KuleStripes

 

When it comes to classic dressing, one can never be ‘too Kule for school’. In her quest to ‘stripe the world’, brand founder Nikki Kule has hit the fashion bullseye – updating a style staple in a manner that feels quintessentially fresh, yet decidedly timeless, not to mention, a move that’s driving the #stripeobsessed to update their closets to the next generation of Stripes, version 2.0. An industry veteran, it wasn’t until Kule looked to her own creative roots + personal aesthetic that she ventured to evolve the brand into a modern-day calling card for preppy panache. With a bevy of silhouettes dancing between streamlined & slouchy, we liken the collection to one’s favorite set of records, a rotating repertoire to be worn on repeat. Similar to our lifestyle M.O. here at TGL, Kule’s mix of classic Americana with a dash of Francophile whimsy has found a permanent place in our own wardrobe. Dare to agree? Follow along and #showusyourstripes, the brand’s hashtag for all things stylish.

 

RALEIGH | DURHAM

June 7, 2016

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The unofficial start of summer, (aka Memorial Day,) is already a thing of the past, and with the bonafide summer solstice fast approaching, (cue ice cream cones, lobster rolls and sand-to-surf activities), no better time to get back to blogging. It would appear we can’t get our fill of travel these days, so as we’ve been known to do before, we’re rollin’ from one Gilded Getaway Guide straight to another. ‘Say Hello’ to Raleigh/Durham. Two-thirds of North Carolina’s ‘Research Triangle’, the cities, almost always linked in conversation like inseparable besties, have been popping up in travel literature, design guides and culinary commentary for quite some time – a telltale sign that something proverbially delicious is bubbling below the Mason-Dixon.

Durham, nicknamed the Bull City, home of Duke and old-school tobacco, is the smaller of the two, yet keeping pace with its neighboring city to the south with urban development unfolding at a rapid pace. Enter The Durham Hotel, a mid-century modern space reimagined by one of the country’s hottest design firms. Originally a downtown Durham bank, now one of the city’s places to-be-seen, (did someone say killer rooftop, Counter Culture coffee, and an insta-worthy al fresco shoe shine?), it was only fitting we rest our heads at this boutique bombshell.

Raleigh, the North Carolina capital, home of NC State ‘State’ and the birthplace of president Johnson, has its finger on a creative pulse running rampant through the city. You may dare to venture that Ashley Christensen knows a thing or two about dining in Raleigh, the James Beard winner and local tastemaker has several downtown eateries – relative newcomer Death & Taxes one of the reasons we packed our bags in the first place. When an eatery lives up to the accolade and fires on the trifecta of dining perfection (taste, service & design), it’s the rare moment where you stop the manager on the way out, offer a hand shake and congratulate the team on a job well done.

Should you find yourself in the vicinity of Raleigh/Durham, we highly recommend carving out some time for a mini-getaway. No time for a sit down meal? Grab a bite-to-go at Standard Foods Grocery, or satisfy your sweet tooth by tracking down Two Roosters Ice Cream, mobile scoops never looked cuter. Style and shopping more your fancy? Raleigh Denim Workshop does textiles right, using locally sourced denim that brings Made-in-America pride back to one of the state’s oldest industries. Worthy of gilded acclaim, the eateries, shoppes and cultural gems included in our most recent guide are the gold standard in creative ingenuity.

LONDON

March 21, 2016

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled March #tglpreciousobjects series to bring you a special edition Gilded Getaway Guide. Because if you’re like us (and the crocus, and the daffodils,) and Mother Nature delivers snow on the first day of spring, you’re ready to pack your bags and make a beeline for the nearest plane, train, or automobile.

When our pallie Jill, aka queen of the golden caramel, asked us to tag along on a recent trip across the pond, we jumped at the chance to revel in all things royal. Three days in London barely scratches the surface on what should rightly be a deluxe version of our traditional travel guide. And yet, our short sojourn was filled to the brim with tasty treats + sophisticated eateries, adorable shoppes and wonderful wanderings. Serendipitously hosted by interim ex-pat Jane, the creative voice behind Simple Pretty and self-acknowledging fellow ‘paper person’, (|ˈpāpər ˈpərsənnoun (pl. people |ˈpēpəlor personsa human rendered speechless at the sight of pretty paper goods, particularly letterpress and/or other executions of design perfection in paper form), our journey left no stone unturned when it came to covering the must-see ‘hoods + happening hotspots of this English capital.

If you’ve been tagging along here at Around the Pound, you know by now that nothing renders us weak-in-the-knees like an unabashedly charming boutique + cute-as-can-be shoppe owner. Cue Quill London, whose DNA so perfectly fits the bill that we secretly (and selfishly) want nothing more than to create a clone and smuggle it (and owner Lucy) stateside. Recently opened to the delight of many countless fans + followers, Quill unequivocally raises the London bar when it comes to stationery style + creating a dashing desktop.

From paper to pastries, London serves up a hearty course of fine establishments. And thanks to discerning friends, who seek out chocolate chip cookies as equally as stylish housewares + the finest of fashion, our latest guide is just the way we like it – chock full of the most noteworthy eateries, shoppes + tucked away treasures we’ve encountered in our travels. And for those of you, like us, facing the grim reality that spring has not quite sprung, may we recommend a mini-gilded getaway of your own. Pint-size travel is the perfect antidote to Mother Nature’s lingering fury.

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Let’s set the record straight, a business trip that routes you + your passport to the City of Light, should hardly be considered business. This February, the official month of love + affection, had us pining for a Precious Objects post dedicated to all things French stemming from our recent sojourn to the capital of romance, Pa-reeeeeee. France, a country where a passion for its people (and don’t forget the pastries) runs as deep as the sea, does not disappoint when it comes to inspiration.

The prized jewel of our souvenirs, a pair of antique Kaléidoscope lithographs snagged at the renowned Marché aux Puces. Circa 1925, by French artist Maurice Pillard Verneuil, the colors are vibrant, and in our mind, as radiant as the day the were pulled off the presses; patterns so relevant and fresh, (cue the J.Crew F/W ’16 Collection + this retro pantsuit), they beg for the tagline, ‘ahead of their time’. If you followed along on our #tgltravels, you may recall our discovery instant love affair with French-based eyewear brand, Jimmy Fairly. If Warby + Toms had a lovechild, JF would surely be it. Stylish + affordable, philanthropic + adorable. Who needs cliché keychains when you can bring sophisticated sunnies home in your carryon? Looking for a place to rest your head in a manner all-things-chic? Head straight to Hôtel Bachaumont in the 2ème, where a recent refresh brought this boutique hotel back to modern magnificence. (Much more on that still to come, because you know we love a renovation that leaves discerning travelers with nothing less than a win-win in lodging and accommodation.)

Last, but most certainly not least, our favorite Francophile back in the states. Clare Vivier, whose adoration for Parisian charm leaves no outfit untouched when it comes to accessorizing in style. CV’s new Madras Weave mini screams ‘spirit of the summer’ – we’re already mentally making outfits with this cutie of a clutch in tow. Now if we could just rid the Northeast of these ridiculously beyond-freezing temps…

The Delectable Details

 Kaleidoscope Lithographs | Vintage

Sunglasses | Jimmy Fairly

Madras Wallet Clutch | Clare V.

 Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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2016, why, hello. You arrived so quickly that we’re only just wrapping our minds around the fact that you’re already here. With the arrival of another year comes a flurry of inspiration – a fresh new calendar, crisp pages in the planner, travels on the horizon + projects in the queue. With our first post of #tglpreciousobjects to officially ring in 2016 here at Around the Pound, we couldn’t be more anxious to curate a few of the delectable details that have us churning with excitement.

As a designer, the search for a desktop calendar can be a daunting task. Aesthetics, functionality. Aesthetics, functionality. We’re quite certain there are those in the universe that satisfy the quest for both, yet this year, we decided to throw in the towel and vote for good looks. The winner, a gorgeously crafted beauty from Charleston-based 42 Pressed. Like the most delicious of cakes, layer upon layer of copper-foiled goodness, enveloped in a bevy of mellow hues that make for a palate so refreshing, you’ll never want to dream in color again. For keeping tabs on meetings and appointments on-the-go, Louis Vuitton wins the award for simplistic agenda style, their pint-sized refills up the ante when it comes to portable panache. That adorable little LV hangtag? We’re secretly stashing in our cache of paper lovelies, because, yes, the secret’s out, we have one of those, and undoubtedly, we’d dare to venture that you probably do too.

As the days start rolling and we find ourselves knee-deep in new initiatives, we resolve to remember the value of time. Aesthetics and frivolity aside, the calendar serves as a reminder to savor each moment, live each day to the fullest, and let the small stuff fall to the wayside. Unlike doggy bags from your favorite eatery, calendar days can’t be saved for later. Time is too precious to be treated as anything less, our wish for you is to make the most of yours.

The Delectable Details

Hello Folded Note | Dahlia Press

Linen Swatches | Serena & Lily

Travel Pouch + Mechanical Pencil | Delfonics

Agenda Refill | Louis Vuitton

Die Cut Calendar | 42 Pressed

Trench + Stripes | Céline Resort

Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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