BLOCK SHOP

Block Shop

Block Shop

Block Shop

Block Shop

Block Shop

I spend way too much time online–kind of comes with the whole blogging territory–but when I come across amazing small businesses like Block Shop it makes it all worth it. What did we do before the internet put the world at our fingertips?

The art of block printing fascinates me. I even bought a few hand carved wood blocks at Brimfield last year and fully intended to start block printing my own fabric and wrapping paper–hasn’t happened yet.

Founded by sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman, Block Shop works with a cooperative of master printers in India to produce their beautiful hand printed, vegetable dyed scarves (you can see the whole process here.) Their designs put a modern twist on an ancient textile tradition and I couldn’t be more of a fan.

I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on the Zipper scarf because sometimes you have to treat yo’ self and I think the colors are just perfect for spring. If The Pink City is also on your bucket list, don’t miss Lily and Hopie’s guide to Jaipur. I immediately pinned it to my Destinations board and sincerely hope I’m able to put their suggestions to use sooner rather than later!

FLAT OUT

D'Orsay Flats | The Pursuit of StyleI was flat out shocked when I discovered these d’orsay flats at Old Navy for less than $25.00! I live in flats and wear them hard so it’s nice to find a cheap but chic pair that I won’t be crushed when I inevitably need to toss them at the end of the season.

They come in five colors (including navy not shown above) and with such a friendly price tag you won’t have to agonize too hard over which to choose. I’m thinking tan and sand for Spring–even though it seems years away with this storm!

MAGIC CARPET RIDE

Magic Carpet Yoga MatsI’m willing to bet that something related to fitness graced your list of goals for 2014. Whether it’s to reacquaint yourself with that old frenemy the gym, change up your game with a new class, or simple maintain the healthy habits you started in 2013, it’s on there–am I right?

Personally, I’m hoping to find a class I actually look forward to attending in 2014. I tried P90x at home, but really, is there any better motivation to push through that last set, hold the pose just a little longer, or lift your legs a little higher, than the mom of three on the mat next to you rocking her Lululemons better than you did in college? Maybe that’s just me…

It could be as small as picking up a new water bottle, but somehow shopping for new gear always helps me ease back into a workout routine. So when I saw these magic carpet yoga mats I knew I had to share in case any of you are the same way. Obsessed!

TRAVEL IN STYLE

Roztayger Joshi Wrap | The Pursuit of Style

Roztayger Joshi Wrap | The Pursuit of Style

Roztayger Joshi Wrap | The Pursuit of Style

Today is one of the busiest travel days of the entire year and I’m willing to bet that many of you are spending more time than you’d like in an airport (especially with the unfortunate timing of this storm!) I’ve said it before and you all seemed to agree, but travel today is definitely not the glamorous activity of years gone by.

We may all be standing around in our socks on dirty linoleum floors, but I still refuse to go down the slippery slope of super casual travel attire (i.e sweatpants). Thankfully, Roztayger recently expanded their already amazing offerings (hello, gorgeous!) to include travel + life essentials.

I gave these cashmere wraps a test run, and if being wrapped in a cloud of cashmere sounds enticing to you, you’re going to want to check them out! Not only are they supremely soft, they’re also huge which means they can easily transition from scarf to shawl to blanket depending on your needs–huge plus for traveling!

As with all of Roztayger’s carefully selected lines, it’s the quality and attention to detail set them above the rest. The pom pom tassels on these wraps quickly won me over and add a playful element to an otherwise basic wardrobe staple.

From what I’ve gathered, gifts for mother-in-laws are always difficult to source. Well let me tell ya, wrap one of these up to gift and you’ll skyrocket to the top of her (or anyone else for that matter) favorites list!

PSST: Use code BLACK15 Friday, November 29 – December 3 for 15% sitewide!

Safe travels!!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style
Keeping it real: this post was sponsored by Roztayger, a company I am personally loyal to and proud to support.

HELLO LONDON

J.Crew London

J.Crew Brompton Cross Store, London, November 7, 2013Daniella Zalcman

J.Crew Brompton Cross Store, London, November 7, 2013Daniella Zalcman

J.Crew Brompton Cross Store, London, November 7, 2013Daniella Zalcman

J.Crew Brompton Cross Store, London, November 7, 2013Daniella Zalcman

J.Crew London

J.Crew opened its London flagship store earlier this month and the photos were so gorgeous I thought they were worth sharing. Having been a loyal customer since the days of critter clothing (a hot pink corduroy skirt embroidered with lime green seahorses was a favorite in boarding school…cringe) I’ve really admired the brand’s evolution, and thankfully my taste has evolved with it.

I often find as much interior inspiration in J.Crew stores as I do sartorial, and the London store is no exception. As much as I wouldn’t mind that jacket finding its way into my closet, the gallery wall, oversized light fixture, and fashion illustrations by Tanya Ling excite me even more.  If you have a minute be sure to watch the video of London set designer Shona Heath’s whimsical taxi cab installation. That alone would be enough to get me into the store!

Any Londoners out there been for a shopping trip yet?

photos by Daniella Zalcman via J.Crew