Fashion Art: Bonmot x Heather Day

bonton_heather_day_collab_fashion_art_1Sanfranscio BONMOT’s fashion finger is firmly on the arts scene’s pulse. Their colourful fashion art collaboration with prolific, abstract painter Heather Day is a WIN-WIN for fashion and art. It’s a five piece collection the combines the simplicity of BONMOTS clothing with Heather Days abstract paintings that are inspired by nature and her travels around western United States.

This artistically hip and dynamically creative USA made colourful collab boasts 100% silk garments in silhouettes and notebooks designed to make you feel beautiful and gracious.

Check out this interview from Rue Magazine featuring Heather Day and founder of BONMOT, Rebecca Routh.

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Ceramics and Pottery by BTW

btw_brooklyn_ceramicsWant to spice up your meals, sans extra ingredients? Well, this is for you. Embrace the irregular everyday with BWT Ceramics and Pottery created Brooke T. Winfrey. The Brooklyn based company creates a minimal and functional handmade pieces—think dinnerware, speckled mug sand wacky cups and even planters and vases. Form meets function.

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T’s THOUGHTS: Lessons Learned From Life Abroad

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Some days you may not love it right away… and that’s okay. Remember this for days when your new, home away from home starts to slip away and back home comes calling. It’s not all fun, fun, fun — so you’ll absolutely need to have a distracting hobbie or activity to beat the sudden and sporadic homesickness blues. For me it’s, curling up with some fiction, checking out a new gallery or exhibition and hot yoga often does the trick. For the bad days (more like bad moments) please don’t panic. Remember, its possible to be both happy and sad at the same time.

Embrace Difference …the good, the bad, the ugly. We’re all aware that people see things differently, have different values, mindsets, hope and dreams. Different strokes for different folks. But theory and putting it into practice are different, especially when you may feel that those same sentiments are not reciprocated. When living abroad I think its often best to adopt a ‘When in Rome’ approach and attitude. That involves stepping outside your comfort zone and being open to new experiences. Sometimes the result is good as in when I tried afternoon tea for the first time, the food was heavenly; and others not so good (read: awful otherwise indifferent). The amazing thing is, after awhile these little moments don’t bug you so much. Think of it this way, at least you’ll have something to dish about upon your return home.

Most won’t understand…  and not because they don’t care. It is mostly because they’ve never experienced it and therefore can’t appreciate it fully. Many people live in the stagnant dreamland of shoulda-coulda-wouldas, wishing, hoping, and talking but never actually trying and doing the living abroad dream. And while the actuality is not all fun and games, the experience is truly enriching — something no one could ever take away from you.

Just remember it’s not an impossibility.

Yours truly,

Tam

 

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Brazilian Hipanema Bonnie Bracelet

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Ohhh.., just added to the top of our wishlist of things we want this 2016, just because: the Hipanema Bonnie Bracelet.

The setting: Rio, Brazil. Followed by a chance meetup of two Parisian girls. Take your legendary Copacabana bracelet and remix it. The result: Brazilian Hipanema Bonnie Bracelet.

It’s bohemian meets Brazil with the perfect melange of materials, vibrant colours and textures. Ingredients include, but are not limited to, seashells, quartz, ribbons and pearls.

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Stocking Stuffers: Etsy Christmas Pencils

etsy_christmas_pencils_tamsamChristmas is just around the corner and with that we are on the hunt for the perfect yet oh-so unique gifts and stocking stuffers. These pencils do the trick and are ideal desk accessories. Each wood pencil set comes etched in gold quotes think: Kisses Under the Mistletoe, Baby’ It’s Cold Outside and Ugly Sweater Parties. What’s not to love?

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Brother Vellies: Handcrafted African Footwear

Brother Vellies self professed “magical’ sustainable shoes” handcrafted in South African, Kenya and Morocoo. These adjectives are cornerstone of Brother Vellies. Founded by Canadian born Creative Director, Aurora James. Brother Vellies boutique is based in one of our favourite boroughs, the dynamically hip and creative Brooklyn — need we say more. Oh yes and Brother Vellies totally flatter your feet, which is always a plus.

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Brother Vellies creates boots, shoes and sandals in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts. the velskoen – pronounced “fell-skoon” and known colloquially as “vellies” – are actually the ancestor of the modern day desert boot.
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Roar Accessories & Jewellery

Let me hear you Roar

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Designed to make you feel beautiful and rock your individual look while maitaining a swoon-worthy style. Australian based, European made, Roar Accessories & Jewellery are handcrafted dainty beauties that ship internationally.

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Aisling Knits: Engineered Elegance

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Aisling Knits is where handmade knitwear meets mechanical engineering.
Highlighting that there is more to design than just pretty. The words, ‘Engineered Elegance’ encapsulates Aisling Knits brand. With roots in Trinidad and relocation to New York, the aesthetic of Aisling Knits is a modern Caribbean aesthetic that gracefully weaves together quality materials and design. It’s good for everyday life: walk, dance, party and chilling.

 

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Michiko Shimada: Handmade Ceramics

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The aesthetic of Michiko Shimada’s handcrafted, conscious ceramic oeuvres focus on simplicity, that “less is more’ mantra with a hint of play — just what we like. Stocked here and there.

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Rixo London: British Fashion

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Henrietta and Orlagh are the founders of the vintage inspired label RIXO London, distinctively British in flavour this, feminine without being girly, womenswear label produces garments that fuse the best of old and new to surpass trends.

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Alex Mattox Stationery

Alex_Mattox_StationeryRemember being a kid and cutting shapes into paper for a little something unique. Well thankfully, Alex Mattox stationery offers a more sophisticated and modern approach. Taking paper cuts to a whole new level, Utah’s Alex Mattox stationery is a one-of-a-kind, fanciful laser-cut gem.

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MAWI London: Jewellery & Accessories

MAWI_London_Luxury_AccessoriesIf you’re really out to impress, step out in vintage-glam and cutting-edge statement pieces from Mawi London: Jewellery & Accessories. It’s jewels that are fresh. They shout ‘I AM the party.’ This luxury fashion jewellery & accessories brand, led by Creative Director Mawi Keivom and Managing Director Tim Awan, based in the eclectic, creative hub of Dalston, East London. Their star-of-the-show statement pieces hosts a plethora of costume jewellery that are creatively curated into timeless capsule collections. So treat yours with love and it will last forever.

 

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Pilgrim: Danish Jewellery Brand

In 1983 two Danes, Annemette Markvad and Thomas Adamsen, created handmade jewellery Danish brand Pilgrim. This Danish jewellery brand’s chic covetable pieces and eclectic, relaxed accessories are inspired by love for music and people. We fell for their one-of-a-kind beauties, strong empathetic vision and social responsibility mantra, WE CARE.

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