Mused: Moving Through the Blues
The blues. I've had a case of them for a few weeks, and I've taken comfort in seeing these moody hues all around. Regardless of blue being “in” right now, it’s encouraging to be propelled by a color, especially when the color visually represents how I’m feeling inside. Yet this representation hasn't been enough to get me out of the funk. My wonderful friend and Ayurvedic practitioner, Meredith, always has beautiful insight into how I’m feeling regarding my doshas (I’m tri-doshic) and the seasons. My kapha is abnormally out of balance due to some outside health ailments, but we are also currently in kapha season. I’ve been feeling all kinds of heavy, slow, sluggish, cloudy, and stuck. Meredith recommended dancing for 20 minutes a day to get all of this stale energy moving. The first time I implemented my new “treatment” (the following day), I broke into tears about three songs into my crazy-amazing-solo-dance-party. Why? I realized that I hadn’t been experiencing much joy in my life at all…for a while. I was so struck by how much lighter I felt, that my body naturally was ready to release some of the mucky, stagnant energy.
Here are some beautiful objects for you to embrace the blues, as well as a playlist to get you moving through them. We can support times of sadness, depression, and staleness, while we simultaneously acknowledge that it’s okay to be blue, and it’s also okay to move through the blues. Meredith specifically suggested that I listen to metal and rap, as these are the genres that counter kapha the most, but this playlist is a little more my style (and still helps me counter that kapha). Whether you're rocking out to Parquet Courts or getting down to Marvin Gaye, there's something for everyone. I hope you laugh at the Datarock song as much as I do :). Enjoy!
A Personal Uniform launches garments twice a year with editions of 15-20 items. All garments are crafted from high quality material and produced in-house in their Bankok studio. Simple in practice yet incredibly inspiring and interesting in concept, their pieces are quite stunning and captivating while still being wearable. I’m drooling over their entire collection, including this navy wrap-dress.
You may already know how much I love Rachel Saunders Ceramics from my previous post about her work. This love only keeps getting stronger with each new piece she releases. This periwinkle vase has been giving me all kinds of feels. Shop her pieces here.
I recently discovered Ajaie Alaie, and I’m in love with the motivation and inspiration behind their clothing. Here’s a statement from their website: "Ajaie Alaie is all about mindfulness and reminding women to be mindful with their daily thoughts and actions. Each garment has an amulet on the inside of the garment at a specific energy point (a chakra), represented by a design detail, a knot, twist, dart etc... We believe keeping these energy points balanced is instrumental for our well-being and success. Each garment is reminding us to feel proud of our accomplishments, to love unconditionally, feel secure, grounded, and feel safe...Ajaie Alaie’s woman is aware of her surroundings, of world issues and is in constant strive to be a better version of herself. Ajaie Alaie's woman is in constant motion, flow, and always looking to broaden her perspectives." This is perhaps the most beautiful description for a clothing line I've ever read. I am in awe of the attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and spirituality woven into their garments and philosophy. They are also extremely sustainable, ethical, and conscious - I encourage you to read about their fabrics and process because all brands should strive for this much consideration for the environment. You can browse these powder blue beauties and the rest of their pieces here.
I was scrolling through By Far’s collection, deciding which pair I would get once I could pull the trigger, and I immediately felt self-betrayal coming on for my typical gravitation towards neutral colored shoes. These stopped me in my tracks. The color on this shape is stunning. Please buy them so I can google over your feet. Made out of premium Italian materials, all of their shoes are handmade in a family-owned factory in Bulgaria They now make a third of their collection from dead-stock leather. YES to sustainable fashion. I own a pair of their boots, and they are incredible chic (of course), comfortable, and easily blend into my everyday style.
Paloma Wool is always coming out with items that feel fresh, interesting, and wearable. This blue backpack is no different. It will add the perfect pop of color to any outfit, and it’s small enough to easily carry around while still being roomy enough to fit everyday necessities. This bag is 100% leather and made in Barcelona (the brand’s home).
I have always loved wearing socks with heels. A college roommate of mine once told me she just didn't "get" the look, but that didn't stop me from wearing them to preppy parties. I'm seeing them a lot more (and not just with casual sneakers), and I am particularly loving the delicate style of these sheer Darner ones. I have a pair in white, and they give any outfit flair (sexy flair in my opinion). These blue mesh socks remind me of the sky - they're super dreamy. Browse Darner's instagram here.
I'm a sucker for anything linen. I wear it. I sleep in it. I would bathe in it if I could. This 100% linen table cloth is made by IN BED, a conscious, Sydney based bedding (and extras) company. Their linen is grown and harvested in France and then transferred to their family-run factory in Shenzhen China. As an ethical brand, they also use natural, reusable, or recyclable fabrics to package their products in. Browse the rest of their beautifully simple products here.
Cienne's instagram tagline is "Deliberately discerning (practically poetic)." I feel like I can stop writing now, as this is such a beautiful description of their brand and also of how I like to dress and live. Their collections are designed by Nicole Heim and Chelsea Healy and made in New York. Their mission is based on three pillars - empowering people, producing responsibly, and elevating & preserving craftsmanship. They source natural and sustainable fibers from global communities and employ craftspeople in developing countries. This doesn't stop them from creating high-end, editorial worthy, and gorgeous clothing. The texture of this blazer is incredible and the fit is impeccable. Shop their current collection here.