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Raw Double Diamond Necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind

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Track Star: Bat For Lashes

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The Vibe: Natasha Kahn is known for angelic vocals and atmospheric beats, but she also stands out for her style—she’s just as at-home in dramatic concert attire and uptown-girl getups.

The One-Song Intro: “All Your Gold”

The Look, Recreated: A pleated maxidress by Tamarziv, a black-and-copper Rag & Bone headband, a gold gingko necklace by Erica Weiner, and a faux fur Acne coat. —julie alvin

Fall down the “Track Star” rabbit hole here.

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Baby Crystals Necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind

BUY / 100 of a kind / $85

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Diasy Necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind 

BUY / 100 of a kind / $80

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The Insider: Jen Rubio

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Jen Rubio spends her days as Warby Parker's social media guru, but when she’s out of the office, she’s probably out of town. The supremely stylish frequent flier globetrots so often that her Delta status is one we’ve never even heard of. Don’t worry, though: You can always find her @jennifer in the Twitterverse—yah, check-out that first-name-handle radness. —carlye wisel

Q: When you’re on a trip, do you always find yourself buying a certain thing as a souvenir?
A: I am actually old-school, and I write postcards every single place I go. One of my friends has postcards from, like, 30 different countries from me on her fridge. My thing: Whatever the picture is on the postcard, I write it there.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing on your bookshelf?
A: The most embarrassing is probably that I don’t even have a bookshelf right now because I move so much. The actual only bookshelf I have in my apartment is a print of “The Ideal Bookshelf” hanging up. It’s the fashion one. I do read! Books are hard to pack!

Q: If you could have access to anyone’s wardrobe, whose would you pillage?
A: Miroslava Duma. She’s amazing. We’re also both 5-feet-tall, so everything would already be hemmed! I mean, I could say Taylor Tomasi-Hill, but then I’d have to fuck around with a tailor. So, nope! I could just put on Miroslava’s pants and be fine. She’s one of those people who gets a bob, and then I’m like “OH, I’m gonna get a bob!”

Q: Does the bob work out?
A: No! Never! No one ever sees a bob on a celebrity and gets one and has it work out. It just doesn’t work. This is probably my most embarrassing beauty-related story: I have a very round face, and I saw some celebrity with a bob. I got it, and it looked so bad—so atrocious that the next day I sat in a chair for 11 hours and got a weave.

Q: What?!
A: My deepest, darkest secret is that I had a weave! It’s really expensive because it’s real hair. I know a lot about weaves. I literally walked into this place and was like, “I need long hair.” It takes a long time—they put hundreds of strands in your hair. I guess you could do those Jessica Simpson clip-ins, but…no. If I’m getting a weave, I’m going all-out!

Q: You own a slew of Of a Kind editions.
A: Yeah! In the beginning, I had maybe seven out of their first ten editions. I have all of the Claire Vivier ones, and I have all the Erica Weiner stuff—I’m very loyal to my Of a Kind designers. I actually have a crazy Of a Kind story. I bought the very first hat Annie Larson did, and I was so excited. I worked at this agency and told everyone, “Guys! Only 25 people have this hat, it’s amazing!” And a week later, my co-worker Kyle’s like, “Oh, I saw someone with your hat on the train.” And I was like, “No you didn’t! I’m telling you, only 25 people have it.” And he goes, “No, I swear! I took a picture for you, since I know you’re obsessed with that hat!” And he shows me this picture of this girl, and I lost it. I was like “Oh my god, you’re my hat twin!”—of course not even thinking that Of a Kind’s early customers all lived in New York. I had a blog at that point, and I posted this girl’s picture on my blog and blocked out her face. And a girl comments on my blog, “Oh my god, that’s my sister!” and e-mail introduces me to her sister. We never actually met up, but this girl lived in Brooklyn, she had the same hat, and we’re like, hat soulmates.

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Weather Vain: Bogotá, Colombia - 77 and Clear

People are making us all kinds of jealous with their warm-weather travels right now. And while we’re personally very upset with anyone lucky enough to head to the Colombian capital, we’re willing to offer you our professional support—and a packing list. —erica

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Clockwise from top left:

+ A Lemlem dress that doubles as a cover-up when you head to the beaches at Tayrona National Park.

+ This bracelet by K/LLER: jazzy enough for dinner at Mi Viejo, overlooking La Candelaria’s so-stunning square. 

+ To keep your CCs and pesos in order, a mini Clare Vivier wallet. 

+ The sort of Erica Weiner necklace that could go with basically every outfit in your suitcase.

+ Loeffler Randall shoes that are most definitely made for walking (and exploring Macarena—the ‘hood, not the dance). 

+ Super sunglasses to deal with such annoyingly bright and clear weather. 

+ The perfect pared-down travel bag from Eayrslee. Bonus: It can be worn around your waist (as long as you don’t call it a fanny pack).

Head this way for more “Weather Vain!” Hot (and cold) stuff.

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Recommended Reading: Erica Weiner Shares Her Faves on Design*Sponge

You know who has ka-razy good taste? Erica Weiner. And if you (DARE) don’t believe us, well, get your rear over to Design*Sponge and read about allll the things she’s feeling right now. Let’s face it: You’re kinda dying to know about the best stapler around. —erica

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Erica Weiner’s lariat necklaces would be a signature track on the Of a Kind greatest hits album. What makes this one so special? Oh, those speckled stones are leopardskin jasper. We know: We had you at leopard. Gift it up, guys. —erica

BUY / 100 of a kind / $98

Read more about the designer behind the line:

+ On getting her start at craft fairs.

+ On her pre-jewelry-design gigs…like doing costumes for Fosse.

+ On the (weird) history behind some of her rad pieces.

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Alumni Sunday: Confetti Squares Bracelet by Erica Weiner

Are you already dreading Monday? We feel you. But how much better would the week’s worst day be if you had this burst of excitement on your wrist? We venture to say that, with its mess of gold-plated squares, Erica Weiner’s latest creation could make it FUN, even. Yah, big expectations for this one. —erica

BUY / 100 of a kind / $95

Read more about the designer:

+ On starting off at the craft fairs.

+ On her 8 favorite places in Maine.

+ On her killer, three-story Red Hook house.

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The Insider: Lindsey Green

LG at her favorite NYC sports bar, Flight 151.

Lindsey Green, Of a Kind’s director of communications, has been with us since before we even launched. Yah, that’s some serious commitment. She’s just as hardcore about her other T.I. 14th clients—20x200, Nestio, SRSLY, and Little Borrowed Dress—as she is about her extra-curricular interests: the Detroit Pistons, gymnastics, and the Olympics. When it comes to Team USA fandom, she is the 1%. —jiayi

Q: How did you get into the startup world?
A: I came from the fashion space. I worked at Jill Stuart for three years as her director of communications, and before that, I worked at a startup. I was also blogging way back in the day, so I had this built-in connection with people in the startup community. A lot of my friends had started companies then, and it was really fun and exciting to watch their companies grow. I ended up leaving the fashion world and went back to working with startups because I missed it.

Q: What made you go into PR?
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It was the only job at the time, and so I thought, “I’ll do that! That sounds fun!” I just sort of fell into it. I did a lot of things before that. I worked in film briefly, and I was a concierge at a hotel—I was all over the place. PR is my first career. I like it.

Q: You started working with Of a Kind four months before launch. Do you think PR is key at that point?
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It really depends on the company. I think in the fashion space, yes. With Of a Kind, we needed to have a really strong entrance. No one was doing what we were doing at that time, so that story needed to be told well. With other startups, I don’t recommend it at the beginning—you need to be able to see where your audience is coming from. You have to be able to tweak things and change things. Launch means a lot of different things for different people.

Q: What are some of the up-and-coming companies you’re watching now?
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I’m very intrigued by this startup called Brewster—it launched just this month and was started by Steve Greenwood, who’s a friend and just a startup genius. Basically, the app takes all of the people from your social-media networks and makes a virtual address book. It tells you who you’re losing touch with, who you haven’t talked to in a while, and who you’re really connected to right now. Instead of having different contact lists, this keeps you on top of everybody in one place. I love finding apps that really solve a problem and that I’ll use all the time.

Q: What else are you hot on?
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I’m really excited about the Olympics. I moonlight as a sports writer and have a little sports blog called The Rings. I’m also doing a little gymnastics coverage for New York Magazine and will be writing about weird Olympic sports for Deadspin this summer. I used to be a gymnast, so I’m crazy, crazy, crazy for the Olympics. I’ve had a countdown on my Twitter for about a year.

Q: So tomorrow night, where are you gonna be?
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At home, watching the opening ceremony. I’ve had to email clients saying, “Hey guys, I love you all, hugs, hugs, hugs, but I’m just not going to be around for about two weeks. I will respond to you, but it’ll be slower than usual. I’ll be in front of the TV.”

Q: When did you do gymnastics?
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I did it from when I was seven until fifteen. I did it because my sister was doing it. She went on to karate a couple of months later, but I stayed in gymnastics. I was really serious about it. I won an AAU National Championship in my age group division and two state championships—I did some winning in my day. I still do it once a week now. Just for fun. I could never figure out how the normal gym worked, so I was just like, “Screw it. I’m gonna do gymnastics.”

Wait! There are more awesome people that you should meet! Right this way.

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