I adore these latest hand-dyed goodies from Karina Manarin.
Silt, a debut album, by Alsarah & the Nubatones, takes you on a journey through East African sounds and influences (Alsarah was born in Sudan and lived in Yemen before moving to the US). I've been jammin' to this album for the last week and really enjoy every corner of Alsarah's voice and the layered tracks. Check out the video for the single "Soukura" below and also take a listen to the remixed album.
I have a soft spot for hand-made leather bags. Especially when they come in the form of simple silhouettes with flat structures. Check out these luscious leather bags, and pouches perfect for glosses, cards, and phone. (I'm loving the scalloped one from Matine.)
1. The Stowe Laurel Tote 2. Leah Lerner Leather Pouch 3. Otaat Myers Collective Circle Pouch w/ Strap 4. Pine & Boon Convertible Dot Pouch 5. Scalloped Mini Pouch 6. Basic Black Leather Tote Bag 7. Semicircle Pouch Purse
As I mentioned in this previous post, my style and wardrobe is very basic. I tend to stick to simple and classic pieces that can be mixed and matched as needed; like white tees, jeans, black skirts and dresses, and gray items to layer. Classic patterns, like stripes and dots, and textured knits add a little range, too.
Lately, I've been obsessed with and shopping at Loft, a retail brand that's helped me refine my style. It wasn't a destination store for me before, but recently I just happened to pop in to see what I could find for fall. With the pops of pattern and modern silhouettes, I quickly fell in love with their mix. From a textured coat-igan (picture at the top) paired with knit leggings, a white spotted collar tie top coupled-up with a leather skirt I've had for years, to a striped top over a black dress, I've been able to find items that fit nicely with my existing pieces. Loft is also perfect for petite sizes, which is great since finding the right fit can be a challenge for little ladies like me.
I highly recommend Loft if your style is fairly neutral, graphic, and fresh. If, like me, you prefer for your accessories to make a statement rather than your clothes (like shoes, jewelry, bags, or hair) then this is a brand for you. It's not super girly, edgy, or crazy trendy — although you can find some things that can add to that kind of look.
What about you? Is there a brand you're diggin' right now? One that is usually a win-win when you walk into the store or visit the online shop? Let me know!
*this is not a sponsored post
As you know, I love color. But as I settle into my personal style, I'm realizing that basic neutrals, like black and white, really suit me. Paired with flecks of warm sparkles like a pewter or gold, the combo rounds out the look with edge and flair. With this realization, my wardrobe has become more defined, which makes it so much easier to get dressed everyday. (It really comes down to having pieces I cherish, that I know fit right, and don't speak to a specific trend.) Here are a few items inspired by this new direction.
The Spirit of The Mountain Tote Bag from MilieO - I'm loving this graphic print.
Sewasong Necklace - This is on my wishlist!
African Gold by Timothy Garrard - This was a fantastic find at a used bookstore in Kansas City.
Studio Ink cards - During my visit at the Hallmark headquarters I was browsing around the Gold Crown Store and found these lovely little cards. They are from Studio Ink, a collection of
Shape Study earrings - I wear these everyday, my new go-to earrings.
Rebecca Minkoff 'Mini 5 Zip' Convertible Crossbody Bag - I've been wanting one of these for a while. I recently picked up a similar version, but still have a place in my heart for the gold zippers in this one.
clockwise: P3 tote, work by Monir Farmanfarmaian; installation by Andrea Fraser; Before I Die, by Candy Chang; P3 badge; a vintage French Quarter sign; beignets and a latte at Cafe Du Monde; photo in front of a pastel building.
Two weeks ago I had the lovely opportunity to visit New Orleans, for the first time, to check out the Prospect 3 Biennial. I was beyond excited about spending the weekend immersed in the energy of art, the vibrant city of New Orleans and all of it's wonderful food. Between the gallery hopping (loved seeing Basquiat and the Bayou at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Hew Locke's installation at Newcomb Art Gallery) I stuffed myself with a po'boy, oysters, beignets, grits, pralines, red beans and rice, and andouille sausage. It was a difficult balancing act of trying to find time (and space in my belly) to eat and see all the works on my list.
In addition to all that I was able to do and see (and eat) in exactly 48 hours, I loved seeing the diversity of the artists featured and the attendees. Everyone was super kind, warm, and excited to take part in this culturally rich event.
I didn't take a lot of photos so I could focus on being in the moment; enjoying the weather, savoring the flavors, and letting the creative energy inspire me.
If you're looking for a quick getaway I highly recommend visiting this biennial before it closes in February. If you go, please let me know about your experience.
What I love most about Fly is highlighting amazing talent, products, fashion, art, and other goodies I come across in my day-to-day. Everything I share here is something I would purchase, or just a beautiful thing I feel you would love and enjoy as well. These gorgeous hand-crafted bags from A A K S are no different.
Over the summer I was peeking around IG and stumbled upon videos and photos of some A A K S bags in progress. I love woven raffia bags (the ones I collect are also known as kiondo bags) but had never seen them being made. Watching the videos of these lovely designs come to life instantly stopped me in my tracks.
The A A K S website just launched on November 3rd, yesterday, and I can't stop drooling over the entire collection. My favorite, though, is the Palma (pictured top left). It takes the look and feel of a basic kiondo but changes the scale and shape to make a lovely cross-body bag.
Akosua, the mind behind the brand, has an incredible eye, and I love the simple touches she incorporated into the photo styling. Beautiful!
What about you? Anything beautiful catching your eye lately?
Refinery29 collaborates with Motorola to produce a web series, called Style Out There, which uncovers style in subcultures around the world. I immediately fell in love after watching the first three. Here's one exploring the matching outfit phenomenon in Korea.