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Today we are kicking off a four part fall fashion series about textures that take over the style world during the fall season. The first material that we are loving on is suede. It’s such a luxe, rich, and versatile material that can elevate a look or help keep things casual. One of my most favorite items in my wardrobe is a Levi’s brown suede jacket that my parents gave to me for Christmas a few years ago. It has continued to be my most treasured fashion item- that piece that I am especially thankful for and causes me to feel all giddy whenever I put it on. I wear it as much as possible during the fall and winter and then dream about it during the spring and summer. It’s one of those things that I put on and feel 100% myself, confident, and stylish in an effortless, easy way. In my book, that is the goal when it comes to clothing purchases and personal style- that is what makes getting dressed and putting outfits together so fun!
The design combination of fringe + suede (see the top row of the collage) makes for a totally cool, irresistible, bohemian vibe. That vest, jacket, and poncho will all look so great paired with a simple white (or black) tee plus a pair of well-loved jeans. Those three items have a handcrafted, artisanal look that is effortlessly fashionable when paired with denim and a tee. A suede choker + platform sneaks or slip-on mules will be favorite accessories this season and in constant rotation. I always stick to neutrals when it comes to shoes because I can wear them again and again, with so many different looks.
Be sure to come back next week for when we chat cashmere. xo
You guys- today is Lo’s birthday!! To virtually celebrate, I am sharing a list of cute gift ideas for the gal pals in your life. See the pics above + the links below, then head on over to her Instagram to wish her a happy b-day!
two. lo and I both swear by these silk pillowcases. they are pricy, but honestly life-changing! the silk does wonders on your skin and hair while sleeping. gift one of these to one of your girls and she will definitely be thankful forever!
There is nothing better than athletic wear that can go from lounging to the gym and then to street for errands, grabbing coffee, or going to lunch. These staples from Nordstrom are so cute, comfortable, cool, and completely versatile.
Hey guys! Last week Melis shared her six summer loves from her wardrobe and today it’s my turn to do the same – hooray! The above collage makes me laugh (as does Melis’ collage) because it is so obvious that we love our neutrals. I am constantly reaching for this black tote, that belt, and a great pair of denim. The laid-back, relaxed, easy feel of a neutral color palette is my favorite- especially for summer when the vibe is carefree and slower than another time of the year. Scroll down to get the details + links to shop. xx
We first learned about this brand from the Create & Cultivate conference in Dallas where Lo was on one of the panels (go, girl!). Since then we have had the chance to chat with a member of the local + lejos team (Amanda!) to discuss ways that we could share the local + lejos story with you guys. It finally clicked that a Q & A with their founder, Sheeva, would be the perfect way to feature them on the mag. And let’s just take a minute to adore these gorgeous images that they provided us with. Their images are truly a visual peek into the story and world of local + lejos — they pay so much attention to the details and have a passion for the beauty of the process, from start to finish. Because of their design with intention mentality, they are able to sell gorgeous products created by amazing artisans from around the world in developing nations. I could go on and on about how incredible their mission is, but I will let the Q&A with Sheeva tell the rest. xx
-Tell us a little bit about local + lejos in 2-3 sentences!
Local + Lejos is a contemporary, socially focused home goods company that creates modern pieces in collaboration with artisan women in developing nations. Our mission is two-fold, to provide accessibly price goods to you, while providing sustainable employment to women in need to developing countries.
-What was the main inspiration behind local + lejos?
The main inspiration for Local + Lejos was to give customers products they loved, at prices they can afford, while still being able to make an impact. There are so many talented artisans abroad, that do not have a connection to consumers here, and we wanted to start a company that bridged that gap.
-We are so inspired by your mission to empower local artisans. Such a beautiful thing! Can you share one story that has stood out to you when meeting and working with artisans from around the world?
Absolutely! one of our first partnerships was with our group of women in Rwanda. Last summer, we spent a month there to work on product development and to understand more of the social impact needs on the ground. After the end of a great meeting, the leader of the cooperative came up to me and pointed at a small building across the street. She hugged me and said “You see that there? That is a bank. Because of our work together, we were finally able to set up a bank account for our group. Now we will start to save.” Its moments like that when you realize how impactful it really is for these women to have access to steady work, something they’ve struggled to find before.
-We have a feeling that you have some incredible travel stories! What is your biggest tip for people when traveling to a new and unfamiliar place?
Our biggest tip: Get out of your comfort zone! Be open to meeting new people and trying new things – the best experiences in our travels have come from unexpected situations, that we were open to accepting. Also, always pack water & snacks.
-Speaking of travel, what is your most favorite place that you have visited to date? We know it’s a tough question! Top 3 is OK, too.
This is a tough call, but throughout our travels we’ve really fallen in love with Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The only way to get from village to village on the lake is by boat, and it is truly a magical experience. In the morning, the lake is calm and quiet, and makes you feel so alive that you wonder why you ever need to leave. Meditation and yoga centers have popped up in a tiny town called San Marcos, making it even easier to find peace…and green juice 🙂
-The name local + lejos is so catchy and cool…we love it! More importantly however, the meaning behind it is so powerful. Can you share that with our readers and elaborate on the meaning a little bit more?
Since the whole vision of our brand is to connect people across the globe, we really wanted our name to reflect that. Lejos is the spanish word for far, and our mission is to connect local communities with ones far away. It took sometime to come up with it, but as soon as we did, we knew it was the perfect fit.
-Leaving a retail job to create local + lejos must have been a big step of courage and faith! Can you tell us about that transition?
Ah, yes. It has definitely been a roller coaster of a ride since leaving my job. I had been thinking about starting Local + Lejos for about a year, so it took some time and some careful financial planning to pull the trigger and make the leap. The first few months were amazing, because I had been thinking about this so long, I was so excited to finally be spending my time working on building this from the ground up. After a few months, a bit of reality built in. While I still felt I was on the right path, it took longer to get off the ground then I anticipated and I just had to trust I was headed in the right direction.
-We are especially in love with the bowls in your shop. What is the backstory of these products specifically?
The first time I saw these products being made in person, my jaw actually dropped. These bowls are handwoven in the hills of Rwanda, about an hour outside of the capital, Kigali. The women use all natural materials from their farms (grass and sisal), to weave these beauties. They start with a thick bushel of grass, and thread a needle using the sisal. Sisal comes from a plant, and is naturally a white color. Using tea, they dye the sisal to give it a brown tint. Depending on the size, the bowls take anywhere from 4 to 3 weeks to make.
-Do you have a current favorite piece? If so, what is it?!
Our favorites for summer right at HQ right now are definitely our Guatelamaen Serape Blankets – The Cerceta and The Verde are our top two! They are perfect for summer adventures at the beach or picnicking. Pass the wine, please!
-We are also in love with your Instagram feed– do you have any social advice to share as a creative small business?
Thank you! This is a tip that we started with in the beginning, and still stick with even now! Its really easy to get caught up in needing to post every day, or several times a day. But to us, social is about quantity over quality. Its important for us to ensure all of our posts are on brand. Since it can be expensive to get great original content, we try to space out our posts and really only say something when we have something to say, versus consistently updating without a purpose. Another tip is to befriend a photographer and do a trade for services to help keep it affordable!
Hey guys! Today I am sharing six things that are in my summer wardrobe that I absolutely adore. Get the details below + check back next week for Lo’s summer list. xx
the jeans: It’s been a 2-3 month long search for a light/medium wash jean that was distressed (but not too distressed) as well as cropped and frayed at the bottom. So particular, I know! To add to my picky-ness, I also like to stick to brands that I know work (I have had too many horrible denim experiences to take a big risk these days) so when I saw this pair of Joe’s from Nordstrom (ON SALE!) my heart skipped a beat and I bought them. Side note- I did find that these ran big. I am always a 26 in Joe’s, but I had to return these for a 25. They are stretchy little guys, but so comfy.
the top: Literally, the perfect striped shirt. The material is a little heavier than normal (almost a light sweater weight) and the neck is a little high, making for a chill way to look totally put together.It’s also a tiny bit cropped, but not too much. It is final sale right now at Madewell at $34.99 and I would totally suggest going for. The same shirt style also comes in black and colorblock — and confession, I ordered both! It is seriously that good.
the shorts: Madewell does it again- these shorts are the perfect balance of casual and cool. This is my first pair of high-rise shorts and I am in love. Added bonus, they can be cuffed up or down, depending on your mood and your outfit. Side Note- Again, I did size one size down than my normal size!
the sunnies: Get ready for the compliments. These Westward Leaning shades (℅) are truly amazing. The lens are completely flat and the appearance is super shiny, yet not reflective. So incredible! The quality is undeniable, as well. Protect your eyes, enjoy the sun, and look pretty darn cool…done, done, and done.
the espadrille: These Marc Fisher beauties were in my Nordstrom shopping cart for so long, until one day I finally caved and clicked purchase. Oops 🙂 However, I am so happy that I did. Right when I opened the box I could tell how nice they were and was even happier when I tried them on- perfect fit and so comfortable. I have really narrow feet that sometimes don’t jive well with the espadrille style, but I was so happy that these worked.
the hat: I am a definite hat girl, so this summer I knew I needed a black straw hat. I had seen other bloggers wear the straw Mesa hat from Madewell, so I decided to give it a go. It’s so comfortable and fits like a dream. Sometimes hats look huge on the head (one thing I do not like) but this one does not- hooray!