Unbelievably enough, a month has passed and it’s already April. But what I want to tell you about is not pictured here. Well, that’s not entirely true. See that photo with the orange house? Just minutes after taking that, around the corner, there was a bucket of paint falling from a construction site to the sidewalk. At that very moment, only two people were passing by on that rare sunny day in Wuppertal, and one of them was me. The other was by boyfriend, but I was the one taking most of the paint on my favorite coat, Pikachu backpack, my everyday hair and face, and my favorite shoes. Dear friends, if this ever happens to you, hose down your clothes immediately and don’t let the paint dry! Otherwise, you’ll lose your clothes to the paint. And, obviously, you won’t be able to take the outfit pictures you were heading to. Like, ever. Someone told us this is a once in a lifetime thing, so I’m hoping I won’t need to use my hard-earned knowledge in the future.
This lookbook has got me swooning the second I’ve seen the first pics on Instagram! Of course, I’ve loved Orla Kiely‘s designs and the unique presentations she puts together for a long time. But this thing is off the hook! The clothes are beautiful, no doubt about that (and check out the gorgeous bags!). Orla is a master of prints and pretty retro cuts. But the pictures? The pictures are spectacular. They’re taken by Yelena Yemchuk in a playground that turned my world upside down. Where is this mysterious wonderland? The old-school, colorful creatures and the otherwise desolate background create a fantastic contrast, and it’s everything I ever wanted. I want my own set of pictures there. Preferably, in an Orla Kiely dress.
Some of you might know Dacian as the faceless boyfriend and outfit photographer behind this blog, but today he’s taking a new form. He’s materializing as a hand model and mastermind for this DIY concrete egg tray. I’ve had two attempts at making this object myself before he took matters into his own hands. Finally, it looks perfect. I love the hexagon shape and the way that this is not just an Easter craft – in fact, you can use this all year round, and swap the eggs for round fruit or small decorations.
What you need:
- 2.5 kg cement
- balsa wood board, 4 mm thick
- craft paper
- cutter & cutting mat
- 6 polystyrene balls (approximate diameter of an egg)
- vaseline & paintbrush
- double side tape
- small screws and screwdriver (optional)
- container for mixing concrete (e.g. bucket)
1. Start by cutting the polystyrene balls. You can choose to cut them perfectly in half, or vary the sizes like we did, to create a more organic shape.
2. Draw a hexagon on a piece of craft paper. This one is 26 cm diameter, which is designed specifically for 12 eggs. Then arrange the polystyrene balls inside the hexagon. Feel free to move them around until you find the perfect design.
3. Draw the contour of your balls on the paper. Assign ascending numbers to the balls, so you remember how to arrange them later, and repeat the numbers on the circles. This is important if you chose to cut the balls at different sizes.
4. Use the cutter and ruler to cut out the paper hexagon, Make sure you do this on a cutting mat!
5. Now let’s start making the mold. Measure and cut six pieces of wood measuring 13 x 4.4 cm (13 is the side and 4.4 is the height of the mold).
6. Then measure and cut the base of the mold, measured against the paper hexagon. Tape the base together and cut off excess tape.
7. Tape the sides of the hexagon with the tape facing the exterior. Use as much tape as you need to keep the mold very firm. We used an extra layer of duct tape.
8. Place the paper hexagon inside the mold and trace the circles with a pencil, pressing firmly. This will imprint the right arrangement on the balsa wood.
9. Stick the balls in their right places with double-sided tape. Don’t use glue, because it will instantly melt the polystyrene! For extra security, we put small screws through the back of the mold and into each ball. You don’t want those moving around!
10. Cover the interior of the mold in vaseline. Do this with a paintbrush, to make sure you cover every ball and every spot in between. This step will make it easier to remove the concrete from the mold.
11. Mix the concrete according to the instructions on the package. We used 2.5 kg cement to 250 ml water. Make sure you mix it well with the trowel! Pour into the shape and level nicely. If any air bubbles form, carefully shake the mold a little.
Place the mold on a straight surface, in a place out of the reach of kids, pets etc. Allow the concrete to set for circa 36-48 hours. This will depend on the cement you are using, but it’s better to leave it more than risk chipping at the corners.
When the concrete is dry, you can carefully remove it from the mold. Start by cutting the tape and removing the sides one by one. Then turn the form upside down and remove the bottom. Finally, remove any balls that didn’t come out with the wood. You can add felt pads to the bottom for protection, and your concrete hexagon egg tray is finished!
Donna Wilson is a product designer I get back to over and over because her stuff is always amazing. She creates various things, from textiles to kitchen ware and toys, and her style is very distinct and playful. I love this very short series of photographs featuring a range of bird-themed plates (Teatime Treat). The setting is minimalist and pleasing to the eye: mosaic table, pretty plate with mouth-watering cake, faceless girl getting ready to dive in. Needless to say, either one of these plates would find a suitable place in my kitchen. And honestly, I wouldn’t mind having these photos as prints on the wall either. The plates are available here, everything else – in my dreams.
You might remember Act Three Apparel from a previous post – otherwise, you should know it’s a Canadian vintage-inspired label, making some seriously pretty dresses for petite women. The current collection is inspired by surrealist films from the 1970s such as ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’, ‘Black Moon’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. The dresses are real classics, the kind you wear until you (or them) drop. I especially like the red button-down pictured above and this versatile grey one. And the strappy ones look amazing for summer! As a tall-less person myself (I just made up this politically correct term to define my height, thank you very much), I love that I can find dresses designed particularly for my type. Extra points for also being my style!
I know I said I’m dyeing my eggs naturally this year, but that was before I had this idea. My favorite idea. I’ve made Easter eggs inspired by Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel! There are three different designs here, which you can mix and match, and I think together they make a great combination. Pink and purple may be a little old school, but in the case of Easter eggs, it totally works. I’m very pleased with how these turned out, and I think you will be, too. So, shall we?
What you need:
- egg dye in purple and pink
- hot water
- thin blue ribbon
- golden letter stickers
- cyclamen pen
Start by hard-boiling as many eggs as you want. In the meantime, bring more water to a boil and mix it with the egg dye and vinegar in disposable containers, following the instructions on the dye package.
Mendl’s Easter Eggs
Inspired by Mendl’s confectionery boxes, these eggs take the most steps to make, but they’re still easy, I promise. Start by placing each egg in the pink dye for a few moments, to get a pale pink shade. 1-2 minutes should do. Dry on a paper towel.
Write “Mendl’s” in capital letters on an egg, using your cyclamen/purple/red pen. Then draw some symmetrical random lines underneath and above, roughly replicating the original logo.
Cut a piece of ribbon that’s more than twice as long as the egg. Put a drop of glue on the bottom of the egg and stick the middle of the ribbon to it. When it’s dry, add another drop of glue on the top of the egg and tie the ribbon in a pretty bow. It’s easiest to have an egg cup or a person holding the egg while you tie the bow.
Pink Ombre Eggs
These eggs are inspired by the Grand Budapest Hotel itself, with its two-toned pink facade. As you can imagine, they’re really easy to make! Start by dipping the egg in pink paint only halfway through. Hold it there for a minute or two, until you get a good pink shade. Remove from the dye. Repeat these steps for as many eggs as you want to use. Then add a little more hot water to your container and submerge the egg entirely. Take it out of the dye as soon as the top is slightly pink, and dry on a paper towel.
Lobby Boy Easter eggs
You know Zero’s lobby boy hat? This is what we’re trying to recreate here, and it’s really easy, too. Submerge your egg in purple dye until it reaches the desired shade. Dry on a paper towel and let cool for a few moments. Then simply stick letters reading “lobby boy” on it. Finished!
P.S. How about these Wes Anderson-inspired free printable popcorn bags?
Pepa Loves dress + Uniqlo turtleneck + H&M tights + flea market shoes
I love it when I tag an outfit post “spring” for the very first time in a year. It means it’s suddenly bearable to take pictures without a coat and boy, do I look forward to exploring Berlin when it’s not freezing. So this is the first official spring post of 2016! Soft pink with hot mustard is definitely my favorite color combination at the moment. In addition to wearing it, I’ve also bought acrylic paint AND wool in these colors, so get ready to be flooded with girly hues in the upcoming posts.
As for the beautiful background, it’s actually the entrance to a metro station in the North-West area of Berlin (Siemensdamm). I spotted it on Instagram and found out it was designed as a “multi-purpose facility”, i.e. doubling as a fallout shelter. I was intrigued, so we took advantage of the sunny weather to bike there and see what it looks like. There’s also a nice big park nearby (Jungfernheide), so I’d say it was worth the ride.
I’ve been eyeing a lot of enamel pins lately, and I’ve rarely seen one I didn’t like. Sure, I may already have more pins than I need in this lifetime, but do I have a cat on a pizza slice? I do not. Plus these babies are born to be worn in pairs or groups – the more, the merrier. And if you do a little research, you’ll surely find something for your taste, as obscure as it may be. These are just some examples of the ones I heart; click on each photo to get to the respective shops.
This year I decided to opt for natural dyes on my Easter eggs. And there are many good reasons to do that, too! First of all, it’s natural, so you don’t have to worry about ingesting any chemicals by chance. Secondly, it’s cheap: you use parts of the plant you would normally throw out (pits, leaves etc.). And above all, dyeing naturally is fun. The colors are nice and tame, and you never know for sure what you’re gonna get. I’ve tried a few things and not all of them had great results. Avocado pits, for example, were supposed to create a beautiful shade of pink, but they didn’t create any color at all. In a similar way, blueberries didn’t make the dark blue I was expecting, but an ugly gray not even worth mentioning. However, I got a nice gradient of colors from a couple of plants:
What you need:
- hard-boiled eggs (white)
- stainless steel pot
- white onion leaves for orange dye
- curry powder for yellow dye
- white vinegar
- containers for dyeing
- (optional) cooking oil for polish
For the orange dye, the proportion is one handful of onion leaves to one cup of water and 1 tsp vinegar. Bring to a boil in a covered stainless steel pot, then allow to simmer for a little bit. The water should be brown-orange in color. Strain the leaves. Place your hard boiled eggs in one or more containers and pour the dye over them. The color will start adhering very quickly, and it will become more intense in time. The darkest of my eggs was dyed for 24 hours while the lightest for 1 hour. When the dye cools, you can move the container with the eggs to the fridge, do the eggs don’t spoil if you decide to leave them for longer.
For the yellow dye, you would normally use turmeric powder. Since I didn’t have that in the house, I decided to use curry, which also contains turmeric – and it worked just fine. The proportion here is 1 tbsp curry powder to 1 cup water and 1 tbsp vinegar. Again, bring to a boil in a stainless steel pot and simmer a little before pouring over the hard boiled eggs. If the dye doesn’t cover them completely, don’t worry – you can move the eggs around with a spoon, which will create rather pleasant lines and designs. Straining curry powder can be a little difficult so I skipped this step, which resulted in the color adhering differently, and cute little speckles on the egg. Again, you can leave the eggs in the dye anywhere between an hour and a day, making sure to transfer them to the fridge after the dye is cooled.
You can polish your eggs with a little cooking oil and a paper towel, but I left mine matte. That’s it! Do you think you’ll dive into natural egg dyeing this Easter?
Time after time, season after season, Italian label Lazzari creates not just covetable clothes, but also beautiful lookbooks. This season, the mood is cozy and dreamy, and packed with pastels, of course. The clothes are to-die-for! Pizza print dress? Don’t mind if I do! Plus burgers! Cacti! Swans! French fries! The prints are off the hook. And the shoes, all the shoes look perfect to me. I’ve been following the site as products have been added over the past few weeks, and I had to pin pretty much everything. If that’s not a good collection, I don’t know what is. I’ll leave you with the photos now, before I swoon all over this internet thing.