my spring essentials

unruly things : my spring essentials

hip hip hooray! it finally feels like spring. the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining warm and I haven’t had to pull out my down jacket in over a week. every year when spring rolls around, I start dreaming about sock-less and jacket-less days and dig through my closet for light and bright clothes. here are a few of my spring essentials that I’ve had on rotation lately. {you can see me in a similar outfit here!}

one : a practical sunhat to block the sun / two : a light weight sweater for cooler mornings and eves / three : studs in pastel shades of turquoise / four : a tasty mocktail / five : a long necklace / six : a scarf for breezy days / seven : the most comfortable pants in the world, from Ace & Jig naturally / eight : coral polish to brighten up your toes / nine : a sheer lip balm that enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing / ten : a pretty cuff bracelet / eleven : comfortable yet stylish sandals for mid-day walks / twelve : daffodils


show me your stack : annika kaplan

Unruly Things / Show Me Your Stack :: Annika Kaplan

today’s stack comes from Minneapolis jeweler Annika Kaplan. her jewelry is truly unique and has a wonderful vintage vibe. I just adore this ring, available at Ship and Shape. here’s what Anna has to say about her stack…

As a jeweler, and general jewelry lover, I have always been a fan of layered accessorizing. My friend Isa paid me the nicest compliment the other day when she said “Annika, you do excess well.” So if my stack looks a little heavy, its only because I really couldn’t omit any of these beauties for the photo, but on any given day, I may leave out a ring or bracelet, or two. While I work, all my rings come off, and sit in a beautiful little ceramic dish made by my favorite ceramicist, Ginny Sims. Much of the jewelry pictured was made by myself, unless otherwise noted.

On my left hand, from bottom to top, and then left to right:
A super chunky mexican silver bracelet, acquired from a desert weirdo in Marfa, Texas (long story) / a beautiful antique turquoise bracelet (likely Zuni), which was a gift from Jane Lundeen, who owns Lowell Lundeen Jewelry in Minneapolis, and has the most amazing personal collection of native jewelry I have ever seen / a lapis inlay silver cuff by Minneapolis jeweler Nick Lundeen (son to Jane, jewelry family!) / next are 2 rings I made for myself a long time ago – a little gold triangle peaked band, and a super colorful offset opal ring / a stack of random, textural bands in gold and silver paired with a Landscape ring from my collection / a witchy, oxidized rose cut moonstone ring, worn with a simple silver first knuckle ring / and on my thumb – I’m super into rings on my thumbs lately – is a Full Moon ring from my collection

On my right hand, from left to right, and then top to bottom:
2 cast silver rings from my jewelry school days / the love of my life, a giant rainbow moonstone beauty set in brushed silver with a sawtooth bezel / a cuttle fish cast snake ring with 14kt yellow gold eyes by Nick Lundeen paired with a Landscapes ring from my collection, and a simple silver first knuckle ring / tattoos by my bff Nona Invie – no rings needed! / a simple, matte silver pinky ring / a super special double headed copper snake bracelet from the Hmong market in St. Paul / stamped copper and brass cuffs by Nick Lundeen / and last, an everyday favorite for lots of stylish gals I know, a Brass/Hide Halfsie by Erin Smith

thanks Annika!

{photo by Maddy Nye}


show me your stack : lauren hartmann

Unruly Things / Show Me Your Stack :: Lauren Hartmann

today’s stack comes from fellow blogger Lauren Hartmann. I first met Lauren at a little photoshoot she styled for us and have continued to be friends with her via Instagram since. she’s got the cutest little girl named Fern and a boy on the way! Lauren posted a photo of her stack the other day and I love it! naturally I asked her to send along more details. here’s what Lauren has to say about her stack…

I’ve always loved rings. Ever since I was a little girl I collecting them from those quarter toy machines they’ve kind of been my thing. I go in phases with wearing earrings, necklaces and bracelets, but rings are my first love – even more now that I’m a mom since they’re the easiest accessory to wear. My daughter can’t tug at them and they don’t get tangled when I’m holding her. Rings really are the perfect accessory.

I would say that my taste in jewelry is a blend of classic and trendy and currently brass and rose gold are kind of my favorites. I adore delicate details, but worn in a tough way. I have a pretty large, white gold and diamond, vintage-inspired wedding ring that isn’t in these photos because it currently doesn’t fit (I’m 8 months pregnant). I will always love it the most of all my jewelry for obvious reasons, but I only wear it half the time since it sticks up pretty high and my husband and I have tattooed wedding bands anyway. Lately I’ve been wearing this little rose gold band from Machete that dips down in a little “V” on my ring finger. I like that it lets me show off my tattoo, but makes it feel a little more feminine. Next to that I have a rose gold bone ring from Wild Fox paired with the tiniest, vintage, white gold and diamond band that my husband got me when we were dating in college a million years ago. I love that it’s so tiny and I can play around mixing and matching it with my other rings. It adds a more delicate touch to many of them that I really like.

On my other hand I have a brass ring with little markings from Portland jewelry designer Seaworthy. It was part of my payment for styling a photo shoot for her a couple of years back. I love her work and she is hands down one of my favorite jewelry designers – her unexpected details are fantastic. Then I have these random impulse rings from Forever 21 – not the most exciting story, but when in suburbia…

As for my bracelets, they each have a special meaning…The top one was a birthday gift from a sweet friend from a shop here in Portland called Beam & Anchor. I wish I could remember the designer! The middle one is just from Madewell, but it was purchased in L.A. when I was on my first big girl business trip, so it felt extra special. The last one was one I got while on a missions trip in Nairobi Kenya. We worked at an impoverished school and spent most of our time doing aid work, but on one of our free days we went to the Masaii Market and I bartered for this one. It’s a nice little reminder of our trip.

Unruly Things / Show Me Your Stack :: Lauren Hartmann
left hand, rings - MacheteWild Fox, Vintage – gift from husband when we were in college

right hand, rings - Seaworthy, Cheapo F21 rings
bracelets, top to bottom – Beam & Anchor, Madewell, Masaii Market in Nairobi Kenya

thanks so much Lauren!!


seventh generation : au naturel

Unruly Things for Seventh Generation

when you think about the products that you’re putting on your little babe, you want nothing but the best, right? organic and natural but most importantly, toxin free. best put – au naturel.

even though Wolf is now potty trained and only wearing diapers at night, we choose to diaper him in Seventh Generation diapers because for one, they not only worked the best with his sensitive skin but we felt better knowing that they are free of fragrances, petroleum-based lotions, chlorine processing and bleach.

Seventh Generation put together an amazing little video called Au Naturel promoting their diapers and it’s way cute – check it out here.

Unruly Things for Seventh Generation

as you know, I’ve partnered with Seventh Generation to help spread the word about their Toxic Freedom Fighter Campaign. the Toxin Freedom Fighters Campaign is collecting signatures, with a goal of reaching 100,000, and delivering them to Congress on April 30, 2014. and they’re ALMOST THERE! the signatures will strengthen the movement behind chemical reform and will encourage that decision-makers change the necessary laws.

thanks to those of you who have already signed and supported Seventh Generation’s fight for safer chemicals. if you haven’t signed the petition, have a look at the campaign here. there’s only about 3000 signatures left until they reach their goal.

{images courtesy of Seventh Generation. this post is in partnership with Seventh Generation but rest assured, the thoughts and words written are of my own opinion. thank you to companies like Seventh Generation for not only making the world a better place, but for keeping this little blog alive.}