ORGANIZATION STATION //

Lately I have been nesting and organizing every last nook in the house. In addition to creating donation piles and thinning out my closet, I am finally utilizing some of the organization pieces I bought earlier in the year for my sunglasses, beauty products, and jewelry. Below I am highlighting some of the organizers that I would recommend!

I have a lot of sunglasses…I know. I decided to finally get them all a bit more organized (and protect them from scratching) and bought these simple cases. I love that they are lightweight, stackable, clear, and relatively inexpensive!

I also was considering this case and this case but I ultimately went for the clear since I wanted all of the shades easily visible and wanted the cases to be as compact as possible in order to use up as little space as I could!

I tackled my beauty and jewelry drawers last week (the worst cluster of all in my home). I picked up this tray for my beauty products as well as these stackable trays. For my jewelry I was considering getting something a bit more refined/finished but since most of what I was organizing was costume jewelry I felt like these trays got the job done well enough.

I love keeping little bowls and marble trays in my bathroom to have a nice little designated spot to remove my jewelry at the end of the day. This little bowl has been with me for years and I recently picked up this marble piece and this marble piece for my vanity. Anthropologie recently released the cutest collaboration with Clare V and I have been eyeing this tray!

I highlighted these functional headband holders/jewelry cases a few weeks ago and couldn’t be happier with them. I am storing all of my larger necklaces and bigger statement earrings (that don’t fit in these cases) in the jewelry compartments, and of course the headbands wrap on the outside. So far it has worked out perfectly!

SUPPORT SMALL BRANDS //

Today I am highlighting a few of the small (but mighty) independent brands and retailers that I love. The events of the past few weeks have hit these businesses so hard and I want to give extra attention to these brands (and friends) that bring me so much joy and happiness. Scroll down to read about some of my favorites and please support small brands!

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MEGABABE

Founded by one of the loveliest people on the internet (and IRL), Katie Sturino, Megababe is an incredible brand featuring beauty and self care products that I adore. I am personally a huge fan of Rosy Pits and Squeaky Clean – which is so very necessary right now! P.S. Katie is hilarious and an excellent follow on Instagram.


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HAMPDEN CLOTHING

Stacy Smallwood is the force behind the most well curated and beautiful shop in Charleston, South Carolina. She recently expanded her footprint on King Street and carries so many of the brands that I love including Tibi, Golden Goose, Lizzie Fortunado, Viktor and Rolf (top featured above), and the list goes on and on for days. While her shop sits downtown in Charleston, her website ships worldwide! Her new arrivals never disappoint.


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PACHAREE

This brand is new to me, and the B letter necklace that I am wearing above has quickly become a favorite of mine. The brands designs are defined by natural forms and shapes that compliment the natural beauty of their pearls and precious stones. Sophie, the founder, grew up in a gem trading family, and her love of art and gemstones shines through in each piece.


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HESTER BLY

Is Palm Springs your vibe? Do you love the 60’s? Slim Aarons? A great caftan? Well you should meet Hester Bly! This brand is all kinds of colorful and all kinds of fun. They have so many day time frocks that can easily be dressed up with a great heel and statement earrings for a night out!


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LEAL DACCARETT

The Colombian based designers Francisco Leal and Karen Daccarett caught my eye years ago and have remained a force in my closet every since. Their theatrical designs create incredibly inventive combinations. Think bright colors, exaggerated shapes, and lots of tie front tops!


 

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BURU

Founder Megan Hutchinson (a former stylist) founded and created BURU for the modern mother. And while I’m not a mom myself, that hasn’t stopped me from picking up a few of her versatile items. Her pieces are all hand-picked for their ability to withstand the demands of motherhood – think washability and toughness – without ever sacrificing style.


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PAMELA MUNSON

I am so lucky to call Pam a dear friend. We connected years ago when she was just starting her business and her passion and love for product is so palpable in everything she touches. Her bag creations are casual, yet still sophisticated and feminine. She started with a few signature styles and her line has since grown in so many thoughtful ways. From shoulder bags to crossbodys and clutches to totes, there is truly a straw bag for every occasion in your life! I can’t count how many compliments I have received while carrying her creations.


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YULIYA MAGDYCH

These stunning embroidered creations bring me so much happiness and always put a smile on my face. Julia dreams up the most interesting color combinations and embroidery techniques that feel like true works of art. Her desire to rethink traditional Ukrainian national costume aesthetics is such a breath of fresh air. Please check them out here.


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AURELIA DEMARK

Aurelia and I met in Corporate America in 2012, both working in Merchandising for Tory Burch. She is far and away one of the most creative, kind, and hilarious people I know. We both left Tory around the same time and I was so delighted to learn that she had started a namesake jewelry line. Collaborating closely with her mother to design each piece, she then works with jewelers in NYC to bring them to life with only the finest of materials. My elephant pendant is one of my most cherished possessions. If you are looking for meaningful pieces that can be passed down through generations, look no further.


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OLIVIA RUBIN

Color, rainbows, and sparkles! Olivia Rubin‘s signature traits just so happen to be all of the things I adore. Her beautiful, funky and fun lines bring so much joy and are such a delight to wear. Olivia graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London and worked for incredible designers like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano prior to setting out on her own. It’s no surprise that her multicolor masterpiece designs have built her such a strong industry presence in such a limited time.


ALAMEDA TURQUESA 

Alameda Turquesa was founded by a mother and daughter duo, Ana and Carolina, back in 2013. A popular pom-pom bracelet led to an even more popular pom-pom sandal and has now, lucky for us, morphed into a full line of accessories. All Alameda products are made combining unique colors with luxury details, textures, and materials, and all of their pieces are handcrafted in Portugal. I am particularly fond of their handbags – you can shop them all here!


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ANDREA AYALA

Andrea Ayala has a way with ruffles and high low hems on both solid and floral pieces. I originally found her brand on Instagram and fell in love with her aesthetic. All of her creations are designed and produced in El Salvador. Her site will be up and running shortly so sign up for her newsletter!


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JENNIFER BEHR AND SISTER JANE

Jennifer is the definition of a creative and she is such a kind soul. She also may or may not have an adorable dog named Ruby who I try to steal every time I stop by her studio in Brooklyn. Jennifer’s distinctive hair accessories have been on the scene since 2005 and her heirloom-quality pieces just keep getting better – and more inventive – season after season. It’s no wonder she is such a favorite of the best stylists and most popular celebs.

Sister Jane is a London-based brand that focuses on creating vintage-inspired designs. I love their whimsical, layered dresses and bowed tulle blouses. The star dress pictured above is one of my all-time favorite pieces!


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LIRIKA MATOSHI

Lirika Matoshi hails from Kosovo and launched her first collection in 2016 at the young age of 20. She loves “adding a hint of sparkle to any everyday outfit” – a statement I can certainly endorse! I’m wearing her Hearty Corset Midi Dress above and have another one of her newest creations that I will be wearing on the site soon!


BRINKER & ELIZA

This mother/daughter duo from Connecticut sure know their stuff when it comes to creating amazing jewelry. As I’ve mentioned in the past, their pieces are quirky and unique and are begging to be stacked and stacked! The Carpe Diem necklace featured above is incredible, but don’t sleep on their amazing sunglasses chains.

WAYS TO HELP DURING COVID-19 //

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, emails, and DMs in response to my last post. These past few weeks have been emotional to say the least. I am so grateful for the community of kind, fashionable, and wonderful people I have found through Atlantic-Pacific. Today, I would like to take a moment and highlight a few ways you can help during this time. I acknowledge this is an abbreviated list. If you have have other suggestions, organizations, or ways your community needs help, please feel free to add a comment!


Donate to Feeding America or your local food bank to help feed those in need. Feeding America is already dedicated to serving some of the 37 million Americans who face hunger, but that number has grown exponentially as children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school are now at home and the overall economic impact of COVID-19 has begun to effect many families and individuals. I have donated to both the overall Feeding America Fund as well as my local food bank, All Faiths Food Bank. You can find your local food bank on their website here.


American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage due to the outbreak. If you are healthy and able, please give blood. Click here to schedule an appointment.


Hospitals all across the country are facing a shortage of medical supplies that include: face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, shoe coverings, and so much more. If you have or have access to supplies and can donate please contact your local hospital to coordinate. Many NYC area hospitals are quoting 7-10 days before they are completely out of necessary supplies that are vital to protecting professional while they are treating patients.


Consider donating to the non-profits that you believe in. The sad reality is that many non-profits who do incredible work will not survive this shut down. Here is an article with some sobering statics. I have donated to Glide as well as the Salvation Army.


Shop small and support local business and restaurants that you love. While many small businesses and restaurants have had to temporarily close, and in some cases cease all operations including online orders or to-go orders, you can still find ways to support by buying gift cards for future use, leaving positive reviews, buying takeout/shopping, leaving generous tips if you can, or supporting the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation. Also, oftentimes it is a simple as asking how you may be able to help. Everyone has different needs and there may be other ways (that are non-monetary) to provide assistance during this time.


Be kind and take care of each other. Follow the directions of WHO and the CDC and ensure you are doing everything you can to stay safe and healthy while also protecting others. Check in on elderly neighbors, call friends and family who many be extremely isolated, and ask if there are additional ways to help those on the front lines, such as feeding the doctors and nurses at your local hospitals.


Thank you again for your continued support and love. I hope that all of you are healthy and finding ways to get through this unsettling time together. After receiving so many encouraging notes from readers I will resume posting fashion outfits and stories again this week. I acknowledge the world has changed, but in creating content I am attempting to return to a fragment of normalcy in my own life, while hoping to provide a bit of distraction in yours. For the next three months I will be donating all proceeds that I earn through commissions (affiliate links) to Feeding America.

XO,

BEE