thursday poll – edition 74

merry christmas eve everyone!  don’t worry, we still have a thursday poll for you today. last week i asked white item you wanted to splurge on and the winner was the leather bomber by giorgio brato, which i am sort of in love with.

so it is officially winter and today i want to ask about your favorite winter whites! you can never go wrong with white, and we have some great items to choose from…which winter white item would you wear the most this season?

the coastal zip up hoodie:

the flirt tutu skirt:

the rows of ruffles dress:
rows of ruffles dress

the we the free little white tee:
we the free little white tee

or the sweater blazer:
sweater blazer

vote your heart out!

final jeweler bios

erica pena and melissa joy manning are the final two jewelry designers to be featured on the blog, and it makes sense to put them together as they are both female artists who create very feminine, romantic pieces that any girl would be lucky to own, and both designers also make an effort to be socially and environmentally friendly.

the inspiration behind erica pena’s first collection came from her move from manhattan to puerto rico, as she conveys this experience through jewelry that is a mix of new york’s rough edginess and the caribbean’s light airiness. her travels to places like bali continue to influence her designs and stimulate her to create unique and spiritual pieces that are chic, girly and bohemian. her travels have also influenced her to incorporate social and environmental causes into her work, and she joined with yayasan membina api cinta kasih (YAMACK), a non-profit organization in bali. one of the projects she has worked on in conjunction with this organization is building a unit/school for disabled children financed by the sales of a necklace and bracelet designed specifically for the cause.

we are very excited to be working with melissa joy manning, a US jewelry designer who creates one-of-a-kind pieces that are feminine and girly but with an edge, often mixing modern and traditional elements. she says that her jewelry “is not an accessory, but an expression… [it’s] about finding a piece that speaks to the individual and echoes their personality. i believe that jewelry can influence the way you feel; it can say and mean something different to every wearer.” the one-of-a-kind aspect of her items enhances this idea, as each piece and takes on a meaning entirely exclusive to its owner. she also uses stones believed to hold healing energy, and places tiny holes in the design of her work to allow the stone’s energy to flow through the metal and into the wearer. each piece of her jewelry is handmade in her studio in oakland, ca by an in-house production staff and using materials from only domestic suppliers. this is something melissa joy manning feels strongly about, as she pays close attention to running an environmentally responsible business.

view our erica pena and melissa joy manning collections on our website.

holiday craft swap update!

good morning everyone! if you are participating in our holiday craft swap, it’s about time to get your crafts in the mail if you haven’t already!  the photos are starting to go up on our flickr page, and i’m so impressed with what i’ve seen so far…


that last picture is adorable! keep an eye on our flickr page as more photos come in!

the adventures of one eskimo

One EskimO is a london band, who have actually been around for a few years, but are just getting noticed here in the US thanks to the single “kandi” off their debut album!  what’s interesting though, is that the band has teamed up with warner premiere to create a “visual album” consisting of ten videos in a series called “the adventures of One eskimO.” they are available for download on itunes.

if the animation looks familiar, its because the videos are produced by passion pictures, which also animated the gorillaz music videos.  each band member in One eskimO takes on a character — the singer is the eskimo, the drummer is a giraffe, the guitar player is a penguin and the bass player is a monkey.  i’m sorry, but that penguin is so cute!  check out a chapter in the animated series below, for the song “kandi.” what do you think about the idea of making “visual albums?”

for more on One eskimO check out their myspace page!

book club update!

as i’m nearing the end of on the road i was inspired to take a look at the fashion of the beat generation.  beatniks were characterized by their rebellious spirit and anti-establishment, anti-materialistic philosophy, and they expressed this through stark and simple fashion.  jack kerouac and his crew wore old, ripped jeans and t-shirts because they didn’t care how they looked, while others wore head-to-toe black with berets or glasses.

what else about the beat generation’s style and culture is still resonant with you today?

share your thoughts in the comments section!  also for those of you reading on the road, try and finish by january 4th if you can, and check the blog for a final post about the book!