Oh Leander

Do yourself a favor and check out Oh Leander. You’ll be happy you did.

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1. Casual Scarf in Sea Foam  2. Hello Sunshine Mug  3. Wine & Dine Note Card  4. Color Block Blanket  5. Drifter Mug  6. Le Tote Bag

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Minna May

Minna May is a designer, illustrator, shop owner, and blogger, and we love, love, love her work! She does  hand lettering, watercolor, and even makes hand carved stamps! Her whimsical and organic style is so sweet and lovely and makes us want to doodle on everything. Also, we love all of her inspriational handwritten quotes! Minna May also has a great blog – make sure you check it out as well as her website!

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Eight Baby Legs

We couldn’t resist these adorable children’s clothes by Eight Baby Legs.  Made by Amanda Burton, these clothes will be sure to make your tot the most stylish baby on the block. Enjoy!

Bonjour Biqui

Bonjour Biqui is a unique fashion line created by on of our good friends in San Antonio, TX, Blanquita Sullivan. Blanquita, the former merchandising executive of Betsy Johnson, wanted to create a collection that featured simple yet classic silhouettes, which flatter almost every body type. All of the garments are staple pieces that would be a valuable addition to every wardrobe.

The distinguishing factor that set these dresses far beyond you average dress is that every single piece is completely reversible! When you buy one Bonjour Biqui creation, you are really buying two pieces in one. Another thing that we love about this collection is that all of the garments are made with pockets! Here at Florence & Millie, we are obsessed with dresses with pockets and we absolutely love how versatile these dresses are. The last thing that we love about this collection is that every piece is handmade in the U.S.A. We hope that you love these dresses just as much as we do. You can shop her collection here.

Blazin’ Fresh

Men, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a jacket.  Pairing a lightweight blazer with shorts is a tried and true way to say, “I know it’s summer, but I still have style.”

There are a few more benefits to this dynamic wardrobe duo other than looking put together.  First of all, you probably already have all the pieces to the outfit; every man should have a few pairs of shorts and at least one lightweight blazer. Secondly, a jacket is a great way to look fresh in the heat.  If you are going to wear a single layer in the summer, you are going to sweat through it.  A layer on top actually hides embarrassing sweat marks and keeps you looking chipper – even in sweltering heat.

There are a few ways to pull off the blazer/shorts combo:

Nick Wooster keeps it formal with a tie and pocket square.

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A v-neck sweater over a patterned shirt lends a preppy, American feel that will make you look like you just stepped out of a Tommy Hilfiger ad into Nantucket.
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Alas! Are those cargo shorts? Camo cargo shorts?  Indeed they are.  Don’t be so stuffy!  Try this rough approach to boldly state, “I’m a man AND I care how I dress.”

Nifty Kidstuff by Caitlin Betsy Bell

We’re lucky enough to know the next artist we’re featuring on Florence & Millie. She graduated from SCAD last year with a degree in Fibers (yes, that’s real) and is off doing big things in Vermont. Aside from teaching and working on a book, she owns her own business: Nifty Kidstuff. Caitlin has a wonderful Etsy shop and website, which feature her adorable play toys made with all natural fibers. She also quilts. Seriously, this girl is crafty.

Heather Sielaff & OLO Fragrance [And giveaway]

Most don’t consider the complexities and subtle nuances of creating a scent. The interplay of bergamot, vanilla, jasmine, patchouli, and wood is a delicate balance called “Lightning Paw.” Enter the nose of this creation: Heather Sielaff.

Sielaff became involved in the fragrance business as a means to escape the physical rigors of her other job.

“I started making perfume as a hobby because I assumed there was no way to tie it into my work,” Sielaff explains. “My training is in different forms of bodywork, things like neuromuscular therapy and Gyrotonic. Making perfume was a way to be alone, to do something that didn’t involve straining my body.”

This side hobby turned into an actual business when friends began suggesting she should start selling her creations. In 2009, she launched her product at Nationale, a Portland gallery and specialty shop. One-by-one, Sielaff designs, distributes, packs, and ships each of her fragrances.

Sielaff contends there is immense emotion tied to the power of scent.

“We don’t really grow up discussing smells. Things smell good or bad. But smells bring up so many emotions for each of us. I like the idea of introducing that concept to people, to open them up to the idea that smell is so much more than just good or bad.”

As she continues to produce each vial one-by-one, she’s perfectly content with the size of her business as it is. Starting with a $200 investment, her attention to detail has paid off, selling in online stores and numerous shops across the country.She harkens to the memories tied people and different experiences, in the same way one can remember specific memories tied to the smell of someone’s home.  Sielaff elaborates, “I can walk into my grandmother’s house and instantly feel the ease of every Sunday lunch I’ve had there since childhood. I can smell damp earth and be taken on countless walks through the Pacific Northwest in a matter of seconds. I hope the scents I create take people on little trips like that!”

Sielaff describes Portland as the perfect place to practice such a small craft, “I can drive 20 minutes outside of

the city and be in a beautiful gorge with waterfalls and endless trees. I’m always amazed at how lush and green everything is. The rain doesn’t bother me at all. It makes me feel like everything is washed and clean.”

But perhaps the most important part of her business are her intentions.

“Portland is also full of such talented people doing what they love. It’s not about making a ton of money it’s about being fulfilled. That’s the most inspiring thing to me, fulfillment.”

You can find out more at the OLO website and her blog.

Special thanks to Work.Place for the photos.

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We are giving away sample sets of Heather’s fragrances!

If you’d like to win one, email us a photo of something you’ve created. It can be anything; a bag, a belt, a poster, or even your own fragrances too. We’ll select a winner to send a sample pack.

Email us with your name, age, address, and gender [to know which sample kit to send you] to florenceandmillie [at] gmail [dot] com.

Entries will be accepted through Thursday, May 3.

Hack & Hue

Today we’re featuring the outstanding handmade ties of Hack & Hue.  According to founders Brent Kochuba and Bob Boylan, these longtime friends founded this Brooklyn-based company in 2007, “To create products whose quality and style are timeless.”

They explain:  “[Brent] came across an old wool YSL necktie when walking past the window of a vintage shop in NYC.  We attempted to find a newer version of that same tie.  Long story short – we couldn’t find it, so we set about making it.  It took several months and a few dozen samples before we had a product which represented what we were searching for.”

This kind of entrepreneurial attitude is precisely what inspires us at Florence & Millie, and we are proud to feature such fine craftsmen on the blog.  Bonus kudos to Hack & Hue for using all locally sourced materials for their ties.

Check out their site here!

 

 

 

 

Part One: Oh My Deer Handmades

So, we’re coming back in full force!  We’ve a got a two-part post split between today and tomorrow. Why ever would we need two posts? Today and tomorrow we’ll be featuring bride and groom of a most wonderfully talented couple.  Today, we’ll start with the most lovely Chelsea Petaja.  Chelsea lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Tec.

Chelsea is an artist with a paint brush and is fabulous at watercolor.  She specializes in typography and blurring the lines between illustration and graphic design.  And, not only is she incredibly talented at designing, picking beautiful color combinations and just being generally crafty: she also runs a blog and Etsy shop where you can follow her beautiful life and buy her work!

Needless to say, we’re impressed and hope you are too!

Check out her blog here.

And her Etsy shop here.

 

 

Kara Weaves

Kara Weaves is a group of women who work with independent teams of weavers across the state and small sets of rural tailors to create handmade home furnishings of the highest finish and quality. They support and promote cotton hand loom cooperatives in Kerala, India. We love the fun, bright colors and handmade quality of the groups work. As well as hand towels, Kara Weaves makes robes, hair wraps, and table cloths. Take a look at some of our favorites and then check out the website to learn more about this great business that gives back.

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