Fait La Force is a collective shop of goods made by artisans in Haiti. The founder's focus is to create strong collaboration between locals artisans and designers by providing a stable work environment and by promoting economic development. They sell a variety of beautiful, handmade products including bags, quilts, and jewelry. My favorites are the Cenise leather carry-all which is very classic and the quilts are quite beautiful in their minimalist style. The shop is fairly new so it is only open for pre-orders, but is worth browsing.
As you may have guessed my favorite season is upon us. I have already done some of my seasonal shopping and cannot wait for the weather to get cooler so I can layer all my favorite sweaters.
Here is what I have bought for the season:
Black Oversize Cardigan - ASOS - large, cozy and goes with almost anything (pictured)
Cable Knit Sweater in cream color - ASOS - I have been wanting one of these for so long, I still want to knit one for myself, but in the mean time I am happy with this one that fits perfectly (pictured)
Plaid Scarf - handmade - I am surprised I have gone this long without a single plaid item in my closet especially as flannels have gained more popularity. I decided to start with something smaller and made my own plaid scarf by cutting some flannel I picked up a local fabric store. (pictured)
Brown Leather Platform Boots - Steve Madden - These boots have been on my wish list for a few months, and I have to admit they were one of my better purchases. They are comfortable to walk in and add an autumn feel to any outfit. (pictured)
Leather Jacket (fake leather) - Target - A leather jacket has also been on my wish list for a while now and the one I picked up is surprisingly close to looking like real leather and affordable. (not pictured)
Variety of Grey T-shirts - Target, Brandy Melville, ASOS - a great basic, staple for fall and all other seasons too. (pictured)
I did a double take when I saw this look book. It looked exactly like the fall closet I have imagined. Warm basics and neutrals with pops of bright colors. The red is the perfect touch with the variety of plaids and textures making it feel perfect for autumn. Need Supply Co. never ceases to amaze me with their seasonal look books. California has left me looking forward to the arrival of cooler weather. We have had some 90 degree days which are quite deceiving as it is almost the end of September. Until it starts to get cooler, I will have to settle for weekend trips to San Francisco.
I have been admiring succulents on Tumblr and Instagram for quite awhile, but have never got around to picking one up. I was given this one unexpectedly at a wedding in Sonoma, California where it was used as a center piece. My next goal is to find a pot to replant this one in. My previous attempts at keeping plants alive have been mostly unsuccessful, but I am hopeful a succulent will be much easier as they require less maintenance. The California sun provides the ideal conditions for succulents and they only require a little water.
Labor Day weekend was a whirlwind. My family and I took a road trip to a friend's winery in Sebastopol, California to aid them in their wine bottling. I didn't really help with the bottling, but many of the other guests, my parents included, helped to pour the previous years wine into bottles, attach labels, and process the new crop of grapes for next year's bottling. I had a great time exploring the winery and joking around with my sisters. The food was good and company was great. We had grilled chicken with homemade barbecue sauce, spicy red cabbage salad, corn on the cob, and and fresh blackberry pie. We stayed up late into the night sitting outside talking and laughing. The next day we spent the day in Healdsburg going through the downtown shops and art galleries. Afterward, we drove into San Francisco and spent the day wandering about and taking a break from being in the car. Overall, it was an enjoyable time spent with family and friends.
Have a great rest of the day!
All photos by me
Summers in California are normally very dry with lots of sun. However, we were blessed with heat, humidity and a cloudless sky all in one day (fairly strange weather for a California summer). The view outside my window was quite deceiving, I couldn't stand for more than ten minutes outside to get a photo of my outfit without getting feeling like I needed to take an ice-cold shower. I wore loose fitting pants and a light colored tank which are great for days when you would rather not get drenched in sweat. In other news, it you haven't noticed from the photo above, I cut my hair! It was a spur of the moment decision and I love the results. I am surprised at how easy it is to wash my hair and style it every morning without the extra seven to eight inches I cut off.
Have a great week and stay cool!
pants // New Look, shirt // Brandy Melville, shoes // ASOS, necklace // Brandy Melville
photo by me
Ouur is a clothing brand is by the same creators of Kinfolk. Their aesthetic focuses on simplicity and well-made neutrals that can fit into almost any closet.
I am making an effort to invest in more basic pieces that can work in a cohesive closet. This can be quite difficult on an hourly wage, but I have been starting off with smaller pieces such as simple jewelry and basic t-shirts. One of my favorite stops for shirts is Everlane. They have fairly reasonable prices for t-shirts. My favorite is the boxy tee.
photo source: Ouur
I have been a bit absent as I was taking a three-hour drawing and watercolor class everyday this past week. I loved it! The watercolor was my favorite and I enjoyed learning new tips and tricks for using watercolor paint. Part of putting together an art portfolio for college one must include a specific number of drawings. I am not the biggest fan of drawing, but exploring drawing as a means to creating something more(watercolor) was very helpful for me and I was able to come out with a few drawings to add to my portfolio.
About a week ago, I went to an art festival at a local museum to celebrate summer. I wasn't very impressed with the art and the weather that day was so hot, I was sweating even with the a/c on in the museum. Overall, it wasn't the most successful of days, but I thought I would share a quick snap of my outfit. The shirt is a diy project creation I made with an old, oversize Ralph Lauren shirt, the jeans are from Urban Outfitters and the shoes are from Steve Madden (both are from quite awhile ago, but it may be possible to find similar styles).