Learning New Skills

You guys. I’ve become a floral designer and a shoemaker! Well, that’s only partially true .  .  . Let’s just start by saying that I’ve always been intrigued by the craftsmanship behind floral design and shoe making. Years ago, I took a beginner’s flower arranging workshop and it completely changed the way I viewed, purchased, and arranged flowers. Since then, I’ve longed to deepen that experience further. And as most of you already know, I have a fascination with shoemaking. We’ve featured several designers on HonestlyWTF whose artisanal process has inspired us. So recently, when I was presented with the opportunity to take a couple of classes via Skillshare, an online learning platform with 15,000 classes taught by the world’s best practitioners, I excitedly added flower arranging and sandal making to my list of courses. I love the way the video tutorials are broken down into sections, making the experience unhurried and comprehensible. In just a mere 40 minutes, I learned so much more about creating an impressive centerpiece, as well as tips on how to choose the right color of flowers and how to keep the flowers long lasting. And in just a few days, I learned how to make shoes. I was skeptical about the promise of walking away with a pair of sandals from a single tutorial but was surprised that I actually executed sandals that I’d actually wear. I’m proud and ecstatic about my newfound skills and cannot wait to learn more. I encourage you guys to explore your undiscovered skills and thanks to our friends at Skillshare, you can. They’re gifting you two free months of unlimited access to stream their 15,000+ classes. Simply register here, or use code HONESTLY, to start your two free months. I’d love for you to share what you’ve created. Happy learning!

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Marialaura Fedi

It’s her love of nature, Italian Renaissance painters, and fashion trends that inspires artist Marialaura Fedi‘s captivating portraits. Her female figures are faceless yet full of bodily expression. Her choice of colors are muted, almost desert-like, yet each illustration exudes such charisma and attitude. Her compositions are unelaborate yet display strength. And of course, I’m just so smitten with the clothing (all the ruffles!). It’s as if any of these confident females could very well be me, my sister, my mom, my friends . . . my tribe. Love.

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A Pink & Green Kitchen

Design led furniture manufacturer deVOL just recently opened their second showroom in London’s St. John’s Square and it’s beyond stunning. The spotlight is on a custom pink and green kitchen that is enough to make anyone wish it was their own. Everything is perfect – the grayish blue-green hue of the cabinets, the brass cupboard catches, the hand-lettered “pantry” sign, the emerald green metro tiles, the pink painted walls, the hanging copper pots . . . I can go on and on. And on and on. If popping by the showroom isn’t of convenience, deVol has spelled out nearly every detail for you on their blog. Pink and green, would you do it?

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Baum und Pferdgarten

Let me introduce you to Baum und Pferdgarten, a Denmark based label that I’m currently obsessed with. The brand was founded in 1999 by designers Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave and over the years, has become a Danish favorite because of its playful, masculine meets feminine vibe. I love the 70s inspired jacquard prints from their summer collection (which is currently on sale!), as well as the preppy feel of the cuffed lurex sweaters and the sweet touch of the point d’espirit and lace dresses.

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Group Partner

What started out as a middle finger to art school, ended up becoming a flourishing business for a Brooklyn based ceramicist. Isaac Nichols never imagined that an Instagram post, of a boob emblazoned ceramic pot made for his girlfriend, would make his comical pots an internet sensation. Years later, Isaac and his team have expanded the collection with handcrafted bikini, speedo and tan line clad pots. Honestly, I need one.

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