Discovery of the Week: Area

In fall of 2013, a new line joined the ranks of the women's fashion industry: Area, a collection joining the talents of two designers who met while getting their masters degrees at Parsons. "A design studio specializing in textile manipulation," their spring 2015 collection has me wowed. With striking architectural lines, innovative fabric choices and beautiful details, this is a new line that is already making waves. Garnering national press and an exclusive showing of the line at Opening Ceremony, this is one brand I can't take my eyes off of. 

Discovery of the Week: Ace & Jig

I only recently discovered Ace & Jig, which is a shame, because I'm head over heels for this feminine, modern, cool clothing line based out of Brooklyn by designers Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson. According to their website, aceandjig.com, their focus is on "yarn-dye woven fabric" and the designers wanted to "create effortless clothes where the fabric would speak for itself." Mission accomplished. With an affinity for stripes and timeless silhouettes, this line is one that will never go out of style. Find Ace & Jig clothing at Cameron Marks in Santa Cruz, as well as at a store in your area. Also find Ace & Jig online.

Discovery of the Week: Coclico Shoes

I'm always on the look out for shoes that are not only stunning and original, but also practical and wide-reaching in their aesthetic, meaning, something that can go with anything. I think I've found them with my new discovery, the Coclico shoe line created by Sandra Canselier. According to Canselier's website, she "descends from a line of shoemakers: her great-grandfather, grand-father and father all designed and produced artisan shoes." 

Clearly, the creative streak is in her genes. This line of modern, architectural-looking shoes that she's created are stunning. With a neutral palette and smart cutouts, the shoes can go with virtually anything. Dress them up or down and with a sturdy wood heel, they're comfortable for walking. 

Learn more about this remarkable line of shoes at Coclico.com. Also find them at Jade in Santa Cruz and Onyx in San Francisco.

There Are Other TOMS Out There

They are back in rotation now that the weather has warmed past 50 degrees. Those ubiquitous TOMS roaming the city streets. Who is that guy anyway? As much as I am 100 percent behind the company’s 1:1 purchase=shoes for needy kids, what I cannot get on my feet are the classic/unisex flats that are everywhere. They are just not my style. They work on the people I see sporting them. And the ones for kids are extra adorable. I mean, come on, everything for kids and babies is cute, they’re tiny. But the style just doesn’t work on me. Thankfully this spring they are coming out with some ballet flats that fit into my wardrobe seamlessly. I also really like the high heel wedges they’ve had for a little while and the Cordones are a cute alternative to a sneaker. Not all retailers offer the full range of styles so your best bet is online

I especially find the aqua colored wedges are right for spring as mint and aqua are trending along with pinks and oranges and they all work so well together. Aqua pairs well with all kinds of neutrals as well; white, khaki and navy especially.  


The ballet flat is a closet staple and these cap-toed ones will be perfect with skirts, shorts, leggings or capris. 

                                                                                                                               

These soft rose colored Cordones are an adorable addition for a casual spring look. The color may seem like it wouldn’t go with enough but it works like a neutral and would wind up being worn more than you probably think. A bright red is always a happy pop option too. It goes with everything. 

If you're like me, maybe you've been resistant to TOMS based on style alone, because how could you not want needy kids to have shoes? If so, maybe give a couple of these other styles a try, and keep the kids well shod while making a stylish splash around town.