As evidenced by what I write here on the blog, I don’t have the girliest of taste. I tend to be attracted to unisex clothing, accessories, etc. and I noticed as I got older that that taste extended to my bathroom arsenal as well. Heady floral scents knock me sideways. Stereotypical product design just doesn’t appeal. So I stopped buying the intensely fragranced shampoos, cleansers, and moisturizers that were so obviously marketed for women. Instead I began reaching for my husband’s bar of soap, shaving cream, shampoo, etc. that had that woodsy musk I was craving. Needless to say, I was thrilled when the folks of Prospector Co. sent me a package of their grooming goods. Based in Savannah, GA, Prospector Co. makes each of their grooming products by hand with only naturally-derived, quality ingredients and free of additives, coloring, fragrances. Their branding is consistent throughout their collection and are barely distinguishable between men’s and women’s, one of the many things about the brand that I appreciate. Instead of being overly concerned with feminine versus masculine products, each piece is made with special consideration for sensitive skin needs and feature the same ingredients that I love (lavender, tea tree, wormwood, castile, to name a few). I’d like to be able to share my favorites, but I really found myself loving each product equally. Although, for the women out there, I would highly recommend the leg shave products. The kit includes steps commonly created for men’s face shaving needs. From pre-shave to after-shave, they’ve got you covered.
Not to be overlooked is Prospector Co.’s brick and mortar shop. Not only do they carry their own grooming products in the beautifully designed space, they also carry a perfectly edited selection of home goods and accessories like Morris Kitchen syrup to German wooden toys.
photo taken by Jon Gaffney
Friends Gale Straub and Jon Gaffney (the Van Man) have officially taken off on their adventure – a year in their retro fitted van on the American roads. Along with their trip, Gale has launched her website She Explores, where she will be posting interviews with other women on the road, travel guides, artist features, camp food, gear reviews and posts from her day to day experiences. I can’t wait to follow their trip . . . as I sit pretty, green with envy, back in Cambridge.
My good friend Jon Gaffney is setting off on a year long road trip in a retrofitted van. While on the road, he’ll be partnering with the folks at Huckberry to document “America’s makers, bakers, movers, and shakers”. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them to suggest Jon visit your city and chat with you and your neighbors. Also, not to be missed, is Jon’s co-traveller and girlfriend Gale Straub’s website She Explores (read more here). It’s going to be quite a ride.
The folks of SeaVees (from the other coast) were kind enough to send me a pair of their Army Issue sneakers at the beginning of the summer. Since then, I’ve barely taken them off and have been instagramming moments with them. I wear them on weekdays and weekends, on vacation and at home, in rain and in sunshine. They are some of the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever worn and the hemp breaks in beautifully. The style of the Army Issue is inspired by the sporting footwear worn by soldiers in the 60’s at Fort Irwin, Mojave Desert, California. SeaVees was founded in the 1960’s in Santa Barbara, CA. True to its roots, the brand embodies the carefree spirit of Santa Barbara along with an astute appreciation for authenticity. This is evidenced in their shoes – comfortable, utilitarian, and designed for adventures. I hope you’ll continue to follow me and my SeaVees on instagram!
Justin Chung, one of my favorite photographers, is working on his first book of photography. Faculty Department will be an exploration of the creative people that Justin has gotten to know. He documents them in their daily lives, exploring what makes these talented people unique and interesting . . . and in the end, will be an excellent documentation of Justin’s talents as well. I look forward to seeing the finished product.