Model creates socially-conscious jewelry


The Making of a Collection

The making of a collection is a big deal. Being on the factory floor and seeing a garment crafted before your eyes is an eye-opening experience, and one I wish more people would pay attention to. In a world where so much can be automated and done by a machine, the sewing of a garment – particularly one with as much detail as Burberry – is a sight to behold.

This video on the making for Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2012 women’s line reminded me so much of the first time I walked on one of our factory floors and saw a School House cardigan sewn in front of my eyes. From initial sketch to completion, I hope we never forget that clothes are made and manufactured by people and by hand. Sometimes that kind of craftsmanship can lead to a bit of sticker shock (I myself don’t even own a piece of Burberry), but anything made with craft, care and artistry always will be more expensive than their assembly line, fast fashion counterparts. To me, the investment in items I know will last are worth it in moderation and I think this video displays exactly why that’s true.

Happy Monday & Happy New Year!

Top Trends for Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping got you up the creek without a paddle? No worries, we’re here to guide you! We’ve put together a list of 6 top trends this cold weather season, which provides the perfect jumping off point for your shopping list.

Holiday List


Bold Color:

Holiday Dresses:

Trendy Denim:

Chunky Sweaters:

Casual Booties: 

Be sure to make your list – and check it twice!

Trend Tuesday: Statement Necklaces

The best way to spice up an outfit this fall is with some bold neckwear!  Whether it’s jeweled or metallic or fibrous, it can turn a basic t-shirt special or take an outfit from daytime to nighttime.

Put some sparkle on a crewneck t-shirt with a bold chain necklace or other gold necklace with black accents, to pair with a sparkly gold skirt!

school house university of toronto pocket tee,, $28; kenneth jay lane large link necklace,, $415; reluxe gold hoop and leather necklace,, $45; 2nd day skirts olive,, $245; elie saab woven leather box clutch,, $912; square vintage post earring-grey,, $14

Or, add a bold necklace to a simple t-shirt dress to turn heads!  You can match this black and white colorblock dress with either a boldly-colored piece that pops, or a high-contrast piece made of cool materials, like this leather and rope one, for a touch of elegance.

school house cal state l.a. colorblock dress,, $40; katherine necklace,, $250; 3.1 phillip lim leather wrap and rope necklace,, $240; monsoon owl party statement necklace,, $46

Use this trend to have fun and be daring!  Summer may be over (for now), but that doesn’t you have to stop sparkling.

4 Steps to Creating Layer Envy

In a recent post where we gave you the 411 on upping your style game without breaking the bank, where we talked about the secret power of layering. The reason why celebs and models always look dressed to perfection in magazines? Layers. The key to keeping warm and looking stylish? Layers. Here’s some basics that will get you started on your way to layer envy!

1) 3-4 Long Sleeves, various patterns and colors

The long sleeve is probably one of the most overlooked and underutilized layers. Probably because when left alone on the shelf, a plain long sleeve seems so boring – but when paired with a button up and a cardigan or chunky sweater, the long sleeve is a KEY piece. We recommend at least one stripe, one solid that matches (or contrasts!) well with your personal wardrobe, and one classic white.

2) Colorful tank tops: the bolder the better

Tank tops seem contradictory in the winter, but a tiny burst of color can go a long way when peeping out of a boatneck sweater and peacoat ensemble. Or what about wearing it under a sweater dress with tights? At every turn, a couple bright tank tops is the key to adding subtle pops of color.

3) Printed tees, in a variety of necklines

Printed tees come in handy when pulled on over a button up, or layered under a sheer sweater.

4) Outerwear and accessories

Jackets of various weights, lightweight and heavy knit scarves, knit mittens and fingerless gloves. These are the outerwear accessories that will complete your lovely layering. The devil’s in the details, so don’t forget to change up your outerwear style. Try layering two light weight jackets or wear a chunky, heavy knit sweater instead of your heavy winter jacket everyday.