Designer Spotlight: American Retro

While everyone is on that Fashion Week grind I’m over here, cozy in my home office and out and about in my styling day job. Skipping out on NYFW is becoming more and more okay with me, because as I tweeted, “The only real reason to attend #nyfw anymore is to network.” but I’ll catch that bus the next time around.
But hey, just because I’m not Front Row’ing it, doesn’t mean I’m out of the designer previews! On my last visit to NYC I checked out American Retro. Contradictory to it’s name-sake, this edgy Parisian brand is full of high quality, modern, aesthetically appealing design. Playing off the Effortless Cool menage of blending that our nation’s style has become known for, this collection boasts plenty of sequins to play off of soft ribbed knits and solid cotton. These Parisians have mastered the current American trends of pastel hues, fringed leather and suede, and a dash of glitter in a way that makes you want to see it on all our favorite style stars. From urban mused bold prints to southern-charming tassels and cacti, there’s something for everyone to mix and mash with denim basics and any sort of jewelry, as we ought to do.




Seriously, I can just picture Rihanna and Cara Delevigne in anything and everything from this collection. Personally I’m into the mermaid-colored pink sequins and the gold ribbed midi pencil skirt; c’est chic! The gingham pieces? SO Blake Lively. the Suede fringed moto jacket I can see on blogging queen Chiara Ferragni…the list goes on and on, but this collection and brand is one to watch.

Be sure to check out more from the American Retro FALL collection here !

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Monday Morning Inspiration

love balance

It may seem cliche, but all those shitty relationships that you try to make work aren’t working, and for a reason. When the right one comes into your life you’re going to see the world through new lenses. I hope you find that somebody who keeps you calm when needed, but can go crazy with you too.

 

XO Sahra

Love More and Worry Less





I’m ready to transition into fall. With Sheer lengthy layers, black denim, and leathered booties, the crisp season is underway. Shot during the last days of the beach season in Pine Point, ME by Z, these shots encapsulate breezy September. While I’m already missing the sand beneath my feet, I’m ready to get fall underway and am excited for the Halloween season! Give me all the pumpkin flavors!


vintage top/dress via Current Boutique
“kitty kitty” sunglasses via Disclothesure
H&M shorts, felt hat
thrifted  Circle S booties via Vinyl Vintage, Portland, ME
Mexican coin necklace from Z <3

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No Point To Making Plans, The Wild Life is Human Nature

I want to get a move underway
I’m putting my thought in
I want to give all my worries away

Happy Labor Day! What a wonderful end of summer it has been; I’ve been at my parents’ vacation home in Maine, soaking up the rays and enjoying quality time with my family. While I”m as excited as any #fashiongirl for my Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte, I’m still hanging onto sunny days and maxi dresses. I wish it could be summer forever, but this one last fling will do until next year. But, alas, with summer ending and my beach trips commencing, it’s time to get focused. I’m ready to get down to business in planning some big things for the next few years of my life; watch out dreams, I’m coming for you full force!
Also, how amazing is my necklace!? It was a gift from jewelry designer, ThreeJaneNY to celebrate Z and I’s first home; a timeless piece that I will cherish forever. Her map necklaces (and manly cuff links!) are the perfect keepsake gift for anyone, whether it’s to remember a childhood home or to commemorate an abode of love, like mine.

Rachel Pally dress
Bamboo bracelet c/o Clovers and Pearls (get it here¬†and get 10% off at checkout with code “Sahra”)
“Love” bracelet c/o Persun Mall
Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch
Map necklace c/o ThreeJaneNY

Designer Spotlight: Carl Hansen & Son

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One of the things I’ve absolutely loved about becoming a homeowner is the extra creative outlet. I sometimes swear I’ve developed adult ADD with how I always like to get my fingers wet in a bunch of projects, always looking for that next idea to follow through with and make something beautiful of. In buying our first home and having to move and decorate such a large space I’ve really fallen in love with (or rather rediscovered my love for) interior design.
On my last trip to NYC I stopped into the Carl Hansen & Son showroom in SoHo to get a taste for some classic and historic Scandinavian designs. While Z and I have always been partial to the eclectic modern styles, what I saw that day blew me away. Upon walking in, I was greeted with a wall of to-die-for smooth wishbone chairs in every color combination one could fathom, flanked around the room by ideal set ups of a cozy modern home. Most of the pieces are from the noggin of one Hans Wegner, a before-his-time genius designer. His attention to quality and detail has made his works some of the most coveted, and timeless, pieces in the world. From the backdrop of magazines to the swankiest doctors office lounges, there’s a decorative legend around us, if we’re lucky enough to have an eye for his style.
All pieces are imported from Denmark and while many are the direct designs from the late Wegner, there are a handful of designs inspired by him (like the leather day bed in the first image, by Ole Wanscher) or in collaboration with his namesake. Recently, Carl Hansen & Son celebrated Hans Wegner’s would-be 100th birthday, in which Paul Smith got involved, designing a new line of fabrics for pieces to come in, for a limited time.
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Now, these are all well and pretty, with buttery leather and those custom Paul Smith fabrics, but let’s bring it back down to reality. The price for pretty doesn’t come cheap, but if you can afford the price tag then I hope you go for Danish quality, or have the patience to wait until sample sales!
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Eyes Bright White Sky Laughing

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Hello from the beach! I’m having a fabulous time, soaking in the last days of sundrenched summer with the most handsome man; pretending that Pumpkin Spice Soy Lattes are in our distant future (even if they’re popping up all over our news feeds). One song that we’ve been loving to keep the summer vibes alive is Only Real’s “Cadillac Girl”; one of those rare songs that encompasses the feeling and beats of a never ending summer. Also keeping things going? My new friendship bracelet motif-d wrap watch and my skull dangling bracelet, from Sara Designs NYC. The jovially resemblance to bracelets I’d spent my summers perfecting is a welcome nostalgic, as well as an adult-piece. The summer-y bold hues, also perfect for transitioning into a bohemian fall, make it a piece worth keeping, and sharing! whatt!? That’s right! You can score a friendship bracelet wrap watch of your own, by following both Sara Designs NYC and I on InstaGram, liking the photo from this post, and tagging two friends! It couldn’t be easier!
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Madewell sweater via Current Boutique
Bracelet & Watch c/o Sara Designs NYC
Thrifted skirt

What have you been doing to keep summer alive!?

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Monday Morning Inspiration

Ocean

Hello Again from the beach! I hope you’re enjoying that last bits of summer as much as I am!

 

XO Sahra