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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?

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Tabby By Tabby


"he 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!" 



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Shop

The top place for buy craft material is definitely Rua 25 de Março! That's a big street with lots of stores where you can find everything: from yarn and needles to scrapbook tools, from paint and fabric to party decor, EVERYTHING! With a bit of patience you can find amazing things there and not only craft suplies but also jewelery, clothes, party costumes, etc. In Liberdade you'll find great japanese craft magazines and books with tutorials and patterns.

São Paulo has permanent craft markets all around the city and also special craft events along the year. Make sure to visit the Liberdade craft fair and the vintage market on MASP, both open on Sundays. At Praça Benedito Calixto you find handmade clothes/acessories and also vintage/second hand stuff.


Be Inspired

I feel very inspired by art, so the old downtown of São Paulo is where you'll find amazing buildings with a lot of history, museums, art galleries and teathers, like Teatro Municipal. If you also feel inspired by art our famous modern art museum, MASP, is a place to be seen and the Pinacoteca do Estado is also a great art gallery you might want to visit.


Eat & Drink

Near Rua 25 de Março you have the lovely Café Girondino and Mercado Municipal, that is a huge market with a lot of options to eat, if you go there you have to try our famous sandwiches and codfish pastry. If you love japanese food we have Liberdade with a lot of options to eat.


 Craft

To sit under a tree on Parque do Ibirapuera, relax and make your crafts is one the things you have to do in São Paulo or you can go to Centro Cultural de São Paulo, which has a lovely roof garden. That one is my favourite place to knit!


See Something Special


Avenida Paulista and Rua Augusta are the places to hang out at night and see the bohemian side of the city. The city looks great at night so you might want to take a picture on Avenida Paulista, maybe crossing the street like The Beatles on Abbey Road!


Pick Up A Souvenir

At every craft fair or store you'll find some Brazilian souvenir or gift to buy. On Avenida Paulista you might get some postcards and prints of São Paulo, for example. Make sure to check the city website to find some more information.


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Craft Room Tour

Posted November 14th, 2013 10:00


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.  


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KozmicBlues By KozmicBlues




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."

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Isaura By Isaura


"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." 



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Shop

Honestly, there aren’t very many stores that sell only craft supplies, but if you look around, there are things which you can make something out of everywhere. You just have to keep your eyes open and use your imagination. But if you’re looking for a store that sells specific craft supplies, there are only two I could recommend; first of all De Banier. It’s a relatively big store, and they sell a wide range of different craft supplies. The address is Katelijnestraat 67, definitely worth visiting!

And there’s also this printing house called De Schacht (also in the Katelijnesraat; house number 49) where they have a lot of materials and tools for the drawers and painters amongst us. Both shops even give workshops every now and then.

In Bruges I found quite a few places where they sell handmade chocolate and marzipan rolls, and some stores where they even have handmade jewelry. Sometimes, when the weather is nice, a few artists sell their drawings, paintings and/or other works along the streets. Sometimes they really sell wonderful things, as you can see on the pictures I took. 

We also found a tiny shop –it’s called  "‘t Apostelientje" where they sell handmade shoes: you can choose the leather, colors and materials yourself; it’s wonderful and they absolutely look amazing!! (I think I’ll get myself a pair of those ;) ) You should definitely visit their shop (Balstraat 11) or their website ;). They’re specialized in lace, and the majority of the items they sell is handmade. Definitely worth seeing, I’d say.


Be Inspired

If you look around, there’s inspiration to find in a lot of places. I even think it depends in the first place more on your own mindset than the places you visit, but of course it can be helpful to look around at some lovely places . Almost everywhere in the center of Bruges you’re surrounded by wonderful architecture, typical houses, small streets.

The Beguinage and the Minnewater are both places worth visiting as well. You should definitely take photos of the Minnewater, the Concert Building and the Market Square with its Belfry.

Or maybe you could find inspiration while watching a gig, a play or musical at the Concert Hall, which is the reddish building well known for its unique architecture. 


Eat & Drink

There are really lots of restaurants, and I haven’t tried most of them to be honest. But there are two food related places you really should visit if you have the chance: the first one is a bakery/tearoom called St. Salvator (Zuidzandstraat 10). They don’t always have it, but their frangipane pie is delicious! ;) 

And then there’s Confiserie Zucchero (Mariastaat 18), which is NOT just a regular candy shop. They make the candy they sell by hand, and as you go in the store you can even see how the it is made! How cool is that?! (Watch the pictures!) There’s even the possibility to order personalized candy for births, weddings and other occasions. 



 Craft

To be honest, I myself always craft at home. But I’d definitely recommend the Astridpark because I think it’s a wonderful place to sit down for a while. You’re surrounded by green, there’s a fountain and a kiosk… It’s a bit fairylike, and that’s why I like to stroll around there.


If you want to make crafty friends, I’d say: just hang around in stores where they sell craft supplies, haha ;) But crafty people can be anywhere really, maybe you’ll find them in alternative little stores as well, like thrift stores or record stores… I’m actually not really sure. Unfortunately there are no craft clubs. Or at least, none that I’m aware of. 


See Something Special

One of my absolute favourite stores is Think Twice (Sint Jacobsstraat 21). It’s a lovely secondhand store where they only sell real vintage clothing from the ‘60s, ’70s, ’80s and ‘90s. Their prices are very affordable, and every six weeks there are sales to make room for another collection. And the great thing is: the two last days before a new collection arrives, EVERYTHING in the store costs only €1!! Gotta love this shop! ;)


There are also two Kerstfeeerie stores of the German brand Käthe Wohlfahrt settled in Bruges (Walplein 12 and Breidelstraat 4). In these shops you’re surrounded by handcrafted Christmas decorations all year long.

De Witte Pelikaan (Vlamingstraat 23) is another great store for Christmas and Easter decorations. I obviously love Christmas ;).

Pick Up A Souvenir

If you want to go for something typical: head to one of the many souvenir shops in town. Or treat yourself a waffle with whipped cream and powder sugar, and take some delicious Belgian chocolates and beer home with you. But in the end, even a postcard from all the places you’ve been (including Bruges) is always nice as well ;).



Special thanks:
I wouldn't have been able to write this without the wonderful Mieke Vandierdonck, who lives in Bruges and showed me a lot of places I hadn't seen before. Thank you, my dear friend.


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Hello Sweet Taco By Hello Sweet Taco




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."

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Craft Room Tour

Posted November 7th, 2013 10:00


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.


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Craft Room Tour

Posted September 5th, 2013 10:00

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.


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pupa c. By pupa c.


Outfit details:

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

DIY Easy Poofy Dress

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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.


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