This is the landscape that forged me. The so-called Forgotten Coast where the rugged beauty of northern Florida is still intact and mostly undisturbed. I returned home for unexpected reasons this winter, but am always grateful for moments like these to draw inspiration and renewal from the natural, native scenes that I so dearly miss.
In with the new! A couple of years ago I got tired of carrying around the typical oversized wallet/purse that is marketed for women. I wanted something slim that I could carry in my back pocket (even in the tiny tight pockets of jeggings - yes I will confess to wearing jeggings).
Eventually I designed and handmade my own leather wallet that had just enough room for 5-6 cards on one side and plenty of folded bills on the other. Perfect simplicity. Scaling down what you carry seems impossible at first, but now that I only carry the essentials, I've forgotten why I needed all that extra space.
The coolest part is that over time the veg-tan leather darkens to a unique patina from your own natural oils. Instead of using a denim liner for the re-make, I chose this old flamingo print from a collection of found upholstery textile samples.
A week in Italy: Massa, Riomaggiore, La Spezia, Genova, Florence