Stela 9

Traveling the world in search of recycled textiles, precious stones and ethical leather, the husband and wife duo behind Stela9 have created a line of vibrant and gorgeous handcrafted handbags. My inner wanderlust is jonesing for each and every one – especially the weekender bags! Today, their online store officially launches and as usual, a portion of all proceeds are returned to the communities and skilled artisans that have contributed to these bags. Honestly, cool.

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Chartreuse

Not really yellow and not quite green. Vibrant and brilliant but pale at the same time. Chartreuse is one of those mysterious yet magnificent colors that always seems to provide that necessary and unique pop of color.

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Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012

Mary Katrantzou‘s quintessential lampshade-like silhouettes and trompe l’oeil prints have evolved tenfold for fall. Images of pencils, cutlery, coat hangers, old-fashioned typewriters, and circular telephone dials were digitally stamped atop structured dresses with knitted details and flowy chiffon frocks. The continuation of the Mary Katrantzou saga has my spirits soaring high and almost has me forgetting that I recently missed out on her Topshop collaboration . . . WTF, I know.

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DIY Clay Jewelry Dish

It’s hard to believe that I have yet to find the ideal system for organizing my jewelry. Where is that perfect piece of storage for necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets so they could all live happily and neatly in a single place?! Alas, I have a handful of decorative ceramic bowls and porcelain dishes scattered along my dresser, separating rings from bracelets from earrings. And after seeing this tutorial on how to create a sweet faux porcelain dish, I immediately had to try it. Why not add more to my ever growing collection . . .

You’ll need:

  • one small and one medium sized ovenproof bowls
  • a baking sheet or wax paper
  • a paper or fabric lace doily
  • a rolling pin
  • 2 ounces of polymer clay
  • a knife
  • an oven
  • a nail file (optional)

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