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This week Kara from Sprinkles In Springs recreates the sophisticated off-duty look of Australian model Miranda Kerr:

Miranda Kerr is known for her minimal and sophisticated style. She's often spotted wearing plain pieces and adding trendy details like studs to keep it modern.



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We head to Edinburgh, Scotland to meet the girls behind the adorable cafe Lovecrumbs and try a slice of their delicious carrot, cardamon and orange cake.



Outfit details:

  • Shirt - White Stuff
  • Collar Clips - DIY (see below)
  • Jumper - Vintage (The lady in the shop told me it dates back to a farmer’s son from World War Two! I love it when my clothes have a story behind them.)
  • Skirt - Joules
  • Tights - White Stuff
  • Boots - Jones Bootmaker

DIY Collar Clips

Recreate the look with Jojo's collar clips tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

I’d have to say quirky and brightly coloured! I love to express my personality through my clothes and have fun with it. Recently, I’ve fallen into a style rut by wearing the same things again and again. I’m blaming this on the cold weather – I’ve been living in hats. I’m also trying my best to make mittens ‘happen’ as I’m rarely seen without them.?

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I have a gorgeous skater dress I bought in the TopShop sale last year. It’s backless and it’s made entirely of sequins. How could I possibly resist it? It’s become one of those dresses that I hang on the wall of my bedroom as decoration and am saving for a particularly magical day. Aside from that, there will always be a special place in my heart for my lucky pinafore dress and my trusty red tights. If in doubt, I’ll wear that combination, probably paired with a beret. I love wearing my beret so much some of my friends first knew me as ‘Beret Girl’ – a title I was proud to live up to.

Who are your style icons?

Most of my ‘style inspiration’ comes from outfits on blogs or Pinterest. I, also, love to recreate outfits from in films, Luna Lovegood out of Harry Potter had the coolest sense of style. My obsession with coloured tights must have stemmed from her. I have been known to make myself a pair of spectrospecs and a cork necklace too!

I adore vintage style and I’m always collecting old photographs of film stars or family members. My grandma was so stylish! I’m forever complaining that I was born in the wrong era. I wish we still wore the kinds of dresses they were wearing in the fifties and I love nothing more than to wear an Audrey Hepburn style headscarf.

Do you have any favourite designers?

My favourites are Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston. I’m all about bright colours and bold patterns. I’ve recently fallen in love with Kate Spade, anyone who condones cake for breakfast is a hero in my book.

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

I’m a high street girl, I find Internet shopping too overwhelming, as there is too much choice and I like being able to try on items. I can’t resist TopShop but a few firm favourites are Yumi, Joules and Joy the Store. I also like to go into independent shops as they offer more variety and you’re more likely to find a one-of-a-kind item in there. That or a top that has a Mean Girls quote on it.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

How I dream of being able to make my own clothes! I still haven’t quite mastered the sewing machine yet, but one day, I will, hopefully. There has been an odd time that I’ve shortened a skirt, fixed a hem or darned up the toe of a much-loved pair of tights. I usually only customize them with pieces of handmade jewellery, hair accessories or brooches. My first customized fashion piece was a pair of sunglasses adorned with buttons. They always brought a smile to people’s faces and I still wear them to this day.

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

I recommend layers to build up an outfit. I usually wear a patterned T-shirt underneath a dress, and then add a cardigan or jacket and some accessories on top. I find hand making something is the best way to personilise an outfit as it will make it entirely unique. There is no way anyone else will be wearing a crown made of pom poms, is there?

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

The list is getting longer every day. There are so many fab bloggers out there, now. Top of my list at the moment is Burkatron, What Olivia Did and Tolly Dolly Posh. I love Megan from Briar Rose’s style and could quite happily lose myself in her blog world for a day or two.


Check out Jojo's blog, Miss Jojangles »

Outfit details:

  • Boots - Village Merchants in Portland, Oregon
  • Layered tights - bottom yellow layer from Target, top circle-hole lace tights from Nordstrom Rack
  • Skirt - sewn from the sleeves of two button-down shirts 
  • Fingerless mitts - Color by Number Stripy Mitts in Malabrigo Sock yarn
  • Cardigan - DIY, reconstructed from a thrifted cardigan (see below)
  • T-shirt - thrifted and printed with a hand-carved linoleum block print of a camera
  • Glasses - Zenni Optical
  • Hat - Barry knit in Anzula For Better or Worsted

DIY Sweater Cuffs:

Recreate the look with Lee's Reconstructed Sweater Cuffs tutorial:



What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

 That's constantly changing, usually to the most recent piece I've made - so it's probably currently my travel sweater that I just finished knitting.  It was a super long-term project, striping between all the yarns I bought on a 3-week trip around the UK and Ireland in September 2012, which I started knitting while traveling on that trip.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I only pay attention to knitting pattern designers (and not nearly as much attention as I should pay) - a few of my favorites of those (off the top of my head) are Lynne Barr, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Teva Durham, and Elizabeth Zimmermann, of course.

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

I pretty much don't shop for new clothes, but I do occasionally buy something basic from H&M or Target.  My favorite place for socks is Sock Dreams, though I don't go there often because I don't have much budget for fancy socks.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes; most of my accessories are knit by me, many of my skirts are sewn by me, and many of my other items are embellished in some way (printed on, embroidered, etc).

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

I love color, but I try to avoid looking like a clown by either keeping the main outfit items more neutral and accessorizing with bright colors (like I did with this outfit), or if I want to wear a bright main clothing item, then keeping accessories toned down, and/or making sure they match nicely instead of just throwing on ALL THE COLORS like I'm sometimes tempted to do!  As for personalizing, try adding small embellishments if you can't or don't want to make full items, like bits of embroidery, trimmings/edgings, freezer paper stencil printing, etc.


Check out Lee's blog, do stuff »


We head to San Francisco to tour Chloe's bright and organized craft space.


"I moved here from New York where there is notoriously not enough room for anything, so I think my favorite thing about my space, is literally all of the space."





Tell us about your space?
My craft room and I are located in my home right outside of San Francisco, CA. I moved here from New York where there is notoriously not enough room for anything, so I think my favorite thing about my space, is literally all of the space. The space has no doors, and is kind of an open area between the houses kitchen and living room. I imagine it was, at some point, a dining room. But since my boyfriend and I usually eat at the coffee table or at In n Out, it seemed like an unnecessary use of the room. The room isn't shared with anyone, but whatever I'm listening to throughout the day, is a sound that is shared through out the entire house.

The room is large enough to do the following things in:
+build a fort
+inflate an rather large air mattress in
+sprawl out on the floor in, and draw or paint while laying on my belly
+ set up photo lights and a backdrop, for shooting
+build IKEA furniture in (extra cardboard pieces and all)

It is NOT quite large enough to to the following thing in:
+ a cartwheel

I'm lucky enough to have my work sometimes involve crafting, so yeah. I guess you could call it both. I spend most of my time in there editing photos, assembling construction papers, and making dolls.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I started by replacing the original brown carpet with a white one and painted the room from a dingy yellowish white, to a ultra bright white! Changing up an environment really inspires me to keep changing and creating, and I LOVE bright white places. I feel like the color white can turn a room into a blank piece of paper, just waiting to be colored and drawn on! 

I made one wall black and I keep only a few things there. Sometimes, having all of my pens and paints and colorful scraps surrounding me can be really exciting, but when life starts feeling overwhelming, so can my inspirational clutter. When I feel like that, it's nice to just turn my chair around and have a more minimal look come from the same room. 

I also have about 10 different light sources in my room. Most of them are strings of light because, to me, they make a place feel lively or calming depending on how you look at them. I like having lively things around for inspiration so I love when Harvey the pup hangs out on my lap, when my boyfriend walks through the room, and I've also given all of my plants eyes and named every one of them "Gus". 

How do you keep organized?
When I'm working on something, I usually form a mess and clean as much of it up at the end of the day, as I can. Even if what I'm working on isn't complete. Tucking fabrics back in drawers, taking photos off of my desktop and putting them into temporary folders, ect. Waking up to an organized room where I can find things, motivates me to keep it up. When I'm completely done with a project, is when I seriously fold up those fabrics and archive things onto the hard drive.

I also have started organizing my mind by writing out all of my daily/ weekly tasks on individual post-it notes and leaving them on the window in front of my desk. It feels so good to finish something, pluck that post it from the window, and have a better view of whats going on outside!
 
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Instead of shopping around for office supplies, I like browsing through the kitchen section of places. I use bright cookie tins or cans with appealing packaging to store my pens and markers. If my eye is drawn to it, I find that I'm more likely to use whatever's in it, then if I were to tuck it away in a drawer. 

I also keep a lot of things in travel bags. I turned one of my old hard shelled cosmetic cases into my camera storage. Fold up cosmetic cases with clear pouches are perfect for holding my little watercolor and gauche tubes. 
For things that do end up going into drawers, I keep them from sliding around with the help of some paper plates and string! I made a tutorial for Whole Foods on how to make a fruit basket with these supplies, and have been using these little baskets to help separate little things in big drawers, instead!


Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I don't keep anything in my room that I don't love having around but a couple of my favorite things are:
+My old radio that I adapted to be a speaker for my iPad tv
+Yoshimoto Nara clock that has a different Nara drawing flipping through every minute
+Twinkle lights that scale my black wall and make it look like outer space
+My Grandmas old passport photo. She's so elegant.
+My SD card reader, because I would be lost without it

I have things I've made scattered all though out my room. I think having your own work around helps remind you why you're unique. A couple of my favorite things of mine in the room are:
+A polaroid of Mickey Mouse that I took while I got to hang out with him on a Disney cruise
+The Gross Ghost mask that doubles as a photo light stand, pretty nicely
+My doll named Litter Lee. He's litter-lee the cutest! He comes on adventures with me, and collects scraps that we find along the way for me to take photos of, at the end of the day. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I try using my Pintrest but it sometimes just feels like the internets version of shoving things into a closet and saying "eh..I'll deal with this later". Instead, I make tons of ongoing lists. If I have a title for a list, I find myself subconsciously thinking up things to fill up that list page, through out the day. 

Where do you look for inspiration?
I find a lot of inspiration by watching documentaries about people who never stopped doing what the love. I'll turn them on while I'm working and find that by the end of it, I'm smiling and inspired to keep doing what I love. A couple of my favorites that are on Netflix now are:

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
+ an office chair that was sleek and colorful AND good for my back 
+ a separate spot for a photo studio
+it would always smell like gardenias 


Make sure to check out Chloe's blog »

Outfit details:

  • Dress - Thrifted, DIY'd
  • Jacket - BB Dakota
  • Belt - Thrifted
  • Shoes - PacSun
  • Hat - Hand made by my sister
  • Tights - Urban Outfitters

Hem Vintage Finds:

Recreate the look with Jessica's How To Easily Hem Vintage Finds tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

My style is whimsical and colorful while also being edgy and girly.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My favorite piece is probably my spiked + floral headband. I wear it with just about every outfit I can. It's so comfortable and adds the perfect amount of flair to every outfit. 

Who are your style icons?

I have a hard time admiring celebrities and people that are possibly professionally styled. Though I am incredibly inspired by my real life friends and all of the incredible fashion bloggers that I know. I think I am most inspired by Keiko Lynn and Southern (California) Belle. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

I am not much of a designer person, but I am always inspired by Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, and Rachel Antonoff. 

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

I like to shop anywhere that has a sale rack. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I am a very petite girl (under 5'0) so I usually have to hem my dresses and skirts. I like buying long thrifted skirts and making them minis -- I always have something unique. There is immense power in the art of chopping and hemming pieces!

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

Accessorize! Accessories take an outfit from blah to wow in a matter of seconds. If your dress is shapeless, grab a sparkly belt. If you hair looks boring, grab a big bowed headband or a hat. As far as mixing it up, the easiest way is to maximize your wardrobe. Have a favorite dress? Wear it as a skirt, with different blazers, swap out the shoes, do your hair differently. Find an accessory and make it your signature thing. For me, the spiked headband and hats are my go to items and they always help mix up an outfit and also make it very me.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I  love Ashley of http://southerncabelle.com, Elana of http://room-334.blogspot.com, Samantha of http://thebangedblonde.blogspot.com/., Jen of http://www.jennifhsieh.com/. Honestly, I could list favorite bloggers all day! 


Check out Jessica's blog at Midwest Muse »

Outfit details:
  • Collar - DIY (see below)
  • Purple jacket - I made this to wear at my sister's wedding, inspired by classic Chanel boucle jackets.
  • Green top - this is from Topshop! I allowed myself to buy it as it's something I wouldn't be able to make.
  • Jeans - from a charity shop. I flicked white fabric paint all over them using a toothbrush as I wanted them to look like they were covered in stars. It didn't really work but I like them anyway
  • Shoes - Underground

DIY Stand Alone Collar

Recreate the look with Rosie's How To Make A Stand Alone Collar tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

A bit of a mess.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Probably a crazy cyan and gold chain patterned shirt I made with fabric from Walthamstow market earlier this year.

Who are your style icons?

Clementine from Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Tank Girl, Elvis 

Do you have any favourite designers?

Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Kantrantzou, Luella Bartley, Jean Charles De Castelbajac,

 

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

As much as possible I try not to buy new clothes. If I am able to make a piece of clothing, I won’t let myself buy it. That means the only clothes I buy are knitted pieces – jumpers and cardigans. Topshop is a very tempting underworld of cool clothing so I allow myself a knit from there every now and then. Most of my jumpers come from Beyond Retro or charity shops.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I tend to make things from scratch as I am a fabric fiend and love the potential that every piece of fabric promises. I like to imagine things that don’t exist then bring them into being!

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

Never underestimate the value of a colourful pair of socks!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I like to see the DIY projects that Geneva from ‘A Pair and a Spare’ comes up with. She is very inventive. I do love a bit of Susie Bubble – she is not afraid to go crazy with colour. 'Charity Shop Chic' as I am in awe of her ability to turn ugly things into beautiful, functional clothing! Recently I have enjoyed looking at the experimental outfits of Annika from The Pineneedle Collective.


Check out Rosie's blog at DIY Couture »


This week Charley recreates the chic look of Andrea from the movie, Devil Wears Prada.

Nestled chronologically between Sex and the City and Gossip Girl (with the same stylist as the former), The Devil Wears Prada is a witty, gritty insight into the cut-throat world of fashion journalism that couldn't have come at a better time to give us our fix of fashion inspiration. Despite its angle, this film is a pure feel-good outing that shows how hard graft can eventually earn you your big break in journalism, and how looking catwalk-fabulous can be – literally – just another day at the office! The costumes are genuine designer pieces, so the detail, use of fabrics and eclectic combinations never fail to dazzle; from sculptural cropped jackets to quirky tweed berets and Chanel signature pearls. I chose the top ten DIYs that captured those elements and can inspire you to add a touch of opulence with ease. How the devil will you wear yours?




We head to Brooklyn, New York to explore We Can Re-Do It blogger, Kat's arty and organized studio.


"I love that my studio is big enough to accommodate everyone in my house."





Tell us about your space?
We turned the largest room in our apartment into the studio/craft room, as everyone in my house is always working on something. My daughter gravitates toward fiber arts, my partner is a cartoonist and I do a little bit of everything. It was important to us to have a work room that accommodated us all, otherwise our creative projects quickly start to take over the entire apartment! Sometimes that happens anyways. From day to day I find myself working on many different projects. A lot of upcycling tutorials, pattern making and creating finished accessory pieces: jewelry, shoes, handbags.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I try to mix my supplies into the decor as seamlessly as I can. Aside from the tools, threads, and other essential work items (always within arm's reach) there are plenty of odds & ends, photos, figurines, and general fun stuff that's there just because I like to look at it. The eclectic mix feels very "me" and  keeps me feeling relaxed and cheerful as I work.

How do you keep organized?

I have to treat myself a bit like a child. Organization seems to be the polar opposite to my natural state of being, but it has to be done or you end up wasting a lot of time. I've found that having a container for each category of supplies is incredibly helpful for me. The way I have it set up now, it's more difficult to be disorganized than just putting the supply where it's supposed to go anyway!

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Get a label maker. My label maker was my best friend there for a while. Having the words written across the box makes remembering what goes where a no brainer.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
The funny old school photo of my kiddo, the framed picture of Barnabas Collins, the old Brett Favre figurine, the turkey photo, the dream catcher I made this past summer. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I'm obsessed with Pinterest! I still collect a lot magazine clippings as well, but yeah, Pinterest is pretty much my favorite thing around.

Where do you look for inspiration?
New York is a damn fine place for getting inspired. Just walking down the street is usually all I need to get my brainstorming on. The museums, parks, people: inspiration is everywhere.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
It would be nice to have a giant cutting table and industrial sewing machine fit in here, but all in all I'm pretty content with the space as is. Probably just more decorations. There's always some statue or print I find on Etsy that I think should have a home here.


Make sure to check out Kat's blog at We Can Re-Do It »

Outfit details:

  • Hair - DIY (see below)
  • Blouse - vintage nightgown worn as a blouse from Salvation Army
  • Skirt - Salvation Army
  • Fascinator - small vintage/antique shop in Ithaca, NY
  • Shoes - Seychelles "Make A Scene"
  • Rings - from my mother

DIY Rag Rolling:

Recreate the look with Alex's Rag Rolling Hair tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

My style is pretty well a mix of 60’s and 70’s patterns/prints and silhouettes, a little Victorian extravagance and plenty of school girl vibes. If it's a pinafore, I'll love it. If it's a patterned pinafore, I'll love it even more. If it's a patterned pinafore paired with a lovely 1900's style (or even the real thing) blouse, well, I've found my life-mate.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I have this camisole negligee from the 1920’s which I’m totally in love with. It's made of a lovely mint silk, with beautiful cream lace details. It honestly doesn’t get a lot of wear because it's so delicate, and kind of has no place outside the bedroom, but it lives on my wall, and I stare at it a lot

Who are your style icons?

To be honest, there used to be a time when I could rhyme off dozens of people. But these days I find myself hugely inspired by other bloggers. I find real people, with their own real voice truly inspiring. But, if I had to pick one (or two) icon(s), it would be Jean Shrimpton, Sylvie Vartan, and every Pre-Raphaelite babe ever painted.

Do you have any favourite designers?

Samantha Pleet, no doubt. I feel like herself, her vision and her designs embody everything I love about fashion. She keeps fashion important and artistic, while having the most amazing aesthetic that I feel an affinity to.

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

Hmm, this is always a hard one for me - I do not shop new very often. But if I do, I like to keep it local and support independent shops/brands in (and close to) my neighbourhood in Toronto. The Future of Frances Watson, Philistine, Robber, to name a few. Oh! And the internet, obviously. The Loved One sells quite a fair bit by some of my favourite designers. If I'm looking for something specific, I can usually find it on ASOS. And if I'm going off about internet shopping, then I can't leave out Modcloth.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I used to live for customizing my outfits, but that has faded a bit with time. My mother is a wonderful seamstress, and taught me a few tricks of the trade, but she lives a ways away from me, so it's hard to keep up with lessons, and I get lazy. I've made a skirt or two in my day though. As a teenager I used to adorn myself with all things "goth", which was a highly DIY fashion aesthetic. However, those days are gone. 

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

I don't really feel that I'm qualified to give tips on how to dress yourself. In my opinion, it's just figuring out what you like and incorporating that into your styling. For myself, I love patterns/prints, so I try to mix up my outfits by combining a bunch of different ones. Hats are always a nice touch to an outfit, and large bows, man, I love wearing a large bow tie with a button up shirt. But these are all personal to me - to each their own. I think the most important thing is to stay true to yourself, and not be afraid of what others think. I think those are the things that make someone stand-out -- Just being wholly yourself.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Hannah and Landon

Boots & Pine

Fancy Fine

It Girl, Rag Doll

Olive, My Love...there are alot, I have a fairly large list on my blog.


Check out Alex's blog at Larkspur »

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