Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Laundress & Le Labo Detergent - Santal 33

The Laundress & Le Labo have joined forces to create the most luxurious laundry detergent the world has ever seen. Combining the Le Labo aroma Santal 33 with the environmentally conscious Laundress detergent, the result is soft & "woody" scented garment. Santal 33 is a "delicate scent with notes of cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox, sandalwood, papyrus, cedar and leather."

Le Labo Santal 33 Signature Detergent by The Laundress, 16 oz 

While you might have sticker shock at the price (I certainly did), the results speak for themselves. If you decide to try this one of kind laundry soap, be prepared to be utterly spoiled by the experience and field the occasional "you smell amazing" - "what are you wearing" questions. Consider yourself warned.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sleek in the Summer

As the mercury starts to rise, it's time to slip into something cool (literally & figuratively speaking). Parallel has some punchy tops that fit the bill and the best news? Many are now on sale. 

Elmar Top by Paul & Joe Sister

Boyfirend Stripe Linen Sweater by Nili Lotan 

Ruched Top by Konsanszky
$158 $60

Bow Print Shirt by Chinti and Parker
$174  $119

Piper Pullover by My Line
$87 $35

Tablier Top by Rag & Bone

Feather Tank by Rag & Bone
$175 $105

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Simple Elegance + Modern Jewelry

Simple yet striking jewelry has always been my cup of tea.

The latest geometric designs with elementary lines are elegant and decisively modern.  I would argue, that these modern designs are becoming the neo-classic. Traditional, yet edgy. The type of jewelry our granddaughters will fight over. Never fussy, these straightforward designs pack a punch - while remaining humble. Here are some of my favorites at Parallel right now:

Brass Ox Snake Chain Necklace by Giles & Brother
Double-Cortina necklace in a snake chain in brass oxide.

Pavé Bundle Bracelet by Giles & Brother
Antique brass with black diamond Swarovski crystal.  This bracelet is comprised of 5 strands with a spring ring clasp closure.

Gold Stick Earrings by Flossy
Metal: 14k Gold Plated

Sunset Necklace by Friends of Natives
28" Length, Materials: Brass

Half Moon Bangle by Friends of Natives
3" Diameter, Materials: Brass

Hexagon Bangle by Friends of Natives
3" Diameter, Materials: Brass

Stick Earrings by Friends of Natives
1" Length, Materials: Brass and Sterling Silver pins

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Interview with Davora Lindner of Prairie Underground

We had the pleasure of interviewing Davora Lindner, co-designer and head of marketing at Prairie Underground. With a background as a sculptor, she has earned numerous accolades for her art and recognition for her collaboration with Camilla Eckersley on their wildly popular apparel line: Prairie Underground. We sat down for a quick chat about this innovative brand out of Seattle.


As Artists, what makes you tick? Where do you find your inspiration for a new collection? 

We're self-referential in the way we work. Our theme is generally Prairie Underground and what we have produced historically. The collection is created in homage to a time and place in the late 80's but its meant to address the needs of contemporary women. It's common for new styles to be based on a previous ones that we're perfecting or evolving. We reference fashion history and interpret historical silhouettes in contemporary fabrications. Pret-a-Porter designers also inspire what we create.

"Fashion is an applied art and that dialogue is global and evolving. It's our job to offer garments that are novel that also have a broad appeal. We try to think more like inventors than artists." 

 What does your average day look like? 

Responding to email, phone calls, problem solving and fittings. There are quarterly creative periods devoted to sketching, pattern making, colors stories, textile development and photo shoots but we spend a lot of time on the day to day demands of running our company. We're lucky to work with an incredibly talented team of individuals we also consider friends. It's a unique environment and we laugh a lot.

What makes a stylish person? 

Careful planning and self discipline. Important to note that it isn't essential to be stylish.

What has been the biggest obstacle having your own line? 

It's always been decision making. It's daily, of vital importance and generally time sensitive.

All images courtesy of Prairie Underground. Article by: Elizabeth Aley

The secret to sweet smelling sheets? Ironing Water.

Once the secret of Europe's finest hotels, Ironing Water is used to freshen fabrics,  infusing sheets, fine clothes & draperies with a crisp clean smell when pressed.

Laundress Ironing Water, classic scent

Unlike other solutions, Ironing Water will not clog your iron or steamer when added directly to your machine (directions call for the concentrated mixture to be diluted with a bit of water). Anything your iron touches will come out perfectly pressed and smelling fresh (not starchy).

While I have never used ironing water on clothes, I love using it on sheets for guests. Trust me, your friends will wonder why your sheets smell so divine and when they find out your ironed the sheets for them, it will rock their world. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bath Time Essentials

Who doesn't love a relaxing soak in the tub? After a long day, there is really nothing finer. Parallel has some delicious options that promise to make your next bath a bit more luxurious.

Detox Sea Salts by Herbivore

Combined with essential oils, this blend was created to absorb toxins within your skin and energize your body - leaving you refreshed and detoxified. 

Coconut Bath Soak by Herbivore 

Skin softening organic coconut milk is the basis of this luxurious and indulgent bath soak. Perfect for hydrating and softening skin, this soak will leave your skin silky soft and smelling of coconut and natural vanilla.

Calm Bath Salt by Herbivore 

 This blend of essential oils was created to ease your mind, relieve your tension and help to put your mind and body into a peaceful, sleepy state.

And what bath would be complete without the proper mood lighting?

Macadamia + Coconut Candle by Sydney Hale Co.