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Jewelry This Summer

Via Anthropologie 

When it comes to summer jewelry, my choices are really simple yet rich in design and texture. I generally stick to bohemian jewelry which means heavily ornamented metal jewelry with lots of beads, tassels and findings. I, do however like to know what's trendy and sometimes step out of my boho kingdom and see what I can include and transform to blend into my style.

Via Heart to Heart

 

Via The Zhush

The trends set out by the fashion editors suggest that the flora and fauna motifs continue to be popular this summer as well as thin layered necklaces, but the offer is enriched with massive accessories like huge beads and massive necklaces, jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones and what has tickled my fancy - ethnic motifs.

 

 Via Artfully Your Creations

 

Quite a varied and eclectic offer to suit everyone's style.

Here's my jewelry selection from our designers:

 

Art Fantasy Jewelry

 

 Tammy Art

Peekaboo

Beach Picnic Ideas

 

Via the College Housewife

 

Summers spent at the beach have a rejuvenating effect both on the body and the soul. The sun, the sea, the sand are all ingredients you mix to get a heavenly nourishing cocktail.

 

To make that even better is organizing a beach picnic.

Creating the setting, or the sitting if you like it, a simple but big beach towel will suffice with or without lots of pillows.

 

Via RuffledBlog.com

 

To make it a bit formal a wooden pallet or a piece of wooden plank or a wood board can come in handy.

 

Via Pinterest

 

Food as well as drinks for the beach picnic should be light and refreshing. Think of seasonal salads, lots of fruit and some snacks.

Via The College Housewife

 

Via Pinterest

 

To roundup a beach picnic, make a camp fire  and chat the night away with some crackers and an easy wine spritz or sweeten it with a roasted marshmallow.

 

 Via Carla Aaston

 

Via The Blond Abroad

Popular Swimsuits This Summer

 

Summer is in full swing and spending time near a body of water is everything we need to cool off.

Which brings us to swimsuits. This summer there is an eclectic offer. It encompasses a wide variety of different models for every body type.  

The trend that started last year is still reigning on: vintage inspired high waisted swimsuits adding up this year's fashion trend - the dots. Florals are also very popular, especially tropical flowers and leaves. Fashion editors also suggest monokinis - off shoulder suits and ruffled ones. 

 

 

 

Puzzle Necklaces by Peekaboo
 
 
 
 
 
I couldn't help but thought that this is one extraordinary idea when I saw Peekaboo's puzzle necklaces.
 
I asked her about the inspiration and idea behind these and this is what she said:
 
The internet has been an everlasting inspiration for everything - including my new jewelry pieces that come with their own case - puzzles. It resulted from the need to store my necklaces without fearing that the chains are going to get tangled or break.
 

 

Currently I am in a phase where I employ and use wood, which is easy to acquire it, immensely suitable for painting,  and shaping possibilities are endless. 
 
This puzzle case / holder is still in an initial developing phase. I've made about 10 pieces featuring motifs of flowers, birds and non-defined abstract shapes, but I am tremendously happy about people's reaction to them so I am inspired to further work on these.
 
So all I can say is that new motifs are underway!
 
 
 
 
 
You can follow Peekaboo on instagram and buy her necklaces here
Mumory - Valorizing Moms' Body Shapes

 

 

I came across this fashion label quite unexpectedly and it gripped my attention immediately. It is a newly established fashion label that emerged as a result of a warm, heartfelt need to aid women whose pregnancies have left a visible mark on their bodies. There are currently 3 women inolved in the project: Raffaella - a designer, Giovanna - responsible for the e-commerce and Marika who designs and tailors clothes. More about the project here.

 

 

This is their introduction and summary of Mumory:

Mumory is a clothing line born from the experience of being a woman and a mother. Some pregnancies leave a more visible "memory" on a mother's body: diastasic recti or divarication. Mumory was born from the need to give women with a post pregnancy tummy, the opportunity to choose and wear clothes specifically designed to help embrace the new body and feel harmonious without hiding the tummy, but instead valorize the new body shape. A hand made clothing line with sartorial details that will suit many occasions. The design and concept of Mumory's clothes are the missing piece between pret-a-porter clothing lines.

Dots, dots, dots.....

 

The new hot print for this summer is the polka dots!

Polka dots as the epitome of timeless femininity has left a strong imprint on the fashion world.

Personally, the little mesmerizing dots magically remind me of the times past, especially the charming '50s and the classy style every single piece of clothing breathed with.

They are appealing whether speckled on a blouse, skirt or a dress. Bound to offer an immense sense of satisfaction and chicness and make one's style more gracious and ladylike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All images taken from Pinterest via the polka dots search.

Indie Designer Interview: Steampunk by Maja

 

 

I had the pleasure of meeting my namesake several years ago and I will always remember seeing her jewelry for the first time! It literally cast a spell on me! So, I invited her over for a small chit-chat.  I hope you enjoy it too!

1. Welcome Maja! Please tell my readers more about yourself.

My name is Maja Tasic and I come from Pancevo (Serbia). I had studied and qualified for a dental technologist - a profession I chose under the influence of my parents, although I have always desired to study applied art, because I have always been drawn to drawing and painting. Aside from these two, my hobbies also included writing poems and making jewelry. I stuck to the latter.

I am married to Goran and we have two boys, ages 7 and 8 and I am also a stepmom to two beautiful grown up girls. We are one big, happy family!

 

 

2. How did the brand Steampunk by Maja get to see the day?

Steampunk by Maja was born out of the desire to create unique jewelry solely for myself. But then family and relatives got acquainted with it and the first orders started to arrive, replaced by handmade bazaars and online sales. The idea for this kind of jewelry first sparked when my husband poured the first pieces that got me hooked and I wanted to make them myself. That was back in 2012.

3. What were the first pieces of jewelry that you made?

It was a medallion flower, a medallion mirror and some square slabs...

4. Where did you first exhibit your jewelry? Do you remember?

Yes. It was at the mall called “Ušće” in Belgrade in 2012. I had a fantastic show and sold lots of my jewelry. But the thing that was more important and meaningful than the sales was the appraisal and compliments I received on my work. It gave me a sensational rise in self-confidence and a beautiful feeling of value and satisfaction that urged me to keep doing what I dream about.

5. What kind of jewelry are the buyers most interested in? Buyers are most interested in necklaces for themselves as well as for gifts, because necklaces are wearable in almost all occasions. Necklaces are closely followed by earrings and rings.

 

 

 

 

6.Do you have any favourite techniques?

I love working with epoxy resin because of the effect the designs have. I also love combining materials from my profession such as metals and acrylates that one would not usually find in jewelry supplies shops. Using those makes my jewelry even more distinctive and unique making it stand out from other jewelry made with similar techniques. I love modeling my own pendants and have my husband pour them in silver which is a rather demanding, more difficult and costly technique, but the final result is wondrous!

7. Where do you source your materials?

I buy them from specialized shops that sell raw materials in Belgrade and Novi Sad, some gift shops while I buy the small watches off my friends.

8. What is the most precious piece of jewelry to you as a designer?

Oh. It is difficult to select out any as favourite - I find everything I've made dear to my heart. I've poured my heart, my undivided attention and love into every single piece I have ever made.

 

 

 

9. What are you currently working on?

Right now I am working on some new pieces and collaborate with designers from Split (Croatia). I am expanding the  market :)

10. Future plans?

I plan to expand sales outside of Serbia and finally open my brick and mortar jewelry shop in Belgrade.

Thank you Maja! It was lovely having you over!

Maja's online shop.

 

 

Silvia Tcherassi: Effortless Elegance

 

 

Silvia Tcherassi started her artistic career as an interior designer and transitioned to fashion design. Today she is one of the most celebrated Latin American designers. Based in Miami, her family-run label sources only the finest Italian materials to create beautiful Colombian-inspired collections.

 

Playing with extremes Silvia manages to give architecturally constructed voluminous pieces an air of fragility and soft feminine flair which is her major signature characteristic. In her work she matches tulle, sequins, embellished fabrics and embroidered laces with geometric details and architectonic ruffles to create unique garments with a vintage feel for contemporary women.

"Rabenda" - Jewelry That Gives Life to Stories

 

 

 

1. Who is the girl behind Rabenda?

A dreamer. An aspiring architect. A creative person :)

My name is Ana Stanoevska and I am a happy artist from the planet Earth. A lover of beer and comic books.

 

2. Why did you choose the name Rabenda? What’s its significance? 

 ラベンダー色 ; Rabenda; lavender – probably the only thing that influences me positively as the making of jewelry does.

 

3.What is the story that Rabenda tells?

It is a story called Keep the child in yourself! And read the Little Prince every now and then and enjoy the everyday things!


4. How did the idea of making jewelry become tangible and what was the first thing you made and showed to the public?  

Following the stories told by Eva Thissen’s creations and later watching my VIKI work, I got inspired and somehow I always believed I could do that. The Faculty, the “not having time” and similar excuses hindered me for ages, until I stopped and asked myself: “OK, are you happy now?”

I’d love to thank my family for the support and for always encouraging me with my crazy ideas :)

 

 

 

5. What motifs appear the most in your jewelry and where do you seek inspiration from?  
I’d say vintage motiffs, probably because I find myself in some old-fashion waters :)

 

6. What materials and techniques you use the most in your work?

I work with polymer clay and sometimes I combine screen printing with acrylic colors. 

 

 

7. What are the most wanted / the most sold pieces?  
All of my pieces are unique and one of a kind :)

But if we count in the messages I receive on jewelry, it turns out that this set above was the most wanted. I received many messages from buyers asking for the same. 

 

 


8. What kind of jewelry is the one that you make with immense pleasure?

To be honest, there are times when after making a piece I become doubtful saying to myself: “Is this for me or is it for sale?”      :)

Mostly I let go of them! I adore all of my book markers.

 And my absolute favourite is this one.

 

 

9. Your idols?

Oh, there are too many….Mainly Еva Thissen, Eddie Vedder and Sou Fujimoto!

 

10. What are your plans for Rabenda in the future?

I’d say “Times are hard for dreamers” but I’ll do my best to treasure the dream!  

Dream on girl!

 

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Summer 2018 Fashion Trends

Via Harper's Bazaar

Reading the fashion trend reports made my heart leap out of joy when I found out they contained two magical words that made a whirlpool of happiness: vintage and pastels!

The trends suggest various styles, colors and patterns but the constant thread that binds them all is the nostalgic penchant for vintage styles paired with pastel colors. Here we are talking the pretty '50s style dresses. 

by Silvia Tcherassi

 

Dresses' styles range from oversized and lightweight to shirtdresses and short baby dolls. Patterns vary from the much beloved polka dots to check and plaids with a sprinkle of florals.

I would say quite an eclectic offer and something for everyone.

 

Enjoy the selection!

 

Silvia Tcherassi

Wiggy Kit

 

Nasty Girl

 

 

DIY City Trinket Dish

 

When it comes to styles of home and furniture, I  am a huge fan of Anthropologie. Their offer resonates deeply with my bohemian spirit and I am a frequent visitor who invariably drools over their fantastic stuff, and seeks inspiration when the days are dragging and inspiration is scarce. Which leads me to their trinket dish.

The minute I saw it I wanted to make one for ourselves. Now, I might have as well order it, for such a piece is worth having - they collaborate with some  fantastic indie designers - but the drive to make something myself usually prevails, and I was determined to give this a try.

Now, bear in mind that I am not a professional sculptor, clay master or porcelain guru. Just a plain person who enjoys playing with clay. I don't have many required tools, but I have a desire to create as big as a house, so I took out my polymer clay, doodled city images, applied varnish, glued it and voila!

My trinket, or jewelry dish is done!

 

 

I drew and painted the houses on both sides and the dishes look quite adorable.

Working on the oval plate I thought that it might be interesting to make something whimsical for the center or the side of it, and use the plate to serve cheese, tomatoes and olives in it. Would be a phenomenal conversation starter, don't you think?

 

 

 

 

Romantic Crepe Easter Eggs DIY

 

 

 

 

Every year I like to change my tablescape for Easter and aside for the permanent decorations in the shape of bunnies, chicks and other Easter related stuff I try to freshen it up so this year was no exception.

 

What follows is a super messy activity which turns beautifully in the end, so if you are not afraid of a little mess, come join the ride.

 

To make the romantic pleated / folded crepe eggs you need:

 

* crepe paper in desired colors

* Styrofoam eggs (as many as you like)

* lace, tulle, ribbons, crochet flowers, catchy fabric, trinkets you have lying around....

* white paper glue (decoupage glue)

 

 

Cut a rectangle piece of paper (to fit your egg) and pleat it (fold it).Insert egg in the middle (spread the pleats there), close the ends to see if the size is right. My paper was a bit longer than necessary. Cut the excess. Unfold it again with the egg in the center.

 

 

Add glue on the egg and glue the sides first; next lift the sides again and glue them over the egg (upwards). Sprinkle it with cuteness. For this one I glued a dotted silk fabric and a tiny sateen flower.

 

To make the romantic crumpled crepe eggs:  

 

 

Cut a piece of crepe and crumple it. Add glue on the egg and glue the paper. It cannot be easier. Decorate it your way. Make many that will bring joy and cheer!

 

 

 

We are ready for Easter!

 

Ethical Label: Zazi Vintage

 

 

Zazi Vintage is a luxurious fashion label that embraces and promotes traditional ethnic craftsmanship - a collaboration project including artisans from all over the word, where the emphasis is placed on sustainability and women's economic and social independence.

 

 

Jeanne ZIZI Margot de Kroon, the founder of  Zazi Vintage, having worked for a big and unethical retail company,  decides to completely quit the modeling industry and focus studies and worldwide women empowerment projects because as she says:

"Fashion for me means story telling and the stories of the clothes I wear have to resonate to my beliefs. Because of this, I now no longer shop in chain stores, big companies or online. From countries like Guatemala to India, Lithuania to Ethiopia, I have gathered my wardrobe and found the most intriguing and inspiring pieces that all carry a unique story and connect me to another time, place and or person. 

I want people to know exactly where their clothes are coming from, by who they are being found by and exactly who they are supporting with their purchases. Portraying both these sides, I believe I can create a bridge, passing over what I have learned and continue to learn but also receiving lessons from the women of all corners of this wonderfully weird and beautiful planet earth that we are apart of".

The label works with artisans in Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, India and Afghanistan. Current collections are produced with small families and women-empowering NGOs, such as the Institute for Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development in India. 

Their vintage story is divided into 5 chapters: 

The Kuchi Dress

When a woman of the Afghanistan's Kuchi tribe got married, she wore one of these dresses combined with a Chador (head scarf) and tun ban (pants). Just one of these dresses takes about 4 to 6 months of handwork. The dense embroidery of the dresses arranging from heavy woven beadwork to special stitched coins that they found on their journey to the border of Pakistan combined with the rich materials of Silk, velvet and lighter woven work, make the dress a very special one.

The Baluchi Dress

Baluch women put on loose dresses and pants with sophisticated and colourful needlework, including a large pocket at the front of the dress to hold their accessories. The upper part of the dress and sleeves are also decorated with needlework, a form of artistry that is specific to the clothing of the Baloch women. Often the dress also contains round or square pieces of glass to further enhance the presentation. 

 

The Suzani Coats

The collection is comprised of the most detailed handmade Suzani embroidery from Tajikistan, matched up with vintage Mongolian sleep rugs that were inspired by the Afghan Coats. 

 

 

Zazi & Saheli 

The collaboration of Zazi with their NGO partner  in Bhikamkor

 

 

Ikat

All of Zazi's  Ikat woven dresses are handmade and are one of a kind. For this collection they worked with vintage IKAT from the border of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

Fashion Trend: Structural Biomimicry Knitwear

 

 

When it comes to knitwear, the fashion world has set the trend which was readily accepted by the knit and crochet community.

Structural biomimicry knitting and crochet. 

Garments made using different fibers to create intricate structures and textures inspired by natural forms. 

Nature has always provided inspiration for pattern and form in design and biomimicry  is on the rise. 

The original patterns of the flora are transferred into textiles using a mix of yarn, stitches and patterns.

 Source: Pinterest

 

The symmetry of fine creases found in feather structures inspire new cable placements.

 

Source: Spinexplore.com

 

 

 

Source: Spinexplore.com

Lichen and moss open wide doors to the emergence of  tapestry resembling knitwear, followed closely by the endless offerings of the reefs -  algae and corals thus widening and bringing more excitement to the knitwear designing trends. 

 

 

Source: Spinexplore.com

 

 

                                          Source: Pinterest                                                       Anniken Allis' shawl Eliza

 

 

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