Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Christmas Wreath

We are nearly a week away from Christmas, and last minute decorations are underway, so they should be easy yet stunning and unique enough for a personal touch. I wanted to decorate my front door with a fun wreath, however, I didn't want to place just another "classic round furry circle with some red bows" just like the neighbors', I found some inspiration on Etsy, like this Scandinavian-inspired bouquet in a birch vase.

Holiday Berry Wreath $85 by aniamelissa
I couldn't find the birch bark to make it exact, also I wanted to quickly create something in time for holidays, so I used an alternative tin container found in Michael's and the project turned out as easy as 1-2-3. It took me literally 30 minutes to complete this project.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fabric Project No.12. Zebra Silhouette

I must admit this year has been very busy, and I almost neglected my baby blogger project but missed blogging terribly. However, on the positive note, I'm trying to get back on track, create new designs for my wardrobe and update my closet with exciting pieces.
Fabric Project No.12 has been in inception stage for some weeks now. Just recently I visited a fabric store and I got mesmerized by the zebra print I found. I thought, "That would make a cute dress!" You probably know by now that I'm a dress and skirt kinda gal.

Also, being a devoted trend follower, I've been spotting contour dresses left and right, those kind that accentuate women's curves and create an illusion of slimmer silhouette. I've been dreaming about such a dress for some time, so here it is.

The inspiration was Parker Contour Colorblock Dress, originally priced at $320

Parker Contour Colorblock dress $320

And here's my tweaked design! I wanted to experiment with shape and add a front cut out detail to increase body consciousness and appeal.

**Design Board created by DC2NYCo.

Stay tuned for a completed garment!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Spain. Travel Diaries.

The silence on this blog has been finally broken. After months of hard work and barely seeing any computer, the urge of writing and blogging has returned.
 I flew across the ocean to Spain, with a meager knowledge about the land, and ambitious itinerary in hand. I feel proud to have crossed Spain from north to south, but today I'm only focusing on the first city I've visited, Barcelona. It's the city where traditional is fused into modern, or vice versa, where you can find some of the most outrageous architecture in the world, thanks to Antonio Gaudi, and the list goes on.
My first day was in the midst of city's festivities celebrating a local patron saint, and building human towers has been a lifelong tradition among Spaniards. City squares were full of tourists, hungry for unique experiences just like myself.

Barcelonetta, a local Barcelona beachfront, boasts a modern edge sculpture along  the walkway.

A city view from the church of the Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia) is truly stunning.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Passion for Pastels

Pastels have taken over this spring season, just like art-deco era architecture shapes Miami Beach or an impressionist brush paints the canvas at a local museum. I've always been fascinated by the soft hues of pastels, the clean expression and muted statement.
April is almost over, yet I'm still shopping for pastels and here's what makes up my must-buy list:

1. Ralph Lauren iPhone 5 case $34; 2. Cambridge Satchel $145; 3.Adia Kibur necklace $75; 4.Tibi Velocity Jeans $265; 5.Jean-Michel Cazabat Geometric shoes $265; 6.Maison Boinet Belt $135;
7. Judith Jack sterling silver ring $295; 8.Michael Michael Kors frames $99

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Look of the Day. Spring forward

Finally, my #fabricproject No.11 has come to life! The color block dress I initially sketched here had to be slightly  modified to add extra shape to the dress. But overall, I was happy with the result.
Last Sunday we moved the clocks spring-forward and the first day of spring has arrived with first signs of awakening. Pastel tones of my outfit tuned in with spring forward mood and enjoyed the warmth of sunny day.
Dress+Jacket:designed and sewn by me| Shoes:Ivanka Trump|Belt+Frames:Vintage|Necklace:Kara Couture|Ring:Vintage|Watch:Michael Kors

Monday, March 4, 2013

#NYFW Women's Color Trends Fall 2013. Part 2

Do you like autumn trees dressed in bright shades?
If so, next Fall will bring a plethora of autumn leaf color  to the fashionistas' wardrobes. Just as the leaves change in autumn, Pantone predicts the consumer will be able to change their looks to create moods from sophisticated and structured to lively and vivid. So, lush shades of green and blue are juxtaposed with mystery and richness of purples, reds and orange, rounding it with glamorous brown and mysterious gray.
Which are your favorites?

Left to right: Nannete Lepore, Rachel Roy
Left to right: Kelly Wearstler, Herve Leger
Left to right: Charlotte Ronson, Joy Cioci
Left to right: Bibhu Mohapatra, Pamella Roland
Left to right: Lela Rose, WHIT-NY
Left to right: M.Patmos by Marcia Patmos, Trina Turk.
  Left to right: Yoana Baraschi, Ella Moss
Image courtesy:WeConnectFashion

Saturday, February 23, 2013

#NYFW Trend Radar Fall 2013. Part 1

The buzz of New York Fashion week has subsided, leaving a digital footprint on and other web outlets. Overall, I drew a conclusion that this season was outerwear driven with literal references to 90s era of exaggerated style, liberating feminine spirit and strengthening it with statement coats.
I spotted these 3 trends which I believe reflected in most collections, offering compelling designs and a liberal approach.
Which trend is appealing to you?

Model images via, editing by DC2NYCo

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DIY Valentine Card

Dear friends!
Valentine's Day is tomorrow and again we will fill our hearts with love, embrace our loved one in happiness and celebrate the moment of shared feeling.
I remember we used to make Valentine cards in middle school and then presented them secretly to fellow classmates, my creative juices were flowing back then. Now I want to create a fun yet special card for someone special in my life. So, I found this adorable "Love Hearts in a Jar" on Etsy, and I couldn't pass the chance to make it and share this easy tutorial.

You will need:
1.Brown paper card and envelope (available at Michaels)
2.Baker's twine
3.Pastel paper heart shapes (available at craft stores)
4.Adhesive foam pieces
Also, you will need print template from here

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beaded Follies

As the city of New Orleans is getting a facelift, hotels in French Quarter get revamped before the famous Mardi Gras festival. One of the luxurious lodgings and a historic landmark, Hotel Monteleone, received a real makeover on its restaurant walls in order to celebrate the hotel's golden era. Ziegfeld Follies portraits from 1920s and 1930s were intricately beaded by a commissioned artist Binka Rigava and the result is just stunning! Swarowski crystal beads applied to the portraits create a magical effect of glimmer and seductiveness, leaving a unique impression.
All images via here

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DIY Utility Bracelet

Recently, I discovered a wonderful "utilitarian" jewelry line that inspired me into creative handcrafting again, to embellish  those wrists, hiding among layers of coats and sweaters. A true eye candy under an inconspicuous name "Ropes of Maine"  gained exposure among celebrities and power-bloggers alike for its bright shades and bold design.
Photo Courtesy "Ropes of Maine"
I thought I would create a bright bracelet and sport it this cold winter and let the spring mood reign in my accessories.
You will need:
1.Tailor's scissors
2.Embroidery Floss
3.1ft Paracord (similar here)
4.20mm chunky jump ring (similar here)
5. Gold  lobster swivels (similar here)
7.Sewing needle

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fabric Project No.11 "Color Block"

It's a New Year, and a perfect time to start thinking "spring". My wardrobe is currently craving a light dress yet season appropriate. On my last fabric shopping venture in Manhattan I scouted a few yards of beautiful wool, very light-weight and soft to the touch, in washed pink. Also, my fabric closet is full of scraps of woven wonders, and every time I pull the drawer, they scream to be sewn and worn! Some of these scraps will be made into a dress!
So, I came up with a "Color Block" idea for #fabricproject No.11 inspired by this Shoshanna dress.

Shoshanna color-block dress $350
My color combination is a bit more creative, and I slightly tweaked the design
for a comfy fit.

Stay tuned for a complete design and my Look of the Day post!!
Last image, illustration and editing by DC2NYCo
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