Monday, September 27, 2010



Marc Jacobs has launched his own e-commerce site and its quite exciting.
The interactive website is set up like a store where you can check out Marc Jacobs collections and look-books as well as watch runway videos and of course shop till you drop. In my case unfortunately its just look but don't touch as the price tags are way out of my league....

Here is a taste from the women's  Fall/Winter 2010 collection



Picture source:http://www.marcjacobs.com/marc-jacobs-collection/runway-lookbook/womens-fall-winter-2010/#/marc-jacobs-collection/runway-lookbook/womens-fall-winter-2010?p=4

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Storage Baskets Tutorial


I've said this before, I love finding tutorials on the net and making things myself and I have become especially artsy-crafty since my son was born. The latest in a long line of things that I have made are some hanging storage baskets for his toys. If you don't have a baby I bet you can still always find something to store in these baskets, whether it be your accessories or socks :). You can make the smaller or bigger and use more "grown up materials" if you want. It will make them look totally different. 
I found a wonderful tutorial by the Mother Huddle based on which I made them.

If you are thinking of making them yourself I will walk you trough on how to make them.

First of all you will need the following materials:
  •  three 20x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 inch) wooden panels (in the tutorial mentioned above you will find that Plexiglas sheets were used which you can also do, but wood was more accessible to me)
  • three 47 x 72 cm (18½ x 28 inch) fabric pieces from you outer material and the same size three pieces from your lining material
  • three 10 x 27 cm ( 4 x 10 ½ inch) pieces
  • a curtain rod for hanging the baskets

First you will need to fold your large pieces in half with right side in, short ends together and them sew up the sides, leaving the top open. Like this:


do the same to your lining material as well

Next, take your fabric and fold your corners down like shown in the picture below. Measure 8.5 cm (3¾ inches) from the endpoint and pin across on both sides like so:

Then turn your fabric right side out, place in the wooden panel, then your lining material and pin the top by adding the smaller material (hem the sides of it before inserting) to what will be the backside of the basket.


 sew it up, insert the rod and you are done


For more on how to make these wonderful baskets visit the tutorial on: http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2010/07/creative-guest-hanging-storage-baskets.html

Monday, September 20, 2010

L.A.M.B - Fall 2010

This is not the first time I mention Gwen Stefani on my blog, nor will it be the last as she is truly one of those people that you can look to for inspiration.
Unlike most musicians, models or actors who turned "designers" and present collections with no individuality whatsoever and silhouettes that have been done to death, Gwen's collections reflect her own personal, very distinctive style.
I love that her stuff is wearable and most people would find items in her collection that they incorporate in to their everyday wardrobe and look fabulous in them.
Here is a taste of what she showed at Fashion Week



Thoughts?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fall-2010-RTW- BLUGIRL

I just love, love love anything Anna Molinari and the fall 2010 RTW Blugirl collection is no exception.

Everything that she designs just exudes femininity, its all so dreamy and light and flattering and the details never fail to impress. Basic blacks and whites dominate the collection with some hints of animal print (I'm not really a big fan of animal print but she manages not to overdo anything ever) and neutrals such as grey and nude. Which make it all the more adaptable to any wardrobe or occasion. 

I have to say my absolute dream would be to fill a closet - a much much bigger one then mine :) - with Blugirl items from collections past and present and shoes to match...ah fashion heaven!

But then again maybe one black long sleeved coat and a little white dress would do the trick as well...where are you fashion fairy?  


But without further delay here are the images that speak more then clearly to what the collection  really is all about.
Do you like Anna Molinari's designs? Who are your favourite designers?

Picture source: http://www.elle.com/Runway/Ready-to-Wear/Fall-2010-RTW/BLUGIRL/BLUGIRL/%28imageIndex%29/16#mode=base;slide=5;

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Necklace for my mother



I love browsing the web for tutorials on how to make jewelry, clothes, and more recently all sorts of funny and interesting stuff for children (I am working on some storage baskets for my son's toys which I will soon share with you). This is how I came across this  wonderful tutorial on how to make a ribbon pearl necklace which was really beautiful and seemed easy to make. So I decided to make one for my mother.



 Materials needed:
  • pearls (same or different size- you will find that in the turorial mentioned above, the pearls are the same size and the end result is different)
  • ribbon (color and width of your choice)
  • thread (preferably the same color as the ribbon)
  • needle
All you need to do is pass the thread through the ribbon and then the first pearl, then wrap the ribbon around one side of the peral and secure it with the read on the other side. Keep on going until you have the desired length.
Make sure to leave ribbon on both sides of the necklace as it will be your closure.

Here is my "masterpiece"



Thoughts?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Getting into shape

I know that I kinda went missing from the blogspehere lately...I have no excuse.
I could say that I had a lot to do, that my son is growing and needs more and more of my time and attention, that I took advantage of the long sunny autumn days and spent a lot of my time outside taking long walks with my baby...all of it would be true but then again non of it would be the reason for me not writing.

To be honest, I wasn't in the mood, and so I kept posting no-text-entries and a ton of polyvore outfits- don't get me wrong I still love polyvore- which I felt were kind of taking the blog down the hill, so I decided to stop posting until I really had something to say. (I'm kinda abusing that now)

But to make a long story short, my son recently turned 6 months old and for several reasons that I really don't care to explain right now he is no longer breastfeeding which means that I can start the diet I have been planing ever since I got pregnant and knew that I was inevitably going to gain some weight.

Luckily most of the baby weight is gone - I only have 2 kg left- but to reach my goal weight I have to loose 5 kg, which I am now attempting to do, while maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

The first thing I did was to calculate my calorie intake and how I should reduce it in order to loose weight in a healthy manner. I tried several calculators but liked this one the most.

After finding out how much I could eat I started a weight loss journal, you can find one here. Mine is a bit different but you can adapt any of these journals to you needs, they are just guidelines.
I will keep you updated on my eating habits...

Also, exercise is very important, so what I do is, I start my day with the 5 Tibetan rites and then take at least 2 hour walks with my son in the afternoon (yes, every day).



I love these exercises, its like yoga for dummies and you can really feel the results from day 1.

So without abusing my writing privileges any longer I am now going to tend to the matter at hand. But please let me know about your weight loss stories, favorite exercises, thoughts on the 5 Tibetan rites...or whatever comes to mind on weight loss and health issues.

Until then...have a marvelous Monday!