Tuesday
Jun252013

Fill Your Summer with Mystery!

Every Summer Has A Story!

Once upon a time, summer meant free time and trips to the library to stock up on our favorite sleuthing adventures with Nancy Drew. Summer may no longer bring lazy days lounging by the pool with a good book or long hours reading under a shady tree, but it still stirs up a craving for great mysteries!

Whether you read it, write it or live it, we're all for making it a bit of a mystery and seeing how hot your summer can get when you heat things up with some summer sleuthing!

For your summer mystery reading, we've got three great new series that keep us captivated on planes and trains and have sucked us in for some late night suspense—don't you just love it when you can't put a book down?

One of our favorite and wholly unexpected heroines is a Duchess and great granddaughter to Queen Victoria—Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie. She's penniless, a touch clumsy, and is constantly stumbling in and out of trouble. From Transylvania to the French Mediterranean, her life is never dull and somehow always manages to be full of murder and intrigue.  Author Rhys Bowen has created one of the most addictive series that we've picked up in years. The Royal Spyness Mysteries are so good we're on our second reading. Rumor has it that a movie is even in the works, so we're crossing our fingers.

Our second discovery of the year is the Sally Lockhart Quartet. We met Sally as was a result of reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass), which we also loved and highly recommend. Sally sets an example for fearlessness and intrepid perseverance as she takes on ruthless villains as well as Victorian society, pushing for freedom to live, work and achieve independent of a man. She is an amazing character of strength and determination and reminds us of the early days of the Nancy Drew series, where a single woman dared to face her fears and show strength and courage in the face of danger.

Finally we'll return to another character brought to life by the prolific Rhys Bowen, the amazing Molly Murphy. The Molly Murphy Mysteries are set in New York at the birth of the 20th century. They bring to life a portrait of what it was like to live in the time of suffragettes, Harry Houdini, muckrakers, and Tammany Hall in a city so hot, Molly finds cultures and classes melting together into chaos where anything can happen. She is a female detective before there were lady detectives and she is constantly struggling with her role as a woman, caught between her career and the man she loves.

Every one of these series feeds our obsession with romance, history and mystery. Not only do they take us on a nail biting adventure, but we get to experience what it was like to be a woman in another age where women weren’t encouraged to be strong and adventurous, much less solving crimes. This is exactly what made us fall in love with Nancy Drew years ago, and we love that we've chanced on a couple of amazing writers keeping the same sleuthing spirit alive.

Now if you want to dive even deeper into our mystery binge, we've got a couple of ideas.

Host Mystery Night Double Feature!

Our favorites are Sherlock, The Thin Man (a la Dashiell Hammett ), and a good dose of Marple—because you can never go wrong with Agatha Christie.

Throw a Nancy Drew themed party complete with handcuff souvenirs!

Pick your favorite Nancy Drew adventure and get ready to dress up as your favorite character—sometimes it's even fun to play the villain.

Photos by Double Fun Parties

Write your own Mystery!

Spice up the sleepiest of summer weeks by keeping a diary with the eye for the mysterious. Let your imagination run wild with the unknown. Once upon a time the mystery of a missing neighbor led to a sleepless night or two.

Monday
Jun102013

It's Time for Summer Vision!

With all the work we have to do this summer, we like reminders that we have time to play too!

In fact‚ playing is healthy!! And we are officially the biggest fans of whoever did research to prove it!!

So we made cute little reminders to lift our noses from the grindstone every once in awhile and take a walk in sunshine, plan a picnic, take a trip to the beach and maybe even sail away for awhile.

We like our new desktops so much we decided to share them with our Alicia Klein family!

So download away and get into the groove of Alicia Klein Summer Vision!

Monday
May202013

Congratulations to the Recent Grads! Let the Gift Giving Begin!

This weekend kicked off a season of graduations! We're celebrating taking the next step in life with gifts of course! That's what make graduations so fun! But we're thinking ahead. We're thinking about classic styles that will be used every day with love and care. We're thinking about accessories that help our young Grads look and feel the part as they step into interviews, new jobs, travel around the world, and ultimately—making their dreams come true! Every little bit helps!! So here are our picks from the Alicia Klein Collection. We still remember our first brief cases, passport covers, wallets and purses that the Alicia Klein crew got from our loving family and friends. We hope these pieces last a life time too and carry our Graduates far!

 

The Ellen

The elegant, classic design includes padded zippered security pockets for electronics, protecting your MacBook Air or iPad. For the chic woman on the go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Envelope

An elegant and perfect portfolio with pockets for business cards, pens, and anything else you need on hand while taking meetings, going on interviews and generally dressing to impress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colette

A beautiful bag in a classic style that will last forever and go with everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purse Envelope

This perfect envelope purse makes for eclectic clutch or a keeper of your most precious keepsakes. Line up your collection on the bookshelf and mix and match colors for the perfect collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tablet Wristlet

A gorgeous leather wristlet clutch that is padded to fit and protect a tablet but also doubles as an adorable clutch. The perfect travel accessory for traveling light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cross Body E-Pouch

This is perfect for carrying your tablets and readers on a commute and even a longer journey. The perfect professional version of a vertical messenger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Phone Case Clutch

This piece was made for every occasion! You can use it with the strap as a cross body clutch. It fits a compact point and shoot camera. It makes a great wallet and, of course, the perfect phone case ready to clip onto to your bag or brief case. The Phone Case includes an adjustable shoulder strap in matching leather, an external, gusseted zipper pocket and an open internal pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tablet Sleeve in Black

Classic, beautiful and durable leather case padded for tablets. Perfect for looking professional every day! Great for Graduates on the go and making things happen!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hollywood Tote

A touch of glamour and classic style makes this the perfect brief case for carrying everything from laptops to lipstick!  Perfect for work and travel with a dedicated tunnel pocket to secure it to your suitcase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Classic Card Case

This wallet in genuine ostrich leather is a timeless gesture and a beautiful piece to always carry. Simplicity is classic when it has everything you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vertical Brief

A brief case that doubles as a backpack. Perfect for work and travel with a dedicated tunnel pocket to secure it to your suitcase. Everything needed for a day in the office or a day out in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Card Holders

Now that they're moving on in the world, it's the perfect time to think about Business Cards! These make a perfect gift for College and Grad School Graduates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Apr222013

OWL Recycled® & Deb Eiseman Featured on TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

OWL Recycled® & Deb Eiseman featured on TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

Imagine our elation and surprise when we found out we were going to be part of the Green Week features on the TODAY Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

It feels great to see that our efforts and as the reasons behind them are getting attention and helping to build awareness that we're entering a whole new world of materials for fashion and accessories!
 
When we began our journey with OWL Recycled, our goal was to create products and develop practices that could open up healing opportunities for our beautiful planet.

Partnering with Deb Eiseman was the natural choice. Her work embodies healing. It sets the intention to focus on the positives, and embrace Peace, Love, Harmony and Play. Pairing Deb's artwork with our accessories reminds us to be present in our intention to Renew and Sustain our planet and ourselves. These pieces reflect our inner beauty and the natural self while highlighting the choices we are making to help create a bright and beautiful future for our planet.

We began making our Taxi Wallets with recycled leather and have been among the first to use 100% RECYCLED FABRICS for our OWL® collection.

100% post-consumer PET plastic is spun from yesterday's discarded containers and water bottles into clean new fibers for our FELT and POLYCANVAS textiles.

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), is a form of polyester used to make strong, lightweight, shatter-resistant bottles for soft drinks, water, juice and numerous other food or non-food products.

We have chosen to embrace these materials because it takes plastic in landfills 700 YEARS to decompose! Thirty-one million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2010, and nearly 14 million tons were potentially recyclable plastic containers and packaging. That's a lot of plastic! The more plastic we can divert from landfills and to creative reuse, the better. We believe our colorful and useful felt products, and our rugged polycanvas items, are a great way to recycle, renew and sustain!


TODAY SHOW Favorites!

The Foldover Tote

Kind to the planet, the Foldover Tote is colorful way to stay organized while on the go. This useful bag can be carried two different ways: by the handle as a roomy shopper tote, or folded over and slung cross-body like a messenger bag. One interior pocket big enough for a tablet computer. Use the Foldover Tote for just about anything, from farmers' market finds to yoga, to a trip to the beach. It's machine washable! Made from 100% recycled water bottles.

Dimensions: 16.25" wide x 14" high x 3.5" deep. Handles have a 6" drop. Removable and adjustable shoulder strap.

Felt+Cork Vertical Messenger Bag

Light as air and perfect for work and play, our vertical messenger is both practical and pretty. It's perfect for when we hit the trail, bike to work, or just need a great all purpose bag.  The front is embroidered with Deb Eiseman's artwork to bring beauty and inspiration to every day!
Dimensions: 10”W x 11.5”H x 2.75”D

Felt+Cork Vertical Messenger Bag Features:

  • Attractive sustainable cork fabric details on felt made from 100% recycled water bottles
  • Secure Velcro closure for front flap
  • Adjustable nylon webbing long strap allows the bag to be carried comfortably over the shoulder or cross-body
  • Top grab handle for easy and comfortable carrying by hand
  • Large main compartment
  • Interior secure tablet pocket with velcro closure
  • Two smaller interior pockets
  • Two pen loops

iPad Case

Even your beloved iPad can go OWL!  Protective and colorful, with inspiring Deb Eiseman artwork, our recycled felt cover adds virtually no weight to your tablet. We placed zippered pocket on back for i-accessories, made it machine washable, and just to right size to fit all generations of full-size iPads.  We want this cover to last forever!

Dimensions: 11.5" wide x 9.25" high x 1.5" deep

Zip-Top Pouch

Weightless zipper pouch featuring fresh and positive Deb Eiseman artwork! Colorful, WASHABLE, it'll keep everything from extra computer cords to makeup all neat and organized. And it will keep some plastic bottles out of the landfill, too! Fits beautifully in an OWL Felt tote!

Dimensions: 9.25" wide x 6" high x 1.25" deep

Monday
Apr222013

Win A Gift Certificate for OWL Recycled by Alicia Klein!

When we started OWL Recycled by Alicia Klein, every day became Earth Day! It was the beginning of us making deep changes in how we approached design and the materials we use to manifest our beautiful visions!

The OWL® collection of recycled leather and recycled nylon accessories was conceptualized around using 100% recycled materials. Yesterday's discarded water bottles and food containers have been spun into clean new fibers. Post industrial scrap leather has been diverted from landfills and made into beautifully and safely finished recycled leather. The more we recycle, the less we waste and the more land is saved for green space!

To Enter, all you have to do is one or all of the following:

  1. Sign Up for the Alicia Klein Mailing List in the form below. Don't worry, we only send out mail when we have special gifts and goodies and amazing discounts.
  2. Tweet about your favorite eco accessories with the hashtag #OwlRecycledGreenWeek.
  3. Repin Images from our Green Week Giveaway Board on Pinterest with Owl Recycled Green Week Giveaway in the description area.
  4. Stop by our Facebook Page and Comment on our Owl Recycled Green Week Giveaway album and cover photo (just click on the page banner to get to the comment box).

The more you enter, the better your chances of winning!

Our Green Week Giveaway closes on Wednesday, May 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am PST. Ten winners will be picked and notified by May 12th, 2013.

Thank to all of you for being a part of our journey into a beautiful future!

We Have A Green Dream and Dreams Can Come True!

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