// Dark Lipsticks for Winter //
1 // Lula Magazine Issue 13
2 // Nylon Magazine
3 // Bobbi Brown via Lace and Lacquer
4 // Miranda Kerr for Revlon via KPFusion
5 // Painting by Hope Gangloff found on Pinspire×
Austin, Texas is about to get really, really cold (for us that means below 40). This means we need to get prepared with any and everything that can be served sweet and warm. Hot chocolate is a given, but we’re thinking of other easy, warm dessert items. S’mores are not just for the outdoors, and we’re digging these indoor varieties. (be warned, this is unapologetic s’more porn)
// Indoor S’mores with Toasted Oak Marshmallows from Local Milk //
Local Milk is our current favorite food blog. Beth, a stylist, photographer, writer, takes us on her journey of appreciating the ugliness and beauty of every moment of cooking (and life in the process). This s’more recipe sounds absolutely delectable.
// Strawberry Banana S’mores from Recipe.com //
Feeling guilty about consuming just chocolate and marshmellow-y substance? Throw some freshness in with strawberry and banana, microwave, and you’re set.
// Grilled Poundcake S’more Sandwich from Buns in My Oven //
While this is not in technical s’more territory, this sandwich has the key ingredients. This looks amazing in a feel-ourselves-gaining-ten-pounds-by-looking-at-it way. No remorse, guys, no remorse.
The SOS team will be hanging out at Madewell here in Austin this evening from 6pm-8pm. Brika, the online shopping site that showcases the work of makers, artisans and designers, will be town for their Thrill of the Find tour.
We’re proud to be featured alongside Fair Morning Blue, stationary and paper goods maker. You’ll see our bright, shiny faces, the newest arrivals at Madewell, AND get first dibs on some pretty awesome handmade wares. (psst you’ll also get 25% off Madewell purchases of $125 or more).
Brika’s Thrill of the Find tour will be taking place in Madewell stores around the country, but you’ll catch the Son of a Sailor team at the Austin Domain location from 6-8 tonight. Click here for event info. Hope to see y’all there!×
Sometimes you open your closet only to feel like nothing quite fits together. You have a lot of random shirts and pants, but, all of a sudden, nothing seems to match. We’re here with your guide to a few basic items that you can mix and match all season long.
The (Slightly Fancy) Button Up
Brought to you by our basics design crush Everlane, this 100% silk shirt can be dressed up or down easily. The beauty of button ups is that they can look all sorts of elegant and sexy, just thrown over a pair of leggings with a bun. from Everlane
A true good night’s sleep is an elusive thing. Most of the time we stumble into bed, electronic devices still in hand, and fall asleep with the next day’s anxieties on our mind. Luxurious beds with all-white down bedspreads and pajamas that aren’t an old shirt and shorts seem mostly relegated to magazine spreads. The holidays are upon us, though, and with work, family and holiday obligations upon us, it’s as good a time as ever to invest in a little luxurious solitude where you rest your head. Here are four items that have us feeling all dreamy…
Drawing a warm bath, filling it with a delectable scent, and turning out the lights to drown out the visual noise around you is a beautiful thing. Pour some of Brooklyn-based Marble & Milkweed’s bath nectar in your tub. Raw honey, coconut and sesame oils are blended to create an ambrosia-scented delight.
The ideal pajama is equal parts stylish and comfortable - something that would double as just really comfortable pants out in public. We think these beautiful Japanese-inspired trousers are too lovely to not wear out of the house.
Our last “good morning” series featured an item from Gypsya, an online store based out of Salt Lake City. We can’t get enough of the intricate, richly historic prints, from the figures handstitched on this duvet cover to their bright tribal prints. This comforter cover is arresting in its attention to detail and the roughly sketched ancient story it tells.×
Last week we posted about our friends Stella and Ali who founded and currently operate Spilled Milk Social Club, a creative and collaborative afterschool program for kids. They were already in the process of organizing a fundraiser for updates to the cool old church they’re hoping to move the program into.
Then a man, in broad daylight, completely wrecked their school bus, kicking in the windshield, tearing off the mirrors, etc. Now, along with a fire alarm system to bring the building up to code, they are raising funds for bus repairs as well. Let’s help out these fine folks by attending their First Annual Spilled Milk Social Club Fundraising Bash at Antone’s here in Austin!
There will be tunes provided by Adam & The Bull Shark, a performance by Dynamite Boy, and karaoke for everyone. Additionally there will be a silent craft bazaar with all kinds of awesome gifts, cards and wrapping paper available. Read our original blog post to learn more, and we hope to see you out at Antone’s, Sunday December 1st from 2:00-6:00pm.
(If you can’t attend but are still interested in donating, click here! And thanks so much!)×
Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines a few weeks ago, destroying many of the island communities and leaving over a few thousand people dead. It can be hard to know, in a disaster of that magnitude, how to help most effectively. Which organizations are providing the best aid? Should we donate money or nonperishable goods?
We were really excited when information was sent our way about the Artists Heal PH online pop-up shop of art and other goods. The women running the shop are a trio of sisters whose family is from the Philippines. When they heard about the devastation Haiyan caused, they knew they had to find a way to help. The idea of Artists Heal PH was born.
Face cups by @lerfu
Print by @scoutandwhistle
Original Work by @jaimederringer×
Marine Layer is a rad company out of San Francisco, named for the fog that rolls in off the Pacific that burns off by afternoon. With four stores in California and Oregon and plans for expansion, the company originated from a simple t-shirt design concept.
We are proud to be a part of a new and exciting collection that Marine Layer has curated, called ML Found! Stocked to the brim with great items, we’re so pleased to be a part of this great concept shop. Click through to read more about Marine Layer’s history as well as their latest endeavor!×
The holidays are coming waaaay too fast, and those terrible people (jk, kinda) who get their shopping done early are already asking whether you’re finished or not. Avoid mall craziness and visit these three beautifully curated online shops. Grab some hot chocolate and let’s get on this…
/ 1 / A Mano
This is a new shop put together by Minnesota photographer Louisa Podlich. We love the bold black-and-white header that greets us, and the subtle holiday touchs incorporated into the photos. It’s hard to pick just a few as gift suggestions, but we’re eyeing the triangle pouch and, continuing an ode to our love of geometry, these coasters.
/ 2 / The Cools
Much of the time ads on Facebook skew more towards random (like the time yours truly kept seeing ads for Stripper Booty Shorts - what?). The Cools kept popping up on our radar, and we’re real glad we gave them a visit. The site is a marketplace for young, up-and-coming designers from all around the world. This crazy space dress by a Seoul-based designer or this “It’s not right but it’s ok” shirt will make the fashion forward member of your family/friend group a very happy person.
/ 3 / Madesmith
Madesmith recently created a spectacular holiday gift guide for us (give it a look here!). While putting it together, we revisited one of our favorite sites. One of the crowning features of this beautiful site is the in-depth story they tell about each maker. The story along with a tour of their studio gives you a true idea of where each item comes from. We’re jonesin’ for these clogs, and this rose apothecary set.×
// 3 Links We Love //
/ My Vintage Book Collection / This is the blog form of Etsy shop Elwood & Eloise, owned by blogger Mallory McInnis. She’s an Internet renaissance woman with multiple great Tumblrs, an Etsy shop, this rad blog Gems, and more. These crystal clear scans of images from old children’s books (most of which are now no longer published) provide great retro color inspiration.
/ How Architects Turned This Former Set From “The Wire” Into a Training Ground for Tomorrow’s Designers / This is just about one of the coolest things we’ve read all week. Baltimore Design School has opened as the first of its kind, a public middle and high school for students interested in graphic design, fashion and architecture. The building was once a decrepit clothing factory used on HBO’s “The Wire.” A $26.85 million overhaul produced the airy, modern school. via Fast Company
/ Throw Back Thursday ft. Mariah Carey / Mariah Carey has long been established as a diva icon, and The Coveteur did a truly superb montage to the halcyon Mariah days. We can all agree, though, that nineties Mariah was the best Mariah. The Coveteur did their throwback Thursday in honor of the “Dreamlover” Days. via The Coveteur×
Madesmith is a site both lovely and absolutely essential. That may seem like a weird way of putting it, but few other online shopping destination (that we know of) makes the story of makers and designers the highlight of the shopping experience. Even if you’re supporting small artisans online, it can still feel somewhat anonymous if you don’t know their background and what drives them to create. Simply put, it’s a really nice thing.
Theme: “Gifts for the host”
'Tis the season for holiday party after holiday party, from the fancy one your aunt's having to your friend's ugly sweater party. Any of the items featured here would be delightful gifts for a range of occasions.
1. Wooden cooking utensil set by Stephane Hubert
Stephane Hubert does a brilliant job of reimagining furniture and home accessories from reclaimed and repurposed wood. And what does he do with the wood remnants? He fashions them into clean, modern kitchen utensils. It’s a kitchen set with an existing history, and ready for creating more delicious memories. $45
2. Perfume Solid by Marble & Milkweed
This rare Gardenia perfume solid is the perfect mix of warm and floral scents for the cool weather. Briar Winters created this blend with entirely botanical ingredients so there are no synthetics involved. I think it’s the perfect gift to bring for your hostess as the perfume solid comes in a beautiful metal container that can be reused later. $75
3. Luxury handmade soaps by The Greater Goods
Having used these handmade soaps personally, I can tell you they transform your showering experience dramatically. The calming, natural scents envelop you and linger on your skin for the rest of your day. A set of 2 super moisturizing bar soaps made with organic essential and vegetable oils handcrafted by Arian Franz. Each set contains one Cedarwood & Rosemary bar and one Activated Charcoal bar. $20
4. Mrs. Rogers Apron by Hedley & Bennett
Whether you’re an aspiring chef, or a professional one. We promise that Ellen Bennett’s handmade apron is the only one you’ll ever need. Our favorite part of this apron is the splash of color provided by the coral straps. $85
5. Nested bowls by Clam Lab
We love the simple, clean esthetic of this set of nested bowls handmade by Clair Catillaz in her Brooklyn studio. Whether it’s warm oatmeal for breakfast, a crunchy salad at lunch or thick soup at dinner, it feels a little extra special in one of these bowls. $98
6. Serving tray by MFEO
What’s a better gift than a handmade serving tray for someone who likes to hosts parties. These trays are made from reclaimed wood from Aaron’s grandfather’s 100 year old barn. Aren’t the leather handles just gorgeous? $150
7. Small multipurpose knife by Chelsea Miller Knives
This 7-inch multipurpose knife is made from horse files and wood files. It’s perfect for cutting cheeses and fruit. Each knife is made individually by Chelsea Miller in her studio with a lot of attention to it’s detail. If properly taken care of, these knives are made to last a very long time. $135
8. Notecard set by Sesame Letterpress
There is something beautiful about handwritten notes, even if they are on a piece of plain paper. This set of notecards by Sesame Letterpress add a little more style to your thoughts and love that simply can’t be expressed in a note sent electronically. $30
We can easily go down the rabbit hole of Madesmith makers, and the range of prices makes a lot of these items easily accessible gifts. Plus, it’ll be a really cool thing when you can show the gift recipient the story and studio photos behind their gift.
NEXT WEEK: Tomoko Kuwahara, the weekend camper guide
LAST WEEK: "Color and Form" by Christina Anton of Boo and Boo Factory×
We think one of the great tragedies of not being a kid anymore are the increasingly uncertain reactions you’d get if you invited people to a good old fashioned sleepover. We’re here to relive the glory through a playlist with old school favorites (like “Say My Name,” duh) and new updates. Look out for our “how to have a (grown up lady) sleepover” in the next few weeks!
Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Preview
If you visited the studio for East Austin Studio Tour this past weekend (or noticed on Facebook), you might have seen our collection teaser for Spring/Summer 2014. This will be our third collection following Polaris, and we’re so excited to debut it in February. Keep an eye out here and on Facebook for more details on a launch party we’ll be having sometime in late winter.
The collection is still unnamed (we’re brainstorming!), but we can tell you that it features the bold color and attention to geometric form that Son of a Sailor has been defined by. New inspiration has come from our travels this past year as we’ve taken in the scenery, people and palettes around the country, from Monument Valley to Sedona to The Cascades. We were also very lucky to have photographer George Barberis (who’s shot for publications such as Vanity Fair and Self Magazine) do our lookbook. He’s one of the coolest, nicest dudes we know! You can see photos from the book above.
EAST will be happening again this weekend, the 23rd and 24th, and we’d love for you to stop by and see a few of the new pieces. Our other collections will be on display and for sale. Plus, if you sign up on our list during EAST, you’ll receive an exclusive discount on on the collection when it’s debuted. One more reason to stop by and say hey!
Sometimes there are struggles before something amazing happens, and we know that will be the case with Spilled Milk Social Club, an after school program that serves as a creative collective for kiddos to “explore creativity and the arts from myriad perspectives.”
Our friends Ali and Stella are the founders and operators of Spilled Milk Social Club (which is just about the best name ever for an after school program). After a year and a half in operation, they’ve been planning a move to a cool old church on Red River in the Hyde Park area of Austin.
They were on their way to obtaining permits and getting the building ready to go when they were told they’d need a new fire alarm system (which ain’t cheap, folks). Then, this happened.
A man, in broad daylight, completely destroyed the bus they use to transport kids. The video in the news article, captured by some nearby skaters, shows the man kicking in the windshield, ripping off mirrors and kicking in the back window. Now, Ali and Stella are having to cover those expenses out-of-pocket along with the original building update expenses.
We want to help them out! Both of these super-talented, kiddo-lovin’ ladies have vast and diverse experience in childcare and education, with PhD’s in education, experience teaching in Korea, and years teaching at public schools between them. Come out to the fundraiser December 1 at Antone’s in Austin! There will be a silent auction (that SOS will be a part of), karaoke, a talent show featuring some of the SMSC kids, and more. Click here for more event info, and visit the SMSC site to learn more about this awesome program.
Photo Credit: Namour Kickstarter
The projects and collaborations we are fortunate to work on involve some amazing makers, chefs, designers, etc. This is the first time we’re involved with a filmmaker, and it was instant love when we saw her Kickstarter campaign.×