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it’s going to be the summer of culottes and we’re not mad about it! these cropped pants are cut with a full leg that can gives the illusion that you’re wearing a skirt but with the ease and versatility of pants. we’re spotting them around town in so many pretty prints, soft fabrics and with cool pleats. we can’t wait to get our hands on a pair!
love the vintage photos of how women in the 40’s were styling them. we read that the origin of the culotte was a riding pant for women, to make it look like they were wearing a skirt but with the coverage to ride in a saddle. pretty cool!
many of the current styles of culottes come with a higher cut waist which is perfect for utilizing all of those crop tops out this season! below are some of our favorites we’ve found from around the web! they are surprisingly flattering because they show off the ankle bone and pair well with variety of shoes. we’re most fond of them paired with an open toe, minimal strapped shoe which makes the look very clean and modern.
shop the below:
citizen of humanity cropped denim
lover drifter culottes
floral cutout culottes
jesse kamm sailor pants
the sailor pant in white
some of our other favorite fashion posts: the waist tie, duster coats, and pretty pleats!
it looks like fashion is moving away from the boxier styles…which is good news for most of us. the waist tie trend is more flattering for all sorts of body types. it also means we get to achieve the layered look, without actually having to layer. not only is the 90’s waist tie back (think plaid shirt around the waist) but now there are many more refined items available that include built in ties and add a lot of visual interest to a basic look. we are into it!
shop these: blue skirt, romper, tie waist dress, daisy skirt
shop these: pink waist tie pants, silver waist tie pants, tie waist dress
we’ve finally made some serious progress on finishing the DLF studio and i’m excited to share the pictures with you! between traveling, moving into a new house and a bunch of client project we just haven’t had the time to finish decorating and it was driving me crazy. i feel like now that we have art on the walls, the end is in sight! i worked with one of my favorite companies, framebridge (remember this post?), on creating this gallery wall above our coffee bar. i wanted it to be both beautiful and personal and decided to use my recent trip to japan as the content for the images and i really love how it turned out!
the best thing about framebridge is that you can upload photos directly from your instagram/phone/computer and you can also mail things in and have them framed. i did a mix of images and actual pieces that i picked up in japan and the combination is really special. i think my favorite piece is the large image of the swan boats we rode in on our last day in tokyo (can’t believe iphone photos can be blown up this large). i also framed the business card of a restaurant we had dinner at which was one of the most memorable meals of my life. it’s a simple cream card, but set in the white mat with a wood frame (i picked the marin frame!), it looks super chic and adds a nice neutral to the mix. also, if you’re interested in doing your own gallery wall, framebridge is giving my readers 20% off your first order with code designlovefest20!*
the tricky part about my studio is that it’s a large open space, with really high ceilings which is beautiful and great for shooting but can be difficult when it comes to something as precise as art. i chose a wall that is a focal point, it’s directly at the back of the studio and part of the sitting area. it’s also framed by our coffee bar which really helped in creating a base to build the gallery on. i wanted to make the images span the height of the wall instead of the width as there are windows on both sides. i laid everything out on the floor and then we taped off the sections on the wall with washi tape of where we wanted everything to hang.
and it turned out perfectly! i purchased two of the cotton candy prints below, one for the wall and one to gift to a friend as a momento from our time together in japan.
(this post was sponsored by framebridge, thank you for supporting the sponsors who allow us to create original content for you). *discount code is good through 09/30/2016
i spent about an hour this morning reading through my old blog. with all the changes happening in my life this year, it felt fun to look back and see what had changed and what has stayed exactly the same.
“the colors in this beach boys chorus are inspired by alice + olivia’s lookbook.” –maddy
(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)