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Amy C. By Amy C.


Outfit details:

  • Trench Coat - DIY (see below)
  • Jumper - DIY
  • Trousers - Zara
  • Shoes - Just Cavalli
  • Bag - vintage

DIY Sequin Embellished Trench Coat

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How would you describe your style?

Fashion is always evolving and I'm interested in new trends, but there are some garments I'm always drawn to like faux furs and aran jumpers for winter, animal prints, vintage jewelry and studded accessories.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My leather jacket. I think it adds something to any outfit. It looks good on a jeans and tee look and it's also terrific on a  girly cocktail dress. 

Who are your style icons?

 My granma, she had a great taste and a great influence in my life, her elegance and grace are unforgettable.  When I look at her pictures she is always perfectly dressed. She often crafted her clothes and she was a fine embroiderer. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

I have a big admiration for Alexander McQueen, his work was inspiring on so many levels, both for the quality of craftsmanship and for the creative vision that went beyond clothes.  His runway shows were artistic performances.  Giorgio Armani is the master of elegance. Armani Privè collections embody the dream of couture and luxury. Miuccia Prada is avant garde, her shows are often object of debates, but her vision slowly becomes predominant until everyone wants to buy her clothes. 

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

I buy a lot of fabrics. Everywhere I go I look for fabrics shops and buy a few meters of fabric, so I buy a lot of “clothes to be”.

I like to shop for shoes more than clothes and I love quality italian shoes above all.

I like to shop at Ovs, Asos, Topshop, Zara, H&M, Denny Rose, Coin among others. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I like to customize what I wear and add a personal touch to an outfit with accessories I make. I'll knit a few jumpers for winter and I'm planning to sew a couple of party dresses for the holiday season. 

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

Even the most classical outfit becomes special with one statement accessory, a necklace or a belt. You can buy an inexpensive dress and spend on shoes that catches attention and you can match a print with a bright color for look that pop.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

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Kathie By Kathie


"Berlin is full of strange and colorful people, artists, musicians... it never gets boring. I love about Berlin that you can do/eat/get anything you could possibly think of at any time of the day. Eat in a fancy restaurant at 4:00 in the morning. Go scuba diving. Visit a flea market today. And another tomorrow. And another the day after. It’s totally different from the village, where I grew up - and I love it." 



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Shop

I like buying craft supplies in big craft shops where you can get literally everything a creative girl could wish for. My favorites are the idee. shop and Werken-Spielen-Schenken
Frau Tulpe has the most beautiful fabrics and sewing supplies. 


Modulor is the place where I go for special or advanced craft supplies like really thick card board or large sized papers. A lot of professional artists and architects are customers there. The store has a ridiculously large amount of paper, cardboard, acrylic and wood and metal sheets, notebooks, pens, washi tape and some stuff I don’t even know what it could be used for. The place also holds various workshops, a book store and a café.

The embroidery floss that I need for my little Dawanda shop always comes from a small craft shop in the Kunstgewerbehaus (house of arts and crafts) just around the corner from where I live. They have the whole range of colors and if I’m missing a certain color to finish my work, they’re always just a few minutes away. 


 Be Inspired

I love book stores. It’s a big source of inspiration just to walk through the shelves of a nice book store, look at the colorful covers, flip through a book here and there or even sit down and read a bit. The Hugendubel at Schlossstraße is one of those big bookstores that I love to visit. They have about a million books on two floors, quiet reading nooks with comfy chairs and even a café where you can bring the books you like and read while sipping on a cup of coffee. It’s heaven!

If you’re more interested in museums than book stores, there’s a whole island full of museums here in Berlin, called Museumsinsel. It’s one of the most important museum complexes in the world. You’ll find there the National Gallery with a collection of 19th century art as well as historical museums with exhibits from the stone age and Troja. Visit the Egyptian Museum for a look at the famous Nefertiti bust! 

For pictures of the most famous sight of Berlin, Berlin-Mitte is the place to be. You’ll find the Brandenburg Gate there, the Reichstag building and the government quarter.  The Potsdamer Platz with its tall and modern buildings and the stunning Sony center is worth a picture or two as well! 

Not too far away is the huge Berlin Television Tower – You can snap a picture from far away or directly underneath it, but if you go up the tower, the view will be amazing! I highly recommend going up there at night! Oh and don’t forget to take some pictures of some street art and with at least one of the colorful bear statues which are standing everywhere in the city! 


Eat & Drink

Berlin offers so many unique places to eat, it is really hard to decide! You could spend your whole life trying out new cafés and restaurants! But there’s this Italian restaurant Trattoria Fellini that I like. Apart from a cozy atmosphere and a very nice staff it has the best pizza and the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.

Fräulein Burger makes the best burgers (and fried vegetable sticks!). Everything is handmade with regional products, healthy, organic and made with love. The place has a cute 60s flair and there are always flowers on every table. It’s my favorite burger place of all time. 

The Z-Art Gartenhaus Café is an oasis in the middle of a chaotic city. Just around the corner from the S-Bahn, a noisy street and a shopping promenade is the sweetest little garden which reminds me so much of our garden in the place where I grew up. In the summer you can sit outside and enjoy cake and coffee surrounded by trees and bushes and flowers. 


 Craft


For craft lovers the city offers all kinds of meetings, craft clubs and workshops to get and craft together. Many craft shops offer classes or workshops! I think it really won’t be different to join a group of people who knit or sew or paint together or do whatever craft you like. Dawanda hosts a lot of different interesting workshops and craft parties on a regular basis in their snuggery. Get together, talk, laugh, craft – it’s the perfect way to make new crafty friends. Werken-Spielen-Schenken, which I already mentioned above also hosts many different crafty workshops, although I’ve never been to one so far. 

In summer I would recommend the parks of the area to sit in the sun or under a tree and craft. The botanical gardens are especially beautiful. You have to pay to get in there, but it’s really not expensive and the place is worth the money! The botanical gardens are packed with flowers, trees, grass, cacti from all over the world. You can sit on one of the large lawn areas and craft along or take an inspiring walk through the huge glass houses or through the park. My favorite corner of the botanical gardens is the Japanese garden. I love the Japanese flora. Another one of my favorite places to sit and craft is the Paul-Ernst-Park at the lake Schlachtensee. It’s often crowded during the summer months, but if you’re lucky you can find a nook between trees right at the water’s edge where you have an amazing view over the lake. 

There are many opportunities for crafters to sell their work. I’ve only been to a few of those craft markets  though, but I liked the handmade supermarket, which is small and cozy and takes place in an abandoned supermarket building.


See Something Special


For a real Berlin experience, you should take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn (subway) and enjoy the quirky and odd people you’ll inevitably meet there. After that you could visit the Currywurst Museum, the Barbie Bar or – if that’s not odd enough – go to Das Klo (the loo), a bar where instead of napkins there is toilet paper and instead of glasses and plates, there are chamber pots. 


Pick Up A Souvenir

If you want to get your friends something special from Berlin, I’d recommend getting a glass of Spreewaldgurken. Those are gherkins and really typical for this area. You can find them in every supermarket. If you’re looking for something more cheesy try to get anything with a little traffic-light man on it, the Ampelmännchen. That is the symbol shown on pedestrian signals in the former German Democratic Republic. It’s quite famous in Berlin and, well, really cute.

Anything with the Berlin bear is a good idea, too. It’s not as cute as the traffic-light man, but a very popular souvenir. Or bring an original piece of the Berlin wall with you but make sure it’s certified!


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AllyEbdon By AllyEbdon


Outfit details:

  • Top - Lazy Oaf
  • Skirt - Lazy Oaf
  • Dinosaur Bag - DIY (see below)

DIY Dinosaur Handbag

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How would you describe your style?

Very cartoony! I love anything bright and colourful and really bold patterns. I once worked in a primary school and the kids found it really easy to paint and draw my outfits- I took that as a good sign. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Oh gosh I have sooo many. I'm such a dress hoarder; I will never be able to have enough pretty dresses. My favourites would have to be my skunk dress and my toucan dress

Who are your style icons?

Hmm that's a really hard one! I'm not really sure. I think I'd have to go more for genres than people! I love theatrical clothing and I think a lot of my outfits are really costumy. I've always been really inspired by stage costumes and anything where the way someone dresses clearly has to represent who that person is and what they're about. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

I love Christian Lacroix for his mental designs and Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada because she's not afraid of colour one little bit.

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

We have an amazing vintage shop called Armstrongs down our road which is fabulous; if you visit Edinburgh it is a must. Apart from that I am a big fan of Lazy Oaf. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yeeeeah! I Make most of my dresses myself. I just love starting off with a piece of fabric and then a couple of hours later being able to wear a dress. I love printing my own fabrics too; I think it makes my designs really personal. 

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

I think just do what makes you feel most like you. I love wearing bright opaque tights and garish prints but only because that's what works for me. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Check out Ally's blog, Now That's Pretty »


Polonium D. By Polonium D.


"I love Saint Petersburg and not only because it's my native city. It's very beautiful and has a very rich history despite being built in 1703. There are also many interesting and unordinary places, different art projects and modern art galleries. Local people always call the city just Piter. So, don't be surprised if you see that name." 



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Shop

There is an interesting shop that you can visiy only in Saint Petersburg called Bookvoed. In Russian this word means somebody or something that eats letters and this funny name speaks for itself. In Bookvoed you'll find not only books, but other interesting things such as souvenirs, funny sweets, bubble gum, different games and great presents. This shop is the most popular bookshop in Saint Petersburg and that's why some writers, journalists and other famous people visit to present their new books or just to talk to people. The main shop is located on Nevsky prospekt (the main street in Piter).


Be Inspired

Places to visit for inspiration are the Modern Art Museum Erarta which I went to a few years ago and I'd like to say that it's amazing! Also the art center Puskinskaya str, 10, named in honor of Alexander Pushkin. I've never been there, but it seems interesting to visit. Near Pushkinskaya, 10 is John Lennon's street which is my favorite place in the city.

The Book House is the biggest book shop in Piter.  One interesting fact - do you know about the Russian social network vk.com (ex vkontakte.ru)? If so, it's office take up the highest floor of Book House.

The Museum Of Water which we also call Vodokanal has an interesting interactive guided tour for children and adults. You can visit the website and they have information in English.

As you may know, Saint Petersburg is also called The North Venice because there are lots of drawbridges. They are being basculed at nights and you can always see the schedule of the draw on this site. It is very beautiful so you should see it!


In Saint Petersburg we have a celebration for the end of term at school called The Scarlet Sail and it's not only graduates who come to see it. It is very beautiful event, which is celebrated in center of the city and the main idea is that the Scarlet Sail sails on Neva (the main river in Piter). There is also a concert with pop singers and the mayor's speech, though that requires a ticket and they are given to graduates  but not all of them always go to that concert and they sell them. Many artistic people live in Piter and that's why you can see street musicians and street painters in the center of Saint Petersburg.


Eat & Drink

I like The Two Sticks restaurant because the serve Japanese food and there's a great interior. What I like most is that the waiters wear funny t-shirts. I also like Coffee House because the food is not expensive but very tasty. They have amazing Belgian waffles!


 Craft

There is network of craft shops in Sait Petersburg and they have virtual tours of their shops on their site.


See Something Special


There is a interesting crossroad called 5 Corners which is formed by crossing 4 streets: Zagorodny prospekt, Raziezjaya street, street of Rubenstein and street of Lomonosov. This crossroad has existed since 1760. The Olympic Games will be held in Sochi in 2014 so you can see the interesting Olympics timer here.



Pick Up A Souvenir

There are lots of great souvenir kiosks which you can only find in the city center.



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Tabby By Tabby




This week Tabby recreates the eccentric colourful style of singer Kate Nash. 

"Kate Nash has changed from the girly-girl of "Foundations" to the badass-feminist of "Sister", so she's not afraid of trying out new things. She can combine cuteness with a rock'n'roll attitude and always glamourous."


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Amy C. By Amy C.


Outfit details:

  • Red cardigan - Target
  • White tank - Old Navy
  • Blue wool skirt - Target
  • Tights - Target brand, DIY (See below)
  • Gray boot socks - DIYed by me
  • Brown boots - DSW

DIY Polka Dot Tights

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How would you describe your style?

Classic casual or casual classic. I like to be comfortable and, with my children and my 'making' lifestyle, I like to wear things that are easily washed. I am not a trendy person so I live in things I can wear year after year.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I love my jeans, my brown boots and slip-on mules, I love cardigans and long sleeve tees. 

Who are your style icons?

I don't know that I cling to a specific icon's style but I do appreciate the style of Blake Lively, Rachel Bilson, Victoria Beckham and, yes, Kate, wife of Prince William.

Do you have any favourite designers?

Haha! No. I don't pay attention enough for that.

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

I really like H&M - good style for nice price. I like Boden, Anthropologie & Gap.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I do sometimes but mostly, I keep things very simple.

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

My only tip is to make sure you dress in a way that is comfortable for you physically and is true to who you are. Owning who and what you are is the most important thing to put on each day.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

None really. I find most of my inspiration from scrolling through Pinterest.


Check out Amy's blog at this heart of mine »



"I live just a short train ride away from Leeds so the best thing about Leeds is the diversity. It’s the best cure for whenever I’m feeling homesick as I grew up in London. I love the diversity in culture styles and shops if I want to buy something a bit retro or keep up with this seasons fashion then you’re sorted." 



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Shop

There are so many big department shops, high street restaurants there are so many shopping centres/malls as Leeds city centre is the place to shop! And yet you’ll still find but there is some quirkiness, lots of buskers and the council has been nice enough to decorate the boards that cover up buildings that are being demolished/renovated.

I like buying my crafting bits n’ bobs from the Leeds Market. The indoor market has lots of textile/arts & craft shops. I really love B&M Fabrics in located in the market hall as they have such a vast selection of fabrics you can choose from. There were these two lovely helpful ladies at The Sewing Basket also located in the market hall that helped pick out some cute buttons for my old dress.

There is an amazing book shop called OK Comics - they mostly sell graphic novels so you can get your fix of manga or marvel but personally I adore my indies.


There is a place called The Corn Exchange, inside you will find the craftiest shops and on Saturday they had some crafty stalls set up where I’m sure you could sell some of your handmade things!
There is a vintage camera shop called WY Cameras located inside in the Corn Exchange that repairs and sells all types of photographic equipment and all kinds of cameras. I have recently had one of my cameras repaired and found they offer competitive prices.


 Be Inspired

It’s great going in some of the arcades like King CharlesQueensCountyCross Central etc. etc. because when you look up its breath taking colourful architecture. 

When I want a bit of inspiration for fashion and styling I do like to visit this funky vintage shop called Blue Rinse located right next to the Corner Exchange. It’s awesome how all these sneakers are hung from ceiling and how snazzy the manikins are dressed.

My favourite place for photography was the Leeds Carnival  which takes place in august. Photographing the unique and one off moment are great so if there is a big and colourful event happening check out the Leeds city council website for dates and times. 

The last museum I went to is the Royal Armouries. It’s amazing on how much there is to know about weapons and shields. My fave part was how the swords in The Hobbit were built.




Eat & Drink

There is a really lovely shop called Out of the world. As a struggling Pescetarian I go there to motivate myself to be more adventurous and healthy. My faves are their selection of fair-trade tea bags. I love what this shop stands for – ethical trading


 Craft


My favourite place to sit and be still on the canal beside the River Aire. You’ll find that Yorkshire has lots of canals and cycling, walking and even horse riding paths to enjoy not too far from town centres but you must remember to move to the side when you hear a bike bell ring and to say hello as everybody is so friendly. Personally I find it difficult to make new friends but I do enjoy talking to the stall holders in the Leeds Market. I talked to just about every shop keeper and stall holder I have mentioned in this article.

I have learnt about the Thought Bubble Festival through picking up business card and flyers they not only jazz up a scrapbook you get to learn about future events. I recently visited the carnival and later on this year I’m hoping to visit “The Leeds Comic Art Festival” this November 17 – 24th. 


See Something Special

There are some quite extraordinary characters and some great street musicians especially on the weekends. There’s a wall of tags with people names and scribbling’s by Swine Gate Road.

Of course there’s the famous Leeds and Reading festival that happens every summer, it was kind funny seeing how much mud all the festival goers left in the train station. I personally haven’t been just yet but it is a future wish that I’ll make so good friends who also share my love and taste in eclectic spine tingling music.


Pick Up A Souvenir

I would recommend checking in at the Leeds Visitor Centre located by the train station. They are so helpful in directions and there a lots of Yorkshire themed souvenirs to pick from, I’d personally recommend some Yorkshire tea.


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Craft Room Tour

Posted November 21st, 2013 10:00


We head all the way to Tokyo, Japan to tour Chie's stylish sewing and craft room.


"My favorite thing about that space was that it had a high ceiling and a lot of sun light. It faced South and had big windows, so it was nice to craft in a naturally well-lit place."





Tell us about your space?
I live in Japan. The pictures of my craft room were taken when I lived in outside of Tokyo. I recently moved to central Tokyo, but since my craft room is still in need of a lot of organization, I am showing you my old space. 

My craft space was located in our master bedroom. The bedroom had a loft, where my husband and I slept. The other part was divided with my husband, so although these pictures don’t show it, the other half of the space was full of free weights, squat rack and all the other smelly sweaty stuff! So we slept, worked out and crafted in one room.The most crafts I do is sewing clothes for my clothing brand, Vivat Veritas. I draft patterns, hang pre-washed fabrics in the balcony of this room, iron and press, cut fabric and sew here. I even take pictures of the products in this room using the dress form and drapes. 

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
The newest addition to the room is my Juki industrial sewing machine, which I bought this January. It came with a solid table and although it is second-hand, it is beautiful and inspiring to me. 

How do you keep organized?
It is hard for me to stay organized. I usually go unorganized for a month, and during sewing something, I get disgusted since I can’t find what I am looking for and start organizing. And I repeat the same in a month. With growing numbers of patterns, fabrics and notions, it is very hard to be on top of organizations! I bought the wall pockets from Ikea and organize some of my notions – all zippers in one pocket, buttons in the other. Since my craft space is small, I try to have my organizational space on my wall by using wall pockets and racks for threads. 

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I really am not good at this, but I’ve found deciding on a place for every tool or notions helped. After using the tools, they need to go back to the places that they belong to avoid clutter. 

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I like to dress up my dress form with my latest creations. 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I carry around a sketch book where I jot down some ideas and sketches of new designs. For some reasons, I find the physical sketch book much more inspiring than the iPhone notepad feature. I am also addicted to Pinterest.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I gather inspirations everywhere, but especially from people watching here in Tokyo. It is so interesting to see how different people dress depending on location. For instance, if you go to Shibuya, you see young people’s trendy fashion. Or go to Ginza or Roppongi for higher-end and delicate fashion. 

I also love traveling and stopping at fabric shops or garment districts whenever I travel. Fabric motivates me. I love to feel and touch the fabric and come up with the best design that is suited for the fabric.

Since I moved to a new place, I browse a lot of interior design blogs and sites now. They are influencing the way I design too. I love eclectic interior designs, where you mix and match different textures, thrifted pieces and expensive art etc. I think the same can be incorporated into fashion design. 

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1. Get rid of my husband’s workout goodies
2. Add more art and books
3.  Make me live in a fabric shop

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Judy By Judy



This week Judy recreates the gothic look of Clary from The Mortal Instruments. 

"Clary may be petite, but she’s quite a headstrong heroine. She looks stunning in black leather paired with her vibrant hair. Dressed in bold Shadowhunter gear, Clary is always prepared for battle, whether she’s fighting for justice or love."

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Gina M. By Gina M.


Outfit details:

  • Hat - DIY (see below)
  • T-Shirt - Torn by Ronny Kobo
  • Jeans - Rag & Bone
  • Shoes - Devi Kroell

DIY Cat Hat

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How would you describe your style?

Eclectic. I love everything from 1950's vintage dress with full skirts to punk style shredded t-shirts

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

A pair of vintage black leather pants

Who are your style icons?

Beyonce always looks fantastic. I also love the way the Olsen twins combine vintage with designer pieces. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

Chloe and Missoni are a few on my favorites. As far as smaller designer go I love Zero + Maria Cornejo and A.L.C.

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

 I love Barneys- their selection is amazing!

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Constantly! I love to sew and I'm always making new things. My favorite things to sew are dresses and handbags. I also frequently alter vintage clothing to fit my style. I find many skirts and dresses with great prints but often the length is odd (mid-calf) so I hem them into minis.

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

Experiment and don't lean too heavily on trends.!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

 I love the Cherry Blossom Girl. She's lovely and her style/photographs are so romantic and whimisical, and who could resist the amazing Parisian backgrounds?

Check out Gina's blog at Gina Michele »


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