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!
I’ve been admiring Book of Deer for a while, but I finally gave in when they combined their huge sale with free worldwide shipping. Some of you know how expensive shipping can be from other continents – I, for one, have often given up on a purchase just because of that. I’ve been even more pleasantly surprised when I got the actual package – the envelope was hand drawn, and I felt quite unique knowing I was the first ever Romanian customer. And then, of course, came the “unboxing”: the print on this peter-pan collared beauty is so intricate, and the fabric so delicate! A perfect fit, too – so I recommend you snag something from the shop asap!
Lately I can’t get enough of these ankle length pants. Had you asked me how I felt about them in high-school, I would’ve laughed in your face: we liked them all the way to the floor, back then. Cropped pants grab my eye wherever I look, including the new collection from Canadian brand Dace. But it’s not just the perfect fit of the bottoms – it’s the crisp jackets, cocoon coats and color palette as well. All of them combined would make a versatile and oh-so-stylish cold weather wardrobe.
This is my first ever Halloween craft, and I owe it all to the internet for putting me in a holiday state of mind. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not one for obvious decorations. So you won’t see too much spooky stuff – just black, rotten flowers, which I’ve put on these cross stitch napkins.
What you need:
- flower pattern (free ones here)
- thread & needle
- embroidery hoop
I started by cutting my fabric in a square, and fraying the sides, all around. This will give the napkin a negligent look that kind of goes with the holiday. Of course, you can use a ready-made cloth napkin.
Using a regular floral pattern, I replaced the colors with darker ones. The main flowers I made black and gray, so they look rotten, and instead of green leaves I stitched them in shades of brown. That is pretty much it! I like it is because you can choose whether or now you want to associate it with Halloween!
Watch: Masters of Sex. I’ve only seen the pilot so far, but it seems fun, educational even, and it’s set in the 50s. Also, Lizzy Caplan.
Listen: Moonspell. Because it’s nice to look back at the olden days every once in a while.
Wear: I feel like I don’t have any sweaters, and that I can’t find anything I like. And then there’s stuff like this. Unaffordable, though, sigh.
DIY: This is such a simple way to make a candle! I love the camp mug idea, both for indoors and outdoors. It just looks cozy and very fall-like.
Sipping a cup of coffee at Marshall Fields, in the 60s – this could easily be every girl’s fantasy. Put Kenneth Heilbron to capture the moment, and you’ve got yourself a slice of history! I love the cars in the background, those wicker chairs, and the lady miming a coffee break with in a very flattering pose (and warm beanie). Oh, how charming!
Photo source | Jacket – Ganni | Skirt – Topshop | Beanie – Monki | Cups – Vintage | Heels – Zara
1. Gnome Whimsy cake topper. I don’t know that people make cakes for Halloween, but should you make any, top it with something like this, mkay?
2. Hooked on Arts N’ Crafts garland. Despite the obvious colors, this one is subtle because it features a non-Halloween animal: the dachshund. Neat, though, right?
3. Lauren Sumner cat dish. As a black cat owner myself, I don’t really understand what the big deal is with a cat’s coat color. The level of spookiness is pretty much the same. This dish, however, I could use all year round.
4. The Rogue and The Wolf tooth pendant. Have a fascination with teeth? Now would be a good time to take that ol’ tooth necklace out.
5. Rodica house. The little houses are now ready for Halloween: black and orange, with little details like bats or pumpkins.
6. Colored World towel. Pretty much the same thing I said at number 3 I don’t know why I don’t already own these!
Bags that look like they’re drawn – isn’t that the best idea for a product? “We love to confuse people, but more so, we love to see them burst out into laughter once they realize these are real bags,” the designers behind Jump From Paper say about their concept. Their latest collection, I Give Myself Permission to Be Me, is fun and quirky, and I fully recommend it to anyone who doesn’t take fashion too seriously. The bag I received is part of this line, and it came with a sweet message: “I don’t know how and why I fell in love with you, but I just did. And fall in love I did. I feel like you can’t fully understand these bags until you’ve seen them live. In pictures, they look way too much like cartoons! They’re actually made of polyester, and they feature zippers that turn them from flat into structured. There are many pockets inside, which is something most of my bags lack. It’s really interesting!
Dazzlin is a Japanese brand with huge potential. There aren’t many products on their site that I don’t covet, but their bike-print stuff is driving me insane! Their fall collection is called “Romping city girl”, and it was shot in Paris. It features gorgeous pinafores, transport-related prints (cars, planes, bikes), quilted fabrics, sweatshirts, and great accessories, too. It’s tough to understand their Japanese website, but I could also find some runway pics of the collection, and a pleasant & positive catalog. I think this is what love feels like!
I’m not sure if you knew, but Carven is my favorite high fashion label. Naturally, I was smitten by their cut out sweatshirt designs and decided to try my luck at making one. I didn’t wait it so read “Carven”, so I’ve considered puns like Carmen, Carved and Craved. But I went with “cake” in the end – it’s short and sweet.
In retrospect, I should’ve just used the buttonhole setting on the sewing machine to stitch the letters and then do the cutouts – I could’ve saved so much time! Below is the longer, hand stitched version tutorial:
What you need:
- matching thread & needle
- fabric chalk
Using chalk, write the desired words on your sweatshirt. I used a font similar to the Carven one, freehand. Some tips: (1) don’t make the letters huge, because you have to stitch them all around later; (2) leave enough space between letters and letter parts, otherwise they will twist when you’re finished; (3) letters made of segments (like I did) are better than continuous ones, as the fabric does have a tendency to twist.
Next, carefully cut the inside of the letters.
Using embroidery floss, stitch round and round each open space, so that the fabric doesn’t fray. When you’re done, iron it a bit, so that the letters stay in place.
I, for one, can’t wait to wear this bad boy! And by the way, I may be on a sweatshirt frenzy.