Everlane: Your Wallets New Best Friend

a622aab87a4d02874d239ad3a4afbfcc 949ea614_a06b ee35c3f0227af0db931673c84faec856 38644afaf2d761317133e077d4bda0e0 0e696c1ced1f791a745d64e92248f6e8 Everlane's concept is simple: great clothes + sourced and produced fairly + only sold online (no brick and mortar store) = solid products you feel good about wearing for much cheaper. Basically Everlane is designer quality with fast fashion prices. I first read about Everlane on Marissa Kraxberger's blog a few weeks ago and I was immediately intrigued. I made my way over to the website and fell in love with the brand, the story, and the products. Consider Everlane as your new one stop shop for high quality basics that don't break the bank. I have the pointed collar black silk shirt $80 (its longer in the back and hangs nicely). The cotton tees are awesome - $15 gets you a thick supima cotton t-shirt that holds up after you wash it. Fancy a nice thick cashmere sweater? Everlane cashmere = $130. What about a basic leather belt? Everlane belts = $40. Thank you Everlane - I finally I have an easy way to buy the foundational pieces my closet needs!

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Sophie and the Oil Portrait

There is no doubt that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very well depicted in the art world. And there is no doubt that if you are lucky to own one of these animals, you know exactly why people feel the need to capture these animals on canvas. And while my family's lifestyle is not quite like the Malborough's below.... And my children's clothing doesn't look a thing like the The Three Eldest Children of Charles I. And I am not Lady Hamilton, and George Romney did not request to paint my portrait. However I do have the privilege of spending my days with Sophie, my very regal 8 year old Cavalier. After a friend told me about www.oilportraits.com I decided to give it a try. I wasn't quite sure how an online oil painting order would turn out, and I have to say I was a bit skeptical. So for my birthday, I sent in this photograph: And 3 months later I received this painting in the mail. Still needs framing but I thought it turned out very nicely. Mission Accomplished. All images minus the last two are via Google image search.

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Have you all heard of Joules? I adore this British brand of baby + kids + adult clothing. Its a collection of polished outwear, cheeky wellies, and foxy sweaters (or jumpers as the Brits call them). I came across Joules while searching for a winter jacket for my daughter. Since it doesn't get too cold around here a mid-weight jacket is usually all that is needed and Joules does this all with an extra attention to detail in each piece. You can watch watch this video to get inspired. So many great pieces to Be-Joule yourself in!

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Mark Your Calendar: Isabel Marant for H&M

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Coated Denim

  Coated denim (which looks similar to leather) is my new favorite fall wardrobe addition. Its not as expensive as leather and not hot like the fake leather pant option since it is made predominately of cotton. The effect is a sleek and chic update. I have these pants from AG, or Zara make a great budget friendly version in grey and black.

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Conversations with Cannon: Amanda McCorkle

I first learned about Amanda when I received the most brilliant letterpress birth announcement from a friend. With an art background myself and a special love for etching - I just had to know who was behind this art piece in the form of a letter. Amanda McCorkle is the artist mind behind ColorQuarry Letterpress, which presents unique, one-of-a-kind birth announcements and wedding invitations, which simply add to the excitement and magic already surrounding these significant moments. I am in awe of Amanda's artistic talent - her birth announcements are such gems and I am so excited to share with you a few of this statements from the artist herself - I think you will be smitten too... Cannon: Can you explain your artistic process from the initial consultation with a client to the final product? Amanda: After consulting with the client about possible themes and imagery they'd like included, I sit down and sketch out ideas. Sometimes I have a clear vision from the start and then it's just a matter of executing it on the computer. Sometimes it takes a bit more playing around with pieces to make it work. Once I have a completed design, I email a proof in several different color options. At that point in the process, if there are any minor edits to be done, we get the announcement to a good point and then send the file off to the platemakers! They make an aluminum plate of the image (in reverse, of course) and then it's ready for press! C: What was your initial attraction to letterpress printing? A: My very first time seeing letterpress type was while I was in school, going to Rhode Island School of Design, here in Providence. As a true type nerd, I loved playing with combinations of old letterforms and colors to make little type 'collages'. After graduating in '98, I worked primarily as a print designer, but it wasn't until I had my daughter, Ada, that I got back in to designing for letterpress. I wanted to design a birth announcement that was as amazing as my lil' girl was...and so went the start of ColorQuarry Letterpress (an offshoot of ColorQuarry, my primary design work). I started an Etsy shop and realized there was a real market for people who wanted birth announcements or wedding invitations that reflected who they were, and how excited they were at this extraordinary time in their lives! C: How has the style of your announcements and invitations evolved since starting Color Quarry? A: Quite a bit actually! When I designed my daughter' announcement (my first birth announcement) I didn't have an idea for a specific theme or place. I just knew I wanted it to feel magical and surreal, so I found a lot of strange vintage clipart and redrew portions of the wallpaper we had used in her bedroom to create a pretty wild frenetic piece. I think now the announcements and invitations have a more cohesive feel to them ... more like tiny flat dioramas of scenes. It's great fun talking with a client about what they'd like and then creating that world for them. C: Where do you draw your inspiration from? A: I know its cliche to say, but I really draw inspiration from everything. There are artists I've loved and draw general inspiration from (Calder, Cocteau, Alexander Girard, Ungerer, Henry Dagger, etc), but I think right now, children's books are one of my biggest inspirations. There's so much amazing illustration in vintage children's books (A Woggle of Witches, Moomin, anything drawn by Brian Wildsmith). Sometimes it's  just a random idea I'll get from looking at National Geographic (We got my daughter a subscription after she fell in love with this issue). C: Do you have a favorite or memorable announcement or invitation? A: It's hard to choose, but some of my longest running favorites are Ace, Jonah, and Henry for birth announcements. There was a job I did for an amazing couple that was getting a new dog (Isabella) and wanted to send out an extravagant announcement for her. They sent me chocolates at Christmas and we still stay in touch via email! I love getting to do stuff with different papers and inks like I did with the Luke & Emily invitation (gold ink on black paper). I hope to be able to do more jobs like that in the future! There's this seed paper I have been dying to use on a job. The recipient of the invite or announcement can simply wet the paper, plant it in the ground, and wildflowers will grow from it! C: What are your hopes for Color Quarry? Where do you see the company going from here? A: My short-term goal for CQ Letterpress is to continue to grow the size and scope of the projects. My long-term goal is to maybe one day have a real bricks & mortar storefront for the biz! I would love to actually meet face-to-face with clients someday! C: How has motherhood impacted your artistic pursuits? A: Haha, good question! It was much more difficult in the first 2 years than it is now. I went from essentially working 20 hr. days and loving it, to being a full-time mom for a couple of years. Obviously, there are countless other ways I fell in love with my new 'job,' but it definitely helped me develop the ability to focus my ideas better when I'm working on something. Ada's still only in preschool (part-time), so when I have time to work I am sure to make the most efficient use of it! It's a challenge, but I always work better under pressure. ;) I knew you all would be obsessed after reading this! For moreColorQuarry Pressannouncement and invitation designs, check out her website and Etsy store!

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By George.

These earrings have a special place in my heart. Besides being beautiful, they are inspired by a sweet story. I spotted similar earrings on 47th street during one of my first weeks living in New York: Georgian, c. 1880 in the original leather box. I would pass by the shop on the way to the jewelers, inquire if I didn't see the earrings in the window, and carried on this inquiry for two years. A few times I thought of justifying their purchase for myself: a better way to study Georgian jewelry, an investment, I need it because I design jewelry, I need a memory of my time in New York ... I had gone to great lengths to even negotiate the price, gather all contact information and photographs of the piece for my husband. We moved from the city in May: Christmas and birthday came and left. The earrings never surfaced - but I could not shake them from my mind. After the second Christmas with no earrings I decided to return to my earlier justifications and call and buy them for myself. I had never bought jewelry like this for myself but I was determined. I called. I found out to my dismay: The earrings were sold - sold to an individual, who happened to not really like the color of the stones but they bought them anyhow because their girlfriend liked them. The statement ended my two year thread of hope because obviously that was not my husband - I knew for a fact my husband would not have even noticed the color or cared to mention anything unless it was about the price or if it seemed broken. I hung up the phone and cried. I called my husband at work crying. He kindly mentioned I did design jewelry so why didn't I just make some. I cried more because I didn't live in 1880, the leather box was unreplicable, and this memory of 47th street was taken away by someone who didn't even like the stones. And lastly, I cried because I was pregnant and didn't know it at the time, so all those nice early pregnancy hormones just added to the mix. Four months later, my sweet husband handed me a box on my 30th birthday. I was shocked. I was so happy I wanted to cry but I was just silently stunned (and I had cried waayyy to much about them in the past) He had bought the earrings a year ago before we moved and kept them hidden. So, since there is no way I am parting with mine, I bring to you a version of those 1880 Georgian earrings. I changed out the old mine cut diamonds for champagne rose cut diamonds and added a second version in mint green amethyst. The earrings have the same alluring quality as the original though - the faint color of the stones combined with the subtle sparkle of the rose cuts make the earrings understated enough to wear with a t-shirt but elegant enough for black tie. This version comes in its own leather box too. Perhaps a century later someone in your family will still be loving them or maybe they will be adopted by someone who will find them just as lovely as you did.

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Olive Us

Olive Us is a charming web series following the lives of six children, Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty, and Flora June. The family lives in the countryside of France and these short films capture the nostalgia of family and adventure through a child's eyes. One of my favorites is Betty in Paris - I love how the film shows the grandness of Paris from the gaze of a little girl dressed in red. I always smile when I see a new episode alert in my inbox - Olive Us always delivers a short escape into the child's land of adventure. For the Olive Us website, click here. To see the new season, click here. The mother of these six children, Gabrielle Blair, also writes a blog, www.DesignMom.com (I don't know how she does it all - I have two kids and always feel slightly behind). Betty In Paris from Olive Us on Vimeo. A precious video of the family together: Christmas Tree Hunt from Olive Us on Vimeo.

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Going, Going, Gone.

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Bonpoint? Nope. Its Zara...

There is no doubt Zara is one of my favorite stores - the clothes are well made, the shoes are always great, there are great handbag and shoe options in leather for excellent prices, and my Zara purchases never seem to go out of style. This fall, Zara has done it again. The children's line is precious with a bit of edge and the baby line is awesome - very French with beautiful little prints, adorable cardigans, leather mary jane shoes (!!)- looking quite Bonpoint for a fraction of the price (and did I mention that the boys clothes are cute too?? You can visit the Zara website or my pinterest page where I have been pinning away!! Images via Zara Website

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