Wednesday, July 9, 2014



lightweight-insulated skirt…flattering baffle quilt patterns doesn't add inches...

Going to an outdoors tradeshow and performance slanted media events aren't just about the technical stuff anymore…more and more we see the blurring of fashion function that really means it, taking design inspirations from urban streetwear.

In clothing---the big factor that allow one to wear a l/s on the saddles (horse+bar)---are the fabrics…and Horny Toad…a label that makes men's and women's on trend modern separates out of a slew of organic and proprietary textile blends---all easy care/clean…is an under the radar standout.

For winter---standouts include super soft plaid long sleeves and woven tees-that are multi-tasking pieces that trap and, feel great and are layer friendly.

with inner brushing----nice western style yoke back design...
Drapes well enough to wear to work and is so soft-risk falling asleep in it at the desk---Bird Dog shirt $99 is made from hollow core polyester that insulates-cleans/dry fast

guy pants are athletic fits-khaki and denim-straight leg... with just enough stretch in case one is folded up like a pretzel-for hours in Economy class.
not complicated-weekend-travel wear…merge unscathed from a stuffed backpack or suitcase

Above and below-center zip stripe shirt/jacket hybrid-soft hand feel---is good for cooler temps----on its own or underneath a outwear.

UNITED BY BLUE-out of Philly served up serious coffee …that stopped us initially-in our tracks-but this label makes durable and handsome carry-alls -messenger bags, pouches, backpacks, roll-on luggage, cross bodies, duffels, totes-out of  sustainable fabrics…like burly 100% organic waxed canvas 18oz---and high end finishings like brass hardware and zippers+full grain leather trims.

Coincidentally-Horney Toad and United by Blue-collaborated on two bags…Day Trader Satchel $130 and Tote of Plenty $120.
Mt Drew Duffle- 100% organic waxed canvas $188

BONUS: The custom pinstripe interior lining...
love the lining…Tote of Plenty $120-with removable canvas strap + drop in zip pocket
Day Trader Satchel-has internal zip pocket

We never thought of jewelry as 'athletic' inspired-except for the ROAD ID and extra hair elastics we wear- till making the acquaintance with the founder of Aventurista Designs…"thoughtfully designed for the active woman on the go…"on a snowshoe hike.
earrings have just the right amount of dangle ---all items very lightweight including raw silk bracelets... and durably made…to keep on no after what you're doing.
Clean "simple' designs with pops of color…accents to an ensemble (athletic clothing-or not)-not statement pieces.