Spread The Love: Eight Inspiring Super Couples

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so today we’re celebrating real love. The world needs this powerful emotion more than ever right now so don’t be afraid to express every bit of gushy and cheesy love that’s inside you, no matter how big or small the gesture. Here, we share eight seriously cool couples that inspire us. They’re creative, smart and hilarious. They know what it means to love and support one another. So read on, get inspired, and spread the love out there, won’t you?

HANNAH + JD

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Hannah and JD are the cool couple behind one of our favorite Brooklyn boutiques, Concrete + Water. Before opening the space together, Hannah worked as a stylist while JD was a veteran of the nightlife industry as a DJ. They always felt that Williamsburg retail was missing something fun and accessible so they went ahead and created it. With JD’s business-mind and Hannah’s creativity and slight perfectionist ways, they are each other’s ultimate partner in crime.

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? We know this sounds kind of cliche, but I think the most romantic thing we’ve ever done for each other is to write our own vows when we got married in June. We were able to reflect on our eleven years together and say things to one another that you rarely get to in a beautiful setting surrounded by all of our favorite people. Couldn’t have been any better. There wasn’t a dry eye in sight.

GARY + MANU

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You might recognize Manu (right) from scrolling shopping our site, as he is one of Stand Up Comedy’s regular models. Originally from Mexico, Manu runs a cafe in downtown Portland but his real passion lies is in flower arrangements and decorations for events. Gary (left) is an artist and designer originally from New Jersey. He founded Container Corps, an arts press and publication design/build studio. These two creatives are happily married and in the words of Stand Up Comedy’s owner Diana Kim, simply put, “They are incredible people.” 

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? We probably aren’t the most outwardly romantic people in the world. But we think the most romantic day we’ve spent together was the day we got married. We both decided that we didn’t really wanted a big ceremony or a huge party. We didn’t even say it was a wedding.

The day of, we drove around town getting everything we needed. We stopped at Manu’s favorite florist who had made us these beautiful rose neckpieces. We stopped at Lowell to grab the rings. We grabbed a two tiered tres leches cake (special request!) from Santa Cruz in St. Johns. The ceremony was on the rooftop of Yale Union just as the sun was setting. It was just the two of us, our friend Stephen officiating, and our sister and brother-in-law as witnesses. After the ceremony we went downstairs where a group of about 30 of our closest friends and family had gathered to celebrate. There was a lot of tears and a lot of love. – Gary

MICHELLE + TREVOR

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Michelle and Trevor are another insanely busy couple that somehow keep it together with ease and style. Michelle owns  One Of A Few a boutique in Vancouver’s Gastown that we are diehard fans of. Trevor’s side of the fashion industry includes founding the label Lifetime Collective, then moving on to People Footwear and is now a freelance art director. Together, they are parents of two adorable kids, true pioneers in Vancouver’s growing fashion scene and seriously rad humans.

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? Trevor is a very romantic guy. Not the kind of romantic where he puts rose petals on my bed, but a different kind of romantic. He is very creative, definitely more than he knows. From the first day we met I would find cards that were hand sewn and made for me with the cutest little love notes or words of encouragement. One of these notes still stands out as one of the most thoughtful and romantic notes he has given me. It was the night of my bachelorette party. The whole night was a surprise and when we got to the hotel room to start the night I opened the bag Trevor had packed for me. On top of my clothes was a note. A little too personal to share, but it still brings a smile to my face now.

It truly is the little things, the handmade things and the thoughtful things, that have kept us together. Life isn’t always perfect and these notes are amazing reminders and boosts of love. – Michelle

When Michelle and I started talking about the romance in our loves we kind of laughed. Two kids, two entrepreneurs, is there romance? But there is, and the first thing that came to my mind was of a trip we took to Croatia. Michelle was six months pregnant with our daughter Rilo and our son, Hunter, was three years old. The four of us, set off in a small sail boat. The sun was shining and we spent the entire day on the boat, floating in the salty water, island hopping and truly sharing the time all together void of electronics, emails, work, Instagram and other people. It slowed us down, and gave us a time to connect. – Trevor

(Photo by Ian Lanterman)

MICKEY + LAUREN

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Lauren and Mickey met when they were teenagers through mutual friends and were drawn to each other right away. Lauren has all the attributes and cred of an “It Girl”. Her style is on point and as an avid shopper of one of our favorite brands Lykke Wullf, she now models for the designer as well. Mickey plays bass in the Los Angeles-based band The Neighbourhood. As two creatives they mesh well together but Lauren admits she is “a lot more hyper and dorky than he is so we definitely balance each other out.” Sounds like the perfect combo.

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? Something I love about our relationship is that we do a lot of little things for each other and I find that really romantic. It’s not about the big gesture but the small ways we make each other’s lives sweeter. Like if one of us sees something while we are shopping that we love but pass it up the other will go back and get it. Mikey always does the cutest thing when I have a big day he will wake up early and make me breakfast. It’s those kinds of moments I hold on to and cherish! – Lauren

SAAGAR + KARYNA

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Saager and Karyna run two of Vancouver’s coolest boutiques Neighbour and Neighbour/Woman. With Saager’s focus directed on the menswear boutique and Karyna’s on the womenswear shop, they are an unstoppable force. They both have such an aesthetic point of view which comes in handy when curating their beautiful shops. Happily married, these two entrepreneurs/BFFS/romancers are a total inspiration.

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? We normally don’t go in for too much romance; maybe working all the time gets in the way!? But we made our own Valentine’s tradition of having a nice dinner on the 13th and spending the 14th at home together, which is always the best. However, we did indulge in some pretty epic romance at our wedding in September, which was in a grand old ballroom in Ottawa, and given an old world Indian vibe. It was pretty much like being in a fairytale! – Karyna 

KRISTIINA + ALLY

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Kristiina and Ally are the kind of couple that know how to make each other smile by doing the simplest things. Kristiina is a fashion and art photographer in New York and is also the Editor in Chief of You Do You, a non profit, inclusive fashion platform for people of all sizes, abilities, colors, ages and genders. Amazing, we know. Ally is a yoga loving, tattooed, meticulous sales rep in the health industry who doesn’t own any clothes that aren’t black, and she has really good hair. Together, they are one of the raddest couples we know.

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? Ally does lots of great stuff for me – bringing me coffee in bed every morning and modeling in my obnoxious photoshoots (like wearing my mom’s ’80s clothes or letting me put glitter on her teeth), but this Christmas she topped it all with a rose gold necklace that says DUMMY in tiny engraved letters. Because we are nice and kind people who call each other “dummy” and “stupid.” 🙂 – Kristiina

At the end of our first date we shared an extended embrace in the cold next to Thompkin’s Square Park. They were mulching Christmas trees in the park and the air smelled like pine. I mentioned that the smell of pine was one of my most favorite things. She went back to the park the next day to assemble a box of pine tree clippings to give to me. “I made you a box of tree trash!” I was done for. – Ally

DIAMOND + ANDY

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Diamond + Andy run Tacoma’s rad boutique Satori. They met in Tacoma as neighbors and have been inseparable ever since (bring on the tissue box). After working many years at a 9-5 job in the aerospace industry doing clerical/buying business, Diamond began looking for a job in the fashion industry and that’s when one of Andy’s friends suggested the two open a shop together. Just a year or so after they opened up their boutique. Now, with two businesses, two dogs, one cat and two houses they are set to get married this year. A big congrats to these two!

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? Our romantic time is always at home when we just get to unwind and spend time with our dogs. Some of our most romantic times are when we order takeout and watch our favorite TV show! We love to spend time at home together after a long day at work. – Diamond 

We love to go to Cannon Beach and get away from the city. There’s a nice bed and breakfast by the beach that we like to stay at and we spend a lot of time walking the beach and going to little mom and pop shops. – Andy

IVY + JOSH

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Ivy and Josh are artists, performers, parents and dreamers. Ivy as a playwright, dancer and actress and Josh as an actor, painter and longtime member of the Blue Man Group. After spending two decades in New York city they decided to move to Nashville, settle down and open up Wilder, a stunning design shop and art space. As parents of two, a daughter Rev and a son Chance, they have their hands full but you wouldn’t know it with their perfectly curated boutique that brings beauty to light. They’re basically superheros. (P.S. how amazing if that family gif?)

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC THING YOU’VE DONE FOR EACH OTHER? Ivy was pregnant when we moved to Nashville from NYC, and one night she got the email of some test results which included the sex of the baby. Strangely, it came through at like four in the morning. She told our son Chance (who was two at the time) at the crack of dawn and he climbed into bed waking me up saying “Papa, girl… Papa, girl,” and that’s how I found out we were having a girl. – Josh

Sometimes we take hot yoga next to each other. And occasionally in savasana, I’ll feel a sweaty man hand creep over and hold mine for a few seconds while we’re staring at the ceiling. Sounds gross but it makes me super happy. – Ivy  

The Best Style Advice For The New Year

There are a lot of reasons not to be nostalgic about 2016. However in fashion, where we tend to look back while looking forward, there’s a movement to be thankful for: dress for yourself. Just like every other year, trends have come and gone, but this time it was the notion of breaking the rules and adopting new ones that really stuck with us. So we decided to look back on this year with a new set of style rules, or resolutions if you’re into that kind of thing. Over the year we’ve been quizzing our favorite people – designers, boutique owners, and most importantly the friends that are cooler than we are – on the best style advice they have ever received. They may not have realized they were giving us ours at the same time. Here, six of the best style rules we’ll be taking into 2017.

 

“Opt for a coat in an unexpected color and then wear that color from head to toe.”Sissy Sainte-Marie

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This has been a year of stepping out of our comfort zones and being bold. Choosing colors we’d usually veto or going for a statement coat instead of a basic one. So don’t hold back, pick something unexpected and roll with it. The past year laid the foundation for expressing yourself with bold colours and a matchy-matchy palette. Amp it up in 2017.

 

“Less is always more. I’m a fan of pulling casual elements together with one great accessory or footwear.”Sanam Miremadi

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Minimalism never fails us. Put together a few simple pieces and bam you’ve got a beautiful outfit without having to try too hard. But accessories, that’s a whole other story. Whether it’s a pair of interesting shoes or a colorful bag or unique jewelry, small impact statements took on an important role. Adding one great, wacky and bold accessory to your outfit is the perfect way to add your own touch without feeling like you’re on display.

 

“Reveal and conceal. Thoughtfully choose a garment that reveals only your favorite zones – clavicles, back, leg or face – and leave the rest to the imagination.”Sissy Sainte-Marie

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The past year was about bringing sexy back in your own unique and comfortable way. We’ve said goodbye to mini dresses you can’t move in and low-rise jeans you can’t bend in, and welcomed in open back dresses with high necks and off the shoulder tops with flared pants. A hot look doesn’t have to mean hot pants. Reveal what makes you feel good and it will make that much more of a statement.

 

“Be mindful of fabrics. It should look and feel nice.”Anna Gray

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When choosing to invest in that new piece, we’re all getting more educated on fabrics. There are so many beautiful options that are made responsibly or are sustainable. And we all now the benefits of shopping vintage. Plus, more and more amazing things are being done with natural fabrics like linen and cotton. Now when we’re picking that perfect jacket or dress, we’re picking the fabric too. We know this attitude will only grow stronger in 2017.

 

“Let your skinny jeans go, unless you’re one of the few people they flatter.”Sissy Sainte-Marie

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Let’s be honest, skinny jeans aren’t that comfortable. Aren’t we all ready to leave the hours we have spent yanking up skin tight jeans behind us? Well, this past year the silhouette of jeans changed drastically and for the best. They got looser, wider and flared, and way more interesting. None of us really look the same in our jeans anymore and it’s awesome. Watch out for 2017, where more rad denim is coming for you. Hint: we’ll be channeling our dad’s pants.

 

“Be comfortable. Confidence is sexy and I think it’s important to be comfortable and feel good in what you’re wearing.”Elise Joseph

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You’ve heard it before: looking good means feeling good. It’s not a cliché it’s gospel. Be comfortable, express yourself and most importantly, channel your independence. Cheers to the new year! We’ve got your back.

Mom We Love: Helen Yu Kuo

Impromptu dancing in dressing rooms, fierce Wonder Woman moves, art gallery field trips, drool-worthy foodstagrams and serious outfit inspiration, the Instagram feed of San Francisco’s Helen Yu Kuo is filled with all the things we wish we were doing. And sometimes are. We discovered Helen and her adorable mini-me Marni and instantly fell for the duo, along with her outfits punctuated with the three M’s: Maryam, Martiniano and Mari. She also happens to love the #startuplife so we couldn’t help but feel like we should be friends IRL. Luckily, she was still willing to share with us her thoughts on motherhood, style and everything in between.

 

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TELL US ALL ABOUT YOU. Hi, my name is Helen. I was born in NYC but moved to California when I was five years old and have lived here ever since. I currently live in San Francisco with my husband Mike and 3.5-year-old daughter Marni.

I’ve always worked in tech marketing and have been lucky to experience startups that resulted in successful acquisitions or IPOs. I love my current company Atlassian, makers of team collaboration software including JIRA. You may have heard Jessica Alba say at Dreamforce “I don’t know how to code but I can put in a JIRA ticket.” Well, that’s one of the company products.

I also have a fashion blog (www.whatheleworetoday.com) but lately, I’ve been spending most of my spare time on Instagram where I post pictures of my daughter, food or fashion and sometimes all together.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Tomboy chic with a hint of fun.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER? My favorite designer is Phoebe Philo. Celine can do no wrong. But lately, I’ve also been obsessed with Demna Gvasalia. He’s killing it at Balenciaga!

WHAT’S YOUR DAY-TO-DAY GO-TO OUTFIT? You can most likely find me wearing jeans, a blazer or trench, sunnies, Martiniano or Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes and a good beanie (if needed) paired with my favorite Celine bag at the moment.

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WHAT’S THE BEST STYLE ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? From my mom: “Invest in timeless pieces. Splurge on a really amazing item instead of a bunch of trendy pieces. Because that one item will last forever.”

TELL US ABOUT MARNI. Marni, my almost 4-year-old daughter and an only child like myself, is truly a blessing in my life. She has such a charming spirit and her happiness is contagious. The best way to get a sense of her character is to explore #marniisms and #whatmarnisangtoday on my Instagram. I hope her singing videos bring you as much joy as they do for me.

HAS SHE STARTED DEVELOPING HER OWN SENSE OF STYLE? Yes! She is much more vocal about what she wants to wear these days. It’s pretty much dresses – especially “the Elsa dress” on repeat – all worn with her favorite Adidas sneakers.

In fact, her sense of style is so on-point that I now find myself asking for her opinion on which shoes go better with my outfit and I have to say her answers are usually my first choice too!

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BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOM? There isn’t one best thing about being a mom. Here are a few:

  • Exploring and seeing the world in her eyes
  • Inspiring me to be the best version of myself
  • Hugs and endless singing and dancing 🙂

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY? One of the main reasons I joined Atlassian was the company culture – it’s second to none. There’s even a value called “built with heart and balance” where the company really respects work-life balance.

HAS BEING A MOM CHANGED YOUR OWN SENSE OF STYLE OR APPROACH TO FASHION? Comfort is key.

WHAT STYLE ADVICE WILL YOU GIVE MARNI AS SHE GROWS UP? Be true to yourself. Wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.

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Follow along with Helen and Marni for endless outfit inspo and a healthy dose of silly @hyu915.

Mom We Love: Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap

Jennifer Hagler, the woman behind A Merry Mishaphas a magic touch. Her passion and eye for interior design, especially decor with a Scandinavian perspective, shines through her blog and right into her own lifestyle. Jennifer has created a home base that is the perfect combination of simple, sparse and modern, yet still filled with that cozy feeling. Situated in the city of Star, Idaho where she lives with her husband Jeremiah and their two kids, Jennifer is a freelance stylist, full-time mom and nightly blogger. She obviously has her hands full, but lucky for us she took some time to share her thoughts on motherhood, style and mastering the balance of imbalance.

 

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TELL US ALL ABOUT YOU. I was born and raised in Idaho but my heart is mostly in Europe, which I think comes as no surprise to anyone who has read my blog. It’s not our favorite place but now with two kids of my own we are glad to be near family, so for the time being Idaho will be our home for a bit longer.

Besides writing for my blog I also work part time as a freelance stylist, which I usually share on the site or on my Instagram. Being a mom though is my real primary work, at least until the kids are older.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? My style has become a bit more masculine lately. I also crave simplicity so I rarely wear patterns and usually stick to a neutral palette or black and grey to beige and ivory, although I’ve found myself collecting a lot of blue and khaki green as well. Typically I’m drawn to modern things but also pieces are demure and maybe elegant. Of course I still have plenty of days when athleisure becomes my look of choice!

WHO DO YOU TURN TO FOR INTERIORS INSPIRATION? I can’t say there is any one person or one source I turn to for interior inspiration. I keep some of my favorite blogs in my blog reader as well as a healthy stack of interior design magazines and books around me. Instagram is also a great way to discover new-to-me interior designers.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER YOUR LOVE FOR INTERIORS? Probably about the time my son was born, seven years ago. I was homebound and the interior of our house became very familiar and very important to me. I was curious about what other homes looked like and my passion for interiors and design really blossomed from my desire to change my own surroundings.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN YOUR HOME? My husband, two kids and I live in a smallish house so I change things up quite often. Sometimes I like the living room best since it opens to the kitchen and dining room, but when my bedrooms is clean and free from toy debris, I love being in my room. I love being in my room even more with my husband because it means both kids are in bed and we can talk or laugh about our day together. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR KIDS. My son is 7 and my daughter is 2. I’m really enjoying where they are now, my oldest is mature enough to have some thoughtful conversations and likes to wow me with facts about our solar system. He hopes to be an astronaut one day and discover new planets, which I think would be pretty great.

Elin, my daughter, is very kind and loving. She just loves to love, daily showering me with the some sincere compliments and she has such great manners. I’m glad she’s still small enough to hold in my arms but I wish she would stop growing up so quickly.screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-2-18-01-pm

HAVE THEY STARTED DEVELOPING THEIR OWN SENSE OF STYLE? Other than having a strong preference for black and wanting to be comfortable, my son doesn’t care too much. He mostly lets me dress him and when he dresses himself he only cares about throwing something on fast, regardless of how pieces look together. Elin on the other hand prefers dresses, especially with pockets, to most other types of clothing. She likes very feminine details but isn’t too opinionated yet. I dress her in a lot of softer colors, creams and soft browns and occasional rose pink because she has such a strong affinity for the color.

With both of the kids but particularly my daughter, I look for clothes that are not distracting because I want them to wear the clothing, not the other way around. Children generally are beautiful all on their own so I want to dress them in a way that compliments, not distracts.

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BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOM? When your children overcome an obstacle, or learn a new ability or show kindness to others, there’s not a better feeling in the world. It’s a whole lot of work and sometimes you put yourself on the back burner for their sake, but when they succeed you succeed. For me this sort of intense joy experienced through some else’s victory has been unique to motherhood, and makes all the other moments of struggle worth it!

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND FAMILY? It’s really an imbalance act of working and raising a family because some days one needs you more than the other. As a general rule I try to give my family priority but I also have to put my foot down and carve out time for other ventures, not just because it’s work but because it’s something I personally feel good about doing. As a woman and certainly as a mom, we must have something that we love to do because it simply makes us feel good. Otherwise it’s too easy to throw yourself entirely into the needs of the family members and neglect your own ambitions.

HAS BEING A MOM CHANGED YOUR OWN SENSE OF STYLE? Definitely! Before kids I wore uncomfortable shoes, tight and at times uncomfortable clothes, things purely for their aesthetic quality that were hyper trendy. Now I think very practically about longevity, washability, how well a piece will hold up to being tugged at and wiped against all day. Not that a mom can’t also feel sexy or trendy but I have a very different purpose for dressing now, which I’m totally ok with.

WHAT STYLE ADVICE WILL YOU GIVE YOUR KIDS AS THEY GROW UP? I’m sure I will tell them firstly that it is essential their style be authentic and a reflection of who they are and not to let themselves be too pressured to look or create a specific look. Hopefully they will also be thoughtful consumers as well and will think about an item’s quality and story. I hope they fill their lives with purposeful items and think carefully about what they surround themselves with. And then also to have fun with it and experiment!

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Follow Jennifer for endless minimalist inspo at @amerrymishap.

Cool Mom Melissa Sonico Shares Her Fave Kid Picks

We can’t get enough of Melissa Sonico and her adorable son Harrison. Her insanely busy days impact her personal style, but only in the best, minimalist kind of way. With a focus on neutral tones and classic pieces like jeans and a loose linen blouse, she believes that comfort and style are completely linked. We are such fans of Melissa’s style, so we wanted her personal picks from our kids pop-up shop to see what her own cutie would wear.

“I also like neutral colors for him (just like my own color palette) but with a lot more color and fun prints.”

How To Dress Up Your Pants

In the summertime, you throw on a dress and you are good to go. Well, we think that mantra should be carried into every season. All you have to do is add a pair of pants. Seriously, it’s that simple. And yes, you can totally pull it off. The silhouette plays a starring role for Resort 2017 too, with designers like Apiece Apart, Suno and Tibi showcasing the look. Wearing dresses over pants is not only just a fresh styling trick, the pairing is totally practical. Pants keep your legs warm – even warmer than those tights that are always catching runs and getting holes in the toes. They’re avoiding tights for as long as possible over on Man Repeller, and taking note from the dress-over-pants queen herself, we’ve learned that it pays to be adventurous while keeping things comfortable. We’ve pulled together some of our favortie dress and pants pairings so get creative, take your pick and put down the tights.

 

THE DRESSES

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BLACK CRANE PAINTER DRESS

With generous cocoon proportions and an above the knee length, this dress is pretty much perfect for layering over pants. It’s one of those styles that will work with everything, but we especially love this with a wide leg pant like these. Plus, who doesn’t love a raw edge?

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DEVLYN VAN LOON SWEATER DRESS

This dress is a step up from your usual sweatshirt but still has that comfy feel. The rolled sleeves and baseball hem keep it casual, so pair it with your fave jeans. Try these B Sides patchwork denim for an all around easygoing look.

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VOZ SILK TWO-PANEL DRESS

This dress is perfect for when you feel a little fancy. The soft, billowy material and slit at the front makes it easy to pair with almost any pants, but we’ll be pulling these ones on for a night out. We love how the long length will keep your covered while the high slit shows off your pants.

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WOLCOTT : TAKEMOTO HAMLET DRESS

We can’t get enough of this classic t-shirt dress. It’s a great basic to throw on with any pair of pants, just an elevated take on your usual t-shirt and jeans. The side slit would be perfect for showing off the patchwork on these jeans. Plus, the subtle button detail adds a little extra something to an outfit.

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CARON CALLAHAN MARIA SHIRT DRESS

We’re loving this feminine take on the classic button-up shirt. It’s playful, flattering and has endless styling options. You could even wear it to the office, guys! Keep it buttoned up and pair it with the Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s perfectly draped pant for a complete contemporary look.

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Staff Picks: Garmentory Kids

We are just as obsessed with our Garmentory Kids pop-up shop as you probably are. Onesies, cardigans, fur coats… we’re outfit planning for every single kid in our lives. But we took on the challenge of editing it down to our absolute favorite pieces. Here, the result of some seriously difficult decisions.

Love, chocolate and extra cheese for Valentine’s Day

Anabela Piersol of Fieldguided has us seeing things through rosy glasses with these sweet, romantic hues.

“It’s nearly time for one of my favourite highlights of the otherwise bleak month of February: Valentine’s Day. I live for love and I live to embrace the cheese, so heart-shaped everything, please.”

Cold Picnic’s perfect Valentine’s Day is basically our dream date

Just like there are women that inspire #squadgoals (our Brooklyn Babes for example), there are the couples that gave us #relationshipgoals. Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, the dynamic duo behind Cold Picnic, are one of those couples. It was love at first sight when they met in Boston in 2006 at fashion school. They launched Cold Picnic together in 2010 and it was love at first sight for us when we discovered the quirky, cool line of housewares and accessories. They also happen to be as adorable and charming as they are talented. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we quizzed them on romance, their plans for Feb. 14 and gift ideas for your main squeeze.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR IDEAL DATE NIGHT. WHERE DO YOU GO, WHAT DO YOU DO? Peter: We always plan romantic dates after openings or parties, and then end up getting a bit drunk and go home to takeout and movies. Which is actually my ideal date night. 🙂

HOPELESS ROMANTIC OR STAUNCH REALIST? Phoebe: Definitely somewhere in between.

DO YOU GUYS CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? Peter: We’ve always used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to go out and eat A LOT. Now that we’re in New York, we usually go to Flushing, Queens and overdo it on dumplings.

WHAT’S THE BEST RELATIONSHIP ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? Phoebe: It’s always fun dishing about new relationships with friends but after a few years I prefer to keep the dish between my partner and me. As for advice, I think everyone knows what’s best for them. Or at least what they want to do, even if it isn’t good for them!

SO PETER, WHAT ARE THE BEST KIND OF GIFTS A GUY CAN GET FROM A GIRL? The kind of gift I always want probably isn’t what other guys are into as I love to bake! The best present Phoebe got me was a Cuisinart. But a good pair of sneakers also goes down pretty well!

PHOEBE, BEST GIVE EVER FROM PETER? Peter usually gets me Valentine’s Day flowers. It’s difficult for him to surprise me, since we spend all day in the studio together. Usually he’ll say “I need to go out alone for a while,” and come back and say, “Don’t look in the closet until tomorrrow.” Never much of a surprise, but still. The best gift from him ever would be our dog, followed very closely by an engagement ring.

Don’t miss the markdowns from Cold Picnic in our Brooklyn Babes Sale! And you can read more about this adorable duo in our Choose Day interview here.

Photos by BriAnne Wills. Shot on location in Brooklyn at the Samantha Pleet studio.

Spring 2015 Preview

Saying that we love independent boutiques and designers is an understatement. We exist for these guys. So it’s with much excitement that we announce the debut of the expansion of our mission in e-commerce. On Tuesday, March 31st, there will be 3,000+ new arrivals on the site and all will be revealed. Yup, you’re gonna want to mark that in your calendars.