Feature Friday: Zuri Collection

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Today we’re excited to share the story of Abby Alley from Zuri Collection. Being a conscious consumer is so important, so we love what Abby has to say about her mission and the women behind her brand. We, ourselves, love to purchase fair trade items or buy from brands that give back to a cause or create job opportunities in the communities that need them. If you’re going to buy a product anyway, why not choose one that makes a positive impact? We love Abby’s heart for Tanzania and the women who create all of the gorgeous, handcrafted items for Zuri Collection. Read along to hear more about the impact her business is making and see some of the beautiful pieces the talented artisans of Tanzania make.

Castle Logo: Tell us about yourself!
zuri_website_logo-01_1_6fc9197e-d069-448a-a83e-8977fa75a1b5_200x: My name is Abby Alley, and I grew up outside Chicago, but have been living in the city for the past 10 years. I have two younger sisters who both live in Chicago, which is so much fun! A few fun facts about me: I’m a Cubs fan, the beach is my happy place, I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust ;), and my faith is really what drives what I do.

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Feature Friday: AubbieRoe

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Today we’re featuring Olivia of AubbieRoe who creates the most fun ankle cuffs! We think they’re perfect for a summer festival or just to add a cool touch to your outfit to create an effortless boho look. We’re all about fringe and unique fabrics and AubbieRoe’s cuffs give you both! We love Olivia’s business journey and can’t wait for you to learn more about her. Keep reading!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

aubbie: My name is Olivia Broom and I live in a little beach town on the East Coast of Florida. I work full time as a graphics designer, and my entire life revolves around being creative. I love to play guitar, paint, travel in my tiny camper and come up with new designs for my AubbieRoe ankle cuffs and leather bracelets.


Castle Logo: You make beautiful ankle cuffs and bracelets through your business Aubbie Roe. How did you get started?
aubbie: I am a big fan of Emonk Ibiza’s boots and sandals. I saw them on Instagram, and instantly wanted a pair, but they were way out of my price range. I thought I could probably make something similar myself, so I went out and bought a sewing machine and made a couple pair of what has become the AubbieRoe ankle cuffs. I really enjoyed making them, and everyone loved them, so I started selling them at local markets, craft fairs and online through Etsy, Facebook and Instagram.

Fall Looks with the Shop Spring App

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For this post, we’re excited to team up with the shopping destination, Spring, to share our fall style using clothes you can get from them! Spring is a mobile app that lets you easily search from hundreds of brands to find something you love! Best part, shipping is always free! And they have some pretty amazing clothes, accessories, and decor so that doesn’t hurt either. What we really loved about the app is that you get a customized feed of products based off your interests. You can pick your interests with categories from graphic tees and fair-trade, to backpacks and streetwear! And yes, I couldn’t help but pick all of those. Tara and I each put together a look for you, one fall casual look and one fancier look. All of the products are linked below and go to the Spring website, but be sure to try the app too! Happy Shopping!


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Fashion: Nautical Prints


Nautical prints always catch my eye. They instantly make me think of carefree days boating on a lake or sitting on a beach watching the sailboats go by. I found this shirt at a thrift store and loved how there was a big anchor shape knitted right into the fabric. I like how subtle the anchor is and I actually think it makes a greater impact being the same color as the rest of the shirt. I also think the cut of the neck is really interesting. It is a high, straight neck line with ribbed knitting, which you don’t see too often on today’s clothing. That’s one of my favorite things about thrifting, vintage silhouettes! I paired the look with some statement white earrings from my Mom’s collection, light-wash jeans and last but not least my favorite summer wedges! I LOVE these heels because I’ve never seen anything like them. They were made in Italy and have the words Dolce & Salato (Sweet & Savory) in Italian embroidered on them. To accompany the saying there is a slice of cake on the dolce heel and a savory egg dish on the right heel. They are so fun to wear and they certainly get people’s attention.


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Feature Friday: #KOLLOQUIAL

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1390202_161861170689982_934640064_nThis week we are featuring Donna Ko of #KOLLOQUIAL. She designs a custom line of totes which feature popular song lyrics on them. We love how simple they are, but at the same time they are absolute show stoppers. People instinctively read what’s on your tote and may even get a flashback to one of their favorite 90s songs. Read on to learn more about #KOLLOQUIAL. Also read the whole way through, her last piece of advice is priceless!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself?

KOLLOQUIAL: Born & raised California gal working full time in advertising as a Senior Copywriter during the day, and moonlighting as some kind of designer, embroiderer, business lady-person.

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Feature Friday: Designer Kerry Ann Stokes


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The need to create is something that a lot of our features have in common and it is no different for designer Kerry Ann Stokes. She has had an eye for design from a young age and since then has never stopped creating. Something we picked up on from Kerry’s interview was her seemingly comfortable attitude towards change. We think that’s great. It’s so easy to feel secure in something that isn’t fulfilling and to forget you can explore other options. Whether Kerry is illustrating or designing her flower crowns, she is open to where her next creative pursuit will take her. Continue reading to find out more about  Kerry and how you can purchase one of her beautiful flower crowns.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Tell us a little bit about who you are.

Untitled-7: My name is Kerry, and I’m a dreamer, designer + maker based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC.  I grew up in a small town in CT, and went to art school in Boston, MA.  I’ve been living in this neighborhood for the past 4 years, and absolutely love the color and personality here.  When I was 12 I decided that I wanted to be a designer. While I’m always changing my mind about details- I will always love to design + to create.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What got you started?

Untitled-7: My creativity was fueled by my mother when I was just a kid.  She was DIY-ing way before there were blogs about how to do so.  She provided me with all sorts of arts + crafts supplies, and encouraged me to play with them endlessly.  Each year at my birthday party I insisted on a craft- and Mary Ann would work her magic to make sure that each party-goer walked away from my birthday party with a master-piece (not really… but at least they got some kind of trinket with their name on it in glitter.)  Only after a few years of me nagging my mother that I wanted to make stuffed animals at my birthday party (this was way before build-a-bear time) did she start to whip out her sewing machine for my party crafts.  I  became absolutely fascinated by the sewing machine- and needed to learn how to use it. I have a lot to thank my mother for and my passion to create is definitely one of them.


Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are your inspirations?

Untitled-7: I am always searching for new inspirations and am constantly inspired by different textures and colors… but my go-to, always fascinating, is insects (mostly beetles.)

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are your favorite medias to work with?

Untitled-7: For illustration:  I bounce back and forth between using ink/ pigments and markers.  I always use micron pens for details and I love to incorporate metallic gold dust or paints wherever possible.

For Flower Crowns + Accessories:  I use a variety of materials to build the crowns + other accessories.  The flowers are all silk- mostly silk organza, or silk chiffon… but there are some dupioni and satins in there as well.  The flowers with beading have a mix of sequins and glass beads.  The wreaths and headbands are fabric wrapped metal.


Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What is your aesthetic?

Untitled-7: Colorful + textural.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Name your favorite go-to creative spot?

Untitled-7: I love working from home.  My home office is my space that I’ve created to be inspiring and comfortable.  My man built me a desk, and I have artwork that I’ve made, as well as artwork from friends and family all around.  It’s bright, full of plants and my pup Slug gets to hang out with me while I create.  It’s the perfect working environment.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: What are your future goals/biggest dreams?

Untitled-7: The one goal that has stayed the same is to get to create every day, but the specifics of that goal are always changing.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 01.34.24: Any tips?

Untitled-7: Just do what you love + what feels right.



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