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Festival babes, this one’s for you…

March 27, 2015

Boho babe alert! Planet Blue released their 2015 festival season collection and lookbook, featuring whimsical floral prints, strappy closures, bell sleeves, fringed kimonos and romantic hues. It’s one of those lookbooks that makes you want to drop everything and twirl your way right into summer, arm candy and flawless brimmed hat included.

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Wanderlusting yet?

Images via Planet Blue—follow the link for more.

 

Ways to welcome spring…

March 25, 2015

Pretend it’s summer and wear toe rings. Decorate your desk with bright springy office supplies. Treat yourself to a Paloma cocktail after work. DIY a pretty pastel accessory. Fill the wine bottles you emptied all winter with fresh flowers. Get an at-home hair color refresh (if your friend has a stylist license, hee hee). Update your Etsy shop. Burn some delicious incense. Explore new neighborhoods. Learn a new language. Buy some bright, colorful shoes to frolic in…

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How do YOU celebrate spring?

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Mishka and the blustery day…

March 24, 2015

Brooklyn weekends are getting all the more lovely thanks to sun staying up in the sky longer… but it’s still chilly outside. Lately I’ve been draping myself in a ridiculously cozy scarf and big cushy knit cardigan when I want to soak in some sun in the evening (and resist suiting up in my winter coat… can’t wait to put that thing away).

One of my favorite scarves all winter long was this pink and black plaid printed wrap by Free Endearment. Dubbed the Nori scarf (click if you want one!), it’s nice and big at 85″ x 29″, so there are endless ways to wear it. It’s also acrylic, so you can toss it in the wash or spot treat it worry-free.

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I don’t benefit from any click-through or purchases, but I highly recommend this cozy accessory for the end of winter and early spring—and I bet you’ll get some use out of it during nighttime campfires at the beach this summer, too.

Hopefully soon I’ll be talking about tank tops… come on, spring! 

P.S. Once again, thanks to Cat for these photos!

DIY: A Jeweled Spring Hat

March 23, 2015

Transition style can be such a difficult code to crack, especially as winter turns into spring. Finding clothes and accessories that keep you warm but emit a fresh spring vibe through color and texture, and layering it all so you can lighten up your look at the day gets warmer, can be a tricky process.

I love shopping winter sale racks for things I can modify to fit that description, like sweaters to cut the shoulders out of, or jeans to slash at the knees and wear leggings under. One of my favorite recent buys is a mint green winter hat from H&M, which I attempted to infuse some new life into via flat back gems.

The result is a new hat that I’m totally in love with, and the whole process only took me about 45 minutes.

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What you’ll need:

 A knit beanie-style hat (or any hat you like)

 Sew-on flat back gems (be sure they have the small holes for sewing—glue works on stiff woven fabrics, but for knits you’ll want to sew to prevent the embellishments from popping off).

 Basic sewing supplies like a needle and scissors.

 Thread that accents or matches your hat (I chose an electric neon yellow, because I love the combination of that color with mint and off-white),

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Hint: I bought a variety of flat back gems in bulk on Etsy. Do a little searching and you can find some there, too. If you’re in NYC, check out M&J for an epic jewel selection.

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Step 1: Lay the hat out on a flat surface, and lay out the gems in a motif that you like. Snap a picture of your ideas with your phone, so you can reference it as you’re working.

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Step 2: Once you’ve settled on a layout, start from the bottom center and add your first gem by tacking it on from the back, threading through the sewing holes and back into the fabric.

Hint: With knit you’ll have the slightest bit of wiggle room to correct a crooked gem by guiding it with a correcting stitch and pulling the thread taught, but be careful as this may cause a pull in the fabric.

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Step 3: Work your way up the center of your design. This will provide you with a guide for staying symmetrical as you add the other gems. It may also save thread.

Hint: Make small double stitches as you go to prevent the whole design from falling off if you happen to snag and rip the thread at some point.

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Your thread should look something like this as you stitch your gems up the center. For extra security, you can sew each individually and knot them off… but I definitely don’t have the patience for that. ;}

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Step 4: Once the center is done, work your way out on each side, double checking the design as you go, to ensure everything is aligned.

Attn perfectionists: It might make you more confident to mark off your pattern with a white chalk pencil before you begin sewing the gems that are further away from the center (or you can just eyeball it—clearly I’m not a perfectionist!).

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In the end, you’ve got yourself a lovely spring hat that looks almost good enough to eat. Yep, I said it. It reminds me of candy. Mmm.

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Step 5: Resist eating your delicious new hat, and take it for a spin!

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Big smiles from sunny Brooklyn! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. If you make something similar, I want to see it! Leave a comment to your blog or instagram post below.

P.S. Many thanks to my friend Cat for snapping the photos of me!

Hey Mishka Loves… ♥

March 17, 2015

You know that kind of satisfying, sweet exhaustion that you actually enjoy? The feeling after finishing an epic project, or crashing on your couch after a long, productive day at a job you love? I’m riiiiight there, feeling the weight of the creative projects I’m excited about, a new job, an online class, and a head bursting with ideas. Sometimes you just have to ease into it and let yourself decompress in the midst of this kind of chaos.

In this spirit of this, my link round-up this week includes some information about acupuncture (especially for those who’ve been hesitant about trying it), some tips on not going crazy with daily to-do’s,  permission to stop wearing makeup, an idea for sneaking in a picnic before the warm weather hits, and more fun reads.

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Image via Boho Daily.

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 Looking to brighten your day in just a few minutes? Scroll through this visual list of the 10 most colorful places on earth.

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 In case you thought this famous figure skating scandal went away, think again. It’s getting its own museum.

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 Need a few good reasons to stop wearing makeup? I especially love this concept for summer—but why not start -now?

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 Natural stress relievers, because we could all use a few, amiright?

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 …and in case you’re stressed over seeing so many perfect butts in magazines, here’s a celebration of real butts to bring you back down to earth. (And if you have a flawless butt, more power to you! Maybe you’ll just like looking at some butts.)

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 Save some money on your spring wardrobe with these clever closet hacks.

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 Need an awkward laugh? Friends without the laugh track should do the trick. I’ve blown through every season since it went live on Netflix, and I have a confession to make: I never watched it when everyone else did, so it’s like a whole new kind of couch potato fun for me!

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 Liberated elephants? Yes please! Ringling Bros are freeing our giant adorable friends.

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 Admit it: we’ve all been looking for a new way to wear blue eye shadow that doesn’t remind us of our shameful middle school beauty routines.

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 NYC, this one’s for you—and all of my fellow frustrated commuters. It’s not just you… the subway system sucks more than ever. At least we’re all in this together?

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 A researched-backed case for taking daily naps. No arguments here! And speaking of sleep, what IS the perfect bedtime?

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 What are women in NYC guilty over shelling out their paychecks on? A few of them sound off here. How many do you agree with?

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 A lesson in social media etiquette… this Vogue editor posted a photo of a homeless woman reading Vogue in very poor taste, and got her ass digitally handed to her. I don’t think she was trying to be mean, but that was a bad move.

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 Retreat to advance… and look amazing while doing it.

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 ABC Home is celebrating Holi with a gorgeous explosion of color. #eyecandy!

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 Longing for an outdoor picnic, even though the weather is not quite permitting it? Here’s a perfect picnic hack.

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 Thinking about getting acupuncture? Worried about laying around stuck full of needles? Read this. (Also: acupuncture is one of the best things that ever happened to me, and if you live in NYC, go see Yvonne.)

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 Did Monday suck? Next Monday won’t!

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 Thoughts on decluttering your daily to-do list (meal planning, bills, dishes and more) and getting more done.

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 Finally, if you’re still feeling the effects of a wild, festive weekend, here’s your ticket to feeling awesome again.

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Here’s to a beautiful week ahead.

 P.S. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Spring Flash Back

March 16, 2015

Good morning doll face! Right now I’m sipping my morning coffee and eating a bowl of oatmeal and berries before I get ready for my first day at an exciting new job (more on that later). Since I woke up before sunrise today, I have some time to sink my teeth into a little inspiration before I greet a new week.

I thought the perfect way to do that would be to revisit a lookbook from last spring by For Love & Lemons, dubbed: Land of Eternal Spring. This romantic and playful shoot features lacy, colorful separates and dresses that will leave you just as starry eyed as model Carola Remer, shot by Zoey Grossman. Get lost in it below!

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It’s up to the 50’s during the day here in Brooklyn, so I couldn’t think of a more perfect time to let the wanderlust run wild and daydream about packing pretty dresses up for an adventure.

Images via For Love & Lemons. See the full (stunning) lookbook here.

Happy Monday!

Sweet Dreams & Home Offices

March 14, 2015

I’ve heard the argument many times, including by the wise Karim Rashid, and I tend to agree: your bedroom should be a place where you relax, decompress, sleep… and engage in other bed-related activities. It should be free of other distractions and stress triggers, so your body goes into rest-mode (or mojo-mode) when you enter the room.

For those of us living in major cities though, such a luxury is laughable. When space is extremely limited, you’re forced to find ways to pack as many functions into one corner of the apartment as possible, from cooking and yoga to sleeping and working-from-home.

Such is city life, until we win the lotto, right?

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My bedroom in Brooklyn is roomy enough that it would almost be a sin not to make it multi-functional, so I sectioned off a dressing area, sewing area, and laptop station apart from the lounging & sleeping area.

I try to keep the feeling of these areas distinct, so I can still enter into those “modes” when I approached each set up.

In the center of the room, my work-from-home station includes my laptop and speakers, some office supplies like my favorite pens, and minor decor. I like to keep this space super clean and bright to encourage focus. During the day I tie up the curtain to let as much natural light in as possible (it helps me resist delicious daytime naps!).

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The bed is divided in the room by a string of lanterns, and surrounded by warm hues and soft lighting. The natural light through the window on that side of the room is muted by hanging fabric (and a robe I made) to create a calm space and allow for those delicious afternoon naps (a rare but welcome thing).

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Epic tapestry by Urban Outfitters.

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The creative corner of the room holds more of my relics and kitschy items that help inspire me and keep me light hearted while I’m experimenting on new jewelry or designs for Bombay Mermaid. I like to switch up the things on my shelf and display a lot of colorful glass, gems, and gifts from friends.

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Next to my work-from-home space, I hung a giant mood board made up of all the imagery that represents the kind of life I want to manifest for myself this year. I don’t always zero in on it, but sometimes when I feel lost or unmotivated, taking a glance at the imagery helps me regain my footing.

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It’s a bit crowded, a bit messy, a bit unfinished… but it’s definitely me, and serves its creative and professional purpose while still being a cozy bedroom. It’s an evolving process, and I change things up pretty frequently, but it’s also fun to document the process and look back at the different ways you’ve lived…

Maybe someday I’ll live in a Pinterest board-worthy space. ;}

What about you, sugar? I would love to hear how you decorate and designate areas of your bedroom or apartment. Let me know in the comments. Bonus points for linking to your own blog post so I can check it out!

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