But How Does Helen Dealtry Create Her So-Major Floral Prints?!

Hey, scarf—this bud’s for you.

“I paint a good flower,” says Helen Dealtry. Um, more like she paints blossoms so magnetic that you’ll want to drape your neck in ‘em. How does this astonishingly talented textile designer go from anemone inspo to airy, mood-changing scarf? Watch her make it happen. —genevieve ang

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“I like to go to the New York City Public Library—they have an image section there, and you can make photocopies of things that you like. It’s good to get away from Pinterest, which I do get inspired by, but can sometimes be a bit repetitive. It can be nice to look through a book. I also love flowers, and if my neighbor Nicolette, who’s an amazing florist, has a wedding coming up, I might head over to the Chelsea flower market with her super early in the morning. I like to put flowers in unusual arrangements—I’m super inspired by Japanese arrangements called ikebana.”

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“My archive of vintage fabrics and swatches is also really inspiring for me. The fashion cycle is so weird, and it can sometimes be hard to get in the zone when you’re painting during the opposite season. I like going to the Rose Bowl in L.A. for my fabric swatches—they keep me going for months.”

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“When I start on a new project, I usually allow myself a week to just paint. It can be quite hard to turn off your business head and turn on your creative head and go back and forth between the two. My painting days are when I turn everything else off and go completely under—it’s when I feel completely free to chop things up and put different things together.”

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“On the computer, I primarily play with scale and rearrange the layout. I don’t do a huge amount on the computer—it’s mostly done beforehand in the painting process. After I clean up my design, I send it off to production.”

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“I then get a sample back, say ‘yay’ or ‘nay,’ and then that’s it! There’s usually quite a few months of turnaround time, so you have to be quite ahead of your game!”

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Sarkilahti.

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Sign Us Up: 8 Newsletters That We Cannot WAIT to Open

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We know—you’re probably trying to clean out your inbox, to find that always-elusive unsubscribe button. But hold up for just one minute ‘cause there are actually a handful of newsletters that we think you should absolutely, without-a-doubt be getting and (how about this?) reading. They’re stuffed with smarty-pants tips and intel that will make you feel savvier, more informed, and just generally less daunted by all the things—well, at least that’s the effect they’ve had on us. —erica

+ theSkimm
This is like magic: It ensures you have all the news (like, hard news about Ukraine, ebola, Pope Francis) that you need to start each day. We feel like we owe the girls who masterminded this a thank-you note. 

+ Ann Friedman
Not only does Ann Friedman write all kinds of things we love (for New York mag, The Hairpin, and Elle), but she also puts together a beyond-brilliant Friday rundown of all of the stuff on the internet you want to know about but don’t yet.

+ The Business of Fashion
Our go-to for fashion news, from the breaking stuff to longer, thoughtful features and interviews…

+ Uncommon Update
…And the other source we turn to daily to make sure we know what’s up in the sartorial realm. 

+ 20x200
This site, which sells limited-edition prints, is the one that inspired ours, so obviously we’re diehards. And once you start reading the stories behind its art, you will be too.

+ Lauren in the Afternoon
IRL, we’re always asking Lauren Sherman what she’s into and what she’s contemplating, so we were stoked when she started delivering a digest of her weekly reading and writing to our inboxes.

+ Now I Know
Do you love lifelong-learning? Do you heart knowing obscure things about equally random topics? Sign up.

+ A Series of Tubes
This is, like, the chillest beauty newsletter imaginable. Amanda Mattos just gets it.

Listen, not to get all self-promoter-y, but a lot of people tell us that the Of a Kind newsletter makes them feel all giddy like Lucille Bluth up there. Are you signed up, or what?

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Um, no, it is not too late in the season for this Thomas Sires jumper. Because how thrilled will you be to be able to toss it on with a blazer in October and to not have to shave your legs? —erica

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In Character: Raylan Givens

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If you’re never seen Justified, you probably don’t truly understand the appeal of Timothy Olyphant. But give this show three episodes, and, well, you’ll be right there with me—100% chance. —erica

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A Gitman Vintage shirt that often ends up in a crumpled pile on his motel-room floor.

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A black tie from Kris Van Assche to show those Crowders that he’s serious about this U.S. Marshal business.

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A signature cowboy hat by Goorin Bros. that is worth getting into a bar brawl over.

Get your “In Character” fix!

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Motif of this No.6 dress: the Catskills. —erica

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Bridle Leather Bifold Wallet by M&U Co. for Of a Kind

BUY / 50 of a kind / $89

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Double Take: Driftwood

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If your tan game is as weak as mine, the only way to bring summer into the fall is by literally carrying it with you. Let this candelabra, by The Dreslyn, take over your dining table, or hang a garland, c/o Jamali Garden, by your window to distract you when the leaves start to turn. Salty air (unfortunately) not included. —alex ronan

WOOD you like some more of this? You got it.

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Is this gonna be the year that I wear a felt hat? Clyde makes a mighty strong case. —erica

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Weather Vain: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California - 87 and Partly Cloudy

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We were in L.A. last week, and you know the one thing we don’t like about that place? Leaving. Wah. Here’s a getup that’s itching to head to all of our right-off-the-101 haunts. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Kieley Kimmel top ready to hit the boutiques around The Junction.

+ A piece of cool-girl fine jewelry from the L.A. sisters behind Gabriela Artigas.

Proud Mary loafers comfy enough to stand in line at Sqirl.

Damir Doma culottes that are ready to catch any breeze that comes their way.

+ A Job & Boss wallet-slash-clutch that won’t weigh you down at L&E Oyster Bar.

Head here for a whole lot more “Weather Vain.”

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The twisty-twirly waist and the quilting on those pockets there makes for a real interesting denim dress, by Heinui. —erica

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