With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought I’d put together a little taste of a handful of goodies that have recently caught my eye. What are you lusting after this season?
Photo found on this cute girl’s blog.
Have I mentioned I’m obsessed with these sunnies?
P.S. I have been wanting to invest in a good SLR for some time now and this photograph makes me yearn even more for a really good camera. I’m setting my intention now…
This headband from Old Soul, New Heart, is so pretty. I love all of their pieces, but can totally imagine wearing this sweet little treat to a fancy party on New Year’s Eve.
Photo credit: The Sartorialist
Things I am currently coveting, and on the lookout for:
*A sweet “everyday use” black bag
*A navy blue blazer
*Tan oxford flats
***If you know of any good suggestions, send ’em my way!
I’m off to meet up with a good friend and then celebrate another good friend’s Birthday, so I will bid you all adieu until Monday. I hope you have a lovely weekend! Bisous!
How cute is this girl? Her name is Shea and she and her mom just opened up Old Soul, New Heart, a lovely handcrafted collection of vintage and feminine finds. I first read about her adorable shop on the lovely blog, A Cup of Jo. I am really LOVING their headbands, necklaces and hair do das! Go check it out!
P.S. I agree with Joanna…Shea’s lipstick is divine…she said that it’s NARS Jungle Red. I like my red lipstick, but this color is lovely. I think I might be making a stop at Sephora soon. xoxo
Photo via Kate Spade
Yep, that’s right. Polka dotted tights. Currently on the top of my wish list. I have been searching for some like these since early last year after I saw my friend Amanda wearing a pair. If anyone has any idea as to where I can find a pair of my very own, please let me know! Sending a big thanks to Jessica for sharing these great photos from Kate Spade. This photo in particular just about convinces me that I could pull off chartruese tights. So mod, I love it!
Please let me find the most perfect pair of oxford flats for fall.
Being at home in Seattle, my time is usually filled with working from my computer, running around the city or experiencing outdoor activities. So, whether that means packing up my laptop, an extra sweatshirt or hiking shoes, it’s important to have a really good backpack at hand. I realized that I, sadly, am without one at the moment, so when my friend Noelle told me about Ian Ivarson and his Ivar Backpacks, I became curious and decided to do some research. My poking around led to a great interview with him, which includes how he got started and why his backpack is the way to go. It has the Ivar patented shelving design, which is an ingenious organizational system within the pack, and I gotta say, I’m sold! Plus, check out this sexy pick of a shirtless Jonathan Bennett (hot guy from Mean Girls) with his Ivar backpack! http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2089061/jonathan-bennett-shirtless-08/.
So, without further ado, meet Ian!
Hi Ian! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions about Ivar backpacks.
It says on your site that you were in high school when you realized that backpacks were uncomfortable and unorganized. But, most teenagers would probably endure the torture of sore shoulders and messy bags, so what was it that made you take it one step further and create your own?
Well, I saw an opportunity to provide a truly better and more intelligent way of carrying your stuff. Through Ivar, we’re providing a more ergonomic and organizing backpack product. As I witnessed in high school, all backpacks worked the same way. Load your stuff inside and your contents falls to the bottom with the weight focused on your lower back – very uncomfortable and definitely disorganized! So, whereas every other backpack is essentially an “open sack,” our Ivar Backpacks (engineered with our patented internal shelf design) evenly distributes your cargo’s weight among the shelves, and keeps everything separate and organized.
Starting your own product and business is not an easy feat. Did you come across any bumps along the way? What made you persevere? What was the driving point for you behind it all?
My inspiration for Ivar has always been entrepreneurial and, simply, a love for great and innovative consumer products. It’s been a truly amazing process watching Ivar – and our shelf design concept – evolve from a sketch on the back of an airplane throw-up bag to an actual first-rate product line.
In business, there are always challenges and hurdles. My roll has been largely a problem solving effort. In the very beginning, when I was in college at the University of Denver, such challenges were (for example) how we would get the manufactured product from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, to Oakland, California. Those types of challenges are water long-gone under the bridge! These days, we constantly challenge ourselves with how we can better design and provide more value with our products and how to better connect with our customers. All these challenges are part of the enjoyment factor. And from the beginning, I’ve been blessed with a truly wonderful network and advisory board of personal friends and mentors who I frequently collaborate with for opinions and solutions. Read more