It has been a long winter for us here in Portland but Spring is finally just around the corner. Living here has made me appreciate how wonderful Spring is. Flowers are in bloom, Farmer's Markets are finally opening, and my favorite part -- being able to dine outside! Our back patio table is back in action. I love any opportunity to sit outside to eat -- doesn't it just make a meal feel much more special?
When I first came across Aydry & Co.'s candles online, I first fell in love with the sophisticated and beautiful packaging. All of their products are made in high quality recycled glass containers, which can be reused! On top of being beautiful, they also smell and work wonderfully! All of their candles feature a wooden wick and are made with carefully developed original formula, providing beautiful scents, clean burning, and long lasting.
AYDRY & Co. is a LA-based brand that presents handcrafted candles and beauty goods with a sophisticated blend of natural and luxury. The creative director, Japanese born, AYU Carlton' s philosophy; high quality - organic & vegan - modern & minimal - simplicity, reflecting her own formula and design. Her sophisticated sensibility has applied in every step of developing the brand.
By the time I get home from the studio lately, the sun is setting and the day starts to end. As hard as it is to say goodbye to my favorite season, the thought of chilly nights with a cozy home cooked meal makes things better. Especially when accompanied by good jams! This is my current playlist for cooking up a meal. Enjoy!
1. Lord Knows Best | Dirty Beaches
2. Dont B Sad (Prod TOPS) | Sean Nicholas Savage
3. Acrobat | Angel Olsen
4. Doni Doni | Vieux Farka Toure
5. Florida | Luke Temple
6. Courage | Villagers
7. Lover Man | Bille Holiday
8. The Breeze / My Baby Cries | Bill Callahan
9. Little Bit of Rain | Karen Dalton
10. I Need Your Love | Toots & The Metal
11. Propaganda | Sean Nicholas Savage
12. Not That Easy | Diane Coffee
13. Hot Dreams | Timber Timbr
14. Water No Get Enemy | Fela Kuti
15. All I Want | Joni Mitchell
16. I Wish I Knew | Sharon Van Etten
17. I Don't Know 2009 | Beastie Boys
18. Try Me | James Brown
19. Impossible | Lyla Foy
20. Felicidade | Seu Jorge
21. Strange Mercy | St. Vincent
22. Are I Here | Helado Negro
23. Pink + White | Frank Ocean
24. Blues Run the Game | Jackson C. Frank
Here are a few things I'm digging this week. Happy weekending!
This modern Italian farmhouse is just the dreamiest.
Ummm these earrings!? Obsessed.
Our CSA box this week was loaded with all kinds of squash, so I've been on the look out for some good recipes to use them up. This one looks simple and amazing. Comment with your favorite winter squash recipes if you have any!
There are so many good things to say about Lauren, as she is my studio mate and friend. Not only is she an awesome human being, she and her team make the most beautiful wearable clothing out there! Lauren Winter is a design studio out of Portland, Oregon that has been creating timeless, unique, and comfortable clothing since 2014. I am able to witness first hand the magic put into each garment, and it's pretty special. All of the rich, deep colors of her new FW16 line are making me all kinds of excited for Fall. Check out her new FW16 line here.
MADE IN THE USA | All garments are designed and sewn by a small team in Portland, Oregon.
UNIQUE DESIGNS | Her designs are inspired by origami and geometery, creating each piece to wrap about the body beautifully. A she states, "There are no buttons, zippers, or snaps - only ties, wraps, and elastic. Our breathable materials and geometric designs adapt to the wearer because we believe in clothing conforming to the body, not the other way around."
COMFORT | She strives to create pieces that are interesting, but also super wearable and comfortable. She is able to achieve that by using durable natural fibers such as hemp, silk, linen and organic cotton. Like most women, comfort is a big factor to consider when I'm looking to buy a garment. Not only are natural fibers better for you and the environment, they can stand the test of time!
SLOW MOVEMENT | I can say first hand that she and her team are passionate about contributing to the fashion world in a responsible way. From little things like using 100% recycled packaging to the larger picture of suppliers and material sourcing, everything produced by Lauren Winter Co. is as sustainable as possible.