DIY Embroidered Patch Denim Jacket

An exceptional seed was planted when Alessandro Michele took the helm at Gucci just about a year and a half ago. The seed sprouted into a menagerie of unparalleled beauty and vibrant romance and honestly, we’ve fallen so deep into Gucci’s Garden, we may never want to find a way out. Butterflies, ants, snakes, tigers, swallows, hummingbirds, bees, and flowers have been a recurring theme in each of his collections, each serving as modern day totems that adorn silk bombers, denim, knits, dresses and handbags. When a collection of men’s jackets, adorned with a mix of embroidered motifs, debuted at Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection and the introduction of a do-it-yourself service at select Gucci locations, that was it. For months, I was consumed by desire. But then I was hit by the reality that Italian-made craftsmanship comes at a price. And so began my search of patches and appliqués. For weeks, I started gathering pieces to build my own garden and it wasn’t until I struck gold with a strikingly similar snake patch, that I finally decided to put them all together onto a vintage denim jacket and share the resources I worked so hard to find. It’s still a work in progress as I hope to add more patches as I find them and try my hand at embroidering a monogram but here it is so far . . .

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There isn’t anything about this 1930s apartment in Warsaw, Poland that I don’t love. Just the charming herringbone wood floors, the dramatic light fixtures and the clever use of colorful wallpaper is inspiring enough to take bold risks when it comes to designing a space. Also, notice how the kitchen backsplash is covered in wallpaper but also beautifully protected by framed layered of glass. Genius!

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Marais USA

Oh, yellow suede mules and baby blue block heels! The places we’ll go! We’ll be on our way up! We’ll be seeing great sights! These sweet, vintage inspired shoes from Los Angeles based label Marais USA have me giddy with Dr. Seuss cheerfulness. I love their simplicity and am itching to put their proclaimed comfort to the test . . . because I might have just found my perfect summer sandals.

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