The train ride from Lisboa to Cascais offers a constant sea view and it’s fun to just hop off at will to discover the villages and cities along the coast. Spending an afternoon at Paco de Arcos was a lovely way to usher in spring. Whenever you are looking for healing energy, the sea will bring it to you. I spent some time on the shore looking through the little fisherman boats and traps, putting my feet in the sand, and letting the sun beat on my back. When the wind sped up, I grabbed my Tulsi shawl, which doubles as a beach towel/picnic blanket. Get your own Tulsi shawl (hand-printed in India) here with 20% off with code “frolic20” (free shipping within the US). Wildflowers are in abundance at the moment, and there’s nothing so sweet as flowers growing seaside.
In continuation of our handmade gift guides, I am sharing a favorite block-printed textile source today. Tulsi makes the most divine block-printed scarves, pillows, and table linens all printed in India with designs originating from owner, Tara Hogan’s glorious sketchbook. The organic, graphic designs add color and life to a wardrobe and home. Read more about this thoughtful company, below.
Gift giving can be wonderful with handmade gifts and time carved out to consider each purchase. I love to share the small, undiscovered artisans of my adopted country of Portugal. Buying these lovely products will support tiny businesses operating with love and skill. And the cool thing is, these unusual finds are unique, and surprising gifts for loved ones!
1. Hand-painted notebooks.
2. Naz Clothing. Online store coming soon, send a message to their Facebook page. The fits are easy and their sizing system is simple!
3. Old-fashioned key holder.
4. Hand-carved walnut spoon.
5. Onions and garlic keeper.
Photos courtesy of respective brands.
I was so excited to find out about We Are Knitters! Their knitting kits and patterns for wardrobe and home are so fresh and modern. Order a pattern from the site, and in the mail you’ll receive a special knitting kit containing all the yarn, pattern, and needles. Available in easy, intermediate and advanced, the kits make knitting, fun and sustainable. And, it’s just such a wonderful way to slow down for the winter. They also sell supplies separately. All needles are 100% beechwood, yarn is Peruvian wool and much of the yarn is made from leftover fabric! Read more about We Are Knitters here.
Endlessly inspired by the mixing and matching and personal style I see on the streets here, I am excited to add street style back into the site! I spotted this lady to the left of the lovely man with awesome glasses, on a rainy day in Porto. I love how she makes all-black more interesting with pops of red in a scarf and tote, layered hemlines, modern booties, and just a touch of pattern. Her ensemble feels classical, elegant, but fun and modern too! To me she epitomizes Portuguese style for woman. Poetic, a bit dark, and sophisticated without being stuffy.