Fashion Inspiration and Style Tips

9 03, 2017

How To Hand Paint African-Inspired Wooden Bangles

By | March 9th, 2017|DIY|

I can’t seem to resist geometric patterns lately, I’ve become a pro in mixing and matching them on my outfits. So I’ve decided to give making my own jewelry a try too. Hand painting bangles was something I always wanted to do, but never come around to it. These are so quick and easy to make, if you are crafty you can literally make couple to go with your outfit, just before you get out! They do need some time to dry, though.

Computer Arts Magazine has been a longtime favorite of mine I have some 6-year-old issues on the bookshelf that still inspire me today, I find it to be a constant source of design inspiration. I subscribed to the Computer Arts Collection, each issue covers in-depth the six core topics of design- Graphic design, Typography, Illustration, Branding, Photography and Advertising.

Volume 2 part 1- Graphic Design has arrived and I haven’t put it down, jam-packed with substance and style, an invaluable source of inspiration for me. I’m looking forward to the typography and photography issues too hoping to learn something new that I can maybe use here on the blog.

Today I decided to just sit and relax with the kids and get crafty, I rummaged through my costume-jewelry basket remembering I had some unpainted wooden bangles in the mix and got to jazzing them up. (more…)

1 03, 2017

Street Fashion Style for the Winter: Rock that Cape Coat

By | March 1st, 2017|Street Style|

Sophisticated, aristocratic and with a bit mysterious: the cape is a garment known since the ancient times that originally comes sleeveless and hooded. This coat, worn by nobles since the Middle Ages and corresponding with the feudal order, is the star of the winter season and has become one of the must-have items.

Outerwear is back in fashion with a contemporary twist: the length shortens, sleeves are added, and it comes in a variety of fabrics: wool, cloth, rabbit, angora, waterproofed materials etc. Great alternative to parkas and coats, the cape is suitable to be worn all day with different combinations: pants, mini dresses and jeans. This is a great way to play with classic style and wear one of the many varieties because this season designers had fun transforming women into ladies. Here are some suggestions on how to wear the cape.

The cape is perfect to wear for a casual and simple outfit: young girls can combine it with a pair of ripped jeans and, after 30, you can go with more traditional, but always stretch jeans. In both cases you can complete the look with a plaid shirt. This outfit is ideal for a day around town.

Black pants and white shirt is the perfect combination for a more formal outfit and are perfectly suited to a day at the office or for a working lunch. With only these three pieces – pants, shirt and a cape – you will be good-to-go.

Over the weekend, for a walk to the park or to go shopping, wear cape with jeans and a simple T-shirt. Complete with sneakers and you will be perfectly at ease in the comfort to spend free time.

The cape is perfect to wear with the clothes and the result will be extremely refined and sophisticated. Just pay attention to the length: the girls with slender and long legs and can choose a mini dress with knee-high  boots. Otherwise, you should choose longer dress, but also the length of the cape must not be shorter than the dress you wear.Winter is the perfect time to play around with outerwear and to wear your cape like a true street fashion star.

27 02, 2017

The Wandering Star Jumpsuit

By | February 27th, 2017|Sewing|

The weather is quickly heating up here so it’s best that I think about cool comfy clothes, I wanted an all-in-one to slip into that would take me from day to night and still hold up it’s end of the bargain that being, Summer cool chic. I was telling the ladies on Sew Weekly that this jumpsuit had to possess certain qualities in order for me to wear it, them being: (1) a perfect fit around the ankles, I wanted the leg of the pant to sit on my wedges the way they appear in the uber cool magazines, no ankle freezers and when I wear my sandals I wanted the leg to slouch and bunch around my foot, I know this sounds strange it’s just what I like in a pant (2) The crotch had to be cut lower because I like that whole baggy, effortless look in a pant. Are ya digging me? of course you are.

How about the print on this fabric? I know right! I was a little iffy myself when I found it in the bargain bin at Spotlight it screamed ‘jumpsuit’. I was a tad worried about the pattern going across my body, you know the whole illusion thing with stripes? but once I tried it on it turned out to be a perfect union. Phew!! and the pockets? well how can you not have pockets in a jumpsuit they just give it that extra casual flare don’t you think?

I’m really happy with the outcome, I self drafted these babies, they’re basically large pants with added fabric for the bodice the seam runs up through the centre front and back slightly tapered in at the top to avoid too much fabric bunch. Elastic top and waist with a tie to hold it all up not that it would fall down but I like the tie because it evens everything out proportionally, well that’s the way I see it anyway.

So there you go!! this weeks challenge was all about UFO’s not the extraterrestrial kind either ‘Unfinished Objects’ I don’t allow UFO’s in my sewing kingdom they’re too haunting to have sitting about starring at me whispering f i n i s h  m e , it’s bad enough having three books on the go.

These photos were taken in my local park just five minutes from our home where we like to have little family picnics and feed the ducks under the weeping willows. This here is the amphitheater where I attempted to sing Portisheads Wandering Star, I was under the illusion I was on key and sounded white hot like I do in the shower! but Steve (hubby) said I should just stick to my sewing and them are some wise words my friends, wise words indeedy.

Till next week you spunky thing you…

Happy Sewing, happy days.

15 01, 2017

Denise Huxtable: The Original Fashionista

By | January 15th, 2017|Fashion Inspiration|

When I was a teenager I had a mad fashion crush on Denise Huxtable of “The Cosby Show” I would watch the show religiously and sketch down her outfits and try and copy her hair. I remember hunting down a similar type of grey geometric patterned fabric that matched one of her over-sized shirts and I made a super long tank dress and draped a bunch of white plastic pearls around my neck that hung down to my knees, I thought I was the business, this was about the time I discovered fashion or had a ‘fashion epiphany’ you could say, this was about the time I bought a sewing machine and never looked back.

Denise Huxtable was incredibly fashion-forward, wearing lots of over-sized clothes with bold graphics, blazers and odd ball accessories, she stood out, and no one on TV dressed like her. For me, she was the ultimate 80′s fashion icon. I thought she was pretty rad and when she and Lenny Kravitz married, well, I wanted that picture stuck above my bed for me to stare at till I fell asleep.

Even though Denise’s outfits were well-suited for the 80’s, here are few reasons why her style would fit perfectly in any of the current street style or indie blogs.

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