"This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly."
-Rainer Maria Rilke
C O M I N G U P //
- We love the feature on Jen Lewis’ backyard cocktail party in the June issue of At Home Arkansas (p. 33). We were so glad to be a part of it and At Home did a beautiful job capturing the night!
- June 10 - Dear Saint Isaac will play an intimate, seated show at the shop at 8pm. $5 cover, details to follow!
- Father's Day Special // Buy a United by Blue canvas + leather messenger bag or backpack and receive a pair of 100% cotton, USA made socks until June 19.
NEW BRANDS COMING THIS MONTH //
Woodlot Coconut Wax Candles / Wood kitchen boards handmade in Salt Lake City, UT / Mudcloth pillows in solids + stripes made in Mali / FashionABLE leather clutch w/ added shoulder strap / United by Blue organic canvas + leather messenger bag, backpack and travel case / 100% naturally-dyed, handmade Moroccan throw blanket / metal side tables out of Belgium (coming soon) / minimal taper candle holders and more.
MAY HIGHLIGHTS //
Mother’s Day (May 8) - We loved seeing the thoughtfulness of our friends, family and customers as they shopped for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts! We also loved reading this sage advice from the mom of OKREAL founder Amy Woodside this month and think you will too (it’s a quick read).
WITH Quarterly Sound w/ the Bingamans - We kicked off the night with Kris Cooper’s pulled pork which had everyone raving. We hope you were there to sample it. Then we moved inside for an incredible show by one of the coolest sibling duos we know. We even talked them into playing an encore acoustic set after things settled down. Such a good night -- thanks to Puritan Brew, Fellow Coffee, Kris Cooper and all of you for being a part of it. And if you missed this one, don’t worry - we’ve got more music up ahead!
ICFF - The International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York was such a beautiful show and we’re so glad we got to make the quick trip to see it. Show highlights were getting to finally see in person beautiful lines like Stephen Kenn. Other trip highlights include getting in a rare and wonderful visit with our sister and bff who both live in Williamsburg, brunch at Five Leaves, visiting the textured, monochrome heaven that is Home Stories NYC and the conversation we had with them, introducing ourselves to some serious brand crush women we spotted while they were also attending ICFF (don’t think we were cool about it) and, finally, speed walking to Madison Square Park in order to fuel our Shake Shack craving and still make our flight out of town.
Lastly, our friends at Standard Wax asked us some questions about travel and the things that inspire us on their blog a few weeks ago!
3 T H I N G S //
(a few things we loved in May)
1) I somehow just learned about about the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett (thanks to my sister, Kristen). I initially tuned in so I could hear Mary Oliver's interview and have since also listened to episodes featuring Jean Vanier, Brene Brown, and Maya Angelou, Helen Fisher and more, taking away mountains of wisdom from each.
2) After watching Rebekah diligently use cloth napkins so often (hers are great lived-in-linen sets that she bought at an estate sale), I decided to find my own that I'd be excited to use and try to use them in a more everyday way in an effort to use less paper. So far, so good! Baby sustainability steps.
3) Breaking away from the sister theme, this is a favorite home of mine to refer to every now and then for a creative jolt. I first found Frank Muytjens, head of menswear design at J.Crew, on Instagram (@fmuytjens) and love the layered, organic feel of his Hillsdale, New York house. Especially with small spaces there is a fine line between that perfect lived-in, curated look and cluttered chaos but, in my opinion, he never crosses it.
1) My husband, Lucas, and I took a quick trip to Tulsa to see Leon Bridges perform at Cain’s Ballroom and left the show feeling completely filled up. “His songs are made with deep respect and bottomless affection,” wrote an NPR review, and this came through even more live. It was such a rich performance. On the off chance that you haven’t gotten to hear his music yet, here’s a sample.
2) One of my good friends and kindred spirits recently loaned me Calamity Jane’s Letters to her Daugher to read. It’s incredibly short and I read it in an evening, but it was so heartbreaking and beautiful and I loved the detailed glimpse it gave into the Wild West. Note: There haven't been many copies printed so it's not very easy to access, but if you come across a copy it's worth grabbing!
3) The Upper Buffalo River isn’t a new discovery for me but it’s the time of year to be on the river and it’s one of our very favorite places on earth. I love the whole experience -- packing up the ice chest, the drive out Hwy 412 and all the way to Hwy 43, the fact that there’s no cell service anywhere, the 10+ mile river stretch from the Ponca put-in to Kyle’s Landing. And if you have the time to stay for the evening and grab dinner on the patio of the Low Gap Cafe (live music every Saturday evening plus BYOB), you’ll be so glad you did.