Last year I started my resolution to be a more “conscious consumer’. This means buying less (mass produced) stuff and spend more on higher quality goods. My wardrobe is a lot smaller now but I know have more beautiful fashion pieces that last longer. If you are interested you can read more about conscious consumerism here and here. One of the things I would like to have this season is a beautiful caftan (I have a thing for caftans and tunics!). I love the ones from TWO New York. It is a bit of a splurge but this will be another investment piece that will last for years. TWO is a small collection of chic and effortless tunics, caftans and dresses made locally in New York using handwoven textiles and saris from India. The collection embodies European and Indian influences evolving from the traditional sari. All items are gorgeous but my favorite caftan is the silver grey caftan in the second image. It is sold out everywhere but Barneys still have some available (I am still contemplating whether I shall buy this one – it will blow a hole in my budget though but it is so beautiful..).
These images of model Caroline Murphy (41!) are shot in the neighborhood of her Chelsea (New York) townhouse. That gorgeous winter sweater she is wearing is from Industry of All Nations and is hand-knit in La Paz, Boliva, from Alpaca wool. About Industry of All Nations (IOAN): “We are inspired by how things are done. We are not creating a new brand just to fill up shelves. In this modern time it is so easy and in everybody’s hands to do most anything, so the most important thing should be how we do these things.
We aim to not negatively affect those around us and to provide opportunities to anyone who is out there working locally and well. We work together to develop clean and more sustainable industries around the world. We use all this to create products with the most simple and desirable aesthetic. This is the industry of the people, the Industry of All Nation”.
We, as a family, love spending time outdoors. We do not go on multiple day hikes but we do enjoy Sunday morning walks with our dog in a nearby park, building a bonfire in our garden and roasting marshmallows, and drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine (you can find a great recipe here). Today on the blog some outdoor fun inspiration and some of my favorite ‘outdoor gear’ which you can find at the end of the post. I love the Swedish Hestra Nordic Wool Mittens, they are not only good looking but keep my hands warm as well. Also, the Woolrich Chalet Slippers are my favorite slippers for inside, I have them in black and red. Stanley Flask is one of the best there is and keeps my coffee, tea, chocolate, or wine warm. The Feuerhand lantern is a classic: the factory in Germany has been producing these hurricane lanterns for more than 100 years. It burn up to 20 hours! The Penfield Rockwool Down Women Jacket is stylish and warm. And one of my all time favorites are the Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots which will last a life time. These boots gained popularity through the movie Wild in which Reese Witherspoon was wearing these boots.
Do you have any resolutions or goals for the new year? One of my goals for 2016 is learning how to knit. This has been on my list for a long time but life was too hectic the past years that I just could not find the time to do it. But lately I have been seen some cool designs and I can’t wait to knit these myself. I did some research on where to start and I found Wool and the Gang. This ground-breaking fashion company, which has started a knitting revolution, offers some very cool patterns and beautiful yarn. You can buy a kit that has everything in it and these are available for various levels. Even if you are completely new to knitting (like me) there is a knit is suitable. Thick wool and needles are used in most of their pattern which makes knitting easy to learn and you don’t have to spend days to finish your design. Wool and the Gang also offers some online (free) tutorials which are very easy to follow. For those who don’t have the time to knit, you can also buy the finished piece that has been hand-knitted by what they call one of their gang members. Good to know, Wool and the Gang ships world-wide and you now get a 15% discount on a first order if you sign up to their newsletter.
I am starting with the Foxy Roxy scarf (the red one pictured above) and the Zion Lion hat (red hat in the image above and the black one in the image below) and then I will move on to the Love U beanie (the hat with the heart – above). When I have mastered the basics and want to make a jacket/cardigan like the one in the top image. I will keep you posted about my knitting progress in 2016!
And today’s gift guide is about gifts for women! I have included some of my favorites such as the Clarisonic System which really works (gives me soft and glowy skin!), the Spiewak Aviation Parka (warm and stylish!) and those beautiful handwoven pillow (I have the pink and the white one – very beautiful in real life!). Happy x-mas shopping!
It is Black Friday which means shopping with great discounts. Here is an overviews of the best Black Friday deals. Mango is offering a 30% discount off everything with code 5BLACKFRIDAY (valid through 29th November). A Mango favorite is the coat above. I’m also loving this long wool coat from Mango’s premium collection.