Friday, March 30, 2012

Photo Friday: Screw Art!

When I saw this installation piece by Andrew Myers I was stunned. It takes such amazing talent to pull something like this off and I am knock-down-on-the-floor impressed. Can you believe that screws drilled into the wall could make such expressive and detailed portraits? Andrew Myers drills in screws at different depths to create a surprisingly detailed 3D image on a wall. Once the image is visible, Myers paints each screw by hand to make the portraits even more life-like.

I can't even imagine the amount of time and planning that goes into creating one of these 3D screw art images. I'd love to see one in person and be able to touch the different hills and valleys created by the screws that make up the images.

What do you think? Awesome or eh?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY: Easy Vintage-Style Beaded Necklace Tutorial

Back story: I found these avocado green beads at Micheal's one day and they immediately spurred my creativity. Their shape and color just seemed so vintage to me that I knew I had to turn them into a necklace. Now, does this necklace look vintage? Eh, maybe not so much. Either way, I like the way it turned out. Since you can easily change out the materials in this tutorial to make your own version, I wanted to share it with you all so you can DIY your own simple beaded necklace. But, fear not, if you are not the DIY type and still love the necklace you can pick it up in my Jewelry Shop!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: The Vintage Cars Edition

Today I want to talk to you a little bit about an amazing little place called Crossroads Trading Co. Unfortunately, they don't exist everywhere but you might have a store similar to this around where you live. This store is amazing for two reasons: 1.) you can sell your gently used clothes for cash or store credit. 2.) they sell recently in-style and evergreen pieces for super cheap. So, as I'm sure you can probably guess at this point, I went there recently to sell some Spring and Summer pieces that I knew I wouldn't be wearing anymore (this is always a hard thing for me to do, I don't like parting with clothes) and I picked up this awesome vintage car print dress with my store credit. So I basically traded some clothes I didn't want anymore for a brand new dress and a cropped jean jacket! Win? I think so.

This dress was calling to me because of the vintage car print. I love picking up pieces with interesting prints that you don't see very often. Or maybe I just like prints? I am definitely guilty of owning multiple pairs of leopard print pants. Don't judge me! OK maybe I deserve a disapproving look or two...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday Trendspotting: Summer Wedges

Okay, okay, I know I'm a little early, but it's been so unseasonably warm here in Chicago that it's been impossible for me to not think about summer fashion. These shoes are perfect for Spring too! But, there is just something about a good sandal wedge that makes me think of summer! Check it out, they're open and airy while giving you the lift of heels BUT are more casual. What better shoe to wear to a summer barbecue? This puppies won't sink into the grass (because let's face it, that is SO annoying). 

So I quickly pulled out some favorites that I would love the add to my closet if I had some extra pocket cash to spend on 7 new pairs of shoes. As much as I love the orange and red pair, they actually replaced another teal wedge I put in but took out because I thought I was over-doing the teal. I guess that means teal is going to be my color of the year huh? Anyway, I'm ready to retire my sweaters for the season and pop back into those colorful wedges paired with mini skirts! It's about to get scandalous on here guys.

Tell me, what's your favorite summer accessory?

Summer Wedges

Wrap shirt
$368 -

Crop top
$60 -

Miss Selfridge denim short shorts
$44 -

$109 -

Steve Madden platform sandals
$100 -

ALDO leather sandals
$81 -

Steve madden sandals
$100 -

ASOS lace up heels
$107 -

Steve madden sandals
$90 -

Dorothy Perkins red wedge
$75 -

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Design: Soho House

This Soho apartment designed by Paris-raised interior designer Olatz Schnabel is a fabulous combination of colors, patterns, and antique Parisian style. I love the way she used colors and patterns to make even the sparsest rooms feel full and cozy. The design throughout the apartment includes minimal furniture and decorative elements, but the combination of bright colors and patterned touches make each room feel full of personal influences. Images from here.

It's no secret that I love colorful homes, but this apartment design combines two of my favorite style elements - color and french design. The space seems amazingly lush and regal without over-doing it or feeling overly crowded. The infusion of large paintings and Grecian pillar lamps in the living room make the already artful space seem like an artist's studio infused with a museum.  In short, this Soho apartment is obviously the home of a creative mind and that's exactly what a home is supposed to be - a reflection of yourself. That's why I painted every room in my apartment a different color and have a bright red couch. It all makes sense now doesn't it? Moment of revelation: self reflection must be the reason that I love interior design as much as I love fashion. It's good to express yourself, right?

Okay, enough babbling, check out the awesomeness that is this Soho interior designer's apartment:

How do you make your space feel like home?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Moment of Zen: Mini Life in Kiev

Ok, I did this once to you already so the jig is up (yes, I really just said that).  I love miniature things! There I admitted it! My shameful secret is out! So now you understand why I am subjecting you to these videos of big things made little for the second time. But look how cute this town in Ukraine looks! Alright, enough out of me. It's Sunday so here's your moment of zen, hope it makes you smile!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Photo Friday: Kristian Schuller Fashion Photography

I stumbled across Kristian Schuller while rambling through the Internet, as I so often enjoy doing, and I thought "THIS is exactly how I would love to be photographed!" Even though I've probably seen his work before considering this Parisian-based photographer is kind of  big name in fashion photography, I didn't realize it. The style of the photos is absolutely eye-catching and each composition manages to capture the essence of movement. But I'm biased because that is my favorite kind of fashion photography, the kind that makes you feel like you're witnessing an incredibly intense moment frozen in time. No pretty models staring off into space for me.

Now I know fashion photography isn't for everyone, it can be a hard thing to love, but just look at these shots! They perfectly capture a very vivid action in time. You can feel the impending disaster in the photo below can't you? What a mess that must have been. I love it. I want some to throw colored powder all over me or let me release 200 balloons. Wouldn't it be fun?

This is exactly why I was drawn into his photography. The tea flowing out of the teapot gives even this very posed photo some motion.

So what do you say? Love it or hate it?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Vintage Diane Von Furstenburg Edition

Today's outfit post is featuring another dress handpicked from my Etsy shop and this was definitely one of my favorite finds. This little teal Diane Von Furstenburg vintage dress was an amazing find. It's still in pretty great vintage condition. The silk has no pulls, rips, or tears, but the elastic waist band has lost it's elasticity. Fortunately, a well placed belt around the waist fixes that little problem. I know you can't really tell in these pictures, but this teal dress has tiny purple triangles all over it.

I love the collar on this dress, it's so simple and feminine you almost don't even notice it. But I guess you have to say that this vintage dress is a softer take on a button down shirt dress. The silk makes it very flowy and soft. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Trendspotting: Retro Frames

It's been insanely warm here in Chicago the past week and even though yesterday was the last official day of winter my brain can't stop jumping to Summer! I am on the hunt for a new pair of sunglasses and I'm loving all these oversized, thick-framed, vintage styles! All these cute vintage style sunglasses I found online would be perfect, but it's always so hard buying glasses without trying them on first. I guess that's what return are for huh?
Forever Young

Tom Ford cat eye sunglasses
$432 -

Butterfly sunglasses
$45 -

ASOS clear shades
$21 -

Emilio pucci sunglasses

It's so weird to go from 40 degree days to 80 degree days. We somehow missed Spring and I'm so excited to pull out my shorts and tanks! Now to find that perfect pair of sunglasses.....

What Spring/Summer essentials are you shopping for?

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