Showing posts with label trends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trends. Show all posts

Monday, November 7, 2011

Spotted: Pasta Chic #Earrings by Dolce & Gabbana

I saw this little blurb in Life & Style magazine and I had to share it with you. Handmade crafts are very influential.
Image from Life & Style Magazine

Friday, October 14, 2011

Knitting Goes Digital? It's About Time!

I belong to a crafting group that meets once a month or so to sit around, gab, and shoot the stitch.  We're a mixture of students, mothers, teachers, and professionals.  A couple of us are expats.  One of the things that comes up time after time (especially among the expats in the group) is the marked dearth of knit and crochet books that are available digitally.

We are craft consumers.  We are the target audience.  We want those hot craft books the minute they come out.  Seriously, though, the titles are just not available to us locally, and buying online means a cost more than double the list price, and hoping that the book actually arrives.

So I just about did a backflip when I got the following video and email in my inbox.  STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books has released eight wonderful knitting titles in digital form.  Happy dance!

Check out this wonderful video which really highlights how special these books are.  It's inspirational!

I had the received a sample copy of Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, which downloaded quickly and perfectly onto my little netbook.  I anxiously devoured the digital pages, and found that although I am primarily a crocheter, this book has much to offer even me.

For one, I was enthused to realize that the author is none other than Joelle Hoverson, the owner of Purl Soho.  I'm about to admit to some serious craft geekery here, but I actually read the entire Purl Bee blog this summer.  Yeah.  I'm serious.  It just rocks, people. That's all that needs to be said.*

Click to see a quintessential Purl Bee posting. You'll bee in love.
Image property of Purl Bee and used with permission.

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts begins with some background information on the store, Purl, as the impetus for the book.  The author goes into choosing project colors and color theory.  I love color, and color theory is of paramount interest!  The author goes on to explain the color choices for a few of the projects in the book and why they are so striking.

Then it's on to the projects!  This book is a winner, and it has an avid following on Ravelry. :)   I don't know about you, but I always check Ravelry to see which patterns are available in the book and just what can be done with the patterns. 

If you are looking for a gift to knit in less than 2 hours, 2-4 hours, 4-6 hours, 6-8 hours, or 8+ hours, download this book immediately.  It's good stuff. As for me, I'm eyeing the under 2-hour gifts. That's mainly because those are the ones I feel I can finish, and also because I have lots of baby friends who would love a hand-knit something to keep them warm this winter! 

The final thing I wanted to point out about this book is that even though it was originally printed in 2004, it remains perfectly relevant with timeless designs and even a beautiful chevron scarf that even Missoni would envy.

photo copyright 2004 Anna Williams | used with permission of the publisher

*As an aside, reading the Purl Bee Blog and watching the entire season of She's Crafty on DVD got me
into this "I'm so excited for Christmas" kick.  I'm still on it.  Not exactly normal for me, but, hey, I'm going with it.

BTDubs, the publisher requested I put the book cover and video in this post.  
Definitely check out the video! There are also other videos on the site which 
are equally as inspiring. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The World Is Beautiful | International Day of Peace

I like public art, especially when it makes a beautiful, welcoming statement like this one.  As someone who has traveled/lived internationally, it's comforting to see a visual representation of your home country, especially when displayed so beautifully and respectfully as these flags.

Terminal at O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL, USA

Cool t-shirt spotted in Mexico City. It was designed by the wearer's girlfriend.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Mexico City - Fall/Winter Collections 2011

When did I become a person who lives in one of the largest cities in the world and attends major events like Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

my people
At some point, this became my reality, so I'll just go with it.

It was way back in March when the event went up, but I decided to blog about it now, so you can plan your wardrobe and be right on trend for the new season.

Here are some trends to watch for the seasons ahead.
 Chunky, ribbed scarf with a bold pin added to sleek fabrics
A student of Textile Design at Ibero designed this beauty.  It made the cover of the MBFW publication.
Notice the dreamy fringe. Very Black Swan.
Styles by students of Jannette Klein University. The collections are called Frozen Sunshine and Moon Sparkle.
If you don't want to commit to the entire "demonic" look, consider mixing it up with fun tights.
Mauro Babun explores the demonic spirit in his showing.
More tights.
The MBDFM collection was dedicated to the memory of late design mentor, Cesar Franco.
 Pepa Pombo (top right, below) kept it fresh by juxtaposing chunky textures with sleek lines.  A bright, ruffled snood harkens back to the Renaissance but keeps it understatedly modern as well.

Elena Gomez Toussaint (above L, and bottom R) showed natural colors, sleek lines, chunky snoods, and sleek armwarmers.
 And on to the main event: Julia Y Renata!
Julia Y Renata showed innovative silhouettes in luscious, draped fabrics
High fashion can also be easy to wear.

Photos 2-6 courtesy of MBFW publication.  Photos 1, 7, 8 by me.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

90210 Style.

The kids on 90210 seem to know that accessories rule.
Fingerless gloves with sequins & feathery fascinators.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shop Mexico: Ana Gorozpe & Barks Masaryk

Ana designed this amazing bag and her mother crocheted the boa!
 One of the coolest, nicest, and most creative people I've met in Mexico has got to be Ana Gorozpe.  Ana is the proprietor of a chic accessories boutique that bears her name and Barks Mazaryk.  Pay her a visit, and both you and your dog can enjoy cute and trendy wearables!

Yummy charms, sequin wrap bracelets, exquisitely-designed necklaces, felt flowers... All handmade!
It's hard to choose just one, but my favorite style is the sequin wrap bracelet.  See that black and white number at the left of the collage?  I've been wearing that nonstop since I bought it!  She also has sequin earrings and all different colors of each style available.  :)  Glee!

Your prized pooch can have a perfect perch on this cute pet bed.  Ana also carries a number of adorable doggy outfits!

Find Ana Gorozpe & Barks Masaryk online and follow them on facebook!

Friday, September 10, 2010

What's New at Palacio?

In Mexico City we have a department store called Palacio del Hierro, which I think means "Iron Palace".  You can find everything from perfume to furniture to gourmet foods there.  Then there's Casa Palacio, which is located in Antara, is strictly for furniture and accents, and is FRICKIN' EXPENSIVE!

It had been a while since I'd visited either store, so I brought my camera along to see what was up. 

At Palacio del Hierro I spied a nature lamp, which looked gorgeous and elegant.

To make this, I would take some branches, christmas lights, floral tape, and paper shapes and go to town.  (Free idea! Please link back to!) But it's a great idea.  I'd never seen this before.

There was also an interesting display made of paper cones that were burned around the edges.  I noticed my photography doesn't do it justice.  It looked very cool as a store display.  I love it when they use paper creatively!
Can you see how cool it is in the photo?

Then on to Casa Palacios, which should be named "Just Pay with Your First Born".  There I found inspiration galore!

This gives new meaning to string art.
This piece is begging me to hack it.  How easy!

The price?
It's in pesos, but still!  It's almost $300 USD!

I think the buyers had a thing for pendant lamps.  These are fab!

Bring the outdoors indoors.  ;)
Just a couple of smart accessories.  Isn't this glass piece interesting?

These pillows reminded me of a coral reef.  They change color with perspective.  Very cool.

This can be done DIY.  The light fixture combines unpredictability with structure.  I thought the touch of neon was interesting with the chunky, white ceramics.  It was 80s but updated and improved upon.

Well, I hope you enjoyed our little tour through just one of Mexico City's house ware empires. I was inspired.  I hope you are, too.  :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hack This: Cutie Coach Bag

There is something so refreshing and fun about sassy 13-year-old style.  When one of my students brought this bag into school, I had to take a picture.  This could be crafted, folks, and my challenge to you is to do it!

Sequins!  Purple!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Trend-Watching at Antara, Polanco

So I took a little time to visit Antara in Polanco. For the uninitiated, Antara is a swanker than swank mall. Whenever I go there, I just eat or shop the cheap stores! They have some very high-end stuff there. My first night in Mexico City, the concierge at the hotel recommended it to us. :( I was disappointed because it didn't seem very different from what I'd already seen in Miami. But I have come to appreciate the beauty of the architecture (which is excellent!) and, of course, the fabulous window displays.

These bougainvillea (thanks, Niki) are all over the city. They are so beautiful, especially
when they have fallen on the pavement.

I love the checkerboard effect made with plants.
They pay attention to details in design at Antara.

This made me miss New York.

And now, to the window displays.

First, BLOOM!

I like the retro and modern counterpoint. The cut-out background nods to current trends in design without being to frilly. I never thought I'd say this, but I am getting sick of flourishes!

For those who sew, this bag is totally hackable. Go for it!

The dress is flawlessly styled, and the clutch adds just the right
pop of color without being obnoxious.

Beats air guitar.

Around the corner we go!

Great for summer and highly hackable. I may give this one a go.

Next, GUESS!

Although there was much more, I was most inspired by the t-shirts.
I was looking for hackable stuff.

Love the grey number.

Get the batik look by using bleach to paint on your shirts. Here's a tutorial from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar, and a more advanced technique from Phelyx on eHow.

This brings the necklace-on-the-t-shirt trend to another level.

And finally, RAPSODIA!
The store was beckoning me in, but I didn't have time to explore.

I have noticed various blogs about creating decorative pennants.
Here's a good tutorial from Genevieive Gail.

This is gorgeous, but not any easy hack unless you like tatting.
(Don't you love the confetti?)

Just loved the way this was styled. Casual chic.

Thanks for reading! I enjoy sharing my finds with you!

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