The re-souL gals are constantly coveting the beautiful shoes in the shop. As you can imagine, when the seasons change and new shoes start to roll in we can be quite giddy. It almost feels like Christmas opening the boxes with anticipation! With Autumn upon us, we’re obviously coveting the new collections, but which are our favorites? Here’s the shoes that make our hearts flutter.
With all the new autumn arrivals coming into the shop, I am suddenly in the mood for fall clothes! Because it is still warm and not really sweater weather yet, I am drawn to pieces that I could wear today yet easily transition into colder weather later. Here are my top 5 favorite trends to try wearing now (and also when it gets a little more chilly outside).
That’s right, Saturday, August 15th we will officially be 13 years old, Lucky 13! A big thanks to you, our loyal patrons near and far, we could not have done it without you!
This What To Wear Wednesday is inspired by the colors and tile patterns of Morocco. These Walk “Hadid” slides or “mules” remind us of traditional Moroccan slippers. Designer Anat Dahari gives them a modern twist with an open toe slit that feels more like a sandal than a slide.
To keep in tune with the modern feel of these silver slides, we would pair them with simple and well-tailored pieces with clean lines. These “slippers” would look great with culottes, classic chinos and tunic tops. You could also pair them with long skirts and linen dresses. Smart comfortable flats never looked so chic. Now all you need is a ticket to Marrakech!
One of the many pleasures of having our shop in Ballard is the times we find an opportunity to interact with our community. We have great restaurants, shops and artists working in our little neighborhood and nearly all the local businesses are owned and operated independently (ok, so we do have a Starbuck’s). We love being acquainted with so many entrepreneurs in our business community. Here’s a great example: We were seeking a resource for a simple wristlet bag for our shop, not a collection but a single item we could stock in many colors. We didn’t have to look far, right around the corner is an artist collective, Fifty Four Sixteen. Inside there is a group of spaces occupied by creative people of many disciplines. One of these creatives is Michelle Pozniak who, among other things, develops “Miishka Handbags”. She makes mostly custom and bespoke bags made from new leather, calfskin, pony hair and repurposed leather garments.
Michelle’s talents go far beyond handbags, one visit to her studio and you’ll be in awe of the eclectic talents of this artist. Pysanka eggs, soaps and blown glass surround the workspace, all of these are created by Michelle. On the walls, creative installations of some ordinary objects, arranged in a way that reflects the artist and the connection to her materials. The vintage machinery (a sewing machine from long ago, a vacuum cleaner that could have been her grandmother’s) are reminders that today’s technology just isn’t necessary. Continue reading