David Trubridge Lighting and Jewelry at A+R

David Trubridge Lighting and Jewelry at A+R

Images: A+R. David Trubridge Kina Pendant Light and Flax Pendant Light

David Trubridge Lighting and Jewelry at A+R

I was never much of a math whiz…but geometry was probably my favorite subject. I’m guessing because it had more of a visual aspect to it, and it’s definitely more appreciated in my world because of that because you see beautiful reminders of it in your everyday life, whether it be architecture, jewelry or home decor. In this case, it’s the latter two, in a beautiful collection of works by David Trubridge. I knew about A+R Store for awhile, when I first grabbed one of those self-filtering Bobble water bottles from them. I knew it was a shop I wanted to explore a bit more, but it got put aside for years, even though I was still subscribed to their newsletters. I just got one the other day that sparked my interest, as I was thinking about posting a bit more about art and home decor to vary things up a little as I had originally intended to do for this blog, and it featured some awesome geometric light fixtures and jewelry pieces from Trubridge. Check them out!

Trubridge is from New Zealand after dropping everything and traveled there on an adventurous whim with his wife and two sons. In 1985 he realized it was meant to be, and made it his home. He begin by building a home, and it all went from there. Before life took him to far away places, he finished Newcastle University in 1972 with a degree in Naval Architecture, and found his work featured in prestigious museums including the Victoria & Albert and the Pompidou Centre.

David Trubridge Lighting and Jewelry at A+R

Image: A+R. David Trubridge Manuka Pendant Light

All of these come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and are easily-assembled bamboo pieces inspired by the world we live in.

A passion for the environment and earth drives the construction of all David’s work, primarily made of renewable bamboo and flat-packed to reduce freighting and packaging resources and the identical pieces make home assembly a snap, literally.”

David Trubridge Lighting and Jewelry at A+R

Image: A+R. David Trubridge Manuka Pendant Light

How pretty is that Manuka Pendant light above? I need this…actually all of them look so cool in all of their different colors, I’d put one in each room. Oh, and Trubridge also expands his artistic talents into jewelry as well. Each of these three comes in either a broach, necklace, or earrings (with the exception of the Adorn Jewelry: Koura, which has no broach version as far as I can see). I don’t really wear earrings (I just have body jewelry in my 6 ear piercings at all times), but loooooove necklaces! I’ll take all three…

Shop the entire David Trubridge collection at A+R here, and read up on the artist at his website here.

A Few Firsts for AYR and Agave Denim

A Few Firsts for AYR and Agave Denim - Agave Ava Moto

Agave Ava Moto Jean

A Few Firsts for AYR and Agave Denim

It’s always fun to watch denim brands evolve, especially the new ones, because they managed to elbow their way through the already established names and garner enough attention to grace the inboxes of fashion-forward individuals everywhere! Even if a brand has been around for awhile, I enjoy seeing them reinvent themselves to stay competitive. AYR is one of those newer brands that I fell in love with in my earlier Denimology months, writing a post about their birth here and doing a review for their Skinny and Ciggy styles. I loved them so much that I’ve kept an eye on this brand! Agave has been around for several years, and I even helped build their website way back in 2007 (or 2008? I can’t remember) at my last job at an e-commerce company here in town. I’ve seen them excel and perfect their basic but oh-so-soft and well-fitting pieces. I’ve remained a fan through all these years and when Denimology came around I got a chance to revisit the brand and review the classic Delgada and the beautiful dark blue Ava legging. Both brands have recently come out with some styles that aren’t necessarily new, but are new to them, and I am loving their own renditions of them!

Above is the Agave Ava Moto, Agave’s addition to the Moto denim trend! I love motos…in fact, I did a review of an incredible pair from G-Star recently, and I have one from now-dead brands (*sadface*) Vintage 1 and Dylan George. I can’t get tired of them, and although it’s a distinctive yet not-so-basic design, I like seeing how different brands make it their own. Agave’s Ava Moto legging is a high rise, skinny leg 5 pocket jean with a 9″ rise, 9″ leg opening and 30″ inseam made of imported 7.5oz millennum ring spun stretch denim with a 77% cotton, 21% Polyester, 2% Spandex fabric blend, in a Black Steel Stretch wash. The brand topped it off with a cool black waistband and a black strip lining the back pockets! Despite that, it’s a bit toned down from most moto jeans out there, but Agave is definitely not a copy-cat brand, and I respect them for that.

A Few Firsts for AYR and Agave Denim - AYR Skinny in Oil Slick

AYR The Skinny in Oil Slick

Coated jeans are definitely not new either, and I got my first taste of the style with a Denimology review for CJ by Cookie Johnson’s Joy Pigment Coated Legging. I now have to say I really love this style. I have a pair by the edgy brand Cult of Individuality that I’ll be reviewing next (they’re moto, too)! As mentioned above, I have a soft spot for AYR, as I saw their rise to fame and contacted them to give them some extra exposure with the two reviews I did. They just released their own version of the coated jean, with The Skinny in Oil Slick. With an 8.5″ rise, 9.75″ leg opening and 30″ inseam, this 5-pocket skinny is sure to please. It has a rayon/lycra/cotton/tencel/polyester fabric blend and it looks as clean and streamlined as the other two pairs of AYR jeans that I own. I hope to get my hands on a pair soon!

With the release of these two styles, I feel assured that these two brands have many, many more years in them. I certainly hope so!

Shop the AYR Skinny in Oil Slick here, and the Agave Ava Moto here!

Citizens of Humanity Avedon in Chromatic Review on Denimology

Citizens of Humanity Avedon in Chromatic Review on Denimology

Citizens of Humanity Avedon in Chromatic Review on Denimology

This is another review I’m kind of excited about! Grey denim, in my world, is an essential Fall wardrobe item. I’ll wear them year round, but I’m sure I, like most people, probably wear more colorful items in the spring and summer months as the sun comes out and livens our mood from our winter funk. Not that I’m saying the colder months mean our fashion senses should go into hibernation, as the Fall is pretty colorful on its own, but I guess the whole “don’t wear white after Labor Day” reasoning can come into play here, in regards to darker fabrics often giving us more of a feeling of protection and warmth (and nobody likes getting bright colors messy or stained in the rain or mud). Either way, bright colors are fun, but it’s also nice to take a break and tone it down a little every now and then. But grey doesn’t have to be dull at all, and I’ll illustrate that with this Citizens of Humanity Avedon Ultra Skinny in Chromatic review!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf by Joe’s Jeans

Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf by Joe's Jeans

image: from Joe’s Jeans Newsletter

Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf by Joe’s Jeans

It’s always so great to see different brands and organizations coming forth to support Breast Cancer Month every year…one of my favorites being the numerous bright pink items sported by all the football players each Sunday. But what would this month be without retailers chipping in too? There’s a huge humanitarian movement going on in the fashion world as the importance and awareness of giving back grows and grows with each passing year. Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month is obviously nothing really new, but it’s still notable when a premium fashion brand (or anyone really) kicks in. I really like what premium denim brand Joe’s Jeans is doing this month, offering a pretty, soft pink scarf for only $78. All of the proceeds (yes that’s right, 100%) will be donated to FORCE, a USA nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf by Joe's Jeans

Image: Joe’s Jeans

Joe’s Jeans says, “Made in Italy and crafted in a viscose and cashmere blend, these light pink scarves lend a luxurious accent to any outfit” (95% Viscose, 5% Cashmere). What a cool idea, and they certainly do look pretty luxurious! But more than that, I love that they are soley available to help a great cause.

Shop the scarf right here, and read more about FORCE right here.

Black Denim is Anything but Dull

Black Denim is Anything but Dull

It wasn’t long ago that I only intended to have just one staple black skinny jean in my closet, because how much variations do you get in black jeans anyway, right? I reserved this pair by Big Star as my go-to for dressy nights, as I was too afraid to wash it and watch it fade into more of a charcoal grey. Well actually, I take that back…I DID get one pair of ripped black skinny jeans from Habitual, just to mix it up a bit. Then Denimology came along. I started this blog, and Level 99 and DSTLD came into my life, teaching me that there IS such a thing as black jeans that don’t fade, and hinting towards a pandora’s box of black denim that I had yet to really discover. Then Denimology brought me to a brand new name that started up this year, FIGI, and I received a black pair from them was more comfortable as an every-day jean, which pushed me just a tad closer to believing that not all black jeans are alike (review coming shortly). I knew it, somewhere deep inside, that there had to be more to the LBJ (Little Black Jean). I wasn’t an idiot, as I had been surprised enough by new discoveries of what the premium denim world had to offer to know I hadn’t seen the end. I am, after all, a fan of taking something usually seen as basic and simple, and making it jaw-droppingly awesome. Then one of my favorite online shops, Revolve Clothing, sent me one of the usual every day email blasts, and lo and behold, it featured black denim. But not just any black denim…take a look for yourself:

Revolve carries such a huge variety of different black denim styles that I decided to stay within the shop for this post, as many of these are available elsewhere anyway. I know I’d seen the cutout/mesh style by Siwy before from Frankie B (actually there’s a photo of it on the homepage at the time of me writing this up), and I’m glad it stuck around. I’m always tempted to grab a pair of the Frankie B ones but I’m afraid of that mesh ripping! Although, that might give kind of a good grungy look, like stockings with a run. Current/Elliott stays true to their expertise at patterned jeans with The Stiletto in Washed Black with Mini Stars (I’ve been eyeing an old pair of medium blue jeans with stars from years ago on eBay for quite some time now), and denim veteran 7 For All Mankind puts a beautiful twist on the floral denim trend with thePieced Skinny in Black Grey Floral Shantung

I’m not much of an over-the-knee or thigh-high boot kind of person, but several Fall season lines I’ve seen might just change my mind (as long as they are tight, like leggings). So I found it funny that I spotted this awesome style by James Jeans, the Dietrich Thigh High Skinny in Femme Fatale. A sign? Perhaps. I’ve never seen anything like it, either way! To really push the limits on black denim, D-ID released The Pistol in Black Wax…unfortunately it is sold out, but are you surprised? I left it here just because I can’t take my eyes off of it. I’m not that familiar with D-ID yet, but I’m sure that will soon be remedied.

So obviously if you can’t tell by now, the denim world is limitless…can you see now why I’m just a wee bit obsessed? Which here is your favorite?

View even more beautiful styles of black denim from Revolve Clothing here. I really had to hold back from posting them all!

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

Brilliantly Blue Handbag from MeDusaBrand

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

There have always been a plethora of beautiful, ornate, and downright drool-worthy bags and clutches gracing runways and streets alike, but it seems designers have really kicked it up a notch lately in the creative department…or maybe everyone’s just getting more brave as competition becomes more and more stiff. Take Moschino’s bold move with incorporating McDonald’s-themed pieces in their Autumn/Winter 2014 line. I can’t be sure I would have seen that just a few years ago, but then again I wasn’t paying too much attention to the high couture side of things, being more of a contemporary style kind of gal…and I only started blogging this year. But anyway, so many of these coveted styles this year are out of the reach of a lot of people, and many turn to Etsy to support the up-and-coming underdogs. I always run over there every now and then when I feel overly stimulated with the commercial side of things, and I found a real gem this time!

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

Yellow vinyl clutch with gold plated spikes and pins

I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled across this cool little shop based in Israel, but it sure has stuck with me. I usually prefer bags made out of leather due to longevity and the beautiful way they age and become more and more unique based on the use you give them over the years. Leather can certainly be embossed and stamped, but in this case, these PVC clutches and bags by Etsy shop MeDusaBrand seem to be more beautifully detailed than most leather embossed items could ever be! And of course, who doesn’t like shiny things?

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

PVC and canvas briefcase

It appears that each style seen here (I tried to get a good, wide range of these different clutch and bag designs offered) comes in just about any color, and they are lined with a leather-like synthetic fabric inside. Some come with chains as straps and others are meant to just be carried…and some are even transparent, as a small shoulder or makeup bag!

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

Embossed vinyl clutch with chain shoulder strap

MeDusaBrand also makes pretty jewelry, specifically necklaces and earrings, some combining chains and studs like the handbags, or tassels. I gotta say these black items in the Black Summer Collection caught my eye as well. Yummy! I wanted to make this post longer than it is, because there are so many beautiful items…but you’ll have to go look for yourself.

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

White bridal clutch bag

The beauty of many Etsy shops is these highly-talented independent artists are more than happy to do custom orders for you, and MeDusaBrand is one of them. I don’t see how I could possibly think of something else I’d rather have after perusing this huge collection but…you never know and it’s cool to have that option, right? It makes the consumer feel closer to the artist, which I really respect, and it’s special to have that unique item made just for you.

Embossed PVC Clutches and Bags from MeDusaBrand

Green PVC clutch w/ embossed print with gold plated spikes & pins

Check out the entire MeDusaBrand Etsy shop right here!

Fall Corduroy from Paige

Fall Corduroy from Paige

Corduroy often reminds us of our childhood years, I think (at least, it reminds me of the famous bear)…which maybe is why corduroy collections from famous denim brands don’t seem to catch on as much as their denim counterparts. Or, am I wrong? It’s so nostalgic to me, but maybe the common thought is that it’s harder to style, as denim is such a classic look that gives a nice contrast to whatever is worn up top. Perhaps it’s because denim allows for all the pretty shading and destroyed details that so many of us fashion-forward individuals love so much. Either way, corduroy lines are persistent, and this is the time of year when I always see more of them. I always keep my eyes open, tempted, but never really sure…but this new line from Paige Denim has me intrigued!

Paige is well-known in the world of denim, for those who aren’t familiar with them. The brand was born in February 2005 by Paige Adams-Geller, who worked as a top fit model beforehand (yes, she was blessed enough with assets that companies used to perfect fits of the premium denim industry in the earlier years). I also like to mention a brand’s philanthropy when they are involved in good causes, and Paige definitely is! Paige works closely with NEDA (The National Eating Disorders of America), RAINN (the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network), and more. Check out more about that here.

I can’t say I’ve ever seen corduroy with denim-like details such as exposed zip pockets on the hips, or cropped…or cropped with long zippers at the ankle, and I LOVE ankle zippers! The pretty Jane Zip Ultra Skinny in Midnight Navy Corduroy caught my eyes first. How pretty is the hardware contrast on that perfect dark navy blue? I need these in my life.

I think what deserves a good mention here too, is that Paige kept both the zippered line as well as a standard corduroy line for those who prefer to opt for more clean, streamlined looks. I also love the clean back pocket designs…that distinctive side-pocket notch design is unmistakable! I can’t get over that blue, I guess, as the Skyline Straight in Midnight Navy Corduroy also caught my eye. I have the Skyline from many years ago which was my first pair of grey straight jeans (which were considered skinny jeans back then I think), and I love how soft they are! I can only imagine how soft these pretty corduroy pieces from Paige are also.

Unlike the corduroy we are familiar with from our childhood years, this is more tightly, smaller woven corduroy for a smoother look. At a nice 8 1/8″ rise for a good fit and 30″ inseam for the Verdugos, and a 34″ rise for the Skylines, these great bottoms with a 9 oz Fabric and 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane blend are sure to please. I’d love to get my hands on one!

Shop these great pants for Fall and Winter below (yes, please California, please get cold enough this year…), or view them directly at Paige right here!

A Casual Beer Date After Work

A Casual Beer Date After Work

A Casual Beer Date After Work

It was a nice warm evening after work on Thursday last week, so some of us decided to head out to happy hour for a beer! So needless to say this was my outfit for the day. I feel so lucky to have a job that allows so much style freedom…Anyway, I’m wearing a top and black flats I found from Urban Outfitters several years ago when I hit a big sale, a black cardigan from Old Navy, my Foley & Corinna Mid City Tote in Cobalt which my day bag of choice right now and a new pair of Joe’s Jeans Vintage Reserve Ankle Skinny in Zhane. They were a pair of jeans I was craving since they were first released, and I scored them on sale for less than half the price on 6pm! The only thing was, I grabbed their last one available, in a size 26, and they sent me a 25, which was what I was considering to begin with since Joe’s are known to stretch out a lot. However, these were SO dang tight that I couldn’t even button them! I’ve kind of turned them into a project, doing all I can to stretch them out, using the tips that Lorna from Raindrops of Sapphire explained in a DenimBlog article awhile back. This includes water, excessive wearing and a LOT of lunges and dancing around! This actually worked pretty well, and I can wear them around, although I’m still trying to stretch them out just a tad more. I am determined, as they are such cool jeans! I love the vintage detailing. Hell, if I’m this determined, I should find myself a pair of raw denim jeans…

A Casual Beer Date After Work - Front Angle View

A Casual Beer Date After Work - Front View 2

Here are similar items (with the actual jeans) in my look above:

The Willow Zip by AG

The Willow Zip by AG

AG The Willow Zip in Smolder, Rain Forest Green, Black Slick, and Float

The Willow Zip by AG

I love all denim that comes my way…even just your simple, classic faded blue jeans…they all seem to have some sort of unique character to them. However, it’s true that after awhile I tend to appreciate the edgy and different styles every now and then! They are definitely more fun when I have a DJ gig or when I just feel like hitting the town at night. AG, born in 2000, has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This is due to their clean, classic looks, innovative vintage washes in their popular AG-Ed line, their distinctive but subtle back pocket designs and their AMAZING fits, even for curvy and athletic shapes like mine! I am subscribed to their newsletters and truly enjoy seeing all the different, innovative designs that come in every season. Coated jeans aren’t anything new, but colorblocked coated jeans? With zippers? Or, texture-blocked jeans? Hmmm I’m all ears….

AG just released their Willow Zip, which is a collection of four different styles. Take the pretty black Willow Zip in Smolder and the grey and Float, ankle skinnies with coated front pockets, hip, waistband, and a coated panels at the back of the legs from the calves down, topped off with faux zip pockets. Or, there’s the more simple but pretty green Willow Zip in Rain Forest Green which is the same but without the coated panels in the back of the legs, and the Black Slick which is fully coated, color blocked with a red waistband and red sides. I can’t really pick a favorite! I’m usually a big fan of color blocking, but I love the concept of texture blocking so much here that I think I prefer the all-black look!

The Willow Zip by AG - Black Slick

One of the things I love the most about the edgier styles is that they take much more thought for styling. It’s easy to dress up or dress down a pair of blue-washed denim. But I enjoy specialty styles paired with something of contrast up top…like the Black Slick jeans above paired with a white frilly, girly top (which usually is NOT my thing). Dressing them down is fun too because it’s definitely not that easy! What do you think? What would you pair one of these four beautiful jeans with? I think the Willow Zip in Rain Forest Green would be amazing with some tall black stiletto boots and a black corset-like top! Now this line has got me thinking…

The Willow Zip by AG - Float and Smolder

AG The Willow Zip in FloatFloat and Smolder

The Willow Zip by AG - Rain Forest Green

Shop the full Willow Zip by AG line here!

TOMS Celebrates World Sight Day

TOMS Celebrates World Sight Day

TOMS Lobamba Steel Blue Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses

TOMS Celebrates World Sight Day

Most of us are already familiar with the amazing humanitarian efforts of TOMS shoes…mainly their One for One® campaign, in which the brand will give one pair of shoes to a child in need with every shoe purchase or one week of clean water to a person in need with every bag of coffee purchased! TOMS fans also enjoy the collaborations they have with artists and musicians, like the recent Paul Van Dyk partnership. I’m subscribed to the TOMS newsletter and I love always watching how active they are in their cause—there is always something cool going on. Now, with World Sight Day coming up on October 9, TOMS is applying their One for One® campaign to all eyewear on their website. However, in this case, with every eyewear purchase, a person in need of sight restoration or medical assistance in order to return to their jobs or school, which otherwise were a struggle because of visual impairment.

TOMS is partnered with organizations like the Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program and Marium Eye Hospital to provide these life-changing services to those in need, and the success stories are so moving! I myself have contact lenses (I can’t see worth crap without them), and I cannot imagine living somewhere without the care we are so fortunate to have available to us. Oftentimes the fashion world can be a little self-centered at times, so companies like TOMS are very refreshing. TOMS wants fans to get involved through Instagram, asking everyone to snap a photo of something that represents what sight means to them, and posting it with the hashtag #GIVESIGHT.

For over 250,000 patients treated by TOMS Giving Partners in 13 countries, restored independence for both a patient and caretaker is just one of the powerful impacts we’re excited to share with the TOMS community this World Sight Day. On Oct. 9, snap a photo of what sight means to you and hashtag it #GIVESIGHT. To learn more, visit www.toms.com/world-sight-day.

TOMS Celebrates World Sight Day - Optical Line

TOMS Optical Line

I wrote more about the campaign than the actual products here, probably for good reason though! But I dig their eyewear line…and some of these items are unisex too. How cool are the Lobamba Steel Blue Whiskey Tortoise Sunglasses sunglasses at the top of this post? And those cat-eyed glasses…cute!

Read more about TOMS’s campaign for World Sight Day and shop the collection!