Many cute and stylish pairs of shoes came in to work today! I wandered around and snapped a few pictures of them. Which ones do you like best? I think my favorites might be the spiky heeled boots at the very bottom.
Lip Dub Pop Muzik from fredasterical on Vimeo.
You might remember this entry we did about Victorian paper masks one of our designers brought back from the Netherlands. Check out this lip dub video using similar masks from fredasterical! Why didn’t we think of this?
Recently I came across this funny little site, e-MANcipate, which is a website to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item. It’s actually really interesting! Apparently men wearing pantyhose is starting to come into style a little bit, (in Europe and Australia mostly,) which kind of makes sense given the current craze for super skinny tight pants! The site had tons of fashion pictures with men wearing pantyhose styled in a number of different ways. I’m kind of split – in some of the pictures it looks kind of cool, in others it looks a little too medieval to me. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?
After a hectic holiday season, the Thursday Poll is back with a vengeance! Last time, I asked whether you liked the Floral Tiered Convertible Skirt styled as a dress or a skirt, and the preference was overwhelmingly for the styling as a dress, with 351 votes! Having it styled as a skirt got 41 votes, with 2 votes for “other.”
This week, I have been admiring all of our slips! We recently came out with a bunch of new ones, and I’m real curious to know what types of styles you like!
First, check out our Solid Stretch Lace Slip below, in washed berry.
Next is our Tie-Dye Ruffles Slip in violet.
Finally, below is our Solid Lace Bandeau Slip in red.
So tell me, which of these do you like best?
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Barbara of Bobbi Clothes teaches you how to make a simple loom and a beautiful hand woven scarf or belt from scraps of fabric. I love how she connects the pieces of fabric and how hand touched the finished piece looks. It’s also cool way to recycle your extra bits instead of trashing them.
And how inspiring does her studio look?
Check out Threadbanger for more crafty tutorials
Can you believe Brother’s snazzy new sewing machine? The QuattroT 6000D features a HD screen where a bird’s eye, zoomed-in view of the needle and its surroundings are displayed. It also has a LED light for the sewing platform. They haven’t announced the price yet, (I bet it’s crazy!) but you can check out a little more about the machine here on Brother’s website. I never thought I’d see a personal sewing machine with a screen!
Believe it or not, these incredible scenes all are within aquariums! Takashi Amano, who many of you may already know of, (though I didn’t!) is the creator of the above aquascapes, as well as countless others. A very well respected photographer and aquarist, Takashi was one of the main people to introduce Japanese gardening styles to the aquarium hobby. His aquarium scenes are always very carefully arranged and yet very natural looking! See more photos of his stunning work (and it is a lot of hard work) here, here, and here.
Remember the super pretty hair wraps our stylist Monica did for the December catalog? Well we recently made a little video in which Monica shows us how we can make the hair wraps too!
To my delight, I got to have my hair be the example, so I had awesome wraps in my hair for a while! It was so fun! You guys should definitely try it! Find the tutorial below – enjoy!
Recently it came out that Alfred Shaheen passed away on the 22nd of last month, at 86 years old. Famous for popularizing the Hawaiian shirt, if you know vintage clothes or Hawaiian prints, (or both,) then you know Alfred Shaheen is the label to look for! The Los Angeles Times obituary for him is very interesting, and tells about how he had his garments designed, silk-screened, cut and sewed all in his factory in Honolulu, as well as shipping them from there. In other words, the whole operation was housed under one roof, which is pretty impressive. Below find a couple of related shots I saw floating around the internet, including the picture from Elvis Presley’s album Blue Hawaii on which Elvis sports a shirt designed by Shaheen. Thank you Shaheen, for the funky flavor!
I am loving these surreal and colorful designs by Richard Hogg. The centaurs totally rock my world, and the seals are so comical! There is a lot more cool art on his site, including, to my delight, a few desktop backgrounds and a (scandalous) screensaver! So right now I have an extra fun and very hirsute Richard Hogg desktop! :)