Monday, April 30, 2012

designs by kaye blegvad

Kaye Blegvad is a British illustrator, designer and artisan.  I came across her work over the weekend and instantly fell in love.  Of course she crafts all her designs out of her Brooklyn studio and is inspired by the NYC streets.  She is clearly influenced by a slightly dark subject matter including weaponry and animals. What I love almost as much as her jewelry is her “New York Stories” which are basically little snippets and random happenings of what its like to live in NYC. Blegvad's jewelry alias, Datter Industries can be seen and purchased here, on etsy.

Makes me crack up- have a happy Monday...

Friday, April 27, 2012

crisp as a new twenty...

As New Yorkers we are constantly flooded with advertisements.  Am I they only one who has noticed they are now putting ads on the outside of the train? I mean, come on now, sometimes it just becomes too much (almost).  However- I have become a sucker for the current ads surfacing the interior walls of the subway.  Cole Haan has focused its Summer 2012 ad campaign around the best city in the US- NYC of course- highlighting the hectic lifestyles which we live.  I just love the poetic phrases that match back to the images- now my everyday ballads I mean, really- don’t these little quotations describe us New Yorkers to the T?

All images taken from Cole Haan (click here!)

Another little sonnet that spoke to me which is not on there website but I jotted it down from the ad:

Every morning
Step out
Crisp as a new twenty

So, off to a weekend of pure R and R (no bike riding = no accidents!)
Damn I really do love New York….


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(literally) everyday obsession: madewell

Hey all you Madewell lovers like me; SALE is now an additional 25% off. If I didn’t do enough obsessing over the weekend (yes, my mom and I stopped by for a browse at the Soho store on Saturday) my secret is now disclosed- I kind of check their site almost everyday…. I have this denim complex and love the head to toe blue jean with a bright shoe (I personally will be wearing this ensemble with the below red suede booties, a weekend purchase). For those of you who actually have money to spend, I highly recommend you immediately make your way over and have your way with the sale section. 

Some pieces I picked up over the weekend:

My mom got me this dress for my b-day.  So cute for summer- I cant wait to wear it!

And then, of course, some pieces I am still lusting over:

Oh, if only my bank account was endless....

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

time for more diy

All that time at home got me thinking about projects that need to be tackled.  Yes, of course going through the areas my mom was not allowed to touch (my closet, under my bed- she would have died if she looked under there!- and boxes upon boxes, upon boxes of shoes).  But also forward thinking to what’s to come with Spring and how I can incorporate some of the pieces I have had forever and spicing things up with some newness. This can be done every easily with accessories! And as a girl on a tight budget, finding these inspiration pictures sure sparked some interest.  As a jewelry designer, I know that during Fall/Winter months, bracelets trend less than say a necklace, earring, ring, etc.  This is due to the fact that people are wearing longer sleeves and heavier coats, (have you ever tried to put on a coat with an arm full of bangles?- not fun)  Now that our arms can finally escape the shackles of our sleeves (not this week in NY- but maybe this weekend? Brrr!)  We can experiment with some extra wrist candy or add to our “arm party” as my friend Libby puts it.  Don’t you remember when I talked about layering jewels here?

Luckily at work, we have tons of these pre-made friendship bracelets lying around- who has time to make those things anymore? The fun part is adding the embellishments anyway.  If you haven’t been living in a bubble for the last month or so, you will know that a lot of stores are also carrying friendship bracelets for super cheap- Asos anyone?  As you can see- I did not detail out instructions for each of these three styles (click here for that) but, maybe you have some pieces hanging around that you can update too– hey, take some time to look around, and be creative!  Most of these parts can easily be found online or at your local fabric and trim store- but if you are having a hard time- just shoot me an email and I will try my best to help!

Just another shout out: thank you or the inspiration Honestly WTF!

Bracelet 1:

Bracelet 2:

Bracelet 3:

Wear them all together, all at the same time.   This is the recipe to a happy Tuesday!