With Daylight Savings comes the very beginning of Spring! There are few things as refreshing as a good ol' Spring Cleaning! Spring is a time of renewal, and whether you're freshening up your home or cleaning out your closet, this is a perfect opportunity to start fresh. Here are some of our favorite serene activities that bring inner peace and cleansing of the mind, body and soul.
Head to your local park or hiking trail and bring a notebook. Walk around, find your ideal spot and take a seat. Soak in your surroundings and close your eyes; take in the beauty, the sounds and the way it makes you feel. Either sit and meditate for a while or write down your thoughts, a poem or draw a picture.
Pick a destination, get in your car and go! Okay, okay we know it's not always that easy but for this one you truly need to keep it simple, the whole point is to release stress not add more right?! So grab your necessities, your favorite snacks, and of course, bring along some of your favorite tunes. Exploring a new place can be a great way to release stress, gather inspiration, and clear your head.
Alright, we know this one sounds silly but you don't have to be a song writer to do this. So often, we have found ourselves walking down a quiet street, creating a song in our heads from our thoughts, and there it remains! There is something therapeutic about singing away your troubles with no one else around to hear and just as cathartic to write these songs down. At the end of this you'll probably laugh at yourself but trust us, you'll feel good.
Love. It is a simple, succinct four letter word yet ubiquitous in our world. To us, Valentine's day is a chance to show your love. Our days can get long and busy and we often forget to take a moment to be really grateful for those we care so deeply for. So this upcoming February 14th, spend your day or evening with a lover, a family member, a close friend or your beloved pet. The best ways to show your love are often straight from the heart. A beautiful hand written card or a small sentimental gift can go a long way in showing someone how much you love and appreciate them. You can use Valentine's Day as an excuse to take your lover on a date like it’s your first time, indulge in an expensive, delicious dinner or go for a long romantic hike in the mountains and finish it off with a picnic! No matter what plans may come to mind, remember to express your love on this day and everyday. Love is sacred and it is a gift, treat it as such.
Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at Lovestitch ♥️
Valentine's Day is a time to show some love and gratitude for the special people in your life! Whether it be showing some love for yourself, love for your best friend, a family member or a lover, February 14th is quickly approaching! We are here to help you find that perfect little something for your loved one! We truly believe the best gifts come straight from the heart like a thoughtful card or a customized poem and they're also the most cost effective! But we totally get it if that's not quite your style, don't sweat it! We've put together the ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide that will work for any budget.
1. Be an artist in the kitchen and whip up a fantastic meal.
New Year’s resolutions are always easier said than done. You might confidently toast on New Year’s Eve with the goal of changing your diet, redoing your entire wardrobe, or saving up to buy that car you’ve always wanted. However, when mid-January rolls around, you COULD find yourself unable to keep up with your goals. This year, instead of going big or going home, we suggest picking a few small New Year’s resolutions and sticking with them until next December. Need some suggestions? We got you covered.
Read a Good Book
It’s so easy to crawl into bed at night and pull out your smartphone, getting lost down the Facebook rabbit hole – one minute, you’re scrolling down your newsfeed, and the next thing you know you’re stalking your ex’s page from 2008. Instead, pick up a book! There’s nothing like getting lost inside a character’s head or learning something new, and getting off Facebook or Instagram for a few hours is refreshing. Try Paula Hawkin’s Girl on a Train for a chilling mystery, Chimamanda Adiche’s Americanah for romance, or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for a good laugh.
Mix it up in the kitchen
Don’t fall into boring, routine eating habits this year – mix it up! Cooking is a great way to relieve stress, and can save you money and calories compared to those heavy restaurant servings. Love French toast? Try this healthier version with pecans and bananas. Not really into cooking? There are plenty of easy recipes – like slow cooker meals – that don’t take much time or energy. Start saving recipes you enjoy and swapping ideas with friends to make 2016 the best year for your taste buds yet.
Floss Every Day
How many times have you gone to the dentist, and sheepishly answered, “No” to the inevitable question of whether or not you’ve been flossing? Probably more than once. Change your habit this year! It’s an easy routine to get into, and will make you feel better about yourself. Chances are a healthy habit of flossing will motivate you to keep up with other healthy habits in your daily routine, like washing your face or removing your eye makeup at night. One small step for dental hygiene, one large step for an overall healthy lifestyle!
Travel Somewhere New
Get out of your comfort zone this year! Rather than going to your routine spots, try exploring somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be an expensive trip to Europe or the Bahamas. Maybe you’ve never seen Mount Rushmore or been to the top of the Space Needle –even a weekend trip an hour or two away from your home can be eye-opening. Traveling can be one of the best experiences, so grab your family, friends and camera and see something new!
Dance in the Rain
This last is a bit cheesy, we know. But this one can be taken literally or metaphorically. Literally – yes – go dance in the rain! Splash in puddles! Don’t worry about getting your shoes muddy. It’s also a metaphor to do something a little crazy this year. Take a trip by yourself. Go bungee jumping. Take a cooking class. Get a nicer camera to capture special moments. Do something, anything, to take a step out of your comfort zone! Don’t let work, school, or other obligations get in the way of having fun and making 2016 memorable.
Good luck, and have a happy new year!
India is well known for spiritual renewal, spicy food and all the colorful handicrafts it has to offer. Representing Lovestitch, I was sent to India to scout out the new hot looks and fresh ideas and styles taken from traditional Indian fashion. As the in-house merchandiser and chief consultant, this task is essential in keeping up with the boho chic/gypset feel that our line has.
My first stop, Delhi, where the hustle and bustle of everyday life keeps things exciting and fresh, and where the old world meets new world in a melange of sights and sounds. Yes, there are cows on the road, stray dogs everywhere and nonstop movement and noise. A must-see is Dilli Haat at Janakpuri, the largest open air crafts markets that is a favorite to natives and visitors. My mission was to look at fabric prints, embroideries, scarves and bags. Seeing as this was my first stop, I really did not know what to expect. Honestly the place exceeded by expectations, it was just breathtaking. The market was the perfect location for scouting, and I found exactly what I was looking for. After two full days of my search it was time to go to Agra, home to the Taj Mahal and the leather industry.
Not knowing what to expect of a more rural area I was in awe of the dense population and organized chaos of the small town. This is where I decided to take a chance and take a Tuk Tuk all day on a search for leather bags and other local handicrafts for inspiration. What a wild ride! And again, a huge success in finding inspiration for our line. Finding everything I had expected and then some in Agra, I took the next day to visit the Taj Mahal and Agra fort.
On the road to Jaipur in Rajistan I realized that we were headed to a much more organized small city. Finally, a city based on the grid system we are accustomed to in the US. It was so much easier to get around and not get lost. They call Jaipur the "Pink City" because the old town was painted a terracotta pink. This area was just fascinating and absolutely beautiful. The quality of goods here were much higher, compared to the other locations I had visited. The local craftsmen repurposed old materials, like old rugs and tapestries combined with leather and suede to create stunning bohemian style bags. The embroideries were utterly exquisite and the fabrics used the very old block print technique to print on fabrics. Jaipur was a success and I continued my journey into Mumbai.
Mumbai is know as the city that never sleeps and is very cosmopolitan due to the huge influence of "Bollywood". I knew it was a big city, but hadn't expected it to remind me of Hong Kong. It's pretty amazing how much every area has so much to offer. I took to the world famous Crawford Market to collect more samples of fabrics and found a multicultural vibe in Mumbai. More goodies found and a successful two days lead me to my next stop,Goa.
Goa, an untouched tropical paradise. Coconut trees galore, this Portuguese-influenced utopia is just postcard perfect. The bright colored homes, coastal living, church and temple lined streets makes for a picturesque visit. I am in heaven! Hard to focus on work! With only time to visit North Goa, I hit Candolim Beach, where the streets are lined with incredible restaurants and shops. This area seemed to feel like Puerto Rico or Costa Rica just amazing how the Portuguese influence has made this area so different than the other cities I had visited. Day two, Panaji! This is the capitol of Goa and the official business district. I found so much here, from colorful prints to simple summery fabrics the marriage of Latin influence with Indian vintage made for a colorful day. My job is done and now time to take two days for myself, a well deserved break from the busy days I've had.
I am so delighted with all the incredible finds and influences our designers will take from my journey, I hope you will enjoy what's to come! Happy shopping!
When we hear the word bohemian we can come up with so many different ideas of what that means. Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits, and because they can have an extremely wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature etc. they are usually very creative people. Above all bohemians are optimists.
The term Bohemianism emerged in France in the early nineteenth century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent neighborhoods, then slowly the term became part of our everyday use. In modern usage, the term "Bohemian" is still applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The "Bloomsbury Group", in England, which formed around the Stephen sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf in the early 20th century, are among the best-known examples. Looking back on the fashion style of "boho chic" in the early years of the 21st century, the hope of looking, nomadic, free spirited and non 'bourgeois", was the goal of the bohemian, which brings us to today's world of expression through fashion by wearing gypsy and vintage inspired clothing.
Personally, I think no other style makes you think of being free spirited,inspirational, dreamy, and whimsical than the bohemian. With free-flowing dresses, billowy tops, and cozy sweaters abundant in our collection it is so easy to capture the essence of the bohemian within.