The straw bag. The it bag of summer. If you haven’t jumped on the trend train yet, or want to add to your growing collection, let me introduce you to Bembien. These super chic straw bags are intricately woven by artisanal weaving communities from Bali, Morocco and Vietnam. I love the fine details, like the leather straps and woven button closures, and unlike many other flimsy straw versions, these are roomy and structural. I also dig their commitment to giving back to the artisan community. 10% of Bembien proceeds go to Nest, a nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of global artisans and homeworkers through supply chain transparency, sustainable business development, and widespread industry advocacy. Sold.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as long time member of Ulla Johnson’s unofficial fan club, it’s: if you see it and love it, buy it. As we all know, the words “sold out” can incite the worst kind of feelings . . . the kind that are synonymous with remorse and FOMO. So with Ulla’s fall collection now available for pre-order, the only thing I’m second guessing is whether I need the copper lamé dress, the topaz silk velvet evening jumpsuit, or ivory flared corduroy sailor overall. And the only thing that I foresee regretting is that I can’t have it all. Cue yet another lesson: you win some, you lose some.
There isn’t a storm drain, street sign, drainpipe, barred window, manhole cover, bike rack, or electric meter in New York City that is safe from Tom Bob‘s imagination. Seeing the “before” photos on the street artist’s Instagram feed makes you realize the creativity required to transform the most mundane, urban elements into a quirky characters, colorful animals and trompe l’oeil illusions. I love it and hope I can stumble across any of this works the next time I’m in the Big Apple!
Inspired mainly by the floral motifs of Iznik pottery and Oliver Hartung’s architectural and street photographs of Iran, designer Christian Wijnants created his own mythical and magical version of Persia for his resort collection. The Antwerp-based designer, formerly at Dries Van Noten, has officially landed on our radar with his stunning, yet totally wearable, collection of uneven hemmed dresses, printed jacquards separates, tiered skirts and tubular knits.
Hi, Karen from HonestlyYUM here! Today, I’m sharing my experience at the incredible Soneva resorts in the Maldives, where I spent my honeymoon. When it came time to pick a honeymoon destination, my husband and I knew we wanted to indulge in some far-flung paradise. For us, the Maldives were the answer. After a 20-hour journey (and a couple weeks in nearby Sri Lanka), we arrived in what we could only describe as a dream– shades of blue, aquamarine, turquoise and every shade in between. Powder white sand beaches that stretch for what seem like forever. Truly surreal. We chose to stay at the Soneva resorts, first at Soneva Fushi, the original deserted island hideaway in the Maldives, and Soneva Jani, one of the newest hotels in the Maldives with luxurious overwater bungalows located in its own 6.5 km private lagoon.