It’s past midnight in Austin (more on that later!) and I’m sitting here, wide awake in my hotel room, obsessing over these leather chairs that seem to be a ubiquitous fixture in Texas. Turns out, these rustic, yet chic, chairs are the brainchilden of Marfa-based furniture designers Jamey Garza and Constance Holt-Garza. Inspired a pair of weathered Acapulco chairs, the design duo set out to redefine an old classic by making it more elevated and delightfully comfortable with thick, sumptuous saddle leather and customizable powder coated iron frames. Want, need . . .
I’ve been wearing Minnetonka moccasins for over a decade. They’re irresistibly comfortable and age so wonderfully over time, molding to my feet in a way that makes me never want to replace them – even though at times, I’ve worn my beloved mocs down to the sole. I should also mention that the simplicity in design makes them the perfect canvas for a DIY project! Inspired by Isabel Marant’s tassel moccasins, and of course, my love of tassels, I made these fun and colorful versions that are perfect for fall. They’re incredibly easy to make and if you’re able to track down enough leather remnants, you can change the tassels out depending on color and abundance!
Don’t be intimidated about picking out leather to make your tassels. Etsy is a great resource and there are lots of suppliers getting rid of assorted bags of leather scraps and remnants. The longest tassel will measure approximately 3 x 3 inches. Multiply that by 2 and the largest remnant you’ll need is a 6 x 3 inch piece. The smallest tassel will measure 2 x 3 inches. Multiply that by 2 and the smallest remnant you’ll need is a 4 x 3 inch piece. Most sellers will provide rough estimates of the sizes of leather remnants.
I recently stumbled upon a photo of what looked like a reverse temple and had to investigate. It was a stepwell. A stepwell is exactly what it sounds like: steps down to a well. The earliest stepwells date back to about 550 AD and were developed in India as a necessity for areas suffering from torrential seasonal monsoons. Many of these functional structures were commissioned by wealthy or powerful philanthropists (nearly a fourth of whom were said to be women) as spiritual, earthbound bastions built to last for an eternity. I mean, how stunning are these pieces of forgotten architecture? And could you imagine carrying a buckets of water up all those stairs?!
It’s hard to believe that I’m already halfway through my pregnancy and that come early spring, this baby girl will round our family out from 3 to 4. Honestly, where has the time gone? And the last time Quincy made an appearance here, I was sharing his nursery with you. He was not yet walking and just shy of his first birthday. Slow your roll, time. Seriously. When Gap recently asked me to share how I like to celebrate the holidays, for Styld.By, the one thing that came to mind was family. The holidays are the reason why fall is my favorite season – but experiencing it through a child’s wholesome and ingenuous eyes makes it all that much more special. And now, with baby #2 on the way, I’m savoring every moment I’m able to have alone with Q. So on this day, we made grandma’s holiday specialty: spiced chocolate chip cookies. Together. Thanks to Quincy’s heavy hand, they turned out far too salty, a little dry and heavy on the vanilla . . . they were perfect.
Inez loves to dance, Flora has sass, Anya laughs at her own jokes, Binda is always blushing, Babette loves her drinks stiff and Selby and Poppy have been best friends for ages. Leslie Weaver‘s painted ladies radiate so much colorful personality, you can’t help but create fantastical stories about them!