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Shop handmade: critters

Shop Handmade: Critters | Kittenhood

1. Kindhearted brooch by Adatine. First of all, that fur is adorable. Secondly, this critter has a very kind heart, so you cannot refuse.

2. Hedgehog forest friend by Kitty April Handmade. Just the size of your palm, the hedgehog is fuzzy and he wants to play. I guess.

3. Fox totem by Le Animale. If you’re like me, you can’t resist the face of a cute fox. Nor its body.

4. Deer girl pattern by Noia Land. You can download the pattern for cheap, and make the deer girl in your favorite colors.

5. Fox bandits by Adatine. Who’s afraid of a gang of foxes? These guys conceal their identities with masks and are famous for stealing fish.

6. Megafauna bear by Mount Royal Mint. Give them to kids. Put them in your room. The choice is yours.

Happy Halloween!

Sugarhill Boutique Dress & Sweater

My outfit: Sail away dress & wool v-neck

Peter Pan Collar

Dress – Sugarhill Boutique Sail Away Dress (c/o) | Sweater – H&M | Anchor pin – thrifted

When I was asked to pick a favorite item from Surfdome, I spend a lot of time browsing their website to decide what I should get. Tough choice! They really do have a huge selection of designers and products – think French Connection, Cheap Monday, Superdry, Irregular Choice, Current Elliott or, my favorite, Sugarhill Boutique (check out their page here). I’ve always had a thing for Sugarhill’s lovely novelty prints, peter pan collars and effective cutouts. And now I finally own one of their dresses! This one has a pretty boat print all over, so it was only natural for me to pop up my anchor pin, and take pictures by the lake. I’m excited about wearing it next year, unaltered by a sweater, through all my summer wanderings.

Hiding Behind a Tree

Round Collar

Burgundy Tights

Sugarhill Boutique Dress & Sweater

Boat Print Dress & Wool Sweater

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

Dress me in: Lila, Fall Winter 2013

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

I feel like designers often don’t consider temperatures when they do their thing. Not real temperatures anyway. The whole Inditex group produces coats and sweaters that are at most suited for fall and spring, but never winter. More than that, styling (beautiful as it may be) is often inappropriate for life: sandals and a wool coat? I’ve never once been able to wear those at the same time. Unbuttoned coat showing a bare neck? Not without the subsequent cold. Seeing Lila‘s new collection was a breath of fresh (and cold) air: I could actually wear those cozy layers come winter! Might be the fact that they’re from Vienna, where winters are at least as cold as here, but they’re doing it right: oversized coats that could cover as many sweaters as needed, high necks, tons of scarves. That’s what I’m talking about!

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

Lila FW 2013 Lookbook

DIY Acorn Pillow | Kittenhood

DIY acorn pillow for fall

DIY Acorn Pillow | Kittenhood

Acorns are cute – everyone knows that. This is the perfect time of the year to put them on things – and decor most of all. I had just enough brown felt left over in the house to make a throw pillow cover – and so I did. The steps are few and simple – but the quilting might take about 40 minutes, especially if you’re not a sewing machine master.

Acorn pillow how to

What you need:

  • fabric for the pillow cover
  • brown felt
  • acorn outline
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

Acorn outline

Sewing machine

Start by tracing the outline of an acorn on a piece of paper. If your drawing skills don’t help (as was my case), just find a photo online and trace it by putting paper on the computer screen. Or print it out if you can.

Next, use the stencil to cut the acorn out of felt. Cut off the cap, and pin both pieces in the right place on the fabric. Stitch the body of the acorn all around, using thread of a similar color. Then move to the cap, and stitch oblique parallel lines to the right and then to the left, to create a diamond pattern. Use a slightly darker thread for contrast.

Stitching an acorn

Felt Acorn

Stitch your cover all around (or 3 sides + zipper) and dress up your pillow. Throw around the house!

Acorn throw pillow

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Weekend marvels

Weekend marvels

Watch: Rachel Antonoff’s new video for SS14 is the whole package: love, drugs, even some rock’n’roll. It features her brother Jack, together with Gillian Jacobs, while the lookbook is modeled by Aubrey Plaza.

Listen: I’m not a fan of Rihanna, but I like her song “Stay”. It’s brilliant that Thirty Seconds to Mars covered it, because (1) Jared Leto and (2) it sounds pretty good.

Wear: The necklines in Vika Gazinskaya‘s new collection are very sexy: buttoned up, but still showing the very shade of a collarbone. Love.

DIY: This parka by Preen Line is nothing like the regular kind. The embroidery on the shoulders takes it to a whole new level. Diy, anyone?

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Put some color on: Eva Marie Saint by Philippe Halsman

Discovering the treasures of the past in a beautiful exercise. Since I’ve started Put some color on, I’ve (virtually) met some incredible photographers and style icons. Such is the case of Eva Marie Saint, Academy Award-winning actress most famous in the ’50s (now aged 89); and Philippe Halsman, a portrait photographer of the same time who took unusual techniques to the rank of art. This shot is rather simple, natural, and so is the outfit. But I think it couldn’t be more “now” if it tried.

Put some color on - Eva Marie Saint

Belt – Mink Pink | T-shirt – Monki | Skirt – H&M | Shoes – BC Shoes

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Shop handmade: movie night

Handmade Movie Night

1. Card by The Invisible Kitten. First of all, that’s a lovely name for a shop. Secondly, who could say no to this card?

2. Printable tickets by Dabbles & Babbles. I’d love to be part of an at-home movie night that’s so fancy as to have tickets. I mean, you can’t just go uninvited. And it only admits one.

3. Shot glass by Fan Art Glassware. Not that we have shots on movie night, but this Totoro one is plain adorable.

4. Coasters by 2 Vinyl Cats. Love this idea of making coasters with the looks of movie soundtracks!

5. Movie prints by Monster Gallery. Is anyone not a Wes Anderson fan? I didn’t think so. I have this set and love to see it on the wall (even when it’s not movie night).

6. Wall decal by Single Stone Studio. If you really, really love movies, stick this on your wall. And there you have it: popcorn craving forever.

Handmade Sweater

My outfit: knitted sweater over sundress

French Hen & Sweater

Sweater – handmade by mom | Dress – Dear Creatures via Emerging Thoughts | Shirt – Sheinside

I think this is a very Alexa Chung kind of outfit (did you know how much I love her style?), although she’d probably wear it exclusively in neutrals. Me, I can’t seem to do it. As much as I’d like to have that minimal, versatile wardrobe, I keep being attracted to, and distracted by, pretty colors and prints. I guess style chooses us, and not the other way around? Anyway, my mom knitted me this crochet sweater out of fluffy mohair, and I love how it looks over a dress – I’ve been keeping it in my closet for ages before I’ve had this realization. I love the salmon hue, too.

Pink Blue Outfit

Dear Creatures dress

Pastel Outfit

Handmade Sweater

Samuji Folks of October

Dress me in: Samuji, Folks of October

Samuji Folks of October

Who needs models? Not Samuji. The way they displayed their latest collection is genius: the clothes are carefully laid on the floor, in positions resembling those of humans. Kind of like what we do on Polyvore sometimes. My favorite has to be the one below, of the couple, in which the combination of navy and brick orange is exquisite. And look at the use of props: how perfectly placed are those flowers? And how about those twinkles in the final photo? In short, these are pictures that make me happy.

Samuji Folks of October

Samuji Folks of October

Samuji Folks of October

Samuji Folks of October

Samuji Fall Winter 2012 collection here.

DIY Skull Collar Necklace | Kittenhood

DIY: skull collar necklace

DIY Skull Collar Necklace | Kittenhood

When the trend of collar necklaces came out, I was completely crazy about it! I don’t know how it happened, but I didn’t manage to make one for myself – up until now. This one has the delicacy of a collar, but also the edge of the thick chain, black beads and skull. Want to know how to make your own? It’s actually really simple.

How to make a collar necklace

What you need:

  • 12 beads
  • 12 eye pins
  • 5 jump rings
  • chain
  • central piece (skull or another charm)
  • clasp

Beads & eye pins

Black plastic beads

Divide your beads into two groups (6 and 6) and pass an eye pin through each one. Link the first group of six beads together, and then do the same for the second group.

Collar necklace

Skull Collar Necklace

Above, you have a sketch of how the necklace is supposed to be put together. Measure equal pieces of chain to the left and right, place the central piece in the middle and connect everything using the jump rings. Make sure it’s symmetrical and decide your perfect length before attaching the closure system.

Tip: if the necklace is shorter, the chain will look more like a collar.

DIY Collar Necklace