I’ve posted some of Beth Hoeckel’s work before; she’s one of those artists I always keep an eye out for new work from. I love her collages and that they’re made of found paper and archival paste, not digitally. One of my favorite hobbies is making collages, it’s something I like to do in my down time while listening to music. It’s incredibly relaxing and also a great way to express your feelings – I actually rarely show mine to people because I think of them as little visual diaries full of mixed emotions, but the cool part is that their meaning is unique to the eye of the beholder. Someone else could look at them and have no idea what the real meaning is behind them.
Last weekend a friend took me on a three hour motorcycle ride through the countryside. We stopped a couple of times to check out a covered bridge or run through a field, but what filled me with the most joy were the endless views of fall. It’s so beautiful outdoors that I can’t get enough. I’ve been riding my bike to work a few times a week just to gaze upon the fallen leaves and feel the refreshing breeze in my face. On the weekends my friends and I frequent fall festivals and flea markets, or just spend hours walking around the city. There’s something truly special about autumn. The way the sun shines and the air feels – it permeates you with happiness the minute you step out your front door.
Don’t let it pass you by! Go outside, take in a deep breath of the cool autumn air, and enjoy the colors of fall.
some images are my own. for others, click to see sources
Shirts have become a fashion focus with an emphasis on the collar. Styled individuals are wearing their shirts buttoned up – right up! But it doesn’t stop there…
Decorating the collar is key in creating a quirky new take on this trend whether it is with a necklace or actually customizing the shirt collar itself.
Right now we love this collar necklace as it allows you to create a quirky collar twist with almost anything!
I came across these scarves on green eyed monster and I loved the story behind them so much – for anyone out there who, like me, suffers from seasonal depression, here’s a little ray of light :)
“I am always bewildered by the arrival of early autumn darkness. I travel around in my normal routines confused for weeks. This year I felt I needed to try harder to understand the transition. Was there some way I could prepare? Without even knowing it I found I was using my camera as a tool to dissect the final hours of illumination. I became fixated on capturing a momentary blanket of light, of all tones and colors, which I could hold and pull up around me when all I see is black. I wanted to feel the light. I needed to see the light. And now I feel ready. Come darkness, here we are again.”
One of my co-workers is fostering two sweet little kittens until they find a home – this is Whiskey, and he has a brother named Pancake. My heart is breaking from the cuteness, and also because Whiskey isn’t feeling well :(
In the switch from Spring to Summer I gave away a bunch of sweaters to make room in my dresser drawers. I’m now beginning to regret that decision as cooler air moves in and I’m getting bored with my current options. I’ve been looking around for pieces to fill the void, and The Weather Pattern: Fairisle and Nordic collection on the Free People website has some great options built in there. I’m loving these patterns and chunky knits.
Get cozy at Free People Seattle! Enjoy hot cocoa and apple cider while you shop all day Friday and Saturday (10am – 8pm)! With every “cozy” purchase made you will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift card or special one-of-a-kind gift basket :)
Stop by Free People Pittsburgh this Friday through Sunday for our Fall Student Appreciation! You’re back in school and the weather is getting cold. Come into Free People and enjoy 15% off with your student ID!! And join us Saturday for Halloween costume ideas and treats!
Lastly, Free People Wicker Park is hosting a Trunk Show with local jewelry designer Dallas Maynard on Saturday 10/22!
Dallas will be in the store selling her pieces from 11am to 9pm.
There will be fall inspired beverages and hors d’oeuvres and live music from Rebekah & Charity from 5-8pm.
All guests who make an in-store purchase and “like” Free People Wicker Park on Facebook on Saturday, October 22nd, will be entered in a raffle to win a Free People gift card!!
In addition, any customer attending the event who “likes” Dallas Maynard Jewelry on Facebook on the same day, will be entered in a raffle to win a piece of jewelry from the Dallas Maynard Collection!
Winners will be announced on Facebook on Monday, Oct. 24th.
I’ve been really into themensweartrend lately – I love taking pieces borrowed from a boy and giving them a feminine twist. Then I saw this photo on tumblr and inspiration struck! I knew my next DIY project would be customizing an old denim shirt by adding a pop of colorful pattern.
What you need: collared button-down shirt of your choice, pretty fabric of your choice (try old clothing you don’t wear anymore or thrift stores!), scissors, needle, thread and safety pins.
Lay the shirt flat with the collar folded up.
Place the fabric on the shirt, and you can either mark on the shirt where you want the fabric to cover, or you can cut a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than that area – this is what I did. I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut too small of a piece, and i figured I could just trim the edges later on, which ended up working perfectly.
Use safety pins to attach the fabric to the shirt so it doesn’t move around as you sew.
Start sewing! Sew along the seams at the top and shoulders of the shirt, and then straight across the back.
Once the fabric was sewn to the shirt, I went around the edges with my scissors and trimmed the excess fabric.
And that’s all there is to it! I’m pretty stoked about my “new” shirt!
We have some shirts online right now that would be great for this!