Sunday, March 21, 2010

Swooning Over: Seafaring Chic

Thought it began last year, I'm stoked to see my favorite fanciful professionals coming into their own this summer. Let's hear it for old timey sailors, pirates, and general seafarers!
Seafaring chic, you'll notice, is firstly expressed with thin striping in a sailor's favorite colors: black, red, and navy. Stripes are a pretty basic pattern regardless, but this summer many brands are getting a little more creative with those spangles. It's getting easier to find accessories and screen prints with anchors and knots all over them as well, but some items are really making use of the medium (like the Anthropologie rope belt shown above). You'll also notice more shops carrying straw boating hats (a personal favorite, though more for your recreational sailor than your boat captain).

Keep your eyes peeled for great clothing, decor, and accessories for you and your favorite seafarer!

1. Nautical Stripe Pillow, Urban Outfitters 2. Anchored Shell Earrings, Need Supply Co. 3. Ahoy Necklace, Hello Berlin 4. Tanker Anchor Canvas Pumps, TopShop 5. Dockline Belt, Anthropologie 6. Flutter Stripe Tunic, Need Supply Co.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Making a Loft Like a Home

Just the thought of moving into a new place plagues me with stress, heart murmurs, and night sweats, but helping a friend (or in this case boyfriend) move into a new place is pretty exciting. Particularly when that friend (/boyfriend) asks you for help decorating and choosing color palettes. Ahem:
We started with a pair of Movie Sofas (from CB2) in a delightful truffle color that Zach already had, and since there's a whole lot of white wall in the apartment, we knew the place should have a flexible palette. Zach's first purchase was the flokati rug (cooler looking than a shag) in ivory, which helped us figure out our primary colors. We added more ivory (pillows, throw blanket from West Elm) and a cool gray (throw blanket, more pillows w/shams from CB2), and it already started feeling cozy. His mom made the genius suggestion of adding a punch of color, so we went for red with a touch of orange (to go with the Marais chair he already had and loves). Two pillows later, and the palette was complete!

While all the pieces look great together, what makes them particularly interesting are the textures: fuzzy flokati, chunky knits and suede-like couches. That, added to the machine-age period pieces he already had and the plants purchased along the way, turned a spacious, empty room into a cozy, lived-in feeling loft.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Pantone Spring '10 Colors

Though Pantone premiered their spring 2010 forecast almost a year ago, it didn't much matter to the average person until very recently when the hope of warm weather and fewer layers was born. And now that we're officially hitting springtime, we can compare what we're seeing on hangers and shelves to what Pantone predicted:


This round of colors hits both ends of the spectrum, from conservative neutrals to bright attention-stealing hues. I'm excited to see "dried herb" in the mix, as it's coming into its own as a neutral that can be paired with almost any color. It's also great to see 3 of my favorite colors on there: "turqoise," "fusion coral" and "violet," which I love in any combination. Though "tomato purée," "aurora" and "amparo blue" are too similar to pure primary colors for my taste, each one would look great as an accent color in patterns, so I'm interested in finding out how they make appearances this season.

Also interesting is a side-by-side comparison of this year's colors for spring vs. last year's:


8 of this year's 10 colors is a direct relative to last year's colors. Some like "turqoise" and "tuscany" have become slightly more saturated, while others like "tomato purée," "fusion coral" and "violet" have shifted hues. "Aurora," surprisingly, became a little lighter, softer, and easier on the eyes.

But as always, Pantone's seasonal color report is a springboard for thought, design, and patterns that actually end up at Fashion Weeks and in stores--I'm sure we'll see a wider range of colors in production. Changes from year to year, as you can see above, are very slight, so perhaps it would be an interesting experiment to compare seasons 10 years apart to see if they truly reflect the times. For 2010, I interpret hope with measured optimism (Go 2010!).

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Craft fair season is upon us

We've suffered through a cold and dreary winter, and we here in the city are getting that much closer to busting out our spring jackets. Imagine that! And the advent of spring ALSO means the advent of craft fair season, and ho boy, am I excited! Here's what's on the docket so far:

Bust's Spring Fling Craftacular:
Last year's Spring Fling
May 23
Location to be announced (Manhattan)

Renegade Craft Fair:
Renegade Website
June 5 & 6
McCarren Park (Brooklyn)
(Above photo came from their flickr stream here)

The Market
The Market Website
Every weekend year round (but now that spring is approaching, you'll actually want to walk to it!)
268 Mulberry Street (Manhattan)

Brooklyn Indie Market
BIM Website
Every weekend starting April 3rd
Smith Street & Union St (Brooklyn)

Let's get this party started!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Pairings: The Jenna Cowl

Last week we posted another item, the Jenna Cowl, in our shop on Etsy. This trim little collar uses some great fibres: alpaca, mohair, and silk (yum!) in jadeite and truffle (double yum!). What can you pair that with? We've got some suggestions:The base colors for this are the jadeite and truffle, with a backdrop of slightly off-white and an occasional touch of plum. We've paired the Jenna Cowl with a racerback tank and a sheer top in our primary colors. For pants we suggest this pair of slightly off-white jeans (love the tint and how distinct it is!). To accessorize, we'd throw on this beautiful ring (with colors that perfectly match our palette) and 2 coats of the plum nail polish to bring it all together.

We hope you love the color combo as much as we do, so snag the Jenna Cowl for yourself!

1. Solid Sheer Layering Top in Taupe, Free People 2. Tri-Blend Racerback Tank in Tri-Lemon, American Apparel 3. Large Medallion Ring in Creme, Urban Outfitters 4. "Purple with a Purpose" nail polish, OPI 5. Skinny Grey Cloud Jeans, Free People
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