I went to Aruba looking for what I couldn’t find online: something outside the tourist infrastructure, something off-the-beaten-path.
I found wildly beautiful nature, vivid street food, and generous people. There is an Aruba off the tourist track. And it’s worth exploring. Despite over a million tourists per year on a 70 square mile island, some of the best beaches aren’t crowded, some of the tastiest food is cheap, and some of the most fun things to do are free. But you’ll need a sense of adventure to experience them.
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Spring is fully here in Tennessee. The leaves are unfurling from their buds, the the heat and air conditioning are off, the windows are open… and the birds are chirping far too early in the morning (I love you after 9am, birds). It’s the time of year when the inside feels exactly like the outside.
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A single pair of perfect high rise jeans is the one thing that makes everything else in my closet work. In my world, it’s the master key that makes getting dressed easy. But like most good things, the perfect pair is not so easy to find.
After lots of try-ons this year, I found 2 pair that are working for me.
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Laurs Kemp is a clothing designer, business owner, writer, and podcaster. She has a unique vision for her brand: she eschews seasonal designs and focuses on signature pieces + a kaleidoscope of one-offs and re-worked vintage.
So how does a designer remain true to her creative impulse, break every style rule, and still run a successful business? I wanted to find out. And I figured you would, too. So I paid the designer a visit in her Portland shop, Shampoo.
If you’re looking for style inspiration beyond social media, if you’ve ever let fear stop you from a creative venture, or if you want to hear how one small business owner gets by while breaking the rules and sticking to her creative vision, this post is for you.
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Being a cobbler is a little bit romantic, a little bit bad ass, and a LOT about wielding sharp objects. Meet the people who know: the staff of Peabody Shoe Repair.
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Puffed sleeves, lace insets, Victorian and Edwardian details– I am not at all opposed to the proliferation of “romantic” tops making the rounds lately. As I like to say, my favorite style eras are the Victorian period, the 1970’s, and right the heck now. So lucky me, I’ve got all three this season.
If you’re looking to add some Victorian-inspired tops to your wardrobe, my goal is to make your search a piece of cake.
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If you have a road trip planned this summer, consider starting in the lonely plains of Northern Indiana, where few tourists ever go. It’s my birthplace. Though I longed to leave it as kid (and did), I still know the good spots.
In order to tell you what they are, I have to start with a winter tale. Here’s how it goes.
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Just over the Mississippi River, where the Twin Cities of St.Paul and Minneapolis meet, lies a cluster of brick buildings once home to the King Koil Mattress Factory. Faded paintings of the mascot– a bedspring wearing a crown– still dot the brick walls. But King Koil is no more.
Continue reading “Hackwith Design House: How One Independent Designer is Re-Imaging Clothing Manufacturing”
I have a rule. No travel during the holidays. But rules are made to be broken, and this year I gladly broke my own.
Continue reading “Slow Travel: Harpers Ferry: What I Packed, What I Wore (+5 Spots to Visit)”