Here are few of my favorite finds inspired by the upcoming long weekend. Safe travels everyone and happy Memorial Day!
Living on the coast of Maine, interacting with the surrounding waters is part of my everyday. Our studio is located just 20 min from the beach, but it's not very often that my bare feet make it onto the sandy shores. Being here in sunny and hot LA, I'm back to wearing flip flops and tank tops - socks and wool sweaters are like foreigners in this weather! I won't deny that I have my down jacket in the closet for when I fly back to Maine, but my bare skin has been soaking up the rays in the meantime. My bare feet have had the absolute pleasure of walking on the sand and even walking into the water! From Topanga beach to Venice beach to Huntington beach - I've been spending some quality time with the Pacific Ocean! Plus, I have to make up for all the times I haven't gone to the beach in Maine. My 8 Etsy picks today were inspired by my love for...the beach!
What's your most FAV beach and how often do you go and let your toes play in the sand?
California Coast :: Beach Love
1. sea coral blue beach wall decor :: glass paper scizzors
2. color block pillow cover :: jillian rene decor
3. natural linen beach tote :: independent reign
4. starboard wall mount nautical clock :: red tile studio
5. the simon linen beach towel :: choisette
7. 1950's vintage blue hawaiian dress :: miss farfalla
8. nautical cotton anchor tea towel :: apple white
Maker :: Leslie
Shop :: Choisette- chic beachy clothing, accessories and home goods
When and why did you open an online shop on Etsy?
I started Choisette in 2010 essentially because finding well-made designs in the shops that fit my relaxed California lifestyle was a real challenge. I sensed there could be a niche market for what I envisioned. Fortunately, my hunch proved true.
What got you started in your craft?
I have two younger sisters, and our stylish mom made almost all of our clothes on her trusty Husquvarna, the sewing machine I now use. She encouraged us to pick out the patterns and prints we liked, and also gave us artistic license to modify any part of the design. It wasn't high fashion, but we still felt like mini catwalk models. I learned to sew at age seven. My "Little Grandma" Thelma ( she was only 4'9"!), a true fashionista, always had extra fabric to experiment with at her tiny house, and she'd let me go nuts. My technique was a little different back then since it involved tracing around my body with a Magic Marker to make a pattern out of the comic section of the Sunday newspaper. Yeah, I was a hot grammar school mess.
Who or what influences your style the most?
My influences are all over the place. I am infatuated with free-spirited, old school style icons such as Lauren Hutton, Patti Hansen, Charlotte Rampling, Julie Christie, Chrissi Hynde, Ali McGraw, Peggy Lipton and Jane Birkin. I'm all about the unconventional audacious girls like Jenna Lyons, Jemima Kirke, Uli Hezner ( Project Runway Season 3), and Sarah Jessica Parker. Then there are the designers and design houses: Diana Von Furstenberg, Prada, Thea Porter, Chloé, Stella MCartney, Dior and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few. In high school I worshipped at the altar of the supreme nutty cuckoo Betsey Johnson, aka the Cartwheel Queen. She was once married to musician John Cale. How cool is that?
What inspires you and how do you get into your creative space?
I don't really have a "process", per se. Although I can't even think straight until I've had coffee and a croissant in the morning, so technically that's Step One. As far as a creative inspiration goes, I spend so much time on Pinterest and Instagram that I probably need an intervention. Plus, I can stare at design books like " The Selby is in Your Place, "Facehunter", or " The Staroialist" for hours. Literally hours, people. It's a miracle anything gets done. Collecting vintage beach snapshots is another favorite complete time-waster of mine. Often I'll find inspiration in some great subversive movie from the 60's or 70's. For example, in Shampoo, Goldie Hawn wears a fabulous embroidered Mexican blouse in a scene with Warren Beatty. Something a girl could wear today and totally rock. At other times, I draw inspiration from the places I travel to, especially cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam and Tokyo where the street style is out of this world. I'm also lucky enough to live near the beach in So Cal so I'm immersed in the fantastic surf culture that goes along with it. Last but not least, I never ever miss an episode of Project Runway ( Go Team Kini!)
When it comes to style, I think Lena Dunham nailed it when she wrote : "Confidence lets you pull anything off, even Tevas with socks".
There's just something about the Summer. The sun is brighter, the days are longer and it seems to call you outside. My favorite place to escape during these warmer months is definitely the beach. Grab a comfortable chair, a picnic basket full of delicious goodies and throw a fabulous linen beach blanket on the sand and you have one fabulous beach picnic.
Beach + Picnic::
1. deck chair :: gallant and jones
2. vintage picnic basket :: lovintage finds
3. sloane linen beach towel :: choisette
4. plaid tunic :: story tellers vintage
5. mermaid plate :: by ashley anonymous
Back to the beach! That's where I want to be this summer. If I had a little beach cottage I would love to decorate it in a casual but chic style. Here are some of my favorite finds for my imaginary home.
Beach + Cottage::
1. sail boat decoupage plate :: glass paper scizzors
2. sea urchin air plant holder :: sea and asters
3. boats in the harbor photograph :: sherri conley
4. treeo modern wall vases :: pig and fish
5. surf pillow :: nesta home
6. ikat pouf :: lovintage finds
7. driftwood circle photograph :: miles of light
Our theme for this season is Summer is Calling. The pinnacle of any Summer vacation is a trip to the beach. Sand between your toes, the sound of the waves and an ice cold drink. What a perfect day! Our Swim inspired finds will help you cool off in style.
Beach + Swim::
1. linen tote bag :: independent reign
2. live in the sunshine art :: printed palette
3. zebra wood sunglasses :: takemoto
4. retro style swimsuit :: pierogi picnic
5. hemp canvas sandals :: little wings designs