andBeyond Benguerra Island

Secluded African island . . . enough said. Are your bags packed yet? Should I add turquoise waters, pristine beaches, thatched roofed rooms, coral reefs and blush colored sunsets? Benguerra Island, the second largest of the six islands in the Bazaruto archipelago of Mozambique, is home to andBeyond‘s newly renovated resort. With just 10 Afro-portuguese-chic “casinhas” and a couple of larger cabanas, this paradisal getaway is nestled in an indigenous casuarina pine forest and opens up to panoramic views of the Indian ocean. It’s the kind of place you never want to leave. It’s also the kind of place that’s made it to my travel bucket list.

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Beek

Perfection takes time. So when it takes two whole days just to construct the arched soles of each of Beek’s leather sandals, you know they must be perfect. Designers Birgit Klett and Kenna Florie launched their collection of leather sandal styles in 2015 after working alongside a 40-year-old, family-owned factory in Guadalajara, Mexico, to create a sandal that was not only comfortable but that could endure the test of time. Actually, it was a pair of Italian leather sandals which Kenna so lovingly owned for over 20 years that was one of many catalysts behind the brand! I’m always in the market for that perfect pair of leather sandals so I’ll definitely be snatching up a pair. Stay tuned as I give them these beauties some good3 wear this summer . . . beek1beek2 READ MORE

Gigi Rose Gray

Inspired by her love of discarded photographs found in flea markets and old issues of Life Magazine and National Geographic, artist Gigi Rose Gray possesses a distinctive style that is unlike any other. The vividness and intentional cropping of her illustrations leaves us, the viewer, intrigued and compelled to know more. Who are these chic women? Where are they going? What are they looking at? And what secrets could they possibly be hiding?

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Goen J Spring 2016

Honestly, I don’t think ruffles have ever looked this modern and chic. Designer Goen Jong has incorporated the ruffle, into her tailored silhouettes, in such a crisp and architectural way, it’s no wonder they’ve become a signature element of her eponymous label. I love the addition of oversized frills to the bottom of flared trousers, to the sleeves of off the shoulder blouses and to the lapels of a relaxed trench. So beautifully simple and distinctive, I want it all.

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DIY Pom Pom Shoes

A few things instantly came to mind when I first laid eyes on Aquazzura’s pom pom sandals. 1. Why didn’t I think of this?! 2. Insert salsa dancing emoji here. 3. Must DIY, stat. Boom. So there it was, yet another project filed away in the long summer DIY queue. And it wasn’t until I stumbled upon a heap of colorful, miniature yarn pom poms, that these shoes jumped to the front of the tutorial lineup. 

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Before you judge me for buying pom poms, let me justify the shortcut by saying that poms this teeny tiny are extremely time consuming to make so compact and uniform. $9 for 100 high quality pom poms was just too good to pass up, plus it saved it me an entire afternoon of wrapping, cutting and trimming yarn. Honestly, you’ll be done with this project before you can say cha-cha-cha.

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