Style Essentials

Initial Bracelet

Want a fresh spin on wearing your child’s initials? Here’s a cute brass version, crafted from old recycled locker tags.

Find it on SpoonSisters. Here’s how they describe the bracelet:

A couple of years ago, the artisans, who created these bracelets, found a treasure trove of vintage locker tags. They purchased all of them knowing someday they would turn them into a unique piece of jewelry. Here the tags have become the focal point of their version of an ID bracelet. The artisans engrave an initial in the center of a tag, and attach it to either a solid brass cuff or thread it through a thin piece of soft leather.

I totally want one.

Cheers, Amy

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Inspiration Outfit, White Sangria Version

To go along with my easy sangria recipe from earlier today, I thought I’d post an inspiration outfit. Dress it up, dress it down: I’d love to wear this outfit while mingling with friends and sipping away.

The Goods

Sophie Dress from Garnish

Samara Straw Hat from Athleta

Earrings from Banana Republic

Clutch Purse from Banana Republic

Bracelet from Ross-Simons

Sandals from Timberland

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Mother’s Day Gift: Handbag of Indulgences

What could be more luxurious for Mother’s Day than an evening clutch filled with indulgences…and tickets to an evening out on the town? Hmmm…

The Goods:

Evening clutch from Etsy shop FoxyVida

Colette solid perfume by TOCCA

Card case wallet by Etsy shop TheCuriousCase

OPI nail color

Moonstruck Chocolate

(Theater Tickets image found here)

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Portland Handbag

I’ve got Portland on the brain. If you’re planning to travel there anytime soon, here’s a few essential items I’d suggest packing in your handbag:

The Goods

Ooligan Press’s Red Guide to Portland
Flavigny Violet Pastille
ScarfEtsy shop Zen Threads
Patagonia Hat
Ellington Bella Tote
Wallet from Etsy shop Appetite
Burt’s Bees Lip Color
Solid Perfume from L’Occitane
Coffee Mug from Sister’s Coffee
Moleskine Notebook
Earphones from Skull Candy

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Portland Pack List

Portland in the spring is a flighty little thing. Sunshine one day; pouring rain the next. It can play havoc with your emotions if you’re a year-round resident. Happily, those of us who are just visiting can plan ahead and enjoy what the city has to offer. Just pack layers and applaud the stoicism of those locals who are nearing the end of a six month grey stint.

Here’s some key items to bring:

Messenger bag: Portland is bicycle city. This is part of the uniform. Plenty of room to hold your rain jacket, water bottle, and other sundries. Shop local and check out this one from Ellington, my favorite Portland store.

Raincoat: Nobody in Portland uses an umbrella. Resist the urge to stick a mini one in your suitcase…instead, bring a lightweight raincoat. You’ll want one that’s fairly lightweight and crushable, so it can fit into your bag in case of sunshine. Marmot makes a good sporty option.

Cadet or Newsboy-style hat: These are practically a uniform in Portland. Snag a lightweight one for spring and you’ll blend right in. I like this one from Outdoor Research. It’s subtle, but the checkered pattern adds a little bit of flair.

Jersey skirt, dress, tops: Build your outfits around jersey layers. They’re comfy and easy to add/subtract as temperatures dictate. I like a base of black and grey pieces, with a few colorful pops.

Leggings: Chic, yet practical layering option. Wear with skirts, dresses, and tunics. You’ll want them for warmth on rainy days.

Scarf: Easy chic, plus helpful when you need a little extra warmth. I found this option here.

Cardigans: Did I mention layers? I’d bring one lightweight and one heavier, almost jacket-like option.

Ballerina flats: You want a full coverage shoe to keep your feet dry. These dress things up nicely.

Toms: The other shoe in your suitcase. Comfortable for around town wear, plus you’ll blend right in. Take a look at their website here.

Jeans: everyone in Portland wears skinny jeans. I personally hate them, but you won’t go wrong if you bring a pair.

Cheers,
Amy

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Packing a handbag for Austin

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m a little homesick for Austin. If you’re planning to travel there anytime soon, here’s a few essential items I’d suggest packing in your carry on bag:

The Goods

Handbag from Etsy shop missibaba
Micro umbrella found on Amazon
Crushable hat from Roxy
Scarf from French Truckers
Nude lip gloss from Aveda
Suntan lotion from Neutrogena
Orange Tic Tacs
Sunglasses from Rudy Project
Water Bottle from Sigg

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Austin Pack List

It’s April and, as usual, I find myself a little homesick for Austin. Texas in the spring is a gorgeous thing, with wild flowers galore and relatively moderate temperatures.

This year, Country Living is holding their annual fair in the city…which means I am acutely jealous of those folks lucky enough to attend.

If you’re planning a trip to Austin in the spring, here’s a few items I consider essential:

Flip flops – You won’t look out of place in cowboy boots, but Austin is really more of a laid back college town. Plus, it’s pretty warm and your tootsies will get toasty in anything but sandals. I recommend bringing a pair that you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. My favorites are these bad boys from Reef.

Sun hat – You’ll want something with a brim, especially if you’re planning any outdoor excursions. I like the option of a crushable straw hat. Easy to pack, vaguely cowboyish, versatile. Here’s one that I like.

Light wrap – What?! But Austin is hot on the spring! Yes, but it gets cooler at night. You’ll want to take advantage of the outdoor patio dining, so come prepared. Something in linen or a *light* wool is heavy enough. Maybe something like this

Summer dress – I figure this one is obvious…I just wanted an excuse to link to my current favorite dress from Kara-Line. Austin is pretty casual, so don’t worry about packing anything more formal than this type of dress.

Tank tops and cardigans – if there’s a uniform for Austin, this would be it. Easy to dress up (see wrap option above) or down. Plus, they don’t take up much room in the suitcase. Toss in a cardigan, and you’re covered. (in addition to chilly nights, the air conditioning can get a little out of control)

Bermuda shorts – I prefer either khaki or jean. Either way, easy to pair with the tank tops you brought and perfectly appropriate for anywhere you might want to visit in the city.

Funky jewelry – Austin is a creative town, so have fun with a statement piece. I like this necklace, especially paired with the jean short and tank top combo. Why not? Go a little wild…

And that’s about it. Austin’s pretty casual, so it’s easy to pack light.

Cheers, Amy

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United by Blue

Like fashion and socially responsible causes? Check out United By Blue’s website. They’re a small online store that sells screen printed shirts, jewelry, and bags around a theme of marine conservation. For every item sold, they pledge to clean up a pound of trash from the ocean…as of this post, they’ve cleaned up over 87,000 pounds of trash. Their website also chronicles their cleanups…if you live nearby, you can volunteer.

I’m currently craving this bracelet, made from recycled pop cans.

Cheers, Amy

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Spring Bicycle Adventures

All this lovely spring weather in Denver is making me think of bike rides. Griffin’s not quite old enough for a bike seat…but soon… In the meantime, here’s some inspiration for a fun, stylish bicycle adventure:

Pedal pushers, a jersey tunic, and Bensimon sneakers make for a stylish and functional cycling outfit. Add in a pair of vintage-style Rudy Project sunglasses, specifically made to work with a bike helmet. Of course, you’ll want to stay hydrated and have a journal for recording your adventures. And a classic cruiser isn’t complete without a bike basket…

What are your favorite things to take with you on a bike ride?

Cheers, Amy

The Goods:

Classic cruiser image from StyleHive

Bike Basket from Basket Lady

Capri Pants from West Marine

Shoes from Bensimon

Top from Chezvies on Etsy

Sunglasses from Rudy Project

Scarf from Orvis

Notebook by Moleskine

Water Bottle by Sigg

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Spring Picnic Fun

The weather in Denver has been gorgeous recently…sunny and 70, with barely a breeze. I’m starting to crave picnics, where you can sit outside and while away an entire afternoon.

What items do you consider essential for a picnic? For me, it’s nothing more than a blanket and a good book. Of course, fun summer dresses and delicious food make it all the better. Here’s some inspiration:

The Goods

Reeds Jamaican Ginger Beer

Lange Reserve Pinot Gris

Vivian Dress by Garnish in Portland, OR

Issa Sandal by Born

Cantina Straw Hat by Roxy

Michael Kors Margo Straw Basket Bag

Alpaca Throw Blanket by World Market (in partnership with NOVICA and National Geographic)

(watermelon image from here)

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