Before I start my post, can y’all take the time to look at Ionut Radulescu’s art?! The image below is only a taste of this badass graphic designer.
As an activist and (especially) as a woman of color, I’ve been feeling the stress of the current state of the world every.single.day. Now more than ever, I feel the need for women to collectively come together and support each other in these trying times. I realized before I could make any difference in this world, it had to start with me first.
There’s a poem by Rupi Kaur that was printed in Darling magazine that resonated with me. More so after I saw a friend of mine repost it:
“i want to apologize to all the women i have called pretty. before i’ve called them intelligent or brave. i am sorry i made it sound as though something as simple as what you’re born with is the most you have to be proud of when your spirit has crushed mountains from now on i will say things like, you are resilient or, you are extraordinary. not because i don’t think you’re pretty. but because you are so much more than that”
Let’s love ourselves and love each other truly. Let’s FINALLY start accepting the voices of women as truth. Let’s fiercely protect each other as we’ve promised to time and time again. Let’s continue to inspire and be inspired by all that we bring to the table. Let’s support women run spaces and businesses. Let’s keep this energy of protection and love going so that our future generations of women AND men will understand the mistakes of this world and work towards a better one.
This collection switched gears from previous lines by putting a focus on high-quality minimally processed fabrics. The prints are more subdued, but the colors are richer. Body-con is out, and midi dresses with draping are in. The change has definitely made me giddy.
I’ve been a big fan of Mara Hoffman for some time now. Not only as a designer, but also as a person with a platform. She is keenly aware of the harms of the fashion industry on a environmental and human level. Mara frequently uses models of varying body types and ethnicities. She was one of the first designers where I actually felt the models had my body type. It’s refreshing to see a high end clothing line, for once, humanize the experience for its customers…and makes them go, “hey she looks like me.” It feels even better knowing that the clothes that make me feel good also does good.
Check out a few of our favorites from the collection below:
We wanted to take a moment to highlight 5 amazing women who continually inspire us in developing a creative lifestyle. These women have shaped our own styles and aesthetics in our personal lives and in Style Approximately. Check them out below!
If you haven’t heard of Bri Emery and her lifestyle blog, DesignLoveFest, you need to check it out now. We’re sure her style looks familiar to you as she has been highly influential everywhere. She is a talented graphic designer who’s aesthetic has moved from the internet world to the real world; she’s had several products launch with Target and partnered with several lines that we love (Hellooo Gorman!). Bri is also unafraid of humanizing the experience and connecting with her readers on a personal level.
We were initially intrigued by Jeanne and her meticulous use of the color gray and the lack of color to make a visual statement in her photos. Her minimalist aesthetic along with the use of clean lines and muted tones furthers her cool girl factor that we love. She’s also moved forward with bringing a singular pop of color in her photos and it makes all the more striking. Jeanne is also a strong woman with a strong sense of self; she is a rule-breaker and a feminist. We appreciate her constant reminders of the importance of self-love and strength in one’s convictions. Read her post on buying a ring for YOURSELF here.
Julie’s blog started off as a creative outlet while she was at FIDM and has morphed over the years into a huge social media presence. Her influence as a blogger parlayed into her own clothing line, available online and at department stores like Nordstrom. She continues to have a keen eye for mixing street and luxe brands that further establishes her own unique take on the California cool girl style, that’s been admired by many over the years.
We have been following Victoria Smith since 2006. An SF woman now in LA, Victoria is highly influential in the design world bringing forth a high quality aesthetic and content to the masses. Her unique sense and understanding of design also helped launch Pinterest as she was one of the first influential bloggers to test and promote the site.
The woman behind Man Repeller, Leandra Medine, is a woman after our own hearts. She lives and spouts the mantra of dressing for yourself and no one else, which for her, is her killer signature New York style. On top of her style game she writes thoughtful essays and gives spot on advice on her blog that hits home with us EVERY. TIME. Want a better idea of what Man Repeller represents? This is their mission statement: Man Repeller explores the expansive constellation of things women care about from a place of openness and humor, with the conviction that an interest in fashion doesn’t minimize one’s intellect.
One of my best friends had her bachelorette weekend at the Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Calistoga is a small town nestled amongst the beautiful wineries, restaurants, and scenery that the area is known for. It is also home to the famous natural hot springs that feeds into many of the resorts and hotels.
The lovely bride-to-be wanted a relaxing weekend with good food and friends. Calistoga was the perfect getaway. It was definitely a lady vacation that was well needed by all.
The resort is a gorgeous sanctuary in the middle of Calistoga. The Spanish style buildings are sprawled out amongst the premises with different types of accommodations; there are individual rooms as well as cottages suitable for different party sizes and needs.
As you enter the resort, a palm tree lined drive way welcomes you and hints at the tranquility awaiting you. One person in our party commented that it seemed like a Palm Springs getaway and it did feel that way. It felt surreal to only be an hour away from San Francisco, especially amidst all the natural beauty.
The grounds of the resort reads more like a playground for adults with bicycles available to use at around town. There’s also bocce courts, cricket, shuffle board, hammocks, and blown up versions of checkers.
There were walking paths, gardens, spa treatments (massages, mudbaths etc.) and my favorite amenity: the Olympic sized pool. It draws its water source from the natural geyers keeping the temperature a comfortable 90 degrees. It felt like we were soaking in an enlarged heated bath. The water is also high in minerals and purported to have healing, restorative properties.
There’s a restaurant and bar on the premise if you don’t want to venture out of the hotel. The rooms are spacious and airy, decorated with creams and blues with complimentary snacks and all the amenities you need to make your stay comfortable. I loved how the rooms had impossibly fluffy robes for each guest.
We found ourselves spending most of our time relaxing by the pool. We would spend the day taking naps in the shaded chairs and floating in the water. At night, we would take a dip in the pool, relax, and talk while stargazing. It felt perfect.
Calistoga is a picturesque town made to be a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. It is a popular spot for couples on honeymoon, anniversaries, large groups, bachelorette/bachelor weekends and it’s not hard to see why.
If you’re looking for a place to unplug and relax for a quick getaway outside of San Francisco, look no further than Calistoga.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, we had to cut our celebration short. Early Monday morning of our trip we made the decision to leave due to the Northbay fires. The town was completely out of electricity. Even though we were not under mandatory evacuation at the time, we thought it best to leave the area immediately. Driving through Calistoga without electricity and traffic lights to guide you was eerie. Seeing the fires up on the hillsides, and driving through the thick smoke was very scary. More importantly, our hearts go out to the people affected by the fires, who have lost homes, family and friends. Our thanks goes out to the medical personnel, first responders, and firefighters who tirelessly continue to risk their lives to battle the fires, lead clean up efforts, and help the people put their lives back together. If you would like to help please click here. Our local news channel is constantly updating their website with current information of what is needed and where.
Adrienne and I have a much needed Hawaii vacation set for early next year. Not only am I excited to go back to my second home, I’m even more pumped to bring Adrienne since it will be her first time in O’ahu. It’s been a few years since I went back, but I’ve heard that the creative scene is thriving.
Quick back story: My mother immigrated to the United States back in the early ’70s. Before she settled down and met my dad in California, the first place she called home in the U.S was Hawaii, specifically Kalihi, a suburb of Honolulu. She still has fond memories of Hawaii; the constant beautiful weather, endless rows of pineapple plantations, the smell of plumeria in the air. It’s no wonder that I feel a deep connection to the island.
After doing my research, I knew my next trip would include a stay at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki. Their goal is to create an authentic connection for its guests to Hawaii, its people, and its history. The idea is that by creating this type of experience, travelers would gain a better understanding of the rich culture of the island and (hopefully) work towards appreciating, preserving, and respecting it.
I’m a big fan of how the Surfjack highlights local designers and makers. From serving Hawaii sourced food at their on-site restaurant, Mahina and Sons, to hosting an outpost of Olive and Oliver, an O’ahu-based boutique, this attention to supporting local is key to what makes the Surfjack extra special to me.
The blending of vintage Hawaii and modern details makes for such a well designed hotel without being kitschy. Far too often, I’ve felt hotel design can be stuffy and nauseating. The Surfjack is far from that. I love how the geometric printed walls and tiles brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to the space. These thoughtful decorative touches always reels me.
The Surfjack has a very 1960s Explorer’s Club vibe theme akin to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. The interior continues with the keeping it local vibes by filling the space with Hawaii-based artists and designers. It’s no wonder that the Surfjack has been become the hub for an artistic movement.