Yep, more snow. It’s been coming down on and off for several days now, though I’m told it will be marvelously warm by next week. Spring in the Midwest, I tell ya. You can have snow on Thursday and 65 degrees and sun on Friday. So much back and forth.
This tunic hails from LISSA the Shop, a fantastic online boutique that focuses on comfortable, stylish clothes made by designers who insist on ethical manufacturing, fair trade practices, design using sustainable fabrics and coloring methods, and/or create their items here in the U.S. Just about every piece on the site is eye-catching and funky in the best possible way. I was familiar with Comfy already, but am excited to learn about some of Lissa’s other lines, including Raw Earth Wild Sky a brand that purposely leaves sleeves long and hems unfinished so you can customize lengths using just your scissors. BRILLIANT. I’ll have a coupon code for LISSA the Shop in my next newsletter, so if you’re not signed up already, now’s the time!
I wore this for a shift at Corset, and felt marvelously comfortable all day long in my jersey dress and bronze flats. Next to utility jackets, metallic flats are the item I recommend most to my clients. I veer away from the mirror-shiny ones, but subtle bronzes are amazingly versatile. I’ve had this pair for a couple of years and it never ceases to amaze me how many outfits they complement.
Are you a fan of the metallic flat? Or sandal? Do you stick to golds and bronzes or go for pewters and gunmetals?
It’s a two-fer today, friends. Having been out of town for nearly a week, I’m behind on outfits. Our trees are nearly in full leaf and we’ve already mowed once, but it’ll look like early spring in my photos for a while yet! This is frequently my Easter dress for a day at the in-laws but I wore it instead to illustrate how diverse florals can look for one of my weekly Fox 9 Morning Show appearances a few weeks back. Not all florals are ditsy! And although most of the Banana Republic Marimekko stuff is black and white, this dress was made from a brighter Marimekko print.
But let’s talk about the satchel, shall we? I spotted Queen Michelle carrying a Rhodesian of Edinburgh satchel a while back and linked to the company in a roundup. The mother and daughter who own and run the company out of their home reached out to me, and I was so thrilled to strike up a conversation and relationship with them. If you pop over to the company’s about page, you’ll see that daughter Charlotte is dealing with some serious health issues and that running this business from top to bottom is motivating and inspirational for her. (You’ll also learn how the company got its name!) All the satchels are handmade in the UK from the finest leathers and with absolutely stellar craftsmanship. When mine arrived, they were even more gorgeous than I could’ve hoped. Above is my two-tone Clio – one of the buckles is slightly askew because under those flaps are magnetic closures. YES! Functional buckles on bags make me batty! So delighted that magnets are an option for these gorgeous bags.
I was lucky enough to get two satchels from this amazing team of women, and my second bag is a big ‘un!
I am a lover of oversized bags so I opted for the Calvin without giving its dimensions much thought. Tons of my bags are that large! But since this is a structured satchel, it’s really, REALLY big. I adore it, though, and plan to use it for hauling my supplies and books to workshops as well as for an overnight bag. It’s amazingly lightweight and truly beautiful. Even Harriet thinks so.