Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fall / Winter Trend: Leather Skirts  

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Well well! After taking a look at the fashion magazines I got last week, it seems there are tons of trends for this fall / winter season.

Today I want to start with one that will be very easy to achieve: leather skirts! I bet you have one at home, somewhere, hidden at the back of the closet. Or you can probably get one for fairly cheap in a thrift store =) That's the good thing about comeback fashion trends haha

But, if you want to purchase them on Etsy, what can you find? Here I have a selection of leather skirts I found:
Sellers, from left to right, top to bottom, are (link to the item): tialeyvintage, LuvLeeDayz, PertVintage, ObladiObladaVintage, LuvLeeDayz, emeraldvintage, valerieann, thecovetedshoppe, ObladiObladaVintage
I suppose the important thing about leather skirts is what to wear them with.
First of all, try any color! Not just black. The latest trend is to wear them in any color.
Wear tank tops, sweaters, tshirts.. almost anything!
For the shoes choose boots or ankle boots.

Do you like this trend? Will you be wearing it? I probably won't. I'm not much of a fan of skirts or dresses, even less in fall. From September to June I only wear pants hahaha =)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday Giveaway - Steampunk inspired cuff  

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So sorry last week I didn't really post much! It was a little of chaos. Trying to apply for a job isn't as easy as I thought hahaha!
But! I bought a couple fashion magazines (something I only do twice a year lol), inStyle and Vogue. And Vogue was an especial edition and had 2 really thick magazines, in total weighted more than 2.5 kg!!!! Can you believe that? So soon I will have lots of reviews of the latest fall/winter trends ;)

This week: Steampunk inspired cuff by lovemaryxoxo


This cuff is fabulous! I'm liking more and more the steampunk objects! =)

The artist says:


The cuff is made from man made ribbon and antiqued chain. It measures 4cm x21.5cm = 1.5 inches x 8.5 inches and can stretch. It's of an 1890s sort of Edwardian style. Very vintage in feel.

Rules to enter:
  1. Visit lovemaryxoxo's shop and pick a favourite item.
  2. Leave a comment in this post with your favourite item and a way to contact you (email or etsy link. Leave a contact or I won't be able to place you in the draft).
  3. I will select the winner from the comments with a random number generator.

This giveaway ends 31st August at midnight EST. Good luck!




Winners of past giveaways:
  • vadjutka's bracelet: AmandaSue
  • idreamicanfly's earrings: Tabby
  • tangente's gift certificate: Sylvia P
  • terrygraziano's hat: lupinbunny
If you are a seller and want to offer an item for a giveaway, contact me (see contact details in last section of left column)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Product Review!  

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First of all,I hope you like the new look of the blog! For those who read this blog through RSS or Email, please come check it out and tell me what you think. =)

Charliemotel did the illustration for my blog banner. Exactly what I wanted, a fashion girl! =) I hope you like it too. After that I added the lovely illustration to a banner and a few more details and voilá! New blog.
Believe me, Meg (from charliemotel) makes stunning illustrations!!

Be sure to check her two shops if you want a print or custom illustration:





Well, back by popular demand, another product review! This time 2 items: short sleeved hoodie from angeldamico and earrings by iomiss. I have to say that I love both!!! =)


The hoodie from angeldamico is fabulous. It is the first short sleeved hoodie I have and I love wearing it! It's perfect for spring, summer and autumn =) I loved this print but it was on a shirt so I asked the seller if a hoodie could be made with the same print. Communication was great, and the final item is fabulous! Very well finished and the color is just great! It fits like a glove (I got a L size) and it looks very cute. The colors are vibrant and deep (yeah the photos I take are still pretty bad in that sense), it is white on the back and has 2 small pockets, lovely!



The earrings from iomiss were a birthday gift from my father. But don't think he has that good taste, I made a wish list for him :D I tell you, you should do the same for Christmas and Bdays, my father loves Etsy for this reason! He doesn't have to hunt the shops downtown anymore haha. I chose these earrings because I love green and purple, and this combination with black and silver looks great. And I wasn't disappointed, they are lovely! They hang perfectly and I highly recommend everybody to get a pair. I love them and wear them all the time.

These are the original photos of the items I bought:



I do totally recommend buying from both sellers: angeldamico (superb prints and top styles) and iomiss (fabulous earrings).

I give the hoodie a 5 out of 5 and the earrings also a 5/5 in seller's communication, product, finishing touch, and quality.




Hope this review was helpful for you! :) And yeah yeah I know! The quality of photos is really bad! ack =(

If you would like to review a handmade item you bought online (Etsy or not) please let me know!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday Giveaway - Bracelet!  

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This week: Sweetheart Bracelet by vadjutka


Isn't it lovely? The beads are so shiny!

Description from the artist:


The bracelet is called Sweetheart Bracelet, because the big yellow flower keeps whispering. „Hello, Sweetheart”.

Besides, the bracelet is made of memory wire with turquoise beads and a big flower made of yellow organza. The wire is flexible, so it is suitable for every kind of wrist.

Diameter of the bracelet:
6,5 cm
2,6 inch
Diameter of flower:
5 cm
2 inch


Rules to enter:
  1. Visit vadjutka's shop and pick a favourite item.
  2. Leave a comment in this post with your favourite item and a way to contact you (email or etsy link. Leave a contact or I won't be able to place you in the draft).
  3. I will select the winner from the comments with a random number generator.

This giveaway ends 24th August at midnight EST. Good luck!



If you are a seller and want to offer an item for a giveaway, contact me (see contact details in last section of left column)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fashion friendly item of the week  

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This week: Halter top with black and yellow vintage scarf by tangente


I love her scarf tops, either this kind using the scarf to tie the top, or the full scarf tops! =)


If you think your items or someone elses could fit in this section, please post your pictures in the photo pool. Remember: Handmade / Vintage items only!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Get Johnny Depp's look!  

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WHAAAAA! I know I know. I don't want to look like Johnny Depp. BUT. You might want your men (aka boyfriend, friend, husband, father, grandfather, son) to look a little bit more like him. Why? Oh well, because he has a rad style! Don't fool yourself, the hat, glasses and everything else makes him even hotter! haha


While most of us remember him dressed as a pirat (maybe the hottest and gayest? pirat to ever appear on the screen) his regular style is also very fashionable. So what can we find in Etsy for the Johnny Depp in your life?


depp

Sellers, left to right, top to bottom, are (link to the item): Delilah42, NeverNeverDesigns, CubistLiterature, VintageEtc, elizabethwrenvintage, theVINTAGEward, seekconnectlove, abrokenspoke, laboheme, stewwie, aPassionForFashion, jenn3star, NicoleLorentz, transaction, lizjac, theVINTAGEward

I'm not going to tell you how to do your hair or makeup to look like him :P haha but you will indeed need makeup if you try to look like Jack Sparrow! =)

Get a hat, a pair of old fashioned sunglasses or glasses, a lot of leather and small beads necklaces and there you go! Add a leather cuff and a bandana as scarf or cuff for the extra touch =) Voilá! Your own Mr Depp.

I hope you liked this article and, what other men would you like to see featured? I am also thinking on doing movie/tv series characters. Who would you like to see here?

Photo from ipis

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fashionably delicious - World Recipes - Baklava  

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A few days ago I announced a new section in the blog, world recipes!

Being fashionable is more than wearing clothes that look good on you, is also being a great host when you have guests eating at home. And there is nothing more handmade and home cooked food =)

I offered everyone to send me their recipes and already have a few available. I know I announced that the first recipe would be my own, but didn't have time to put together the sangria recipe (lol, like it is THAT difficult haha), so here you have the first recipe in this blog! Baklava, brought to you by the super awesome and multi talented Anna.

Baklava or baklawa is a rich sweet pastry typical from former Ottoman countries (Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, ...)

BAKLAVA
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn cloves, ground
12 sheets filo pastry

SYRUP
2 1/2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
1 lemon slice
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves

Combine nuts and sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
Butter a rectangle baking tray. Lay two sheets of the filo pastry onto the tray, brush with butter, and sprinkle on some of the nut mixture. Continue alternating the 2 buttered filo sheets with the nut mixture, ending with two filo sheets on top.

Cut the baklava with a knife in serving size pieces. Pour remaining butter over the top and sprinkle with water.
Place into a moderate oven (180C) and bake for 45 mins.

For the syrup, boil sugar, water, lemon slice, cinnamon and cloves for 1 min. Add honey and boil for extra 2-3 mins, removing honey froth from side of pot as it forms.
Once the baklava has finished in the oven, remove and poor the syrup over it.
Leave it to cool down to room temperature and serve.

Yummy!

I have read that instead of walnuts you can also use pistachios. Try that version too! =)

Thanks a lot Anna for this fabulous recipe! =) Please take a look at her shops to see her creativity: art and jewelry!




If you want to send a recipe to be featured in this blog, please contact me(email on the bottom left column), and your shop/blog will be featured at the end of the recipe too.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Giveaway - Earrings  

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Remember the article Get Scarlett Johansson's look?
There I featured a pair of silver earrings by idreamicanfly, which are very similar to a pair I spotted in one of Scarlett's photos:

idreamicanfly contacted me and offered these earrings as a giveaway to the blog readers!!! Isn't that great?
Now you can have your own Scarlett's earrings hahaha. I love them either way, don't really care if they are similar to hers or not.

So this week we have: Forged Open Hoops - Silver by idreamicanfly


Description from the artist:

These open hoops are cold forged from heavy sterling silver wire to give them a nice volume. Striking, yet exceedingly comfortable to wear, you can easily sleep in these every night!

3/4" (20mm) long. Also available in solid 14K gold, in 14K gold filled, and in 1 1/4" size. Please see my shop for details.

Rules to enter:

  1. Visit idreamicanfly's shop and pick a favourite item.
  2. Leave a comment in this post with your favourite item and a way to contact you (email or etsy link. Leave a contact or I won't be able to place you in the draft).
  3. I will select the winner from the comments with a random number generator.

This giveaway ends 18th August at midnight EST and I will announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!



If you are a seller and want to offer an item for a giveaway, contact me (see contact details in last section of left column)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fashion friendly item of the week  

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I realized last week I forgot to mention the fashion friendly item of the week, so this week I bring you two different items!

Adrienne necklace by thebline


I think this necklace is quite original! Don't forget to check some of her flower bracelets too!


And as second fashion item of the week: Cherry blossoms Kimono by Asianexpressions


I looove kimonos!!! Ok, I don't know where I'd wear a kimono and that's why I try to restrain myself from buying them, but they are so nice! And check her fabric origami ornaments!



Hope you liked this week's selection! :)

If you think your items or someone elses could fit in this section, please post your pictures in the photo pool. Remember: Handmade / Vintage items only!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Advertising  

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This blog is focused on handmade fashion, talking about latest trends applied to the handmade world, how to achieve celebrities looks with handmade items, and from time to time other posts about art, food, beauty, etc.

Advertising

If you own a shop selling handmade, vintage or independently designed items, write a craft or design blog, sell supplies for crafting, etc, anything related with the handmade world, then this is the perfect blog for you! Become a sponsor to increase your traffic.

As you can see on the right column, there are 3 spots sold through Project Wonderful. it is definitely the easiest way to advertise, but it may not show your ad all day long or for the time you wished because it is based on a bid process.

I am launching from September on more ad spaces that won't be sold through Project Wonderful, and the size and rates are:

Ad Size: 150x150
Rate: $5 per month

They ads will rotate daily, and start 1st of each month.

Blog statistics of July 2008:
4000 visits
3000 unique visitors

If you would like to become a sponsor of this blog, please contact me! (Contact information on the bottom of left column) Specify in the subject advertising on blog.

Want to advertise here but don't have a banner? Don't worry, I can create one for you if you want!
Static banner = $15
Animated banner = $20


Giveaways

If you want to donate an item as a giveaway, I can host it in the blog. There is a weekly giveaway, run every Monday.

Please contact me for open dates, don't forget to mention what do you want to giveaway! =)
(Contact information on the bottom of left column) Thanks a lot for supporting the blog!!


Product Reviews

Every once in a while I do a product review. Usually it is of an item I have bought for myself. However, if you want one of your products to be featured in the blog in a product review, you can send me a sample or product. Please contact me for details.
(Contact information on the bottom of left column)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Get Chloë Sevigny's look!  

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A famous actress, also famous for her totally different look, sometimes risky, but always lovely! She is definitely trendy and the kind of person you could see wearing handmade clothes/accessories!
And now she has her own clothing line, if you want to buy something similar to her style :)

So let's see what can we find in Etsy to fit her style:


chloe

Sellers, from left to right, top to bottom, are (link to the item): DaisyViktoria, jenn3star, blissvintage, italianpostcards, bersa, muskokavintage, CaitiJo, wickedpen, heandshe, tialeyvintage, modernmoonlight712, muffinbiscuit, idea2lifestyle, MissPixleyVintage, DolledUpDesigns, michellechangjewelry

And now, what about her makeup?
Well, she is mostly famous for red lipstick and a bit of mascara. Not much more makeup, so... easy, right?

And her hair? She wears her hair long or up most of the time but also has shown as some other styles you can check here.

Hope you liked this post! Will you we buying Chloe's clothes? Do you like her style? Any other celebs you would like to see featured here?
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Things I love: Food!  

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HAHA yeah, I do tend to like food... especially sweet things like anything made with chocolate :D

I know there is more food than desserts.... but here I bring you some of the most fabulous food I have found at Etsy... don't kill me please!!!

Sellers are: FatDaddyBakeShop, FatDaddyBakeShop, sugardreamsbakery, worthafortune, bearsbakedgoods, bearsbakedgoods, busybaker, sweetiepiesdelights, sweetiepiesdelights, keepingitsimplysweet, CoveredinChocolate, simplyseasonal, JustBakin, keepingitsimplysweet, DoubleDippedSweets, DoubleDippedSweets

I'd move to the US just to be able to have one of FatDaddy's cakes!! lol Oh and I'm loving those caramel apples and the popcorn.. yummyyyy

Yes, you can tell it's almost time for dinner here in Spain. And I need new recipes to cook cool stuff (not just desserts)!

So I have one idea! I am asking everybody who wants to be featured in the blog to send me a really easy recipe. And I'm thinking easy stuff, and if it is international even better! Salads, sandwiches, desserts, soups, meat, anything! even drinks :)

I'll start next week with our specialty: Spanish omelet & Sangria.
Each week I will feature one of your recipes, and if you have a blog or a shop, a link to it too... so, it's free promotion! c'mon :)

I know this is a fashion blog, but think that having something fabulous for that next dinner with friends can be a fashionable factor too ;) It's not only about dressing nice & handmade, but also eating good & handmade, to maintain this handmade body hehehe right?

Waiting for your recipes! See my contact details at the bottom of the left column. Thanks!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday Giveaway - Gift certificate  

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This week we have something different: a $25 gift certificate for tangente's shop!!


I love tangente's work, especially the tops made of silk scarves. So cute!

Rules to enter:

  1. Visit tangente's shop and pick a favourite item.
  2. Leave a comment in this post with your favourite item and a way to contact you (email or etsy link. Leave a contact or I won't be able to place you in the draft).
  3. I will select the winner from the comments with a random number generator.

This giveaway ends 10th August at midnight EST and I will announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!



If you are a seller and want to offer an item for a giveaway, contact me (see contact details in last section of left column)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Discount - Prints!  

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This week's discount is for prints! StacyMSmith has some fabulous photographic prints, you have to take a look at them. Perfect for anyone who is decorating the house right now. I am already in love with some of them!!

My favourite ones are this cherries photo and also the Carnival of Nightmares Photo Series!!

Get a 20% discount on the regular items and a 10% on the sale items of your order by entering the code "GB2010" on the notes to seller at the end of the purchase. Then, wait for a revised invoice to pay. (Discount will not be taken off the shipping price).

Stacy also wants everybody to know that she will be adding new prints through August, so.. keep checking her store for more cool prints!

If you like her work, hurry up cause the sale runs only until 31st August midnight EST.




If you are a seller of handmade or vintage items and want to offer a discount or giveaway in this blog, please leave a comment here and I will contact you, or email me (look for the contact section at the end of the left column).


About the blog, some news: now I have added a small chat box where we can chat or add comments (left column) and under that the twitter news :) So you can follow what I do although I know it is totally boring haha!