How To: Be the Hostess with the Most-est

The holiday season is fast approaching and with it, those endless festive fêtes… Feeling overwhelmed already? Never fear! We’ve picked some of our favorite hosting tips to share so you can get ahead of party planning.

1. Dress to Impress

And most importantly to be comfortable!!
Our new Ball Skirt (pictured above) is fabulous and comfy…the perfect piece to play hostess in. With two different length options, you can make a statement in heels or run around in flats (all ethically produced, thank you very much).
What you wear sets the tone of your get together!

2. Choose a Theme

We’re not talking about a Prom theme here, picking a theme can often help streamline your party planning and keep you on track. Old Hollywood Glamour, Rustic Forest, or Tropical Getaway…simple or elaborate, themes help reflect the vibe you want to set and also help your guests get in the mood! Pinterest has got you covered with tons of ideas and how-to’s.
Kick it up a notch by tying in everything from invitations to table settings for an even more memorable event.

3. Create a Signature Cocktail

Another way to make your party stand out from the rest is to dedicate an area within your kitchen or dining as a “home bar” featuring your favorite cocktail! Instead of playing bartender all night, having a big batch of something festive prepared like this Winter Cranberry Martini is an easy way to shake up your typical wine and beer offerings.

4. Consider Some Favors

Going along with your chosen theme, party favors don’t have to be expensive or extravagant. Small pots of herbs or succulents make a great takeaway - even sending out some home-baked goods cleverly wrapped can make an impact.

5. K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, sweetheart)

Always remember to s i m p l i f y so you can stay calm and actually enjoy your event too!

Find these ideas and more on our Pinterest party board! Happy Hosting ~

BTS…

Capturing the shot with our amazing photographer, Melissa, and our adorable model Kinzi.

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Patriot Games

Happy Voting Day!
In honor of this important Tuesday, we’re offering 30% off these patriotic pieces by using code VOTE30. Shop by clicking on the photos and remember ~ just like the polling stations ~ these deals won’t last long!

KOKOON has been Made in the USA since we were born in 1987.
Ethical, small batch manufacturing is one of our core values.

Our Brookland Blouse is one of our classic bestsellers. This Navy Red Stripe is a super soft stretchy jersey with a brushed surface.

If you haven’t tried our slips and camis yet, you’re in for a treat! Once you try them, you’ll be hooked!

Pumpkin Spice (and Everything Nice)

With kiddos hitting the streets in superhero costumes tonight, why not dawn your own cape this Halloween? Our fall photo shoot with Melissa Louise Photography features the new camo Rah Rah Reversible Cape (with pockets!) so you can stay warm while handing out candy.

And just in case you’re already getting sick of pumpkin-flavored-everything, here’s a gluten-free twist on a fall treat I made this week. Not exactly what I had planned, but when your husband comes home with a big bag of pears (nature’s candy), it’s time to improvise…and it turned out delicous! It’s subtle and not too sweet.

Autumn Pear Bread

  • 4 very ripe pears (pureed)

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour

  • 5 eggs

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Bake at 350ºF between 55 minutes to 1 hr 10 min. Enjoy ~

Happy Halloween!

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Design Challenge Reveal

That week between opening the box and having to present the results went pretty fast, and as I mentioned before, it was way more stressful than I anticipated. 

So, on April 17th we had a special Facebook Live event that featured a bunch of "Few of A Kind" special order styles and then also pieces I designed using the fabrics from the 'mystery box' of fabric. 

By Monday afternoon I had finished ONE of the 4 design challenge pieces.

By Monday afternoon I had finished ONE of the 4 design challenge pieces.

By Tuesday at about 4pm, we had finished the main 4 fabrics and so...what the hell, why not do something cute with the 5th fabric???

By Tuesday at about 4pm, we had finished the main 4 fabrics and so...what the hell, why not do something cute with the 5th fabric???

(Thank Goodness the video worked. The last two FB Live events we did were simply horrible video quality and we lost a lot of viewers because of it. I was really nervous and trying to be confident which you can see at the beginning of the video.)

I really loved the results, and the 'audience went wild' (muffled cheering in the background), no seriously, the reaction was so fun and it's been even more super fun to get messages and emails the last few days from people who have since watched the video wanting to order the Few Of A Kinds from the show. 

So, here it is, the FB Live Show with the Design Challenge Results plus other super limiteds and Few Of A Kinds.  

Laine reveals the results of the "mystery box" fabric challenge and many other 'Few of A kind' limited edition designs available during this Facebook Live show!

We'll be doing more FB Live shows, and many more 'Few of A Kind' designs because...a couple reasons...it's a great way to use up little bits of fabric, so it's 'sustainable' (such an abused word) but most importantly, clients love it. 
And it is actually really fun.

(please join our VIP Group! For advance notice of stuff, updates, FB Live videos, and things like that)

XO,

Laine Sou

Design Challenge!!

So..I had this bright idea that involved opening up (Live, on camera) one of our many boxes of fabric had have been stored high up in our warehouse, untouched for the past 10 years, and then making myself design stuff with whatever was inside. 
It sounded like a fun idea at the time. And actually, the idea was fun. The execution however, not so much. 
The Live un-boxing was kind of my Geraldo Rivera moment. Except I kind of cheated but not really. 
We opened the box one week before the Facebook Live event in which I was to reveal the designs with the 'challenge fabrics'. I also had a bunch of other Few Of A Kind designs I had to get ready for this same deadline.
It was also 5 days before tax day, which also happened to be my wedding anniversary, which it is every year. That's how that works. 
Here's the un-boxing:

We chose a box of fabric unopened for 10 years...tune in to next week's Facebook Live show on April 17th show to see what we make with it!!

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Needless to say, my weekend was shit. 
We got 20 inches of snow (in freaking mid-April) which I was alternately pissed off about and grateful for ~ because it was a great excuse to stay home and work. 
I honestly didn't think the design challenge would be such a big deal, but it really threw me in to a different level of stress! I didn't want to dissappoint our reps, clients, viewers...and I wanted the results to be fun and something that you all (y'all if I was Southern, which I often wish I was, even just to be able to say y'all) would be delighted with. 

OK...check the next post for the design challenge reveal!!! 

And please, join our VIP Group on FB. 

XO,

Laine
 

Peek Behind the Seams

A few more snaps of the photo shoot ~ featuring one of our new favorites, the KOKOON Hitch a Ride Pullover in Lagoon (for future release). The Celery and Navy were just introduced and these feel so amazing...the washed rib knit is spongy and really has nice substance.
From crunches to brunches, this top does it all in comfy style!

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our adorable photographer

our adorable photographer

outtakes from the screen of  Melissa Louise Photography

outtakes from the screen of Melissa Louise Photography

Coming soon, can't wait!