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This week aneniine play's celebrity stylist to DIY The Look of Scottish singer, Nina Nesbitt.

Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish singer-songwriter and her popularity is rising just now. As to her style, I like that she combines casual, vintage and girly things all together, without looking messy. Also, I love her puffy hair and make-up. :)

Outfit details:
  • Top - Gap 
  • Skirt - Thrifted 
  • Tights - H&M 
  • Shoes - Rocketdog 
  • Sweater - Modcloth 
  • Brooches - DIY (see below)

DIY Fashionista Brooches

Recreate the look with Midge's Fashionista Brooches tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

Quirky and retro and lotes of cat eye glasses, and very thrifty. Second hand chic.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

A silk dress that has a pattern of different cute dogs on it. From far away it looks like flowers, but once you get up close to it you notice adorable portraits of boston terriers and chiwawas.

Who are your style icons?

Enid Coleslaw from Ghost World, Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks. Lots of fictional characters. Carrie Brownstein, too, who is a real person. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

Betsey Johnson!

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

Thrift stores, with out a doubt. You can find ANYTHING in those places.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I don't make any of my clothes, but I do love to customize them with different pins and brooches. Things that are easy to add on.

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

Mix and experiment with different colors and patterns, you'll be surprised what kind of un expected combinations you come up with and swoon over!

Check out Midge's blog at Modern Girl Blitz »

Honolulu, Hawaii •

A’loha from Hawai’i! When traveling to this beautiful island don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, a good book and a project you’ve been meaning to get done (crocheting on the long flight sure makes time fly).

This week we get to take a tour of Violet from Blythe Ponytail Parade's charming doll-filled office in Indianapolis.

"I love how light the room is. I have pondered painting the walls for 2 years now and I don't think I ever will. I actually like the white walls with the white furniture. I have so many colorful toys and decor that adding color to the walls might make it too busy."

My office is on the second floor of my home. It's one of the bedrooms that wasn't being used :) I love it because it has a nice big window that brings in tons of sunlight during the day. It's not very big, it's a standard bedroom size, but it holds everything I need it to! When I'm being bad, it's my "junk" room. I am trying to keep it in better order these days though. My husband would never want to work in there. It's far too girly ;)

Is this also your work space?
Yep, I do crafting in the room and any other small projects. I will be taking my iMac up there soon so that editing photos/blogging will be done in there too. Blythe customization is the main craft I do in the room mostly. My desk is pretty much set up with all my sandpaper, screwdrivers, eye chips, glue, etc. that I need to work on my Blythe dolls. I want to customize them more often. I rarely get to it these days!

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
Adding beautiful, but childish things that I love...like Kewpies, colorful garlands, dolls, stuffed animals, stickers, frames and photos. It's definitely a fun room and really relaxes me.

How do you keep organized?
I'm MESSY. VERY MESSY. My works in progress....honestly just get scattered around the house :P No advice there. All my fabrics, glues, paints, etc. are stored in bins that slide into my expedit shelf. I also keep some of my blythe customizing things in my desk cubicles. I'd say I have a lot of everything. I came from a VERY crafty/artist home so there are always an abundance of art supplies here.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Those storage cubes that slide into my expedit (can be seen in the pics) are seriously amazing. They hide and organize. I'd say, invest in good storage bins or shelves!

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
Hmm, my dollies are my favorite items in the room. They seriously make the room what it is. I just love their eyes and their outfits and everything about them. I am quite obsessed. But if I was naming a craft supply, my glitter stash is quite important. Excluding my dollies (some of which are custom by me), I have a few of my own creations. I have a lot of other people's crafts on display in that room actually! My mom made the colorful garland that wraps around the ceiling. I have drawings and paintings by friends....I love handmade things! 

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
My computer. I actually email myself links/ideas/images and then store them in folders so I can find them all again easily. I use pinterest a little bit too! 

Where do you look for inspiration?
I google things. I come up with an idea and then I see if anyone else has done anything similar. That's my go to way. If I am just searching for something to do with no real idea in mind, I venture onto pinterest. 

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
More dollies, a chandelier hanging in the middle of the room (though I might hit my head on it :P :P :P), and hardwood floors. :)

Check out Violet's blog at Blythe Ponytail Parades to see more of her and her lovely dolls »

DIY The Look is back with a bang and we're asking you to play celebrity stylist by putting together looks for your favourite stars! This week Annika recreates the style of musician, Kreayshawn:

Kreayshawn has that original mix of hipster and cartoon, that makes everyone just go 'wow', and just stand there, figuring out all the little components of that amazing outfit.

Outfit details:

  • Wavy Hair - DIY (See below)
  • Shirt - By Epique Moi, purchased at S.Y.L.K 
  • Jeans - By Hudson (Krista Super Skinny)
  • Shoes - Christian Louboutian
  • Bracelet - Urban Outfitters

DIY Sexy Wavy Hair

Recreate the look with Sherri's Sexy Wavy Hair tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

My style tends to be on the casual side though I love throwing in some effortless chic touches. Think V neck tee shirt, skinny jeans, and a pair of Louboutin pumps ;) 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I recently bought a James Perse long sleeved blue shirt. It's pretty casual, but can easily be dressed up. It is the softest and coziest shirt I own. Worth the hefty price tag.

Who are your style icons?

Love Rachel Bilson and pretty much always admire her style. I'm also often inspired by wardrobe and styles from the 70's. Love me some Farrah Fawcett. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

No designer in particular. I love buying bits and pieces from all over and generally don't care about the name on the tag.

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

I find THE BEST stuff at Urban Outfitters. People are always shocked when I tell them that, but my eyes see random pieces when shopping there and you can create really fun and unique outfits there. They also have great accessories for an affordable price too.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I wish I was talented enough to make my clothes! The closest I get to customizing is wearing pieces that shouldn't be worn together, but somehow making them work. Sometimes a hat, belt, or a pair of shoes can really transform a potentially not cute outfit.

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

For starters, you need to bring your confidence to the table when personalizing an outfit. People get timid and too afraid to try something different, and then admire the others who dared to do it! Almost every time I wear colored skinny jeans or funky hats someone tells me they wish they could "pull that off". I believe anyone can rock this stuff, you just have to do it!

Follow Sherri on CO+K to keep up with her projects and check out her website, Sherri Does Hot Hair »

Helsinki, Finland •

The best things here are to me: the sea, the parks, all the different districts with their own characteristics, being able to cycle around in the summer and all the non-commercial "happenings", like Restaurant Day!

We're off to sunny San Diego in California today to take a tour of Debee's colourful studio. We love her sleek white furniture matched against pops of bright color from her supplies!

"My favorite thing about my studio is how bright it gets. The contrast between the white walls + furniture + floors really brightens up the colorful supplies and hobby items I love. It really is my little corner of the world that makes me happy. :)"

My craft space is one of our 3 bedrooms and is located in the sunniest corner of our home. The studio measures approx 10ft x 10 ft. kind of small but I'm very happy to have a wee space to ponder in :) My space is also home to my online shop Inspire Lovely on etsy.

Is this also your work space?
My studio space is my primary office "work" space but the rest of our home is fair game. I crochet, scrapbooking/paper art and graphic design in the space. A little bit of designing on the computer at the desk, some crochet in front of the telly and lots of paper punching spread around the kitchen table. A beautiful mess everywhere :)

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I have surrounded myself with several things i really love: my collections of ribbons, yarns, and thrifted finds. They all bring so much beauty and life into my "work" space. I love looking around at things that inspire me while I create. It makes it fun to get creative and not think of it so much like "work".

How do you keep organized?
I would love to say that I am super organized but I'm not. I have so much stuff I constantly have to clear the mess off my desk and start over. It often happens when i start one computer design project, then start another scrapbook project and have a crochet project I'm itching to start all at the same time. I keep most of my pending projects in specific bins that i like to move around with me either on the go or to another room to be with the family. My husband always refers to me as a gyspy hauling all my stuff around with me hehee. I like to be prepared for some crafty time. I do have a big supply stash and most of it is stored away in storage.I have a large bin for each color of the rainbow.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I keep my large bin supply sorted by color then by kind ( all buttons together in a bag, all ribbons together etc) in clear plastic bins. It's become so much easier for me to find things and create new things for my shop this way.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I love my old sewing machine Nena. She's not top of the line, but she's pretty awesome. I love adding crazy sewing lines to my art projects and she always delivers. I also love my oversized typewriter I got for free a while ago. I love that it types scattered and funky. Kind of like me :)

I do make things and live with them for a while, then sometimes I like to give them away to family & friends or end up in my shop shelves for all my lovely etsy customers to love.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I find that it helps to just do what you love. I will keep a virtual sketchbook ( folder ) on my desktop and add photos i've taken on my phone from shopping adventures. Most times as my tastes change i go back and delete photos.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I love color inspirations from the yarn aisle, the paper store, gazing into store front windows etc. Everyday beauty is what I'm looking for.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream craft space?
I'd love to wish for 1) a WHOLE wall just for yarn from top to bottom
2) A larger seating area with a huge rug and comfy couch to sit and create
3) gustav klimt's "The Kiss" hanging on my wall :) It's so beautiful and oh so inspiring!

Outfit details:

  • Cardigan, hat and shoes - Charity shop
  • Top - c/o Clothing At Tesco
  • Jeans - New Look
  • Necklace - Primark

DIY Spike Studded Shoes

Recreate the look with Laura's Spike Studded Shoes & Heart Patches tutorials:

How would you describe your style?

I'm like an Andy Warhol painting when it comes to clothing, you may see familiar things but in a different way it's bold and punchy. I like to keep my style playful, I don't like to take it to seriously, life is to short not to have fun with fashion. I love colour, so if it's bright and patterned it's going in my wardrobe.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

A charity shop granny style cardigan, it's a massive chunky knit and multi coloured. It's so stupidly crazy and bold, but fabulous pieces it makes me feel like if I can make this work I can rock anything.

Who are your style icons?

There are so many, I love looking at photos of my mum in the 70's she had such great style back than. I admire so many people from mainly the music scene, No doubt (back in the 90's) Gwen's hairstyles were so cool and I love her ever changing clothing style. I adore Bjork, she's wears what she wants and I adore that. I also love Karen O from Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs again she has this bold, raw style. Grace Coddington is a fashion legend, she's so talented when it comes to fashion styling and was the reason I use to buy Vogue growing up! Cher in Clueless, I remember when it first came out and thinking that I needed knee high socks as soon as I finished watching it.

I'll stop there as I adore so many in fashion, music, TV and film.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I adore Christopher Kane, his first ever collection back in 2006 with the bandage dresses is still one of my all time favourites. His collections are alway playful and very creative. For classic it has to be Jean Paul Gaultier from his divine corsets, to making the breton top cool. His one of the greats and the costumes he made for the film 'Fifth Element' in 1997 are still to this day beyond cool.

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

I am a high street girl, so for me H&M, Primark, River Island and New Look. I also love ASOS for online shopping, but to be honest I'll shop everywhere. I think it's good to keep an open mind, I love vintage shops like beyond retro and also charity shops to mix it up a little.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I have two young boys, so when I get time I do. Before the kids I would always be doing something creative to my clothing, this year I plan on working on more projects as it's fun and de-stressing.

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

You can wear things you have in a different way, I'm always wearing long skirts as dresses in summer by pulling them up and belting at the waist. Or adding a heap of brooches you have to a beanie hat for the new 90's trend. If you have old clothing that needs a new lease of life, go on You Tube or craft sites like this one and get inspired. Turn jeans into denim shorts, use a cool fabric and sew it down to one side of the shorts and why not add some studs (I stud everything). Easy, cheap and upcycling things you already have in the house. Plus when people ask 'where did you get that?' it's a great feeling to know you have made out of things some people would just throw.

Follow Laura on CO+K to keep up with her projects and check out her blog, That's So Yesterday »

Cardiff, Wales •

The best thing about living in Cardiff is that there are so many different areas within the city and they all have their own character. It’s almost like living in more than one place!

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