Abacá

The jute fiber of the Abacá, a native plant of the Philippines, is some of the strongest and durable natural fibers, making it the material of choice when it comes to handwoven goods. After recently stumbling across these Abacá handbags, and learning of the tedious process that’s required to weave these bags from their rawest form, I had to purchase the Tiaco circle bag for myself. Plus, a portion of proceeds goes to Right Start Foundation, a non-profit, non-government organization for underprivileged Filipino children. Done and done. Say hello to my summer bag!

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Cork Family

Who knew a humble little stool, made of cork, could be so chic? Designer Jasper Morrison created a trio of lightweight, natural cork stools for Swiss furniture label Vitra. Each stool is made from a piece of pressed agglomerate cork and left unsealed in order to develop a beautiful patina over time. It’s one one of those furniture items that will stay in your household forever and change purposes over time. I need!

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The Statement Top

I am all about the increasingly dramatic shift that’s happening in the shirt and blouse department. Cascading ruffles are getting longer, deconstructed shirts are taking on more theatrical shapes and sleeves are getting pumped with way more volume. Don’t leave the drama at the door, bring on the flair!

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Mother’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide

Nearly all of my cherished pieces of jewelry are ones that celebrate the single, most important thing in life: my family. Motherhood has been my proudest achievement thus far, so there’s nothing better than being able to actually wear that emotion daily. I’m never without my precious charm necklace, which has letters each representing my two little tots. It’s something I’m excited to build upon over the years, adding charms to commemorate special milestones in their lives. And whenever I travel, I love bringing along my gold heart locket, which stores photos of Abe, Quincy and now, Coco! With Mother’s Day just a couple of weeks away, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite, sentimental pieces of fine jewelry – some new and some vintage, but most all of them either customizable or symbolic. Because moms deserve that extra bit of thought and love . . .

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