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A Collage of Color

October 22, 2014

Can you believe October is almost over? The new Libra moon really put a wild spin on my favorite month of the year.

This autumn I’ve been inspired to infuse more color, more energy, and more love into every day experiences like getting ready in the morning, making a new playlist, or rearranging my living space. I’ve also made more of an effort to share photos and ideas with my friends and readers, and document my creative process as I work toward goals that I set for myself this year. This rich version of my usual life (which I already consider pretty colorful) has allowed me to thrive through anxiety and uncertainty, And that, my dear, is invaluable.

Here’s a little peek into my daily life via Instagram, from Brooklyn street art to outfit details and… of course, pretty food. Call me cheesy, but I love instagram for letting us create little collages of our lives in a few taps of a smart phone screen.

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Leave your instagram profile in the comments! I would love to see what you’ve been up to.

Happy Wednesday!

Hey Mishka Loves… ♥

October 21, 2014

Welcome to Hey Mishka Loves…—the semi-weekly link round-up of stylish, festive content from my favorite blogs and morning reads. Today we’re looking at a few ways to refresh your life and move into your next phase of personal growth, from writing to the interior of your apartment, as well as how to pretty-up your tech and get excited for Halloween!

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Image via A Pair & A Spare

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 Give your morning commute a little flavor by covering your headphones in gems! I’d say the key to making this one a stylish endeavor (as opposed to a tacky one) is using anything except basic round white rhinestones.

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 When you get to work and feel like your desktop needs a little punch as well, check out Design Love Fest’s list of super colorful, cute, and motivational tech downloads. I have all of the tropical ones on rotation. And while you’re over there, grab the pumpkin chai latte recipe, too.

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 It’s about time for witches, goblins, and ghouls ya’ll. Here are five movies with stylin’ ladies who dabble in black magic and look great while doing it.

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 I am blown away by how colorful and inspiring the interior (and exterior) of this house is. I’m especially loving the bright yellow cabinets with the mirror windows (and everything on the kitchen counter). Successful design is when it looks completely effortless and lived in, yet still aesthetically delish.

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 A little food for thought for when you’re trying to recover from a painful situation. See also: how small changes can help you change your life.

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 Something for fellow bloggers and writers—though this advice applies to anyone producing work that people see and respond to: how to produce genuine content, without worrying about how many “likes” or comments you get. And another side of the same coin: a few potential reasons why people aren’t reading your blog.

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 Ever feel something and wish there was a word to describe it? Maybe there is! Just not in English. ;}

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 Do you need a sewing kit? Of course you do! I love this idea for a gift, or just to keep in your suitcase for last minute repairs or mini DIY projects. Let’s not forget how a bit of creativity can brighten up a crappy day.

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 Finally, since fall is the perfect time for a home refresh, check out these 13 ways to infuse your home with a bit of magic. Enjoy.

Monday DIY: Henna Inspired Weights

October 20, 2014

Sometimes the best DIYs are born from problems I encounter in the design studio while I’m flinging fabric scraps at 3AM. Here’s one project that was born when I was struggling to weigh down the corners of my pattern paper, while drafting patterns for Bombay Mermaid.

I found a few lovely, smooth-surfaced rocks while strolling in the East Village and applied some puff paint in (an attempted) henna motif. The blue glitter didn’t really deliver, but I love the other two! Check out the simple process below.

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Of course, these can also be part of your bedside altar or placed on your desk at work to remind you to stay creative, but these are perfect paper weights for pattern makers.

Stay tuned for more DIY action next monday.

A Boho-Chic Fall Wishlist

October 19, 2014

It’s officially not going to exceed 70 degrees here in New York until next spring… which means it’s time to switch into full time fall fashion mode.

Boho-chic, hands down my favorite aesthetic, translates so well into fall that it’s hard not to go overkill when stocking up on frocks and accessories. I adore the earth tones and rich colors, metallics, beautifully draped outerwear pieces… All the essentials of a fearless, globe trotting, hopeless romantic with incredible taste. I could go on forever. Instead, I whipped up a gooorgeous wishlist.

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1. Gypsy 05 Ada Cross Body Bag

2. Cleobella Dashiell Frock

3. Spell Design Thunderstruck Crystal Cuff in Brass

4. H&M Satin Drawstring Pants

5. H&M Draped Jacket in Black

6. Bobbi Brown Sand Eye Palette

7. Natalie B Jewerly Fit for a Queen Bronze Collar

8. Anthropologie Ariana Bohling Lola Booties

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I’ve got some major closet cleaning on my calendar (right after my runway show next weekend!), so my favorite fall finds will arrive in the mail just in time to replace the outdated styles I’m cycling out and sending off to goodwill.

Stay cute.

Costume Party!

October 17, 2014

Alright, it’s time. Let’s talk Halloween costumes.

But first, it’s my birthday! Today I’ll venture into Brooklyn and let the universe guide me to a trendy boutique full of sundries and stationary, where I’ll pick out a new notebook to start scribbling my musings and genius ideas in. The first page will be a list of resolutions for my new year. One of them will be to stop making lists. They just don’t work out for me. So, that list will be my last list. I swear.

From there I’ll careen over to Fuego 718, AKA shop of Libra dreams, and secure myself some Dia de los Muertos bling. Or, just absorb the beautiful chaos that is traditional Mexican art fused with artisanal handmade jewelry and bohemian whatnot. The rest of the day will be consumed by model fittings for the Sisters on the Runway fashion show, where I’m showing my second runway collection for Bombay Mermaid.

Anyway, what are you going to be for Halloween? I think I’ll forgo my usual Scheherazade-on-ayahuasca costume and dream up something new. Below are some links to get you inspired in case you’re tired of your usual bag’o’tricks for All Hallow’s Eve as well.

Here’s my Dia de los Muertos face paint from last year (a yearly ritual that comes after Scheherazade-on-ayahuasca). Fun fact: the party I was going to got canceled that night, so I sat around drinking tea with this face!

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Creative Halloween Costume Ideas

  Here’s a collection of 80s-inspired costumes… but before you roll your eyes, spoiler alert: Bob Ross is one of them. So is Salt-N-Pepa, Yeeeah.

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 Crazy, creepy makeup ideas to try. I’m sort of obsessed with #9. Also see: Rookie Mag’s roundup of ideas to make you look “edible, adorable, dangerous, or just plain dead.”

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 A statement crown can be as good as a full costume, as is the case with this snow queen crown tutorial. Not enough? Add a fishtail and become a mermaid queen.

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 With seemingly endless resources, you’d think celebrities would have the best costumes, right? True and false. Here’s a throwback review of some A-list costumes… and also, this. Famous New Yorkers, represent. Runway models should probably always dress like Sailor Moon characters.

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 Play-on-word costumes are something I don’t completely understand for the spookiest night of the year, but then again, I just got excited about dressing up as Bob Ross in the first link. This lineup is hit and miss, but there are a few gems.

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 My favorite standby: Bollywood superstar. You’re welcome.

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 Feeling really lazy this year? Grab this dress, scroll through this tutorial on post-production Halloween effects, and call it a night.

Haaaappy costume idea hunting! And look, I drew some magical pumpkins for you.

October Inspiration

October 15, 2014

 October is one of the richest months of the year, especially for those who reside in the North East. In terms of fashion, natural landscape, creative energy and sentimentality, it takes the seasonal cake. While September is basically a post-summer hangover, October opens up a brand new season, prompting the revival of pumpkin spice addictions, fall boots (come on, they’re the best), cozy knitwear and rainy, hazy mornings.

One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of a new season is visualize what I see for myself: how I’ll spend my time, what I’ll wear, and what experiences I’m looking forward to, no matter how abstract. Manifesting all of that into a collage can send a message to the universe that you’re ready to sink your teeth into these desires, and make them a reality. That said, I give you my October moon board.

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October love: soy candles  coin fringe necklaces  stacked rings  wide brimmed hats  cozy ponchos  hot coffee  creative sketching sessions  quality time with the girls  boho textiles  colorful leaf collecting  relentless daydreaming  oversized flannel

Stay inspired.

P.S. Check out one of my recent boho-tastic DIY projects from this morning!

Hey Mishka Loves… ♥

October 14, 2014

Welcome to Hey Mishka Loves…—the semi-weekly link round-up of stylish, festive content from my favorite blogs and morning reads. It’s been a few Tuesdays, but I’m back, and you’d better believe I have a few gems to share!

The focus today is staying positive and creative despite the lemons life may chuck at your head (and the lemons you put in your own mouth and later regret). As I explained a bit on the Bombay Mermaid blog today, I’m having a pretty emotionally abstract fall. During the process of sorting out my life and reassessing my “north”, I’ve found that creativity and positive energy are two must-haves for survival and sanity. It’s easy to forget how valuable these elements are in the grand scheme of existence.

For instance, during my hiatus, I thought I needed a break from this blog in order to sort myself out. However, for the past few weeks I’ve deeply missed sharing here, and I knew I would feel like myself again after diving back into this little hot pink editorial playground on my little corner of the internet. Just writing this post, I feel worlds better.

Enjoy the following links, and may your October be bursting with good vibes and gorgeous color palettes.

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Image via Fashion Gone Rogue.

 If the image above makes you swoon, we’re on the same page. This is one of the most stunning editorials I’ve seen in forever, from the styling to the landscape. Want more eye candy? Check out this parade of gorgeousness, too.

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 If you’re spending an ample amount of time alone lately, it can send your mind to unpleasant places, especially as the temperature drops and the rainy days of autumn arrive. This might be helpful.

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 One mother wrote this list of things she wants her daughter to know, but all of us girls could stand to read (and memorize) them as well.

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 Sometimes keeping your chin up is all about atmosphere. Here are a few ways to create a delicious aroma in your apartment or bedroom. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.

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 Get inspired by the whimsical paintings of Lulie Wallace, featuring sprawling botanical still life and dreamy florals against playful wallpaper. Equally as charming are Barbara Dziadosz’s quirky screenprints.

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 Engage in a little adventure today, without venturing too far from the safe haven of home (which can be crucial if you’re battling demons, or even a case of the rainy day blues).

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 When you’re not totally sure where you’re headed, sometimes it helps to remember where you’ve been. You can glean a bit of insight as simply as reading your very first tweet. Do you remember where you were when you wrote it? How far have you come since then?

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 In defense of DIY, a neuroscientist has proven that crafting is good for your brain, and your well being in general. Don’t hesitate to pick up that creative project you’ve abandoned on account of it being “silly” or inapplicable to “real world goals”.

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 Longing for a change? You may be in need of a refresh in the wardrobe department. Removing clutter and reevaulating your style identity is something we should all check in with on the regular.

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 Ready to be happy again? Here’s a list of happy-people-practices you may have seen before, but it’s worth a revisit.

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 If you’re feeling stuck or anxious, sometimes all you can do is wait it out. One of my favorite phrases lately is, “the only way to get through it is to get through it.” But while you’re doing that, you can use something as simple as breath to ease the process.

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That’s my round-up for now. I’ll see you guys soon.

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