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.
Images via Planet Blue—follow the link for more.
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…
How do YOU celebrate spring?
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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.
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!
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.
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),
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.
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.
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.
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. ;}
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!).
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.
Step 5: Resist eating your delicious new hat, and take it for a spin!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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!).
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).
Epic tapestry by Urban Outfitters.
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.
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.
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!