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Kuma: Book Clutch Project

January 16th, 2014

kumabookclutch2 Recently, we’ve talked about and praised handmade artists on Etsy for their creativity and lack of much deserved attention. Today, I’ve got something special to introduce to you—Kuma, the book clutch! Made by artisan Mari Ojasaar, Kuma is a handmade leather clutch made to look like a vintage book. A famous quotation or a phrase of your choice is engraved on the outside of the book clutch. It is however still  a project in the works. It needs to come alive with your help!

Kuma is on Kickstarter and is in need of a lot of serious “backers” (investors with sweet rewards) by Sunday, February 9 to make Kuma a living creation. As you may know, the deal with Kickstarter is that the artist or project doesn’t get any of the donations if the goal amount isn’t met by the deadline. With every donation, you automatically get something from the artist.

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For example: For a mere $15 donation, you get the satisfaction of helping Mari’s project Kuma happen AND get a butterfly brooch from below:

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For higher donation amounts, you get bigger rewards—and as you may have guessed, including your very own personalized clutch like that piece of lemon cake above. Head on over to Kickstarter right now to give to a unique project and get back a reward. Watch the video below to learn more and fall in love!

This is for all of you on the other side of the world enjoying the beginning of winter! There’s something retro about bomber jackets, and adding (faux) fur makes them have a touch of Hollywood class. You can easily incorporate a modern piece like these leather jackets into a 40s-inspired outfit.

Some fur can look tacky, but I’ve been really into it, especially when it creates a certain old timey mood. How about you—yay or nay?

Purple vs. Black

May 16th, 2013

Womens Blue Leather Biker Jacket Trento JLG Leather

If you had a chance to pick between this hue of purple or black in the same style of jacket, what would you pick? I really like black and would choose it over purple, BUT if I had her purple eyes, maybe I’d reconsider! I really like a lot of zippers and buckles on leather. It’s just so punk.

You can find this jacket and other womens leather jackets from JLG Leather.

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How COOL are these boots? These are made by a company called Gipsy Dharma (I just love that name). Two of these leather boots are named “Mischievous Fairy,” and I think the name suits the design of these boots very well. Oh how I’d love to pair these with some black tights and a laid back outfit on a nice Spring day! They’re like Planet of the Apes meets Peter Pan meets swashbucklers…

I think you’ll need something like this to transform a lonesome stroll in a local park into roaming around a magical forest.

Their About Us section on their website is total icing on the cake:

Unique clothing and leather boots for women.

Light and flexible, like second skin.

Barefoot feeling for all you dancers, fairies, pixies, gipsies and space travellers :)

Love & Light. Your Gipsy Dharma.

The above purses are variations of Jane Shilton’s Extended Gusset Tassle Bag. This is probably the most daring of all what Jane Shilton has made, which is not saying much in general (but it is if you see her entire collection). As I was looking through what I wanted to review from her’s, of course this bag stood out. First of all, it had TASSELS. I don’t really look for tassels on anything, but none of her other bags have them. A lot of them have buckles for sure, and they look very professional.

This bag was like made for the Polo-wearing prep going on vacation. I at first thought about that imagery, because I had misread the name of the bag to say “Extended GUEST Tassel Bag.” It also has two of the primary colors. I was thinking about whether the position and size of those tassels were awkward, but now I do think they should be exactly how they are. The tassels make this bag have a certain personality, and I do like them. What do you think?

 

French Maid Slacker

April 4th, 2013

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Bag: Vintage,  “Miss America” by Smartaire

Shoes: Oasap

What it would’ve been. The top I am wearing is actually a dress made by Lauren Gabrielson, a couturier from New York. I decided that I was going to dress it down a little and wear it daringly casual. About a year ago, my then very feminine self would’ve probably paired this dress with some yellow tights, black oxfords, and a beret. As I was thinking about how to style it, I thought well that’s how everyone else would wear this dress. It would’ve been straightforward, expected, and proper.

What I did with it. Without going over the edge, I tucked in the front part of the dress to show off the buttons of my high-waist jeans, while covering the unflattering parts “mom jeans” tend to exaggerate (namely, hips and butt).  I’ve seen a girl wear a big white tee this way, and it looked pretty cool. Wearing the dress this way also made me somewhat look like I had slender legs! To match the dainty “blouse,” I chose an equally feminine and truly vintage purse whose design looked like oxfords. So the irony of this outfit put together like this gave birth to the French maid slacker!

What you’re getting. Lauren Gabrielson not only sent me this gift but also chose to give away another Frenchie Dress in black and white to you all! Take a look at what it looks like as is in the photo below or on their website. Yes, another giveaway back to back, but hey it’s a lot of fun :)

laurengabrielsonfrenchiedress The results of this giveaway are based on random drawing. Remember, the more entries you have, the more chances of winning. Good luck! Open to all (US and international) and will end on Sunday, April 21st at 12 am EST.

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The winner is…. HEIDI ERICKSON!

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Ah, I love this combination, don’t you? Pastel leather and gold is such a classy mix. You could easily make a neutral-colored outfit ready for spring by accessorizing with some sweet pastels. Feryal just released their 2013 Spring/Summer high end handbag collection, and the Venice  leather crossbody bags in cobalt and blush are my favorites.

I love that the gold chain is long enough to be a crossbody. That is definitely a plus for me. I keep wishing some shoulder bag straps were just a tad longer. For some reason, having the strap lay across your body makes it look more casual. Perhaps it’s because when you’re on the go, not in a cocktail dress, you just can’t keep being bothered by the bag slipping off your shoulder. I had that dilemma today shopping with a shoulder bag with a shorter strap.

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