- Soeur Italie Floral Quilted Jacket Jacket in the above picture.
- Natalie Martin Nina Jacket
- Jenni Kayne Lightweight Quilted Jacket Cute for chilly morning walks.
- Sea NY Quilted Leslie Jacket
- Antik Batik Mori Jacket
- Ulla Johnson Arlo Jacket
- Madewell Quilted Wrap Jacket
- Mango Quilted Gilet
- Ralph Lauren Quilted Patchwork Jacket
- Veronica Beard Camilla Jacket
- Jess Meany Dahlia Recycled Quilted Coat
- Vibi Venezia Slipper Shoe in the above picture.
Born and made in Barranquilla, Colombia, the story started with the desire of two sisters Stephanie and María Catalina Martínez to rescue their old family factory. Waimari is an homage to their roots in hopes to preserve their rich family history. This beautiful and elegant resort wear line focuses on handmade pieces in locally sourced factories. Some of my favorites from the recently launched resort collection.
- J. Crew Ruffle One Piece Blossom Agua by Agua Bendita look for less swimsuit.
- Zimmermann Asymmetric Ruffled Cotton Wrap Skirt look for less Waimari Wrap Skirt and Dress.
- Quay 50mm After Hours Sunglasses
- Thatch Guiding Star Link Necklace Also like Thatch Talisman Lariat Necklace.
- Mark & Graham Waterproof Beach Tote
- True Botanicals Radiance Oil I got this for a gift and love it! It feels so nice on my skin.
- Janessa Leone Packable Michon Hat
- St. Agni Lori Woven Sandal I love the shape and slight platform on these sandals.
I made this simple sheet pan dinner last night that was so good! A couple modifications, I cooked the salmon on a separate sheet pan so any water released from the vegetables wouldn’t seep into the salmon. I also doubled the amount of miso glaze since it didn’t make as much as I would have liked. Recipe linked below.
I had so much fun connecting with my friend Franceska Earls and learning more about her beautiful sustainable sweater line Augden. I find her company’s mission so inspiring, and I’m so excited to share her story with all of you.
Julie: What did you do prior to starting Augden?
Fran: I grew up in the fashion industry following in my mother’s footsteps, who was a fashion designer. I grew up sitting beside her while she was designing, creating prototypes, conducting fittings, and styling photo shoots etc. I then worked for Rebecca Taylor out of college, during an exciting time in fashion, traveling domestically and abroad to recruit and manage partnerships with vendors. I saw the beauty and challenges firsthand in fashion as the industry continued to seek lower and lower costs for production across the world.
Julie: What is the Inspiration behind Augden and the company’s mission?
Fran: The inspiration behind the brand started when I traveled to my Mom’s home country of Bolivia to reconnect with my heritage. I was inspired by the incredible handmade pieces lining the streets of La Paz and deeply moved by the lack of opportunity for the talented women making these clothes to provide for their families. At the time, and this trend continues today, machines were quickly replacing the craft of hand making clothes. I realized Augden could provide consumers with rare handmade pieces styled modernly, yet sourced and made locally, while empowering these native artisans with greater financial freedom, all while helping preserve this centuries old Andean craft. Each Augden piece is signed by the talented artisan who knit it.
Augden’s top three tenets
- Creating beautiful, sustainable, responsible products.
- Empowering women artisans with greater financial independence in Bolivia.
- Preserving and showcasing the Bolivian culture of Hand Knitting.
Julie: What is your favorite piece from your current line?
Fran: The Dune Sweater is such a gorgeous piece that embodies the essence of the perfect sweater, beautiful, soft, easy fit, yet lofty. You’re enveloped in a classic cozy turtleneck sweater while still stylish in winter white. Alpaca is an amazing fabric as it is incredibly soft, technically softer than cashmere, while also being both warm and breathable. Our alpacas are all free range and temperatures vacillate often in the high Andes based on sunlight, so our sweaters reflect this same material benefit. As a result, I style my line and pieces so they can be worn in multiple seasons. For example, you could wear Augden out for Après ski, as a layering piece on the beach at night, or for an outdoor dining dinner date.
Julie: Current daily uniform, what are you wearing often?
Julie: What is your favorite recipe or things you like to cook?
Fran: There is an incredible bounty of local farms on the North Fork of Long Island where we live and breathe the farm to table ideology. In the Fall, I love roasting a huge tray full of colorful veggies that are still so fresh from the ground they need little to no seasoning and result in a gorgeous platter. In the Summertime, I love to make a farro salad with local veggies, arugula and dried fruit which is always a hit for get togethers.
Julie: What is your workout of choice, and favorite workout attire that you are loving now?
Fran: My favorite hour of the day is my daily morning circuit training with my fitness guru and health coach Sarah Sirico. It keeps me young at heart for myself and my family. My favorite workout is the yearly Triathlon Sprint which is humbling yet exhilarating. Outdoor Voices workout attire is my fave, Short Sleeve Tee and Core Leggings stay put through the toughest workouts!
Julie: What is a daily ritual you practice?
Fran: Our household thrives on routine, so before the day begins I start each morning with a tall glass of water and a scoop of marine collagen followed by an iced almond milk latte, over which I’ll do one to two minutes of a gratitude practice and set an intention for the day. We have a family daily ritual of taking a walk and watching the sunset over the inlet beach that is down the road from us, which is something we started during Covid and became our silver lining that we will continue to do. Each evening brings an inspiring different gradient of colors and is a special way to recount our days and plan for the next.
Julie: What is your favorite cocktail?
Fran: If you’re lucky enough to get a table, a Classic Margarita on the rocks, as served by Le Cevicheria in Cartagena, Columbia. It is my favorite cocktail ever, salt on the rim of course.
Julie: What is your favorite place to travel to, and all time favorite hotel?
Fran: My favorite place to travel to is a tie between the otherworldly and deeply spiritual hike to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu which is a truly life changing event, and the last stop on the Paris Metro #4. The sprawling Marché Clignancourt otherwise known as the Clignancourt Flea Market, a different sort of a spiritual event if you are a treasure hunter at heart like me. My all time favorite hotel is Singita in South Africa, the Lembombo Lodge, landing in a small aircraft while giraffes gallop past the tiny airstrip is a thrill. A place to truly feel one with the earth and where humanity originated from. It’s like you can hear the earth’s heartbeat on the vastly grand safari of the legendary Kruger Park.
Julie: What are your plans for Augden in the future?
Fran: Our deep commitment to community building in Bolivia, as mentioned above, centers around the idea of sustainable knits and sustainable employment for local female artisans. There are many impoverished young girls and women that could learn to be self employed and learn how to harness opportunity by learning how to knit, how to create. As Augden grows, our most important plan is to bring these women under our wings and to teach them these skills, share knowledge and continue tradition. In regards to our product offerings we plan on expanding our sweaters to include children pieces and potentially offer rare vintage handwoven rugs, and antiques on our commerce platform to further round out the Augden experience.
- Xirena Eden Shirt (on sale $33) also like Anthro Eyelet Blouse (Ulla look for less).
- Anthropologie Amaya Wrap Belt
- Ray Ban Icons Sunglasses
- Mother Tripper Jeans
- CV x Maya Brenner Lip Earrings
- Jan Win Heart Pendant
- Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen I’ve been using this for tennis and really like it.
- Rue De Verneuil Crossbody Tote also love the pink and navy color way.
- Olio E Osso Tinted Balm
- SZ Blockprints Espadrilles
- Liberty Print Cover-Up, Bikini, & Whole Piece 1st picture.
- Liberty Print Faux Wrap Dress 2nd picture.
- Liberty Print Puff Sleeve Amelia Top 3rd picture.
- Liberty Print Knotted Headband
- Liberty Print Cotton Face Masks
- Montauk Weekender Canvas Tote Bag Monogram available and comes in Mini, Small, Medium, & Large.
- Classic Poplin Stripe Shirt Dress
- Cotton Voile Tiered Maxi Fairy Floral Dress
- Collared Cashmere Rugby Sweater
Lastly, the Xirena x Arizona Love Trekky Sandal just launched and they are super cute!
Ciao Lucia is a California based label created and designed by Lucy Akin since 2017. The idea of Ciao Lucia is the girl on eternal vacation, lots of light pieces you would want to wear by beautiful seaside hotels. They make everything in Los Angeles. I selected some of my favorite pieces from their new collection.
SALE ALERT! Today is the last day of Jenni Kayne’s 20% off lounge sale. You can scoop up a pair of shearling slides, shearling clogs, or a cashmere hoodie for 20% off. To shop the whole sale click here.
Over the weekend I was helping a friend refresh her Spring Break attire. While browsing I found tons of great pieces for those of you traveling over break.
Dresses & Cover-Ups
- Juliet Dunn Floral Block Print Mini & Playsuit (more sizing here) Above picture.
- Lemlem Teref Plunge Neck Dress additional sizing here.
- Ciao Lucia White Cotton Dress
- Mi Golondrina Soledad Short Dress
- English Factory Midi Dress
- Melissa Obadash Claudia Dress
- J. Crew Liberty Print Floral Tunic
- Juliet Dunn Mirror Work Gauze Dress
- Zimmermann Ruffled Swimsuit The Outnet has a large selection of Zimmermann on sale here.
- J. Crew Liberty Print One Piece bikini version here. 40% off.
- Jade Swim Yara Ruched One Piece
- Jade Swim Bandeau Top and Bottom
- French Sole Leather Alibi Sandals Hermes Oran look for less.
- Isabel Marant Encore Studded Sandal they also come in beige. Love! I have last year’s version and they are really comfy!
- Arizona Love Pearl Trekky Sandal
- Saint Laurent Tribute Sandal Great neutral color.
- Ken Scott x Gucci Pool Slide
Have a great week everyone!
- SPRWMN Cotton Jersey Sweatshirt
- SPRWMN Cotton Jersey Sweatpant
- Gucci Pursuit Logo Slide Sandal
- Slim Aarons Tennis in the Bahamas Framed Print
- Kule Love Sweatshirt
- Lacoste Pleated Tennis Skirt
- Denimist Shrunken Tennis Sweater also comes in Navy/Red.
- Clare V. Trucker Hat
- Kule Stripe Tote Bag
- Tennis Keychain
- Golden Goose Sneaker
A friend recently reached out to me for high top suggestions so I’m sharing my roundup with all of you.
- Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Natural Above picture.
- Nike Air Jordan Retro High Top
- Golden Goose Mid Sneaker
- Golden Goose High Top Sneaker
- Nike Blazer Mid 77 High Top
- Polka Dot Commes Des Garcons Play Converse also like the Multi Heart
- Vans Sk8-Hi Top
- Black Pro Converse & White Pro Converse Not a High-Top but these look just like the Golden Goose Purestar but for a fraction of the cost.
Photo: Anouk Yve
We went over to our friends for dinner a couple weeks ago and they had make your own poke bowls. Everyone loved it so I recreated it last night for dinner.
- 1 cup rice
- 1 pound Ahi Tuna Poke (Santa Monica Seafood has it seasoned and ready to go)
- 1/2 pound seaweed salad (Santa Monica Seafood has this as well)
- 1 block cubed firm tofu (water pressed out before cubing)
- 1 bag snap peas trimmed
- 1 1/2 cup shelled edamame thawed
- 1 package shiitake mushrooms
- Sesame seeds for sprinkling
- Furikake for sprinkling
- 2-3 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon asian chili paste
- 1 package nori seaweed snacks
- Cook rice per package directions.
- Place tofu on a baking sheet line with parchment, toss with 1-2 tablespoon oil, and bake at 400° F for about 25 minutes or until crispy.
- In a medium sized skillet heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil to medium high heat. Add snap peas, edamame, and shiitake mushrooms and sauté. Next add 1 tsp sesame oil, and 1 tsp asian chili paste. Be sure to not overcook (I like my snap peas to still have a crunch).
- Now it’s time to assemble your bowls. Add rice, tuna poke, seaweed salad, snap pea vegetable medley, nori, sprinkle with sesame seeds and Furikake.
- You can add soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili crunch for extra flavor.
Serves a family of 4.