Ikat Oxfords

A few weeks ago Lauren and I stumbled upon a fantastic store selling rare Moroccan, Indian and Balinese goods (more on that later).  We almost lost our minds when we found a basket of ancient Indonesian ikat slippers…unfortunately, the largest size they had was a 6 and we walked away with our heads hung low.  The excitement has returned after seeing these ikat oxfords from eco-friendly, Brooklyn-based Osborn.  They’re not exactly like their predecessor but just as cute and affordable.

Rainbow Bright

Rainbow Eucalyptus is one of Nature’s absolutely coolest trees showing off a true rainbow of colors. This tree is the only species of eucalyptus that grows in the northern hemisphere and is normally grown for its pulpwood, used to create white paper. But why does it look like it’s been painted?  The secret behind the Rainbow Eucalyptus is actually pretty simple: the trees shed multiple patches of bark every year, but not at the same time. As the patches are gone, the green inner bark is exposed, and as it matures it turns bluish, then orange, purple and maroon. This creates the rainbow effect that makes these trees so incredible.

(image from here)

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