I think patio dining/drinking might be one of my top 3 things about summer.
Now that I have children, my time al fresco is definitely much more limited than it used to be back in the day. Kids and long, boozy brunches just don’t seem to mix very well. So when I have an opportunity to head downtown and sit outside sans the menagerie, I’m all over it!
You know what else I’m all over?! Gingham… and distressed denim (in no particular order).
Is it just me or did this week zoom by at hyper-speed?!
I blinked and here we are at Friday. Don’cha just love when that happens?
Now, hopefully time will come to a screeching halt so I can actually relax and enjoy the weekend. If things go according to plan we may just be able to set up our patio and perhaps finally get our little vegetable garden underway. For the past 4 years, we’ve grown assorted fruits, vegetables and herbs in a tiny corner of our backyard. We’ve battled late-May frost, hungry deer, rabbits and even a hedgehog — at least I think that’s what it was!? At this point, we’re hardened gardeners — ain’t nobody fcking with my snap peas, btch! All of the effort is definitely worth it when the “harvest” finally comes in. Really, is there anything better than a homegrown, heirloom tomato?! Yum.
Well, now that I’m totally hungry and craving a tomato caprese salad, let’s get to this week’s Friday Link Love picks!
Actually, quite the contrary — the “it” denim of the year is actually quite old and familiar. The anti-trend trend. Turns out the moms of the 70’s and 80’s had it right all along with their high waisted, straight-legged Levi’s jeans.
Premium denim has been an exploding category of contemporary women’s wear since the early 2000’s when Seven for All Mankind made its big splash into the pretty small jean pool. Since that time, dozens of premium denim focused brands have emerged giving us almost limitless options and larger credit card bills at the end of the month.
When I first started seeing Levi’s reemerge among the $200+ premium denim crowd, I almost had to do a double take and zoom in on the street style images. Could it be true?! Can the iconic Levi’s jeans that we abandoned so many years ago be making its big comeback!?
The answer is yes… with a little help of some friends by the name of RE/DONE. This little luxury brand that could is more of a movement to restore individuality to the luxury fashion space, to maintain sustainability and to keep heritage brands, like Levi’s alive.
What’s more individual and true to your personal style than your favorite pair of jeans?
If you’re not in the market to shell out the cash for Re/Done’s vintage revivals, why not go back to the source! Levi’s has updated many of their cuts and styles to reflect this move away from the skinny jean and embrace a woman’s figure — waist, butt and all. Better yet, the Levi’s price point is appealing to any woman, no matter how large or small your budget.
What do I like best about this shift in denim?
As a stylist, I love that denim no longer becomes an aspirational item focused on a label itself. Instead, the aspiration shifts to the styling… because who doesn’t want be that effortlessly, chic woman who looks as though she can take anything off the rack (no matter the price) and make the look her own?
Now that is something to aspire to.
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Oh, one last note — for you deal hunters out there, EBAY is an amazing source for vintage Levi’s jeans. If you have the time and the chops to stalk some online listings, you could be lucky enough to score an amazing pair of vintage Levi’s for as little as $10.