If you remember my March Design, then you are probably sensing a pattern. I’ve been experimenting with new shapes and a new approach to design. Usually, I sketch the style I want to make, then I choose the fabric and draft a pattern. My design process is more organic now, by choosing only my fabric, I sit with my dress form and drape, letting the fabric guide me. Some days are all about trial and error, but when making this dress, it took form right away.
Worn with: Elizabeth & James Sunnies / Chloe Sandals
I love the bohemian essence that a tassel brings to any outfit, whether it be on the end of a belt, a scarf or in this case on a necklace. For spring and summer I wear more white, so I thought making a black tassel necklace was ideal.
First, gather your tools. You can use any beads, or stones. I chose to use lava beads which have a great texture and are charcoal in color. I had a few crystals left over from another project, so I decided to incorporate them into this necklace.
Knot the end of your string, and string your beads onto your necklace.
Make your tassel and attach it to your necklace by tying it on.
And finally, wear it!!
As soon as February hits, wardrobe boredom sets in and the thought of dressing for Spring consumes my thoughts. Taking this into consideration for my February Project de. design, I went with a double v-neck loose vest with open side slits. Right now it works well layered over a classic button down and skinny jeans but come Spring/Summer, this piece will be a staple. I can already see myself wearing it over vintage slips, simple skirts and at the beach over my swimsuit.
(photos by John Spiziri)
Wearing with: H&M button down, distressed jeans (similar here) Prabal Gurung for Target sandals, vintage clutch
As January comes to a close, and with my 28th birthday only days away, I am pleased to finally launch the new look of DeSmitten! (And the new domain de-smitten.com). Be sure to update your bookmarks, this is going to be an amazing year!
Things to look forward to… More Editorial Eclipses!
More Home is Where the Art Is inspiration!More Beauty Supply roundups! Don’t you just love their messy manes?
More in general! Is there something you want to see more of? Let me know. I am always looking for new brands and bloggers to collaborate with, so don’t hesitate to contact me! In the New York City area? Let’s get together, we can chat over coffefor coffee (or my hot beverage of choice Chai Lattes). We can talk about new designers, art openings and exchange sample sale strategy. Who’s in?
This year we are ringing in the New Year, roaring 20′s style in an all out Great Gatsby inspired bash. I was stuck in Detroit longer than expected, leaving me only today to make my flapper dress for the New York City festivities this evening. Thankfully, I borrowed a few head piece options from Rita Watson, the designer of Chiefs of Enchantment weeks ago. No paper or plastic sparkle New Year’s crowns at this party, only head pieces made of vintage rhinestones, pearls, silk ribbon and lace. No time to bead my dress, but these 1920′s dresses are my silhouette inspiration. I’ve got a black velvet burnout fabric waiting to be draped into something special.
(1920′s dresses via my pinterest board old good things )
Now that our vintage site is up and running I can focus on new projects like building my fall/winter wardrobe with handmade pieces! I spent most of this morning on the Le Paradox website, a collective of look books, editorials and art. All very much my style and inspiring to say the least. As I went through the look books – both past and present – I found myself pinning a lot of images to my Inspired to Create board on Pinterest. Here is a collection of inspiring details to introduce into my own designs! Stay tuned to see what I come up with.
(for more Inspired to Create)