Turquoise blues & Fire skies Three sweet days in Maui
Work week got you blue? Click the link below to hear what's got us daydreaming about hot Summer weekends. Poolside with an ice cold margarita included please!
photo: Wildfox Couture
Today we're excited to feature a beautiful friend on the west coast who inspires us with her talent and personal style, pro surfer Sage Erickson. She had the chance to visit Free People offices in Philadelphia last week and excited to say the least, our jewelry made in on the pages of their blog! Sage perfectly encompasses the Free People girl with her bohemian spirit and wayfaring lifestyle.
We just might be mildly obsessed.
Visit Free People Blog to view the full post.
Shop the Dakota Hand bracelet here!
Sage wearing one of our newest necklaces coming very soon!
At Thread & Stone, we're passionate about food that nourishes both the body & soul. Follow our blog to see what we're chompin' on & be inspired to try the recipes for yourself! Ingredients ::
2 medium sweet potatoes, rinsed & sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with racks set in the center & lower positions. Drizzle with oil, toss & lay the sweet potato slices on baking sheets in a single layer; i used two sheets at a time. Bake, flipping once, until centers are soft & edges are crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, and serve with lime wedges!
A mandolin or a hand-held slicer is ideal to get the potatoes a consistent thinness, though a sharp knife works fine as well.
Today we are SO excited to feature one of our favorite artists right now, Jessica Rae Sommer. We first caught glance of her fashion illustrations over Instagram & immediately fell in love. We decided to interview her to get inside her world and get a glimpse of her creative process. We were inspired to say the least & extra stoked to get an illustration of our own!
Jessica was born in a little town called Graeagle, near Lake Tahoe, California. She spent most of her childhood there with her older two sisters. Even in those non techy days, what technology there was, they were limited to. Her family didn’t believe in video games, entertainment tv (unless it was educational), or candy (her dad was a dentist). They were also taught school at home during their early years. She says, "What could have been a tragically boring childhood forced us to get creative." They spent their days dressing up in their mom’s old silk scarves. They were gypsies, indians, artists, actors, jewelers- they were a million things. Jessica says, "looking back, it really shaped who I am. And I kind of like that."
When was the first time you realized you loved art Jessica?
"It’s hard to say! I feel like I grew up with a crayon in my little fat hand. I was constantly drawing and creating since I was a kid. But I don’t think it was until much later that I realized how much it meant to me. In my first few years as an adult, I went through some really hard struggles. We all do. But I realized, for me, that when life was too full and I was brimming with emotion, pain, whatever- art could be an outlet. I could pour my soul into it when there was nowhere else to spill it out. I love to create beautiful things- emotional things. When I paint or draw it is a release- it can feel like mourning, but it can also feel like love."
What do you find most inspiring when creating your pieces?
"Emotion, fashion, editorial photography, interior design- I can’t get enough."
Tell us more about your process of creating?
"Wether it is for my interior design projects, fashion illustration, or paintings, I always need a jumping of point of inspiration. It can be an image, a group of colors and materials, something I see or feel. Whenever I am inspired I try to jot things down. There is always a moment of confusion on which path to take at the beginning, but the more I explore my ideas the clearer my direction becomes. Everything falls into a sort of flow."
What does a typical day in the life of Jessica Rae Sommer look like?
"Yikes. Well right now, as a full time interior designer in a luxury hotel design company AND nearly fulltime artist/illustrator- my days are busy. 4:45 am I am up and gulping down coffee. I have an hour or so of work on sketching, illustration, or any of my ‘art’ work before I hit the gym for an hour, or go for a run. It helps me be calm throughout the day. Then I work at my design firm for the next 9-10 hours, designing hotels, restaurants, homes- what have you. I have a few really fun projects right now (I recently went to Beijing for one of them- so inspiring!). Then it’s home with some food to settle into usually….. more work- painting- emailing-sketching. I usually zone out for an hour and then start again. Oh I have an amazing roommate and she keeps me sane while I run my life a million miles an hour."
And a few fun ones...
J: Rarely- but if I do it’s oatmeal
Tea or coffee?
J: Both- and lots of them!
J: Dark chocolate and frozen yogurt. I eat way to much.
J: I have so many but one of my favorites to work to is The XX
My favorite outfit is?
J: Hands down- skinny black jeans, edgy boots, loose t-shirt, and black leather embellished jacket with lots of hardware. I like hardware on my cloths- preferably gold.
My favorite accessory is?
J: I have so many! You won’t catch me a day without a few statement gold chains around my neck. There is always a slight jingle in my step.
What was your process when creating your fashion illustration for Thread & Stone?
"Ahhhh! I was so inspired by the delicate and strong beauty in your stone and metal pieces, I wanted to capture that! The photos from your fall release were so beautiful, and I thought that the image I chose showed that emotion in her expression, her body language. When I am really inspired, a sketch usually comes easily. It is about layering color and using expressive lines and colors. I was so happy with how it turned out!"
Be inspired by Jessica Rae Sommer's site here!
This morning we spotted Thread & Stone Jewelry on the homepage one of our favorite blogs, Bikini Bird. They said...
"We had a fun day shooting with the lovely photographer Jenavieve Belair at our friend’s amazing Laguna Beach summer house. We featured some of our favorite pieces from Lolli Swim, Labelle Rebelle, SALT, and Vitamin A with accessories from RAEN optics, STANCE gals and Thread and Stone Jewelry."
See the full post on BIKINI BIRD here!
Today we are inspired by our lovely friend Nina Hans, who was featured on Design Sponge. Her LA loft is to die for! Here's a little excerpt from the Design Sponge blog: "When decorating their downtown Los Angeles loft, Jon and Nina Hans decided to channel mid-century Hawaii. They are both from the islands and grew up surfing and running through jungles. Luckily, they live right down the street from the Flower District, so it’s easy to keep their home filled with plants and flowers. Nina is an art director and designer, so she’s experienced in creating visual environments. This is a particularly special home for the couple because they moved in just after their wedding a year ago. They were so excited to decorate their first home together as husband and wife that they spent the first several weekends searching local thrift stores, the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market and Craigslist to find great deals and unique pieces. Thanks, Jon and Nina! And a big thanks to Casey Curry and Nina for the lovely photos!" — Amy Azzarito
See more of her LA jungle loft here!!!
See their wedding photos here!!! (We custom designed her jewelry just for her wedding day)