Hermes is THE classical master when it comes to vivid, perfectly tanned leather goods. Crafting Birkin and Kelly bags creates excess that is repurposed toward smaller and simpler pieces. Wrap bracelets may feed the fashion fiend, but a well placed picture frame is a compliment to every day living.
Nostalgic for recent holiday memories? Taking a moment to get a digital image printed might seem like a pain, though enhances the home in the long term. A sophisticated accent that preserves a moment in personal history, utilizes what could have otherwise been wasted. “Timeless” would appear to be an understatement.
Carbon neutral company, Chinti and Parker, offers up a charming new collaboration with Liberty London. The archival printed fabric is thoughtfully merged with an elbow patch design. Cashmere and florals have never worked so well together.
The navy heart patch crew neck sweater brings some spunk to a family-friendly Christmas look. Heart-on-your-sleeve plugs aside, this is a versatile piece with a twist… Sure to warm your soul well into the new year.
So far so good… We have yet to experience a Polar Vortex flashback episode. However, the days are still getting shorter and the nights a little colder. Outerwear accessories are that much more necessary these days, than the imminent puffer coat.
To add a little cheek to your chic let’s take it back, way back to Mouseketeer days. Zady can always be counted on to curate a quirky selection of responsibly produced apparel. Mischa Lampert’s Mickey Mouse beanie meets this standard, and then some. A nod to a childhood motif, delivered in basic black wool and fur lends buoyancy to the season’s chunky knits trend.
Inspired by the timeless Stan Smith, the classic white sneaker will not be denied. The affordable, wear-with-anything style does not seem to be going anywhere despite falling temperatures. It might be easy to label the tennis shoe as trendy, but comfort will never become “last season”.
Veja’s Esplar sneaker offers up a sustainable option in a sea of similar styles. Esplar is actually named for the NGO that supports organic cotton farming in North Brazil; furthermore, the leathers used are vegetable tanned and the rubber is ethically sourced from wild rubber trees. The old school look works great with tights and a sweater dress, or stacked leather leggings. Until the first real snowfall, these are the shoes that keep on giving… and they’ll be sight for sore eyes come spring.
Now that we’ve entered December, party season has ultimately descended. Double bookings and office potlucks are inevitable; and looking your best day after day (and night after night), a requirement.
After the inevitable sugar crash, there is always yet another un-missable party. Adding a second day boost to a blowout is a spritz away with Klorane’s Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. The non-aerosol formula is free of harsh sodium chloride, parabens, silicone and sulfates. With not a moment to lose, just think how much time and water could be saved. And the moisturizing properties of oat milk, will have you ringing in 2015 with less-than-fried locks. Consider that a Christmas miracle.
Voss Water‘s ongoing commitment to funding clean water projects in sub-Saharan Africa has a shiny spin just in time for the holiday season. The foundation raises money to build clean water access points in remote villages, and has conceived a bazaar of gratifying gifts for the holiday season. A couple of weeks ago at the Women Helping Women annual luncheon, the goods were on display for attendees to shop; and are also available online for ongoing purchase.
At the event, my friends and I all pounced on the Nijili Star gold plated bracelet (also available in silver). The Samburu women of Kenya wear the star on their foreheads as a reminder of their origin as women (Venus, of course), and now there is a version for the jewelry wearer in each of our lives. The bracelet is delicate and stackable. But most importantly, it’s philanthropic, with 100% of net proceeds going towards the Voss Foundation‘s efforts. So, if you are at a loss for the perfect present consider the essential gift of clean water and “[A] particular interest in assisting woman and girls who, relieved of the burden of fetching water, have time to devote to education and enterprise.”
As the nights grow longer, who isn’t seeking a a bright spot in the darkness? Maybe one that updates a retro likeness? A take-everywhere evening bag to be worn with everything from jeans to a holiday LBD? Edie Parker’s acrylic boxes are clutched by socialites and movie stars alike… All appreciating a nod to 1950s showgirl-chic.
Brett Heyman launched her line of handcrafted modern minaudiers in 2010, as she noticed that there were fewer and fewer vintage specimens to be found. Requests from friends turned what was a private passion project, into a full blown enterprise. Her designs are at once seminal, (made in America) classic, and finally bespoke. If one can choose between colors, finishes and fonts, what’s not to like?
This time of year, we’re all prone to fall into the trap of all-black-everything dressing. It’s chilly, it’s dark, it’s damp. While we’re all still required to aspire to sophistication, weather considerations (not to mention SAD) cannot realistically be overlooked.