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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This is Oakland

For the past 10 months, I have been working on a book in my free time with a friend- the fabulous Kristen Loken- about this awesome (and often misunderstood) city that I live and work in- Oakland, CA. It’s called This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places and it’s a stylish, visually-driven, guide/travel book about the city…but it’s more than that really.  We are profiling the most innovative, interesting businesses around the city, as well as the people that make this city so vibrant.  Oakland has been called “The New Brooklyn” time and time again, and there’s a reason behind it.  I feel like the country is looking our way to see what’s happening and I hope this book will offer readers an insider’s view of the city.

We are still working on the book, which we are self-publishing, and just launched the Kickstarter campaign! Won’t you please come check it out- and spread the word to your friends?  With Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing and we have less than a month to reach our goals.  Thanks so much!  xx

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Cozy nights

Sure, it gets dark outside around 5 PM, but I think these shorter days aren’t all bad!  After all, they mean more time for yummy cocktails, a roaring fireplace, baking, and holiday festivities.  I am dying to make this gingersnap cocktail from PopSugar, read the new Mast Brothers cookbook and start decorating for Christmas!!

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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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Crumb Shoppe

I fancy myself a baker…I love baking cookies, cakes and pies almost as much as I love scarfing them down afterwards.  But as a business owner and mom of an almost-three year old, time to bake either happens at 11:30 PM or sadly not at all.  Enter Crumb Shoppe on Zaarly: a locally based cookie dough bakery that will ship scrumptious rolls of cookie dough right to my door.  Now I can go to bed before 1 AM and still get to snack on the dough, smell the cookies baking, and savor warm, just-out-of-the-oven cookies.  Heaven.

Crumb Cookies

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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Gibson & Flemming

Top San Francisco interior designers {and dear friends} Grant Gibson and Caitlin Flemming have rented booths at the Alameda Flea Market this Sunday {August 4th!} because their warehouses are overflowing with treasures and they have to make room.  Of course, their “closet-cleaning” means you get covetable finds from all over the world at sweet prices- think Moroccan rugs {that Grant brought back himself!}, bolts of chic designer fabrics, unique lighting fixtures, art, books and of course furniture.  {We’re kind of salivating over here at Ruby Press. I mean, you’ve seen their work, right?}

Find them at spaces #P11 and #P12 and get there early {it starts at 6 AM}, because seriously everyone is going to be shopping this sale.