so beautiful - the detailing is just gorgeous.
6. I think that top is really cute. It has a vintage look, and I love the necklace paired with it.
7. I had to add this look because I didn't think it was possible to not look like a dweeb with Mickey Mouse ears, but she pulled it off here.
8. I really love this romper; it has a similar vintage vibe as the shirt in #6 does.
I would not by any means call myself a very patriotic person, but the Olympics always instill a sense of patriotism in me. Here are some good 'ole American influenced looks just in time for the start of the Olympics tonight. Go Team USA!
Here's my attempt at starting a fairly regular series called "If I had a million dollars..." If you couldn't figure out from the title, it's going to be items I would buy if I had the money (and consumerist mindset)!
Fair Trade is a movement that is very important to me. The Fair Trade Movement is based on the ethic of providing fair and rightful wages to farmers, artisans, and workers globally, especially in developing nations. Ten Thousand Villages is a wonderful store that sells a wide variety of homemade and authentic Fair Trade goodies from artisans all around the globe.
They have a wonderful array of jewelry for sale, so I thought I would share some of the jewelry with you (and the stories behind them, as well).
Maasai Glass Bead Earrings, $16: "These Maasai artisans [the makers of these earrings] live about an hour from Nairobi in the Ngong
Hills. Namayiana has provided many benefits to the more than 100
families involved. Income from craft sales has helped to provide food,
clothing and school fees for the artisans’ families."
Variegated Serpentine Necklace, $49: Intercrafts Peru is a nonprofit civic association promoting export
sales of Peruvian handicrafts. A democratic cooperative of artisan
groups, Intercrafts Peru allows artisans full participation in
organizational decisions. The group's aim is to keep overhead costs
low, to share responsibility so more income remains in the hands of the
artisans, and to explore new markets...Benefits to members include health care, loan funds and advances,
school supplies and books, training programs and technical assistance."
Teardrop Choker, $18: "Noah's Ark International Exports is a fair trade handicraft marketing
organization in Moradabad, India. Most of the artisans are women, who
benefit from the fact that they can work from home and maintain their
responsibilities for children and household. Noah's Ark provides
benefits such as education and medical treatment for artisans and their
Ancient Echoes Ring, $16: Fair Trade Egypt, based in Cairo, Egypt, serves 40 producer organizations
that incorporate some 2,700 artisans...Fair Trade Egypt creates
employment in marginalized communities, works for greater equity in
employment conditions between men and women, encourages children’s
education by eliminating the need for them to work, and provides greater
access to services in health and education. The organization also seeks
to have only a positive impact on the environment, and to preserve
traditional craft techniques in Egypt. The organization gives high
priority to safe and healthy working conditions, as a principle tenet of
Frond Batik Wooden Bangle, $7.50: Java Ixora, named for “soka,” a Javanese flower, is located in
Yogyakarta, Central Java [Indonesia]. Java Ixora helps small artisan groups market
their products. Its artisan groups create traditional ikat fabric,
leather, ceramic and bamboo products, as well as furniture and small
wooden accessory items.
This past weekend I went to a farmer's market to pick up some fresh, local zucchini and then decided to make this AMAZING cake! It's extremely rich, but absolutely delectable (and so moist!!)! And, of course, vegan.
Here is the recipe, via Ripe From Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live) by jae steele, which I altered slightly from the original published recipe. (find the book here, on Amazon.)
My best friend is an extremely talented photographer and took these photos of me when she visited me two weeks ago. It's always a pleasure shooting with her. We've been best friends for 18 years now. View more of her pictures on her flickr here.
It's safe to say that I have a slight addiction when it comes to Lookbook. I love browsing all the different looks and drawing from styles around the world.
Here are some of my favorite looks I saw this week:
1. I love the carefree vibe of the untucked shirt, bell bottoms, and head scarf. The red lips really add to the look.
2. This look is just so fun in everyway; from her wild hair down to her Mickey Mouse dress shirt.
3. I've been lusting after a sheer blouse of some sort, and I really love this one with the bold color accent. I also love how she kept it casual with cut-off shorts and Converse's.
4. I love these bright red skinny jeans! I love that she kept up the rocker vibe with the fedora and tee, but added the matching necklace.
5. This look is so simple, but she wears it so well that I just hadd to include it in my list.
6. I'm always in awe by people who can pull off wearing an old rocker tee with a skirt and keep the look edgy and sexy.
7. Another look featuring my obsession for colored pants! But besides those pants, look at that amazing space-inspired shirt! I can't get enough of space stuff.
8. I adore this crochet top and how fun it is paired with the bright shorts.
9. Rock n' roll with a little bit of fun with the peek-a-boo neon bandeau bra - so much fun.
10. This look is so soft and elegant; she looks like a beautiful woodland fairy.
11. Fringe is always fun, and I'm all about showing a little bit of leg while still keeping it classy.
I've been stretching my ears since March 2011. The other night, I finally reached what I have decided to be my largest size: 1/2 inch (almost 13mm).
Now that I'm at my final size, I can buy various styles of plugs to change up my style without having to worry about stretching and not being able to wear them anymore.
Here are some of my favorite 1/2" plugs that I discovered on Etsy: