Brand Review: Amae Co.

Amae Co. is a business locally owned in the San Francisco Bay Area by Stacie Lucas who is the co-owner and designer. I not only follow the brand’s IG account @amae.co but her personal/family account @thelucasdaily and I absolutely love her.

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She is very genuine and funny and off-beat and her kids are super cute and she makes it a point to interact with her followers in a meaningful way which keeps her accessible and lovable and one of the reasons why (I would think) people support her business. I know it is one of, many, the reasons I do! Not that I have tried to talk to her–I am very much an introvert so randomly starting convo is not my forte. But if I was one of those people that easily interacted with others, I’d totally choose to @ Stacie. Fact.

When I first became pregnant with my daughter (as I’ve said a million times before), I immediately began seeking out original, heirloom pieces for her closet. Amae Co. started out as Duchess & Lion, an Etsy shop–that’s where I was first introduced to Stacie’s work.

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Back when she wasn’t making clothes more than a handful at a time and mamas were setting their clocks to get pieces when D&L would drop a new line. You know me, I love a good “crazy carting” experience.

Since then, D&L has grown and been rebranded to the current Amae Co. and I am still as in love with (if not more) the pieces. The photos below are from The Fish Bar drop, Amae Co.’s latest line.

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I have been buying Stacie’s pieces for almost 3 years now and every item is superb. I fall in love with the shirt, dress, head-wrap, every time I put it on my baby girl. Another plus is that a wider range of more affordable pieces are showing up in her lines, all while remaining responsibly and ethically made. AND she has added a boys line as well! Now RJ and rock this brand with his sister. Win-win.

New York City Produce Pop-Up Shop

I traveled to NYC to experience Swan Lake, preformed by Misty Copeland and the American Ballet Theater. First off, WOW. The ballet was beautiful. The costumes were amazing. Misty was….so powerful in so many ways. I’ll talk about that at a later time.

What was also nearly as astounding as the ballet was the pop-up produce market that appeared right in the middle of all the mayhem on 66th + Lincoln Center. FullSizeRender 6.jpg

There is nothing in that area besides high-rises, hotels, resturants and (of course) Lincoln Center. It totally embodies the “concrete jungle” nickname and yet within an hour, it seemed, all this super fresh produce, flowers, juices and bread showed up.FullSizeRender 7.jpg

It smelled wonderful–as I walked through my body immediately reminded me that I hadn’t eaten anything besides pizza and hotdogs since I had landed. Damn good pizza and hotdogs, I must say, but still. I’m completely disgusted with myself. I should’ve grabbed a few freshly squeezed juices and a bushel of berries and started an immediate cleanse at that realization.

I didn’t.

Instead, I grabbed a coffee and headed to the airport. Oh well. Better eating decisions to be made once I get back to my normal routine.

There were also some really talented artists at the pop-up shop. I saw a lot of sketches and acrylic art that could easily rival some I’ve seen in museums. But there they were–selling their work on the street. What’s that Jay-Z quote? “Since I made it here, I can make it anywhere…”

That seems to be the correct sentiment.

 

 

Summer Swim

I am totally in love with the swimsuits that have dropped this summer from some of my favorite small shops. As I have mentioned before, Texas summer is a HOT summer. Swimming, or at least getting hosed down, is mandatory. You might as well make sure your kiddos are the flyest kids at the pool, am I right?!

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1.- Tiny Cottons – Stripes Swimsuit

2. Monochrome Swimsuit- Brand unknown & when I say “unknown” I mean I accidentally erased the credits and can’t

3. Crew & Lu- Black & White Teardrop One Piece Swimsuit

4. Batoko- Cactus Swimwear

5. Crew & Lu- Seaside One Piece Swimsuit

6. Amae- {012} Oxblood/Orange – I’m not usually a big fan of 2-piece swim suits for little girls. I do not agree with sexualizing any- and everything a girl puts on or does but I still lean more to the one-piece swimsuit for some reason that I can’t quite peg. (If I figure it out, I’ll get back to you on that). However, this color combo?! It’s too good to pass up. I would also like this swimsuit in my size.

Around Town- ATX Coffee

Like most people with Caribbean backgrounds, coffee has always been part of day-to-day life. After becoming a mom, coffee became a necessity to managing a sense of normal. Now, I’m a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur. Strong emphasis on “self” proclaimed.

Honestly, after plenty of k-cups and grande/non-fat/3-pump/iced-white mochas (yes, I am a Starbucks snob. Don’t judge me.) I decided that I would make it a point to try out new coffee wherever I traveled.

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I mentioned going to Austin for the Renegade Craft Fair in a previous post, remember that? Well while my mom was tucked away at the hotel with the kiddos, fast asleep, I snuck out onto the streets to check out the coffee shops.

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Vintage Heart Coffee is a locally owned coffee shop on 7th street. It’s super hip and tucked away and had an amazing Bob Marley playlist playing–the barista’s look and sound gave me strong Ellen DeGeneres (seriously) and I had about 30 mins of drinking coffee and feeling “cool” again.

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I had a macchiato and this amazing lavender lemonade.

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The macchiato was so good, y’all. And that lavender lemonade was the best part of my walk back to the hotel.

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I also visited Wright Bros Brew & Brew before heading out to 6th street on my first night in Austin. Brew & Brew stays open late with a full espresso bar and 39 rotating taps of beer or cider.

It was completely tucked away on a back road. Industrial style building, the barista had purple hair and a huge personality. She made a vanilla latte for me that trumps all lattes.

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Half Pint Kids Pack A Major Punch

Isabell, a SAHM, is the owner of Half Pint Kids and offers a collection of solid (as in, well designed&crafted!) children’s pieces. I could describe Half Pint Kids in 3 words: chic, classic, fun. Originally a felt bow brand operating under the name of Lil’Belle, Half Pint Kids has transitioned into an amazing small shop for the “hip half pint”.

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Panda-monium!!

As a child, I always thought it was so strange that my mom’s favorite color was black. “It’s not even a real color.” I would think. Fast forward to present day and my favorite color is black. What’s the saying? Something about an apple..and a tree? A black and white tree…

Anyways, when I had my daughter, Makenzie Alice, my black obsession transferred into something I could share with my bouncing baby: a panda. I mean, what other option did I have, right?! I needed something cuddly and cute…black and white…I could’ve picked a zebra but WHY when there is something a cute as a panda in the world?? I digress.

Here are some amazing little finds for the panda lover in us all. The little girl hugging panda in the drawing below? That’s my baby girl. It’s hanging in the nursery…in a neon frame…One does want a hint of color (and when I say “hint”, I clearly mean “neon yellow”).

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1- Custom Drawing by Nazarina Jose

2-‘Feelings Panda’ tee- kid and kind

3&4-‘Kawaii Panda’- Whistle & Flute

5-‘Talon Panda Top W|Bow’- Iglo & Indi

6-‘Panda Paper Bag Storage’-Tell Kiddo

7-‘Pierre the Panda Bear Blanket’-Salt City Emporium

8-‘Panda Dude’- Maiko Minij

9-Lucky No. 7 Panda: Milk + Bots

10- ‘Panda Garland’- Velveteen Babies

Duchess + Lion Forces You To Fall In Love

I am simply in awe of this drop from Duchess + Lion. This is only the first half of their amazing SS15 designs and I hear that there are some great items coming soon for your little boys. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Enjoy + Happy Shopping!

(The Duchess + Lion website is live! Enter here)

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Dear Duchess + Lion, I Want It All

Duchess + Lion was the first mom-owned (this mom’s name is Stacie) small shop I came to love. Luckily, it was right around the time that she expanded from a one-woman design/production team to 3 seamstresses (or so I think that is the story) and opened an online e-commerce website Duchess + Lion which allowed for more mamas to get their hands on these amazing pieces. (Before this, she had a similar set up to the one I explained in my Elskan post).

The only down-side to being able to get me hands on more of Stacie’s amazing pieces? I get my hands on more of these amazing pieces! My bank account (and, I’m sure, my husband) weeps. Here are some of the item’s hanging in my baby girl’s closet. Go ahead, fall in love! But, fair warning! most of these pieces are sold out…

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Before you catch the blues because you cant get your kiddos in these specific pieces, D+L will be dropping a new line this week! Go to the D+L website and look around, you will love the work and what they stand for. Here is a bit about them taken right from the website.

We care for humanity, our kids, and their future.  That is why our creations are and will always be ethically produced by manufactures in the United States that abide by fair labor laws.  We strongly believe in making a better tomorrow for all citizens, including our own two children.  We hand source every piece of fabric, create every pattern, and carefully oversee the stitching of every garment.  And above all else, we are a family here at Duchess and Lion Clothing, LLC.

Hard not to appreciate a brand like this, am I right? 

Until next time!