Compai: Compai Style: Tea Time!

Thrifting anywhere really does it for me– but thrift shopping in Europe is so much fun (if for no other reason than I allow myself to shop more and buy things I don’t really need when I’m on vacation.) I came back from Greece, Turkey and Switzerland this summer with some wonderful little treasures including textiles and tea pots.  I love the way the metallic ceramic vibes with the patterns in the textiles. It’s quite electric! I’ve never hosted a tea party in my life– but now that I’ve got all of the gear, I may have to have one!
Do you shop more when you’re traveling, or when you’re at home?

Compai: Compai Style: Tea Time!

Thrifting anywhere really does it for me– but thrift shopping in Europe is so much fun (if for no other reason than I allow myself to shop more and buy things I don’t really need when I’m on vacation.) I came back from Greece, Turkey and Switzerland this summer with some wonderful little treasures including textiles and tea pots.  I love the way the metallic ceramic vibes with the patterns in the textiles. It’s quite electric! I’ve never hosted a tea party in my life– but now that I’ve got all of the gear, I may have to have one!
Do you shop more when you’re traveling, or when you’re at home?

Compai: Compai Craft: Caftan-inspired T-shirt Recon

You’ll need: One old T- Shirt, One old doily, One strip of lace at least 3′ Long, 2 contrasting pieces of  ribbon at least 1′ lond each and at least .5″ wide.

1. Begin with any T Shirt

2. Convert the collar into a tunic collar by cutting collar off as shown

3. Trim the sleeves to a cap sleeve by cutting of from the arm-pit to mid sleeve, in front and back.

4. Measure out the length of your collar: a) from the shoulder to the beginning of the
tunic dip- for the L and R side. Cut out the pieces of lace from the lace strip that correspond to those measurements.
Measure the depth of the dip.  Cut out the pieces of lace from the doily that correspond to those measurements, cutting out “petals” for a flowery design (or whatever shape you fancy) for the applique.

5. Hand sew the doily and lace applications onto the shirt using a zig-zag stitch and matching thread color, as shown.

6. Cut ribbon into three 4″ strips. Fold each strip in half lengthwise to create a loop and sew three loops onto each side of the collar.  Lace a piece of ribbon through the 6 pieces of looped fabric and tie into a bow at top.

Thanks Sole Alberti, Corinne Krishnan and Natalie Gluck for your participation with this Compai Craft Tutorial.

Compai: I Dressed Myself Tuesdays + GIVEAWAY!

Pictured here with her daughter, Noå,  Faith has on a vintage blue velvet dress from Beacon’s Closet, a vintage Italian bag we affectionately call the green taco, and shoes purchased in Switzerland this summer.  But this week, unlike the past month, Faith is NOT wearing a hat by Reinhard Plank.  Why, You ask? Because YOU will be wearing it!

Reinhard Plank is an Italian designer who crafts all of his goods by hand using mostly recycled materials. He sells his accessories in boutiques like Bergdorf Goodman here in the states and Tranoi in Paris. One of his hats is pictured above on the lovely Liya Kebede on the cover of Italian Vogue (but men look awesome in these, too!). His hats retail for $250. He also happens to be little Noå’s father, so we kinda got the hookup.

The hat we are lucky enough to be offering up in this giveaway is one of his classic felt models, cozy, unisex and oh so blue. (Size M). 

So… how do you enter? Simple! Follow the Compai Blog (if you’re not already following) and leave a comment right here on this post telling us your favorite way to keep warm in the winter.  For additional entries, post about the giveaway on twitter, facebook or your own blog and let us know that you’ve done so in the comment section.

A random winner will be selected on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 5PM PST.
Good Luck and thank you all for being such loyal readers. You make us really happy.

Compai: {Earth Friendly} Gift Wrapping Ideas

Images and Styling by Justina Blakeney

With Holidays around the bend, I wanted to share some earth friendly gift wrapping ideas as wrapping can often times be a wasteful endeavor. Here I have used recycled kraft paper as the base for every wrapped gift. Kraft paper is very inexpensive and I love the look of it.

For decor once the gift is wrapped, I love to use items that people will keep and reuse or items that can be discarded into the compost– so as decor I have used real, live leaves and flowers, broaches, incense and doilies- not only so they make the gift look special, but they become a part of the gift, too.
I use Japanese Washi tape, instead of the plastic stuff and customized boring envelopes by gluing vintage wallpaper pieces to their interior.
Now that I’ve got the wrapping done, I’ll I have to do is make all the presents ;-)

Justina Blakeney: A little work and a little play.



Since my schedule has shifted back to a freelance one, I have been able to relax a bit and enjoy life’s simple pleasures; have a leisurely glass of wine, or cup of tea, cook a nice meal– have friends over to draw, play music, eat and share stories. I feel like I’m back to myself again and even though the freelance life is also a hustle, I feel good about my decision.  For those of you still workin’ those full time gigs– hang in there, it’s Friday! For those of you surfin’ the waves of a freelance lifestyle, here’s to another day of a little work and a little play.

Compai: Just for Creative Reuse


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Got my contributor’s copy of “1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse” by Garth Johnson today.
My sis Faith and I have 3 projects featured in the book (Our “Table top”, “GLove Bag” and “Discamong an array of very cool, hip and funky items that range from clothing and accessories to chandeliers, installation art pieces and wacky inventions.
Thanks Garth!

Compai: Just for graphics: Tags for Shaina Mote




Tag designs for Shaina Mote’s lovely new clothing collection. The concept that we developed for the tags is to screen print them onto small coin envelopes that will be full of seeds. Because her collection is made primarily of bamboo, silk and tencel (wood pulp), we thought it would be fun to promote the growth of some of these natural fibers. Which one do you like best??

Compai: Compai Style: Tea Time!

Thrifting anywhere really does it for me– but thrift shopping in Europe is so much fun (if for no other reason than I allow myself to shop more and buy things I don’t really need when I’m on vacation.) I came back from Greece, Turkey and Switzerland this summer with some wonderful little treasures including textiles and tea pots.  I love the way the metallic ceramic vibes with the patterns in the textiles. It’s quite electric! I’ve never hosted a tea party in my life– but now that I’ve got all of the gear, I may have to have one!
Do you shop more when you’re traveling, or when you’re at home?

Compai: Another Way to ‘Fortify your Love’

 Styled by Justina Blakeney and Caitlin Levin, Photos by Carla Richmond

Hey friends. I apologize in advance to folks who are anti Valentines day, but things are gonna be a bit on the sweet side over here, at least for today. In addition to our fort that was on Design*Sponge yesterday, Caitlin and I also styled a bedroom for the occasion. By tacking up a few sarongs and oversized scarves, some ribbon and a couple of lanterns, we turned up the exotic romance and turned down the monotony…a few truffles and a splash of champagne…and Valentines Day is served. 

Be sure to visit the blog later on today as we will be announcing a sugary sweet giveaway.
xxx
~J