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Modern Flower Child Giveaway

Meet Sarah of Modern Flower Child boutique on Etsy. She creates handmade, real flower resin jewelry. She work with resin and nature to make unique flower bangles that mimic the style of the early 1970’s.

Modern Flower Child Resin Jewelry via The Walkup

In the Pacific Northwest, USA, where Sarah’s shop is based, every bit of any flower or foliage, leaf, grasses or twig that is picked is used and not wasted. Every ant or bug that accidentally comes with her flowers is saved. Even the jewelry that does not meet the criteria to be in her shop is given away as charity.

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Sarah is the daughter of two hippie parents and had access to many pieces of vintage jewelry as she grew up. Inspired by her mother’s handful of flower lucite bangles from the 50’s, she began experimenting with her own creations. Each bangle at Modern Flower Child is made by hand and not a machine so tiny bubbles, bumps and slight imperfections are part of the unique characteristics of the jewelry. Don’t these golden rule inspired treats look simultaneously modern and ethereal?

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Jewelry in her shop pays homage to the vast and infinite qualities of nature. No two leaves are identical, no two plants are the same, the world is unique. She uses green Cedar, purple Lilac flowers, peach Rose petals, fern, pod seeds, dried moss, tree bark, and tropical stems. The variations in hues, textures and earth-tones are stunning!

Modern Flower Child Resin Jewelry via The Walkup

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The Olympics: Sochi 2014

The Olympics always inspire me: humans pushing themselves to the limit in search of fulfillment, pride, glory, and their countries. Sometimes the stories are based on sheer determination, other times, in honor of siblings, in determination to represent friends, as a way to pay homage to their nations. Whatever the case may be, the humans who partake in the feats are extraordinary – often sacrificing normal lives in pursuit of a singular goal.

Vintage Olympic Travel Bag from the SixtiesThis bag  has great graphics of past Olympics host cities, listing them with their respective country flags from 1936 – 1968, though it is interesting to note that the Berlin flag stands in for the 1936 era German flag…

I still replay moments from the Beijing Opening ceremony (that perfect unison), Michael Phelps swimming, Nastia Liukin medal haul, the dream team, Misti and Kerri on the sand, Kerry Strugs landing, and Jesse Owen’s statement on civil rights. The Olympics represent a microcosm of the human spirit.

Team USA by Ralph LaurenPatches, sketches and other sources of inspiration for Ralph Lauren’s official Team USA Opening Ceremony Cardigan cover a design table at company headquarters.

Although I don’t think the USA was the best dressed at the Soshi 2014 Opening Ceremonies (did you see France’s Lacoste jackets? Mexico’s Cardigans? Spain’s Hats? Canada’s Hudson Pay Red Parkas? Sweden’s Leggings?)… I love my country and so let’s represent TEAM USA with the items below.

Inspired by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, featuring limited edition TShirts, Sunglasses, Nailpolish and more!

  • Sheriff & Cherry gives a nod to the Olympic rings on these 5-color aviator sunglasses.
  • An illustrated history of the winter games (beginning in Chamonix in 1924) and the athletes, featuring stunning photography in the National Geographic fashion, Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics.
  • Designed exclusively for our collection for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, these fingerless gloves are made in the USA by Ralph Lauren from warm wool and feature a knit historical American flag and “USA” knit in patriotic colors.
  • Inspired by the heart of a winner, this Limited Edition Olympic glitter nail polish is called Champion by Let it Glitter!
  • This beautiful coat hanger with leather and natural wood is signed and designed by Valérie Windeck – who modeled them after the olympic rings!
  • The Olympic Rings Necklace by Bubble Jewelry is made of %100 cotton thread. When you can’t win a medal, you might as well wear this around your neck.
  • Sadly, we cannot all be great athletes…that’s why this stainless steel flask for the “USA Olympic Drinking Team” is for you!
  • Part of Vivienne Westwood’s 2012 Olympic themed collection, in honor of London’s’ home games, a highly graphic Medal Print T-Shirt.  I know it’s technically British but we’re friends and our flags do have the same colors…

Go #TeamUSA!

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Brooklyn Brownstone House Tour

If you lived here, you’d be home already. It is no big secret that I have always dreamed of living in a brownstone. All the best fake (and real) intellectual, creatives do: The Royal Tenenbaums, Carrie Bradshaw, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Jenna Lyons, Liv Tyler, Sofia Coppola, and more.

Brooklyn Brownstone Tour / Fort Greene

Here’s a glimpse into a Brownstone in Fort Greene, Brooklyn that I visited a few weekends ago.  Located on a beautiful, tree-lined block replete with a row of the classic facades, the block is postcard-pretty.

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The space (indoor and outdoor)! The light! Those things are a premium in New York City. Here’s a glimpse into one floor:

I am particularly excited to show you the vintage bar set, including gilded mirror, fifties era “Bar Guide,” goldplated shaker  and the seventies arc floorlamp. Brooklyn Brownstone Tour / Fort GreeneI love the look of a fireplace, once brick or marble, painted over with a crisp coat of white paint. How chic are those empty frames as a mantlepiece? And you you spy the Eames Lounge Chair? Charles and Ray Eames had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to bring greater pleasure to our lives. Their iconic Eames Lounge Chair began with a desire to create a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” In continuous production since its introduction in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century.Brooklyn Brownstone Tour / Fort Greene

The contemporary space doesn’t fear mixing a houndstooth area rug, with rainbow-striped pillows, an old medicine cabinet turned TV stand, or a patriotic American and French flags as artwork. The eclectic mix of goods somehow works.