House Dress NY

Collaborating with inspiring women is a passion of mine, especially in the case of small business owners. As far as I'm concerned, one of the best things that can be done to empower those who need it is to support female-owned (and in that case, black-, immigrant-, and LGBTQ-owned) small businesses. 

Katie Goldman Macdonald is the founder of New York-based clothing line House Dress, a brand I immediately wanted to befriend and find a way to work with upon discovering. Not only is Katie an all-around cool gal with a beautifully simplistic, modern aesthetic, but her clothing is size free and designed and produced in NYC.

Katie is also a friend of equality who donated 40% of her proceeds to Planned Parenthood in the days following the election. Inspiring? You better believe it.

The first House Dress collection is full of loose, flowing silhouettes in complementary fabrics. The collection's strength is in its softness, its power in its silhouettes and shapes, which appear serene and pleasant at first glance, but – and this is where it's clear the pieces are made by women, for women – the collection is not just strikingly beautiful and comfortable, but also constructed with an abundance of large, useful pockets.

Some styles include removable pouches that tie at the waist – a modern-day, feminine tool belt and all-around genius feature that any woman (or any person, really) who uses the hours of their day to really get things done would find useful.

House Dress NY Slit Back Blazer, Ilana Kohn Kate Crop, Industry Standard Margot Highrise, FARIS Nug Necklace

House Dress NY Double Layer Dress and Slipper, Natalie Joy Arc + Line Earrings

Oh, and there's so much to do these days. 

Speaking about the collection, Katie and I thought of the Suffragette Movement and how much we had to learn and pay our respects to those who fought for equality long before us. In this case, the pale tones and whites and creams of this collection are a reminder of the solidarity I feel with those who fought before us, those who are with us now, and those who will come after.

If you' like to get involved and do more than what you're doing now to support women and other marginalized communities, I've included a few resources below.

I'll be at the Women's March in Washington this Saturday but encourage you to get involved with your city or local march if you can. (If you're not sure how to do this, a simple Google should do the trick. I'm also happy to help anyone who needs it – get in touch!).

Women's March FAQ

Emily's List: Supporting pro-choice Democratic women running for office

Planned Parenthood: Get involved!

Woman: Gloria Steinem x VICELAND – need I say more?

The Outrage: Feminist apparel for lovers of equality

DYNASTY: Platform for progressive resistance

Good Support: Empowering collaboration for worthy causes

The Wing: For ladies in NYC – also has a killer shop. Buying this and this when they come back in stock!

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Thank you, Katie!

Learn more about House Dress here

Shop the first collection here

Follow House Dress here 



Bridge & Burn Fall 2016

It's been one week since the results of the U.S. election came through.

While I think there's danger in going back to normalcy too quick (since, as John Oliver will tell you, this is not normal), I do want to continue to use my platforms to support small businesses in every way that I can. Aside from just plain loving the goods that independent brands like Bridge & Burn produce, I think encouraging entrepreneurship and the growth of small-medium size businesses is one of the best things we can do for the economy and each other.

Bridge & Burn | Second Floor Flat

So. While I do have a lot to say about the state of this nation and the world, and I primarily want to champion women and those who need it most right now in all ways possible, I also don't want to lose my focus on giving some love to the very good independent brands out there.

Portland's Bridge & Burn being one of them – who already sets a fine example for all of us in their One Perfect For Good program.

I was lucky enough to work with these very good folks last year. Every single Bridge & Burn piece I own, I wear regularly – meaning maybe a little too much. Add to that rotation the OUTSIDER Tee (fittingly, the name of their fall campaign) and the Joyce in Charcoal and the inside of my closet is close to resembling their flagship store. 

BRIDGE & BURN  OUTSIDER TEE,  INDUSTRY STANDARD  margot highrise jean,  FARIS  REST RING

BRIDGE & BURN OUTSIDER TEE, INDUSTRY STANDARD margot highrise jean, FARIS REST RING

But let's go back to the Joyce. Oh, the Joyce. This coat, picture below, has quickly become my number one fall jacket, thanks to its roomy fit, large pockets, and incredibly warm contrast lining.

As an honorary member of the constantly cold club, I generally end up layering all of my jackets to keep away the chill. Not here, folks – the Joyce has been the perfect companion in this sometimes freezing, sometimes hot November and, I'm sure it will continue to be as the weather cools off even more.

Bridge & Burn | Second Floor Flat
Bridge & Burn | Second Floor Flat
BRIDGE & BURN  JOYCE COAT , LO & SONS  PEARL BAG

BRIDGE & BURN JOYCE COAT, LO & SONS PEARL BAG

To help stimulate the economy a little bit and encourage some good old fashioned, made in America shopping, the good folks at Bridge & Burn are offering 10% off with code SECONDFLOOR10

If you're looking to take advantage of the discount, I completely recommend the Joyce. Not in the mood for outerwear? Go for the Ellis Pants – aside from being super soft and falling just so, they're also crazy flattering and will cause many a compliment.

Bridge & Burn | Second Floor Flat
Bridge & Burn | Second Floor Flat

And really, who couldn't use a little more positivity these days?

Shop Bridge & Burn with code SECONDFLOOR10 here, follow them here, and learn more about One Perfect For Good here

 

PSST: I received goods from Bridge & Burn that are worn in this post, but keep in mind this is a brand I love and want to support. Have questions? Let me know.


Young Frankk

There's a lot going on in Virginia these days.

From NA NIN to perpetual favorite and not-so-guilty pleasure Need Supply Co., it's clear that from Richmond outward there's something good cooking up in that lovers' state.

Young Frankk is no exception.

This handmade jewelry line by Christine Young also calls Virginia home. I've been following Young Frankk for awhile, and after grabbing the Bar Necklace I've become even more of a fan of the line and its aesthetic. I was checking out the new homeware section the other day and couldn't get over how on point the styling and overall presentation was for all of Young Frankk's pieces.

Because I'm a perpetual oversharer (and because this is my blog, after all) I had to share a few:

These shots have such an atmospheric, lookbook feel and I love it – it makes each piece look that much more interesting and covetable. Feel me?

So: Any thoughts? Favorite pieces? I love my Bar Necklace, and am eyeing the cuff to match – because really, what's better than a cuff? For more Young Frankk goodness, follow Christine here and sign up for their newsletter on the homepage.

Meet Virginia indeed.


Megan Huntz SS16

Moving often and going through so many changes over the past few years has made me think and rethink (and rethink some more) about the word home – what it's meant to me in the past, and what it means to me now as one half of a pretty nomadic couple.

While I've always felt a certain (cliche) ache and pull for New York and feel in many ways that it is my home as it is the place where I feel the most me, Atlanta also feels like a home for me. It's where I grew up, after all, so I feel a closeness to it. A kinship, if you will, plain and simple.

Even now, being back in New York, I still and always will root for my Atlanta hometown heroes. In this case it's Megan Huntz – the beautifully talented Atlanta-based designer who also happens to be a fellow nomad and spent time living in New York, Italy, and Spain.

Megan's SS16 line is stunning to say the least, and I'm so excited to show off these pieces here, in my new Brooklyn home.

I'm wearing two pieces from Megan Huntz's latest collection, and aren't they just something else? Both are silk and feel light, feminine, beautifully modern, and – a little like home.

Paired with Martiniano Glove Flats, Natalie Joy's Arc + Line Earrings, and featured is a cameo from my Ferm Living plant stand from beautiful Port of Raleigh.

Shop Megan Huntz here, and follow her here and here


Good Reads: 8 April 2016

As much as I hate to say it, I'm afraid that the delays between blog posts will be regular from this day forward. Having just started a new job, I just don't always have the time to update as much as I'd like – though know that you are most certainly always on my mind, you lovely blog reader you.

All of that being said, this blog is going nowhere and I'm super excited to bring you both some home decor thoughts and something from the lovely Megan Huntz in the coming days. You know Megan – she's the glorious, Atlanta-based designer who is as talented of an artist as she is charming of a gal. Yep, that's the one.

Until then, I've included a few favorite reads of late along with new submissions to the independent design directory.

Happy weekending, all! We've certainly earned it.

Empire State Building | Second Floor Flat

these clean, good-smelling, and (wait for it) effective cleaning products are rocking my apartment/world lately. (the all-purpose tea tree is a favorite.)

have you guys heard about thrive market? i might give it a try.

and speaking of good smelling things, this recently came into my life along with a palo alto bundle. both have been game-changing.

full on, crazy-person level obsessed with "the people vs. o.j. simpson" after finally giving in and watching it. who's with me?

dalmation jasper and pink pearls? you had me at "dalmation".

was so thrilled to share a #lessonimalwayslearning on girl gift gather recently. (thanks for having me, gals!)

bernie and hill will debate within half a mile of my apartment next week! currently taking tips from that charming little bird on how to attend said debate.

gorgeous handmade shoes.

on my must-read article list.

obsessed with the whole vibe of this new online shop from solange.

(finally) reading some nora ephron after (finally) reading the vacationers. now that i'm back on a commute after working from home, i'm going through my books at lightning speed. any recommendations?

loving this new organic skincare line.

shopping in tokyo with david sedaris. (lolz for real)

looking for some new smoothie ideas outside of the whole "spinach-strawberry-banana" thing. anyone have a go-to recipe or pairing they'd recommend?

boarded the glove shoe train, and i'm oh-so-happy that i did.

my mom recently saw this documentary and recommended it – sounds like such a crazy story.

really, really liking all the things on the lovely waiting for saturday shop.

 

favorite independent design/retail finds of the week:

la ligne / one six five / article& / rugbygur / conifer / carla colour / sophie bille braehe / kowtow / all birds (wool sneakers! via cup of jo)


Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection

While I've been a little quieter on the blogging front lately (moving into a new apartment and starting a new job all at once has a way of sucking up your time), I did want to take a quick little second to share Natalie Joy's new Stream/Line collection.

Natalie and I met via the lovely internet sometime last year and have followed each other ever since, as internet friends are wont do. She recently shared her Stream/Line collection with me and I had to pass it on – those lines, those shapes, that geometric approach to minimalism. Yes. Please.

A few of my favorite looks are below. For more, check out Natalie's complete Stream/Line collection and pick up a few (read: several) pieces:

Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection
Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection
Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection
Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection
Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection
Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection
Natalie Joy's Stream/Line Collection

Photographer: Evie McShane / Model: Alesha Cubitt / Hair + Makeup: Monica Ninh / Jewelry and Styling: Natalie Joy Miller


Shopping List: Winter Sale Picks

This is around the time of the year that my whole "minimalist shopping" thing is challenged.

You see, it's January – the period that the entire Northern Hemisphere has collectively decided to be the most 'meh' time of the year. It's finally cold. Expensive, warm things are finally on sale. And, to cap it all of, I just got a new rewards card. So yeah, you could say the conditions are right for a little winter sale shopping.

Instead of making ill-considered sale purchases, instead I usually Pin my heart out in an effort to control myself and my obsessive (not quite compulsive) shopping habits. With that in mind, here are a few winter sale picks currently on that list of obsessions: