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This week Daria from Kittenhood recreates the look of British style icon and fashionista Alexa Chung: 

"If I was ever to enter Alexa Chung's closet, I would probably faint on the spot. Her style is my absolute favorite, with all the feminine peter pan collars, babydoll dresses, Charlotte Olympia cat flats, her natural-looking hair and quirky nail art. I love that she also mixes in edgier accents, such as denim cutoffs, animal print and studs, and preppy essentials like button downs and blazers. Even though it sounds eclectic, it's actually very coherent and recognizable.

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A bite to eat

71 Broughton Street, Edinburgh • Visit http://cocochocolate.co.uk/


We're indulging our sweet tooth in Edinburgh, Scotland this week as we meet the masterminds behind Coco Chocolate and learn how to make their delicious Drinking Chocolate and Mandy's Amazing Rigo Jancs.




How did Coco Chocolate get started?
It was ten years ago. In 1994 an Australian chocolatier Rebecca came to Edinburgh to start a revolution and make Real Chocolate for people. Coco Chocolate was the only shop at the time that would offer organic and hand made chocolates with 100% cocoa butter. No wonder it grew so much! Since then Rebecca managed to open several shops in Australia. The UK branch became independent in 2013.


Where are you located?
We've got two shops in Edinburgh, the very first Coco Chocolate is on 174 Bruntsfield Place and it's younger sister is at 71 Broughton Street.

What are your specialities?
Chocolate! Real, Organic and hand made slabs of chocolate or chocolate bars with different spices, oils and nuts, hand molded truffles, creams and obviously some seriously strong hot chocolate! We hand temper and flake our white drinking chocolate on marble. It's infused with Lemongrass, Lavender and Orchid Vanilla or Cardamom and Cinnamon. That's a real delight and customer's favourite! It's caffeine free too. Kirsch soaked vegan Cherries dipped in dark chocolate are simply irresistible. People also love our dark vegan chocolate bar with Haggis Spices.

What's your personal favourite thing on the menu?
I adore organic figs dipped in chilli chocolate. They just make me feel happy! And dark chocolate bar with lime and coconut. Nutmeg hot chocolate with rice milk suits me well, and... I could go on and on! It depends on my mood and the weather. Thankfully there's always something delicious to try. Our Chocolatiers are currently working on new products and I hope that we're going to have some exciting new favourites on our shelves pretty soon.

What's on the stereo?
Music that we like. It depends on who's working in the shop. We started listening to The National in the mornings. There's some Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, soundtracks from movies we like. If you can't have a cup of coffee without your favourite tune just ask our staff to plug your phone in and you'll get it!

Where else should we visit in your area?
Broughton street is just packed with places to visit! There's Artisan Roast for coffee lovers, Casa Angelina with the best afternoon tea and cakes, Bakehouse and Broughton Deli with home made soups, salads and lunches. If you want to shop Curiouser and Curiouser sells the most amazing prints and cards, while Life Story offers quirky and creative fashion and home accessories. Real Foods are great for organic fruit and veg.

Do you host any special events?
We host Chocolate Connoisseur Evenings on Fridays. It's the best way to learn how to recognize good chocolate! There's a talk and lots of samples so after an hour you are fully equipped in insider's knowledge. We also run Chocolate Schools in our kitchen in Roslin. That's where you do all the sweet hard work together with our chocolatiers and learn how to temper chocolate, make creams and a lot more. That is a serious treat!

Anything else you'd like us to know?
We love preparing unforgettable wedding favours! Coco's chocolates are made to order to suit the most delicious events and celebrations. We also have free tasters out in our shops every day! That's something to remember while you're walking around town.
71 Broughton Street, Edinburgh • Visit http://cocochocolate.co.uk/



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Imogen O. By Imogen O.


Outfit details:

  • Shoes - Mimco
  • Skirt - Princess Highway
  • Cardigan - DIY (see below)

DIY Sequin Cardigan

Recreate the look with Imogen's sequin cardigan tutorial:


How would you describe your style?

My style is feminine, dressy, colourful and vintage inspired. I love polka dots, rainbow stripes, pearls, bows, pretty dresses, sparkly cardigans, kitty cat print, unicorns and glitter so I try and incorporate these elements into my looks as much as possible. My signature look consists of a fit and flare dress in a bright colour or fun pattern, a hair flower and heels or ballet flats (with an embellished cardigan thrown in for good measure in the colder weather). 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

This is a very difficult question because my wardrobe is my pride and joy! I’d have to say my genuine vintage dress from the 1940s. It’s pink with white polka dots and features an oversized collar, a purple velvet sash, a full skirt and ballerina length. It has a real princess feel. I wish I had more opportunities to wear it. It has so much history and character. I often think about the life my dress once had during the 1940s in the US; an interesting thought. 

Who are your style icons?

My style icons are definitely other bloggers much more than celebrities. See my answer below for the fashion blogs that I read and which inspire me. However, if I was to choose a celebrity I’d say Taylor Swift. . While she is very beautiful and clearly interested in fashion, she isn’t totally obsessed with herself like a lot of people in the public eye. I believe this is a form of inner beauty; her classiness, self-worth and professionalism shine through and inspire me. In terms of fashion, I adore many of her timeless and vintage inspired pieces; one of my absolute favourites was her 1950s style yellow dress paired with red heels which was rather reminiscent of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The time she wore white kitty cat shoes, made my already existing love for feline related fashion items, grow even more. I also love many of her sparkly pieces and she sure has worn a number of sparkly dresses over the years. I still adore her look all the way back from the 2009 Country Music Awards. I love how she often opts for timeless makeup, particularly the classic red lips. I love how she channels her curly hair but also experiments with straight hair (on occasion) and a myriad of stunning up styles. I was so inspired by her buns and cascading curls when choosing the hairstyles for my wedding party in 2012. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

In terms of designers, I’m completely drawn to bags and shoes. My dream is to one day own a classic Chanel quilted bag. I also love Dior, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade and Charlotte Olympia. The collections of Oscar de la Renta often capture my attention. I love the Spring 2014 collection. The ruffles, vibrant colours, bold patterns, beautiful silhuttes, embroidery work, eyelet details, full skirts and wearability are true features.

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

My favourite places to shop for new clothes are the Australian stores Alannah Hill and Review. I wish I could own every single piece from all of their collections; they are a true representation of my personal style. I also like visiting their factory outlets and websites (www.alannahhill.com.au and www.review-australia.com). Dangerfield (dangerfield.com.au) and Forever New (www.forevernew.com.au) also have some good pieces. In terms of online shopping undoubtedly Modcloth is the best (http://www.modcloth.com/). It is always so reliable when it comes to finding that unique, creative and genius piece! 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I don’t make clothes because my sewing skills are very limited; I’ve made a couple of very basic skirts in the past but I wasn’t particularly happy with the quality of them. I wish I could make a dress. I see so many beautiful fabrics that I’d love to transform into dresses. This is my very long term goal. I’ve customised a number of pieces particularly cardigans. I often add sparkles, trim, embellishments and buttons. I love how it creates a personalised touch and adds so much to a look. 

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

In order to personalise an outfit it is important to develop your own sense of style. My number one tip would be to style yourself in a way which suits you and reflects your true personality as opposed to what the current trends dictate. For example, I have the same hairstyle and makeup most days. It’s become my signatory look and having a style which represents me provides a great sense of joy. That’s not to say your image should be entirely regimented; of course it’s fun to experiment with news trends as frequently as you desire. All I’m saying is if there’s a certain aspect of fashion which you love and which makes you, you, then go with it. In terms of mixing up an outfit, try and see your wardrobe as a set of interchangeable pieces. Some of the best outfits are created by pairing items which we wouldn’t normally expect to go together. A few of my favourite combinations- pink & red and stripes & florals would fall under this category. 



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Welcome to Superhero Sunday, a new feature on the CO+K blog where we're going to be showcasing our favorite artists along with guest art of our very own crafty superhero, Crafterella!


Aurora Lady is a portrait artist and Girl Pop Visionary from gorgeous Los Angeles, California. She loves vintage issues of Sassy, girls-girls-girls, and projects of heart wrenching proportions. Email her at alady@auroralady.com, and make dreams come true.


Have you always been creative and artistic?

Yes! No! Kind of? I think most people start out creative--they are encouraged to draw and paint, to solve problems visually. Then we are trained to think this is the territory of children and that being creative won't pay the bills. As if art and responsibility are mutually exclusive.  I went through a fierce period of creative denial in high school and college before I took a drawing class as an elective and was forced to realize that the safe path wasn't something I'd be happy with. And then, after graduating, I worked shitty jobs, still not confident or trusting of my skills. My like changed when I accepted that I not only liked making art, but that I was capable of supporting myself with it. 

How would you describe the style of your work?

A Quaintrelle Soiree, with cherries on top. Leave with your heart in your hands.

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

I am slightly obsessed with switching out my pencil cases and supplies, depending on where I'll be and what I intend to do. Right this second I'm a sucker for white watercolor pencil for highlights. My case in my purse contains a Gossip Girl notebook, a tiny paintbrush, scissors, watercolor pencils, and glitter glue. 

Who is your favorite superhero?

I don't read a lot of comic books. Really, I read Classics Illustrated and Katy Keene when I was little (I'm certain that Katy's blue-black hair influences me still!) I watched the first two seasons of Heroes, but was mesmerized by the villain more than anybody else. My real superheroes are women I know and love: Taryn Hipp for her superhuman strength and honesty, Dyana Valentine for her intuitive presence, my mom for teaching me to look for the potential in everything.

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

To not be hindered by self-doubt or fear in the pursuit of what I want. 

Where do you look for inspiration?

I am very thankful to live in Los Angeles, which inspires me every time I turn around. I love walking outside and smelling jasmine in the air. I adore reading or hearing about people operating from a place of kindness or empathy, just because they have an opportunity to do so. Emails that are secretive, containing intimate soul baring details that liberate or unite.  My friends that make beautiful things or aid in the realization that people are beautiful. Being selective about the internet. Thoughtful encouragement to make better, to be better.

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

My favorites are those that live honestly about who they are. I love folks who create who they are with sincerity and mindfulness. I am always checking out Kim Burly, Augusta Gail, Jennifer Emerling, and Doe Deere. I like people who don't deny that their own fear exists, and then they push through it to produce great work that resonates with others. If you can do that, if you can connect, then you've really gotten somewhere. 




Purple By Purple

Asheville, North Carolina, USA •

"The best thing about living in Asheville is the vibrant culture of downtown and the gorgeous  mountain views. The people are like living art and everywhere you go you are inspired by the creativity and beauty of the surroundings." 



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Shop

My favorite place to go for supplies is The Bead Store downtown. They have all the supplies you need there to make tons of creative jewelry right in the store. They even do activity days so you can create with fellow crafters!


Be Inspired

The best places to go for inspiration are the street fairs, which are held often downtown. Just walking down the street you see so many interesting people with eye catching fashion sense and independent artists selling their work. Paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry, and more are all displayed beautifully up and down a street of choice while a local band plays close by. 

Some must-dos including going to the River Arts District which is filled with art studios where observers are welcome - you can meet the artists and talk with most of them personally. Visit the art galleries and the museum of art. Go shopping! there are so many unique, one-of-a-kind things to find. Many of the stores sell items that local artists have created.

Also take a photo of/with the street performers. There are a lot of fun people to see like a woman who is very proficient in tricks with the hoola hoop, a man who can roll a ball across his entire body without hands and lots independent musicians. 


Eat & Drink

My favorite thing to do (non craft related) is explore all the different restaurants and cafes. There are so many delicious places to choose from. My favorite place, Green Sage, is a self - sustaining restaurant  and cafe that makes all their food fresh, organic, and from scratch with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Another great place is the Laughing Seed which has a menu specifically for vegans/vegetarians. But there are many others that I have yet to discover. There are a few cute little coffee places as well. Asheville is a great place for foodies. 


 Craft

A good place to sit and craft is The Drum Circle in Pritchard Park. It's called the drum circle because on Friday nights anyone is welcomed to come with their drums (or other instrument) and jam out while others dance or watch. But regularly, it is just a nice place to sit and relax and do whatever. 


Pick Up A Souvenir

A popular souvenir to take home is the "keep Asheville weird" sticker or another great souvenir is, of corse, some original Asheville artwork.


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Posted March 11th, 2014 10:00


Fujifilm sent us their new Instax Mini 8 instant camera to play with and give away to you guys in a super special contest. Aside from the sleek new design, the cameras come in a range of new pastel colors making them look even more adorable.

The camera is simple to use - just load the film in the back and then press the chunky button at the bottom to pop out the lens. Turn the wheel around the lens to select the best function for your shooting conditions. The camera even has a flash for shooting at night.


When you're happy with the settings just press the shutter button to take your photo and watch as the photo develops from white in front of your eyes. We love it and think you're going to love it too!

Win Crafterella's Pink Instax Mini 8


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HIGHonDIY By HIGHonDIY


Outfit details:

  • Top - Zara
  • Shades - Le Specs (Nordstorm)
  • Skirt - DIY (see below)
  • Heels - Halogen (Nordstorm)

DIY Porcelain Print Pleated Skirt:

Recreate the look with Rinchen's Porcelain Print Pleated Skirt tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

I love to experiment with different kinds of styles as I am still discovering my personal style but I often find myself leaning more towards a more minimalist modern chic look. More often than not though, I really just wear what I love and feel comfortable in regardless of it being in style or not. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

It’s always the dress I can quickly throw on without thinking twice when I am in a rush and know that I’ll still feel good and look polished wearing it. 

Who are your style icons?

I don’t have any particular style icons but if I were to pick, it would be the street style stars or fashion bloggers such as Rumi Neely whose styles are so effortless and chic.  

Do you have any favourite designers?

Balmain, Altuzarra and Erdem are some of my favorite designers. 

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

I don’t have one particular store/brand that I would consider a favorite. When I am shopping for something, I usually checkout a bunch of places hunting for that perfect thing. I always have difficulty finding my size whether its clothes or shoes so the hunt usually lasts quite long. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I customize more often than creating an entire outfit or piece of clothing. Usually it involves some kind of embellishment getting added on the piece. Other times, if I see a really nice print or texture but can’t find the dress in my size, I’ll buy whatever size they have and either customize it to fit me or use the fabric to make something else entirely.

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

In a single look, I only use one customized item whether it’s a piece of clothing or an accessory just to keep it minimal. I also tend to not use more than 2-3 colors in an outfit. Beyond that, I'd just stick to a balance of what you are in the mood for and what makes the most sense for the occasion. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love to keep up with other DIY blogs. I have too many favorite ones to list here. I also read a few street style and personal style blogs. Fashion Toast and Jak & Jil are my absolute favorites.  


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Magnolia By Magnolia

Madrid, Spain • Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/MagnoliaLTBF

"The best thing about living in Madrid is that it has everything you can imagine, it´s a big and metropolitan city. In Madrid you can see musicals, monologues, exhibitions, museums, football games, basketball games, theater, concerts...

Anything you need you´ll find in Madrid. There is a lot to things to do and has a great nightlife." 



Shop

Pontejos is one of the most popular and oldest stores for craft supplies, and it is situated in the centre of the city, next to Plaza Mayor. Black Oveja is a shop where you can buy mostly fabric and wool, but it has also other things like washi tape. They also do workshops such as sewing, crochet, patchwork. Delipapel is a shop that has all the stuff above and supplies for scrapbooking. You can also do some workshops such as decorating your 100% handmade wedding, decoupage and decor for your walls. 

Rastro Market is really a must see in Madrid, every sunday you can see a lot of people buying and selling stuff. You can find everything you can imagine, from second hand things like furniture, pictures, clothing and old and used items from the fifties, to new stuff made in China.


Be Inspired

I love to walk in the city, there is always something new to find out. I especially like the centre where there are really small and curious streets. One of the neighborhoods of Madrid I like to walk in is Malasaña, because is full of weird and secondhand stores and also has a lot of little and cute coffee shops. I  also love to make picnics when it's sunny with my boyfriend and friends in Retiro Park or West Park, I also love the musicians and the monologues. And of course the nightlife of Madrid, there are a lot of bars and discos with different music styles.

The Debod Temple (situated next to Plaza de España), is an ancient egypt temple and is really beautiful to take photos of at dusk or dawn. Also, Oso y el madroño is a statue that represents Madrid, it's situated in Plaza del Sol and a must make to take a photo if you are in Madrid.


Eat & Drink

One of my favorite places to eat is Madrid is Casa Julio (Madera Street, nr. 37), a small bar where you can eat croquets which have different ingredients like ham, blue cheese and mushrooms. It's not expensive and on the walls you can find newspaper articles where they have appeared and photos with celebrities who have been there. All the croquetas are made by a grandma.

El Jardín Secreto is perfect in winter, because they have a wide range of different hot chocolates and it's the most romantic restaurant I've ever seen in my live. San Ginés is the most popular coffee shop where you can have really good "chocolate con churros". It's situated in the centre of Madrid next to Plaza del Sol. Las Bravas is the place where you can taste a really good brava sauce with potatoes, this is very typical and it tastes like heaven! 


 Craft

I like parks for crafting, where you can sit, relax and connect with the nature. There are two huge parks in Madrid I like to go, one is the Retiro Park, the other is West Park (parque del oeste). I don’t think there is a particular place for making crafty friends, but whenever I'm on the subway and I'm crocheting there is always somebody that asks me what I'm doing and we start to talk about crafts.

See Something Special

I think the Rastro Market is really quirky, there you´ll find so different people selling and buying so different and strange things. Also the Fuencarral Market is worth seeing, it has a lot of stores for very different tastes.


Pick Up A Souvenir

I would say, if you can, some food like vine, jamón serrano, manchego cheese, olive oil, turron (sweet for Christmas). The food in my country is really really tasty and has a great quality. 


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Craft Room Tour

Posted March 6th, 2014 10:00

Visit http://scathingly-brilliant.blogspot.co.uk/

We head to New Jersey to go behind the scenes of Scathingly Brilliant and tour Kate's craft space which is as pretty as can be.


"I love the colors and how bright and cheerful it is! I'm also proud of how well I've organized all of my supplies. I use a lot of closed storage so that things are neat and tidy but still pleasant to look at."





Tell us about your space?
My craft space is actually located in my bedroom. The room is 11' x 11' and my craft space takes up one wall. I also have a little office in what used to be my closet and I often use that when I'm crafting as well. It's definitely an all-purpose space! I use it for pretty much everything from painting to sewing to packing orders and taking product photos for my shops. It's my bedroom, my office, my craft space, my shipping station when I pack orders and it's also kind of my living room since I do most of my eating and tv watching in there as well. I'm the only person that uses my room but at any given time there are usually 1 or 2 cats hanging around keeping me company. The crafts I do the most are probably drawing, painting and jewelry-making. I also love to sew although sometimes that can be tricky with my cats around… lately I've been doing that at the kitchen table away from curious paws ;)

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I painted the walls a really pretty aqua color and I put up artwork from some of my favorite artists. I love being surrounded by so many pretty, happy works of art! Since my bed takes up a big chunk of the space I probably have more cosiness than any craft room should have! It's definitely tempting to just curl up in bed sometimes with all my soft comfy pillows..

How do you keep organized?
I'm VERY messy! I have to spend a good half hour or more each night cleaning up whatever mess I made that day. But luckily I am pretty well organized and everything has a designated spot, so tidying up is just a matter of putting things back where they belong. As for works in progress, I have a bin where I keep them stashed away, but all of the supplies I need to make them still get put-away and then taken out again when it's time to resume work. I don't like going to sleep with a messy craft space (especially since I also sleep in there, it can be daunting to see all the work waiting for you in the morning!)

Luckily the things I make don't require very bulky supplies. I keep my paints in a plastic swan that was made for holding potted plants. I keep my fabric supplies stashed away under my desk and my jewelry pieces all fit in five little plastic bins in my closet. I also keep foam board and canvases laying flat under my mattress! Small spaces require a lot of unconventional storage solutions, lol!

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
If you have a small space, putting your bed on risers is one of the best things you can ever do. I keep all of the things I don't use very often under my bed, and then I have shelving running along the sides of the bed where I keep supplies that I use on a daily basis. I also like utilizing the walls in my room to get things off the floor. I have a vertical record player that's hanging on the wall, and I also have a large white shelf where I keep knick knacks and supplies.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I have a wall of artwork I commissioned of my cat who passed away earlier this year.. those pieces are all very important to me. I also have a lot of my favorite vintage dresses hanging up too. As far as tools or supplies, I love my Xyron sticker maker. It's seriously the most useful tool I've ever purchased, I use it for so many things! I like to display art from other artists that I admire, but I do have a few of my own things sprinkled around my room. A couple embroideries, a painting of my grandmother and a self-portrait holding one of my cats.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I have a couple notebooks where I am constantly writing down ideas, but most of them are written on little slips of paper or post-it notes. If an idea hits me while I'm out I'll usually e-mail it to myself and then write it down later. I'm very forgetful so I'm paranoid about writing things down and making sure I'll remember them later!

Where do you look for inspiration?
I get most of my inspiration for drawings and paintings from classic movies or old family photos. A lot of my jewelry or accessory ideas come from childhood memories and nostalgia.  

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Honestly I love the craft space I have.. if it was a little bit bigger that would be nice, but otherwise it actually is my dream craft space! Well, maybe if it was attached to an art supply store where all of the products were free of charge that would be ideal ;) haha!


Veva P. By Veva P.


Outfit details:

  • Sweatshirt - DIY (see below) 
  • Sneakers - DIY 
  • Bracelets - DIY  
  • Jeans - Primark 
  • Beanie - local store

DIY Aztec Sweater:

Recreate the look with Veva's Aztec Sweater tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

I think that “less is more” My style is very simple but I always wear a special necklace or bracelet who gives color to the rest of the outfit. When I dress up, I  I never wear more than 3 colours, I always try to highlight an item and the rest remaining in a second place. I love to wear sneakers, and mixing it with more formal clothes.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My belstaff jacket, I love ride my motorcycle and I have this jacket  since 2005

Who are your style icons?

I love Sienna Miller, her style is natural and perfect

Do you have any favourite designers?

I love all the things who Marc Jacobs has done, I think he is a genius.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Of course! I have customize a lot of clothes like sweatshirts, pants, tops.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love Sincerely Junles, Collage vintage or Lovely Pepa.


Check out Veva's blog at My White Idea »


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