Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blonde Salad X Steve Madden

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First I want to say I think the Blonde Salad is adorable, I used to read her blog. And second I'm totally pro designer knock offs because how are the rest of us normal human beings supposed to afford cute things?

But there's knocking something off and taking credit for its creation. Everyone remembers the Giuseppe Zanotti scalloped lace-up heels from a few years back, and just about every big brand has knocked it off. I own a pair of the inspiration shoes myself! But then in January Steven Madden came out with the Blonde Salad Capsule collection, that Chiara claims to have been the creative director. And what do you see as one of "her designs"? The replica of the GZ! What's even worse is Steve Madden already came out with this particular model for Shoemint, yes you remember the Romy (and yes I own them). So they took a shoe that was already "created" then rebranded it to the Blonde Salad.

I'm not saying this isn't done all the time. After Rachel Bilson claims to design Shoemint shoes, but do I really buy that? *Skeptical eyebrow raised* I must be naive or something because I expect a little more honesty from bloggers, but then I guess if it's a big enough opportunity *cough* aka money, then they will do just about anything.

Back when fashion blogging first started it was kind of nice reading honest reviews and uncovering designer inspired items, but I guess success, fame, and money have a way of killing it. I'm not saying they shouldn't be paid for their audience and brand power, but a little integrity would be nice. Then again if Steve Madden threw a bunch of money at me to basically rubber stamp a collection and take a few pictures that look like I'm "designing," I'm not sure I'd turn it down either. Just food for thought.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy earth day

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I've been so busy with orders from my etsy shop that I haven't had time to put up my tutorial!  But I'm still drawing inspiration from nature and these lovely cherry blossoms just bloomed outside my office.  




Thursday, April 10, 2014

giant paper flower

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Well I finally did it! It only took 6 months but I finally got around to making a huge wine colored rose, 15" across! I love how the dye gave the petals a nice striated texture, really looks like a real petal. The pop of color is amazing. And of course it's available at my Etsy Store: SparkleandChampagne.

Paper Flower
sparkle and champagne

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

sweat shirt and mini skirt

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There's this little french bakery in the industry part of Rockville off of Parklawn called Saint Michel Bakery. It's the only place that could inspire me to actually get dressed and leave the house at 9am on a Saturday morning to pick up staples for the weekend, baguettes and croissants. These are not just any croissants but the closest to the ones I've had in Paris and Iceland...get the "special butter" croissants. They really do melt in your mouth!

beautiful dissaster
acne velocite knock off
acne velocite knock off

[wearing kiliwatch shearling jacket, james perse skirt, forever21 sweatshirt, rag & bone newbury boots]

Monday, April 7, 2014

oversized shearling and lace shorts

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It's been crazy busy lately with no time to update. I still need to finish up my paper flower tutorial, hopefully I'll get that done this week! These photos were actually taken on a rare warm day a month ago...right before another punch from the polar vortex. Nothing like oversized shearling to make even the tiniest of clothes feel appropriate.

beautiful dissaster
beautiful disaster
shearling jacket
beautiful disaster

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Crepe Paper Flower Workshop in DC Metro

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crepe paper flower tutorial workshop diy

I just posted about my Crepe Paper Flower workshop at Langford Market in the DC Metro area. This is the flower I'll be teaching you how to make, a rose! Come and craft with me this Saturday, March 15th at Langford Market in Northern VA! All materials will be provided and the event is free. And shop Langford's new spring collection, all on sale during the event! Hope to see you there!

When: Saturday March 15th, 11-4pm
Where: Lanford Market, 2905 District Avenue, #135, Merrifield, VA 22031

And check out my Etsy store, Sparkle and Champagne!

crepe paper flower tutorial workshop diy
crepe paper flower tutorial workshop diy
crepe paper flower tutorial workshop diy

Saturday, March 8, 2014

DIY Paper Flowers Tutorial

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DIY Paper flower tutorial

Do you fancy on making yourself some gorgeous paper flowers? Come and learn how this Saturday, March 15th to Langford Market in Northern VA! I'll be leading a workshop and showing step by step how I make crepe paper roses. All materials will be provided and the event is free. Plus Langford Market will be having amazing specials on their stylish clothes, shoes, and accessories during the event. Hope to see you there!

When: Saturday March 15th, 11-4pm
Where: Lanford Market, 2905 District Avenue, #135, Merrifield, VA 22031

And check out my Etsy store, Sparkle and Champagne!
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