Spice Up Your Outfit with a Thai Bag

Isn’t it the best after a long day at work or school to find something new, fresh, at a great price? Something exquisite made by artisans from the other part of the globe?

I just discovered a fabulous gem on etsy.com store, Thaihandbags. It offers a terrific variety of colorful handbags featuring the traditional craftsmanship of Hmong women artisans from the Northern Thailand Hill Tribes. Hmong means “Human Being” or “Free People” in the Hmong language. A few centuries ago this ethnic group who have origins in Siberia have migrated south. Today the Hmong live in mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

The online store’s selection includes chic iPad cases, beauty bags, hill tribe cushions, yoga bags and many other unique accessories. The pieces feature an exciting splash of color, fun, playful pompoms and exotic embroidery that will spice up any boring outfit.

What is really amazing about this store is that it also offers DIY sewing materials, so you can create your own handbag or design a fantastic gift for your friend or family member.

In case you decide to purchase a purchase a piece from this store, use the coupon ONTHEEDGE to receive 20% discount.

All best,

Lena

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Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

Summers, particularly in Milwaukee, can be extremely hot and humid. Growing up in dry Western Siberia, I can barely tolerate mugginess. You might think that hot weather sounds nice, but I like the words starting with “c”—  cool, calm and comfy.

I pull this off in a Milwaukee summer by wearing linen.

I confess that there was a time I avoided linen, because I preferred practical and wrinkle-free clothes.  I always believed that wrinkles created a bad impression.

My Italy travels changed my mind. I saw that wrinkled linen looks quite chic, modern and effortless.

I like to wear this Alexander Wang (T Alexander Wang collection) cape during summer festivals and weekend trips to Lake Michigan beaches. It is made of a blend of linen and tencel.  I discovered that the latter is another natural fabric, which is extremely soft. As linen, it keeps the skin dry. It’s particularly wonderful for sensitive skin.  I’ve also discovered that tencel is resistant to wrinkles; therefore, the  blend with linen produces a less wrinkled, and a slightly thicker fabric, which feels very nice.

If you are still scared of wearing a linen garment, here is my advice:

1. Instead of choosing 100% linen garments, go for fabric blends. Make sure that that the other component is made from a natural fiber, as well, or the magic benefits of linen will be significantly lessened.  Look for silk, cotton, tencel, or ramie.

2. Choose monotone fabrics with an emphasis on design. Linen garments that feature a loose fit and haute design look best.

3. Linen garments look best when combined with clothes made of natural fibers, such as cotton, silk, wool, etc. Although denim is rarely made of 100% natural fibers lately, it will go well with a linen garment, as well.

4. Give preference to accessories made from genuine leather, natural fibers and natural materials.

5. Avoid pairing loose linen garments with another loose piece. For instance, if you wear linen harem pants, don’t wear them with baggy T-shirt, otherwise you’ll end up having a loose, trampy look. Not good at all.  Instead, pair them with a  cropped top or slightly tight T-shirt.  Counterbalance loose garments by showing off the best features of your body.

For more info about Alexander Wang, and my perspective on designer click here.

Do you like to wear linen? What is your opinion on the wrinkled look?

Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

 Linen Cape By T Alexander Wang