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Grace Spring 2012

Alison sent me the Spring lookbook for her lovely accessories label Grace. she also carries a scarf called the Diana, which literally has my name written all over it.

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Katherine Hooker

the second i saw this first look by katherine hooker i thought out of africa – which is kind of appropriate since katherine was born to american parents in cyprus, raised in north africa and moved to england at the age of 9.  she creates timeless handmade pieces using only the very best tweeds for winter and silks and linens for summer. pieces can be custom made or bought from her ready-to-wear range.

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Golden Ponies

Golden Ponies is a line of handmade leather goods and shoes by designer Erandi Gutiérrez based and hancrafted in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Spotlight

just want to take a minute to thank my sponsors this month and highlight some of the gems for you to check out at their shops / blogs. i love supporting independent designers & shops - if you’re interested in sponsoring just email me.

Of A Kind releases limited edition designer items each week that tend to sell out fast. you might remember the giveaway i hosted last year – we’ll be doing another one this Friday so check in to see what you could win!

Duff of Jean Jean Vintage sells beautiful vintage & antique jewellery. she also just had a baby (congrats Duff!) you can follow her on her blog too – love this post matching vintage necklaces to the Crawley gals from Downton Abbey.

Nancybird is an accessories label based in Melbourne whose beautiful bags i featured last year. they’ve just released their latest collection with a wonderful lookbook to match.

Minoux is a handcrafted jewellery range from Portland with splashes of colour that steal my heart.

Nextness is the blog of the STW group, and is a treasure trove for anyone into creativity, trends and inspiration… i love their inspiration section and particularly enjoyed this post lessons for creatives by David Hockney

Yo Vintage! sells vintage clothing sourced from the US, UK & Switzerland from their online shop (worldwide shipping, peeps) …they just released their latest lookbook Prints Charming which charmed the pants off me.

Paper & Chain is run by friends Ismay and Naomi who make handmade & unique jewellery. i simply love their hexagon necklaces and earrings.

regular blog readers will be familiar with Lauren who runs the amazing vintage shop Dear Golden. i have a few DG items in my cupboard, and i’m hoping to expand my collection… perhaps with one of these beauties.

Shop Cuffs is a boutique based in Sacramento that specialises in new & vintage clothing for men and women. they also ship worldwide (yay!)

Noemie is a designer from Toronto who runs the lovely blog As Ink Remains. i particularly enjoy her recipe posts, especially this antipasto plate which is the kind of food i could eat forever and ever.

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Mother

i spotted a shot from the Mother collection on Pinterest – uncredited, of course, grrrrr – but it wasn’t until this post on Style Bubble that i learned that this is the new range from Yokoo (of hand-knitted scarves and accessories fame).

Mother stems from the desire to rid the fashion world of the notion that modern feminism is the absence of femininity. I wanted to design clothes for true feminist. Women who are not afraid to be women. Women who don’t muster up the courage to say, “yes” but feel quite comfortable in the ease of saying, “no.” Mother stands for an authoritative approach to femininity. In nature, the more unseen a power, the more of an authoritative the role.

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