Mark Your Calendar: Isabel Marant for H&M

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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 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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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, (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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Introspection + Utopia

On my last trip to Barcelona, I fell in love. The name: Hoss Intropia. The moment I walked into the first Hoss Intropia store I felt like I had come home. Every single piece of clothing, the decor, the style, the detail was just as I would have it if I could design a clothing collection. The use of color, the meticulous use of detail (tiny pleats, bias cuts, special buttons, fabric layers, I can go on) had me. I went to every store in Barcelona and every store in Madrid wanting to see absolutely everything they carried. I think the reason why I was so captivated was that not only were the clothes beautiful to the eye, I could tell that there was an artist behind all of this - not someone trying to make clothing for clothing's sake, but someone who carefully chose the fabrics and chose the designs as an art form. The stores themselves were beautifully arranged and spoke of the detailed artistry the brand invokes. I came home to find that this love affair was to be more of a star crossed one - there were no US Hoss Intropia stores. The website is filled with beautiful photos, new designs, and blog posts about art, but this only grieved me more because I found the only online way to purchase was their last season discounted on Yoox (awesome website - the product photos don't capture Hoss Intropia's details as well as it could though) and I made use of this method. But I am so pleased to announce that Hoss Intropia is now in the US! The line is carried in select Bloomindales (see list of stores here) and few shoes can be found at Calypso, and if you are in Dallas, a few styles are carried at Cabana. Now all that needs to happen is a full Hoss Intropia store to come to Dallas and I will feel like this three year long distance love will be over. Until then, I will just Yoox the last season ( this, this, this, this, and this, please) and hopefully find myself in one of the lucky US cities, or if you find me on a plane to Denmark or Indonesia, you will know the reason why. All photos via Hoss Intropia

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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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