Rainy Day Gear

Rain, rain and more rain lately and I love it!  However, sometimes it’s hard to stay dry and look chic at the same time.  Here are a few of my favorite picks for rain gear.  I chose classic pieces in navy, orangey-red, khaki and army green, and in plaids and stripes.  Throw on a cozy sweater and skinny jeans and you’ve got a cute, perfect-for-the-downpour outfit to venture out in!

Rainy Day Gear

Profile of a Small Business Owner and Mama, Michelle Stibbs

When I started this blog, I decided that I didn’t want it to just be about me. This blog is about what inspires me and one of the places where I draw the most inspiration is from the amazing people in my life. Every Sunday I will be profiling a person that inspires me. I hope you find what they have to say as fascinating and informative as I do. My friend Michelle seemed like the perfect person to start with.  Michelle and I worked together years ago in what sometimes feels like another lifetime. She has since gone on to open her own fair-trade store in Alameda, California.  In addition to running a business, she raises 3 kids at the store.  While working.  She has truly carved her own path in life and I find the decisions she has made and the way she lives her life to be inspiring. I hope you find the interview and amazing products below as inspiring as I do!

Name:  Michelle Stibbs

Occupation: Store Owner, Momma, and Artist

Location: 1412 Park St, Alameda, California

Email: silkroadalameda@gmail.com

Phone: 510-749-9941

To purchase any of the products you see below, please contact Silk Road. 


-You own a boutique in Alameda called Silk Road.  Tell me more about the store, what products you carry, and your philosophy behind the store? 

Our store philosophy is to make a difference in the world thru each purchase.  We are a fair trade and local artist store, so every item we sells directly impacts the artist/vendor behind the work.  You can walk away knowing that you helped better someone’s life.  All of our fair trade items come from certified fair trade groups, the groups are given a fair pay for their work so they can better their lives.  (For more information on Fair Trade at Silk Road click HERE)

Our Local Artist items come from artists all over the Bay Area.  I love being able to talk to customers, not only about the products in our store, but about the actual person behind the product.  And the customers love knowing that they are helping support a member of their community.
We carry a myriad of products.  I had a customer once say that we should rename ourselves, “Everything but the Toothpaste”, because we basically sell everything else you’d find in a home.  And ironically we even now sell toothpaste made from organic essential oils.  We mainly focus in Women’s Jewelry and Accessories, Children’s clothing and toys, home decor, kitchen goods, food items such as coffee, tea, quinoa, soup and salsa mixes, handmade/organic soap and spa items, and we’ve just started to carry yarn and fabric.

Friday Finds: Fuzzy {Faux} Fur

I welcome the return of {faux} fur as a trend. There is an elegance to fur.  The smallest accent piece adds sophistication and glamor to an otherwise casual outfit.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces right now.

Friday Finds: Fuzzy {Faux} Furry

Shimmery Holiday Decor

I actually can’t believe it’s that time of year. Already.  I feel like the holidays always sneak up on me when I’m not looking.  Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas and New Years are right around the corner.  That means it’s time to start thinking about holiday decor.  I’m loving this shimmery, warm and sophisticated pallet.  What do you think?

Holiday Decor

Friday Finds: J Crew Style

J Crew has become one of my favorite stores to shop in. The clothing is just so wearable, fashionable and classic. It’s easy to throw together a few items to create a casual but chic outfit or to find great work apparel. Here’s what I’m loving right now:

J Crew
J.Crew tailored shirt / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew white pearl necklace / J.Crew j crew

Friday Finds: Bright and Cheerful Picks from Etsy

Lots of love to those have been with those affected by Sandy. If you want to help, here are some good suggestions: http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-sandy-victims/story?id=17598687#.UJP0K4Wm6V9

In the meantime, I thought we could all use a cheerful, colorful pick-me-up. Etsy is a great resource that allows you to directly support artisans around the world. Here are a few of my favorite items from Etsy:

Friday Finds: Bright and Cheerful Picks from Etsy

Soft, Shimmery Shades for Fall

As much as I love black, sometimes I want something a bit softer.  Shades of cream, gold, camel and white look elegant and feminine.  Gold accessories add some oomph and take an outfit from casual to a bit more chic.  What do you think?  Do you prefer black or a softer neutral palette?

Soft, Shimmery Shades for Fall
J.Crew j crew / Calypso St. Barth / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew high heel pumps / Maison Martin Margiela hi top sneaker / J.Crew leather clutch purse / Gorjana stud earrings / Jennifer Zeuner chain necklace / Chan Luu scarve
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