The Traditional Rug Meets Sculpture Art

Bower Wooden Carpets

The Traditional Rug Meets Sculpture Art

When it comes to floor coverings, what comes to mind? Linoleum, carpet, wooden, tile…with maybe the occasional antique or woven rug here and there. I don’t like to consider myself too traditional…but I’m definitely modern…I like something different but basic, that breaks the mold or blends elements from several well-known, conventional concepts together into one (I was glued to watercolor and pencil drawing during my art class years, but mixed media was always my favorite). My eyes are always drawn to more blocky colors or geometry; I’m not really one for the antique, patterned, ornate look (I’m still trying to understand the current trend of flowery, printed jeans). So here we go with TouchOfModern coming to the rescue again, enlightening my eyes to the modern but awesomely unconventional from those who truly understand how to think outside the box…check out these carpets!

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How I Dress Saint Patrick’s Day

StPaddys- American Eagle

From L to R: AE Cropped Dolman T-Shirt and Skinny Trouser, AE Honeycomb Earrings, AE Perforated Bucket Backpack, AE Pretty Printed Scarf, Open Waterfall Cardigan made in Italy by AE, DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie

How I Dress Saint Patrick’s Day

In honor of National Wake Up At 6am And Drink Because We Can Day (actually no, you will rarely see me up at 6am for anything that isn’t necessary because…just no), I figured I’d gather together what I consider my personal style to be once I do finally roll out of bed and decide to go grab a beer or two to celebrate with friends. Living in a college town, it always gets rather interesting…not just in terms of the myriad of drunk arrests at 10am while I’m still trying to decide if I feel like going out at all amidst the craziness, but it’s fun going out and people watching and observing everyone’s personal take on this “holiday” in terms of style. I’ll throw on a shiny beaded necklace or two if the mood hits me but in terms of apparel, I’m not much different than I am day-to-day — I just have more fun color coordinating. Here’s a few examples of how I’d dress if I got to raid the warehouses of American Eagle (my longtime favorite that I can’t ever seem to grow out of), Topshop, and Zara (swooooon) before hitting the town to celebrate my freedom to celebrate.

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The Tumbleweed Gets a Classy Upgrade

Same Tree

The Tumbleweed Gets a Classy Upgrade

“By taking the old and turning it into something innovative and new, it’s like I’m giving life to a piece of history. I never know when I’ll come across my next revival but I know it when I see it.”

My mother told me that when I was little, it would take a whole hour to take one lap around the block, because I had to stop at EVERYTHING I saw on the ground to either examine or collect. Now, I’m not too different (sometimes to the playful ire of my hubby). Take me to the beach and I’ll come home with a handful of pretty rocks. I love appreciating things around me…especially things that would otherwise be seen as junk…I remember in school re-purposing things I found around the schoolyard like pencils, pens, erasers, you name it (Lana, thy name is packrat). I’ve always admired nature, particularly deserts…so “dead,” and untouched, and open. The desert staple, the tumbleweed, is something that represents isolation, abandonment, and maybe even death, but I always kind of thought the image of a tumbleweed bounding across a desert represented life, albeit small, or hope amongst a “barren” landscape.

A Scoutmob newsletter alerted me to this awesome artist that struck me due to the above reasons. Same Tree is made up of Nicole, Robert, and Jayne Boles, who all believe in repurposing — taking otherwise unneeded items and recreating them into something special. Everything is made in the USA to support independent artisans, local manufacturing and small business too! Same Tree offers all sorts of artwork to add to your interior decor project. Check out this repurposed wood made into furniture! They also make all kinds of different lighting, and my focus in particular here is on one of them — these beautiful tumbleweed chandeliers as part of their Native collection. Look how alive they look! I love them…they make me want to have a special room in my house dedicated to the ruggedness of the outdoors.

All chandeliers can be purchased here!

Same Tree - Native Horizontal ChandelierSame Tree - Native Chandelier PetiteSame Tree - Native ChandelierSame Tree - Native Chandelier Classic

Closed Does Striped Patchwork

Closed Denim - Pedal Star Patchwork Denim Pants

Closed Denim – Pedal Star Patchwork Denim Pants

Closed Does Striped Patchwork

The patchwork denim trend is one that I haven’t yet dived into…I love its creative look, but I just haven’t yet seen any styles that suit my fancy. Just like when boyfriend jeans first hit the market, I wasn’t immediately sold but now I love myself a good pair (favorite being Rich & Skinny’s boyfriend in Twilight Vintage that came out years ago!)! I love the potential I see in patchwork denim. I love contrasting, blocky solid colors and thrive on creativity and styles that break the mold. During my regular perusal of various brands’ current denim lines, I found an interesting take on the patchwork trend from Closed. Closed began in 1978 in Italy but is now based in Germany, although most manufacturing is done in Italy today. These jeans are 90% Cotton, 6% Polyester, 4% Elasthane, so I bet they also make for a great, soft, form-fitting fit. Closed does striped patchwork…I think I could dig this!

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Fidelity Stevie Skinny in Viper Rinse Review on Denimology

Fidelity Stevie Skinny in Viper Rinse

Fidelity Stevie Skinny in Viper Rinse Review on Denimology

Fidelity was born in 2005 by designer Jason Trotzuk, who began many years before that by painting blue jeans in his parents’ basement and selling them for a few hundred bucks a pop on the streets of Vancouver. Talk about an awesome story! Trotsuk was inspired by rock n’ roll culture, and the Fidelity Stevie Mid-Rise Skinny in Viper Rinse definitely has the character to match (and fits right in with my tastes!). I had heard about the brand in the past and was excited to get the chance to review a pair from them. I noticed that Fidelity is another brand that has recently incorporated the 4-way, shape retention stretch into their new upcoming lines (Zen Denim, which is a performance stretch with recovery technology made up of 90% cotton, 6% polyester and 4% elastane, and Paramount Denim, which is a sister denim to the Zen made up of a 10.5oz, 92% cotton, 6% polyester and 2% elastane). I was about to choose a pair with one of these two new fabric technologies, but I was fascinated by the dark rinse of the Viper Denim…partly because I usually am not partial to flat rinse denim because I like how dynamic fading and whiskering gives to a pair of jeans, and I could tell these were different. Fidelity let me know that the Viper Denim definitely has the same shape retention, with a 11.5 oz, 62/38% Cotton/Poly blend. I went with the Stevie Skinny because of the 8.5” mid-rise, and chose my usual size of 26.

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Charlotte Olympia Reinvents the Clutch Bag

Charlotte Olympia - Pandora Wish You Were Here Box Clutch

Charlotte Olympia Reinvents the Clutch Bag

What more can I really say about these clutches? I mean, we remember as kids, there was a multitude of cute little bags we called our first purses, carrying around proudly as our mothers did (don’t you wish we didn’t wish we weren’t in such a hurry to grow up?)…many shaped like our favorite cartoon characters, animals, shapes, fruits, inanimate objects…you name it. Of course as adults we’re not allowed to be as whimsical and playful, right? Not. Screw that.

With that said, I bring you my favorite clutches and bags from a brand I just discovered – Charlotte Olympia. Actually check that…I just realized I HAD heard of this brand long ago, when I stumbled across the designer’s beautiful bat shoes (now sold out), which I immediately coveted. I love how her shoes are all branded with the pretty gold spider web under the sole! Charlotte Olympia began in 2008 in London, by designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal, and was initially a shoe brand, “inspired by a bygone era of old Hollywood glamour.”

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Who Needs a Segway Anyway?

Running Tours

Tour the world on your feet!

Who Needs a Segway Anyway?

I am an avid runner…I’ve always been super high energy, so much in fact that, while I LOVE travel and seeing new things, I always feel suffocated at the thought of not being able to get my workout in! That is, unless, I know there’s going to be a lot of serious, on-your-feet action going on already. So, I was pretty excited to find out about Go! Running Tours! Go! Running Tours was started by two running tour companies, Running Copenhagen and Running Tours Barcelona, and became an umbrella company for other running sightseeing tour companies worldwide, assisting people who desire such tours to find the best, most professional tour guides available. They also aim to promote the idea of running tours as a preferred method of sightseeing by helping improve the industry “in terms of sharing best practice between operators, harvest synergies, support new tour operators and build cross-border partnerships.”

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TOMS Roasting Co for Clean Water

Toms Roasting Co

TOMS Roasting Co for Clean Water

TOMS has always been a leader in ethical shopping and charity, donating one pair of shoes to a child in need with every shoe purchase with their One for One® campaign. Now, the company has added coffee to its repertoire, promising to give one week of clean water to a person in need with every bag of coffee purchased!

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The Patchwork Denim Trend With Kill City

Kill City Patchwork Denim

From L to R: Boyfriend-Patched Vintage Wash Stretch Denim jeans from Kill City, $179; Chaos Couture Moto Vest by Kill City, Cut Short Cropped Studded Tank by Kill City, Kill City Medallion Necklace

The Patchwork Denim Trend With Kill City

Just like your favorite jeans in their torn, very worn-in, ready-to-toss state gained “in” status with the influx of pre-torn jeans entering the market, patchwork jeans bring in a new side to the “rip ‘n repair” side of things…patches used to be whatever fabric scraps your mother could find when you fell off your bicycle and ripped a hole in your overalls as a bright-eyed and bushy tailed kid. However, mismatched patchwork designs are now a denim trend, and have been for quite some time, but I’m seeing them emerge again, primarily in the ever-so-trendy (and comfortable) boyfriend jean model. I’m not always so partial to it but I thought I’d give it a go with one of my favorite brands, Kill City. I adore the simple, edgy and sometimes goth-rockstar their pieces look! So, I did a quick sweep of their current selection to see what I could pair with their take on the patchwork style, the Boyfriend-Patched Vintage Wash Stretch Denim jeans, to see how I could bring the style to worn-out to worn-in and ready to hit the town!

Shop Links:
Boyfriend-Patched Vintage Wash Stretch Denim jeans
Chaos Couture Moto Vest
Cut Short Cropped Studded Tank
Kill City Medallion Necklace

Old Navy Brings 2-Way Stretch With the Pixie Pant

Old Navy Brings 2-Way Stretch With the Pixie Pant

You’ll rarely see me wearing non-denim pants. I’m not against them, I just always prefer the way jeans are designed to hug curves and just fit in all the right places. They seem to incorporate more fit technology for specific body types and I’ve generally found regular pants to be too cookie cutter (except for Blank NYC‘s cargo pant that came out a few years ago…but does that count? Coming from a denim company? Ah whatever). Fortunately my work environments have always been jean-friendly so I’ve never really had to worry about finding dress slacks or anything of the like. I’m too loyal to my beloved jean collection.

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