My newest textile design, Seagrass Green (above) is a fresh light green, aqua and navy pattern with a pop of white. The dress just sings spring to me.
Sienna in Fern Black and White is back by popular demand (below). It's bold and beautiful.
Shakalaka Gold (bottom) is a small batch. I only had one roll of fabric leftover from the Bridget tee production. I like it even more than I expected. It has a seventies vibe which I love.
Britt Navy Jacquard.
This little jacket is really easy to wear. It feel more like a sweater than a blazer. I'm wearing mine with my Justine tee in Navy.
The Light Layer.
It's 11pm and I'm too tired to keep working. I might have mistakes but I'm scheduling this email and sending as is. Thank you for overlooking my typos. :)
And Dance.We just added two prints to the Erika style- Daisy and Gems (further down). I promise you will make people smile when you wear them and that is always a good thing.
I cut a small batch of Dandelion Britt blazers. I had some leftover buttons so I ordered just enough fabric to use them all up. I know that sounds backwards, but these are special buttons. To me at least. I appreciate a good button!
Our solids are in stock! Choose from Blue, Natural, Black and White. I love this tomboy top. It's sporty and casual.
Restocked!These pants sold too fast when we first posted them. We've quickly restocked and they are ready to ship! This time they will make it to the College Ave shop, I promise.
Boom Shakalaka! Let the good times flow. :)
I hope your trees are budding and the birds are making nests in your yard. Enjoy!
Kathryn Top.These colorful cotton blouses were perfect on my Puerto Vallarta trip. Our factory finished 1 of each for me extra fast to go in my suitcase. The bulk of the production is ready today so we are ready to ship!
Four beautiful and colorful prints to choose from. I'm not sure which is my favorite.
Sleeping and Lounging.These pajamas are my new favorite. The 100% cotton Josephine set is what I like to wear year-round.
Bad hair day. We went swimming in the ocean almost every morning and I just let my hair dry in the sun after half rinsing in the outdoor shower.
Around Town.The Elaine dress was fabulous on my trip. As soon as the weather warms up it's going to be my go-to. I love pink and red and sunny days. :)
Once I got there my enthusiasm to set up for photos faded. The house staff set the table for me and made accordion napkins. We were completely spoiled.
Greetings from Mexico.Happy to say I am in Puerto Vallarta in a villa overlooking the ocean. Normally I pack light but I brought a ton of clothes so that I could take photos in a new place!
This new Elaine dress has been really wonderful. It's lightweight and colorful, loose and flattering. Checks all my boxes!
Food Tour.The first day we took a local food tour with 9 stops. We ate tacos from food trucks, fruit water from a cooler in front of someone's house, candy from "Willy Wonka" and chocolates from a popular coffee/chocolate shop. Oh, and we bought herbs from a local home remedy medicine man.
Yes, I agree it all sounds questionable but we survived. :)
New Evelyn Top.This new top will be great with jeans or white pants, but if you want to go all in wear it with your Tara pant.
Restock of Mixed Napkin Set.
More coming soon. I've had some technical challenges putting this email together so I'm calling it quits and going to breakfast and then to the market.
Suited Up.Be playful with a cute back-to-the-office outfit that feels more like lounge wear than office attire.
The new Britt in Black Jacquard is great with a pop of color underneath or pair with our Primrose scarf. I'm wearing mine with my matching Audrey pants.
Back by Popular Demand.These two dresses were so popular we brought back a small batch for those of you that missed them.
Colette.I love this dress because it fits wether I'm up or down in weight. The stretchy fabric is forgiving AND flattering. Essential for me these days!
Packing My Bag.
The factory is getting samples ready so I can take them along with me. I think I have some fun pieces to photograph there. Looking forward to a new location. My front door and storefront are nice, but the beach is going to be so much better! :)
Just for Fun Pants.Our newest style Erika is debuting in one of my favorite prints- Shakalaka!
Lots going on here so I'm pairing mine with black but there are a multitude of options.
DIXIE: Light, Airy & Floral.The Dixie skirt is so light and perfect for warm weather is our extra fine lightweight poplin. I can't decide which one I'm taking to Puerto Vallarta at the end of the month.
I like to wear them with the Annie tee. Both prints go with the black or white top.
Sunny Day.The Jackie dress felt just right today, though I only wore it for a few minutes. We've had weather in the 60's here in Oakland and I'm enjoying it! So much easier to step outside without a jacket for a quick photo.
I know we will have another cold spell, but what a relief to have the warm(ish) breeze this week! I LOVE the longer and warmer days. Feels like everything good is ahead of us.
Need to reach out to us? Chat though the website. We aren't in front of our computers all day but check frequently.
Thanks for being our customers- we appreciate you all!
My New Uniform.Sometimes I like to wear the same thing for days on end. This is the outfit I've been living in. I recommend it. :) In fact I'm in bed with it on as I'm writing this email. Will have to muster up the energy to change into my PJs.
This yellow striped tee reminds me of something I had in fourth grade. Sporting a 70's vibe and feeling nostalgic. And the new Tara pant in this new light and lofty jacquard! I'm just happy in them.
Mixing and Match.These seven pieces make a great assortment to mix and match. Sweet pinks for February with black and white. Lots of ways to pair up these separates.
What's Your Go-To?Is your core color black or navy? Either way we've got you covered. Pick from these separates for fresh new wardrobe building blocks.
These mini-capsules (3 tops, 3 bottoms, 1 scarf) will get you through the entire week.
BLACK and WHITES with a dash of PINK
1. Meg tee in Black/White
2. Annie top in Black
3. Annie top in White
4. Cassidy skirt Blush
5. Tara pant in Solid Black- RESTOCKED!
6. Audrey pant in Black/White Jacquard
7. Esme scarf Burgundy Wavehttps://us3.admin.
NAVY and WHITES with a pop of YELLOW
1. Meg tee in Yellow
2. Annie top in Navy
3. Annie top in White
4. Tara pant in Navy-White Jacquard
5. Audrey pant in Solid Navy
6. Lindsey pant in Navy Herringbone
7. Esme Primrose Navy
Pattern on Pattern.I'm always ready to layer up pattern on pattern. Combining stripes, jacquards and printed silk scarves is easy and colorful.
Mixing It Up.Seven pieces and seven outfits. I can easily fit all of these in my small carry-on suitcase. All comfortable outfits suitable for most activities— from dog walking to a meeting or even a museum if you are so lucky.
And you can always call the shop during store hours too. (info at the bottom of the email) Can't beat a real old-fashioned phone chat. :)
The Best Wrap Dress.
I am loving the new Jackie wrap dress in the Shakalaka Blue. It came out even better than I hoped. Today was sunny and cool so I wore it with my black leggings and boots. I was alright without my coat long enough for Curtis to take my photo. Beautiful California winter day!
I'm pairing the new Valerie top with my Celie pants in Gems for a jumpsuit look. I love this outfit for my next dinner party. It's comfortable and colorful. And flattering too on my chubby tummy.
That Time of Year.
In the Mood for Pink.
Lots in the Works.
I've had my share of "I Love Lucy" episodes getting this business going since starting in 2008, but I am happy to report smooth sailing is here.
I'm grateful for all of you. Your sweet notes and words in person really keep going. I love making clothes for you!!
I am eager to go out this year. While some things about the pandemic have turned into blessings, I really do miss going places. This year is going to be different. I am sure of it.
We cut Grace in Navy Fleurette for Spring 2022. This dress is perfect for celebrations like a graduation, Easter or Mother's Day. I'm looking forward to all three.
The Color Orange.
Esme silk scarf Green Pears.
And as for pears— they represent divine sustenance which is what I'm always seeking. So this one speaks to me. :)
We've added reviews to the website. If there's a product that you love I sure would appreciate it if you would go to the site and write a quick review. And add a photo of yourself—I'm loving these!
Some of you have already written reviews AND posted pics. Reading them has warmed my heart. Thank you, sincerely.
Doesn't the New Year feel good? I just love it. I've always been a dreamer—looking ahead to all the possibilities. I am so hopeful that 2022 is going to be great.
My word for the year is Miracles. I cannot wait to see them! Do you believe in miracles? I do and look for them everyday.
On another note, I am asking for some divine help in my efforts to lose these extra holiday pounds on top of my Covid pounds. I'm maxed out and ready to shift my eating habits in preparation for a Puerto Vallarta trip late February.
Black and White.
1. Adele top in black and white jacquard paired with Esme scarf
2. Robyn in black
3. Cassidy faux suede skirt in black
4. Audrey in black and white jacquard
This brown Adele top is a perfect match with the Cassidy in Caramel. Add this gorgeous Esme silk scarf to layer on some print. Nothing better than silk chiffon around my neck in the middle of winter.
Triple Layer Mask.
Need a mask refresh?
Our masks have three layers.
Plus the middle layer is a webbed filtration fabric (more effective than woven) and provides 95.1% protection against aerosol particles size: 0.3 microns. If that means something to you— great! I just know it's important info so I'm passing it along. :)
We've stocked up lots of pretty prints, because that matters too since we have to put them on our face. For now.
I hope you and your family are well.
Happy New Year!
Silk Chiffon Scarves.
Esme silk scarves are in the shop— restocked and new prints! I love this one I have on— Shakalaka Blue. It has lots of hues of blue and green, a touch of pink and purple and some black too. It really pops on my black tee.
Sneak peek of an outfit in the works. This Annie tee and Audrey pant are at the factory and coming soon. Skakalaka Blue Esme scarf is ready to ship!
New Skirt Alert. (and tee too)
I designed it with pockets ( because I can't live without them) and a slit in the back. It hits well below the knee and has an A-line shape.
Cassidy goes with most everything but this Shakalaka Gold tee is a perfect match.
I still have a lots to do. Someday I won't work as hard and I'll have time to really enjoy things like decorating Christmas cookies. For now I'm busy with design, production and pitching in with shipping to be sure the packages are delivered to you all on time.
We feel like elves at the warehouse!