Just a reminder…

 

…that summer is around the corner!

image by Neil Krug

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Cat Power: Manhattan

I’ve never even tried to do a feature on where I actually live! New York, New York! Cat Power’s Chan Marshall looks like an adorable badass in her Manhattan video.  This video captures the grit and romance of this city pretty accurately. I’m into it.

xoxo

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Vogue Paris in Peru

How do you work all of the amazing pieces you pick up while you’re traveling into your wardrobe?  I buy so many hippie dresses, scarves, and cotton blouses while I’m out of the country, but find when I come back to NYC, they just don’t feel right anymore.  They don’t feel relevant, or modern enough, but this story gives hope to all the floaty, woven gems waiting to be worn in my closet.  Veronique Didry kills it on the styling in this story shot by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer in the April issue of Vogue Paris. They captured Peru’s traditional layering style really beautifully, but mixed with it with a bold, denim work-wear aesthetic. Lots of inspiration here– so fun!

p.s. check out that turquoise cuff!!!

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we’re in business!

 

I’ve had my head down the last couple months working hard to produce my first product here at Wax + Cruz! I was so excited this week to get the first big shipment and stock our fledgling web shop with the Wax + Cruz Caps!  My idea was to produce something unisex that travels well and could showcase some of the beautiful textiles that I have been collecting over the last year. And here they are!!!  Sweet satisfaction.

Please have a look at our shop at the link above or go directly to www.shopwaxandcruz.com.

AND- to our surprise, our hats got a shout out on mega fashion blogger Garance Dore‘s site last month just as a few samples hit the streets of New York. I love her sensibility and am obviously super honored! Thanks Garance!

We already have some more projects in the works so stay tuned!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

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Wax + Cruz Caps are here!

I am super excited to announce our first travel accessory here at Wax + Cruz! Collecting amazing textiles from all over the world is one of my true loves and I have been wondering what I could make with my growing stacks of wovens– I decided on something distinctly and culturally American, unisex, but with a twist.  These caps are made from a variety of materials, mainly hand-loomed Guatemalan ikats, suede, and bit of tweed thrown in.  They are all limited run fabrics, often vintage, and I have to say, I think they are pretty special!  AND they are made here in the United States.  Look for our web shop in the new year and feel free to contact me with any questions–

Below Trev and I are wearing some of the first samples… more soon! xoxo

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Inspiration: Texas Rebel Radio

 

 

I styled this shoot at the end of summer with my beautiful friend Edda P. and super talented photographer Silja Magg.  It was inspired by all the wonderful rebel chicks I know in my home state of Texas.  For some reason I know a lot of wild women there- starting with my grandmother, mom, and sister. Haha. Edda played the part perfectly because obviously there are plenty of wild women in her homeland of Iceland too! So here’s to all the wild ones– the one inside of me and the one inside of you. xx

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Moroccan Rugs for YOU!

On a recent trip to Marrakech and Essaouria, I met with a rug dealer and picked up some carpets to bring home for family and friends.  I also picked out a few to sell here at Wax + Cruz.  We have some new projects and handmade goods in the works (to be unveiled shortly!!), and this is our first venture bringing art and objects from our travels to our readers!  Really excited about this!

Moroccan rugs are fascinating and so beautiful– each comes from a  different tribe and is woven by hand.  They all have their own personalities and I handpicked these because I found them really unusual with amazing color palettes. They are all vintage (except the pillowcases), handwoven, and are truly like paintings (especially the Boucherouites)- each knot is a conscious brush stroke from the mind of the woman that who made it.

The Handiras are traditional wedding blankets made by the family of the bride (and worn over her shoulders like a cape after her wedding ceremony).

They are so bold and lovely, I could hardly decide what to bring home.  I have a few left for sale below!  They have already added so much to our living space and I hope these find a home where they will be loved– I have to admit, they are difficult to part with!

Feel free to email me at lauren_a_wood@live.com with any questions and we can work out payment and shipping (shipping cost will be added, I am happy to ship anywhere in the US.)

 

SOLD! –“blonde arrow”,  azilal style:  36″ x  92″

 

“Blonde Arrow” is from the Azilal tribe. She is woven from wool and has chocolate, hot pink, and turquoise accents.

 

“the bride”, handira style, 44″ x 72″, $525.00

 

This one is such a beauty.  Would be gorgeous on a bed or wall.  Add instant earthy glam to your home by throwing this over a daybed with the handira pillowcases.

 

Above is some inspiration for your home, handira-style, from one of the hotels I stayed in Marrakech.

 

 

sold! — “big sparkle”, handira style, 47″ x 68″

 

Twenty square feet of pure happiness…

 

handira pillowcases 23″ x 33″, $125.00 each

 

I have 3 of these and they would fit a king size pillow.   They have a zipper closure.

 

sold!– “the punk”, boucherouite style, 52″ x 46″

 

“The Punk” is truly a rebel carpet!  If you look close, every fiber fascinates.  There are polkadots and ombres, stripes, and herringbone all mixed up into this powerful presence.  I love this rug.  It belongs on a wall!!

 

 

sold! —“the magic eye”, boucherouite style, 34″ x 64″

 

Another favorite, this Boucherouite is more subdued.  The diamond motif radiates out from bold interior colors to soft pinks and buttermilk tones.  This is an understated, warm, elegant lady.

 

sold! — “desert cross”, zemmour style,  66″ x 130″

 

Sorry guys! This beauty is currently making our bedroom a more cohesive and cozy place.

 

 

Trev and I just installed “Big Sparkle” and “Desert Cross” in our bedroom.  They are changing our life! At different times of day, the light reflects off the sequins in different colors and it’s pretty magical.

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Inspiration: White Light White Heat

images top to bottom: Mikael Jansson French Vogue 2006, Mimsy Farmer in the film “More”, unknown source, Mademoiselle Bardot giving us some sass

Topless bike ride in the desert anyone?  No matter what decade, all white is an effortlessly chic way to beat the heat!  Whether you are on the back of a sheik’s dirt bike or losing your mind in your kaftan (see “More”), you will always look sexy (potential for see-through-ness is high), somewhat mystical (you had ribs at the BBQ and not a DROP sullied your virginal ensemble), and very put together!  I joke, but I’m serious! Aside from denim, it’s my favorite seasonless go-to and the best way to stay cool in the summer sun!  xx

 

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Inspiration: Happy Spring and Bon Week-end!

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Pure heaven…

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Inspiration: My Grandmother in Panama

 

My cousin Nita posted this photo after a recent trip to Panama to visit our relatives.  That is my grandmother on the right (looking very much like my little sis)–  I love how happy and proud they look.   The crisp white dresses and wide brimmed hats are great inspiration for a hot summer afternoon– also I love a flat sandal with a lady like dress.  Some things never go out of style!

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