The Lifestyle Editor is one of our favourite reads for all that is latest and greatest in interiors plus the lowdown on interesting, creative sorts. Here, we asked author Stephanie to do her editor thing with our wares.
Jumpers, jeans and boots, done. As we head into the latter half of the AW13 season, womenswear takes on altogether more sophisticated look. We're dancing away the hours of darkness in the prettiest of party dresses, a haze of tulle, lace and embroidery. Glittering in jewelled collars. Respelendent in all manner of fake fur.
Here it is. Just a small selection of our favourites from the show. In store we'll be playing an extended version. 4.5 hours extended. Tammy Wynette, eat your heart out and Rob, grab your earplugs.
1. It's My Life - Connie Britton
2. Rose Colored Glasses - John Conlee
3. Old Numbers - Catlin Rose
4. You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter) - Ashley Monroe duet with Blake Shelton
5. If I Didn't Know Better (Nashville Cast Version) - Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen
6. Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
7. Papa Writes to Johnny (Nashville Cast Version) - Charles Esten
8. Undermine (Acoustic Version) - Hayden Panettiere & Charles Esten
9. Wrong Song - Connie Britton & Hayden Panettiere
10. Postcards from Mexico (feat. Michiel Huisman) - Connie Britton
11. She Cranks My Tractor - Dustin Lynch
12. Get Your Buzz On - The Cadilac Black
13. Looking For A Place To Shine (feat. Clare Bowen) - Nashville Cast
14. Slideshow - Charles Easton
15. Hey Ho (feat. Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella) - Nashville Cast
16. Back Home (Nashville Cast Version) - Charles Esten
17. Emmylou - First Aid Kit
18. No One Will Ever Love You - Connie Britton & Charles Esten
Rob only has himself to blame for this. The day he came into work and told Lucy about a new series that he thought she'd like. That series was Nashville and Rob was right. Soon we were all hooked on the struggles of fading country superstar Rayna James and her rising teen rival Juliette Barnes. "What would Rayna do / say / wear?" is a daily mantra in these parts, and such is our obsession we thought we'd have some fun and dedicate this week to all things Nashville, the place, the people and most importantly, the music. Thank yous to Rob, Rayna and Rhett (for the technical efforts behind our Nashville playlist on Mixcloud). And thank you too to our other much admired authority on the theme, Nashville residents Imogen + Willie.
Heads up Nashville converts, here's your chance to go all out Western style.
We've got three pairs of Edwin Nashvilles up for keeps.
Crafted from 14oz unwashed red listed selvage detailing, these are the jeans of cowboys, a traditional straight cut, high rise with a donut button fly, designed to be worn turned up to show the red selvage detailing.
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In the Grand Ole Oprey, how big is the famous stage circle from the Ryman Auditorium?
Can't live without them. Here's a rundown of reinvented old faves to brand new shapes.
All the credentials of a fine heritage brand - and the sweet, sweet smell of leather. That's Tanner Goods, the company responsible for the impeccable leather accessories that have found a home in our menswear department. They're the kind of wallets, belts, camera straps and cardholders that become like old friends through years and years of faithful service.
The nicest thing about the Tanner story has to be their commitment to honouring leather-working traditions and passing on a dying craft. Working from a small studio in Portland, Oregon, each piece is produced by hand by a small team of craftsmen who have learnt everything they know from mentor, L.P. Streifel, a master saddle-maker who started out as an apprentice in the industry in 1964 after his bronco riding career was cut short by injury.
The designs are kept simple (they believe in having less, and better versions, of the things we need) and the leather is the best quality you can come by in the whole of the US, vegetable tanned English Bridle American leather, renowned for its ability to age beautifully and gain character over years of use. As they put it, these are goods "worth holding onto", and given we love a piece of beautifully bashed up old leather, we'll be happily abiding by that.
Now this is a trend we can wholeheartedly jump on board with. AW13's ode to the trusty fisherman's knit. No more freezing in the name of fashion. This winter's all about staying warm and snuggly in the chunkiest and hardiest of seafaring sweater. And we've no pretenders in our boat. All the way from Nordic shores there's Mads Norgaard for the girls, working traditional patterns with a fluoro twist, SNS Herning for the boys with their clever heat preserving 'bobble' knit and Andersen & Andersen with beautifully simple and weighty cable knits.
Ankle boots are still everywhere for AW13 but they're trickier to pull off than you might think. Lucy's finally found her perfect pair (Hudson's Mirar), but it took extensive research so we thought we'd share what she sussed out along the way.
1. Ankle boots have the ability to bisect the leg at an unflattering, ankle-obscuring point. Be prepared to try on lots of pairs to find the length that works best for your leg length. Shorter legs tend to suit the super cropped versions whereas those blessed with longer limbs can pull off the high-top styles.
2. Most important of all is that we need to see the boot. You want your leg to look streamlined so absolutely no excess fabric flapping around.
3. Skinny jeans are the ankle boot's best friend. This way the boot become an extension of your leg. Tights are good too, especially as ankle boots have a great nack of steering a pretty dress away from smart or prim.
4. We're also loving a slouchy boyfriend jean right now. To make these work with the ankle boot, roll up into a neat cuff. If you're ankle boot has a zip then it's absolutely acceptable to leave the top of the zip slightly undone to accomodate a bit of cuff.
5. Unlike mid calf or knee high options, ankle boots offer great opportunity to up the interest thanks to their neat proportions. Have fun with colour, zips, buckles and texture. Wooden heels are back this season too.
Their beautiful letterpress cards and stationery had us sold, but then we took a closer look at One Canoe Two and found childhood friends, a family farm, a giant 100-year-old barn for an office...and their amazing 'everyone loves pie' recipes. Meet the lovely ladies behind our favourite new stateside stationery find.
We (Beth and Carrie) always talked about running some sort of business where we could sell our creations. We fell into letterpress after Beth's husband bought her a little Kelsey tabletop press before they got married. Our company’s name, 1canoe2, comes from years of the two dreaming up big ideas around a campfire and floating down a spring-fed Missouri river in a canoe. One canoe, two girls. One canoe, two. We began our business venture in late 2009, and soon after we invited Karen, Carrie’s sister-in-law to become a partner in the business. We now have two full-time employees and several part-time employees and interns.
We’re based in Columbia, Missouri, on Carrie’s family farm, in a barn studio that is over 100 years old. Carrie’s dad renovated the first floor of the barn to house the printing presses, paper cutter, and a small workspace. In May, a second renovation on the barn’s loft and east side provided space for offices, a production and shipping area, and a warehouse. We’ve done our best to preserve the beauty of the barn, including the exposed beams and solid wood floors, while adding modern conveniences such as more windows for natural lighting, heating and cooling, and a small kitchen area and restroom. Renovating the barn seemed natural because so much of our artwork draws upon our growing up experiences on farms in the Midwest. We can’t think of a better place to have our studio.
We both like the change of seasons throughout the year, but fall is probably our favorite. Fall in Missouri means the return of cool crisp air, apple picking, beautiful color changes in the trees, long Saturday hikes, and sitting around a bonfire roasting smores. The color in Missouri is pretty amazing – deep reds, bright oranges, and irresistible golds. Thanksgiving is the perfect culmination to the season – a day to be with family, give thanks for our bounty of blessings, and if it’s a nice day, time to be outside before winter arrives.
Carrie loves to learn how to perfect a skill, doing something over and over until she gets really good at it. She approaches her drawings with that in mind every day, but she thought it would be fun to do something she could more easily share with others. Lucky for all of us, she decided she wanted to be really good at making pies. The timing coincided perfectly with the start of the new year and she committed to baking a pie a week for the 2013 year, and that’s how Everyone Loves Pie came about. She’s made 35 of the 52 pies thus far (without repeats) and her pies are both beautiful and delicious. One of her favorite seasonal pies is sour cream apple pie. It's a highly requested pie for Thanksgiving. The recipe is as follows:
Sour Cream Apple Pie
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 or 5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Prepare a single pie crust from your favorite pie crust recipe and fit into a deep-dish 9 or 10 inch pie plate.
To make the topping, in a bowl blend the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour until the mixture is combined well. Cover and chill the topping.
To make the filling, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and flour until the mixture is smooth. Add the peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples and stir the filling and apples together.
Spoon the filling into the chilled pie crust and crumble the topping evenly over it. Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the middle of a pre-heated 350 degree oven, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. (You may need to put a bit of tin foil on top of the pie during the last 15 minutes or so of baking. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want the top to burn!)
Transfer the pie to a rack and let it cool completely. Dig in and enjoy!