There’s something about the intentional ease of illustrator Grace Helmer’s oil paintings that brings me joy. The whimsy quality in which she depicts scenes from everyday life makes me appreciate the beauty in the ordinary.
Braids are generally super romantic and feminine so I love how french braid pigtails, more appropriately known as boxer braids, exude a sporty, bad-ass edge. And since the plaits start at the top of the head, it’s the perfect way for us short haired gals to get our braid fix!
When the art of embroidery is at the core of a label, the textile lover in me takes notice. Designer and founder Ayah Tabari, of Dubai based Mochi, produces each of her collections using traditional textiles from countries that most inspire her. Ancient Suzani motifs from Uzbekistan are embroidered on cotton culottes and ruffled tulip skirts. Vibrantly dyed threaded embroidery and symbolic geometric patterns from Pakistan are applied to tassel skirts, off the shoulder blouses and cropped jackets. And colorful flowers, taken from Spanish mantones, are finely embroidered onto black silk dresses, capes and shorts. I’m just dying to inject some of this rich and bold texture into my everyday!
My boyfriend and I came this close to impulsively scoring a handsome, sustainably-raised cowhide rug. The price was far higher than expected so we walked away empty handed. However, I’m officially on the search for another, as I especially love the idea of layering it over one of my many rugs at home . . . any leads would be greatly appreciated!