I just returned from my third annual birthday trip to Joshua Tree and had the pleasure of staying at my friends Kathrin and Brian Smirke‘s charming home. Cabin Cabin Cabin is a rustic, bohemian oasis nestled in the foothills of the national park. Nearly everything in it was handmade by Kathrin or Brain – from the reclaimed wood bed frame to the A-frame shelves and from the cabin’s exterior to the dreamy outdoor bath, DIY details are all around. Between this and the couple’s first project, Dome in the Desert, Joshua Tree has become one of my favorite places to visit – can’t wait to go back!
Temperatures dropped below 70 this week. Halle-flippin-lujah. It’s time to bring out the warm layers – more specifically, the soft boiled wool sweater dresses, luxurious soft wool vests, quilted wool and cashmere jackets and high waisted knit pants that make Wilfred’s winter capsule collection for Le Fou so damn good and finally necessary. We want to cozy up to it all!
Several months ago, watercolor artist Sarah Ehlinger jumped on Instagram’s #100daysproject bandwagon with her artistic documentation of #100daysofplantsandpots. She recently celebrated her 94th day with a lovely bohemian bouquet and I just couldn’t help but be overcome with motivation to start my own 100 day project. What would I make? Maybe 100 paper cranes. Or 100 god’s eyes?
Alchemist symbols, characters used to denote elements and compounds until the 18th century, was the main source of inspiration for designers Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis’s latest collection for Mania Mania. Crystals and minerals, like Smokey Quartz, Labradorite, Rose Quartz, Herkimer diamonds, are thoughtfully balanced together and incorporated with brass and silver alchemy motifs and delicate 18k gold vermeil chains. Stunning.
I’ll never forget my first pair of Tevas. It was the day before a week long river rafting trip down the legendary Salmon River – my first ever legitimate outdoor excursion – and I had knots in my stomach. Besides feeling the need to impress my husband (new boyfriend at the time) and not being sure of what I was getting myself into (I’m a city girl!), I quickly realized I came to Idaho completely unprepared without the proper gear. I needed a pair of river-appropriate sandals. Thankfully, Tevas were in abundance and in addition to sunscreen, those sandals were the only real essential needed. Our river adventure turned out to be one of the most memorable trips of my life so far and every time I spot a pair of Tevas, I’m reminded of it. Nearly a decade later, Teva came knocking at my door . . .
When I first learned that Teva was teaming up with Swarovski for a DIY collaboration, I thought that there couldn’t be a more divergent pairing of brands. But of course, that immediately piqued my interest and I couldn’t resist getting involved. Especially since I’m such a huge fan of both Teva and Swarovski. So for the past several months, we’ve worked together on creating a DIY kit inspired by my love of the great outdoors and my even greater love of fashion. I created a simple tribal pattern, using Swarovski’s easy to apply hot fix metallic transfers, that could easily be be taken apart, turned into various other shapes and thus, translated into numerous designs. It’s meant to be fun – and to allow your creativity to take you anywhere!! That’s what DIY is all about, isn’t it? Below is a design I came up with but really, anything is possible . . . hope you guys love it and are inspired to try it for yourself!
The kit includes:
- a pair of Teva Original Universal or Flatform Universal
- Swarovski hot fix metallic and crystal transfers
- 8 Swarovski single stone crystals
- Crystal Katana (crystal applicator)
- E6000 glue
- embroidery floss
- a flat iron
- a toothpick
- an embroidery needle (optional)