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Dus K. By Dus K.


Outfit Details

  • Woven top Mitla Moda
  • Straw Hat - Thrifted
  • Sandals -  Secondhand (Buffalo Exchange)
  • Necklace - Teal Annie 
  • Woven Bracelet Mitla Moda

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How would you describe your style?

Hmm, definitely boho, sometimes a bit androgynous, sometimes more girly, let's say "refined boho."

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I can never pick just one favorite, but some of my embroidered tops from Mexico are definitely in my list of favorites. They're really special to me because they remind me of my year living and working there, of starting my fair trade shop Mitla Moda, and of course are infinitely re-mixable - with cutoffs or a skirt + sandals in summer or leggings + a cardi & boots in winter, I really live in them.

Who are your style icons?

I'm not up on pop culture at all, so I really have no clue which famous person's style I'd admire, but I definitely look to a lot of fellow bloggers as style icons. I love seeing bloggers make absolutely stylish and timely looks with regard for both the environmental and societal impacts of their purchases, and absolutely love that more and more bloggers are doing this through shopping secondhand and with fair trade companies!

Do you have any favourite designers?

No, I must admit to not keeping up on designers, although there are so many very talented designers and artisans!

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

Mata Traders, Threads for Thought, thrift stores

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Sometimes I customize outfits with little easy tweaks such as hems, taking items in a tad, etc.

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

Of course, don't be afraid to remix items, and just try things on. Don't worry if you think someone else might not like the color combo or whatnot, but also if you have doubts about it together (that are your own, not what you think someone else will think), then also don't worry about sticking with a few basics. For example, I have a few skirts that I think look nice on me with all of my embroidered tops, and mix those around, changing things up with different accessories. And don't be afraid to give things away when you're not using it, or try getting a few girl friends together for a swap, that can save a lot of time over scouring the thrift stores, and often something you used to love but simply grew tired of will be your friend's new staple item, and vice versa.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

All of my fellow ladies in the blog swap group - Flock Together.


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Shirin L. By Shirin L.

Macau, China • Visit http://shirinleung.wordpress.com

"Despite being a small city known for its casinos and high end luxury hotels, Macau – a special administrative region of China – has preserved its colonial Portuguese roots. As Asia’s Las Vegas, the eclectic mix of new and old architecture can either captivate you or make you feel quite dizzy. Food here is delicious, affordable and varied, and almost everything is walking distance. Otherwise you can take a taxi quite cheaply or use public transport. "



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Shop

Due to the mixture of Portuguese and Chinese cultures an interesting array of handicrafts, art and souvenirs can be bought here and the arts scene is pretty decent. However there are no big chain stores selling craft supplies so everything is pick’n’mix from different stationery stores, markets and tailors. The weather is almost always hot and sunny or humid and wet. We don’t get much of a winter here.

One of my favorite places to go bargain hunting is the Sunday Flea Market in Old Taipa Village. Locals set up their wares which are mostly handcrafted things such as leather pouches sewn by hand, accessories for hair or delicate jewelry and sell them from 11am – 8pm. It is really lovely to chat with the artists who make the products and usually you can get their business card to meet them in their workshop or studio. I bought myself a thin and delicate silver ring from a silversmith there and I still wear it. Crafters can rent a table to sell their wares here. Another wonderful place to go shopping for fabrics, fruit, cheap clothes and flowers is the Three Lamps Roundabout District in Barra. Almost every weekend we go there to buy flowers for the house. There is also a local there who sells an assortment of buttons, beads, lace, ribbons and more for a reasonable price. However if you really want to go all out and shop till you drop you should get a China visa and cross the Macau-Zhuhai border and go shopping in China - shopping heaven!


Be Inspired

The beautiful mint green Old Taipa Mansions are colonial buildings converted into museums located not far from where I live. Overlooking a wetland enclosure and the Cotai Casino Strip you’ll see Venetian, the City of Dreams, Four Seasons and Cotai Central from here. The Strip sparkles at night with its LED lights that look modern instead of tacky. I also really enjoy finding peace during late night walks at the Taipa waterfront promenade where you can admire the bridges of Macau and the Macau Tower, which boasts the world’s highest bungee jump.

Another inspiring place to visit is the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library. It is a yellow colonial Portuguese building with modern glass and steel extension, fountains and an outdoor area where you can relax in the sun. Here you can watch films and read awesome craft books, novels, non-fiction and magazines but to borrow these you’ll need a library card which means you’ll need Macau ID.

While in Macau you must visit the St. Paul’s Church Ruins - the icon of Macau. You can climb up the stairs behind the stone façade to take photos at the top. Before you get to St. Paul’s make sure to check out the markets and shops in San Ma Lo shopping district. With its cobbled stone pavement and large circular fountain in the center of the square, be sure to take a mandatory photo here too!


Eat & Drink

Fernando’s restaurant in Coloane for Portuguese food. Their prawns with garlic, large crusty bread rolls with olive oil and vinegar, roasted chicken and chips, grilled sea bass and crunchy salads are to die for.

For those with a sweet tooth Macau has many local dessert shops. I suggest Savory Crab's vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and apple pie tea set right below Nova Taipa Gardens. Next door there is also Italian inspired Il Cafe which has delectable cream puffs and banana splits. Limoncello in Old Taipa Village has homemade gelato that is cheaper than and just as tasty as Haagen Dazs next door and they have one in San Ma Lo too. And don’t forget to try the Portuguese Egg custard tarts! They are amazingly addictive.

I don’t drink or go to bars but I have been to Old Taipa Tavern (also in Taipa Village) where there is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and food is delicious there too. Café Deco in Venetian is pretty awesome with great food and live music on most evenings. Clubbers who want a more upbeat experience should head to Club Cubic in City of Dreams.


Craft

There aren’t any specific places where I go to craft here in Macau other than my home mostly because there are so many people in Macau who share the same eateries and seating is hard to come by. You can always craft in the library though. Due to the intense heat and humidity I don’t think anyone would like to craft outside in the park here.

Creative Macau and Casa de Portugal are the two organizations I am aware of that work with artists, designers and crafters in Macau. I am currently taking jewelry design under a designer associated with Casa de Portugal.

You can meet other crafty people at Sunday Flea Markets in Old Taipa Village, the Cultural Center of Macau, the Macau Art Museum etc.


See Something Special

Find the Casino Grand Lisboa – named as one of the world’s weirdest buildings. I call it “the pineapple building”, or any of the odd gimmicks which the different casinos have to attract people to gamble - Wynn has a spray painted "tree of fortune" which comes out of the ground complete with lights and music which people throw money at in the hopes that it will bring them luck. City of Dreams has a better show involving a mythical story about how the hotel came about involving pearls and dragons.


Take Home A Souvenir

A little miniature of the Portuguese rooster, egg tarts and some postcards.


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Craft Room Tour

Posted August 7th, 2014 10:00

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We head to Athens, Georgia to tour the serene and organized craft room of papercrafter, Natty Michelle. Photography by Kaitie Bryant Photography (http://kaitiebryant.com).


"I love the natural light that streams through the big window on the far side of the room, which is highlighted by the walls that I recently painted white. Natural light in a craft room is a must! "



Tell us about your space

My craft room is based out of my home in Athens, Georgia. We’ve lived here for about 4 years. Since I work from home (by myself), my craft room is one of the two spare bedrooms we have upstairs. We’re expecting our first little one this December, so I’m going to have to be creative in how I double-up the guest room or the craft room for his arrival! I haven’t given it much thought just yet, so I have a lot of planning and rearranging to do from now until then. I am fortunate in that my craft is also my full-time job. My stationery shop, Natty Michelle Paperie, keeps me busy with custom art projects, invitations, cards and other paper goodies. I mainly work on custom art, like maps, home portraits and pet portraits. My desk holds everything I need -- my laptop, watercolor pencils, erasers, pens and pencils. It’s nice to have a big desk to spread everything out and still have room to create.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?

I have little framed prints and photos that inspire me and shelves filled with all of my styling goods, rubber stamps and resource books. I try to keep things neat and tidy, because a chaotic space tends to ruin my creative vibe -- I start to feel anxious and overwhelmed. Of course, that’s easier said than done. I think most artists will agree that chaos comes with the territory!

How do you keep organized?

I have cubbies with baskets behind my desk that hold all of my supplies and stationery goods. My closet is where I keep my shipping supplies and excess product. It’s rarely tidy and always a work in progress.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

Baskets and drawers are helpful in keeping things organized and out of sight. I find that keeping a monochromatic color scheme is nice on the eyes and isn’t so distracting -- a nice way to keep the calm in a creative space.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?

My favorite possession in the room is my vintage mail sorter behind my desk -- it’s a vintage piece that I scored in Atlanta at the City Hall East sale in 2010. It was $45, but I worked for it! It was super heavy, so after waiting over 2 hours in line to pay for it, I had to hire a guy to help me get it back to my apartment in one piece. It’s made of wood, sturdy and holds all of my supplies perfectly. I don’t know what I’d do without it!

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

Pinterest is my favorite tool for inspiration -- I’m always thinking of new ideas for designs as I’m scrolling through my feed.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Vintage postcards and greeting cards, nature and my family and friends -- they are always coming up with ideas for me to illustrate. Some of my favorite designs were born from their creative minds!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?

I am always hunting for well-priced letterpress drawers -- they would be great for storing paper and other flat items. I’d also love a wooden desk -- I haven’t found one that I love yet, but I know one’s out there for me waiting to find it. My ideal desk would be vintage and made of wood, big and sturdy -- maybe even something industrial. But until then, my little ol’ desk will do just fine!


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Jenna R. By Jenna R.


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Jenna from Lavender and Jelly Beans recreates the look of fashionista and Rookie magazine editor, Tavi Gevinson:

"Influenced by teen pop-culture, the works of Comme Des Garçons and 90’s vibes, Tavi Gevinson’s style is distinctive -featuring pattern mixing and bold accessories- while remaining classical. Although her style is not especially colourful, she contrasts colours perfectly, using bright head pieces and carefully balanced layers to create an overall impact. The blogger turned magazine editor won me over with her witty character and unique outfits, but it is that same confidence needed to wear a giant head bow that made her the icon she is today"


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A bite to eat

7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9DL • Visit http://www.timberyardlondon.com


We head to the super trendy coffee shop, Timberyard in London this week to learn how-to make Cold Brew coffee and a Virtuous Chocolate Cake:


How did you get started?

We opened Timberyard Old Street in December 2012 following our 6 month ‘Grand Tour’ of the speciality coffee scene in London – exhausting!

Where are you located?

We currently have two shops but have a rollout plan for a further three, five in total, in the next three years. Addresses for both locations are below: · Timberyard Old Street 61-67 Old Street London EC1V 9HW · Timberyard Seven Dials 7 Upper St Martin’s Lane London WC2H 9DL

What are your specialities?

Chemex drip brew coffee Cold brew teas and coffees Free wifi and dedicated workspace

What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?

I can’t decide between our classic Croque Monsieur made with Wiltshire ham, gruyere cheese and a creamy béchamel sauce on toasted sourdough, or our AMAZING peanut butter and chilli jam sandwich.

What's on the stereo?

We use Spotify so love to play the broadest selection of music style and genres. ‘Back To Black’/Amy Winehouse has just finished, now playing ‘If The Stars Were Mine’/Melody Gardot

Where else should we visit in your area?

Salvation Jane near Old Street and Hawksmoor in Seven Dials

Do you host any special events?

Yes lots! We host a regular meet-up for entrepreneurs called the ‘Interesting Business Club’ and the ‘London Social Media Café’ at Old Street, a hugely attended networking event for people who work in or with social media that is held every two months. As part of the Seven Dials community we take part in seasonal street festivals (the next one is being held Aug 16) along with our neighbouring businesses and host quarterly private views at each location for our changing art shows.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know?

Obviously as a co-working space we are a great venue for meet-ups, private views and networking events so do always consider us for private hire.


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7 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9DL • Visit http://www.timberyardlondon.com


Aimee R. By Aimee R.


Visit http://aimeeray.com



Aimee Ray has a head full of ideas and is always working on several creative projects at once. She loves drawing, painting and all kinds of crafts, and has written 4 books on hand embroidery (the Doodle Stitching series) the 4th of which comes out in September 2014. You can see more of her work at www.aimeeray.com and her etsy shop at www.littledear.etsy.com


Have you always been creative and artistic?

Yes, I've been an artist for as long as I can remember.

How would you describe the style of your work?

Whimsical, eclectic, a little weird, just me.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

My favorite tools are watercolors and a needle and embroidery floss.

Who is your favorite superhero?

Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld

If you could have one super power what would it be?

I've always wanted to fly.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Everywhere! Nature, dreams, Pinterest, flickr, toys, other artists...

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

I have so many!! Right now I'm loving Emily Martin and have collected some of her prints for my walls. My favorite comic artist has always been Charles Vess.


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rebeccatantastic By rebeccatantastic


Outfit Details

Dress - Modcloth

Shoes - New Look

Camera Strap - DIY (see below)


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How would you describe your style?

Quirky meets vintage meets cute meets modern

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Thats a tricky one either my satin halterneck dress with a hawaiian print on it or my Betsey Johnson Party dress!

Who are your style icons?

Isabella Blow, Alexa Chung, Katy Perry, Vanessa Hudgens, Pretty random mix!

Do you have any favourite designers?

Betsey Johnson, Fyodor Golan, Orla Kiely,

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

I'm massively into online shopping!- Moddolly, Modcloth, ASOS, Asos Market Place, Etsy, Ebay, Ever Ours,

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes I am into dressmaking and love picking a quirky fabric I know doesn't exist in a dress. I'll buy and make it into a dress!

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

Cute accessories, bows, necklaces, cardigans, throwing a shirt underneath,

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Briar Rose Blog- http://www.thebriarroseblog.com Paige Joanna- http://www.paigejoanna.co.uk Stephanie Dreams- stephaniedreams.com The Soubrette Brunette- http://thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.co.uk Adora Mehitabel- adoramehitabel.blogspot.com Fancy Treehouse- http://fancytreehouse.blogspot.co.uk Wish Wish Wish What Olivia Did My Peach Days Pineneedle Collective


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bisozozo By bisozozo

Thessaloniki, Greece •

" Thessaloniki! A city surrounded by sea and great beaches! That is the best thing about living here!  Go for a walk by the sea, from Nikis Avenue until the Concert Hall and you will forget everything!" 

(Photography by FilmNoirPhotoProjects.com and Thalia Karra)



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Shop

Like most cities the best place to go for shopping is downtown! Start walking Tsimiski Str. Most streets around the main city street hide also shopping surprises. Visit Stoa Karasou and you will find the crafter’s heaven. Lots of small shops filled with lace and buttons, ribbons and tulle! Around Stoa Karasou there are many small streets where you can find bead shops. I have to admit that I am not a downtown type, so I usually shop from small stores close to my home or online!

Pillbox is the most famous bazaar, where crafters sell their creations. There are also many crafter groups who organize their own, smaller bazaars, usually in coffee houses.


Be Inspired

I love walking by the sea or visiting the old town. It opens my mind! Visiting the city’s museums is also one of the things I enjoy. My favorite are the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the White Tower which is one of the city’s must places to visit. Hosting a journey to Thessaloniki’s history and offering a great view from the top. Make sure you visit Noesis, the planetarium and science museum


Eat & Drink

Thessaloniki is famous for its food and coffee lovers people living here! Around Aristotelous Square, a classic meeting point, there are tons of places to start with a coffee, beautiful tavernas and restaurants and great bars to finish your day. 

I also like Sofouli street, as a closer place to where we live. A beautiful road with places for eating. I am a fan of Manitari and Halaro . But my big love, and a definite try for anyone who visits the city is the pastry triangles. Crispy fyllo and creamy filling! Oh! I love that one! Elenidis triangles  are my favorite!


 Craft

I am not a member of a craft club, but I am sure there are some! Many crafters who are or become friends through crafting make small clubs, who also organize small bazaars. 

Parks and of course the seaside are great places for crafting and enjoying the sun! Some groups have meetings at parks , coffee houses or cultural clubs. Some of the last ones sometimes have their own crafting sections.


See Something Special

Visit OTE Tower, a 70m tall building, in the city center. The spinning coffee house up there is a great way to enjoy the view of the city.

While walking by the seaside get your photo taken in front of the “Umbrellas”. A 13m tall sculpture, created by George Zoggolopoulos.


  Pick Up A Souvenir

Pick up classic souvenir, like a tiny White Tower or a copy of an ancient greek statue. Or even a coffee cup saying “Thessaloniki”. All that is too classic! Walk the city. Visit the churches, the roman and ancient greek ruins. The castles and bring home with you the taste and smell, the feeling of the city. And the taste from pastry triangles and frappe coffee!


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Craft Room Tour

Posted July 31st, 2014 10:00

Visit http://justagirlandherblog.com

We head to Pittsburgh, PA and go behind the scenes at Just a Girl and Her Blog to tour Abby's craft room.


"It's girly! I live in a house full of boys, so now there is finally a room that is feminine and all mine! All of the storage is pretty great too."




Tell us about your space?
My craft room/home office is in the smallest of our townhouse's three bedrooms. I want to say it's about 10' by 13'. We moved our two sons into a shared room last fall, and the leftover room became mine! Yippee! It is my work space as well. I do everything from Silhouette projects to DIY art to party decor to (minimal) sewing in this room.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Since this was my one shot at a feminine space in my house of boys, I made it 100% my style. It is very light and bright with soothing colors like aqua and lavender. It was important to me to have an organized space with room to store everything; I work much better when everything is in its place!

How do you keep organized?
I use a combination of open shelving with lots of baskets, bins, and other storage vessels. That way, I have easy access to everything, but I don't have "stuff" laying around everywhere since everything has its own spot.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Label everything! It makes it easy to know where your supplies are at all times. I also make sure that everything has a "home" so that I don't end up with a big pile of random, unorganized supplies. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I really like my chair-- it was in pretty bad shape when I got it, but I was able to fix it up and make it work in the room. The pegboard was also a trash-to-treasure project that ended up working really well for storage. My favorite crafting tool in the room is probably my Silhouette Cameo, which I use for a large number of my projects.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I have a home binder that I use to plan out my blog editorial calendar and keep notes for future projects. 

Where do you look for inspiration?
I read a lot of blogs, I love Pinterest, and I keep a list of thoughts and ideas in my home binder for future reference.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Well, having someone clean up after me might be nice... ;) Other than that I'd love to invest in some more photography equipment soon to take better pictures of my projects and an endless supply of craft materials wouldn't hurt either! 


Jessica B. By Jessica B.


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Jessica from Little Henry Lee recreates the look of singer & musician PJ Harvey.

"As far as style goes, PJ Harvey has had a lot of looks over her 25 year career. From androgynous pant-suits to high-necked Victorian gowns, bright blue eye-shadow and striped arm-warmers, sparkly leotards and neon pink jumpsuits - she's just about worn it all. Apart from her incredible and enduring musical talents, I love her ability to wear whatever the hell she wants and pull it off with ease."


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