August 31, 2014

How to Rock Local Gear at Outside Lands

What to Wear to Oustide Lands

San Francisco’s music event of the summer is here: Outside Lands is bringing awesome bands, performers and local food vendors to Golden Gate Park this weekend. Why not show off the best the city has to offer with a killer outfit built from locally-designed pieces?

Ladies, try staying warm in a cozy Micaela Greg sweater. Let your jewelry be fun and functional with a map necklace to keep you from getting lost and a watch to make sure you see your favorite sets on time. Gentlemen, take in the tunes in mocs from Taylor Stitch and keep the fog at bay with a jacket from local denim maker Tellason.

Check our list below to find the goods pictured above. Need something else for San Francisco’s (colder and foggier) version of Coachella? Head to BeGood Clothing, who’ll be hosting an Outside Lands sale on all the new shop’s festival-worthy gear.

Pictured above, from left the right:

San Francisco Map necklace, $24.

Micaela Greg Diamond Lace sweater, $308.

501 Original Fit Levi’s jeans, $78.

Taylor Stitch Red Patterned Chambray shirt, $125.

Convert + Jeffery Campbell Montauk sandal, $110.

Paolo Brown Buckle Ankle boots, $259.

Camilla Olson Silk-Chiffon Marigold scarf, $140.

Amour Vert Maxine Grey Stripes maxi dress, $114.

Ladies Steampunk Watch with Clockworks, $150.

Sarah Tejada Godfried bag, $176.

4sight unisex sunglasses, $49.

Young Love Outfitters Live Loud tote, $15.

Tellason Coverall jacket, $220.

Taylor Stitch Grey & Black California Bear Ballcap, $45.

Taylor Stitch Summer Linen Plaid shirt, $125.

Tellason Ankara Straight Leg jean, $198.

Green Chromexel Camp Moc (at Taylor Stitch), $230.

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Snap Judgment: Kathleen van der Spek Sweater Dress

Wool tunic dress from Kathleen van der Spek does cozy with a touch of gothic formality, thanks to lace detail that allows the nude modal jersey lining to peek through.

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the delicately feminine and surprisingly cozy black and charcoal sweater dress,$149, hand sewn with lace detail in a wool blend by San Francisco designer Kathleen van der Spek.

Photography courtesy of Kathleen van der Spek

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Snap Judgment: Oh Snap Necklace

Scene, Not Herd's Oh Snap Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the shutterfly-friendly hand-stamped charm and antique brass chain of  the Oh Snap Camera Necklace, $27, from San Francisco designer Holly Doden’s Scene, Not Herd line. She’ll even personalize a charm just for you.

The charm's flip side calls out a familiar phrase.

Photography courtesy of Scene, Not Herd

Snap Judgment: Prairie Schooner Cocktail Ring

The Prairie Schooner cocktail ring from Drella Jones

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The brass Covered Wagon Cocktail Ring, $11, perfect for the cowgirl or Oregon Trail fanatic in all of us. Inexpensive and fun, this Western-inspired piece is just one of many kitschy-cool items available from the etsy shop of San Francisco-based Drella Jones.

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa

Interview with Bay Area Etsy Crocheter MHandmade

Cowl of Crochet Chains Neckwarmer by mhandmade

Today’s post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with crocheters who sell their patterns or products on Etsy. I’ve been focusing mostly on people from the San Francisco Bay Area and today is no exception. Mille Chauser (mhandmade on Etsy) is local to this area as well. She has been crocheting and crafting for more than fifty years so I was really excited when she was willing to share her knowledge with us through an interview here on the site.

CROCHETBLOGGER: You have been crocheting for a long time. How have you seen this craft change over the years? (Personally or as an industry …)

Mhandmade: There are so many more yarn options today, from bamboo to cashmere, fun yarns, hand-painted yarns, sock yarns, etc. Crocheters today are able to make so many more things, not just doilies and bedspreads. Crochet hooks are no longer just the skinny steel ones, either.

CROCHETBLOGGER: It’s so true! I haven’t been crocheting too long but I’ve seen my mom’s old stash as well as the vintage magazines from thirty or forty years ago and it seems like we have such a greater array of options for crochet now!

CROCHETBLOGGER: Your Etsy profile mentions that you repurpose wool sweaters. Can you explain how that works and why you enjoy doing it?

Mhandmade: I repurpose old sweaters as handbags, cozies and jewelry trays. As with most everything I make, upcycling an old wool sweater began with a need. I needed a tissue cozy for my purse and I had this old ski sweater that I loved but never wore because it was too itchy, so I threw it in a hot wash and made a tissue cozy. It’s a red nordic stripe and it makes me smile whenever I reach for a tissue. I have made so many since then. I now have this huge collection of old wool sweaters. For the handbags, I cut a shape from sweaters, needle felt a design on it, add a handle and lining, blanket stitch the sides and crochet a trim around the bag. The jewelry tray is an idea that I got from one of the Japanese craft books I have in my collection. Because I don’t read or speak Japanese, I can’t really follow the directions or even know what’s included in the materials list, but I love looking at the photos and enjoy trying to figure out the graphs.

CROCHETBLOGGER: Is there a favorite item that you particularly enjoy crocheting?

Mhandmade: Right now, I am loving crocheting my ropey cowls. I had a low cut (for me) shirt but I really loved the print and the color. I had some yarn that matched it exactly so I made a necklace of crocheted chains. It worked so perfectly, I decided I should make more, but it was winter and I thought it would make a great cowl if I made the chains shorter and increased the rows, so that’s how the ropey neckwarmer came to be.

CROCHETBLOGGER: I particularly love your cowls … how long have you been making them?

Mhandmade: Thank you for noticing my cowls. They have been selling really well and I love making them. I started making them after Christmas 2010. For spring, I plan to crochet more chain ropes for different length necklaces, adding felt balls, crocheted flowers and other motifs.

CROCHETBLOGGER: That sounds like a great idea. Looking forward to seeing that!

CROCHETBLOGGER:What crochet magazines or blogs do you read (if any)?

Mhandmade: I subscribe to ALL the crochet magazines, a little crazy huh? I also subscribe to a lot of blogs, like stitch diva, crochet spot, future girl, purl bee and lindamade. Ravelry is great but I try keep away because it’s so addicting, I could play there for hours.

CROCHETBLOGGER: So true! And some great choices there for good crochet blogs.

CROCHETBLOGGER: What else would you love for other people to know about crochet?

Mhandmade: Crocheting is so relaxing! Everyone should try it. The hardest part is deciphering the directions. Once you know a few stitches, you can go on to crochet things. Magazines and booklets always include instructions for different stitches, so that’s easy to refer to. The best thing about crocheting is the instant gratification; it goes so much faster than knitting and if you make a mistake, just undo the mistake, no big deal, unlike knitting. I am lucky I was taught to crochet as a child and it is definitely my “go to” craft when I need to calm down and relax. So moms and grandmas, if you crochet, teach a child this lifelong skill!

CROCHETBLOGGER: Thanks for joining us. I hope that everyone will check out your Etsy shop and see all the great stuff you’ve got to offer!

This post originally appeared on Crochet Concupiscence. Check out the blog for additional interviews with Bay Area Etsy crocheters and other crochet information.