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Leela Hoehn Robinson of Native Bear

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Photo by Claire Elise Mandrycky

In honor of Design Week Birmingham, we’re featuring one of our favorite artists, Leela Hoen Robinson! Leela (nicknamed ‘Bear’) is the woman behind Native Bear, a design brand based out of Atlanta, GA. With a clean and subtle bohemian style, Native Bear products include everything from accessories to paper goods! Take a look at some of Leela’s work below.

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Design Week Birmingham is going on all week! Leela will be one of the featured artists at the Printer’s Fair on Saturday. In addition to that, she’ll be teaching a Stamp Making Workshop that same day. There’s only 11 spots, so buy your tickets fast!

STAMP MAKING WORKSHOP
/dwb/ Printers Fair

Trim Tab Brewing Company
Saturday, October 25
9:30-11 a.m.
$35 a person (only 11 spots available!)
Buy tickets here!

Come join Leela Hoehn Robinson of Native Bear stamps & gifts and learn how to hand-carve your own custom return address stamp (or any small stamp of your choice)! This is a hands on workshop where each person will sketch a shape and hand lettered look that fits their personal style, then practice using linoleum cutters to carve out the final stamp. Each stamp will be finished and mounted with a white maple stamp block for ease of use for years to come!

We’re giving away this infinity scarf by Native Bear to one lucky winner! Head over to our Instagram to enter! One winner will be chosen Friday, October 24th at 5:00 p.m. Good luck!

SIMPLE WILD INFINITY SCARF IN OCHRE
Introducing, the first Native Bear patterned scarf. This scarf is a single loop infinity scarf that is perfect for changing seasons. The pattern is an original illustration that has been turned into a subtle repeating pattern; perfect for the modern bohemian looking to add a little effortless style.
« Made of organic jersey knit cotton and printed in the USA using earth friendly pigment inks.
« Measures approximately 14″ wide and 34″ around.
« Original Native Bear pattern designed and sewn in-house with love.

Be sure to follow Native Bear’s Instagram and website for future workshops and updates on new products! Thanks, Leela, for sharing your work with us. We can’t wait to check out all your goodies at the Printer’s Fair this Saturday!

xoxo,
Soca

Style File: Love, Karis

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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU.
I dream. I wish. I hope. I pray. I try. I do. And with that quick prequel, I’ll introduce myself. I’m Karis. I would love to tell you I am a twenty-something-year-old, pulled-together, organized, detailed, fierce woman who attacks each day with a 10-step plan for success and that you are going to read blog post after blog post about how to create a perfectly styled life. Regrettably, that fairy tale story is one existing only in my dreams. The pages of my book are stained with Diet Coke, bronzer, lip gloss, and toothpaste, just to name a few, and I lose my keys, purse, shoes, laptop, phone, planner, and who knows what else (no illustration needed—you get the picture) at least 3 times a day. Currently blessed with a doll face of a husband and a little nugget (French bulldog) named Randall Pierre.

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WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START BLOGGING?
Here is the long version: Because I want to invite you to pull up a chair and read a tragically flawed novel full of my quest for beauty, inspiration, glamour, style, and grace while my goofy, scattered self attempts to pen the words of the next chapter. All I know is what moves me, and I would love to show it to you whether it comes in the form of fashion, food, furnishings, fixtures, French Bulldogs—I digress. So, here I am. A girl who wants to share her life with you. If you’ll have me.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BLOG AND WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO SHARE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS?
I want my followers to see much more than pretty pictures of fashion and lifestyle. I want them to see my heart, life, and personality. The blog allows me to cast a wide net and hopefully reach people whom I would not necessarily come in contact with on a daily basis. It is an ever-evolving process, and I look forward to growing with my readers.

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN TUSCALOOSA? IS IT SAFE TO ASSUME YOU’RE AN ALABAMA FOOTBALL FAN?
Tuscaloosa is a really big small town. You have the perks of a small town community atmosphere juxtaposed with a massive university. Who wouldn’t love that winning combo? Speaking of winning, Roll Tide yesterday, today and tomorrow! The University of Alabama is my alma mater and my heart.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Simplistic glamour. Pulled-together, but not overly fussy. Laid-back sophistication. It’s like you could head uptown, but you would rather be downtown. I gravitate towards a monochromic look, but thoroughly enjoy a great print.

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WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
Younique Mascara. I am hooked for life. Lashes for days and no falsies! Say, what? MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish. It’s a beautiful highlighter that I also use as eye shadow. Two’fers are my jam. Jergens Natural Glow. It doesn’t streak or smell! Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner. The main thing is the mane thing. MAC Blacktrack Fluidline. A girl just needs her black eyeliner.

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WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I am now a mother to one super adorable French Bulldog, so my day begins with letting the little nugget out and feeding him! Oh, how things change. Hubs and I are usually bumping into each other getting ready in mad dash format after spending too much time playing with the baby. I am a Real Estate agent, so my schedule can change on a dime depending on when my clients want to view homes on the market. My peek time to write the text for my blog is typically morning, so that is on my agenda to accomplish before the rest of the world is ready to start looking at houses. Most evenings are spent with me doing research (tumblr, other blogs, etc.) while Hubs watches whatever sporting event happens to be on television. We have a great system! We are both very social, so you can catch us out and about on a regular basis. I’ve also been a violinist since the age of 5, and enjoy performing whenever possible.

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WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
The fact that anyone is interested in my style, my thoughts, or literally anything about me is incredibly humbling! I count it as an absolute privilege to be able to share Love, Karis with the world.

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Photography by Ryan Flynn

Tomorrow Karis will be taking over our Instagram! Follow along as she shares a day in her life and be sure to follow @karislambwilson for a special promo code!

xoxo,
Soca

Trend: Jogger Pants

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One of our favorite trends for Fall is the jogger pant. This trend has a definite street style vibe, so it’s all about wearing it with confidence! The key is to dress them up so they don’t look like regular old sweatpants. We love them scrunched up past the ankles and worn with ankle boots or some slick sneakers.

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Shop jogger pants here and visit our stores for more styles!

xoxo,
Soca

Alabama Native: Milo Beloved

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Photo by Graham Yelton

Milo Beloved is a designer as well as a fashion and decor stylist who stumbled his way into Birmingham in 2008. Originally from Atlanta, Beloved moved to Birmingham seeking a fresh start and quickly fell in love with the growing community of artists. “Birmingham was electric for me. In Atlanta, networking is tough because there are so many people doing so many things, but in Birmingham it was easy to get to know the core movers and shakers and watch the city move forward. I felt like I was a part of the journey.”

In 2013, Milo created a vintage lifestyle brand, Harold&MOD, which specializes in fashion and decor either recycled, re-vamped, or freshly designed out of discarded materials. His shop is located downtown on 1st Ave N, about a block away from Urban Standard. Through collaboration with other local designers, over the top fashion shows and events, a growing body of editorial works, as well as music videos and seasonal campaigns, Harold&MOD has been getting a ton of attention lately. You can see more into Milo‘s world by following him and Harold&MOD on Instagram: @milobeloved @haroldandmod.

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«WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ALABAMA?
Proximity: Alabama has easy access to beaches, mountains, and fun cities like Nashville, Atlanta, Chattanooga, and New Orleans. I have always been a little afraid of feeling isolated geographically, so Alabama is a good location for me.

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«WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN ALABAMA?
I could never pick one. Favorite food Truck: Fresh Off the Bun; Favorite menu: El Barrio; Favorite atmosphere: Carrigans; Favorite authentic cultural: Gordos. Birmingham has a lot of great staples.

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«IF SOMEONE WAS COMING IN FROM OUT OF TOWN TO VISIT YOU FOR THE NIGHT, WHERE IS THE ONE PLACE YOU WOULD TAKE THEM?
Gips Place. It’s been called the last remaining juke joint in the South. It is the most fun place to chill or dance and has the most diverse crowd, in the best way!

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«IN ONE WORD, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ALABAMA?
Relaxed.

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«WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS ONE OF ALABAMA’S BEST KEPT SECRETS?
Birmingham…Being an outsider, I had a lot of preconceived ideas about Alabama. Birmingham blew my mind. It has heart and courage, great food and drinks, creative people and fun places, intriguing history, and so much more.

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We’re giving away this poncho to one lucky winner! Part of the Harold&MOD Vagabond Collection, this poncho is made with a repurposed vintage fabric designed by Milo himself! Head over to our Instagram to enter! One winner will be chosen Friday, October 10th at 5:00 p.m. Good luck!

Thanks Milo for giving us a peek into Harold&MOD and kicking off our newest blog series, Alabama Native!

xoxo,
Soca

Designer Spotlight: Mickey Lynn

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This month we’re excited to feature one of our favorite jewelry designers, Mickey Lynn! Mickey and her partner, Seth, started Mickey Lynn Jewelry in 2008 and have quickly become a well-known (and celebrity loved) brand. Earthy and delicate, Mickey’s designs are something to be treasured. Check out some of our favorite pieces below.

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“Mickey Lynn is an artisan jeweler that works in a variety of mixed metal and all-natural stones, such as druzy, agate and raw crystals. A former IT professional, Mickey decided to follow her dream and carve out a more creative career. In 2008 she and her partner Seth founded Mickey Lynn Jewelry. They have been designing exclusive pieces in their studio ever since. Building their business around a model of sustainability, they carefully source their stones from mines that treat both the earth and their workers fairly. Proudly made in America, Mickey Lynn’s all natural jewelry designs are handmade in their Atlanta, Georgia studio by skilled artists. Mickey Lynn loves to hop around the globe searching for seasonal inspiration and sourcing natural stones for her designs. Collections are based upon inspiration from travel, adventure and everyday delights. From the romanticism of Italy to the street chic vibes of New York City, you can see these elements sprinkled through Mickey Lynn’s designs and they speak to her devotion of harnessing inspiration and creating beauty. Every bright, natural and organic gemstone dazzles with its own one of a kind beauty. Mickey Lynn has built a loyal following around the world. Fans love their striking jewelry design, quality craftsmanship and prize the company’s friendly and relatable vibe.”

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We’re giving away this Petite Druzy Bar Necklace by Mickey Lynn to one lucky winner! One winner will be chosen by Tuesday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m. Head over to our Instagram to enter!

xoxo,
Soca

Style File: The Golden Natives

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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU.
SYDNEY: I grew up in Raleigh, NC and am a southern girl at my roots. I moved to San Diego, CA in 2004 to get a BS degree in Interior Design. After I graduated, I worked for a firm in downtown San Diego for about 7 months, then got laid off and decided to try modeling full-time since I had only done it part-time through college. I’ve been modeling/acting since then and have been blessed to make a successful career out of it. I started The Golden Natives with my best friend Jen Hawkins because I wanted an artistic/creative outlet. Being involved in something creative, visual and informative is the best part of the blog. I designed the entire site from a limited template, teaching myself HTML and website design along the way.

JENNIFER: I’m a Pacific Northwest girl at heart. I was born in Northern California and grew up in Seattle. I come from a family of 5 kids, and we are all so close. I don’t know what I would do without them! After getting a degree in advertising, I got my first job at a big Media company out in New York. I worked in advertising for four years, then became restless with agency life and started working as an event planner for an innovative start-up company, driving a huge company RV around the country, planning parties and events to entertain clients and pitch our concept. Now I live in California, doing print and commercial modeling and freelancing my media and events skills! The blog has become such a fun outlet for Sydney and I to combine all of our skills. I feel so lucky I get to collaborate on something with my best friend!

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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED BLOGGING TOGETHER?
SYDNEY: We became best friends after being introduced by my husband, Jason Maughan. I was drawn to Jen because I loved her outfit when I first met her! We stayed close while living in different States, but became closer when Jen finally moved to California last year. Since our friendship began, we would always notice the similar wardrobe pieces we shared. Our styles are so similar but just different enough to balance out a wide variety of styles for the blog. Basically, we are a good mix.

JENNIFER: It was one of those things we talked about for a while, and finally decided to quit talking and start DOING! I was loving modeling full time, but also needed another outlet to stay sane. And Sydney is such an inspiration to me—one of the things that drew me to her in the beginning of our friendship was her zest for life. She’s pretty magnetic! So I thought why not share that with more people? I think everyone should have a friend like Sydney in their life—for beauty tips and laughs!

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BLOG AND WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO SHARE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS?
SYDNEY: The Golden Natives is a creative blog for the classy-with-an-edge woman. We focus on fashion because that’s kind of how our own friendship started. We believe fashion can bring friends together, and we truly hope to befriend our follower friends. Since working in the modeling world for so long, I have come across a lot of makeup/hair artists and stylists. I am surrounded by different brands and products all the time and want to share what I’ve learned along the way. Also, just like so many people on Pinterest, I’m always looking for inspiration for life. I’m constantly seeking out new outfit inspiration, food recipes, health tips, and makeup products. I love sharing what I’ve discovered.

JENNIFER: It’s a place where we can share the things that make us feel good, whether that’s a really great outfit, a healthy recipe, or a fun activity. We hope it becomes a place where we can collaborate with other people who have their own ideas to share.

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WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? AND THE WORST?
SYDNEY: As a model, the best thing is meeting new/creative people. Working on-set with creative directors, make up artists, brand consultants, marketing gurus…I just soak it all in. The worst thing about modeling is the roller coaster ride. There is no consistency in your schedule. You have to keep your schedule as open as possible as jobs come so last minute.

JENNIFER: What Sydney Said. I love the variety and how many amazingly talented people we get to meet! The inconsistency is definitely hard, but it keeps life exciting.

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YOU BOTH HAVE GREAT STYLE! WHAT/WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST STYLE INFLUENCE?
SYDNEY: I love Lauren Conrad’s style mixed with a Free People feel. I like to call it free-spirited sophistication. I can shop at Zara or J.Crew for a fabulous buttoned blazer and lace blouse, but then head to Free People or Cleobella for a fringed leather jacket and bell leggings.

JENNIFER: A few of my style icons are Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Blake Lively. I love to be simple and comfortable, but put together. I love the idea of not letting the clothes wear you…you wear the clothes!

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Jennifer is wearing the BB Dakota Vendome Jacket

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS? DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL BEAUTY TIPS?
SYDNEY:

Beauty Products:
« E.L.F Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
« Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick by Giorgio Armani
« A beauty blender for makeup application
« Sally Hershberger Cleantech Shampoo
« Root booster to get lasting volume

My favorite beauty tip: Feel beautiful from the inside-out. I know it’s so cliché, but it’s true. If you eat healthy, drink a lot of water, and take time for yourself, you start your day with a solid, beautiful foundation. Makeup will just enhance that inner beauty!

JENNIFER: Oh man, that’s a hard question! That’s like asking what my favorite song is.

I’d say basics I would hate to be without on a daily basis are:
« Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
« Anastasia Duo Brow Powder
« Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
« Pearatin Fortifying Reparative Serum
« Jergen’s Ultra Healing Lotion

And my beauty tip—I’d say less is more! Let your beautiful self shine through!

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Sydney is wearing the BB Dakota Thekla Leather Shorts

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT?
SYDNEY: It’s a tie between Lemonade and Café Gratitude.

JENNIFER: I just ate at Seed Kitchen in Venice for the first time the other day…so good! And I love The Vine in San Clemente. And Active Culture…oh gosh now I just want to keep going. I LOVE FOOD!

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WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
SYDNEY: If you visit our blog, we would love to hear from you. We love making new friends! Thank you Soca for making this all happen!

JENNIFER: We love Soca!

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Tomorrow Sydney and Jennifer will be taking over our Instagram! Follow along as they share a day in their lives, and be sure to follow @thegoldennatives for a special giveaway!

xoxo,
Soca & The Golden Natives

What’s Pinteresting

This month we’ve been inspired by dark and moody colors, tousled hair styles, and hats. Check out our favorite pins of the month below.

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Follow us on Pinterest here!

xoxo,
Soca

Trend: Distressed Denim

When it comes to denim, there’s nothing better than a perfectly worn-in, distressed pair of jeans. Blue or black, skinny or slouchy, cuffed or cropped—we love them all. A really good pair of distressed jeans can be hard to come by, but if you’re patient enough to hunt down the perfect pair, your wardrobe will thank you. Here’s some of our favorite looks of the distressed denim trend.

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We have tons of distressed denim available in our stores. Stop by any location to find the perfect pair.

xoxo,
Soca

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