For her Spring 2014 collection, Visible, Karen Walker made the Kenyan artisans behind the season’s inspiration visible in the most fantastic way- She cast them as the stars of the campaign! Working with the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, Walker enlisted the help of craftspeople from the urban slums and rural areas of Kenya to create a series of screen-printed and beaded pouches for the line. It makes for an incredibly striking campaign and I can’t get over how beautiful the shots turned out. Below is one of our favorite shots from the campaign featuring the statuesque Winnifred in Faithful.

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Just got back from a lovely trip to Michigan! My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to be there during the first snow, though unfortunately, we were completely unprepared for how cold it was! We stayed with friends who live in a beautiful modern house in the country just outside Brighton, but made sure to spend plenty of time in Ann Arbor. They took us around to all their favorite spots: Mani Osteria (a newly opened, but already very popular restaurant with pizza as good as the Bay Area), the Jolly Pumpkin (world-renowned brewery with wild, “living” beers) and the Raven’s Club (a super cool bar where our friend makes the most amazing cocktails). Below are a few pictures from the Raven’s Club-

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A boy and his dogs

There are so many good Instagram accounts out there, but this one just melts my heart. It follows a  little boy named Julian and his two Newfoundland best friends, Max and puppy Bruce. Julian’s dad is in the navy and travels a lot, so Julian’s mom uses Instagram to share what’s going on with the family back in Washington- how cute is that?? We think Julian’s in good hands with these two by his side! What are some of your favorite accounts to follow?



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Clementine Daily

Big congrats to Erin, Anne, Elizabeth, Joanna, Hilary,  Julia and Amanda on the launch of Clementine Daily! The site is beautiful and we can’t wait to see what you talented ladies have in store!!


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Oaktown Spice Shop

Have you been to Oaktown Spice Shop? I’m dying to check it out and pick up some their Montreal Steak and Chop (a Food52 favorite!).  I can’t believe I still haven’t made it in- but I did hear they’ll be at Kitchener’s One Year Anniversary Pop-Up Market next Thursday and I’m thinking between the ‘saucy strawberry mini pies’ and the Argentine empanadas, I’ll definitely have to make that trip!

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Castle in the Air’s Victorian Paper Toys

As seen on UPPERCASE Magazine’s blog, the team at  Castle in the Air has added over 250 Victorian paper toys, models, scenes and games from owner Karima Cammell’s personal collection! The giclee reprints bring the French Pellerin company’s 100+ year old designs back to life- and we think they are just gorgeous.  {Pop on over to UPPERCASE for an exclusive free Victorian model download from Castle in the Air!}

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Slicer Opening this September!

This September, my incredibly talented friend Colin Etezadi is opening his first restaurant, Slicer Pizzeria, in Oakland! Colin’s a vet of Bay Area pizza greats {Pizzaiolo, Gioia, and Boot + Shoe Service} and has cooked for me and my girlfriends for my birthday a couple years ago. I can say first hand he’s got what it takes and we’re so excited over here for his new adventure! Congrats, Colin!

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Join us Tomorrow at Convert with Maia McDonald!

Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating all that’s Made in California from 2 – 5 pm at Convert on Fourth Street Berkeley with Maia McDonald! We love Maia and her amazing taste (she’s the Creative Director of Rue Magazine, blogger behind Design Conundrum, one of the world’s top Pinners) and can’t wait to sip cocktails and shop her curated selection of California goods. Hope to see you there!

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Feast’s Spring/Summer issue takes us along the Southern Coast of Ireland, from Heir Island to Firehouse Bakery for rosemary and olive sourdough, Castlecomer to Rosemarie Durr Pottery for handmade soup pots and bowls, and Castlelyons to the Ballyvolane House for salmon fresh from the river. I love hearing about the people behind each step of the way and Feast captures the journey from farm to table so beautifully! Feast, when can I come to dinner??

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