Maria Van Nguyen is a seriously talented New York based student, blogger, and designer. She is a strong believer in the minimalist lifestyle, which is immediately apparent upon viewing her work and photos. Everything she creates has the perfect balance of structure and simplicity. I love discovering new designers, especially those who have the capability to create flattering and unique pieces when diving into the minimalist aesthetic. Keep tabs on this girl, because she is going to be something big.
One of my favorite bloggers teamed up with one of my new favorite designers, Lily Harris, to photograph the look book for her new label. Lily Stan Studio was created by Lily Harris and features pieces of clothing that are made to be easy to wear and layer together. Each garment is made to order in limited quantities and is meant to be kept as an everyday staple, creating a personal collection of specialty basics.
I always see ladies rocking the leather vest or jacket in summer and then realize they probably live somewhere where the climate makes that possible. Either way, I love the way leather can be dressed up or down and serves as a staple piece in transitioning from summer to fall.
It’s getting real hot in Texas and I have spent just about every day at the pool. It’s hard to find inspiration for outfits when all you want to do is lay on the floor in front of the air conditioning. I thought I would throw together a little mood board to help out with that. A lot of airy dresses, crop tops, and swim suits in the mix. I’ve been living in a black silk tank-top with a pair of high wasted shorts and leather flats. What’s your go-to summer uniform?
photo credit: pinterest
Oh man. The Carly Hunter SS’14 collection is on point. I love the neutral colors, airy draping, and light structure. Isn’t it dreamy?
I love the new approach to the half bun some stylists have taken and I am not ashamed to say that I’ve worn my hair half up quite a few times in the last couple of weeks. It works for long or short hair and is the perfect go-to style for that casual messy look. Try it out!
How amazing is this hair jewelry by Sylvain Le Hen for Anaise? Barrettes are back and I am okay with it. I love their raw and modern aesthetic and the ability to add an interesting take on a simple hairstyle.
Sketcharound is a Hong Kong based clothing brand that focuses on iconography, unisex tailoring and purity of form, and challenging conventions of the casual. They aim to offer “timeless modern simple” designs for those who seek distinct design in high wearability clothing with fine quality. These images were taken for their SS’14 lookbook by Miss Bean, and are absolutely stunning. Their SS’14 line was created around the concept of “nun”, the oldest Egyptian god according to myth, who existed in primordial form on earth before land or mankind existed. This inspired designers at Sketcharound to create a line that focused on an androgynous style with simple details and catered to a unisex silhouette. Not only is their clothing line absolutely beautiful but these photos took my breath away when I first saw them. They perfectly represent the look, style, and inspiration that Sketcharound drew from to create their line. Well done.
Parallel Pulse is the product of Veronica Mae & Faith Lord, who combined their creative ambitions in 2013 to produce a line of innovative wearable elements. Their jewelry is raw and magical and directly reflects the duo’s aesthetic and style. Not only do they produce amazing jewelry, but Veronica and Faith both have two of the most beautiful Instagrams I’ve seen recently, which you can view here & here.
Fort Standard is a New York based contemporary industrial design studio who focuses on design, products & furniture, and branding. I first came across them when photos of their gorgeous bottle openers kept popping up on my feed. Upon further research I discovered they are more than just amazingly crafted bottle openers, but an entire team of innovative and progressive designers. With a distinct eye for detail, simplicity, and materiality their products are not only beautiful but completely functional.
photos: Brian Ferry for Fort Standard