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Summer is winding down and for many of us (myself included) it’s time to get back to school. I’ve put together a list of essentials for making the transition a little easier. First on the list is Tattly‘s New York Set. All of Tattly‘s temporary tattoos are fun but this set is my personal favorite. Sending your little one off to kindergarten this year? These are great for kids too!

Second is Knot & Bow‘s Me & You Pencil Set. These are the kind of pencil nubs you won’t want to throw away after having used them all semester. And they help to solve the mystery of who stole your pencil…

Third is bkstyled‘s Recycled Fabric Notebook. I love carrying around small notebooks throughout the school year. I can throw them into my purse, backpack, or even pockets! It just makes it easier for me to write any ideas that come to mind or to keep track of all of my homework.

Fourth on the list is BAGGU‘s backpack. These bags come in so many colors and with summer coming to an end I feel like having a nice bright bag to remind me of sunnier days. I picked one up in poppy for myself (see picture below by Rima Brindamour) and am loving the way it effortlessly works with just about everything I wear.

Fifth on this back to school list is BAGGU‘s Small 3D Zip. While this can be used for so many things, I see this being a perfect pencil-case to keep all of your school supplies tidy.

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I’d like to introduce the readers of bkstyled to Pamela Tietze, the creator of h0les, which you may have seen worn by Lady Gaga last summer. H0les started as an interesting experiment and the trendy eyewear is now being sold all over the world. I first met Pam when she donated some of her prism glasses to a set I was designing last year. Trying on a pair of her unique glasses was like stepping into a colorful dream world. The room I was standing in was reflected hundreds of times in a range of pastel colors. It’s a pretty fantastic experience.

Pam was kind enough to invite us over for a home tour last month, and I’m excited to share her home with you today. To me, Pam’s apartment isn’t so different from her glasses. It really reflects her creativity and quirky design aesthetic. You definitely leave Brooklyn the second you walk in. There’s a lot of light, but there is still mystery. Every item in her home has a story and while each and every thing is so different from the next, nothing seems out of place.


One item that stands out in her living room is a ceramic bulldog that Pam found abandoned on the side of the road. Since she’s adopted him, people have always had a strange interest in him. For instance, while hosting a party in her home a while back, a group of men decided to pick him up and drop him as if he were a pillow or made of rubber (hence the chipped ear). Perhaps they thought he could bounce?


The focal point of her living room is an enormous poster of Elvis hung above a rainbow-painted futon. Pam painted the futon herself as part of a set design commission for an expo. She painted all sorts of things including furniture, carpets, and decor. In the end, she ended up taking most of the items she colorfully decorated home and each piece has integrated nicely into her space.


Pam acquired her Elvis poster when passing by a grocery store which was going out of business in Chicago. The grocery store manager told her she could take anything she wanted. Inside she found two of these enormous Elvis posters in the grocery’s basement. She grabbed one and carried it home on her back. It has been with her ever since, even surviving the move from Chicago to New York City.


My favorite part of Pam’s apartment is the colors. She has somehow managed to create a colorful space without ever painting a single wall. She gets a good amount of light in her apartment, which creates an upbeat atmosphere and allows for many healthy plants. And while her apartment contains a collection of very different unique objects that Pam has come across over the years, it in no way looks cluttered or out of place.


Before Pam started h0les most of her work was done within the world of film and video. She studied business in school and was a successful art director in Chicago for years. After a while though, she realized that the art director world was not for her so she left behind a world of financial stability for the world of creative freedom.


H0les came into fruition after a breakup. Pam was playing around with the idea of creating a camera lens out of prisms and to get an idea for how it would look, she took a pair of expensive sunglasses her ex had given her and popped the lenses out. She replaced them with circular pieces of chandelier glass which, when held up to the eyes, created an effect that resembled a kaleidoscope.


After creating that first pair of glasses, it was her friends who pushed her to continue with the project. She played around with different frames and one night, while Pam was putting together a new pair, she thought of Lady Gaga and how perfectly they would suit her style. Little did she know that in a few months Gaga’s people would be contacting her for a custom pair. When they first contacted Pam, she thought it was a joke. Even while signing a bunch of legal forms at the Brooklyn Navy Yard she still couldn’t believe what was happening. Before she knew it, h0les was a success.


Pam recommends wearing her glasses while watching fireworks or for just sitting around on a sunny day. She says nothing beats the time she wore them while riding on the back of a motorcycle across the Manhattan Bridge at sunset. Beyond passive experiences like those, they can be pretty disorienting. Moving around in something that reflects everything around you hundreds of times is not easy. Personally, I’m saving up for a pair right now.

Photography: Rima Brindamour

Before you jump the big bird to St. Mortiz, consider packing two of my favorite in-flight essentials to keep fresh and hydrated.

KEEP IT CLEAN: Giovanni Towlettes are organic, individually wrapped, anti-bacterial wonders. You never know if “Sal Monella” was the last person to touch that armrest. Jam packed with dreamy aroma-therapeutic oils, you’ll be off on a yummy head-trip before you even land.

KEEP IT SOFT: SkinCeuticals Hydrating Gel B5 is a lightweight gel that sinks deep into the skin and helps it hold water. Just a drip from your dropper will keep your face { kisser included} smooth and plump through-out your flight. You can pick up a bottle at Tres Belle Spa in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

Allison Tray is the proud owner of Tres Belle Spa. Healthy skin is her personal obsession. Understanding health and skin as a complete package from diet to sun to genes, Allison wants to help everyone (woman, man, and in between) to have the glowing skin they deserve. She personally tests all the products and procedures she promotes in her spa.