Flower Flashes

Lewis Miller has become New York City’s flower bandit. The flower designer, known for his over-the-top and magnificent installations, has been flower bombing iconic New York monuments and ordinary street items with explosive arrangements of blooms. His sole mission is to bring joy to city dwellers and tourists. Can you imagine commuting to work in the morning, only to pass by a plethora of colorful blooms, spilling out of a trash can?! I mean, I absolutely love this . . . because what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

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Aranáz

Inspired by the indigenous craftsmanship of their Filipino heritage, Becky Aranáz and her two daughters founded their own handbag label nearly 18 years ago. Aranáz quickly became covetable by Manila’s chic fashion set but it wasn’t until recently that their whimsical and colorful straw bags started receiving an international following. It’s no wonder. Toucans, flamingos and tropical fruits are so intricately embroidered onto totes, which are finished with the right amount of flair via pom poms, fringe and tassels. Obviously, I’m in love. And clearly, they know their market well . . .

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H&M Home Summer 2017

Honestly, H&M‘s summer home collection is the bee’s knees. I’ve been shopping for woven baskets, wooden bowls and new outdoor throw pillows, at prices far too high to admit, and until yesterday, I had actually completely forgotten about H&M’s amazing home selection. Looks like I’ve been living under a rock all these months. All the neutral and textural decor items are just perfect for summer. Now, if only the weather will finally catch up . . .

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La Double J

Say hello to my latest crush, La Double J. The Italian label is the brainchild of American journalist and vintage enthusiast J.J. Martin. Relocating to Milan from New York uncovered an expansive world of true vintage, unseen and unknown by most, and so the idea of making new clothes, inspired by vintage fabrics, was born. J.J. collaborated with Mantero, a 150-year-old textile manufacturer in Lake Como that worked with Pucci, Dior and Chanel, to create a collection of 1970s inspired dresses, skirts and blouses from reissued archival fabrics. The prints are explosive and energetic but its the silhouettes that are most whimsical and alluring. My favorites are the full, floor length skirts, the ruffled cap sleeve mini dresses and of course, the off the shoulder maxis. But wait, there’s more. J.J. has recently launched a line of furniture, dinnerware and children’s clothing . . . you know, so you can truly live that Double J life!

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DIY Embellished Straw Clutch

As cliché as it might sound, the part I enjoy most about making things by hand is not the result but rather, the process. Finding the right supplies to successfully make something I’ve envisioned come to life is gratifying – and at times, inspiring. Serendipitously discovering an unexpected component can completely transform a project for the better. This is why I’m so excited to share today’s launch of Etsy Studio with you! Etsy Studio is a marketplace solely dedicated to DIY supplies and projects, brought to you by our friends at Etsy. This means millions of unique materials, parts and components, from all over the world, will now be shoppable at one place. Finally!

It’s taken me years for me to realize that some of the most beautiful and colorful vintage trims are found in Peru. I’ve also learned that some of the best made pom poms come from Thailand and beautiful fringe trim can be found in India. These little discoveries inspired today’s DIY, an embellished straw clutch. And after today, thanks to Etsy, you’ll be able to find everything you need to make your own on the new Etsy Studio.

You’ll need:

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