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Hey Mishka Loves… ♥

November 4, 2014

Welcome to Hey Mishka Loves…—the semi-weekly link round-up of stylish, festive content from my favorite blogs and morning reads. This week I came across killer fashion, great advice for making major progress in life (and tools for recovering from major setbacks) and even permission to eat flowers. Zing!

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Image via bombus.biz

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 Can’t get enough Dia de los Muertos makeup? Me neither. See a gorgeous roundup of makeup and costumes and an editorial (which is very inspiring for the first few images), here.

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 It’s been a long time since a red carpet dress stopped me in my digital tracks, but this Elie Saab number on Lily Collins did the trick. Wowza!

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 Prepare to fall madly in love with the Free People November catalogue. I absolutely love when their holiday content and product lines roll out!

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 Caught up on taking the plunge on a new project or big life decision? Maybe “the plunge” isn’t what you need after all. To follow that up, here’s a great read on doing rather than thinking when your’re trying to find your path in life.

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 R29 is bursting with amazing content as usual, from tips for kicking your procrastination habit to how to pretend you haven’t google-stalked someone, and even a Delia*s catalogue flashback from the 90s (oh, sweet nostalgia).

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 Some PR-oriented tips on how to live your life like a #GIRLBOSS… and seriously, if you haven’t read this book yet, you have your homework for this week.

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 Cat calling is getting a lot of attention in the media these days, but this is my favorite response to it.

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 Feeling super angsty? These three Buddhist beliefs might help you reassess some of the crappy things happening in your life. I’m glad I paused to read and soak them in. Especially the first.

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 Decode the loveliness of modern cafe culture, and why we all adore a quiet corner, a latte, and a laptop.

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 I love the hard edges and badass romanticism of this South Western inspired editorial from Pulp Mag. For something completely different? Check out these elegant lighted floral crowns from Reem Acra’s fall bridal show.

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 Eat some flowers this week! Why not?

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 Here are some great rules for digital downtime, to increase productivity and get some better quality zzz’s. I’ll be practicing them myself! While you’re over there at A Pair & A Spare, check out this amazing bomber jacket DIY.

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 Breakup? Hard times? These desktops and this recipe might help. No dice? Try doing some fun stuff in your skivvies. Here’s to emotional recovery in time for the holidays!

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Okay fine, one more! This is one of the top five best things on the internet. You’re welcome.

Monday DIY: Applique Cut-Out Tee

November 3, 2014

It’s Monday, and you know what that means… time to get crafty! For this week’s DIY, I did a little bit of t-shirt surgery. The finished product is a tie-dye cut-out crop top, made from a previously existing top that I picked up at a Salvation Army store in Brooklyn. Wear this over a knit turtle neck in the fall or pack it away for your next vacay. Instructions below.

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Step 1. Put the top on to measure where you want the cropped hem. I like the front a little bit higher than the back hem, to create a draped effect. Cut while laid flat.

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 Step 2. Cut semi-circle shapes from the shoulders. Start small and try on the top a few times to determine how much to cut (remember, it’s easy to cut more, but you can’t add fabric back).

Tip: If your fabric is fray-resistant, a rough edge will be fine. If not, you may have to turn in the edge and do a straight stitch to keep things in place.

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Step 3. Cut a triangle (or whatever motif you’re into) from some contracting fabric. I chose a pre-interfaced gold faux-reptile skin material that had a bit of stiffness and was easy to work with. Position it on your top, and pin it down.

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Step 4. Whip stitch the applique in place. A thick, contrasting thread can create an interesting visual accent. Need some help? Learn to whip stitch here (it’s super easy).

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That’s it! The key to making this one super cute is selecting a cool print, and a colorful fabric to create the applique.

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I gifted this top to one of my amazing gal pals. It’s an easy and unique gift idea if you have an occasion coming up too.

Happy slicing!

The Cactus Rose

November 2, 2014

After a Halloween weekend full of witches, skeletons, and strategically squirted fake blood, I’d say it’s time to soak in something that’s certified gorgeous.

Cactus Rose, the newest lookbook from Spell Designs, is a collage of trans-global beauty, styled with a specific ambiguity in mind. The creative minds behind Spell wanted to create a world for their muse, Ashton Flutey, to occupy with a whimsy only a boho babe could emit, full of color and texture and to-die-for clothes. From peeling paint on saturated, colorful walls to cozy couches overflowing with bright textiles, it looks like a little slice of heaven to me.

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There are a lot more photos in this series, over at Spell Designs.

Feeling inspired? Check out this post for tips on how to turn your own abode into a bohemian dream.

Dia de los Muertos

November 1, 2014

Feliz Dia de los Muertos, babes! This is a very important day (or couple of days) wherein many cultures around the world, as the holiday’s name suggests, celebrate the memories and lives of their deceased loved ones. Specifically Mexican in origin and aesthetic, the entire world has begun to embrace this holiday for both the flamboyant and beautiful decor it is associated with, and for its festive approach to celebrating the dead.

If you grew up in a Roman Catholic household like I did, this process has nothing to do with colorful flowers and building shrines. But, shouldn’t it?

I’ve blogged about this a few times in the past, how in recent years I’ve felt closer to this idea of celebration in place of mourning (or a healthy combination of the two) when approaching the topic of death. It seems like a healthy way to process the pain of losing someone, with the potential to not only receive “closure”, but to keep the happiest memories alive, and keep your loved ones close to you.

When I imagine my own death, and the people I love remembering me, I would far prefer to see beautiful colors, flowers, candles, decor and amazing food than a somber procession of any kind. I would prefer my memorial to reflect my life in terms of festivity and beauty. That said, Dia da los Muertos makes a lot of sense to me.

With a recent death in my own family, I am ruminating over these existential, emotional concepts even more intensely.

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While Pinterest boards full of girls in face paint and cookies shaped like skulls are addicting to look at, the literal, morbid interpretation of death in this holiday is something I find truly beautiful. It is quintessentially Mexican in artistic style, but massively appealing to people of all backgrounds, both visually and emotionally.

It’s like a complex rose-colored lens through which to view the final phase in life, wherein that final phase actually extends into eternity. And how beautiful is that?

Even if you don’t necessarily celebrate this holiday, I encourage you to rethink the way you deal with death (and life) in your own minds during the next 48 hours. Think about ways to reconnect with the people you’ve lost. You might just find that a kind of peace you didn’t know you were capable of achieving.

Here’s to all of your loved ones, in the waking life and afterlife. Maybe we occupy the same terrain more often than we think…?

The Fall Playlist

October 30, 2014

A great song can start your whole day off on a feel-good note, or even turn a crappy day into a good one. A good playlist? Now that’s invaluable. In the fall I become a bit introspective, and spend a lot of time alone to focus on writing, designing, housekeeping, and reviewing the year that’s about to wrap up. While it’s also a great time of the year to get festive with friends, there’s nothing like spending an evening with your favorite candles burning and your favorite music playing.

I put together a few of my favorite songs for this time of the year, from gems I stumbled across recently to the tracks I’ve had on rotation for years. They’re a little bit sentimental, a little bit dramatic, and a whole lot Libra-tastic. And since it’s so close to Halloween, I’ve included one extra to make it a lucky count of 13… *wink*

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Image credit.

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The Hey Mishka Fall Playlist

 BANKS – Brain

 Masaladosa – Ganapati

 Chet Faker – I’m Into You

 Abuela – Sapa

 Joanna Wang – Wild World

 Blue Hawaii – Follow

 Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

 Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby

 POLIÇA – Lay Your Cards Out

 Rhye – Open

 CocoRosie – Werewolf

 Ben Brittsan – City Lights

 Tove Lo – Not On Drugs

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Happy listening… Leave some of your favorite songs in the comments!

 

Tropical Meets Minimal

October 29, 2014

Sometimes (okay, most of the time) I adore the look of over-the-top, extra-glam, dripping-in-belly-dancer-coins boho decadence. Other times, I appreciate when a high impact look comes by way of a simple, elegant statement. The “less is more” aesthetic is a breath of fresh air when you’re accustomed to operating from beneath a pile of flashy textiles and stacks of arm candy.

One designer who executes this dreamy minimalist aesthetic is Karin Rae Matthee, whose most recent collection can be seen below. It’s inspired by the sensory experiences of summer, represented by palm leaves and splashes of emerald green—so soak it in and forget the weather outside.

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boho style gold jewelry

boho style gold jewelry

boho style gold jewelry

boho style gold jewelry

boho style gold jewelry

boho style gold jewelry

Images via Honestly WTF.

Keep the summer spirit alive…

Bombay Mermaids

October 28, 2014

The Sisters on the Runway NYC show raised over 4K for the non profit Safe Horizon this past weekend  (an organization that benefits victims of domestic violence, especially women and children), and I’m so proud that my little brand, ▽ BOMBAY MERMAID ▽ Trading Co, was given the honor of opening both shows on Friday and Saturday.

The goal of my design aesthetic is to infuse a little endless vacay spirit into the wardrobes and lives of anyone who wears it, and according to the feedback I received post-show, that message came across loud and clear. Some backstage snaps are below, and a bunch more can be found here.

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bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

bombay mermaid boho nyc sisters on the runway backstage indian jewelry

Thanks to everyone who helped bring this collection to life, including my amazing models, Raffael Flores-Contreras (who also DJ’d the event in addition to capturing the backstage magic), Blair Morgan Reeves (who organized the whole show), and everyone who helped inspire and motivate me along the way.

If you want to keep up with Bombay Mermaid, you can check out the blog, etsy shop, facebook and instagram for a whole lot of boho love.

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