Archive for the ‘design’ Category

LA wasteland

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

there’s a lot that’s been going on, some of it blog worthy, some of it that can’t be blogged right now. In any case, here’s a sneak peek of a shoot I styled with photog  Paley for the next Knit Wit mag.

So excited to see the next issue come out in May!


commuting by bike

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

last night I took the bus from work to the Levi’s Commuter Workspace party downtown.
the party’s turnout was insane: and it was a great crowd.

Simply designed space with all your biking needs (mechanic, tuneup, jeans with stretch….denim covered bike seats!).  I’m in love with the windbreakers that look indigo dyed.

It’s up for a month…so ride on over to 157 w 5th downtown.


It’s a Mod, Mod World

Monday, June 9th, 2014

This is Ground’s MOD launches today. I’ve been carrying this organizer-meets-lifestyle-changer for a couple weeks now and I love it.

It carries all my stuff (phone, keys, notebook, cards, pens, receipts, cash, random pieces of paper I need to carry around) and is so much better than rummaging around in a bag. That having been said, it also tosses into most of my bags pretty easily when I need to carry more.

Even more than the item itself, I love how it’s imagined: you can swap out the interior organizers (and their colors) to change it up and organize yourself and your stuff a different way.

get it here!

Woolmark sounds

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

my brother composed the score for this Woolmark award doc about the awesome Christian Wijnants.

Unfortunately, you can’t watch it on Material Concern: but you can see it here: International Woolmark Prize – Christian Wijnants – European Finalist 2012 from The Woolmark Company on Vimeo.

how do I

Monday, April 14th, 2014

become good friends with Lupita Nyong’o so that, after a good amount of time of hanging out, drinking wine, talking about books and movies and art and stuff, she’s like, “OMG, LIZZ, you have to take home this big bag of stuff designers keep sending me because I can only be seen wearing it once, and I’m sure you have tons of places to wear it” ?


Wedding Season: Black Tie in Palm Springs edition

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Today we are heading out to the desert to our friends’ tennis-tinged wedding at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs!

Black tie is such a THING. Isaac is excited to wear his tux, but Black Tie + Palm Springs is almost confusing!

Do you go vintage? Classic? Cool? Can you really be edgy….in the desert? Younger Me probably would have dug out some crazy silk caftan, but, you live and learn.

Thinking of keeping it simple, and using accessories and one key pastel (Blue!) to invoke the more eccentric aspects of the desert.

Malene Birger dress (on major sale on the Outnet), Illesteva Sunglasses (barneys), handmade glam cuff from DabChickVintageGems and vintage/fancy/hippie cuff from OOAKjewlz, both on Etsy, vintage/mod sandals from Ferragamo, and a simple small bag from Chloe (Farfetch).

Hale County

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Thought-provoking piece about the impact of architecture, hope, opportunity, and reality in Hale County, Alabama.

Read it on Fastcompany.


Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

love these tops from ACNE.

Piol: tested

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

So, a while ago I wrote about a new company, Piol, that makes made to measure dresses in the US, and recommends silhouettes, colors, and prints based on your coloring and shape. At the time, I had a lot of questions about the site, the company, and the quality of the dresses.

Well, Piol got in touch, and they graciously gave me a dress to help answer some of my queries. I filled out the form and waited a couple weeks. Honest MaterialConcern disclosures: I don’t love the prints they have, so I went for black silk. Also, none of the dress shapes were exactly my style, so I went for a classic little black sheath dress.

When the dress arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the weight and quality of the silk fabric, and the silk lining. The zipper was also high quality. The seams (both inside and outside) were smooth and straight. This was a very well made dress.

I had thought that I might not be the best person to test how great their fit is, as generally, things in my size fit right, right off the rack. However, things off the rack don’t fit like this dress does….which is to say it fits extremely well:

So! Answers to our questions: Piol does a great job on fit and quality is silk and sewing, and it does take a long time, but they keep you posted on progress.

I’m not sure how many woman can support Piol as its currently set up & targeted. It could be really great for Bridesmaids or more casual brides. And if the company had the capability to let you upload your own print it could be amazing. Eventually I’m sure they’ll adding more sophisticated prints as well as more silhouettes…I’m now dreaming of a custom blazer!

In the meantime, I need to figure out where to wear this super flattering dress…please let me know if you know of  a board meeting I can commandeer, an episode of Scandal that needs a background actor, or a French president’s funeral where I can freak out the real mistresses.

i love the future!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

and these lumio lamps, which live there.

They cost $160 here, and they are like a glowing book (with led-tyvek pages) that you can leave open, fan out or wrap around for illumination. This is what you want in your campsite, in your car for late night picnic emergencies and for instagram-ortunites.