Olympia Le-Tan

Inspired by vibrant and old book covers, Olympia Le-Tan launched her You Cant Judge A Book By Its Cover collection in September 2009. Her love of literature was a passion she shared with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, and her talent for embroidery was inherited from her grandmother. Each clutch is handmade in France, lined with beautiful Liberty of London fabric, and limited to only 16 pieces per design. I would love to own any of these incredible book bags –  it would look so lovely sitting on my bookshelf when I am not carrying it!


Spanish Moss + Upstate Giveaway

Our Shibori tie dye tutorial was the first DIY we featured on HonestlyWTF, almost two years ago. So not only do we have a soft spot for this ancient Japanese dyeing method, we can truly appreciate a well crafted piece when we see one. And trust me when I say that Upstate executes the art of tie dyeing better than anyone. Luckily, our lovely friends at Spanish Moss are giving away an incredible, one of a kind cloak from the Brooklyn-based design duo. All you have to do is leave a comment, explore the plethora of other beautiful wares at Spanish Moss (or better yet, sign up for their newsletter for updates and sales), and a winner will be selected at random on Monday, March 26th. (Sorry, limited to US & Canada residents only. Winner will be announced and contacted by email. Good luck! xx ***Contest is now closed. Congratulations to Katie!)

(Upstate Cloak $575, all images by HonestlyWTF)

Presto Pesto

If you’re like me, you probably make pesto in a food processor – which makes it one of the most effortless, yet tastiest, sauces to make. However, my ever so convenient and frequent routine might change after seeing this low-tech approach, delightfully shot by Tiger In A Jar. Though it requires more labor, there is something so honest and pure about making this recipe by hand. I can’t wait to try it this weekend . . . but first, I’ll need to purchase a mezzaluna!

Hoss Intropia Spring 2012

I first discovered and fell in love with Hoss Intropia while living in Spain. Season after season, the collections have epitomized incredible romance and femininity. It’s no wonder that the designer behind it all, Paloma Vázquez de Castro, was a former costume designer for the National Ballet of Spain. Inspired by her former profession, Diego Velàzquez, and folk art, Paloma has turned out another youthful and elegant collection for spring. By the way, doesn’t the stunning look book remind you of images from Kolmanskop?


Van Portraits

After seven years of painting 30 van portraits, Artist Kevin Cyr will be having a solo exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City from May 19 through June 16, 2012. Inspired by vintage vans spotted throughout Brooklyn and Queens, Kevin is especially partial to derelict Chevys and dinged up Fords from the 70s. The more character the van has, the more fun it is to paint!


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