Category Archives: Lifestyle

  • Lifestyle
  • Series: Meet the Makers

    At Colby June, we strive for the most ethical and sustainable way. We are always searching for like minded brands to support. This is the first post in a series on other brands and how they inspire us. By sharing the companies that inspire us, we hope that it inspires you to take a step towards supporting slow fashion and independent makers.

    Brass Clothing

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    Jay Adams and Katie Doyle launched Brass in September 2014 with a small run of 5 dress styles. They were at a point in their lives where they could no longer stomach fast-fashion. Their careers had progressed and they needed to look more professional. They were also becoming increasingly aware of the toll that disposable fashion takes on our planet and people’s lives. While they started Brass to satisfy their own needs, it’s their customer base of smart, strong, passionate women who keep them going.  Moreover, they are forming close, lasting relationships with their factories that are motivated by trust, goodwill, and a devotion to creating an excellent product.

    Take a look at some of my favorite pieces and some beautiful pieces that are coming soon!

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  • Lifestyle
  • New Ring Sets for the Holidays

    Brand new ring sets just in time for that special someone or for that Holiday party. We have a variety of mixed metal sets, or if you fancy all silver or all gold, we have that too!  Stacking rings specked with conflict free diamonds or a solitaire fair trade Oregon sunstone, there are endless options. With over 10 new ring sets you are sure to find one for your loved one. Here is a taste of the new stacking ring sets.

     

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    To see all of Colby June’s new rings sets click here.

  • Lifestyle
  • Handcrafted in Colorado

    With the Holidays right around the corner, here are some of my favorite holiday gifts.
    Each one is handcrafted in Colorado.

    Support Locals and Shop Small this Holiday Season!

     

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    1. Gift someone on your list with a Pie of the Month Club from The Long I Pie and they will not be disappointed. (Denver area)
    2. Come bearing one of these beautiful arrangements from  Modern West Floral Company to your next holiday party. It’s a nice change from the standard bottle of wine.
    3. For the home enthusiast on your list, visit  Two Little Tadpols for some unique gifts.
    4. Young or old, any lady on your list is sure to appreciate a cashmere hat from Leit-Kat.
    5. These organic plates and spoons by Bridget Dorr Ceramics are just too cute!
    6. There is always a need for a stunning charcuterie board by David Rasmussen Design.
  • Lifestyle
  • Travel Time: Hood River

    Exploring Hood River | Colby June

    The Northwest never fails to astound me with its lusciousness and grandeur. Coming from the aridity of Colorado, I always revel in the moisture and abundance of water. I’ve spent a little bit of every summer in Hood River, Oregon since age seven, and went to college in Portland, so it feels a little like going home. There is never enough time to do everything. There is rarely a plan, but somehow everyday unfolds packed with activities, friends, family and incredible food, wine and coffee. Some of our favorite activities include windsurfing or kiting, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, a city day, coffee and art.

     

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    Favorite Local Businesses:

    Marquesi Vinyards– beautiful patio for sipping wine

    Twiggs– Gifts, Home Accents and Jewelry (including Colby June)

    The Ruddy Duck– Family run mini department store

    Celilo – Locally sourced, sustainably grown delicious food always

    Stoked Roasters– Waterfront coffee

    Plenty-I never fail to find a “must have” item at Plenty

    Kids Creations Art Camp – amazing kids art camp

    Mike Ice Cream – best ice cream ever!

     

  • Lifestyle
  • How to: Earring Stacks

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    Statement Stack:

    Pairing the 14k raw diamond stone shield studs with the 14k spike climbers. This earring stack is a beautiful and bold statement. Wear this stack out on the town or for date night and heads are sure to turn.

     

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    Studs on Studs:

    Pairing the 14k 5mm raw diamond stone warrior studs with the 14k 4mm raw diamond stone warrior studs. This is an elegant earring stack perfect for any formal event.


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    Hoops and Studs:

    Pairing the angled hoops with the 4mm black onyx stone warrior studs. This is a bold and edgy look. Perfect for spicing up your simple outfit.


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    Studs and Spikes:

    Pairing the 5mm raw diamond stone warrior studs with the 14k spike climbers. This is one of my favorite earring stacks. It is unique and fierce, but you can wear this stack every day to give your daytime outfit some flare.

     

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    Layer up with Stones:

    Pairing the sunstone stone shield studs with the 5mm sunstone stone warrior studs and the 4mm black onyx stone warrior studs. The use of sunstones in this stack is elegant while still being edgy with the use of different stones.

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  • Creative Process at Colby June: It Takes a Village

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    Colby June Process Video

    One of the best parts of my job is opportunity I have to work with other ardent creatives. I truly enjoy working with impassioned professionals who really consider their work a life-calling. It is inspiring to be in their presence and collaboration with passionate people always has an enormously positive effect on the creative process at Colby June.

     

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    However, the initial stages of the process are incredibly personal and solitary. In those initial weeks, words cannot describe the collection yet. I’m simply evoking a feeling or a sense of something through my physical pieces. It’s a highly visual and surprisingly non-verbal process.

    Once, that phase is complete, I get feedback from my partner Amanda on the final designs and we dive into the story creation. The collaboration of a brilliant group of creatives, brings the narrative of the collection to life. From our photographers and videographers, to the models, our PR team to the stylists, each person tells the story through their own lens. The collaboration of everyone makes the whole greater than its parts and I am incredibly grateful to work with the team I do at Colby June.

     

    Film – Vital Films
    Photographer- Natalia Mills 
    Hair Stylist- Carina Redmond
    Makeup Stylist- Vanessa Leighton

  • Lifestyle
  • Casual Spring

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    The snow is melting and the warm weather is creeping in. These in-between months are so unpredictable. One day it will be as hot as a July day and the next you’re hit with a week long rain storm. For these in-between months here are my go to pieces.

    1. Always have a pair or sunnies. Who knows when the sun will show itself.
    2. Keep it simple with a tank top and if you get a little chilly throw on a sweater.
    3. Black skinny jeans are the perfect blank canvas. If it’s rainy pull on a pair of Hunter boots and if its sunny slip on those Birks.
    4. Layer away with jewelry. This will brighten up any day.
    5. Add a pop of color with a bright clutch. This will remind you that the rainy days will end soon.

    P.S.
    Tank top is State Side Clothing. They build wardrobe basics entirely in the USA with the aim of creating modern.