Watch: Enough Said, such a sweet Sunday night movie! It features Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfin, it’s romantic and funny, and it also happens to be Tavi Gevinson’s debut.
Listen: Zavaidoc was a Romanian interwar singer, and I’ve been listening to his old record a lot week. His party songs are incredible.
Wear: The folks at Modcloth invited me to style the Sacramento Style Skirt for their Uniquely You campaign. I put together an outfit I’d really like to wear these days, if Modcloth were my wardrobe. Have a better view here.
I’m not one for knitted dresses, but vintage ladies seem to pull them off. What can’t they pull off? Ok, Instagram selfies, maybe. But otherwise, they can pretty much handle anything. This 1960s gal makes knits look fancy, with pearls and a pillbox hat. Too bad she has no color on, right? But we can work on that…
My guess is every girl likes to play dress up, so Halloween is a good excuse to do so. Whenever faced with the challenge of a costume party, I use clothes I already own. When else am I going to wear all those things from the back of the closet? At most, I’ll buy some props from a second-hand store – but for these 3 costumes, I just used my wardrobe. I think you can do the same! They’re all short hair-oriented, cause that’s what I’m working with now, but you can get the first two done even if you have long hair, and for the last one you can always use a wig.
1. Retro flight attendant
Dress – Shabby Apple | Shoes – Kitten | Pin – aviation museum | Hat – flea market | Scarf – gift
Key pieces: blue dress/suit, (plane) pin, vintage hat
Make-up: foundation, blush, black eyeliner, lipstick
Blazer – Only | Shirt – boyfriend | Shorts – DIY | Cap & shoes – thrifted
Key pieces: newsboy cap, masculine clothes, newspapers
Make-up: just blush
Dress – Bershka
Key pieces: nightie, knife
Make-up: mascara for upper and lower lashes
This, my friends, is delicious. It has a little bit of booze, it has too much chocolate to even be called a cheesecake, and since I can make it, it must be really easy, too. The recipe is adapted from Glorious Treats, who opened up a whole new world of (cheese) cakes for me.
- simple cocoa biscuits (2 packs)
- 4-5 tbsp butter, melted (+more for the tray)
- 1 dark chocolate bar (80g)
- 1 pack Mascarpone/cream cheese (250g)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup whiskey cream
- Start by greasing your pan (ideally, a round one) with butter, and set aside.
- Next, crumble the biscuits. To do this, I break them with a meat hammer before opening the package. Mix the crumbles with the melted butter, and place the composition on the bottom of the greased pan. Press it down using your fingers.
- Melt the chocolate and set aside. Meanwhile, use a mixer to beat the cream cheese until it changes texture. With the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar, egg, vanilla, melted chocolate and whiskey cream. This could easily be done by hand, if you don’t have a mixer. Before pouring this cream over the crumble crust, make sure it’s homogeneous (scrape the walls of the bowl).
- Bake for about 30 minutes at a small temperature (130°C). Turn off the oven, and let the cake cool off inside. At this point, the cake is still pretty soft. When it’s cold, place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
The first collection of Turkish brand Uttu took me by surprise and charmed me last summer. I’ve been waiting for something new from their part, and now it’s finally here! This year, it’s all about cutouts and transparencies, two trends I’m very much into. While the previous collection was girly and sweet, this one is more sophisticated – almost like the brand would have grown from teen to adult in just one year. White and navy are dominant, a combination that would normally make me think of summer. However, I feel like the eyelet fabric in some of the dresses would be totally appropriate for tights and sweaters weather, while the neckline cutouts would be terrific during holiday season. You can shop the collection here.
This is, in a way, a strange project: a placemat made of a shirt. But I like how it turned out, and I’m pleased to have put this lovely – but torn – shirt to good use. I think it would be a nice idea for a party, especially one that’s masculine-themed (I don’t know, Father’s Day?). And here’s the easy how-to:
What you need:
- man’s shirt
- plastic placemat
- sewing machine
The first step is to put the placemat inside the shirt, and figure out what it’s gonna look like. Make sure the placemat isn’t visible at the neckline. When you’re decided, cut the laterals and bottom part of the shirt, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance. Turn it on the wrong side of the fabric, and sew the three sides, leaving the collar part un-stitched (for now). It’s a good idea to keep the placemat inside the shirt while sewing, so you don’t make it too tight or loose.
Next, turn the shirt on the right side, and button it up, with the placemat inside. On the right side of the fabric, do a stitch under the collar, to close in the placemat (see: last picture above).
Iron it if necessary, and use like any other placemat. Flowers would look nice in that chest pocket, don’t you think? In case you want to wash it, just unbutton the shirt like you normally would.
A certain English Lady Cunliffe-Owen, wife of a tobacco millionaire, posed in a wool tartan dress by Dorville in this 1948 picture. She was casually reading a magazine and using a stool to prop her foot. I love the low pony (or is it a bun?) she has going on, and the dress is, of course, as relevant now as it was back then. She’d probably be more of an Elle kind of woman, but I went with Lula instead – because I can.
Watch: Get your Halloween mood on with the third season of American Horror Story. Coven, they call it. Let’s see how the witch hunt goes. Oh! Emma Roberts is now in it.
Listen: A music mix I liked, for cold weather and hibernating: Wool socks full moon. It’s warm now, but whatever.
Wear: Cute tote, right? The quilted style and the cat face are clear winners. This one is designed by Kling.
DIY: Tattoo tights are pretty cool, don’t you think? Here‘s an idea on how to make your own, with stamps!
1. Egretta Garzetta lingerie. There’s so much beauty in this black and sheer set! I love those bows, the panels and the high waist.
2. &Attorney loafers. These look perfect for fall, with a pair of colorful socks popping from under the hemline of cropped pants. Sigh!
3. Three Bad Seeds pillow. A pretty mountain top accent pillow, which I’d gladly take with me on potential camping trips. To have and to hold.
4. Ross Lab set. A creamer and sugar bowl set in elegant black, with little white hearts on. Simple and sweet.
5. Sew a Song necklace. The geometry of this piece is incredible. I love the brass and black combination and the safety-pin similarity.
6. Fruit Bijoux ring. This is such a simple concept – braided leather combined with metal – but it looks spotless!