Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Look I Love: Menswear

Love the cardigan and checkered suit jacket combo!

As seen on The Sartorialist.

DIY to Try

Maegan of ...love Maegan has posted another fabulous fashion DIY. This is a simple way in which to transform a plain sweater into a sparkly and trendy (I have seen adorned shoulders everywhere lately!) holiday sweater. I am definitely going to try this myself. See full instructions here.

Photos from ...love Maegan.

Home I Love: Christmas Edition

I am really liking this Christmas theme arranged by Coco and Kelly blogger and interior designer, Cassandra Lavalle. This is a simple modern-festive take on Christmas decor. The Christmas adornments highlight the room, but do not overwhelm or drastically alter it. My favorite element is the way in which the gifts are arranged on the bookshelf and slipped into the shelf below. I think this is perfect for someone who does not want to go 'full-tree'.

Photos from Coco and Kelly.

Monday, November 22, 2010

DIY Holiday Ornament Wreath

This year, I decided that I would make my very own wreath. I had seen some glamorous silver ball wreaths in home decor magazines and decided that I would make one myself. Being unsure as to how exactly it should be done, I turned to Apartment Therapy for inspiration. This lead me to a how-to for making CB2's "In the Loop" ornament wreath. While mine does not really resemble the CB2 wreath (which I do think is very mod and rad), I did essentially use their techniques with minor changes. See below for supply list and assembly instructions.

My Wreath:

CB2 Wreath:

CB2 "In the Loop" Wreath Supplies:

1. Strong stiff wire that can be bent into a ring. We used aluminum wire gauge 20, about 55” long—due to the scale of the products in the shot, our wreath was rather large, about 28” in diameter. A wire hanger is also a simple way to go. I initially tried using 20 gauge aluminum floral wire which left me with a droopy wreath. I restrung it all on two lengths of 15 gauge wire that I found at Canadian Tire. This worked much better. As for size, I used two pieces of wire approximately 48" long creating a diameter of 22". (My apologies for the approximations, I failed to measure the wire before stringing the ornaments).

2. Ornaments. We used a total of 81 ornaments. For a smaller version, we’re guessing you could make a 14” wreath with about a third of the ornaments depending on how full you wanted it. I used shatterproof (i.e. plastic) ornaments from Superstore. They came in a container of 100 for $19.99. I used a combination of approximately 75 smaller and larger balls.

3. Strong tape to fasten the ends of the wire ring together or, pliers to twist the ends of the wire ring together. I opted to twist the ends together with pliers. This makes for a very secure closure.

4. Ribbon to hang the wreath. I used a 3" wide wire edged ribbon from Michaels.

Tip: best not to go too large in diameter as the wreath could become too heavy and stretch out. If feeling ambitious, make sure to use strong wire!

CB2 "In the Loop" Wreath Instructions:
1. String one ornament at a time onto the wire ring, alternating colors, using smaller ones to fill in the gaps. I did not follow a strict pattern given the colour palette, but did typically alternate between small and large balls attempting to spread the colours evenly and keeping mindful of the placement of the glittered balls as I had fewest of those.

2. When the ring is completely covered in ornaments, fasten the ends together. This is where I opted to twist the ends together rather than tape them. I would suggest leaving at least 3" of wire on either side to ensure that you can easily wrap it. There was about a 2" gap left at the top once fastened.

3. Use a ribbon to cover the spot where the ends are fastened together, and hang! I wrapped the ribbon around the gap 4 times to make sure it was well covered and then tied a large bow with hanging ends. I used a $2.99 simple silver door wreath hanger from Home Depot.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas Stuff I Love: Cards!

I love Christmas and this year I am feeling particularly festive. So, bear with me with me as I will post some of my favorite Christmas accessories and creations. Today, I start off with Christmas cards. Here is a selection of some of the most fun and interesting cards that I have come across. As you may have guessed, I have a penchant for mod-style cards and silly animals.

1. NYC Christmas Shopping, Kate's Paperie.
2. Shag Designed Christmas Cards (currently unavailable).
3. Moma Holiday Cards, Festive Holiday, Kate's Paperie.
4. Shag Designed Christmas Cards (currently unavailable).

5. Moist Holiday Cards by Naughty Betty, Heliotrope.
6. Moma Holiday Cards, Pop-Out Patterned Trees, Kate's Paperie.
7. Shoot Your Eye Out, Jack Cards.
8. Bicycle A6 Holiday Cards, Paper Source.
9. Robot Holiday Cards, Rock Scissor Paper.
10. Christmas, Presentation Magazine, Online Christmas Card Maker.
11. Feliz Navidad Flat Notes, Hammerpress.
12. Holiday Santa, Jack Cards.

13. Not a Creature was Stirring, Kate's Paperie.
14. Reinpet Holiday Photo Cards, Minted.
15. Twinkle Deer Holiday Cards, Rock Scissor Paper.
16. Dachshund Christmas Cards.
17. Holly Jolly, Jack Cards.
18. Cool for Cats Christmas Note Cards, Notorious Kitsch.
19. Merry Menagerie Holiday Cards, Rock Scissor Paper.
20. Dachshund, Kate's Paperie.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Most Awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Yes, that is a Morrisey Christmas Sweater. What does Morrisey have to do with Christmas?? No idea, but the sweater is rad.

Purchase one here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Look I Love

There are three things that I seem to be drawn to right now:

1. Leopard prints and fur.
2. Wintery clothing.
3. Beautiful blond Scandinavian girls.

As seen on My B on Lookbook.

Look I Love

As seen on Taylor S on Lookbook.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Capes! Capes!! Capes!!!

I think that my favorite trend this season is capes. They can look great on most anyone and can be worn casually or dressed up. I also love the variety of styles available. I am trying to convince Will that he NEEDS to make me one. Here is a sampling of some of the most beautiful capes that I have come across:

1. Kertiii blog, homemade cape.
2. As seen on Lookbook.
3. As seen on The Sartorialist.

4. Zara Cape as seen on Lookbook.
5. Miss Pandora in Zara Cape as seen on Lookbook.
6. As seen on Lookbook.

Look I Love

Over the weekend, while searching for pictures for a future post, I came across a blogger from Estonia named Kerti. I love the fact that she is from Estonia since this is tiny European country that I know so little about. I anticipate learning more as I view the photos of Kerti and her world which she shoots in a most beautiful fashion. She also has amazing style. I think she can give me few tips!

Check out her blog here.

Holiday Decor: West Elm Serving Trays and Plates

These holiday serving trays are so pretty and would work perfectly with most decor with their simple silver and white patterns. I think I need these for holiday entertaining!

Available at West Elm.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Look I Love

Gorgeous wintery day look. You cannot go wrong with black, white and red.

As seen on Lookbook.

Look I Love

I want to put this dress on and jump around in all the frills...it is so adorable. It is the perfect holiday party dress. I am in love.

Not so sure about the shoes...

Lanvin for H&M as seen on Lookbook.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Look I Love

As seen on Lookbook.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Home I Love

Since we moved into our condo I have been wanting to find ways to personalize it. It has great finishings, so the only thing left is decor. We currently have inherited tan leather couches that are neither our style or appropriate for the room. I am constantly looking for ideas for living room furniture so that when we can afford it, we will know what we want.

Some of my favorite elements in this home are:

-the round sofa window space (of course!)
-the colour choices. I am a huge fan of the grey, white, yellow and blue combination in the window space and living room.
-the combination of the modern sofa and tables with the antique Bergere chairs.
-the wallpapering method used in the bedroom and living room in which the wallpaper is hung within the moldings rather than on the full wall.

See more of this home tour here.

Dachshund Approved Before and After on DS

Design Sponge featured this amazing transformation on an originally, very ugly and outdated cabinet. Now it is stylish, modern and useful. I think my Penny needs one of these!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Look I Love

Not sure if I love this whole look, but I chose this one because I LOVE her tights!

As seen on lookbook.

Modernizing Victorian Furniture

I know some might gasp in horror over the idea of painting antique furniture however, I love the idea of taking a traditional Victorian piece of furniture and modernizing it. This looks fabulous when integrated into modern decor.

1. Modern Sofa as seen on ArhZine.
2. As seen on Four Walls and a Roof.

3. "The Canes" Chair as seen on Vamp Decor.
4. The Besty Handpainted Sofa on Apartment Therapy.
5. Victoria Luxury Sofa as seen on ArhZine.
6. Opal Chair as seen on Vamp Decor.

7. Noel Duigan Finlandia 2 Chair as seen on Vamp Decor.
8. Noel Duigan Finlandia 3 Chair as seen on Vamp Decor.
9. Noel Duigan Finlandia Cavallino Zebrato Chair as seen on Vamp Decor.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Look I Love

I think I love this look for two reasons:
1. She looks like an adorable snow bunny.
2. The picture somehow makes her look minature.

Found on Lookbook.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jonathan Adler Canisters

These are awesome. I am not sure if they would go in my kitchen, but I would love to try them out!

See more Jonathan Adler.