{simple pleasures} le chef-d'œuvre: the masterpiece

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"if you ask me what i came into this life to do, i will tell you: i came to live out loud."
emile zola

{today's simple pleasures}

{eco brand} penh lenh: from cambodia, with love

Friday, October 6, 2017

along the coastline of the gulf of thailand lies the country of cambodia. with its lush landscape + historic temples, cambodia is a land of great beauty, but it is also one of southeast asia’s poorest nations. 

over 15,000 women in phnom penh work in drug or sex-related industries, often with the hope of providing financial support to their families.

fair trade ethical accessory label penh lenh seeks to combat these industries by providing education, vocational training + career opportunities to women overcoming obstacles. each woman is employed as an artisan, creating unique jewelry + apparel. 

i've long had an affinity for tassels, but this is exactly what i imagine tassel heaven to look like: variations of smart earrings with extended tassels, diminutive tassels, tassels in beautiful hues + saturated colors and handcrafted necklaces with tassels too. oh, and the brilliant women of penh lenh are also creating perfectly dainty bracelets, as well. 

are you ready to tango, errr, tassel?

{simple pleasures} marées changeantes: changing tides

{eco brand} by signe: minimalist + maverick designs

Friday, September 29, 2017

i read that we wear only 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. i have to wonder, what is the root of all this repetition? after all, with the exception of a few stragglers, aren't we the shepherds who corraled all of those pieces into our own closets? i have one guess: comfort.

what if all of our most comfortable clothes, the clothes with wonderfully yielding waistbands {aka stretch waistbands}, and our softest clothes were also the handsomest pieces in our wardrobe? what if each + every piece in your closet was so comfortable + enticing, you weren't limited to 20%?

ladies, meet the maverick pieces you'll want to wear 100% of the time.

by signe is the eponymous label of signe rødbro, and her mind is the creative laboratory where luxe minimalist designs seem to spring eternal + look books spout tops, bottoms + dresses in soft earthen hues. this sustainable womens-wear fashion label is made in denmark, all under one roof, providing full transparency from beginning to end, along with the unexpected combo of sexy + comfortable wardrobe staples. this is signe:

{simple pleasures} : les fauves: the wild beasts

{eco lifestyle} junkyard planet: accessible + robust resources

Friday, September 22, 2017

“the paradox of life lies exactly in this: its resources are finite, but it itself is endless. such a contradictory state of affairs is feasible only because the resources accessible to life can be used over and over again.”  i.i. gitelson

textiles are a robust resource meant to be used again + again {gently used bedding + towels can be donated, and pre-loved clothes can be sold, traded or donated}. in the u.s. consumers recycle or donate only 15% of their unwanted clothing to charities {with the rest ending up in landfills}. the average american tosses 80 pounds {36 kilograms} of textile waste each year. every year. that's 13 million tons of clothing. 

over the years, i've learned of inventive + thoughtful ways textiles {including shoes} have been transformed to meet our needs. preserving earth's natural resources slowing down our shopping habits means using what we have in creative ways. today, a few of my fave examples:

paint it black: following the assassination of president kennedy in 1963, jacqueline kennedy sent bill cunningham, fashion writer + milliner, her red balenciaga suit which she had previously purchased at chez ninon to dye black. she wore this suit to the funeral. 

a changed man: a co-worker's grandfather took out his grandmother on their first date {then just a sweetheart}, and at the time he only owned one pair of shoes, so he dyed his shoes a different color each time they had a new date, rotating the colors to change the look + style of his outfits. the rest is history. 

art imitates life: american graffiti artist jean-michel basquiat used his then-girlfriend's newly thrifted gold lame jacket as canvas. she recounts the story of waking up the following day to find her new coat painted over. all is fair in love and art.

{simple pleasures} forgiveness: le pardon

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. he who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love." martin luther king, jr.

{today's simple pleasures}