Fifi Lapin x Petit Bateau

Apart from Little Miss X, there’s no doubt that Fifi Lapin is one of the most stylish fashionistas out there (And I know Tam definitely agrees with me).
For her most recent collaboration, the “the world’s most stylish bunny” has teamed up with French label Petit Bateau for a limited edition set of three designs.
Now, this collaboration holds a special place in my heart because growing up, Petit Bateau was one of my favorite brands, and, it actually still is. Nothing beats the comfort and quality of their classic pieces.

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The capsule collection features tees for both adults and kids alike and can be purchased here.

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The Planthunter

 

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 I came across and fell for The Planthunter, an online magazine devoted to celebrating plants. The inaugral issue focused on death. It’s probably fair to say to the premier issue sounds morbid but the alluring styling and magical photograhy of each degraded specimen creates produces a dynamic piece. Found on Steller app, it is not just for green thumbs, but a visual story.

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Images by Anna Thomas

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Dahlia Fashion

My fashion style is quite simple. Some would call it understated or tom boyish, Sam calls it classic. I deem it is probably somewhere in between, with a hint of a bright colour or a subtle nod to a trendy or quirky piece — but never a juxtaposition of the three. Living abroad and travelling has had a impact on my clothing choices, or so I’ve been told. While I do make an effort to seek out new designers and slightly bespoke items, I know that I tend to revert to those pieces that I feel suit me best, usually figure flattering, classic, treasured items. Comfort is key and a little embellishment and sparkle never hurts. To me, nothing feels better than a sacred, worn piece with a slightly playful, new clothing item that finishes off the look.

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In search of the new yet familiar, I came across Dahlia. Brilliantly British, kooky cool and retro inspired shapes are the words to best describe Dahlia fashion and what makes the brand unique. They have mastered the task of combining the new with a glimmer to the past. Say ‘hello’ to these looks which capture their stylish collection.

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They have definitely rewritten the rules for what’s in and trendy.

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Esme and Esme

esty etsyhunter esmeandesme print accessories pouchesEsme comes from Old French meaning “esteemed” or “loved”. These two adjectives are the perfect words to describe such a regarded brand. So good it had to be named twice. Esme and Emse, created by Claire Brake in her Dorset studio, fabricates cute fashion printed accessories using her own designs, which make it  all the more special. We have been known to fall for a good pattern and once play and colour are involved we’re definitely smitten.

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Fomi’s Oxfords

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Launched in 2011 by Ethiopian designer Afomia Tesfaye, FOMI started as a brand focusing on accessories for women. This year, Tesfaye and her team expanded to women’s footwear and recently released this splendid line of Oxford shoes. And, of course, we were immediately swooned.
Head over to their newly revamped website to shop these and their similarly classy handbags.

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Zara’s Sophisticated Sister: Uterqüe

barcelona fashion, uterque, flats, snake print, shoesOne our favourite things about foreign escapes are discovering diverse boutiques. On one such jaunt to Barcelona, strolling along Avenida Portal del ángel, between Yamamay and Bershka, I discovered and fell for Uterqüe upon first sight. We love ourselves a well-designed store one that feels more like a carefully curated capsule collection than a mass market jumble sale. Needless to say, I felt right home.

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Born from the same cloth, Uterqüe is Zara’s classier sister. Don’t think traditional—she’s just a more of elegant and refined mixed with subtle avant garde touches. While Zara is trendier and ready to leap at various passing fades, Uterqüe is visually quieter offering tailored fashion accessories and garments. Think, sophistication made easy. With 67 stores in 12 countries, place it on your list of must-sees when visiting abroad.

T.

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Sawa Shoes Revisits History

Sawa Shoes never disappoints. Shot one of Ethiopia’s historical landmarks,the ADDIS ABABA CULTURAL RESTAURANT, their latest look-book features two new models, the LISHAN ( « medal » in amharic) and the KONJO (« beautiful » in amharic). Both shoes really embodies Sawa Shoes‘ philosophy of comfortable and trendy handmade sneakers that can easily find a spot in his and your wardrobe.
More info here.

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On Sam’s Reading list

I recently celebrated my birthday and was blessed with some awesome books (and other fabulous gifts) by close friends and family. Since September is the “back to school” month,  I thought I’d share some of the books on my reading list. Have you ready any one of these?

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1. A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers, Antonis Antoniou, R. Klanten, H. Ehmann, H. Hellige | 2. Show Your Work, Austin Kleon | Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits, Debbie Millman | How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas | Little Miss Busy, Roger Hargreaves | Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion, Lizzie Garrett Mettler

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Cocktails and Fun with Toubab Paris

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Toubab Paris invites YOU to a shopping event at the Millenium Broadway Hotel in New York.

 

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Judge a Book by Its Cover: Audrey Hepburn

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It’s that time of the year. The time of the year, when you look back on all you had planned for the summer and wonder where the time went. We are in the same boat, and true to form our seemingly endless list of shoulda-coulda-wouldas has just grown a tad bit longer thanks to the well-intentioned publishers at Taschen. As mentioned before, a mini-detox has its bonuses. One such plus, you get a lot of reading done.

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The stunning images found in Bob Willoughby’s recently released Audrey Hepburn: Photographs 1953–1966 caught our eyes. His stunning behind-the-scenes optics of the starlet, in the early days of her career and beyond, exude her effortless charm and grace. Seriously can’t wait to get our hands on this delightful œuvre.

Want to know more about how a humdrum commission can morph into beautiful and elegant photographic studies? Click here.

Happy Reading,
Tam+Sam

IMAGES: Left to Right. Before work for “Paris When It Sizzles” has begun, Audrey poses in the garden of the villa the Ferrers have rented for the duration of the shooting // Book Cover // Audrey poses with a phone during a 1953 photo session at Paramount Studios // Sean, Audrey’s son by Mel Ferrer, plays happily with his mother while James Garner beams his approval.
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Digital Girls Detox

pause_tsWith our busy schedules we can get bogged down and feel like our lives are on a never ending spin cycle. We know that our fabulous readers often feel the pressures of social media and fellow bloggers admitted to the same digital fatigue. While some liken a digital hiatus to solitary confinement, surprisingly even after a short pause we have both encountered greater moments of creative insight.

We hear you. What about work, Skype calls home and of course endless emails? But sometimes the merry-go-round needs to stop. I recently took time to quiet the mind and just enjoy the moments. I cannot pretend that its easy but after a while it becomes painless. Sometimes things we do full force do not work out, regardless of our best intentions. So here a three tested and certified tips to help you get under way.


1. Plan: Schedule Time- Off

  We highly recommend timetabling your mini-vaca sans technology. Tell people that you will not be available on Sunday or during weekend and to only contact you in cases of emergencies.


2. Start Small
  Take only a couple of hours off. Making a few minor adjustments can yield tangible results. Given my experience I have come away well rested and eager to start the day. Or better yet, make a personal commitment to switch off during dinner or after 10pm. Slow and steady, petit pas, and you will soon be ready to take an entire day..


3. Do an Activity  
Planning your digital detox around a trip or activity helps so much and almost feels effortless. Try painting or reading a book, playing or listening to music. While meeting with friends, resist the urge to capture moments for social media and just let the event unfold.

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So who is with us?

 

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If the Shoe Fits: Prada Platforms

Here is a tidbit for those of you who have not met us in person, Tam is well…, petite. And in her endless search for the perfect classic Spring, Summer to early Autumn feminine shoe, she has settled on Miuccia Prada platforms for that subtle sense of height coupled with comfort. The design of these suede ankle-strap platform sandals are ideal for work day to evening events. Kerry Pieri’s article for Harper Bazaar, 5 Rules for Being a Short Girl in Fashion, helped sealed the decision as did our go-to retail strategy, “If the shoe fits, buy it!” and “Treat yo’self”

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In some alternate universe, Tam would have snap up a pair in every colour but for now black will do just fine.

Live glamorously,
Tam+Sam

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Travelogue: Beautiful Barbados

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It is not really that difficult to be enchanted with Barbados. For me, it holds the sights and scents evoke many wonderful childhood memories, making it one of the only places in the world where I feel truly restful.

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It is true that there are countless of boastful reasons to visit sunny Barbados, but if you look closer there are many delights that are not so evident. Tucked away beauty, silent standouts and enchanting encounters. This gentle getaway I had the pleasure to explore beyond the regular.

Colloquially known as The Rock, from elemental rawness to delicious landscapes to seductive, tropical hotspots, long or short stays, there is something for everyone.

Live Blissfully,
Tam

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