Burned out by the fast pace of the fashion world, Kimberly Hartman took a sojourn to Southeast Asia to rediscover her passions for travel, fashion, and foreign cultures. While in Laos, Kimberly had a revelation: why not start a clothing line that would be good for struggling artisans, and good for customers who love design. This was the genesis of JADEtribe. With a staggering assortment of handmade bags and jewelry, JADEtribe offers "Luxury With A Conscience" in its own way, with a boho aesthetic and socially and environmentally conscious mission. JADEtribe's textiles are produced by artisans in Southeast Asia, using fair trade practices and sustainable and repurposed fabrics. They're cute, too! As Kimberly puts it, the style is "a little bit beach-y, a little bit bohemian jet set." We’re sold!
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We've been having lots of candlelit outdoor family dinners on the farm, and Pinterest is loaded with inspiring ideas for livening up our outdoor decor. Check out my picks for a fun, boho supper al fresco.
With love and lanterns,
House of Design & Style
With summer coming quickly upon us, we’ve been scouring Pinterest for our favorite summer fashion finds. Check out some of our picks. Beach days, here we come.
Greetings from Asia! It's been a wonderful experience exploring Singapore and Malaysia and with good reason—my cosmetics will soon be in Sephora here! I also shot for the cover of Elle Singapore and me and my baby bump got to wear this cute drummer-girl inspired outfit. I'll let you know when the issue is out.
But speaking of travel, one of the questions I get asked frequently is:
What are your travel essentials?
Well, here you go. I never leave home without 100% Pure Argan Oil, Argan Bear Naked Wipes, Argan Cleansing Oil and the Argan Moisturizing Stick. Even when you're on a plane, take a moment to go to the bathroom to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Plane travel can be rough on your face and by keeping your skin hydrated, drinking plenty of water and avoiding salty foods, you'll land and look like a true Argan beauty.
Sending you love across the miles,
While it's exciting to be pregnant (eating for two!), maternity clothes aren't always as fun. Enter Hatch. This super stylish, thoughtful line takes you from with baby belly to holding a baby since the lines and shapes give you room to grow. Once your pregnancy is over each piece still drapes and fits with ease and comfort. Cool, right? I'm especially a fan of the cozy Wrap which falls somewhere between your favorite sweatshirt and a chic city cape/poncho. I'm also a fan of the fact that they give back to the Every Mother Counts campaign, an organization that spread awareness about maternal and child health issues globally. Check it out here.
With the chill in the air, we're always on the lookout for warm sweaters to bundle up in. Potipoti, the collaboration of Nando Cornejo and Silvia Salvador typically leans towards the punky, graphic-arts inspired vibe that can only come from two cool kids from Europe. But their Fall 2011 collection is chalk-full of cozy and comfortable knits for both men and women that are produced in small textile mills in Spain and Portugal.
We're loving the ruby hues and the oversized styles and cuts of the pieces. Makes you want to bundle up, grab your portable mug of coffee and face the day!
Speaking of cold, I'm off to New York. I'll be sending you love from the Big Apple!
Gretchen Jones went from being a winner of Project Runway to having an eponymous line of clothing and jewelry. Exciting enough, right? But even more exciting is that Gretchen uses natural materials for her line and then has the pieces created in America by working with New York organization Save the Garment Center. Their mission is to continue perpetuating the need for ethically-crafted, domestically-produced products by working hand-in-hand with designers. Sort of like the fashion world's version of the farm-to-table movement.
Besides her eco philosophy, we love Ms. Jones' graphic-meets-nature jewelry (this necklace looks like honeycomb, right?) and her flowy and soft wearable separates that can be mixed for different looks. And her house (pictured above) is a reflection of her asthetic and is simply gorgeous making us complete fans. Bravo Gretchen! We wish you much success.
We're not the only company that strives to be both luxurious and global-minded. Maiyet, a newly launched high end fashion line, is headed by Paul Van Zyl who formerly worked against apartheid in South Africa. Using his love for global policy, he's found a way to partner with artisans in many countries like India and Kenya to create beautiful, luxurious clothing that will then create development in the place of origin. Truly Luxury with a Conscience! You can see his whole line from fashion week here.
Here's a sneak peek into Josie's campaign shoot live from Sephora Fifth Avenue for Fashion's Night Out 2011. Expect a season of naturally gilded glam as Josie pulls inspiration from the rich culture of Morocco.
If you're in New York City this week, come join me as I shoot my newest campaign at the Fashion's Night Out event at Sephora Fifth Avenue. You can test the latest in my line and participate in the festivities as the city kicks of Fashion Week. Hope to see you there!