Original & DIY Donut Bangle

DIY: KSNY x Darcel Inspired Donut Bangle

DIY Donut Bracelet @Kittenhood

The KSNY x Darcel donut bangle is a cutie in its original version, but so easy to make, it would be a pity to pay the price! Or at least that’s where I’m standing. So if you want a cheap knockoff that’s full of personality, here’s what needs to be done:

Bangle & nail polish

What you need:

  • bangle
  • colored nail polish (pink + other colors)

Painting a Bangle

Nail Polish Painted Bangle

You can see in the picture comparison below that my bangle was smaller than the original one. Doesn’t matter, had fun! The KSNY x Darcel was actually made of transparent resin, so it’s even better if you can begin with such a base.

Just apply a coat of pink nail polish to mimic the donut glaze, and let dry. Apply a second coat of pink polish, and let dry again. Use different colors to make irregular lines that look like sprinkles. Correct anything you might need to with nail polish remover. Allow to dry completely before trying on!

Original & DIY Donut Bangle

Beaucoo App

BeauCoo, a #BoPo selfie heaven


When the majority of top fashion bloggers are modelesque in appearance (while still managing to nourish solely on cupcakes and macarons), most online fashion communities follow the same pattern. Creating a fashion community is not a new concept, that’s for sure. One that is size sensitive, however, is a whole different thing. This segment truly needs more coverage – especially now, when more and more brands start producing plus-size lines and introducing new (healthier) standards for the models they use.

So what is this community I’m talking about? It’s called BeauCoo, and it recommends itself as inspiring, non-judgmental and body-positive. And it’s all of these things. But you don’t just share your outfits like you would on a blog or another platform. The focus here is on the way garments fits. Did it ever happen that you saw a cute dress on a blog and wanted to get it, but were too embarrassed to ask the blogger personal questions like “what’s your weight?” and “how tall are you?” Yeah, sometimes even the best size guides can be deceiving, because you can’t really measure “fit”. With BeauCoo, you (privately) share your measurements, only to find a number of other ladies who have similar proportions. That’s basically instant access to real life models, showing you how a garment fits!

Beaucoo App

BeauCoo is currently available as an app for iOS and Android, and that’s how you can upload your photos. There’s also a website, where you get to browse through all the different looks and interact with the community. Just like Instagram, you can like pictures with a <3, the novelty factor being that you can also bookmark your wishlist using the “want this” button. When you upload your pic, you get to share your own impressions on a garment (like you would in a review), together with the size you got and where you got it. This way, other users can not only see the item on a real person, but also get an honest opinion and discover new places to shop. And one more thing, the pictures don’t have to be of editorial quality – selfies are perfectly acceptable, since the point is to share garments (and, like I said, fit) rather than outfits.

Beaucoo App

To explain the #BoPo in the title, it’s actually short for body positivity. So if it were to describe BeauCoo in a single word, this would be it. You can read more on the topic on their blog (together with tons of random useful tips) and if you decide to join, let me know! I’ll be waiting (and posting) here. Oh! Watch the video below for a coherent explanation of the concept, straight from BeauCoo’s founders:

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Weekend marvels

weekend marvels

Watch: You must see Monica Menez’ fashion films! The styling is impeccable and the stories are intriguing.

Listen: What do you guys think about Sky Ferreira? My take is if Fiona Apple and Tumblr had a baby…

Wear: Paper bags taken as literally as possible! What looks like a drawing of a bag actually is a bag – a super cute one made by Jump From Paper.

DIY: A bunch of very creative bloggers made a virtual baby shower for their friend, Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. They each posted their project on the same day, surprising the mommy-to-be with nine DIY gifts. The sweetest thing.

Even more cool links are in this week’s IFB roundup, with a 90s grunge theme that you might want to check out:


Naughty Nineties

It was Halloween in 1988, I decided to dress up as a Hippie. A woman said something I have never forgotten… “You know you’re getting old when kids start dressing up like you did as a teenager.” Well, this is the year it’s really happening to me. As someone who loved alternative chic in the 90’s (a little grunge, a little goth, a little punk, a little ska) it’s nice to see some of those styles “coming back” for nostalgia if not for anything else. While, I personally will take a seat back, having already lived it before, this week’s links have all kinds of 90’s themes to them. From Michelle Williams (hey Dawson’s Creek hit in ’99) to St. Laurent’s grunge inspired collection, to the 10 Alternative Fashion blogs to watch, it’s there, so just click!

Links à la Mode: August 15

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Egretta Garzetta Underwear

Shop handmade: Egretta Garzetta

Egretta Garzetta Underwear

Panties: who doesn’t love them? With the revival of the high waist in recent years, I feel like they’re prettier than ever. And although I’ve never tried it, I presume handmade underwear is super comfortable and precious. I’m actually planning of making my own, some day. Meanwhile, Egretta Garzetta (i.e. little egret) is from Latvia and she makes “light and soft pieces, reminding of the fluff of a dandelion, pieces as expressive and colorful as a tropical butterfly, pieces to match an active lifestyle”. They look just like my dream underpants collection.

Visit Egretta Garzetta on Etsy.

Handmade Panties

Egretta Garzetta underwear

Handmade underwear by Egretta GarzettaEgretta Garzetta panties

Underwear closeup

Small cheese cakes @Kittenhood

Recipe: Mini cheesecakes

Mini cheese cakes @Kittenhood

You may have noticed I’ve starting posting more recipes lately. The explanation is simple: on the one hand, I’m very undecided and predisposed to post a bit of everything on the blog; on the other hand, I’ve been lucky in the kitchen. I don’t know if it’s my sudden interest in eating healthy or just these long and wonderful summer days, but my usual fails are turning into pretty, edible courses. So I hope you’re ok with me showing off my food like it’s Instagram. Today, it’s mini cheesecakes:

Mini cheese cakes recipe @Kittenhood

Mini cheese cakes
Yields 6
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  1. 1 egg
  2. cottage cheese (no added cream)
  3. 2-3 tsp sugar or preferred sweetener
  4. 1-2 tsp vanilla essence
  5. a handful rice noodles
  6. (dark) chocolate for topping
  7. 6 muffin cups
  1. Start by beating the egg in a bowl, then incorporate as much cottage cheese as needed. I don’t have the measurements for this one, but the overall consistency should be moist, yet on the solid side. Mix in the sugar (I used fructose) and vanilla essence.
  2. In the meantime, bring a pan of water to boil, and throw in the noodles for a few minutes. Drain the noodles and place 5-6 of them in each cup (depending on the size). The idea is that they cover the bottom of the cup, as well as part of the sides. Then spoon the cheese mix on top and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200°C (circa 390°F), and use the toothpick test to make sure they’re ready.
  3. Place them upside down to remove from the mold, and top with chocolate.
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Small cheese cakes @Kittenhood

Anchor Pin @Kittenhood

My outfit: Striped maxi dress


Dress – c/o Sheinside | Sandals – Vulturi | Pin – flea market

Out of all the dresses I have, none of them was a maxi. Up until now. I’ve worn maxi skirts (especially in high school), but never a dress, and I have to say, I like the feel of it. Especially since it’s so ample and it makes you want to spin and dance around. It moves when you walk, and that makes me cheerful. I think this dress would reach its highest potential on the beach, worn with bare feet and a nice tan. Until then… it works around town, too.

Navy maxi dress @Kittenhood

Short hair & stripes @Kittenhood

Maxi Dress @Kittenhood

Anchor Pin @Kittenhood

Nautical Maxi Dress @Kittenhood

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Dress me in: Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

What a bewitching model, wouldn’t you agree? I can’t think of anyone more suited to model hats: she’s doll-like, yet so piercing with those blue eyes and dark lips. I actually thought I was over large head bows before I saw these. Designed by Gabriela Dumitran, the hats collection is adorned using 19th century Parisian techniques and, of course, everything is done by hand. What an inspired idea, embroidering silk headbands – especially that Nostalgia one. I have to say, I’m sold.

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Gabriela Dumitran Millinery Atelier

Spotted napkins @Kittenhood

DIY: Bleached napkins

DIY bleached napkins @Kittenhood

When I bought these colored napkins, the plan was to embroider them. Then I felt the colors were too bright to be a canvas, and they just stood in a drawer for months. Today I thought I’d spell something on each one, using bleach. As you can see from the pics, that was a case of the Craft Fail (I used paper stencils that the bleach penetrated). And just when I was about to give up on then, I thought they looked kind of cute with the color partially bleached out… And so, these randomly bleached napkins were born.

Bleached cloth napkins @Kittenhood

What you need:

  • colored cloth napkins
  • bleach
  • spray bottle
  • plastic gloves

Spotted napkins @Kittenhood

This project is simple as can be. I laid the cloth napkins in the tub – considered a safe place for bleaching – and sprayed a bleach and water solution on each one (using gloves!). I started in a corner, where I sprayed more, and then went more gently towards the other corners (I was honestly trying to cover the traces of the failed letters, but you can use whatever proportions you like). It dried out very quickly, so I rinsed the napkins in water until they didn’t smell of bleach anymore. Once they were dry, they looked pretty enough to use at the table. I’d love a whole set in different colors!

Bleach dye napkins @Kittenhood


Weekend marvels

weekend marvels

Watch: I’m so excited to see The Kings of Summer! It’s got a great cast (Gabriel Basso from Shameless, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie) and it seems so nostalgic and fun.

Listen: This song has been my obsession this week: Planningtorock – The Breaks. Genius.

Wear: All Betina Lou dresses. That nautical vibe couldn’t be more summery.

DIY: I’m giving clothes sewing another try, and Tilly and the Buttons proved very helpful so far. She’s got a great Learn to Sew section with tips galore.