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Sao Paulo, Brazil •

The best thing about living in São Paulo is that you can find the whole world in just one city. A mix of cultures, art and energy, you'll find everything in São Paulo!

We head to Pasadena in California to see Aurora Pringle's bright and colourful craftroom and studio.

"It’s so hard to choose my favourite thing about the room! Can we have a crazy plant-fueled MMA fight between all my favorites? Just kidding, I don’t want to be responsible for any knocked out teeth.  Part of the reason we selected our place was because of the potential of the guest room as a craft area. I think my heart will always belong to good light. This room has it. Between a lovely window that lets in natural light with gusto, to the wall sconces, to the two lamps on my drafting tables, I’m covered. Covered in beautiful light. Like every person striving to get the proper amount of  vitamin D should be."

Tell us about your space?
Pasadena, Ca, is where my craft room is, and it ain’t no joke! I’ve had craft spaces in many places (including a restroom floor in a house shared with other bananas gals), but in Pasadena, my craft room shares a city with the history of Albert Einstein, Sally Field, Julia Child, and Lance Ito. Perhaps my greatest accomplishment is managing to have a craft area in Pasadena. My craft room and I have been comfortably living in the City of Roses for two years.

Our craft room is a dedicated multi-purpose space, which is a fancy way of saying, “you can sleep in this room, but you’ll probably end up with glitter lodged in your belly button”.  Our place was built in the 1920’s, and the rooms are small and adorable. We keep the guest bed in here, but since my girlfriends are usually the ones who stay over, we don’t worry too much about keeping things crazy tidy. These girls are warriors and could probably weather rattlesnakes. Multiple rattlesnakes. We do not have rattlesnakes in the craft room. There is a closet attached to the craft room, where my handsome husband keeps his wardrobe. It’s very handsome in there.

This is also my studio, so to speak, so you could say this is where the action happens. I do crafts occasionally, but I’m an illustrator and portraiture artist, so that’s what I typically do in this room. I like to lay out all of my pencils and pens on my drafting table, cut my paper, and then get to work. My drafting table usually remains a mess until the piece is totally finished. I usually count that amount of time by how many episodes of Gossip Girl I can get through.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with the things you love. In this way I am very much like Imelda Marcos. I love putting things my friends have worked on, up on my cork board. I like putting random finds up too—this can be anything from a print ad that has an amazing color scheme, or a piece by another artist that makes me think in a new, different way. I like being able to see what supplies I have to work with. Just seeing what I have around me can trigger uses for those things, and that gets me inspired.

How do you keep organized?
This is truly my Trojan Horse. I LOOK organized, and I strive to be organized, but I never truly in my soul feel organized. I try to have a place for everything. For the most part that works out, but there’s always about 25% of my stuff that is out on the basketball court making slam dunks and 3-pointers and getting injuries and Hall of Fame trophies. These things may never be contained, much like Dennis Rodman.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Be the Terminator of Stuff! Invite all your crafty friends over and tell them to bring their crafty supplies they don’t want. Trade up with them! Give all the extra stuff to someone who’s an elementary school teacher. I’m serious. If I don’t do this, I start turning into a woman who can’t open her overstuffed drawers. This is very inconvenient if you have a vision for something and are in the zone. You do not want to be in the position where you cannot open your drawers and you have a brilliant idea! Also: go to the thrift store and get tiny containers. Tiny containers are the best.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My favorite possession is probably my drafting table. Tied for that would be one of my fine point black ink pens. I feel like they work hand in hand, with my own literal hands. I don’t have any of my own work on display, but I do keep a huge whiteboard full of my goals over my drawing area. So I sort of created that.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I’m actually pretty old school. I love to print things out and actually buy certain magazines each month. I have loads of notebooks that I have filled with clippings and drawings. My second greatest achievement (second only to having my craft room in Pasadena) is that I once filled a notebook with clippings of interviews, photos, and articles about my number one muse, Drew Barrymore, from ages 12-26. All of my notebooks since that one pale in comparison. I also use the internet like a cataloguing freak—you can find me on Pinterest and Tumblr. That’s where I put all my found inspiration from the internet.

Where do you look for inspiration?
If I’m running low on inspiration, then I probably haven’t been reading or socializing with my friends. So I’ll usually hit my neighborhood bookstore Vroman’s and get cozy for a few hours in the stacks, or I’ll email my girlfriends to get together and discuss what they are working on, what they’re into, what they’re obsessing on. I have been known to get into intense research mode, where I find something I like, and then I trace their influences, and then THEIR influences, like a less adorable version of the first Back to the Future movie. I only say less adorable, because Michael J. Fox was so adorable. SO SO CUTE!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1. Shelves…shelves to the very top of high heaven! The potential of so many shelves makes me both giddy and afraid—I could put so much stuff up around the room…and also, I would accumulate so much stuff. Nobody said a wish had to be a good idea, that’s for sure.
2. My second wish would be to have a full time chef from my favorite sushi restaurant, Shojin, on duty, because I do love healthy snacks while I’m working my tookus off.
3. And my third wish would be to have Blair Waldorf on call as a real life friend (I would set up a special 1950’s vintage gold phone that would be a direct line to her place in New York), to motivate me to always look at the big picture, stick to what I want, and to tell me about her schemes when I need to laugh.  

Make sure to check out Aurora's artwork on her website »

This week, KozmicBlues recreates the look of musical legend, Janis Joplin:

Janis Joplin was an extraordinary singer. She was different from the rest; she had her own ideas, her own personality and, of course, her own style. She was truly a free spirit. Her style showcased perfectly her individuality and her freewheeling personality. She was unique, strong and free and she wore accordingly. Although in many ways a true child of the 60’s, she nonetheless inspired thousands by her appealing, colorful, daring outfits and complements.

Brugge, Belgium •

There are two things that make Brugge a great city to live in. First of all it’s quite easy because everything is so near. There are lots of special little shops, but also the typical shopping mall stores like H & M, New Look and Zara. Though I myself lately prefer to visit the smaller and not-so-well-known shops ;) Second, Bruges has some wonderful parks and quite a lot of nature in comparison to other cities, like Antwerp for example.

This week Hello Sweet Taco recreates the unique look of Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork.

Björk was the Lady Gaga of the 90’s, her fashion was questionable at times but with her charm and grace she always managed to pull it off . She made her beautiful windswept hair look effortless and her make-up was often very delicate and simplistic, using soft pinks and neutral tones. I will forever love her bold fashion choice of the swan dress; it has inspired so many other great creative ventures. This pretty DIY style will show you how to transform yourself into the quirky Icelandic singer.

We head to Westerly, Rhode Island to explore the chic black & white sewing room of Karen from Sew Many Ways.

"My favorite thing about my sewing-craft room is the natural light from all the windows. My sewing room has been in so many different places in our home over years, like the basement and small closets, so the windows really make all the difference for me."

Tell us about your space?
We live in Westerly, Rhode Island and have been here for over 26 years. My sewing-craft room was a three season porch at the back of our home. It is located right off the family room, so I am still close to all the action that goes on in the house! The room is 12 feet by 25 feet with a full long wall of just windows. The room is all mine for sewing, crafting and my office and blogging work. However, I always have comfy chairs in there for my family to come in, sit for a while and visit. My sewing/craft room is where I do everything from quilting, sewing, painting, gluing, creating etc. You name it...if I do it...I do it in my craft room! I have the room broken down into areas. I have a crafting area, sewing, fabric cutting, gluing station, office area etc. This makes for better organization and less stress while trying to work and find things.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I think paint is the most important thing in my workspace. I have painted old pieces of furniture all the same color black. It helps to unify all the pieces, but it's also a great backdrop for all the things that I make in my space.

How do you keep organized?
Organizing is my main hobby. I love it so much, I wish I could make a living at it! I organize and label everything in my craft space and the whole house too...everything! If things are organized and have a "place", there is less stress and more time to create, because you're not spending valuable minutes searching for things. Having things organized makes it easier for me and the whole family. 

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I have used so many things to keep things neat and tidy. I've used galvanized buckets, plastic shoe boxes, cardboard boxes covered with fabric, painted coffee cans and wire baskets. Look past the obvious storage solutions that you can buy in the store and try to recycle things you already have. I little paint or fabric can unify anything and make your space sing.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My favorite possessions are little things that no one would even look twice at. They are my mom's sewing tools...her thimble, a little wooden tracing wheel and a pincushion. Special memories of her that I wouldn't trade for anything. I do have a few quilts on display that were my first creations years ago. The first quilt I ever made was for my husband and the first quilt I hand quilted was for my mom.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
Inspiration is everywhere, but I do keep them in 2 places. I tear out magazines pages and store them in plastic protector sheets in a three ring binder organized by category and of course who could live without Pinterest!!

Where do you look for inspiration?
I look for inspiration everywhere, but for me what inspires me to create something  or come up with new ideas is the "need" for it. What I mean by that is, finding the solution to a problem is what makes me think beyond the norm to find the answer. As the famous quote goes, "necessity is the mother of invention". 

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I really couldn't wish for more in my space. It really is a dream come true. However, if I had to pick a couple things they would be...
1. Heat. I know that sounds crazy, but my room is a three season porch and there was never a heat source added to that room. I have to use a space heater in the winter!!
2. More pot lights in the ceiling. Although I have great natural light during the day, I wish I had a few more lights in the ceiling for when I work at night.

Make sure to check out Sew Many Ways for craft ideas, recipes and blogging tips »
We head to Dorset to tour the cosy kitchen of Honeybun's baker Emma.

"I love having photos around me- and paintings/images with personal meaning- done by friends & family. There are loads of cushions, blankets- reindeer skin & sheepskin all very tactile."

Tell us about your space?
We have a shared Honeybuns office which is an old portable classroom – but done out with proper vintage finds. Including a royal shelf of old coronation mugs. This tends to be quite buzzy & high energy. I also work in an office- cum snug room in the house- painted deep red & lined with books & quirky bits & bobs inc a papier mache zebra’s head wearing fluorescent green head phones- our little boy loves it! There’s an old leather chesterfield in there, so instead of working alone people invariably snuggle up for a chat whilst I’m “working”. Our family kitchen doubles up as back up test kitchen- it’s in our house & is big enough for kitchen table & chairs but the work surfaces are limited. It doubles up as Honeybuns special meetings venue, family HQ, vino fuelled girls nights! Shared with the rest of the family, Matt & two little boys, Winnie & Lorne. I love the homely feel & that everything pretty much in it holds special meaning. The units were made from old Elm by a friend, pottery collected from flea markets or received as gifts, old tins collected over the years. In the kitchen it’s obvious baking & I then write recipes up & do business tasks- eg designing packaging etc in the office.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I love having photos around me- and paintings/images with personal meaning- done by friends & family. There are loads of cushions, blankets- reindeer skin & sheepskin all very tactile.

How do you keep organized?
I’m really messy- I’m very visual too- so large pinboards are a life saver- I whack any snippets/ cut outs on there. I tend to use real life pinboards more than on the computer.
I have “in tray” drawers in a little painted chest in the kitchen- out of sight out of mind! I can then dip in and out at leisure. If I’m faced with an overflowing intray on my desk I tend to get mental wheel spin. We’re lucky in that we have another test kitchen located in our Bee Shack Café- ingredients are stored in kilner jars, reclaimed enamel pots & canisters & terracotta vessels- all very higgledy pig. But it works.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Keeping bigger bins for larger amounts & decanting smaller amounts into kilner jars & popping them onto a-z labeled shelving- right by your work station or surface. I love having all spices, dried fruit, extracts, everything a-zeeeed & visible- this alone inspires me & reminds me of all the possibilities yet to be realized! 

We also label all storage receptacles- never relying on memory. We aim to make everything look as attractive as possible- so we use old luggage tags or blackboard paint & chalk- this in itself is motivating- looking at aesthetically pleasing things each day.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I love our collection of preloved, battered around the edges kitchen utensils- the ones with brightly coloured handles- we keep them stored coloured handles up in old earthen ware Somerset cider jugs.They look cheerful , add character & are a joy to use. The other thing would be our egg yolk coloured Aga in the house.

We have all of our past, present & future drafted marketing material- be it cakeboards, newsletters, gift wrap ribbon on a big pin board in the Honeybuns shared office. We also have a “brand beam” in the test kitchen/café- where we pop significant/happy photos of the team/awards/designs/news snippets. Otherwise they tend to stay stored unseen.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
Pinboards. Aforementioned. Brand beam also.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Anywhere! Very often not in the food scene. We wish to be doing things that are genuinely unique rather than mimicking others in the same field. Mother nature does a grand job of inspiring us. Our Pippin Apple day fliers were v. much inspired by our community orchard.
Out running in the countryside- colours spring out, as do outlines & shapes. My little ones old vintage story books are also excellent feast for the eyes.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1. Doors opening out straight into the garden/outside space
2. Space for a-z labeling & storage of everything
3. A lovely tream to drop by & have a chat with you in those too quiet moments.

Make sure to check out the Honeybuns website for delicious gluten-free baking »

Outfit details:

  • Dress - hand-made (see below)
  • Shoes - swedish hasbeens 
  • Socks - soxi
  • See-through top - second hand

DIY Easy Poofy Dress

Recreate the look with Eline's Easy Poofy Dress tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic, colourful, childlike, nostalgic.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My leopard coat because I have so many fond memories surrounding it! It was the very first second hand, or even vintage piece, I bought and it introduced me to the world of second hand clothing and also to the delicious world of dressing a little extraordinary without having to spend too much money.

Who are your style icons?

nimals, plants, Björk, Marlena Yayoi Kusama, and my own friends!

Do you have any favourite designers?

Walter Van Beirendonck, Yves Saint Laurent, Louise Gray, Rei Kawabuko are several among a few all-time favorites an lately I'm really liking Thom Browne too!

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

Actual new clothes, as in not second hand? I believe I don't have any favorite shop for that any more!

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Mostly I customize but occasionally I'll make an easy skirt or dress.

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

Try to not go for obvious combinations and let dressing yourself be a game.

Check out Eline's blog at A Fluffy Blog »

We head up to Iceland today to go behind the scenes of Scrappalicious and see how Anna keeps her studio organized.

"I love colors and even though my furniture is mostly white/light I like to add a bit of spice with colors. And I do love to light a candle during the winter."

Tell us about your space?
My craft room is a reasonably sized room next to my living room. My craft room also functions as the family computer room so it is in use every single day. One of my fave parts (besides about having my own craft room) is the large window - it lets so much natural light in the room and I do love how cozy that is. I do all kinds of crafts in my studio - scrapbooking, card-making, altering and of course all the gift wrapping! ;o)

Is this also your work space?
This room is where I get crafty and it's also great to have all my work related things in this room.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I love colors and even though my furniture is mostly white/light I like to add a bit of spice with colors. And I do love to light a candle during the winter.

How do you keep organized?
I don't like to have things too messy when i am creating, I admit I tend to get a bit messy at times but I like to clean up between projects! 

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Ohh my word! My stash is ever growing but I keep it all in my room. IKEA is my go to store and I just love how many things you can find that aren't that expensive. I love the kitchen department because you can find lots of pretty things that work perfectly for storing all things crafty. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My fave tool is my pink misting mat from Tattered Angels - it makes misting so mu more fun and is easy to clean! ;o) I have layouts up, some altered boxes and mini albums too.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I have two little notebooks where I write down ideas and store photos that inspire me.

Where do you look for inspiration?
The internet is an endless resource and I must admit I am a Pinterest-addict. Designer websites, magazines and just looking around your own home can give you so many ideas.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
Hhhmmmm ... I would love to have a table that I could stand and create, bigger room (I guess I can never have too much space) and a better lamp! :D

Make sure to check out Anna's blog for Scrappalicious  »

This week vodkaamermaidd recreates the look of Welsh singer Marina Diamandis from Marina & The Diamonds.

Marina has a cute lolita style that perfectly fits her Electra Heart alter ego.

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