The {Khristian} Edit

2.2.18: Guest Edit // Khristian A. Howell

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Color, pattern + design expert Khristian A. Howell is all about FEARLESS LIVING (her caps, not ours!).  You may have seen her on the TODAY show or NBC’s American Dream Builders with Nate Berkus or read about her in Elle Decor, HGTV Magazine or Real Simple.  Her book, Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design, was featured on our Under $50 Gift Edit this holiday season and lives on our coffee table permanently now.  Besides being beautiful to look at, this fun, how-to guide makes the art of color and pattern design seem attainable even for us (have we mentioned that we have 23 plain black tops hanging in our closet?).  And, when you're finally ready to take the plunge into full color fearless living, Khristian's got an array of bright, fun products--everything from iPhone cases to wall prints to throw pillows--that will jazz up your spaces and places without breaking the bank.  We love all the things!  (Especially her Fig Life Throw Pillow--we might redo our living room just so we can buy one!). 

We're so delighted to have this fearless femme brightening up Communelle this week.  Read on to find out what ethically made gems Khristian is loving right now.

1. LITTLE BARN APOTHECARY, Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist, $16

2. ART OF ORGANICS, Clean Beauty Box, $39/mo

3. LO AND SONS, The Hanover Deluxe, $148

4. KHRISTIAN A. HOWELL DESIGNS, Analucia 2018 Large Canvas Calendar, $85

5. SYMBOLOGY, Velvet Embroidered Kimono Wrap Dress, $325



Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist

Photo by Little Barn Apothocary

Photo by Little Barn Apothocary

I love this face mist because - how indulgent can we be? I mean that in the best possible way.  I feel more than a little prissy misting myself (sometimes in public, summer in the South...hello) with rosewater and aloe.  I am totally ok with this part of me. Bonus, this is the best little gift to give when meeting friends on a beach getaway!  

Little Barn Apothecary is an Atlanta-based company that was founded in 2015 by Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins to create safe, alternative, and modern apothecary goods crafted from organic and wild harvested ingredients.  I am so thrilled for this southern pioneer!



Clean Beauty Box

Photo by Art of Organics

Photo by Art of Organics

We all love a good subscription box, and this one delivers with clean beauty.  For $39 a month, I get a great selection of thoughtfully chosen organic, natural and cruelty-free products delivered right to my doorstep.  I love to experiment with skincare and cosmetics, and this subscription means I get lots of new things to try without worrying whether they're safe and well-made.  Thanks to Art of Organics, I can relax knowing that the items I'm using on my largest organ - my skin! - are nourishing and thoughtful.


The Hanover Deluxe

Photo by Lo and Sons

Photo by Lo and Sons

I never saw myself as carrying a backpack post-college, but life with a toddler requires hands free packing whenever possible!  The lightweight, eco-friendly Hanover Deluxe from Lo and Sons is perfect for travel (even if you're just going to the park!).  And, it's unisex design means my husband is just as happy carrying it as I am.  Win!

I love that California-based Lo & Sons is working to address one of the biggest problems for our landfills and oceans by using a recycled polyester blend made from old water and soda bottles to make this bag.  But the story behind the bag is what really sets it apart.  The brand was the brain child of Helen Lo, a woman in her 60s who developed back issues and struggled to find a bag that kept up with her busy travel schedule.  Every bag she bought was either too heavy or too frumpy or too tech-y or too impractical or wildly overpriced.  After watching their mom abandon bag after bag, her sons Jan and Derek ditched their respective day jobs to help make Helen's dream a reality, and their dad, an accomplished astronomer, became chairman of the board.  How inspiring is that?  I love supporting this truly family-run brand that cares about each other as much as they care about our world.  


2018 Large Canvas Calendar

Photo by Khristian A. Howell Designs

Photo by Khristian A. Howell Designs

Part of the Fearlessly Chic lifestyle is staying organized and on top of a busy, creative schedule.  I carry the Ink + Volt planner for the nitty gritty, but a large wall calendar is essential for the big picture.  

Not only are our oversized wall calendars high-impact (hello poster size goodness!), they're printed on acid free canvas here in the U.S. for vibrant and archival color that'll last long after the year is done. Its fine art quality and durability will be a stunner on your wall.

Ready for the best part? Once you've said hello to 2019 next January, you can slice off the calendar portion of this beauty and be left with a canvas art print!  

We've got three designs to choose from, but the Analucia pattern is my personal favorite.  It blends youthfulness and sophistication like no other, and adds an unexpected splash of energy to any room.


Velvet Embroidered Kimono Wrap Dress

Photo by Symbology

Photo by Symbology

Truth: I don't have this dress from Symbology yet, but I need (ok, WANT) it, and I think maybe you do too! 

Symbology was born with the goal of making fair trade sexy — um, yes please!  Symbology employs women artisans from India and the West Bank, working with them not only to produce beautiful clothing but also to preserve traditional art forms in each garment — from Indian block printing to Palestinian weaving and Native American embroidery.  They pay these women a living wage and invite them into the design process so that these artisans are empowered both economically and artistically.

I discovered Symbology on one of my favorite shopping sites, Bead and Reel.  Founded in 2014 based on the belief that fashion and ethics aren't mutually exclusive, Bead and Reel is an online shop that brings together 60 independent designers focused on eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free styles for conscientious women. Everything they sell meets the criteria of being thoughtful to animals, people, and the world.  It's so cool that the site is organized by searchable ethics, making it super easy for me to find products that match my values.