Dear Frances

After studying furniture design and sculpture in London and Milan, Jane Frances took an internship at a family run footwear factory in Italy. It was during that time that she developed a deep passion for shoe design and production. The realization that there was a void in the market for versatile, high quality shoes was the catalyst behind the start of her own label. In just a couple of years since her launch in 2014, London based Dear Frances has quickly become a go-to for women looking for classically designed footwear with a unique and modern twist. The heels of suede boots, for example, feature slices of translucent lucite stacked between beechwood. And leather mules have real dried flowers embedded in their heels. As for production? The entire collection is produced at the same factory where she first fell in love with the artisan craft of shoemaking.

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Our Favorite Faux Fur Coats

A furry statement coat has the power to single handedly glam up any outfit – not to mention, it can keep you as snug as a bug in the most freezing temperatures. With so many luxe and colorful faux fur coats on the market these days, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite finds, as well as a few brilliant styling ideas, to help inspire you. Though, we personally think a layering of tees and sweaters over denim is your best bet.

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Art History, The Lego Way

At three and a half, Quincy is really getting into Legos. They were never an integral part of my childhood, so this is all new territory as I’m navigating my way through the vast world of building bricks and minifigures. Abe, on the other hand, is reliving his childhood and basking in his son’s newfound hobby. Legos were his life! So when I stumbled across Stefano Bolcato‘s Lego People, the art history nerd in me was delighted. The Italian artist has reimagined classic works of art as Lego minifigures. The subjects, in portraits by Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Andy Warhol and Sandro Botticelli, are replaced by yellow heads and block bodies. The series is so quirky and clever, I just dying to see more!

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Staud

If you’re not familiar with Staud, be prepared to fall in love with a collection of understated, vintage-inspired clothing that emanates an irresistible cool factor. Reformation’s former fashion director Sarah Staudinger, along with business partner George Augusto, launched Staud in 2015 with the aspiration of creating a line of clothing that is not only well constructed and figure flattering, but accessible in pricing. All of the clothing and bags are manufactured in Los Angeles, sometimes out of dead stock fabric to cut waste. While I already have a pair of silk crepe track pants, a bell sleeved knit turtleneck and a little faux fur tote en route to me now, I can’t wait to see what is down the pipeline for this emerging brand.

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The Scandinavian Home of My Dreams

This home, belonging to Swedish photographers Kalle Gustafsson and Sara Bille, is the definition of perfect imperfection. The duo transformed a century old building, in Stockholm, into the most idyllic city dwelling – it’s a superb mix of vintage charm and modern Scandinavian design (the kitchen is IKEA!). I love how dark wood furniture and shelving, that have been salvaged from flea markets and collected from travels, add much needed depth and warmth to a stark white space. I’m especially inspired by the use and placement of vintage lighting. It’s interesting to see that only a single floor lamp is spotted throughout the house!

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