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A Midsummer Night’s Swim Guide

Summertime and the living is easy…  In many ways, summer evokes a feeling of easy-living; a time when life isn’t all hustle and bustle. This worry-free lifestyle need not end when the clock turns fall. Staying in touch with the perpetual summer in the heart means that we are all free to emit the rays within, wherever we may go. Although having a minimalist mindset has been proven to be beneficial, here in our maximalist-hub, we understand that a girl does need her summer go-to’s, which is why we put together a list of our favorites for you to enjoy.

Empowered Women Inspire Change: Fashion with Purpose

“Life is like a rollercoaster. It has its ups and downs, but it’s up to you to enjoy the ride.” This is exactly Nicki Patel’s philosophy. After enduring health complications and working herself to exhaustion, the budding designer took a much-needed change of direction back toward familial roots and finding purpose. This ultimately inspired her and gave her the confidence to establish herself as a designer. With the love of her loyal pup, Milo, and out of a desire to empower women and inspire change in her pursuit to make a difference in the world, a cruelty-free, ethically-designed womenswear line arose: milo+nicki.

Who Made Your Bag Strap? A Look Into the Brand That Started It All

Growing up in Ecuador, Carmen Maria Correa and Laura Carrion were inspired by their home’s vivid landscapes, beautiful crafts, spectacular people, and most importantly, sartorial choices — such as the waist-cinchers, the traditional garb of Ecuadorians — which inspired the design for the popular bag strap so present in their collections. The brand’s story is a true example of innovation sparked by creativity.

TAMGA Design Teaches Us How to Create Responsible Fashion Design

  Environmentally and ethically responsible consumption and productions are two of the main themes behind the Canada-based TAMGA Designs. A brainchild of Yana Barankin and Eric Dales, the fashion brand focuses on using sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing and production in hopes of influencing the present and future of the fashion industry.

Artifacts With Alora Arnold: Overcoming the Quarter-Life Crisis With Creativity

“You make a life out of what you have, not out of what you don’t have,” is the most precious advice I’ve been given this season. It seems that post-grad life is inevitably followed by a quarter-life crisis of sorts. In my own coming to terms with this, I’ve landed on two answers explaining why: because we stop pursuing our passion in order to make a living and because we feel stagnant after a vast period of growth. Here is my advice for this closing cycle of the year and I hope it sets your imagination ablaze: don’t let society or your daily pressures put your creativity in shackles, because following your creative passion is what will set you free from a life of repetition….

Meet the Canvas: Shadé Akanbi

Shadé Akanbi is more than a fashionable woman with a story, her wardrobe has a history of its own. Her style is an organized chaos of vibrant colors and textural patterns. There is an effortless way to how she throws together a patterned jacket, gilded vest and her daily stack of bracelets. Shadé has traveled extensively, and her travels have greatly affected her style and philosophy on clothing.

Meet the Canvas: Alaska Mangialetto

Creative curator, Alaska Mangialetto is taking “Miamiland” by storm with her movement in the arts through vocal fashion. Alaska’s journey of living outside of the box began at a young age. Her fantasy world became a reality the day she experienced a bedroom curtain come to life at a sleepover with her fashion-forward aunt: “She pulled tulle from the curtain, wrapped it around me and created an outfit. I was so fascinated by that.”

Pandeia: Follow Your Inner Compass

Many concepts start where you least expect them to.  Just continuing your love for vintage, fashion, or designing on a daily basis wouldn’t call for an extraordinary day but, for Kelsi it was the start of a new journey in her life.  This journey will change the way we tell time, fashionably.  A piece that was made of left over leather straps, a brass buckle off an old purse, and a pocket compass sundial. 

Easy Like a Bohemian Sunday Morning

Georga Leisemann, creator of luxe boutique website Bohemian Sundays, has always been a coastal girl at heart. Growing up in Bundaberg, Queensland Australia, she relocated to study art in Brisbane, and eventually followed her coastal roots to the Sunshine Coast. It was on the coast that she truly found herself as an artist. “I decided the Sunshine Coast was the place for me – I have never looked back,” she says.