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Thank you everyone who entered our SIX1FIVE giveaway.
Congratulations to Michelle G. , you are our winner!
As promised last Friday we’re chatting with the founders/designers of SIX1FIVE and giving away one of my favorite pieces from their collection – an edgy, cozy classic sweatshirt perfect for just about any casual, yet chic, occasion.
I was intrigued with the Cissy Jones and Emily Cook business model and their ability to spring-up a brand that has so quickly caught a cult following. Cissy and Emily dwell in Dallas, Texas. I hope you enjoy my chat with the girls.
1 winner will be announced on cecyj.com next Monday, November 25th, 2013.
How did you dream up Shop SIX1FIVE?
SIX1FIVE WAS CONCEIVED BY EMILY OVER A CHAMPAGNE LUNCH WHILE ON VACATION WITH TWO BEST FRIENDS IN VAIL,COLORADO. ON THE WAY BACK TO DALLAS, EMILY IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED CISSY, A GREAT FRIEND AND TALENTED DESIGNER. CISSY RAN WITH THE IDEA AND EXPANDED IT INTO THE CREATIVE AND COHESIVE LINE IT IS TODAY. SINCE THE PAIR WERE BOTH BORN IN NOVEMBER, THE SCORPIOS DECIDED TO HAVE FUN WITH THEIR BIRTH DATES. NOVEMBER 6+15 TO MAKE THE LABELS NAME SIX1FIVE.
Advice for women starting their own company?
GO FOR IT AND STICK WITH IT. THERE ARE A LOT OF BUMPS IN THE ROAD, BUT YOU MUST PERSEVERE. RECOGNIZE YOUR TALENTS AND USE THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. BE MORE AWARE OF YOUR WEAKNESSES AND FIND A WAY TO CONQUER THEM.
Where is the clothing made? How and where do you source the materials from?
ALL PRODUCTION IS LOCAL IN DALLAS. WE LOVE SUPPORTING OUR CITY AND BEING ABLE TO BE HANDS ON IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE. OUR MATERIALS COME FROM ITALY AND CALIFORNIA AND CISSY SELECTS THE VINTAGE FABRICS THAT LINE THE BAGS AND BLAZERS FROM LOCAL VINTAGE SHOPS
City you visit for inspiration?
Fashion blog we should be following?
Where can we buy the SIX1FIVE line?
ON-LINE AND AT TRUNK SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY. CHECK OUT SIX1FIVE.COM FOR DETAILS AND TO SHOP THE COLLECTION
A friend of mine, who also happens to have a terrific Public Relations firm in San Francisco was filling me in on one of her new clients. I immediately asked if I could interview the founder, Diana Vincent for a blog post about her recently launched High Camp Home. What started as a brick and mortar boutique and premier design firm in historical downtown Truckee, California, in the Tahoe area has stretched its wings into a fabulous e-commerce site. High Camp Home makes sprucing-up the ski cabin an incredibly easy task!
High Camp Home is cholk-full of all the chic rustic lifestyle essentials including furniture, lighting, accessories rugs and seasonal decor. My favorite detail over at High Camp Home is the local artists work available for purchase, making it easy to find the finishing touches for decorating with a relaxed, yet polished vibe.
With the leaves starting to fall and the wind blowing outside just about every item over at High Camp Home is on my “must have” list for fall and winter
A few of my absolute favorites…
We are so thrilled for the month of October Cecy J readers can get 15% off on all items, just enter the code RUSTICALLY at check out.
I hope you enjoy the interview with Diana Vincent and a peek at one of her Tahoe area interior design projects that is a true inspiration for comfortable beautiful living. Not to mention… her fantastic travel tips for your next visit to the Lake Tahoe area.
Happy fall + winter shopping and a huge thanks to High Camp Home
1.) What is your signature style?
My signature style is sophisticated rustic design. No bears or moose allowed! I love combining texture with natural materials to create space that is warm and inviting but rustic and rugged enough to withstand the active lifestyles of my clientele and the harsh climates that surrounds most of the homes we work with.
2.) The perfect carpet brand/ line for a Tahoe cabin to withstand snow & ski boots?
In reality, the perfect carpet is really WOOD as it is durable and wears well.
3.) Go to paint color/ brand?
For a white paint that is warm and works well in most settings, Pratt and Lambert Milk White.
4.) Favorite, product you have in stock right now?
As it is fall, I love pulling out the blankets and throws and currently our store is filled with some wonderful throws that are not too heavy but have fabulous texture and rope like tassels. The Europa throw in camel is my favorite, although our Halloween Ghosts are seen walking down the street with customers visiting our store everyday, this time of year!
5.) The perfect stocking stuffer for Mom?
Pairing the Chalet Stripe Scarf with the Decorated Hoop Earrings is a great combination. Throw on a pair of Uggs, cozy sweater and jeans with this scarf and earrings and you are good to go anywhere in Tahoe!
6.) You are based in the in Tahoe area. Give us the scoop…
Where should we….
True Old Tahoe Ski Ambience – Cottonwood
Great Menu – Stella
For families – Northstar; for great skiing Squaw/Alpine always wins
I love going off old fire roads and hidden spots but for easy to find snowshoeing the meadow up at Mount Rose is really pretty
Have you checked out Artsy Modern yet?
1. SKINNY LAMINX COLTS CUSHION/ 2. GENTLEMEN’S HARDWARE FELT I-PAD CASE / 3. TWIN TRIANGLE NECKLACE – GRAY & YELLOW / 4. POLKA DOTS & DASHES NAPKIN SET- SUNSHINE YELLOW/ 5. FLORA & FAUNA APRON/ 6. NAVY DASHES CANVAS STORAGE BIN
Have you discovered Crane & Canopy yet?
Crane & Canopy is a boutique style bedding company with a contemporary + elegant feel and one of my new fav chic home goods stores. The team puts high quality at the top of their priority list with price points that will make you do a double take. Lucky for us Crane & Canopy launched an online Pop Up Shop featuring beautiful and fun finds, perfect for Mother’s Day treats.
A few of my favorites above.
The best news is cecyj.com readers will get 10% off from Friday, April 19th – Thursday, April 25th. Just enter Giftcecyj10 for 10% off at checkout.
Thank you Crane & Canopy. It’s a pleasure to feature you.
Thank you everyone who entered our Whole Foods Market giveaway.
Congratulations to Peggy C. , you are our winner!
Remember when we gave away the Whole Foods Market gift card worth $200.00 for the best “go to” kids lunch idea?
Time to do it again! We’ve partnered with Whole Foods Market just in time to shop for Valentine’s treats and pick up some of their fresh and beautiful Whole Trade roses. The best part about the Whole Trade program is it supports growers, farm workers and the environment by providing fair prices and a safe and healthy work environment. Also, with each purchase, a 1% donation is made to the Whole Planet Foundation for poverty relief.
For a chance to win a Whole Foods Market gift card worth $200.00, just write “Flowers” in the comments of this post and be automatically entered.
One winner will be chosen at random and announced this Monday, February 18th.
Thank you everyone who entered our Hammocks & High Tea giveaway.
Congratulations to Sarah S., you are our winner!
We’re giving away this Hammocks & High Tea - LATTICE REVERSIBLE CLUTCH.
To enter to win, here’s what you need to do:
simply write “clutch” on our cecy j Facebook page here.
Entries will be accepted starting Thursday, August 16, 2012 until Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:59pm PT. One randomly selected winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 22nd.
Simple. Sunny. Timeless. Beautiful.
That is how I’d describe textile designer, founder and creative director Karen Young of Hammocks & High Tea. I don’t exactly remember how I came across Hammocks & High Tea but I continue to be impressed and intrigued by her. Karen graciously offered to answer some of my questions and I’m excited for you all to meet her.
Thank you Karen for sharing your beautiful story… such a treat to feature you.
You grew up in South America? When did you come to the United States and how did textile design become part of your story?
Yes, I was raised by my grandmother in South America and came to New York when I was 7 years old. The most outstanding difference to me, even as a child, was the difference between South America and New York in the way people lived and the colors… or rather lack thereof… in New York. I actually have a B.S. in Psychology and upon graduation took a sharp left into a career in the fashion industry. There I found my love for color, pattern, and detail again. I knew I wanted to design but, although I loved clothing, I’ve always been obsessed with the concept of home & living. I started small, designing a collection of stationery that eventually branched, almost organically, into a textile collection.
Can you walk me through the process of textile design? How does a design concept become a very chic clutch?
For my prints the beginning is generally a texture, a memory that I find evocative (most often nostalgia), or very often a pattern that I find repeated throughout multi cultures. I’ve always been fascinated by the way our food and art primarily, reflect the multiple dimensions of world culture. When I decided to launch a small line of clutches it was based on feedback from my customers who loved having the dose of pattern and color outside of their homes. Although it ended up as something chic, the clutch was actually a utilitarian concept. How could I give them something sturdy yet pretty? It took a few months of work and a lot of strange looks from my leathersmith… the bags have to be finished completely seamlessly in order to function reversibly… but finally I had a clutch that could suffer wear & tear and still be downright pretty.
I love the name of your studio. How did you come up with Hammocks & High Tea?
Thank you! I’ll never forget coming up with the name. A few years ago, I was sitting in my apartment thinking that I needed a name that would say in a nutshell what my patterns encompassed. Suddenly I jumped up and shouted “Hammocks & High Tea!!!” In South America, as with many colonized countries, the architecture is often reflective of French, British, Dutch, etc influences. The tropical influence was never far behind though because those same structures were painted the wildest blues, pinks, yellows, and greens you’ve ever seen. Cows are roaming the streets, parrots are hanging out on windowsills, and mango trees are a staple in every front yard. Although I grew up with a thorough Caribbean/South American persuasion, “high tea” and “suppers” were what we knew as well.
Tell me what you are working on right now? How did you find inspiration for this textile?
I’ve just launched the Fall 2012 collection to the trade and retail. It will be available online 9/15 but currently I’m preparing for the Fall home & gift shows. The Balustrade print (above & below) is one of my favorites. I wanted to incorporate a stripe into the collection and having always been moved by architecture, I remembered the stairs in my grandmother’s house. Because we lived below sea level, the houses were built either on stilts or with a concrete first level with living quarters upstairs. Our staircase had such beautiful details, but it was primarily used for my cousins and I to eavesdrop on the conversations of the adults from our playhouse on the first floor. We’d peep through the banisters almost to the point of getting stuck in them. So when I thought of a stripe, that memory came back and Balustrade became a print.
3 things you can’t live without
Chocolate / Good books/ Belly laughs
Most hilarious or inspiring person you follow in twitter?
My friend Chandra of @greerchicago. She happens to be poised, has great taste, and a dry wit that keeps me in stitches!
Tea Lounge. It’s one part tea and three parts entertainment.
-Meet for drinks?
Oh this is tough. Weather Up is a speakeasy in Brooklyn. You can barely find it even when you’re standing right outside, but inside you’ll find great drinks and cool vintage inspired atmosphere.
-Meet for dinner?
This is tougher… one of my favorites is The Farm on Adderley, it’s my version of comfort food. I’m also excited to try Applewood, another farm to table concept that in Brooklyn is doing so well of late.
Propsect Park is Brooklyn’s own Central Park. When I need to clear my head or be inspired, I head over here. The park opens up to these gems inside like the boathouse, the lake, and multiple trails.
OK, so we all fall off the healthy wagon sometimes and I feel like I’m holding on by a thread these days. It was time to regroup! I kicked off my healthy re-start with a visit to my friend Portia this morning and some tips from Stevan Krstic.
Stevan is a friend of the family and founder + owner of Koi, a hardcore but thoughtful Bay Area boot camp style workout community that truly brings results.
I enlisted Stevan because I know the guy likes to drink wine, eat cheese and to dine at all of the fabulous Bay Area restaurants as much as I do… but he is able to thread it all into a healthy lifestyle.
Stevan was kind enough to share a “go to recipe” which is healthy but… I was so relieved… easy to make and something actually enjoyable to eat!
For cecyj.com readers or first time boot campers, Koi is taking 15% (Promo Code CECYJ15) off the regular price for boot camp and Outdoor Personal Training packages. In addition, you can always try out the program for a trial week either at the beginning or end of each session.
Thank you to everyone over at Koi and a very special thanks to Stevan.
Salmon with Seasonal Green Vegetables + CHEESE (serves 1) Ingredients: salmon steak or fillet seasonal vegetables olive oil sea salt 1 fresh garlic clove anchovy paste Kunik, Epoisses OR Langre cheese (let the cheese sit at room temperature before serving) Salmon Cooking Instructions: 1. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes 2. Coat the salmon with olive oil. Place the salmon in skillet, increase heat to high and cook for 2-3 minutes. Note: For well- done salmon cook for 5 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily Vegetable Cooking Instructions: 1. Cut seasonal vegetables of choice (farmers market vegetables are the best way find fresh + seasonal) rinse and boil in water for a few minutes until soft 2. Place vegetables in a medium skillet with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, ½ teaspoon of anchovy paste, 1 clove of garlic sliced thin 3. Stir occasionally adding 1-2 pinches of salt over 4-6 minutes 4.Combine cooked salmon, vegetables and sliced CHEESE