I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to get my toes out. I love the comfort and effortlessness of sandals, as well as the short time of the year when I get to wear them. These are some of my current favorites, all handmade and comfortable-looking. Because it can be really hard to find a pair of comfortable sandals to live in, handmade seems like the best option – you can usually have them custom-made for your very feet! Click on each picture for more details.
Are pockets like windows to the self? Well, kinda. At least in Samantha Pleet‘s latest collection for spring 2016 they seem to be. If you thought dresses with pockets are already a pretty big deal, then you never considered dresses with window pockets! Even if it were just that, this collection would be amazing. But it’s more than that: big angular collars, quirky prints, to-die-for swimsuits. The wonderful aesthetic that Samantha Pleet turned into her signature.
In an effort to use as few plastic bags as possible, I have more tote bags than anyone could carry. And if I see one I like, I’m probably gonna add it to the collection. Extra points if it gets really small and packs itself up! But I also like those retro style rope bags that are great for carrying produce or bottles. They’re very resistant, virtually weightless, and they’re essential in the everyday trip to the grocery store. So I decided to make my own. After trying a few versions, I ended up making this one in 3 shades of pink and using the most basic of knots. Read on for the full instructions!
What you need:
- 15 m string (I used 3 colors) + extra for the handles
- (optional) bowl, adhesive tape
Cut 12 pieces of string measuring 125 cm each (or longer, if you want a longer bag).
Divide the strings into two groups of six. Arrange them on the bottom of an upside down bowl or simply on the floor/table. The groups of string should meet at the middle.
Stick the horizontal group to the bowl with tape to secure in place. Take one piece of string from the second group and pull it over and under the horizontal strings. Do the same with the others, alternating rows like you would weave. This will be the bottom of your bag, so make it as tight or loose as you wish.
Now knot the strings two by two, close to the weaving.
When you’ve completed a round, move on to the second row. Take two strings from neighboring knots, and knot them together, a few centimeters lower. Do this all around and keep alternating strings to form diamond shapes.
I made a total of 5 rounds of knots. You can make more or less, depending on your preference and string length.
Now you can cut the string ends to the same size and divide them into two groups, as shown above.
Take your first group of string ends and divide it in half again. You will have 6 strings in each group. Knot, glue, sew or melt their ends together. To cover, take a separate piece of string or rope and knot it very tightly using the buttonhole stitch technique. Repeat for the other handle.
This is what my produce bag looks like empty. I like how using different colors of string created a pretty gradient effect!
I’ve been a fan of women who bike for many years now, from around the time I realized biking could be chic and feminine as well. I’ve recommended riding a bike in a skirt on many occasions, but I gotta give it to shorts… They’re so good for summer biking, as this vintage photo clearly exemplifies. And while summer still seems like a million years away in these parts, I think some of you are already taking out the sailor tops and open-toe sandals.
Check out more biking ladies pics here.
Showing jewelry in a beautiful, new way is not an easy task. But it’s a task that Homini Studio managed to fulfill successfully. In their pieces, “there are no embellishments. No set stones. Once the unnecessary is eliminated, the necessary may speak. It is not an exercise of simple subtraction, but there is absolutely no excessive addition.” Hence, there’s plenty of room for imagination and play in the photos. Because you’ve already seen bejeweled body parts, but you haven’t seen hands coming out of a block of color, messing around with the most minimalist of all tools: its own fingers.
There’s something so beautifully melancholic and delightful about an indoor pool. Well, not really in most of the pools I’ve been to, but how about the one in these pictures? Once again, Nice Things Paloma S. came up with a wonderful lookbook to show their newest swim line. And they look amazing in the cold blue light of the pool. There are such good pieces in the collection! Eyes, maps, and swimmers (how meta!), but also florals and geometries are printed onto the pieces. I also love the plain red-orange suits with flattering ruffles at the bra, they make such a pleasant contrast with water!
It’s no secret that I love picnics, foxes, cuddling in blankets, and felting. If these are a few of your favorite things, try this DIY picnic blanket! The project will take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your blanket and the number of foxes you decide to use. But it’s really cute and unique. Plus you get to stab wool with your needle, which can be therapeutical as well as rhythmical – the perfect activity for when you’re blasting your favorite tunes.
What you need:
- wool, wool blend or felt blanket
- pen (I used a trick marker)
- orange felting wool
- felting needle
- fox cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea, also available on Amazon)
- sponge (larger than the cookie cutter)
Start by measuring your blanket and deciding where you want to place your foxes. I made 10 foxes on three rows (3-4-3), but you can make the pattern however you want to. Mark the spots with a pen.
Start with your first marking. Place the blanket between the fox cookie cutter and the sponge.
Fill up the shape with orange wool. Start with a thinner layer.
And now for the fun part! Stab the wool into the blanket with your felting needle. Stab and stab and stab. Add more wool if and where necessary. You should get a relatively even surface. Stab a little extra at the face, tail, and legs.
This is how your first fox will look like, more or less. Continue making as many foxes as you want and you have yourself a cool new blanket! Come to think about it, this would also make a good baby blanket!
Gudetama lunch box available here.
Ever since I’ve moved to a new apartment, I’ve been on the lookout for ways to add color to the place. Since it’s a rental, there’s not much I can do about the white walls or the dark furniture – other than to bring in colorful textiles. These are some of the pieces I’ve had my eye on, I find them all delightfully pretty. Click on each photo to go to the product page.
Shabby Apple dress + Bianco shoes
These columns are rarely to be seen without fashion bloggers or brides being photographed. Truth be told, they’re a great place to take photos – the monotonous repetition, the tunnel perspective that’s still full of light, and, of course, the romantic look of it all. Today, I joined the ranks, just on the other side from all the other people. I have to say, my boyfriend is master of making places appear deserted in photos. Right next to this is the Alte Nationalgalerie, an art museum showcasing romantic and impressionist artists. We’re on a mission to visit and re-visit all the state-owned museums in Berlin (and the other ones, too, but that’s a different story) since getting yearly museum cards at the beginning of 2016. So far we haven’t done a very good job, but things are looking up!
It’s not often that you find the perfect footwear brand and love pretty much every shoe they make, right? But sometimes it happens, and these days, Lenora does the trick for me. The shoes pictured above are my favorites – I mean polka dots, thick heel, AND peep toe? Everything about them is magnificent. Not that I would mind the backless glitter brogues or the brocade heels either… The brand is Italian and it’s pretty new on the market. Their designs are visibly vintage inspired, but at the same time they look so novel! I’m really excited about this label and I can imagine myself wearing every one of these shoes, in very different contexts, of course. What about you, are you a fan of these styles?