Monday, September 15, 2014

NYC FASHION WEEK S/S 2015: Anna Sui

Anna Sui's Spring Summer 2014 collection was titled "Kosmic Rock Star", inspired by the glamourous and outlandish rock stars of late 60s London. Many of the fabrics and accessories are vintage reproductions from that era. There were custom made graphic boots, hand painted jackets, a plethora of prints and soft flowing fabrics, and even menswear (not seen here). I enjoy Anna Sui's vintage inspired aesthetic, always pulling from the same time period but in different ways. Always well researched and makes me want to look into the references she uses. The 1960s is my favorite time period, after all.


To see the full collection, watch the runway show.

NYC FASHION WEEK S/S 2015: Ohne Titel

Ohne Titel's Spring Summer 2015 collection plays with symmetry and lines, mixing fabrics and layering them to create uniquely beautiful garments. This collection is a progression of past geometric and colorblocking trends. These are all body conscious looks, with the fitted silhouettes, lines, and sheer fabrics. To see the full collection, watch the runway video below.



To see the full collection, watch the runway show.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NYC FASHION WEEK S/S 2015: Alice + Olivia

Alice and Olivia's Spring Summer 2014 collection is opulent with an artist's flair. The collection was inspired by the palace of Versailles. From the gardens to the lux interiors, all were incorporated into this collection. I love the printed handkerchief hem dress. The print is a wonderful abstract interpretation of the gardens and the cut flows so nicely. As always, many of these pieces have long term wearability and can be mixed with pieces from her previous collections. Stacey Bendet has a wonderful eye for fashion and design.


Here is a look at the makeup for this presentation.

PAPERCRAFT DIYS: Paper Succulents

Lately I've been seeing lots of faux succulents and cactus in stores and online. They made me remember the one time my husband let me buy real ones for Mother's day. I figured they didn't need much watering and I couldn't kill them easily like other plants. I was very wrong. They lasted a few weeks...before dying in my care. I good at many creative things, but gardening...well I have killed most of my plants. The plants I can't kill, are made of fabric and paper. If you are like me, and have a black thumb when it comes to gardening, but love the look of plants, you need some faux plants in your life. You can display these in pots, terrariums, wreaths, or frames. To get in on the current plant trend, here is a roundup of my favorite paper succulents tutorials.

2) Craftberry Bush - Paper Succulent Tutorial
3) Twigg Studios - DIY Paper Succulents
4) Blythe Ponytail Parades - DIY Paper Succulents

NYC FASHION WEEK S/S 2015: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott's Spring Summer 2015 collection was a flashback to the 90s version of hippie culture. Infused with vintage tie dyes and ditzy floral prints, in bright 90s colors. I was a teenager through most of the 90s, and can recall similar fashions back then. I do love the revival of baby doll dresses, as they are great for layering, are comfortable and effortlessly pretty at the same time. Below is a portion of the collection, showing my favorite looks.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

OUTFIT: Layer It On

As the weather transitions from hot to cool, it's time to start adding layers to summer clothing. This is a good way to get more use out of clothing...layering lighter summery pieces with heavier cold weather pieces. Something like this long cardigan will add a light layer that will keep you from being chilly, but not too hot. Add some knee high boots for a bit more warmth and Autumn appropriate style. The accessories are a personal choice. I'm into long delicate pendant necklaces, small earrings, small hair clips, and cross body bags currently. If you like chunkier accessories, those can work too, as the clothing pieces are basic. As the weather gets colder, add a thin sweater over the dress, and tights. Cardigans and dresses are a must for me year round, so I have a nice stash of various styles.

Layer It On


Sunday, September 7, 2014

BEAUTY DIY: 27 Body Scrubs

As we head into Fall it's that time of year to start thinking about gifts...to others and to yourself. A great way to treat yourself is a body scrub. They are great for scrubbing off dead skin all over your body while adding moisture and a lovely scent. They can be made to suit your scent preference. Sugar and/or salt, coconut oil, and your favorite essential oil makes a basic body scrub. Why pay high prices for store bought ones when you can whip up your own? My tween daughter saw me working on this post and requested that we make some for us. See, even the kids like it! I suggest making these in small batches, as their shelf life is 2-3 weeks. Store them in a dry place. Use them in the shower, since they can be messy. The smooth and moisturized results are instant. Have fun making your own body scrubs!

SUGAR
Sugar scrubs are gentle, but effective. They are great for delicate skin and all over scrubbing.
1) The Idea Room - Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub
2) Savings with Shellie - Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
3) Savings with Shellie - Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub
4) Mommy Mentionables - Oatmeal and Honey Sugar Scrub
5) Not Quite Susie Homemaker - Sugar Cookie Scrub
6) 3 Boys and a Dog - Brown Sugar Scrub
7) Gimme Some Oven - Coffee Sugar Scrub
8) Sarah Di Grazia  - Coconut Sugar Scrub
9) A Pumpkin and a Princess - Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub
10) The Gunny Sack - Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub
11) I Heart Naptime - Lemon Sugar Scrub
12) Mommy Musings - Peppermint Sugar Scrub
13) Savy Naturalista - Green Tea Sugar Scrub
14) The Frugal Girls - Lavender Sugar Scrub
15) Smart School House - Baby Rose Sugar Scrub


SALT
Salt scrubs are a little rougher, but effective. Great for rough patches of skin. They both work hard and moisturize, which is great for dry skin.
16) Soap Deli News Blog - Pumpkin Salt Scrub
17) Wonky Wonderful - Vanilla Coconut Body Scrub
18) Wonky Wonderful - Coconut Salt Scrub
19) Paula Parrish - Coffee Salt Scrub
20) The Beauty Department - Lemon Salt Scrub
21) Frugal Living Mom - Lemon and Grapefruit Salt Scrub
22) Curbly - Citrus Salt Scrub
23) Deliciously Organized - Orange Salt Sugar Scrub
24) Soap Deli News Blog - Ginger Lime Salt Scrub
25) Outnumbered 3 to 1 - Candy Cane Salt Scrub
26) Don't Mess with Momma - Lavender Body Scrub
27) Building Our Story - Lavender Vanilla Salt Scrub

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LIFE: Crafty Collaborations

You might have noticed a lag in posts during August, but an increase in tutorials. There is a good reason for this, and hopefully content will balance out soon. In July, I joined Fairfield World's Master Makers team. My 1st tutorials for them showed up on their blog in August.

I made a DIY Apron with Oly*Fun, which can be custom sized for the wearer.


I made a DIY Autumn Leaves Curtain with Oly*Fun to hang in my porch window. This project can be used for garland, bigger curtains, or flags.


On top of that I've been working for Craft Test Dummies, doing product reviews and making tutorials, for the last few months. In August, I made a Geometric Resist Necklace with irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.


A nice bonus, I got to try out some goodies from Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza's new Jewel Pop Shop Line. I made this DIY Girl Cuff and Earrings with Jewel Pop Shop.


I also have lots of band stuff going on, including our monthly League of Space Pirates Live From Space episodes. We had taken a summer break, because one of the guy's had a newborn. We're back with some new songs and will be performing live at RVACon come October. I need to make a big update about Live From Space, but as you see I haven't much time. Our latest episode was "Uncharted Territory". During our break, I filmed Chroma's Summer Break, which was an idea Noah and I came up with.

As for everything else, it was normal end of summer stuff. We went to a near by beach for a couple days, for our 12th wedding anniversary, with our daughter. She started middle school today!!! AHHH! However, I'm proud of the amazing young lady she is becoming. My mom bought her running shoes, and I bought her running clothes, because she's joining the cross country running team this month!!! Hope you all had an awesome summer and your kids had a great 1st week of school. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

JEWELRY DIY: Mini Bottle Cap Earrings

When I go craft supply shopping, I like to look around for new products. I came across a line with mini bottle caps. I've seen many projects with the large ones from actual bottles. I decided that they would be perfect for my quirky jewelry needs. I experimented with candy 1st and that was a complete fail. I retried the project using glitter and seed beads for sparkling results! This is a very simple project...a little messy, but good. The longest part is the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic drying, but it's worth it for resin like results. Ok, on to the tutorial...


SUPPLIES:
  • A pack of mini bottle caps - I found mine at Jo-Ann
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Fine glitter - I used hot pink, but any color will do
  • Tiny seed beads - I used 13/0 teal translucent glass seed beads. Any color you choose must be translucent. If it has a silver lining, they will not work for this project. The lack of a liner makes the beads visually blend better once the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic has dried
  • A paper plates - To catch any loose glitter, seed beads, or glue spills. You'll do all of the project on the plates. Switch to a clean one when the bottle caps are ready to dry
  • Stud earring blanks and backs - To make the bottle caps into earrings
  • E6000 - To attach the stud earring blanks
  • Toothpicks
  • Straight pins
  • A small soft paint brush


INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Coat the inside bottom of one mini bottle cap with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

2) Sprinkle in your glitter or seed beads into the bottle cap until they almost reach the top.

3) Add more Mod Podge Dimensional Magic until you reach the top. Make sure it's not spilling over. A little goes a long way.

4) For the glitter, some will rise to the top. Use a toothpick to gently stir the mixture so the top is even. For the seed beads, if you have any shift, use a toothpick to rearrange them as needed.

5) If you see any bubbles, use the straight pin to immediately pop them.

Follow these steps for all the mini bottle caps. Let them dry overnight on a clean plate before moving on.

6) If there are any voids of Mod Podge Magic and the top of the mini bottle caps isn't smooth, carefully add a little more where needed. Smooth out with a small soft paint brush. Let dry for a couple hours.

7) Apply a little E6000 to the back of an earring stud blank. Press it onto the back of one mini bottle cap. Set the mini bottle cap face down while the glue dries. Let dry overnight before wearing. Do this step for all of your mini bottle caps.

OPTIONAL: If you want dangle earrings, add small bezel blanks to the back of the mini bottle caps with E6000. When it's dry, attach earring hooks to the bezel loops with jump rings and pliers.

That's all for this project. It's very easy. The longest part of it is drying, but it's worth it. I made earring with my finished mini bottle caps, but you could make other jewelry. You would need to add findings to the back to connect them in other ways. Feel free to fill the mini bottle caps with other things. I wanted sparkly earrings, so I used sparkly fillers. I could see these with sawdust, chain, paper, tiny computer parts...etc. What ever you make, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


DISCLOSURE: The supply links are Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase something using those links, I will receive a small compensation. This money goes to creative supplies.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OUTFIT: Autumn Layering

I bought a similar long t-shirt dress from Target yesterday. I layered it with pieces similar to what I already own. A basic dress like this can be dressed up or down. It's great for transitional weather, as it can be worn without layers for warm days, light layers for cool days, and heavier layers for cold days. Though my styling is reflective of my personal style, this can be incorporated into many styles. It's a great staple wardrobe piece that's a must have.



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