Saturday, December 19, 2009

Homemade Stockings!

I ended up buying a old hudson bay striped sweater for the stockings. I know it was "vintage" because there was a shred of a 3 musketeers wrapper in the pocket. (I'd recognize that silver wrapper anywhere.)

To make the stocking:
I drew a stocking shape on a piece of newspaper and used it as a template.
Pinned it down on the sweater and cut around it through both the front and back of sweater.
Sewed the two pieces together, leaving the top open.
Took the edging off the bottom of the sweater and sewed it to the top of the stocking for trim.

Seams from the sweater ended up in the body of the stocking, giving me little bonuses like surprise pockets!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

FOUND! DVF Look-a-like Bracelets

I recently discovered these bracelets in's Worldstock section and spotted a resemblance to the ones in Diane von Furstenburg's Spring/Summer 2010 show. Not sure if they're of the same origin, but the Worldstock bracelets have their own benefit. They are made from recycled materials ... old telephone wire! The site states that the jewelry is handmade in South Africa:

"The Bartel Arts Trust, or the BAT Shop, is an urban-based community art center that is a venue and facility for skills training, promotion and exposure of disadvantaged and emergent artists in South Africa."

Friday, November 6, 2009

Holiday Prep with eBay

I'm getting excited to spend the holidays in my new home and want to decorate with Christmas stockings. I was looking around for some vintage, knit ones when it occurred to me to cut up old sweaters and make the stockings myself! Above are some sweaters I found on eBay that would make good stockings. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In keeping with the animal theme

I've just moved so have been looking at a lot of home goods lately. I'd like this lamp, please.

Friday, June 12, 2009

And Another One ...

Ok, so I might like the rooster shirt best, but this Elephant shirt is still pretty awesome. Ear = Cape? C'mon. That's cool.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

GIMME! Animal-themed Tops

The new Jeremy Scott for Adidas. When I was in Berlin I saw some of it. I was going to buy one of the pieces, the classic Adidas track jacket with tuxedo shirt ruffles, but I didn't. Shoulda.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wear-and-Tear Jewelry

Just found this designer, Cheung Lik, under the brand "Wear and Tear" whilst checking things out on (an awesome jewelry site). I fell in love with her sculptural, geometric silk-wrapped pieces and decided I must have one of my own. Only thing is, kabiri is England-based and the price of the necklace I wanted converted to around $200 (the blue one at top). So I did what every good online shopper does and googled her. Turns out, she's on Etsy! And even better, the necklace was posted for $55!

With the recession and all, a bold, not-so-expensive accessory can update a look. I have 5 weddings planned for this summer. I'm going to use this necklace to change up the look of my little black dress.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sharing is Caring!

I'm pretty much on a spending freeze (sorry, economy!), but a few items have managed to sneak their way through. These deals were too good to pass up.

$100! from $446 on
*note the $70 Samantha Pleet Romper and $110 Vena Cava dress... cheaper than a sample sale

(ok, I really wanted the brown messenger below, but the white one'll do for $400 less. *note: Knox will be doing a future collaboration with Urban Outfitters)

Steven Alan 100% Cashmere beret (which I wanted in December)
$19! from $98 on

Also, Hayden-Harnett is giving 20% off any one item on their site until 2/15 with code LOVERLY. Their new apparel, especially the swimsuits, are adorable!