Monday, January 9, 2012

Shutting Down

I haven't updated this blog in a while and never did a formal post announcing that I have decided not to update it anymore. I will probably leave it up for a little while longer and then take it down. You can catch up with my creative pursuits and my style on my Tumblr and my creative blog. This isn't the end just a continuation in a different direction. Growth at its best. I appreciate everyone's love and support on here and hope to see you on  my other spaces on the web. :D

Milan

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fabric & Yarn Wrapped Hoop Earrings


The pair on the left I'm sure looks familiar because they originally were the pair I shared in the fabric wrapped hoops post. I felt they were too plain and needed some embellishing so I got the idea to wrap some yarn around them in parts to give them some more interest. Then I made another pair, the pair on the right, and I really like them. This summer, for me, is all about these types of earrings right here. I've got tons more ideas to play on this concept and yes, I'll be adding styles like these on the shop real soon. Stay tuned and stay creative.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Book Review: Envision by Meca McKinney


I had a blast this past weekend in DUMBO Brooklyn at the Green Squared Trunk Show. One of my sistas in craft, Meca, was one of the headliners for the show and was selling some of her awesome accessories from her line Jypsea and her book. I stopped by to show my support (pics coming soon! It was an adventurous and spontaneous day.) and also picked up her book, Envision: The Young Accessory Designer's Guide to Collection Development.

I would recommend anyone interested in starting their own accessories line and are hungry for information on where to start, check out this book. It's a clear and concise beginners guide to the process and walks you through finding your inspiration for your collection all the way to producing and presenting it. Meca breaks down what you need to do to get started and flourishing in 5 steps and shares a lot of cool resources/websites to help you as well. The book is a quick and easy read (55 pages-it took me no longer than an hour to complete.) but packed with loads of information.

As you all know, I am an accessories designer also but I don't create collections. I more so create and sell but after reading this book, I'm inspired to create some collections and see what I come up with. :D I hope she'll write another book expanding on these principles she shared in this book and take us to the next level. Envision will leave you inspired, armed with the principles to get your collection started and hungry for more of Meca's industry savvy.

Meca McKinney
* Check out her awesome, handcrafted accessories: http://www.jypsea.com/
* Twitter: jypseadotcom
* Facebook: www.facebook.com/jypsealeathergoods
* Blog: Lifestyles of the Authentic & Creative 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Inspiration: Beyonce - "Who Run the World"

While I'm not crazy about the song itself, I'm diggin the visuals from the video. It's giving me so many awesome ideas. The dancing is tough! B was gettin it. My favorite dance part was the very beginning when she was tearin it up with those male dancers from Mozambique. That foot work is sick!



Styling wise, I luv the long dress look with the slits up the sides. Now the slits up mine wouldn't be that high but I get the picture. Pair them with some booties or bootie style sandals and you've got a winner. I also liked the royal looking headwear. Now I want to try my hand at making something similar. Another thing to add to the list. :D

If you're in the NYC area, you should check out an awesome trunk show going down tomorrow from 11a-7p, It's the eco-conscious, Green Squared Fashion Trunk Show in Dumbo Brooklyn. They'll be eco-fashions, refreshments, mineral makeup makeovers and more! CLICK HERE for more details if this caught your eye.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Inspiration to Create: Brooch Bouquets







Who needs a fresh flower bouquet when you can make a brooch one that will last forever? These are great for weddings or even home decor. Stick them in a clear vase for added chic'ness to a room. If I end up having a wedding, I want one of these for sure and you know I will be making it myself! This is definitely getting added to my Crafts To-Do List. I want to try my hand at making one soon and of course I'll share my results.




Fabric Wrapped Hoop Earrings


So I haven't shared anything I've created lately and I've gotta get back to that! This is my creative blog afterall, right? So here goes. You all know how much I love fabric and creating clothes, accessories, etc with it so my latest craft has been fabric wrapped hoop earrings. I'm obsessed with them this spring and am sure they will carry me into the summer.

I'm thinking of posting arts and crafts tutorials on here. What do you think? As I learn new things, I'll share them with you all. I'm always learning new crafts and have decided that I want to pursue a business, dare I say a CAREER, in creating various arts and crafting workshops kids, adults and everyone else in between. I want to be an arts and crafts teacher! It would give me a great amount of joy to inspire people to learn different ways to express themselves and release the stresses (and sometimes disappointments) of daily life in healthy and positive ways and get paid for it. Art is powerful. Sometimes I don't think people really realize that.

I'm starting to see who I am. I've always known I was creative but I'm really owning it now. This is who God created me to be. I need a career that I get to be creative. I'm a very passionate person. I'll do any job given to me providing nothing less than my best but I excel and truly soar to alarming heights when I'm passionate about what I'm doing.

So there it is. I'm putting it out there into the universe. My ultimate career will involve creativity in one way or the other. I'm most certain of that. My dream career would consist of two careers, actually: a make up artist and an arts and crafts teacher (and I plan to be wealthy from doing both!). I'm not saying life would be perfect but it would dope to have a career I truly love and enjoy; that almost didn't even feel like work. Your job doesn't define you but it makes a helluva difference when you genuinely like what you're doing for a living.

As I get back to the roots of this blog, be on the look out for more of my creations coming soon.

Be creative!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Everything About This

picture is FIYAH. The hair. The outfit (which the "dress" looks to be 2 pieces actually). The color of the outfit. The clutch. The accessories. The shoes. I'm so inspired to make an outfit like this for the summer.


{Image from http://www.bellanaija.com/}

I've challenged myself this summer to sew my wardrobe. No buying anything from stores unless it's fabric to make something with.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cross My Body













{Image to the left from http://cheapchicas.com/}
Crossbody's are back. Wow. You know you're getting old when stuff you used to wear is back in style again. I rocked crossbodies hard back in the '90s. LOL. When you think about it, they're functional yet chic though and I'm jonesin for one for this spring/summer.
I've been eyeing the Stash Crossbody style, pictured below, by Lucky Brand. It looks to be reminiscent of the Marcie shoulder bag by Chloe. (Oh if money were more abundant! I absolutely adore Chloe bags!) I saw the Stash Crossbody on Macys: http://www.macys.com/ for $139. I don't want to pay that much for it so I'm keeping an eye out for a sale so I can get it at a lower price or find a cheaper alternative that has a similar shape. I love this color and saddle shape of the bag. I'll be able to wear it with a managerie of outfits and be able to go "hands free" on all of my adventures this summer. Plus I need a smaller bag anyway. The bag I have now is large and I find random things to fill it with. No bueno for my shoulders or back.

Summer is all about being light and carefree and what better way to embody that than with this style bag, no? Will you be rocking a crossbody this spring/summer? 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I Want....

Some oversized, cat eye glasses in the color mustard.


POOF!


Urban Oufitters Squared Off Cat Eye Sunglasses $14

Wow, that was easy. :D

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Latest Obsession: Bib Necklaces

scandinavianlostinankara:

via 3.bp.blogspot.com
Sneakpeak of Christie Browns’ Summer 2011 collection, Afromantic Daydream.

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Sneak Peak of Christie Brown's Summer 2011 Afromantic Daydream Collection

Wow. I wanna make something like this! Bib necklaces are my latest obsession.....