Inspired by their background in the fashion industry, their Santa Barbara upbringing and their love of California’s vintage vibe, sisters Margaret and Katherine Kleveland launched Dôen in 2015. But Dôen wasn’t destined to be just any clothing label. The design duo set out to create an all female collective with a quest to design beautiful, yet practical, silhouettes in luxe fabrics, avoid intermediary markups, and to be socially responsible when it comes to domestic and overseas production. In fact, every overseas manufacturer they work is owned or co-owned by a female. And the good doesn’t stop there. Each season, Dôen designs a unique children’s style of which 100% of its profits goes to benefit Room To Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Not only are we absolutely in love with their clothes (hello, embroidered blouses and fringed silk tunics!), we love supporting their empowering mission and celebration of real women.
Competitive lawn games are a thing in my family. Nothing epitomizes summer more than a pick up game of bocce, croquet, horseshoes and badminton. And of course, a few cocktails in between. I loves Club Petanque‘s collection of retro t-shirts and sweatshirts dedicated to France’s beloved game of boules. Cheeky chic!
If you know me, you’ll know I’m notorious for my inability to keep plants alive. Yes, I’ve managed to take down even the lowest maintenance of living greens (ahem, cacti). Over watering, under watering, not enough sun, too much sun . . . it’s hard staying green! But after many failed attempts and now, a newfound motivating force, I’m happy to report that 2016 has been off to a relatively good start in the quest to cultivate my green thumb. It all started with an infatuation with handmade ceramics after taking a pottery course last fall. The understanding of the patience and tenacity required to throw clay successfully has given me a new appreciation for the art of pottery making. Not only do I hold the few pieces I’ve created near and dear to me, I find myself addicted to scouring Etsy and shopping from an immense array of talented ceramic artists. So what was I to do with my growing collection of hand crafted pots and vintage vessels? Fill them with happy plants and use them to enliven my home, of course. And no, I’m not ashamed to admit that my dedication to indoor gardens started with my love of ceramics and vintage vessels first. Plants second. Nonetheless, here are two ways in which even the blackest of thumbs can maintain an indoor garden:
Plant Shelfie: Plants are perfect for filling empty spaces on bookshelves, accent tables and even bar carts. I love using vintage brass vessels, found on Etsy, as unexpected planters. I also love the idea of clustering plants of varying heights together but also using really low and flat vessels for cascading succulents that can spill over an edge of a shelf. You’ll need drainage so I recommend punching a small hole with a hammer and nail, or drill, at the bottom of thin brass bowls and cups.
There are some pieces of jewelry that you’ll never find me without: several rings, a special necklace and a rotating group of dainty earrings – all in 14k or 18k gold. I almost only wear precious metals these days, partially because I don’t ever like removing these seemingly permanent fixtures but mostly because they last. I like the idea that these beautifully crafted pieces, using the best materials, will last me a lifetime and will hopefully be passed down to my own daughter someday. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that designer Amanda Thomas, alongside jewelry purveyors Iconery, just launched a small fine jewelry collection for the first time ever. Luv AJ‘s best sellers, like the Cross Charm Earrings and Full Bloom Rings, have been recreated using 14k gold, diamonds and colored gemstones like Blue Topaz and Spinel. Beautiful. Forever. Perfect.