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    Live Boldly Blog — Fashion Forward

    #WCW -- Rachel Lubanowski & Tanja Leonard

    Our #wcw this week is a Dynamic Duo, here in Boulder, CO.  They organize and execute Recycled Runway put on by the Common Threads Creative Lab.  If you've not heard of Recycled Runway, Project Runway meets Boulder tweens and outfits made entirely of recycled materials.  Watch the video from last year here. Participants design, troubleshoot & create original garments from found materials, as well as present them in a professional runway show & competition at the Boulder Theater.  In addition, they both are able to use their creative talents and love for fashion at Common Threads Boulder.

    Common Threads is a unique boutique founded in 2007 that combines higher end consignment, new garments and the creative lab.

    Rachel Lubanowski

    What is your day job? I am the store manager & social media designer at Common Threads in Boulder.

    Favorite Hobby/Sports: I love to keep a balance of active & chill: Hiking, dancing, seeing live music, seeking out natural hot springs, organizing (nerd alert!) & creating in my studio for my side project, grey tangerine.

    Who has inspired you lately? why? Lately, a few of my close, dear girlfriends have been *extra* inspiring. They're fellow artists with very different paths & I am in absolute awe of their creativity, honesty (with themselves & their art), strength, experiences & friendship!

    Who do you hope to inspire? Anyone! If I inspire one person, that will make me incredibly happy.

    How do you #liveboldly? I live boldly by being confident in my decisions & for what I believe in, supporting other artisans (I LOVE to support other makers & small business owners!) & getting out to explore this stunning world (& state) we live in!

    What are you most excited for in 2018? I am most excited for a few (secret) artistic projects that I have in the works, potentially a bit of travel & the oh-so-evident change. I love how each year is so different & full of growth!

    Tanja Leonard

    What is your day job? Teaching sewing/knitting and book keeping

    Favorite Hobby: Anything to do with making things, sewing, knitting, weaving, spinning, cross stitch.

    Who has inspired you lately? why? I am abundantly inspired by both of my daughters; Samantha (22 yrs) in med school and Audrey (19 yrs) at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Both girls have been very focused on their goals and are diligently working towards achieving those goals.

    Who do you hope to inspire? I hope to inspire today's young people to put away their media gadgets and get creative with their hands and their minds. While we can use technology to make projects and our lives easier, I strongly believe in the benefits of being creative with our hands.

    How do you #liveboldly? I jump into new opportunities and I don't hold back! What are you most excited for in 2018? I am excted to have the opportunity to again work with so many young people, be it through teaching sewing and Recycled Runway or through volunteering with Blue Sky Bridge and teaching kids about body safety and trusting their instincts. We all have the opportunity to make our world better, one person at a time.

    Follow these fashion mavens, on the following social channels:

    Common Threads Boulder: Web, Insta, Facebook

    Recycled Runway: Web, Instagram,

    Facebook (Tanja's Day Job) Common Threads Creative Lab: Web

    (Rachel's Side Hustle) Grey Tangerine: Web, Instagram, Facebook

    Transition with Style

    Fall is a season of transition. Light summer clothes are replaced with heavier fall layers, sweaters are needed in the mornings and probably again at night, the leaves are changing from green to an array of autumn colors, and care-free summer days are sadly turning back into long hours of work.

    Besides the change in temperature one of the most prominent characteristics of fall is the break out of sweaters and light knits. For the first few weeks, it’s easy to get away with topping an outfit with a sweater but eventually we have to ditch our sundresses and sandals and start wearing pants and several layers.

    Of course, we all want to make a smooth transition without losing our easy, breezy style. So here at Krimson Klover, we came up with some tips to mastering the change of seasons.

    1. Don’t ditch color. Keep bringing in pops of fun colors to your daily outfits through prints and patterns. Search for those subtle sweaters with vibrant yellow or blue mingled into the print.
    2. Wear skirts! Don’t lose that luxury of just throwing on a dress, try to supplement that ease with skirts. Dress them up with sleek materials or down with simple tops. Skirts have the ability to be our most versatile item in the fall, there are endless possibilities with a skirt. 
    3. Start pulling in those great accessories! Add some flare to a simple sweater with a bold statement necklace or a chunky scarf, and dress up your plain pants with a nice belt. Don’t forget that shoes can pull an outfit together, find a pair of boots or flats that can take a plain jane outfit and make it a head turner.

    Keep having fun with your outfits and you’ll never lose that summer spirit!

    Our favorite fall item is the Palisade Skirt. It is a wonderful transitional piece, with a variety of color options; spruce, nutmeg, and charcoal. There are infinite outfit options with this singular skirt.

    One of our favorite looks is the Palisade skirt in spruce with the Wild Hearts V-neck sweater in spruce as well. Tossing the Duet Mohair Infinity scarf in citron on top brings more of a bold flare to this easy autumn ensemble.

    Another option with the Palisade skirt is to pair the Nutmeg skirt with the Snow Globe Dolman Sweater in Bordeaux. And then opt for some nice brown boots and the Duet Mohair Infinity scarf in Almond.

    Must-Haves Holiday Give Guide

    Must-Haves Holiday Give Guide

    Krimson Klover 2016 Gift Guide

    With the multitude of holidays that are approaching, the KK team wanted to share some of our favorite items. We thought these selections would make for perfect presents for all of your loved ones this season. For your convenience, we’ve broken our treasured pieces into price categories.

    Accessories Under $50

    The Skier Sock comes in black, pagoda blue, and tigerlilly. This pair of socks is the most darling present for your favorite skier this holiday. Give them something they can appreciate and functionally wear. This warm, breathable wool will keep their toes comfortable and them outside for hours.

    The Snow Bunny Cable Headband comes in five distinct colors: phlox, red, snow, charcoal, and citron. This luxurious performance wool makes this headband great for wearing around town or down the slopes. There is a color for every hair color and every occasion; whether there is a need purely for warmth or to add to pop to an outfit, this headband is a wonderful choice.

    Outstanding Picks Under $100

    The Herringbone Chevron Skirt comes in black and charcoal. This is our favorite skirt for après ski, easily paired with a set of warm stockings and a soft sweater. It is the perfect present for your go-to dinner and drinks gal pal.

    The Ski Village Leggings is the ideal mix of Merino and Lycra. Present these silky leggings to your favorite ski bunny so they can rock the slopes in style this winter.

    The Snowed In cashmere scarf comes in heather black, bordeaux, mid grey, and toast. Give this lovely Cashmere scarf to your most stylish friend to spruce up their snow attire this holiday season.

    Brilliant Presents Under $200

    The Ski Village Base Layer Top complements the Ski Village Leggings. Your friend will look like a star on the slopes sporting some of the most iconic ski destinations. An added bonus to the joy of giving this lovely present set this holiday season is that 5% of the proceeds from the top and leggings will help support programming for First Descents, a non-profit that provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults who have been impacted by cancer.

    The Altitude Ski Gal Poncho is the best present for that friend who is totally passionate about vintage and retro styles. This is the perfect addition to any après ski wardrobe. Select from oat, bordeaux, and ivory for traditional styling.

    The Ace Stretch Zip Cardigan has a retro flair perfect for any die-hard ski bunny inspired by the classics. It is made of a buttery, soft Viscose blend that adds warmth and comfort to any slope style.

    Serendipity Cashmere Sweater is simplistic and elegant at the same time. This dreamy cashmere sweater comes in heather black, toast, and mid-grey. Give this gorgeous sweater to that friend who is always put together, to pair with a nice knit skirt or dark denim this winter.

    Rivers & Roads Cardigan is the perfect no fuss, chunky sweater for that friend who is always cold. Bundle up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and watch the snow fall together. With options of charcoal or mid-grey, it is a versatile cardigan that can be packed up and brought on any weekend getaway this holiday season.

    Holiday Party Outfits

    KK has created a one stop shop for your must have holiday party outfits this season.

    Blank Space Zip-Front Dress

    This functional dress comes in charcoal and heather black. The unique part of this piece is that it looks best with a dark top underneath, our Skye Turtleneck looks darling with it. Plus, you can add a stylish pair of stockings to complete this winter ensemble. Both the charcoal and heather black dress look wonderful with black accompaniments but for a festive holiday look a jacket, hat, or scarf in red or green would be the perfect touch.

    Kittredge Stretch Dress

    This stunning, sophisticated form flattering dress is sure to be a hit this winter. It comes in taupe, black/ivory, charcoal, and black, giving you lots of options to choose from. This dress looks wonderful paired with the Icing Sheer Top; it gives the dress added coverage and takes it to whole other level. There is nothing else quite like that combination. Then add black stockings and boots and you are set for a great night.

    Palisade Skirt

    This gorgeous merino wool skirt is a festive piece to add to your holiday wardrobe this season. The delicate chevron design looks great in spruce, nutmeg, and charcoal. The variety of colors creates an option for any color palate preference and each shade forges a completely different look. It’s amazing how much depth this skirt has. We love to pair the Palisade with our Wild Heart V-Neck that also comes in a range of colors allowing for a classic pairing or for a pop of color. Another sweater that looks darling with this skirt is the Snow Globe Dolman top, the Bordeaux dolman looks perfect with our nutmeg Palisade.  

    Knotted Up Mohair Poncho

    The perfect statement piece to add to your closet, it is delicate and dramatic at the same time. The cable knit detailing down the center mates wonderfully with the large ribbed cowl neck. This must have tunic comes in almond, teal, citron, and charcoal. Select the almond or charcoal with black bottoms, boots, and large stud earrings for a classic holiday outfit. For those of you who are a bit more daring, try the teal or citron to bring a splash of color into your traditional ensemble. An added effect to this lovely poncho is layering the Icing Sheer Top underneath to really finish off the look.

    Stacks Cashmere Turtleneck

    This posh cashmere sweater displays a delicate color blocking that creates a slim silhouette. It is a beautiful, relaxed design with choices of charcoal, toast, or Bordeaux. All of the color options go fabulously with a dark bottom and boots. We like the idea of pairing dark denim and chic brown boots with the Bordeaux for a daytime gathering. The funnel neck is so precious that we wouldn’t want anything to take away from it so we suggest a nice long, simple necklace to complete this lovely outfit.

    The Art of Hand Painted Clothing

    The Art of Hand Painted Clothing

    Krimson Klover hand painted clothing begin as original works of art.

    The hand crafted process of creating these one-of-a-kind garments reflects the individual personality and emotions of each creative artist, making every piece unique with subtle variations in every garment made.

    As with any artist’s drawing or painting that uses elaborate strokes and uneven drawing marks, these garments may have slight imperfections or variances, these are part of the process and merely add to the charm and unique beauty of this piece.

    The factory specializing in this technique evolved from a brother and sister partnership, fusing the knowledge of knitwear, sourcing, and production, with the creative direction of a fine artist. Their staff consists of over 400 trained artists who paint each design individually, shifting away from mass production for a timeless piece that is truly unique. Each artist has their own personal handwriting, which we believe give each garment its spirit and soul.

    CARE INSTRUCTIONS Dry-clean or Hand wash Hand wash separately in cold water No bleach Dry flat Iron (reverse) in low temperature