i’m another year older, but i’m excited about what year 28 has in store for me and for dreaming trees. i’m hopeful that the blog will continue to grow in some ways — whether that means different posts, more frequent posts, or into something more than a blog, i’m not sure — and i am looking forward to having you all along for the journey! this week’s installment features an incredible hand-sewn and hand-dyed kimono made locally by my friends at hey wanderer. the girls were kind enough to send it (and another item coming soon) to me to style, so i hope you enjoy my take on the piece. i own another kimono of theirs that i purchased on my own that i really love (see it here). their kimonos in particular are wonderful and easy to wear; and because they are made of a high-quality fabric that drapes beautifully and is comfortable, you’ll make up just about any excuse to wear them.
although a piece like this can feel like a statement, don’t think you’re limited to wearing it dressed up — i wanted to show you how it can take a casual, simple outfit like a tank and shorts and transform it while still feeling laid-back. i’ve worn mine with leggings and sandals to the airport — especially in hotter weather, a piece like this is a great layer to have with you for cooler temperatures while in air conditioning, but that can be shed and easily packed away when it’s not being used. i loved mine so much, i got one for my sweet mom for christmas last year and she loves it — further proof that these pieces are versatile across different personalities, ages, and personal styles.
one of the best things about living in nashville is the budding fashion scene here; obviously, nashville is full of creatives who make music, art, food, and fashion is an extension of that. some of y’all may not be aware of what my job is, but i actually work as a buyer for stores focused on selling local products, so it’s something i am really interested in for both my professional and personal life. i love supporting local designers, and hey wanderer is one of my favorites. i also absolutely adore the team at judith bright — a local jewelry company that actually hand-makes every piece they sell in their nashville studio. if you’re in town or plan a trip, you should definitely find some time to visit their store in the 12-south district of nashville, and pick out a piece if you can! the girls will even let you hand-select the stones for your jewelry, which really makes the experience that much more special! my dear friend mollie (aka the bad kitty!) works there and i know first-hand that the team is truly a family, and it shows in the quality of the product.
kimono – c/o hey wanderer; tank – free people; necklace – lili claspe; shorts – sincerely jules (similar here); booties – jeffrey campbell; hat – henschel; turquoise jewelry – all vintage; sandalwood bracelets – judith bright
photos by delaney royer.
that’s a wrap, folks! ➸
many thanks for reading!