If you’re regular reader of the blog, you know how much we heart all that shines. The Holiday season is here and most of us are scrambling to get our Christmas shopping done!(Props to those of you like my friend who have already bought and wrapped their gifts).
This list is not so much a set of items that you should buy for this particular season but more so pieces that you can get all year long, for your friends, family or for yourself (You know you deserve it!)
PS: Ouro means Gold in Portuguese
1. Pochette Akata – Nash Prints It | 2. Vintage Brass Clock – Mighty Vintage
3. The Love Cage Earrings – Melody Ehsani | 4 .The Kensington Watch – Nixon | 5. Gold Electroformed Ring | 6. Color Film for 600 Gold Frame – Impossible Project | 7. Hello Gorgeous-Home Print-Gold and White Print – Print Design Studio | 8. Le Wrap – Eyeglasses Case – Bonlook
Category Art, Boutiques, Christmas, Fashion, Good design = Good business, Graphic Design
Tags Bonlook, Christmas, Etsy, Impossible Project, List, Melody Ehsani, Melody Eshani, Nash Print It, Nixon, Paper Goods
December is one of my favourite months primarily because it holds Christmas. While the anticipation of this holiday is no where as intense as when I was a child, the joy is still real. One of my treasured memories is the counting down of the days, until the 25th, with the aid of old school chocolate filled advent calendars.
Fast-forward many years later and boy, times have changed. Some of our favourite brands are offering splendid calendars packed with surprise goodies, yummy treats and beauty crushes. Mini luxury presents before Christmas, too good to be true — perfects for you and yours!
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.
The capsule collection features tees for both adults and kids alike and can be purchased here.
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 produces a dynamic piece. Found on Steller app, it is not just for green thumbs, but a visual story.
Images by Anna Thomas
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.
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.
They have definitely rewritten the rules for what’s in and trendy.
Esme 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.
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.
One 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.
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.
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.
Category Africa is the Future, Boutiques, Branding, Global Citizen, Good design = Good business, mood
Tags Addis Abbeba, Editorial Shoot, Ethical Fashion, Ethiopia, Lookbook, Sawa Shoes
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?
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
Category Art, Books, Fashion, Fresh talent, Illustrations, Judge a book by its cover
Tags Austin Kleon, Book, Caroline de Maigret, Debbie Millman, Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Roger Hargreaves, Sophie Mas
Toubab Paris invites YOU to a shopping event at the Millenium Broadway Hotel in New York.
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.
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.
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.
With 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.
So who is with us?