Rye 51

I like the change in seasons. I've noticed I adjust what I eat, what I wear, what I blog about. Like today, I have a really good reason to talk about pocket squares again...

These handsome linen pocket squares with wood buttons come via Rye 51 of Dallas, Texas. In their online shop, you'll find over two dozen choices, many of which perfectly complement the darker, earthier colors and textures we see this fall. 

This bright blue check linen square and plaid linen square have my heart. A little boldness with a classic and cool pattern goes a long way... See all of Rye 51's pocket square options, here. 


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Jack Mason

College football season begins in less than a month and in the South, that equates to the unified emergence of millions of frenzied, loyal fans. So I liked the fact that one southern company got in on the fun by producing college themed shave kits. 

Michael Reese, Mark Giambrone and Craig Carter launched Jack Mason in Dallas, Texas in March of 2014. They saw a need for stylishly made, college themed goods offered at a good pricepoint and together, they filled that need. 

The shave kits range in price from $85- $135. Each bag is made with full grain leather and lined with durable water resistant coated canvas. 


The boys offer a gridiron shave kit version as well, featuring a team logo, brass rivet detailing, plus a metal frame opening for more room and quick access. If you'd like to see even more offerings via Jack Mason, check out their online shop to find college themed messenger bags, belts, watches and wallets. 


Images: jackmasonbrand.com    Content: Sweet Peach


The Reuben Wallet

Every time I see the handiwork of Dallas, Texas based artisan, Barrett Alley, I'm reminded why I'm such an avid fan. His mix of handcrafted leather and vintage Japanese or German cloth is as good as it gets...

His latest creation, the Reuben Wallet is 2.5" x 3.5" and meant to hold up to 8 credit cards or a mix of cards and cash. It's not a carry all by any means- just there for you when you want to keep it simple (and stylish).

I like to think the Reuben Wallet is a manly necessity, functional yet modern and classic. Purchase your favorite, here. 


Images: Barrett Alley; carryology.com    Content: Sweet Peach

Barrett Alley's Indigo Wallets

Indigo is not just for pillows, duvets, scarves and bags. Barrett Alley of Dallas, Texas works with skilled artisans to create a handful of sumptious, indigo wallets

Barrett's popular Devilish wallet is now available in plant-derived indigo, hand cut and sewn from a single alum tawed calfskin. Over time the indigo will slowly rub off, creating a cool fade pattern, similar to a pair of jeans.  

The Destiny 5 pocket flip wallet, like the Devilish wallet, is lined with with an antique Japanese cotton boro textile, dyed with natural indigo. As both these wallets are limited editions, there are just a few left to get your hands on...

These wallets are meticulously made by hand, never by machine. Each one is constructed using a traditional saddle stitch, which is more durable than a machine stitch. As described on their site, "If a hand sewn saddle stitch breaks, the thread is only loosened on one side and the stitch on the other side of the material continues to hold the materials together."

Each Barrett Alley wallet is individually numbered. My personal favorite perk is the antique fabric (sourced globally) that gives each piece a unique feel and character. Sigh,...our collective indigo obsession continues. See the entire Barrett Alley shop, which includes belts, pouches and jewelry, here.


Photos: Barrettalley.com       Content: Sweet Peach


Luxury lighting sounds like a good idea right about now. Maybe it's because I want to upgrade my home a bit, or maybe it's the all the shimmery warm gold of this pendant that keeps catching my eye...

Mark Moussa of Dallas, Texas started Arteriors in 1987 to create luxury lighting for both residential and commercial clients. They collaborate with artists around the globe specializing in different materials, like leather, iron, brass, bronze, nickel, wood, glass, ceramic and more. Diversity (and quality) is their specialty. 

Moussa, along with his design team, produce 600 new light fixtures and accessories each year, many of which are revealed at the High Point Market in North Carolina. I'm in love with these white and brass pendants ($300) made of hand hammered iron...


Mark is half Egyptian and has traveled throughout the world since he was a young boy. This global influence of design and culture is seen throughout his collection and much of his inspiration is derived from current fashion trends. The above, Zanadoo chandelier, is their best seller. 


How gorgeous are these? At $2100, the Granville Pendant is made of solid brass with a hand hammered surface, finished with an oxidized blue unique to each fixture. The Genova Pendant, at $900, is made of vintage brass. No matter your preference, these are some beautifully constructed light fixtures that instantly enhance a room. I dream, I dream... See the entire Arteriors collection, here. 


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I hadn't heard of wood embroidery until I saw the work of Nosheen Iqbal of Dallas, Texas. And now that I have, I'm a bit obsessed...

Nosheen combines thread, paint, wood veneers and bamboo to create some truly stunning pieces of art that she sells from $80 and up. Much of her work is commissioned based or found at local Dallas shops and events. 

Nosheen found much inspiration in her childhood as both her mother and grandmother had impressive textile and thread collections and taught her how to sew at a young age. Nosheen experimented with using wood and thread and slowly she found her own niche in the market, now designing under the name, Noshii. 

This beauty was an installation piece Nosheen did for the Hermes window in the Highland Park Village of Dallas. 

What I love too is her transition from panels to jewelry as she also crafts rings and bangles with wood and thread. Nosheen is currently sold out of these in her Etsy shop but I'd keep a close eye on the shop, or contact her here for more info. 


Photos:  Noshii     Content: Sweet Peach


Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

For two days now, I've been craving chocolate chip cookies. I normally don't eat them as I'm allergic to eggs but sometimes I give in and deal with the consequences...but, then I found this recipe on Katherine Dinger's site, goudamonster.com. Katherine is based in Dallas and is an experimental vegetarian chef. She loves things to taste delicious but also errs on the healthy side of things. She recently concocted this delicious pairing of oatmeal, dark chocolate and vanilla soaked cherries - in a cookie. This makes me happy...

I think these cookies are a perfect treat for Oscar night on Sunday. Make 'em for yourself or pack 'em up in a brown box and bring along to a friend's house. They'll be devoured in no time. Find the scrumptious recipe here, and enjoy the weekend everyone! 


Photos: Katherine Dinger      Content: Sweet Peach


Moose + Pine

A couple months ago, when I was compiling my list of favorite men's wallets, I came across Moose + Pine, an online shop based in Dallas, Texas. I quickly fell for the colorful, tasteful collection and knew it would make a nice fit for Sweet Peach...

Mari Forssell was born in Helsinki, Finland, spent six years in the UK and is now in the good 'ol USA. She took up residence in Dallas and in 2007 began handcrafting laptop messnger bags, camera bags- then wallets, iPad sleeves, Kindle carriers, Smartphone and iPhone cases. A Scandinavian design influence is evident in her simple style and choice of pretty patterns. Oh, how I hope to visit Scandinavia soon...

Above is one of her lovely handmade iPad cases in gray and green wool plaid. Each case offered (she has over 20 iPad covers to choose from) is lined with a sturdy canvas and rivet reinforced straps with snap enclosures. 

I like the idea of having a stylish fabric pouch for my iPhone. I hadn't thought much of it before but when I saw all of these amazing options, I started to think about buying lots of them to match different outfits (if only). On the back of each is an eyelet to allow for your ear bud plug. Adorbs...

These men's wallets are stellar. They're for the guy who embraces a bit of color and is open to something other than all leather. Made of tweed and cotton canvas, these are the kind of wallets that stop me in my tracks to ask, "Where did you get that?" Mari would be happy to make these in any color combination of your choosing. Check out the Moose + Pine site for more info. And here's to Scandinavian simplicity, with an added touch of Southern soul....


Photos: Moose + Pine site  Content: Sweet Peach


The Dallas Neighborhood Map

Yesterday, my friend Bradley sent me a link to a Dallas based artist he thought I may like. His name is David Anthony Harman and along with having a great eye for design, he makes maps. Of course I like him. 

David is a Dallas, Texas native and loves his home city through and through. And since love and passion go hand in hand, David decided to take his lifelong knowledge of the city and create a map of all the neighborhoods  (over 160) that are 'intown' or located within the squiggly square known as Loop 12.

The Dallas Neighborhood Map took David 6 months of intensive research to complete. Important collaborations with locals, friends and institutions, such as Preservation Dallas, helped him bring this vibrant and varied city to life- on paper. No easy task...

David, "I made this map for all those folks out there who love this city as much as I do." Learn more about David's screen-printed, Dallas Neighborhood Map, offered in six different color combos, here. 


Photos: dallasneighborhoodmap.tumblr.com      Content: Sweet Peach

Rob Wilson

Over the winter holiday, you may remember a Texas artist I featured named Rob Wilson. His incredible images are graphic and bold with a dose of good humor and forever memorable. He's one of my favorite artists and the best part is, his library of goods just keeps getting better and better...

The Shop at Renee Rhyner & Co., based in Dallas, Texas, carries many of Rob's illustrations that are in large, fine art canvas form. He also offers his original images in notecards which run the gamut from wedding and birthday to pets, love, babies, Texas icons and 'fun.' 

Rob's work is instantly recognizable and as far as I can tell, instantly likeable. He's got a knack for great design that draws you in and leaves you lingering for a moment or two- It makes me wonder what his home looks like?? 

For more about Rob, check out his site here, or find his large format prints at the Renee Rhyner shop here. Happy weekend...


Illustrations: Rob Wilson        Content: Sweet Peach


Hari Mari

I like the idea of embracing some bold color this summer. And one of the easiest ways for a manly man to do so is with a pair of flip flops from Hari Mari.

Based in Dallas, Texas, the Hari Mari flops deliver on both style and comfort. The straps are made with dual colors and even if you opt for the more subdued gray, you can get a bright orange stripe along the bottom. I love that. 

All Hari Mari flops are made with recycled rubber and foam and the toe posts, which are made from memory foam, are super cozy and easy to break in. So, these flops are made well and they're made responsibly. Even better- if you send in your old flip flops, no matter the brand, they will recycle them to keep them out of landfills. Plus you get 15% off a new pair of Hari Mari flip flops. Done. And done. 

I love the idea of some colorful, durable flops this summer as I wear my standard black flops until they are practically falling apart. These are built to last, plus they provide your feet with some fun for once. Peruse the entire Hari Mari shop here.


Photos: Hari Mari       Content: Sweet Peach

Tiny Fawn

Reading Darrah Gooden's bio, I learned that she "was born in the Mississippi Delta to a farmer and an artist and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas." It's no wonder her work is an artistic, colorful perspective of the natural world.

Darrah now resides in Dallas where she creates paper collages with colored tissue paper. Taking on the look of watercolor paintings, her art pieces are delicate, sweet and deceptively simple. Yet a closer look reveals depth and texture- creatures that come alive and have a story to tell. 

Collage is an artform I don't see very much but when I do, it makes me want to get out some paper and scissors and start crafting. I like Darrah's idea of framing a few together - the prints have a bright, modern feel that can work just as beautifully in a living room or a kid's room. Check out the entirety of Darrah's shop, which she calls Tiny Fawn, here. 


Photos: Tiny Fawn      Content: Sweet Peach

Pixel Impress

Sometimes you like to keep your favorite shops a secret. You want to covet them all your own so no one else will know about them. But where does that really get you at the end of the day? I'm happy (although I admit a bit slow) to share one of my favorite artists, Pamela Sherry. For a few years now, she's made my stylish calling cards that are mini conversations pieces all their own. 

In her shop, Pixel Impress, you'll find notecards, gift tags, invites, calendars and calling cards- all with great color and design choices. 

My favorite are her calling cards. I use the chevron style, seen here on the left, for my personal business card and had all my info placed along the bottom third. I love the design just as much as I love the perfectly square shape- which still fits great in a wallet by the way. 

When my mom mentioned that she wanted some notecards for her birthday, I knew to go to Pamela's shop. I bought her these cards with a dragonfly design in this pretty and bright yellow. Beautifully made with quality, sturdy paper...and she loves them. 

I loved my work calling cards so much, I had Pamela custom make some cards for Sweet Peach. Vanessa (who created my site) designed them and Pamela printed them with ease- and at a great price. Check out her shop to purchase your own unique cards. But shhhh...let's not tell too many people. 


Photos: Pixel Impress, Sweet Peach     Content: Sweet Peach

The Smuggler's Belt

It's always fun to have a hidden anything...door, hideout, treasure box- which is what makes Barrett Alley's Smuggler's Belt so appealing. 

Barrett, of Dallas, Texas knows how to handcraft gorgeous leather products. For his latest endeavor, he created a belt with a hidden inner pocket that will stay closed while the belt is buckled, only revealing itselft when the belt is taken off.

The buckle is made of iron and is individually hand forged by a skilled American blacksmith. The leather is tanned only via vegetable elements and will darken beautifully with age. As stated on his site, "Barrett Alley meticulously cuts the leather to perfection and hand sews each belt in his Texas studio." 

It's a good gift for a guy. Not only is it a cool belt, it's got a hidden place to stash your stuff. Find yours here...


Photos: Barrett Alley        Content: Sweet Peach

Official Design

At Official Design in Dallas, Texas, you'll find thoughtful, high quality furniture. This is the Peanut Rocker, inspired by the traditional rocker, but given a modern twist. As stated on their site, "We worked the steel by hand, from the milling of the runner connections to the welding of the upper frame. We sculpted the walnut seat and runners with a CNC router." Simple screws and bolts were the finishing touch. 

Mark Leveno, a graduate of SCAD, is the furniture and architectural designer at Official. I particularly like his Mango Bench made of mango wood and steel and inspired by a three dimensional line drawing of a cube. 

This is the Yeti. With a cushion made of wool, it is referred to as the "softer, more tactile cousin of the Mango bench." The Yeti was featured in the Milan Furniture Fair of 2012. 

The Droid Stool was also exhibited in Milan. See the process of its creation here. 


Photos: Official      Content: Sweet Peach


Andie's Specialty Sweets

Andie and Jason Moore of Dallas, Texas are master artisans of the culinary variety. They carefully craft all manner of sugared creations that tend to leave you a bit speechless with their perfection. 

After seeing their shop, I believe they could create anything. But, they do specialize in all things found in mother nature, from fall leaves to fungi...

as well as cute round things like gears and buttons.

Andie and Jason are the original purveyors of vintage button candy and what makes it all the more sweeter is how all of their tasty candies are made with high quality, certified fair trade and earth friendly ingredients such as organic chocolates, flavorings, sugars, oils and starches. And every single item, no matter how small and intricate, is handmade individually. It truly is a labor of love. 

I particularly like all their edibles from the sea, which include shells, oysters, starfish, sand dollars and corals. You can buy eight of them to set atop a cake or placed together in a bowl for a most delicious conversation piece. 

Andie and Jason have created quite the niche for themselves in crafting some of the best edible candies available. See their entire shop here and don't forget to think about them when you plan your next dinner party or celebration. I do believe their tasty concoctions would make a most memorable addition...


Photos: Andie's Specialty Sweets      Content: Sweet Peach


A Manly Face Wash

Will Evans was unsatisfied. That's the only reason he created his own face wash just for men- he didn't like anything else out there. His creation, Chiefs Face Wash is cleansing and invigorating without being floral or fancy. It just does its job. I'm liking this product as it's well thought out, well packaged and may I say, exceptionally manly...

The nice thing about Chiefs Face Wash is that there are no dyes, fragrances, caffeine, exfolients or paraben. As Will states, "We use natural ginseng, menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus that packs an aromatic punch and will make you feel fresh and alert." 

I like the idea of a face wash with a little pick me up. This would work well for men that aren't good at getting up early. A little caffeine for the face is a nice wake up call. Will is based in Dallas, Texas and you can find his face wash here. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next...


Photos: Chiefs Face Wash    Content: Sweet Peach

Industrial Storage

Although men tend to have less clothes and shoes than women, they still need storage for their stuff. So why not make it manly and cool? K Katz of Dallas, Texas creates these incredible industrial pieces along with her husband Andy. She designs, he builds. It's a good partnership...

I'm really liking the look of this industrial floor lamp which serves a dual function as a mini bookshelf. The sconce bookshelf is just one of my favorite pieces that adds the fun touch of a light fixture. And you just gotta love the corner pipe shelf that is such a smart use of space, not to mention an instant conversation piece. 

All of their garment racks are well crafted and a smart use of space. K and Andy will custom make one for you if you have preferred meansurements, just send them an email through their Etsy shop. 

After seeing their crafty bookshelf designs, I want to replace all of my boring shelves in my own house. I especially like the arrow shelf with lights, which would be a great addition to a bedroom or screened in porch. 

See all of their great work, which includes garment racks, lighting and bookshelves, here. And happy Manly Monday...


Photos: Stella Bleu Designs   Content: Sweet Peach


Pretty Packaging...

The more you delve into design, the more it finds its way into every part of your life. So it makes sense that if you're going to seal a package, why do it with boring brown tape when you can do it with pretty pink polka dots? 

Glenda of the Etsy shop, Pretty Tape in Dallas, Texas, has procured hundreds of pretty ways for us to package our goods or beautify our crafty creations. Glenda shares, "My shop is a collection of things that I chose because they are either visually appealing or useful. Most are both. Quality is important to me too and I want the shop to be known as a quality shop with pretty things." 

Glenda has over 100 washi tapes available in her shop. Washi tape comes via Japan and is a paper tape that you'll see branded in all types of pretty colors and patterns. The tape is often translucent and comes in widths from 1/4"- 2 1/2". The top two washi tapes of this sequence are some of Glenda's favorites; Poppy and Little Garden.

Baker's twine is always a fun way to wrap gifts but I like how Glenda offers a bevy of colorful twine to choose from not found in a typical store. Pretty twine is one of those things that you know when you buy it, you'll find a use for it, no matter how long it takes to get through a roll. It's just good to have around...

DIY projects are at an all time high and it follows suit that branding and packaging all these newly handcrafted goods has become more popular...and necessary.  

Find the paper bags here and here, and the stamps, which are a perfect way to leave your mark on a handmade gift, here. 

I really like the diversity of tape options in Glenda's shop. These group of three have a more masculine, artsy feel and like many of the tapes, offer a ton of creative possibilities for future crafting projects. Now the hard part is deciding which tapes to buy as the options are just too darn good. Happy packaging...


Photos: Pretty Tape   Content: Sweet Peach

Bed Spring Lights

I love the idea of upcycling items that may otherwise end up in a landfill. Creator of these little gems, Mary from Urban Hardware, calls these pendants made from old bed springs, "industrial hillbilly haute." Based in Dallas, Texas, Mary became inspired after finding some individual bed springs at an antique shop. Attracted to their shape and time-rusted color, she created these pendants adding coppery cloth covered cord and some really fun Edison bulbs. At just $50 each, these are an amazing, one of a kind deal that add instant character to any room. Love love...


Photo:Urban Hardware   Content: Sweet Peach