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Olderbrother by Elise Joseph

Had a fun morning at home playing with light, photos and some of my favorite clothes. Olderbrother is a Portland-based brand that specializes in durable, comfortable clothing with a playful spirit. Everything that they do is universal, gender-neutral and mixes humor with sophistication. I wear these pieces all the timeI love to be cozy since I work mostly from home, but always want to look put together. My husband has a few OB pieces as well, and I love to steal them from his closet. Olderbrother's eco-conscious textiles range from small batch organics to renewable plant-based synthetics, and are cut, sewn and hand-dyed in Los Angeles.

I'm wearing (my favorite pieces): Sorona Tee, Garbardine Trouser, Jouer Coat, Polo, Sweats, Enthusiasm & Naps Collab Tee, Classic Indigo Crew and Wool Poolover. They just announced a big sale on most of these items - so go on over and grab them while you still can.

Photography by Daniel James for Pennyweight.

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Honeymooners / Part II by Elise Joseph

For the second part of the honeymoon (see Part I here), we headed up to the midpoint between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, and landed at the breathtaking Hotel Esencia. Once home to an Italian duchess, the mansion has been turned into a chic hotel. It was one of the prettiest places I have ever been - you pull up and they whisk you away on golf carts to the main grounds. Beachfront gardens, multiple swimming pools, restaurants and a short walk from the Cenote Azul natural pool.

I knew from the photos that this place would be stunning, but I didn't realize just how thoughtful and intentional every single aspect would be. My husband and I couldn't stop ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the design details, and can't wait to go back.

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Wanted: Connected Goods by Elise Joseph

It's a new year and I'm busy settling into married life and finding a new rhythm after the holidays. I love this season as it feels fresh, invigorating and motivating for me. The symbolism of a brand new year always lights a fire under me in terms of career, personal growth and friends and family. We are moving into a larger apartment soon, and while most of the bigger things are sorted, I've been eyeing a lot of small knickknacks and kitchen items for the home. Connected Goods has beautifully designed products made by unique and special artisans, and captures details about each individuals' country, story and life experience. A fair trade company that enhances the act of consumption and helps me to feel good about purchasing a productsign me up.

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