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Sock It Up!

 

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When autumnal nights bring a gentle chill, it is time to get creative in styling a warm and layered look. Cue socks and tights! The wonderful world of hosiery offers a wide variety for every style: chunky knit socks - those you can wear with  different kind of boots and shoes, delicate and soft ones over leggings or tights, then  long-over the knees ones as a striking and effective segment to a short skirt or dress.

If you are a tights person, well the designers have gone beyond any possible imagination in creating the most fascinating pieces, from posh to fairy-tales inspired!

 

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Crochet Trends I Am Inspired to Try

 

 

This year has been quite an avant-garde in terms of crochet trends in clothing.  And they could not be more awe-inspiring and mind boggling. Starting from creating real crochet weavings, textile pieces insertion, adding tassels and loops,  to mixing and matching stitches and yarns. 

What I am impressed most and would love to try and incorporate in my work is the mixture of different patterns so as to create different textures and I must admit making small  weavings also seems to be an interesting and tempting choice. 

 

 

 

 

 

All the images are taken from Pinterest via the crochet trend search.

Summer is Here!

 

 

The sole word "summer" rings with freshness and shining splendour. It smells of honeysuckles, watermelons  and the sea.

As a season filled with amazing sunrises and magical sunsets, splashes of colors and wafts of magical scents, it is going to be loved and caressed with long flowing dresses and skirts, embroidered blouses, crochet crop tops adorned with gorgeous straw hats and bags and unique statement jewelry. 

What is your summer like? 

 

 

 

All relevant credits  of these images  on my pinterest.

Make a Bohemian Home on a Budget

 

 

If you want to turn your home a cozy bohemian haven infused with life and color, you don't need to break the budget. You need a lot of creativity and a good run for your fantasy and imagination. The bohemian aesthetic embraces the relaxed, carefree and adventurous spirit which you can introduce by adding simple touches to your home. 

When it comes to colors there are no rules. Work with colors and patterns that would be interesting accents and details, ones that would bring freshness and interest in the room. Think of rugs with oriental feel, wicker baskets and raggedy faux fur covers and woven throws.

 

Decorative pillows give a nice boho feel and warmth to a room. 

 

Find a vintage dresser and give it a facelift.  

 Love your walls. Give them baskets, floral wreaths and eye-catching hangings.

 

 

Find good plain pottery and doodle and draw to your heart's content to give your kitchen a unique touch. 

 Add lots of house plants and flowers to top everything off. 

The difference you will make with these simple touches would be amazing!

 

 

All the respective links to the used images in this post are given here.

Spring -up Your Closet


 

 

Have you purged your closet yet? 

With the temps rising up, this is the time to take all the spring clothes out and do a little capsule downsizing. 

To be honest, I am not a fervent fashionista, but I do want to know what is trendy in fashion and if I like something particular that truly fits my style and I would be able to combine it with many pieces and actually use it for several years, then I include it into my capsule. 

As a crochet designer, my first pick would be the crocheted tops and sweaters. One can never go wrong with these - they are perfect with plain skirts, trousers and jeans. 

   

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Trends are tilting towards a slightly boyish styles, shouting shorts at the top of the lungs, and not any kind of shorts mind you - they are called sensible shorts. Knee length and formal looking. If you are a shorts person, do let them into your wardrobe. 

Then there are the rushes and the ruffles accompanied with bows, and personally, I am quite attached to ruffles because I love the feminine touch and flow they give to fabric. So a ruffled dress or a shirt would be the right thing. 

 

 

As far as colors are concerned, beside coral as the Pantone's color of the year, beige and other earthen colors are going to mark this spring. Think of trousers and skirts in these colors that will transition well into summer.   

 

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What's the most important thing you should always keep in mind while re-arranging, de-stashing and purging your closet? A cohesive and practical wardrobe that reflects your personal, unique style.  

Crochet Bridal Bouquets

 

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The finishing touch to a bride's wedding day look is the bridal bouquet. Flowers give an enchanting visual and romantic effect to the bridal outfit and enhance the whole appearance of the bride. 

The story of the bridal bouquet is centuries old. In ancient Rome, brides carried or wore flower garlands or headbands, believing that flowers signify new beginnings, fidelity and hope of fertility. In the Middle Ages, brides wore strong smelling herbs and spices wanting to ward off and drive away evil spirits and bad luck. But the Victorians were the ones to introduce the flower bouquets that became a complementing part to the wedding outfit and that has continued until today.

Today brides choose flowers that express their personal style, taste and personality. They come in an extreme variety - starting from the traditional real flower bouquet to bouquets made of paper, fabric or jewelry pieces.

In this post I want to emphasize the beauty of crocheted flower bouquets.

By using different flower patterns and adding some  fabric flowers and lace, brides can make a unique keepsake without burdening the bugdet. 

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 Sources used for this post: Pinterest & Modern Wedding

New Mori Inspired Collection

 

The Mori girl fashion style strikes a wonderful chord that resonates for long and I cannnot help myself but return to it; sometimes more often than other times. For with me, it is not just a whim or a new trend one wants to unconditionally follow. It is style. Style I gladly succumb to. 

 

For this particular collection I made winter pieces that would make any gloom day brighter and give a joyful quality to the winter quetude. The collection is comprised of crochet scarves, capes and capelets, fingerless warmers and head scarves. Accompanied with pom-pom  rings, textile brooches and whimsical necklaces. Pieces would be added gradually  December through January, so do check back. 

 

 

 

 

Bohemian Fall Clothes Inspiration

 

I love when fall inspires designs and colors and reflects its rich palette on clothes.

Personally, I find this year's color trends vivid, appealing and refreshing, while the designs, especially the floral ones, alluring with a pinch of vintage.

 

The bohemian in me loves the textures and the layering;  lace insets and ruffles along with tassels and fringes enhance the visual effect and give an incredible volume, structure and captivating appearance to any piece of clothing, regardless whether it is a jacket, a skirt or a dress.

 

Enjoy my selection. For more visual inspiration on the topic, check out my bohemian fall board.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Decorating Ideas

 

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Fall has a stunning palette of rich colors that give another dimension to home decorating reflecting all the beauty fall comes with. This year, the most popular décor in the online world has been the velvet pumpkins and they do give richness to the whole look.

Enjoy the selection and be inspired!

 

 

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Autumnal Color Trends

 

 

This coming fall and winter's palette shies away from antiquated choices and offers some surprising and  non-traditional color combinations. Although the foundation Pantone built it's palette on rests on very traditional autumnal choices such as russet brown and rich burgundy, they spiced it up with electric blue and pungent yellow. 

 

And truth be told, the designers couldn't have expressed themselves better following these pointers.

 Maison Rabih Kayrouz – Lanvin – Lanvin – Oscar de la Renta

 

Botega Veneta - Roksanda

 

Roksanda – Tibi – Maison Rabih Kayrouz – Tadashi Shoji

 

Our designers are on the same lines:

1. Bib Necklace & Cuff        2. Freed       3. Leather Brass Orange Cuff     4. Copper & Brass Earrings

 

 

1. Boho Scarf       2.  Moonlight Passion    3. A Sky Full of Stars

 

1. Vinyl Record Art          2. Autumnal Rhapsody        3. Plush Kitten  

DIY Boho Rag Necklace

 

Supplies and Step 1:

1) For this project you need anamount of different fabric strips about 7-10 cm in length. I recommend you use tulle, sateen and organza for a more luxurious look.

2) A big chain because you are going to insert the strips through it.

3) Pearl beads and jump rings - the amount depends on your design. For reference, I used  about 18 beads.

4) Not shown but necessary - a lobster clasp (optional: big jump rings), a hook or a tapestry needle.

 

 

When you have all strips cut out, singe them to stop fraying.

Next, positioning at the center and using a tapestry needle / hook, pull a strip through a chain and tie a knot. Tie another one in the next or the chain after that. From the center, work your way to the sides.

 

 

When all the strips are tied and you are satisfied with the fullness of the necklace, add the pearls. On a small jump ring I attached 3 different colored pearls and attached that jump ring onto the main chain (and between the strips). Added sets of such at the sides just a little above where the strips ended.

Finally, I added a couple of big jump rings to the chain, attached the clasp and the necklace is done!

 

Style Your Hair the Bohemian Way

 

 

 

Head scarves have been very popular this summer and the boho wrap turned out to be quite attractive showing up in a wide variety of styling, whether out of necessity (messy hair) or to add the finishing touch to an outfit (perfect look).

 

 

Personally, we love using  head scarves and wraps to style our jewelry and accessories (all of the above pictures).

If you are interested in it too, we made a selection of tutorials for eye-catching head wrapping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these tutorials were found on Pinterest using the search term bohemian hair styling. Check out my board for more interesting ideas.

Jewelry This Summer

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When it comes to summer jewelry, my choices are really simple yet rich in design and texture. I generally stick to bohemian jewelry which means heavily ornamented metal jewelry with lots of beads, tassels and findings. I, do however like to know what's trendy and sometimes step out of my boho kingdom and see what I can include and transform to blend into my style.

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The trends set out by the fashion editors suggest that the flora and fauna motifs continue to be popular this summer as well as thin layered necklaces, but the offer is enriched with massive accessories like huge beads and massive necklaces, jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones and what has tickled my fancy - ethnic motifs.

 

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Quite a varied and eclectic offer to suit everyone's style.

Here's my jewelry selection from our designers:

 

Art Fantasy Jewelry

 

 Tammy Art

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Beach Picnic Ideas

 

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Summers spent at the beach have a rejuvenating effect both on the body and the soul. The sun, the sea, the sand are all ingredients you mix to get a heavenly nourishing cocktail.

 

To make that even better is organizing a beach picnic.

Creating the setting, or the sitting if you like it, a simple but big beach towel will suffice with or without lots of pillows.

 

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To make it a bit formal a wooden pallet or a piece of wooden plank or a wood board can come in handy.

 

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Food as well as drinks for the beach picnic should be light and refreshing. Think of seasonal salads, lots of fruit and some snacks.

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To roundup a beach picnic, make a camp fire  and chat the night away with some crackers and an easy wine spritz or sweeten it with a roasted marshmallow.

 

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