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.
Leave your instagram profile in the comments! I would love to see what you’ve been up to.
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.
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.
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.
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after my runway show next weekend!), so my favorite fall finds will arrive in the mail just in time to replace the outdated styles I’m cycling out and sending off to goodwill.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My favorite standby: Bollywood superstar. You’re welcome.
Haaaappy costume idea hunting! And look, I drew some magical pumpkins for you.
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.
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
P.S. Check out one of my recent boho-tastic DIY projects from this morning!