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Emerge, Designs by Jen- Shines in the World of Wearable Macrame
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Angle New York: Luxury and Sustainable Activewear Have Met Their Match
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Zandra Rhodes Kicks Off Scottsdale Fashion Week

Emerge, Designs by Jen- Shines in the World of Wearable Macrame

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I’ve been a fan of (mainly vintage) macrame for awhile now. It wasn’t until I recently discovered Jennifer Walsh’s macrame necklaces, that I had a better appreciation of the craft. Jennifer designs under her brand- Emerge, and not only creates wearable macrame art, but also skirts, and other earrings that are crafted from leather and such.

Like myself, Jennifer has seen her fair share of not fitting into society. She grew up as an outcast, and feeling as though she was never heard or seen. That belief led her to start creating, which helped to process her feelings and get her energy out.

After high school, she realized that she no longer cared about other people thought; even into her 20s and 30s, she’d make her own clothing or shop a thrift stores and re-make clothing she had found. She just wanted to try to be heard, but without having to say a word.

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Throughout Jennifer’s creative lifestyle, she would always see things in terms of- Can I wear that? What can I put on my body?  While taking a macrame class last fall,  she realized that even that could be wearable. When she got home, she figured out how to make a necklace; soon after, it became 100 necklaces, and so on.

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It wasn’t until after her mother passed away, that she really got that “push” to start her own business. She made the leap and launched her separate business Instagram account. Soon after launching, she started to see a positive response for her necklaces and other designs.

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Since then, her business has grown, and her work can be found at local Phoenix boutiques: Founder’s Grove, Poor Little Rich Girl Boutiques (both locations), Botanica at The Farm at South Mountain, and The Modern Monarch.

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“I want to also inspire women to be your own person. It’s ok to not be like everyone else. Be weird… Be funky…Who cares!” – Jennifer Walsh

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You can check out her Instagram to see more examples of her necklaces, skirts, and other jewelry.

 

Angle New York: Luxury and Sustainable Activewear Have Met Their Match

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that staying active is highly important. Now that I’m in a place where maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle is the norm, it’s also time that I maintain a functional, yet chic workout wardrobe. I could go to the mainstream shops to pick up usual gear that everyone else is wearing…

…Or I could shop Angle New York – a luxury activewear brand that focuses on fit and functionality, equality, sustainably; and is proudly made and manufactured in the USA. The brand’s founder- Kathy Angele, goes on to explain, “Fit and function are at the core of our brand. We are equally committed to eco-sustainable fashion. Our fabrics are technically advanced; including moisture wicking properties, antimicrobial fibers and UPF protection. Recycled yarns and eco-enriched fibers raise the bar in athletic fashion.”

Their debut collection, ‘The Original 9,’  was inspired by a group of nine professional women tennis players, who were fighting for equal rights in the 1970s. These women were led by tennis champion and women’s rights activist- Billie Jean King. Every garment is named in honor of one of those nine inspiring athletes, and features retro-inspired silhouettes. The website even gives mini bios on these women, along with the product descriptions and such.

I had the opportunity to test out some of their signature pieces, which you see in the photos below. I was able to pick out a couple choices, so I thought….well, golfing and hiking are pretty popular here in Phoenix area, so let me focus on that! I must say that after spending some time wearing Angle New York, they definitely stay true to everything- fit, functionality, and breathability. The fabrics were flexible and light, making it easy to get a hole-in-one. I especially liked the Peaches Hooded Jacket, with the convenient pockets and the little “secret” zippered compartment in the back; and the Crissy Tri-Layer Angle Skort due to its sleek design, and also that I can not only wear it for working out, it’s also cute enough to run errands in right after.

** A Golf Outing at Encanto **

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Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

I’m wearing: the Valerie Top, Chrissy Tri-Layer Angle Skort

 

** A Hiking Excursion **

 

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Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

I’m wearing: Martina Tailored Short, Althea Gusset Tee, Peaches Hooded Jacket

** Images by Leslie and Kim of Lucida Studios **

Let me know in the comments, what your favorite Angle New York garment is, and what your favorite workout routine is.

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Zandra Rhodes Kicks Off Scottsdale Fashion Week

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A few days ago, I had attended the opening night of Scottsdale Fashion Week. But folks, this was no ordinary event. The LEGENDARY designer- Dame Zandra Rhodes presented a collection to a packed house at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale. I’ve always known of Rhodes’ amazing textile designs and ethereal dresses, and have been in the physical presence of some of her pieces from the 1970s (thanks to a past job in the vintage clothing world).

After an introduction by seasoned fashion expert and fashion design curator at the Phoenix Art Museum- Dennita Sewell, the show began. The whimsical pink-haired -“Princess of Punk” showcased over forty looks, which spanned from her AW 16/17 ‘Shimmer and Shine Collection’ and ‘The Archive Collection.’ She reflected back to her archives for her aptly-named ‘The Archive Collection’ where dresses were named after such muses as: Pat Cleveland, Princess Diana, Frida Kahlo, and Donna Summer. Her ‘Shimmer and Shine Collection’ is based on the songket patterns that are found in Malaysia and Indonesia. That collection included wide-legged 70s-inspired pant suites, caftans, skirts, and blouses in shimmery fabrics. Both collections were breathtaking and timeless. Rhodes also included hints of theatrics during the presentation, both of which had me on the edge of my seat, wanting more. Some of the garments were also styled with the designer’s artsy jewelry collection, thus adding to the hodgepodge of color and vibrancy.

The highlight of the evening was getting the rare, but fortunate opportunity to meet with Rhodes backstage. She is such a humble and lovely (and uber-talented) woman.

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