Alilia Hadadaa

Surrounded by an aqua sky and turquoise sea, this Maldivian resort is heaven on earth and one of many luxury villas from Alilia Resorts.  The ecological design was guided by environmental impact studies before its implementation and as a result, the resort promotes rainwater harvesting and minimizes disruption to corals around the islands.  An 18+ hour trip to the Maldives may not be in our near future…but at least we can close our eyes and pretend for now.

Prince of Hats

Born in the early 19th century in Ecuador, the Panama Hat is as classic as it gets.  We love Pachacuti’s line of fair trade hats and most importantly, their company principals.  The UK-based company works directly with women’s co-operatives in Ecuador, where they carry out the entire production process from weaving to finishing and thus retain far more of the final value of the hat. Pachacuti is also the first fair trade company in the world to complete the pilot for the new World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) certification.  Watch this video and you’ll understand why each hand woven hat is truly worth every penny.

(Pachacuti Panama Hats $50-$150, video by Daniel Gautreau via Layered Goods)

DIY Friendship Necklace

As soon as Lauren and I saw this editorial in Flare Magazine, we knew we had to recreate these awesome, friendship bracelet-like necklaces.  We promise they are super easy to make and the perfect way to pass the time during those long summer roadtrips.


You’ll need:
– cotton rope or twine
– a pair of scissors
– nuts and washers
– embroidery thread
– thread bobbins or squares of cardboard (all of which you can find at your local hardware and craft store)
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