La Double J

Say hello to my latest crush, La Double J. The Italian label is the brainchild of American journalist and vintage enthusiast J.J. Martin. Relocating to Milan from New York uncovered an expansive world of true vintage, unseen and unknown by most, and so the idea of making new clothes, inspired by vintage fabrics, was born. J.J. collaborated with Mantero, a 150-year-old textile manufacturer in Lake Como that worked with Pucci, Dior and Chanel, to create a collection of 1970s inspired dresses, skirts and blouses from reissued archival fabrics. The prints are explosive and energetic but its the silhouettes that are most whimsical and alluring. My favorites are the full, floor length skirts, the ruffled cap sleeve mini dresses and of course, the off the shoulder maxis. But wait, there’s more. J.J. has recently launched a line of furniture, dinnerware and children’s clothing . . . you know, so you can truly live that Double J life!

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DIY Embellished Straw Clutch

As cliché as it might sound, the part I enjoy most about making things by hand is not the result but rather, the process. Finding the right supplies to successfully make something I’ve envisioned come to life is gratifying – and at times, inspiring. Serendipitously discovering an unexpected component can completely transform a project for the better. This is why I’m so excited to share today’s launch of Etsy Studio with you! Etsy Studio is a marketplace solely dedicated to DIY supplies and projects, brought to you by our friends at Etsy. This means millions of unique materials, parts and components, from all over the world, will now be shoppable at one place. Finally!

It’s taken me years for me to realize that some of the most beautiful and colorful vintage trims are found in Peru. I’ve also learned that some of the best made pom poms come from Thailand and beautiful fringe trim can be found in India. These little discoveries inspired today’s DIY, an embellished straw clutch. And after today, thanks to Etsy, you’ll be able to find everything you need to make your own on the new Etsy Studio.

You’ll need:

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L’art de Vivre

My husband calls me a hoarder, I call myself a passionate collector. He’s not convinced. I think I can learn something from Ariane Dalle and the way she lives with her treasures in a stylized and surprisingly uncluttered manner. The design director of fabric houses Manuel Canovas and Larsen lives in a modest, 850 square foot apartment in Paris, which means each of her collections are thoughtfully displayed. Dhotis from India are sewn into curtains, antique fencing masks are hung as art, small straw bags are hung as decor next to a bed, and vintage French ceramics line the top of a kitchen shelf . . . so seemingly effortlessly chic. 

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Stine Goya

There’s a new designer on my radar and her name is Stine Goya. The Danish designer studied prints at Central Saint Martins and her expertise is evident in her feminine, artfully printed collections. Her most recent collection, which launches this week, is full of delicately dotted dresses, printed silk separates, retro knits and quirky animal gilded blouses and blazers. I can’t wait to get my hands on any of these oh so pretty and graceful pieces.

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Currently Crushing On: Lucite Wicker Bags

My obsession with straw bags has evolved over the last year. First, it was simple straw satchels. Then, it was souvenir straw totes, And now, wicker box bags with lucite details have consumed me! This post is actually a cry for help as I’ve fallen down a deep rabbit hole, scouring the web for these vintage treasures and feeling the need to have them all. I just love how the lucite and bakelite elevates an otherwise simple woven bag. And you can actually find most of them in mint condition for no more than $60! Check out my favorites below and please, snatch them up before I do.

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