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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
That’s it! The key to making this one super cute is selecting a cool print, and a colorful fabric to create the applique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…?
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*
The Hey Mishka Fall Playlist
Happy listening… Leave some of your favorite songs in the comments!
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.
Images via Honestly WTF.
Keep the summer spirit alive…
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.
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.