Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I've been blogged about..

So, had I known someone was going to come in and take pictures of me yesterday, I probably would have looked 100% better than I did (or at least tried). Also, I would have prepared myself for an interview, so I didn't sound like a dork. However, I didn't know, and here is the result on

ooh, Kaaarl how I love you...

Here are the first paragraphs of a good interview with Kaaaahl that was in the Sunday Times. Read the rest of the article here!
Kaiser Karl – the fashion juggernaut that is Karl Lagerfeld – is late. Three hours late. His publicist asked me not to mention this, because apparently everyone says it, and it makes him seem grand. “Karl is not a snob,” she tells me, as we wait. “Karl has time for everyone, he is very generous, you will see.”

Later, after spending most of the afternoon in his company, I will see. But right now, the grandeur seems undeniable. We are inside his photographic studio in central Paris – his idea because, in between designing couture and ready-to-wear for Chanel, Fendi and his own Karl Lagerfeld brand, which have joint annual revenues of around £3 billion, he is a keen photographer. And even keener to be taken seriously in this medium.

The studio is testament to that. It’s the size of a tennis court. A sofa that seats 30 extends along two walls; there are two high umpire chairs, the type you normally see on Centre Court at Wimbledon, allowing Lagerfeld to direct his six full-time studio assistants. Out back, there is a room for state-of-the-art computers, printers and scanners; one crammed with cameras and lights; and another lined with desks and mirrors for hair and make-up. There are even two beds with pristine white cotton sheets and fluffy pillows, in case jet-lagged models need to take a nap. But the most impressive feature has to be the 60,000-odd books that cover the 18ft-high walls of the main studio, providing both a colourful backdrop and a weighty intellectual air.
Read the rest at the Sunday Times..

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Color Saturation

These don't have anything to do with anything, except that I saw them this morning on My Marrakesh, and (as with all her pictures) the filled me with contentment. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sportin' the monochrome...

As a person who recently re-arranged her closet (for the umpteen-millionth time) and Really enjoyed putting it in Roy G Biv order, I am appealed to the thought of opening your closet and finding everything in one color. It seems calming doesn't it? and easy. But would it really be easy to wear the same color all the time? Hmm, I can't decide. Anyway there is a lovely little article on 5 people who sport the monochromatic here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Converse + Poppins=Love

Look at the cute shoes Craftzine user Miaka has made! Did I ever tell you how much we loove Mary Poppins?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Oh, what a hard life to lead...

Sorry to be such a bad blogger the last couple of weeks. I've had people in town and other such distracting things, but next week we will be back in action. In the meantime, here is an interesting little article about Nina Garcia I thought you would like to read.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Liberty shoe department

If I didn't already have the taste for a trip to England on the tip of my tongue, these pics of the new Liberty shoe department would have given it to me. (I found them on the lovely Stylebubble site). I love shoes (not a huge surprise to people who either know myself or my store) but I really love the kind of merchandising that takes on a life of it's own, and this little in-store boutique has it. It's rather mesmerizing, but I find that most things that Liberty does will fall under that category. Lovely.

in my wildest dreams..

This is what my fabric scrap collection would look like in a perfect world. Not the explosion that it currently is. I found this lovely pictures on Designsponge.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sewing Circle

Hey Crafters! Because of scheduling difficulties we are postponing sewing circle until next Wednesday the 27th! Sorry if that is a problem for anyone!

B & E

blog to blog: Isaac!

So, I can't think of anything sufficiently entertaining to show/tell you today. But I found someone who can! Go to Isaac Mizrahi's website and watch his video blog's and all of his other awesome stuff! It is hours of entertainment! Oh, and go to Spring 08 and look at the cookieflower white dress--I've decided that should be my wedding dress. How I'll get it, I have no idea. Enjoy!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Weekend Craft #5

So, are you a big Star Wars fan? We are -- the originals, not the new ones. I love whiny Luke, lip glass Leia, hunky Han Solo. Anyway, if you are a fan you will love this week's Weekend Craft--if not, maybe you should rent the movie this weekend, hunker down with a needle and some thread and join the cult o' the Star Wars.

Have a crafty weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Ice Cream Social!

Don't forget, this Saturday the 9th we are having our 2nd anniversary Ice Cream Social at the store! There will ice cream, a toppings bar and sales! The best sale being 40% off our shoes That Day Only!

See you there!

Style Icon #5 Orla Kiely

Actually, I don't know what Orla Keily herself looks like. I couldn't find a picture of her on her website or the Internet. Hmm, mysterious. That however, does not mean that she has to give up being style icon #5--oh no, Orla has made it on her design skills alone, which are tremendous!

The first time I saw an Orla piece I was in school in London and one of my classmates came with this fantastic bag. It seems that the day before she happened upon the Orla Kiely sample sale (lucky beast!) Since then I have been fascinated by her use of color and pattern, not only in her bags, but her clothing as well. (and her home wares, and her stationary)
Also, having seen pictures of her stand alone stores, I am foaming at the mouth to go to one (and, quite possibly, never leave!) Her pieces are flirty and feminine and most of all fun. The cuts of her clothing are fairly classic, but when made out of her fabulous prints they turn into really interesting pieces.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Brunschwig & Fils

So I was playing around on the Brunschwig and Fils website enjoying searching through their unlimited array of fabrics, wallpapers and trims and thought--I bet all my bon bon's would enjoy this too! You can search through their fabrics in a million different ways, my favorite was by color. And the trims are to die for! Here are pictures from their very beautiful ad campaigns. I know that when I see their ads I normally will tear them out and keep them, they are so lovely!
Blast! The ads are not big enough to really see, so go here to view them. Sorry!

Have fun!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Book Review #5 Softies!

Softies: Oh dear....this is a good one! The popularity of softies has been growing by leaps and bounds lately and it is great to have 25 very different softie artists showing off their creations. Each artist has a bio that gives their website, creative influences and "why he/she makes what he/she makes" to give some interesting background. There is a softie style and level of difficulty for everyone from tiny pink Party Cakes to George the Elephant King, so if you are a craft newbie looking for a great starting point into the world of stitch or an old hand there is something in this book to make you say "ooooooo! ahhhhh! awwwww!" For me Ms. Green Tea Bag wins the prize, seriously, have you ever seen anything so cute?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Weekend Craft Project #4: Party Garland

Emily found this project on the fabulous Purl Soho blog The Purl Bee! It looks so cute when it's finished and very easy to do! I love a festive garland!

Materials: This is enough to make at least a 40 foot garland!

Lots and lots of scraps in at least 10 different patterns. This would be a great use of fat quarters and it's also a fun and effective way to whittle away at your stash!You can get at least 6 feet of garland for every 1/4 yard (or fat quarter) of fabric!
1 spool Gutermann Invisible thread
1 set of Garland Templates which you can download here and here.
1 heavy paper bag
Now that you have your materials gather, go to The Purl Bee to see the rest of the directions!