My favorite travel website, Fathom, just put up a postcard from my trip to Fez two years ago. It’s making me have serious nostalgia and I want to go back now, especially as the weather starts to warm up. It truly was a magical experience and I can’t wait to visit again, hopefully in the near future. If you haven’t checked out Fathom and you’re planning a trip somewhere, I recommend spending some time browsing their city guides. They’re easy to understand, informative, entertaining, and full of places you might not hear or read about in other travel guides.
In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been on a travel binge covering every recent destination we have had as well as those we hope to have soon. Morocco is no exception, and can you blame us for being obsessed? Who wouldn’t want to ride a camel bedecked in glorious rainbow brights? This country is beloved by many for its food, textiles, and leather, and when the late great Yves Saint Laurent gave his seal of approval in the ‘60s it became the go to destination for gypsies, artists and the like. For this Journal Entry, we pulled out some new embellishments inspired by Moroccan wedding blankets, an embroidered textile covered in vivid colored mirrors and buttons, and some statement making jewels to get us in the mood. Fez, Tangier, Marrakech and Casablanca – we’ll take ‘em all, thank you very much. Take part in the making of Journey Through Morocco below, and to see our completed Journal Entry visit Simone’s blog here. To check out more Journal Entries by Joanna & Simone click here.
Magazine tears, vintage necklace, neon pink earrings from Topshop, printed wrapping paper, embroidered epaulet, silk ribbon, embroidered textile, embellishment from Kneeland Co. , image from Gypset Style
Travel and discovery are the inspiration behind Kneeland Mercado, so we decided to incorporate them into our first-ever Pinterest contest. We want to know where your dream destination is, whether it be chic Paris or colorful Morocco. The prize is this colorful folk basket handmade in Mexico. Excited to enter the contest? Here’s how:
1. Follow KneelandCo. on Pinterest.
2. Create a board titled Kneeland Viaje. (You can check out our Kneeland Viaje board for some ideas.)
3. Pin images of your dream travel destination for 2014, such as the places you want to visit or the food you want to eat. Make sure to use the #kneelandmercado tag when you pin.
4. Leave a link to your board in the comments below! The contest ends on Tuesday, February 11th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced on February 12th. Happy Pinning!
A few months ago I moved my studio to a bright, light-filled space in Atwater Village. I took the space next door as well when I saw the potential it had as a storefront for Kneeland Mercado. That all happened in July and a couple of weeks ago I was finally ready to open the by-appointment shop right next door to my studio. I had an opening party filled with friends, family, the most delicious chai martinis by my friend Satbhajan, Indian-inspired food by Take Flight and Feast and a world renowned sitar player and his student on the tablas. It was incredibly magical and I was surrounded by so much love and inspiration. Pics from the party below from my friends Jessica, Sara and Ava.
Ricotta and chutney bruschetta by Take Flight and Feast
With my dear friend Janelle
Heather trying on an epic necklace
We just added some new arrivals to Kneeland Mercado including vintage oil paintings from Paris, olive oil soaps from Provençe, huaraches from Mexico, and some crazy big pom poms and throw blankets from Morocco. More coming soon!
One of my best friends used to own a great store here in LA that carried some of the best designer vintage in the city. She had it for about ten years before deciding to move to Morocco a year ago, and every time I drive by I think about how much fun I had there trying on clothes and oohing and aahing over her vintage finds. I scored many great pieces there, including this vintage Pucci skirt. I never tire of a Pucci print, and to say that Emilio Pucci had an enormous impact on color, print, and pattern would be an understatement. He was a designer who had the ability to create bold, colorful, psychedelic clothing that was also classic. I can’t imagine ever parting ways with this skirt as every time I pull it out of my closet I find something totally unexpected to wear with it. This time I paired it with a vintage blouse that I found at a flea market, Isabel Marant strappy heels, and my new favorite bag from Mexico City.