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Learning to Embroider

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I recently came across Jessica Marquez’s Stitched Gifts: 25 Sweet and Simple Embroidery Projects for Every Occasion. Her designs completely won me over and have inspired me to learn to embroider. For a while now, I’ve been drawn to certain types of embroidery and simple compositions featured in small round hoops. I’m looking forward to learning various stitching knots and a new craft.

Do any of you embroider?

Stitched Gifts

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This Season’s Style: Ankle Boots and Booties

Let’s talk about boots, baby! Boots are one of my favorite wardrobe elements. I love their versatility, and the way the perfect pair can tie outfits together to create a unique style. Here are some of this season’s loveliest pairs:

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1. Classic leather ankle boots made in the USA by the Vintage Shoe Company.

2. These Italian-made leather and suede booties are of the latest additions to the Madewell boot collection.

3. The Zipcode Boot. Meg and I each have a pair of these ankle boots, and couldn’t be more pleased with them. Wear them with tights and skirts, dresses, or skinny jeans…or for a more laid-back look, a slouchy pair of denim. In addition to black and brown leather, these boots also come in four shades of soft suede.

4. Camp boots, hand-crafted in Maine. For sale right now at Creatures of Comfort, one of my favorite online clothing shops.

5. The Greyci Bootie by shoe style-icon Aaron Osborn. Osborn shoes are hand-made and use textiles and patterns from South America. Check out the Greyci, as well as many other colorful booties, oxfords, and flats here.

What are your favorite boot styles?

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The Klettersack

I’ve been admiring TOPO Designs for more than a year. Their bags are made of Cordura and lined with coated pack cloth to protect gear against adverse weather conditions (bonus: they are handmade in Colorado). I recently received their classic Klettersack as a gift, and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s the perfect size for toting school books, office necessities or everything you need for a long day hike. Heavy duty Cordura paired with buttery leather – it’s a modern take on a classic design. I’ll be using the Klettersack for years to come.

Topo BagIt looks like they’re currently sold out of the Navy/Leather color combination, but check out these other awesome options (and these sweet tees)!

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