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Daniela from Curly Made recreates the gothic and witchy look of singer-songwriter Lorde:

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Lorde's style is very simple, wearing mostly black and white on a daily basis. In an interview Lorde said: “I like simple clothes, but sometimes I’ll go for a goth-witch vibe”, which we can see in her red carpet and street looks. Complementing the look, natural eyes and dark lips is her signature makeup as well as her curly hair with a lot of volume.  

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Confessions of a Refashionista By Confessions of a Refashionista


Outfit details:

  • Vintage Sunglasses - thrifted €0.20
  • Bistro Curtain Top - DIY (see below)
  • Beaded Accessories - inherited & handmade €0
  • Bell Bottoms - DIY (see below)
  • Fringed Bag - thrifted €1
  • Schweden Clogs - had for 17 years – now that’s quality! €0 

DIY Bistro Curtain Top &  Bohemian Bell Bottoms

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How would you describe your style?

Quirky & eclectic best characterize my style and my wardrobe is filled with unique eco-refashions, handmade accessories & fabulous thrifted gear!

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My collection of refashioned vintage cocktail dresses...I just wish I had more occasions to wear them!

Who are your style icons?

Lisa Bonet, Cyndi Lauper & 1980's Molly Ringwald

Do you have any favourite designers?

Betsey Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, sustainable fashion designer Liore Lassalle, DIY fashionista Geneva Vanderzeil, Courtney & Kelsey Montague (the eco-fashion curators behind Nikita & Vesper)

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

As an eco-fashion refashionista I firmly believe that fabulous, affordable, unique style can be achieved without supporting the growing phenomenon of cheap, unethically produced “fast fashion” and love spending an afternoon browsing the racks of my fave thrift & charity shops for new-to-me items or discovering fabulous second hand clothing online.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Absolutely! Most of my wardrobe has been refashioned or recreated in some way. 

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Never be afraid to try something new. Stepping out of your style comfort zone can have a dynamic effect on your self esteem...start small by adding a funky new accessory to a fave outfit and in no time at all you'll be creating your own unique style everyday!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Alligator Toe, Being Zhenya, Buttons & Birdcages, Thrift Outfit, What We Wear



ThatInkdChick By ThatInkdChick

Poitiers, France •

"I guess the best thing about living in Poitiers is all the activity you can see, feel and experience. Being a major student city, the population in Poitiers consists of students from the University, and old people doing groceries. One of my favorite things is going to the market that’s placed next to the church on Wednesdays and Saturdays, sit down and watch old people go about their day. I live 5 minutes away from downtown, so I can experience the city’s life first hand" 



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Shop

There are three places I love to buy clothes. All of them are thrift store. One is per kilo and the other two are next to each other, which I thought was weird at first, and then I found out they were owned by mother and daughter.

For crafts like painting, mosaic, and artsy stuff, one of the best places is downtown called Maisson Grassin that has almost every kind of paint, brushes and mediums that you could possibly need for your craft. For jewelry making there’s a small business also downtown which is called Blue Framboise. They also sell knitting stuff and have a knitting club on Sundays. But being a sewing fanatic, my favorite store by far is a sewing supplies store which is not downtown, but a short bus ride will get you there. The people there are willing to help you with a smile and are always super nice to everybody. 

Right next to the bus stop I used to take the bus from, there is a cute little store called Quand les poules… where there are always posters from crafters and musicians and in the same store you can find all kinds of handmade things.



Be Inspired

There is a beautiful park called Blossac not far from where I live, where I have seen several artists painting, people writing, reading, and playing with their kids. They also have a little place with animals like ducks, birds, fishes, and goats for people to interact with.


If you come to Poitiers, one of the places you cannot miss is the Futuroscope, which is an amusement park that has many different attractions that are futuristic and not something you can find everywhere. They also have a night show, consisting of water and a short film, mixed with fire and at the end of the night, of course there are fireworks.


Everything in Futuroscope is worth taking a picture of. Otherwise, the narrow streets and sunsets we have are amazing for the amateur photographer.


Eat & Drink

As soon as you walk downtown, you will see a gazillion of typical French cafes with its tables on the outside and groups of people either having a drink, eating or of course, smoking a cigarette. One of my favorite places to eat is an Asian Food Restaurant that has one of the best caramel pork I have ever tasted.

I’m guilty of moving a lot back in my own country, and living in France has been no different (I’m even moving at the end of August!), and in every place I have lived I have found the same chain of bakeries called La Mie Caline, they have the best typical French pastries. You will find éclairs, tartlets, croissants au chocolat, and these huge chocolate chip cookies that are almost too much for one person (not really but that’s what my sister says anyways).

There’s a bar a couple of minutes away from the train station which is called Plan B, they have live music several times a week, stand up, debates and theme nights that are great for the avid bar goer.


 Craft

Plan B also has a small library where you can sit and read for the whole afternoon before the night crowd comes, and the couches are comfortable enough to sit there to knit or paint/draw a while. Also Blossac is one of my favorite places to sit with a book or to paint.

Bleu Framboise offers courses and clubs for knitting.


See Something Special

Poitiers is well known and famous for having one of the oldest Christian buildings, which dates from the 360 a.c. called Baptistere Saint-Jean. It is right between two museums so you can spend the whole evening in just one block.


  Pick Up A Souvenir

For souvenirs you can go to La Maison de Turisme, placed in front of the church Notre Dame de Poitiers which is downtown. There you can buy magnets, photos, stamps, key chains, etc to take home for family and friends. 


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Craft Room Tour

Posted July 17th, 2014 10:00

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We head to Plumas Lake, California to go behind the scenes of Gluesticks and tour blogger Brandy's lovely craft room.


"I love that this space combines my favorite colors, lots of organizational spaces and is functional! It isn't just a pretty room :)"




Tell us about your space?
My craft room is downstairs in our 4th bedroom in Plumas Lake, California. It's an office, craft room, occasional guest room and I share it with the kids - it's their craft room too! I do a lot of paper crafting in here with my cricut on the fold out table from my Craft Box. The kids do a lot of crafts in here as well. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I made a custom window valance, added a mirror and artwork and some fun photo accents.

How do you keep organized?
My craftbox is the biggest organizational piece in the room. Without it the room wouldn't look as finished and I would have boxes and totes everywhere.  

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Smaller drawers make things easier to find. I love having lots of small spaces to keep my embellishments, notions, etc. Instead of keeping them in a large tote and having to rummage around to find things. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
Pinterest  and my Day Planner :)

Where do you look for inspiration?
My ideas generally come out of necessity. If I need a baby shower gift, if one of the girls need a new dress or skirt, if I need to make a birthday gift for someone. That's when the wheels get turning. Sometimes I'll see something at a store and think "I can make that myself!" and will use the store bought version as an inspiration.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1) I would love to have an area for a large work table.
2) I would love to have hard floors instead of carpet for little spills like glue (ahem, thank you 2 year old :)
3) More walls pace to display kids creations.




Knittin' Kitten By Knittin' Kitten




This week we're continuing our Game Of Thrones theme and Knittin' Kitten recreates the look of Melisandre:

"Melisandre's fashion style completely embodies the sense of the "red woman" - dangerous, seductive, sensual and wild. Her long flowing red hair goes perfectly with her gothic all-red ensemble, and her jewellery looks as though it had been crafted by witches, with a spell placed for good measure. You could also make a replica of her fantastic necklace, or just go simply drenched in red - so long as you keep saying "The night is dark and full of terrors", people will know you're the Red Priestess and fall to their knees for The Lord of Light."

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Bria By Bria


This week Bria from Naturally Erratic recreates the look of Zooey Deschanel and gives her a rocker makeover:

I love Zooey Deschanels signature makeup look. She's famous for her beautiful blue doe eyes and keeping her cheeks and lips in a harmonious soft rose flush.


Classic Look


The greatest thing about her look is that it's totally universal and really simple to recreate on all skintones and face shapes.

Makeover


When brainstorming ideas on how I would makeover Zooey I thought about the antithesis of her signature look, a heavy base makeup full on contouring and heavy smokey eye with color... but then I decided I wanted to do something I could really see her in that would still be outside the box for her style.
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Cat Morley By Cat Morley


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This week Cat recreates the look of Carrie Bradshaw's apartment from TV Show, Sex & The City:

"I've been obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw's New York City apartment since the very first episode of Sex & The City. Even though it's tiny and stuffed full of shoes, it's always looked so glamours and organized."


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meaghanmae By meaghanmae


Outfit details:
  • Striped Top: Marshall's (Olivia Moon)
  • Maxi Dress: Forever 21
  • Sandals: Thrifted
  • Belt: Forever 21
  • Necklace: DIY (see below)

DIY Clay Heart Drop Necklace

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How would you describe your style?

Comfortable, casual, chic and minimal. I wear jeans a lot, whether it be to work or when going out. I like my dresses too, but I don't like having entirely different wardrobes for work and play so it's easier for me to just dress a pair of jeans up or down with my top and accessories.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Currently this maxi dress. I can style it so many different ways, look cute and still be comfortable.

Who are your style icons?

Modern day would be Lauren Conrad, she dresses her age but still keeps it fun and stays with the trends. If I lived in New York I would dress like Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's) every day, that style just doesn't fit into my little beach town though.

Do you have any favourite designers?

In my dream closet I have a stash of Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs. ;)

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

Marshalls and Online. I enjoy the "digging" to find something good, it occupies my mind and allows shopping to truly be therapeutic. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I have given a second life to a couple of dresses I would have otherwise sent to goodwill. I would really like to make some more of my own clothes and accessories in the future, if only there was more time in a day.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Accessories are a great way to personalize an outfit. It's great that a small item like a necklace can change the whole look of an outfit. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Julie Sarinana with Sincerely Jules is my absolute favorite! She was the first blogger I actually started to regularly read when I first got into blogging. She is bold with her California beach style, a lot of what I try to emulate out of work.


Harmonee.seal By Harmonee.seal

Tampa, Florida, USA •

"The best thing about Tampa Bay, FL is that it is a big city. There are always new people to meet and lots of activities to do. Tampa Bay has a lot of annual events and weekend events all year 'round. And a few theme parks... Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, MOSI Science Museum, and Lowry Park Zoo. There are lots of shopping centers and weekend farmers markets and flea markets! And! The beach! The weather here is almost always beautiful! Even during the afternoon rains of the summer season. The natural plants here are palm trees and tropicals!" 



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ABC Thrift store and Sunshine thrift stores are my favorite stores. I go there weekly. Tampa Bay also has a lot of large chain stores. The best places to find craft supplies in Tampa Bay are the chain stores. Like... Hancock, Michaels, Joann’s. But I find a ton of my supplies at the thrift stores!

Tampa Bay has several farmers markets, etc. There is a section of Tampa called “Ybor City”. This is where the local artist gets together and have fairs every weekend. Some of the churches here have annual craft fairs, too! Also, Flea markets are a great place to sell handmade crafts!


Be Inspired


There are several places I like to go to get inspired. One is Ballast Point Park. It is on the bay and has a pier. There is also a community center building, child’s park, and horses.  Another place great for inspiration is Picnic Island. It is in South Tampa and is on the other side of the bay. It features plants, boat ramp, field, park, and a beach. This is a very popular place for parties, but on the weekdays is very quiet. Sitting in the sand at Picnic Island is very relaxing and inspirational. And the Florida Aquarium. Which is a beautiful large aquarium full of sea life.



Eat & Drink

Tampa Bay has a lot of chain restaurants, but there are a lot of small ones too! My favorite restaurant is in south Tampa and is called, Mama’s Kitchen. Cuban sandwich restaurants are very popular here.


 Craft


The local County Recreation Center does have arts and craft classes of all kinds. From stained glass to scrapbooking. They do cost money, but are very educational.

A great place to meet other crafty people is in Ybor City, arts and craft fairs, or the farmers markets.


See Something Special


Bayshore Walk
is one of the longest sidewalks. It starts in South Tampa and ends Downtown. This is where they hold the annual Gasparilla. Gasparilla is a parade that celebrates when the pirates invaded Tampa Bay. This parade has been going on since 1904.


  Pick Up A Souvenir

Living anywhere in Florida you can find souvenirs. The most popular are post cards, sea shells, and key chains that read, “Tampa, Florida”.


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Craft Room Tour

Posted July 10th, 2014 10:00

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We head to Indianapolis to tour Mab's doll filled studio which inspires her beautiful art.


"It’s so totally and utterly me. You can read nearly everything about my life and personality if you spend enough time looking around. I feel an overwhelming sense of safety and inspiration every time I enter my studio. It’s my heaven."




Tell us about your space?
My studio is in Indianapolis, IN – I’ve been here for almost four years. I live in an old converted tavern from the 1800’s. My studio is in the upper level (where the barkeeps family lived). The upstairs is divided between my living space, my studio and my partner’s studio.  I live in an old converted tavern from the 1800’s. My studio is in the upper level (where the barkeeps family lived). The upstairs is divided between my living space, my studio and my partner’s studio.  It’s my work, life and everything space! I’m a pop surrealist painter, so I don’t really do many crafts – I mostly paint there. I do a little jewelry making and some sculpting there too though.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I love my art. Art is my passion and I have been collecting small original pieces for several years now. I call them my “family” and they live on my walls and sing to me. They are probably my favorite things in my studio. I have several hundred beautiful picture books (mostly fairy tales!) that provide constant inspiration! I also light a lot of candles and have bunches of little creatures and vintage toys that always make me smile ^_^

How do you keep organized?
Organized? What is this word mean? O_O

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I use a lot of mugs and pots for brushes and I have 3 old medicine cabinets (with dozens of tiny drawers!) that help keep supplies in check. I also use old print trays to keep smaller supplies and little odds and ends contained.  

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I own three of my own paintings. I love them! I also have a few of my own custom dolls. It’s very hard for me to name favorites, but aside from my art collection, I have a little berry basket that was my very first crayon-holder and “studio” when I was a toddler. It holds seashells now in a special place of honor. My shelf of sketchbooks is probably second in line for me. Those are the things I would rush to save in a fire. ^_^ 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
My sketchbooks are the window into my mind and the keepers of my thoughts. I have used Moleskine sketchbooks since I was 16 – they are perfection for housing ideas.  

Where do you look for inspiration?
It really depends on what I am reading/listening to/watching at the moment. I love aliens, monsters, fairy tales, old literature, 60’s pop culture, vintage anything, nature, oddities…. the list goes on!     I have 37 sketchbooks from over the years crammed with ideas, so I think if I painted every moment from now till my death I would still never run out of things I desperately wanted to paint!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I’d make it twice as BIG! I would have a little more wall space for growing my art family…. And I’d make it twice as big ^_^ lol I’m really very content and blessed by what I have now, so I can’t think of much I would do to make it different!


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