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Chloe A. By Chloe A.


Outfit details:

  • Jeans - Cheap Monday
  • Crop Top - Soprano
  • Cardigan - Alice & Olivia
  • Necklace - DIY (see below)

DIY Toy Car Necklace:

Recreate the look with Chloe's Toy Car Necklace tutorial:


How would you describe your style?

It's difficult to describe without just saying "me" and being really vague and obnoxious about it. My style is part comfort and part edge. It's about expressing how I'm feeling for the day. A lot of it is dress up, too. Like one day I'll wake up and want to channel Screech from "Saved by the Bell" or maybe Kelly Kapowski. Another day I'll wake up and want to dress like a flapper, or Rosalind Russel in "His Girl Friday." Sometimes I'll channel Hillary Clinton's pant suits, and another day I'll go glam like Marilyn Monroe. I'm a bit of a chameleon, but it always has a touch of me to it. And it is always comfortable, but still a bit edgy.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

It changes every day and with every outfit. Right now I'm loving a pair of new shorts I got from the Etsy seller BOODWAH. I also have a vintage cloche hat that I picked up at a flea market outside Pere-Lachaise that is so perfect. But neither of those are every day things that I am constantly going back to. They're more statement pieces that if you wear them too much, they get old. Every day staples would be things like a good pencil skirt, simple crop tops, denim cut offs, a leather jacket, and Doc Martens. I couldn't live without those things.

Who are your style icons?

I cannot say that I really have one style icon. I suck in inspiration from all over the place. I think the first time that I really got excited about clothes was when I watched Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in "Top Hat". There's a scene where Ginger is wearing this incredible feathered dress while dancing to "Cheek to Cheek." All of the clothing in those old dance movies inspire me, as well as the actresses. I'm not going to be one of those girls who names Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn as her sole style icon though. It's an accumulation of that entire era of grace and elegance. But I also love '80s & '90s movies for the creative outfits, and period pieces of course. My style icon isn't one person, it's more of an ongoing process.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I like Ralph Lauren. I don't really follow fashion too much, but he's been a designer that I've always loved. (Plus, he sponsors PBS Masterpiece Theatre which I couldn't live without, so I am in debt to him for that alone.)

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Delightfully Tacky, Always Rooney, Le Blog de Betty, and The Freckled Fox are all great blogs with beautiful, thoughtful content.


Grace D By Grace D


"Living in the centre of London, I have everything at my fingertips. A tube journey could take me to an amazing gallery, maybe stumbling upon a pop up shop, passing beautiful architecture on the way. Travelling in the city is different every day." 



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Shop

Cass Art on Essex Road is a short walk from my house, and is perfect for all crafting supplies. I also love raiding through charity shops to find something one off.


Be Inspired

The Saatchi Gallery on Kings Road is my first point of call; a place where contemporary art it displayed in all its glory. It contains work from upcoming artists. As an artist and crafter myself I find it highly informative. I love the Palladian style building; I often sit outside for ages drawing it before I even go in! Kings Road is also a pretty cool place, with lovely shops and places to eat.

I recently went for a meal at the Shard (which was amazing!). The view is beautiful and a perfect opportunity to take photos of the skyline!  


I love to walk my way down the canal, setting out from my house; this journey can take me for miles. Angel to Shoreditch is my favourite route and with my camera, sketchbook and a pencil I can be lost in the winding paths for hours. I love seeing all the graffiti along the canal, the bikes that whizz past you. It’s something you really have to do!


Eat & Drink

This is such a hard question to answer! I love food so much. It’s something that I wake up for in the morning! As a Londoner a good pie ‘n’ mash is something I have to have, always returning to F Cooke in Hoxton… It goes without saying! For pudding you are likely to see me in the Hummingbird bakery in Angel getting a red velvet cupcake… Yummy!


 Craft


I love Primrose Hill for crafting. On a summer’s day, a walk to the top of the hill can spark hundreds of creative ideas, from trees, birds, and people enjoying picnics. The view from the top is always beautiful. There is also a plaque which tells you all the names of the buildings in the London skyline which is interesting. I love to sketch the scene.

As an avid screen printer, ‘The Print Club London’ in Dalston is an awesome place, holding workshops regularly. Once completing a workshop, you become a member which I think is pretty cool. 


Hoxton on a Saturday morning is a picture-perfect place to enjoy a coffee walking down the market and to meet new crafty friends. Containing brick a brick stands, which is perfect to pick up a bargain, to people selling fabric and awesome buttons. It’s a pretty interesting and diverse place, somewhere probably overlooked. All the people there are friendly, down to earth and like-minded; seeking beauty and friendship within the hustle and bustle of the city. 


See Something Special

You have to go on the Emirates Airline which allows you to cross over the Thames from Greenwich in a cable car. It’s much nicer than getting a stuffy underground train and a brilliant photo opportunity. Be warned… not for people with acrophobia!


Pick Up A Souvenir

An ‘I love London’ t-shirt!! 


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Craft Room Tour

Posted April 24th, 2014 10:00

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We head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to tour Jordan's cozy craft area in her dorm.


"My favorite thing about the space is the blank wall above my desk on which I paste photos and other odds and ends that inspire me!"




Tell us about your space?
My craft area occupies a small corner of my dorm room. So not only is this space for crafting, but it's also where I sleep, study, and get ready in the morning! The total dimensions of my room are about 12ft  x 12ft, so my craft space is just a small portion of that. I work on things for my blog here and do my schoolwork, as well as use it for crafting. I mostly do paper crafting and jewelry making in my craft space. Since my space is so small, I take big projects into my living room to work on (but I don't do this too often since I have to share it with my roommates).

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Since my dorm room is where I spend a huge amount of my time, I really worked on decorating it to make it as inspiring and inviting as possible! I hung up string lights around the room and put a lamp on my desk so I don't have to use the fluorescent ceiling light. I use the wall above my desk as an inspiration wall and post pictures or stickers or magazine cut-outs that inspire me. My other walls have various decorations, like vintage hankies, a world map, and a dream catcher. My windowsill is lined with knick-knacks that make me happy to look at!

How do you keep organized?
Since I have such a small space, organization is very important! I keep all my craft supplies in drawers and boxes. I also have a small metal cart beside my desk that I keep crafting essentials in- like pencils and pens, scissors, glue, and various art tools.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I think photo boxes are perfect for storing craft supplies because they look lovely stacked on display while keeping all your materials organized! Recycled glass jars are also great for storing craft materials. I have several around my room that I use to hold my washi tape, sequins, and paper scraps.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
My favorite possessions are the pieces of artwork that my younger sister created for me. She knows how much I love cats, so she gave me several drawings and a handmade kitty figurine that I adore! I don't have many of my own creations on display, but I did make a few decorations for my walls, like a dream catcher, a few drawings, and a some strands of paper garland.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I keep a sketchbook to write down or sketch any ideas I have for projects! If I come across inspiring ideas online, I bookmark them on pinterest.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration! Also, I love looking through Japanese craft books for new project ideas.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
My first wish would be to have a bigger craft space (ideally, a entirely separate room!). Second, to have all my materials perfectly organized so I never waste time searching for something that I can't find. Third, to always have lots of natural sunlight filtering in my room (perfect for crafting and photographing!).


imbeingerica By imbeingerica


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This week Erica from Being Erica recreates the look of Glee star Rachel Berry: 

"Having been a massive child-fan of the musical-movie, it is probably no secret - nor am I ashamed to admit, that I am a Gleek. the way they break out in to song in the hallways, relate every minute drama into a hit song, and of course - the costume changes, what's not to love really? The best thing - besides the amazing tunes, has got to be the character costumes, and there isn't someone's style that I've loved to watch change more than Miss Rachel Berry. From a prim-and-proper goody-two-shoes through high school into a sassy New Yorker in a mere few years, her style has evolved more than it has changed; she's always been a fan of the novelty print and the comfortable shoe, but always with a touch of Broadway Glamour. Her hem-height might be getting shorter as quickly as her heel height is getting taller, but there's something to be said of a girl who can pull off a plaid skirt with knee socks in one scene, to glitter-heeled pumps and vintage LBD in the next."


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A bite to eat

79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland • Visit http://www.pandaandsons.com/


We're getting a little tipsy this week as we learn to mix cocktails the team behind Edinburgh's quirky and stylish bar Panda & Sons.




How did Panda & Sons get started?
Panda & Sons first opened up shop mid November after a lengthy and thorough refurbishment for 4 months prior.


Where are you located?
We can be found at 79 Queen Street which is at the very West End and a short skip from George street.

What are your specialities?
Our specialities is drinks. All of us Pandas are very passionate about Cocktails, Old World and New World wines and craft beers.


What's your personal favourite thing on the menu?

My personal favourite thing on the menu is our cocktail called the Emperors New Clothes which has Ron Zacapa Rum, Honey, Peppermint tea, Plum Sake, Fresh lemon juice and Bob's Abbotts bitters. It sells like hot cakes!

What's on the stereo?
We like to say our ipod is very 80's influenced. We have Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac bellowing out at the moment.


Where else should we visit in your area?
We like to coin Queen St/Thistle Street as the Capital Cocktail Stretch. Start off at Panda & Sons then head down Queen Street to Lucky Liquor followed by popping up to Thistle street to see our friends at Bon Vivant then finishing back on Queen Street at Bramble. If you still have a bit of steam in the engines head down to Stockbridge and visit The Last Word Saloon.

Do you host any special events?
Watch this space but we are planning a fortnightly event on Thursdays in a few months time hopefully. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for more info.


Anything else you'd like us to know?
We are run by a family of Pandas who are Barbers by day and Drinks aficionados by night. Panda who is the leader of the pack is slightly concerned that Prohibition will be hitting Scotland soon so has made the bar 100% Prohibition ready. You will see what we mean if you can find us...

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Marlen K. By Marlen K.


Outfit details:

  • Beret - Nemres
  • Dress - Whhttt Vintage 
  • Collar - Whhttt Vintage & DIY (see below)
  • Coat - thrifted ($5 haaay!)

DIY Bow Collar

Recreate the look with Marlen's Add A Ribbon To It tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

It's vintage chic with a touch of modern! Before I used to aspire to look slightly Lucille Ball-esque, but now I feel my style changing towards "60's college kid chic". Very specific, huh? Haha!

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My denim pinafore! It literally goes with *everything* and is so comfy.

Who are your style icons?

Doris Day and Erin from the blog Calivintage I'd ransack her closet in a heartbeat.

Do you have any favourite designers?

Hmm since I usually shop vintage I don't really pay much attention to designers, but I have always admired the dreamy creations of Jason Wu.

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

I usually go thrifting, but every once in a while I want something shiny and new. When I get that urge I go straight for Topshop and Urban Outfitters. My wallet always takes such a beating in those stores- especially when flatforms and hats are in stock.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I usually hem all my vintage dresses. I like a longer length in general, but sometimes the dress silhouettes looks too dowdy if I don't snip it above the knee!

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

LAYER! I layer all year long because it instantly makes an outfit more interesting. Put turtlenecks underneath dresses, put a strapless dress over a chambray shirt, slip on some colored socks with your tights, pair a crop top with a high waisted skirt. I think dressing up is meant to be creative, so poke a toe outside of your comfort zone!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I have a ton I scour daily, but I'm always excited to see a post from CalivintageNatalie Off Duty and Color Me Nana


Helga D. By Helga D.


"Budapest is the biggest city of Hungary but not that large than other european capitals. 2.000.000 people live here, 1/5 of the whole population of Hungary. I love living here because I was born here and I think the life is very vivid here. There's a lot of museums and monuments, the evidences of history. But you can also do many sports and activities." 



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Shop

My favourite place to buy craft supplies is a little shop near my home. I live in the south-east side of Budapest, in Kispest, and there's a market named Kossuth tÈri piac. On this market is a little shop named Szˆszke Textil owned by a kind lady and her daughter. They sell everything you need for knitting-crocheting and jewelry making. There's also a bigger company, named Kreativ Hobby. They have many shops around Budapest.

I also like the Allee shopping center in the south-west side of Budapest. There are two craft shops and the place is very warm and friendly. 

There are many fairs and sales in Petofi Csarnok (PeCsa is the common name). You can sell your stuff and can change collectibles with others. Gozsdu udvar is also a famous place for crafty people. There's a fair on every weekend.


Be Inspired

When I need some inspiration I often go to museums. I can't be bored of Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum which is the middle of the city in a classic style building. If you better like contemporary art you should visit Ludwig muzeum. But above of all my favourite place is Hosˆk tere. There's a wonderful group of statues which represents the Hungarian history. I think this is the beautiest place in this city. On the one side of the squere is SzÈpmuvÈszeti muzeum, and on the other side is Mucsarnok, another nice museum.

Also a lovely place is Buda Castle on the west side of the river Danube. You can smell a bit of feudalism here. I always daydream about kings and princesses when I walk here. Fisherman's Bastion is a beautiful place here. You can see almost the whole city from here. In Buda Castle there are many great spot for taking photos of the wonderful panorama of Budapest.


Eat & Drink

The best place I know here is KˆKi-terminal. It's a huge mall and a center for traffic. You can come here on bus, subway or tram and it is a train station too. When you come to visit Hungary, your airplane will arrive on Liszt Ferenc airport. You can get the bus or the train here and it takes you right to the KˆKi-terminal.  Here is a Libri bookstore, the place of magic! In the front side there's a Cafe Frei coffe shop and in the back side there's a Kreativ Hobby craft shop. Wonderful, isn't it? :) On the roof of the mall is a huge garden and running place, in the winters also an ice-rink. You can sit and craft here or just enjoy the place.


 Craft

If you better like chilling in the greens, we have big parks for you to relax and craft. Both Népliget and V·rosliget are calm and beautiful places. You can just sit and knit here on a bench, or bicycling, skateboarding, running etc.


Here in Budapest is also a nice place to sit and craft: Kopaszi-g·t. In the summer you can come here sunbathing or sitting on a bench and crochet. There's a lot of clubs and restaurants here.

See Something Special

The HajÛgy·ri sziget is the home of Budapest greatest youth festival, the Sziget Fesztiv·l. In every year more and more people visit here and enjoy the rainbow of music. Last year there were almost 500.000. visitors from all around the world. But you don't have to wait for the summer if you want to party. There are a lot of quirky little pubs like SzÛda or T¸ndÈrkert and classy clubs like Romkert. There's even a club-boat on river Danube its name is A38.


Pick Up A Souvenir

If you want to give a bit taste of Hungary for your beloved ones, take home some paprika as a gift. Here in Hungary this seasoning is very popular. Doesn't need to be hot :) Did you know that the paprika is best here because we have enough sunshine to grow it nice but we don't get that much damp to make it rot (and develop that toxine-thingy). So if you want something good, you should try it and also take it to your friends.

I'm pretty sure if you decide to visit us you never will be bored! <3


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Craft Room Tour

Posted April 17th, 2014 10:00

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We go behind the scenes at The Card Grotto to tour Michelle's motivating craft room.


"I love that my space is bright, tidy and organised. It keeps me motivated."




Tell us about your space?
I live just on the outskirts of London, England.  My craft room, which also doubles up as my study/office, is located in a spare bedroom of my house. This is the room I spend most of my time in. If I am not creating with stamps and dies, I will be surfing the net for inspiration or doing work for my Master’s Degree. I do everything in my room. I make cards; I photograph them and upload them to my blog all from my desks. I also film my You Tube videos here as well.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
My room is not beautiful in the conventional sense, however for me beauty comes in so many forms. I love the beauty of being organised and this inspires me every day. I love seeing products in colour order too!

How do you keep organized?
My room is a fairly small room so I have to think about how I use it and what works for me with my creative process; what items do I need to get to within arm’s reach or what supplies I can have further away from me. I know that there are certain items that I like to keep on display so that I use them more often but I also do not like to keep too much on display as I feel that for me, it looks less tidy. As I use the room as a study as well, I need to keep it tidy so that I am inspired to work and study as well as craft.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I make sure that everything has its own place. If it doesn’t then the space will become messy. I like to label my supplies; although I know where all my supplies are, I think it adds to the neatness and feeling of being organised. I also like to try and tidy up after I create, or better still tidy up as I am going along. I like to look to the kitchen department for organising supplies. Kitchen drawer organisers are great for your craft supplies.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
In terms of my craft supplies, my favourite possession would be my Copic Markers. They have been one of my biggest investments in terms of cost but have been so worth it. I love using them and also I love the way they look on my desk too. I don’t have any of my creations in my room after making them but if I have received a card from fellow card makers, these are always displayed in my craft room for a few months before being put away for safe keeping.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I use Pinterest a lot for keeping track of card design ideas, colour combinations, sketch ideas etc. but I also have a notebook that I keep on my desk with ideas in too. When I have an idea I try my best to implement it into a card as soon as possible so I remember it!

Where do you look for inspiration?
As well as Pinterest, there are so many amazing designers out there. I love browsing blogs and websites to gain inspiration. It may just be a colour combination that I like or a design element that strikes me.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
1.      For it to be bigger – I am sure most people say that but I would just like a bit more work/desk space and also more room to organise to my heart’s content!
2.      To have a dedicated space for photographing my cards
3.      To have a dedicated space for using my die cutting machine


aneniine By aneniine




This week aneniine recreates the look of Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas in the Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows: 

"Barnabas Collins has a rather unique style for anyone who lives in 1972, if we forget the fact that he is actually a vampire from 18th century! Shirts with ruffled cuffs, dark and rather old-fashioned cape, white, pale face and a huge medallion with a red, red ruby in it - all the best things fit for a 200 year old man. But still, Johnny Depp looks great in this role - even with all the heavy make-up, and his fans can be proud that he brought back the look of a classic vampire."


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New Dress A Day By New Dress A Day


Outfit details:

  • Jumpsuit/dress - Vintage
  • Sunglasses - Brooks Brothers
  • Shoes - BCBG
  • Bag - Vintage
  • Necklace - a jumbled mix of my mom's wedding band, a locket I got for myself years ago in NYC, and a wee St. Christopher charm I got when I was born from my godparents. I guess it's vintage :)

DIY Jumpsuit Dress:

Recreate the look with Marisa's Jumpsuit Dress tutorial:



How would you describe your style?

My personal style is a modern bohemian mix of flowy dresses and whimsical bows, sparkles, and head scarves.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Ooh, I think that would be one of my first vintage scores that I found when I was in college here in Los Angeles.  It's a black halter dress with a crocheted circle panel in the center that I dressed up as Morticia Addams in.  It's 70s and so rad - totally perfect for a costume party or a black tie affair, depending on whether you pair skates or a dangling Lulu Frost sparkler around the neck. 

Who are your style icons?

From the past, I love 70s Ali MacGraw, Marisa Berenson, Jane Birkin, and Catherine Deneuve and my current celebrity style crushes include Zooey Deschanel, Zoe Saldana, Florence Welch, Olivia Wilde, and Kate Hudson, I get absorbed watching movies on Turner Classics and will take screenshots of outfits that I see on Lana Turner, Doris Day, or Lauren Hutton... Yep, I'm the weirdo taking inspirations photos on her TV.

Do you have any favourite designers?

Ooh, I could watch runway shows all day long. Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Jenni Kayne, Kate Spade, and Stella McCartney all have a special place in my heart.  I love online shopping and can spend hours on TopShop, and ASOS looking at everything. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

I spend lots of time flea marketing and shopping at vintage stores for secondhand pieces in Los Angeles, so my fave stops are the Melrose Trading Post, Wasteland, and Goodwill, but you can find me perusing the racks at TJ Maxx, Target, or Marshalls on the regular. Love designer pieces on a budget! 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yes! I make most of the pieces that I feature on my blog, but love pairing vintage with current pieces.  A fun and on trend top from H&M paired with a vintage high waisted skirt, a fabulous and bold Tatty Devine necklace, a pair of ASOS ankle boots, and a vintage clutch makes for a chic ensemble! 

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

I love wearing the same pieces over and over again in different ways, so one of my biggest tips for mixing it up/personalizing is on the styling front.  Add a skirt on top of a dress to give it a two-piece look or toss a knit vest and skinny belt on top of a blouse to make it office chic.  Also, to infuse a little DIY into your wardrobe, put a pin back onto a patch for an insta-pin or take a vintage brooch and clasp it to a chain to create a statement necklace. There are so many fun ways to reinvent the wardrobe.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love Man Repeller, Atlantic-Pacific, Fashion Toast, Stripes & Sequins, Love Maegan, Penny Chic, Sea of Shoes...the list goes on and on.


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