Monday, 22 February 2016

Sewing the Faux Fur Scarf

image sources: restorationhardware.com, wendyslookbook.com, lolobu.com

When I worked at a fabric store I would always advise the customers to run a vacuum down the sides of the cut fabric when working with faux fur so that the fur didn't go everywhere. Alas, I did not take my own advice and ended up with a very furry studio that may take a while to clean up. 

Despite all this I am quite happy with the way my faux fur scarf turned out. I've been seeing them for sale everywhere in stores this winter and decided to take it upon myself to create my own (more inexpensive) version. 

I didn't have to purchase anything outside of what I already owned for this project. The faux fur was a leftover scrap from when I made my Daisy Buchanan Halloween costume, and the lining fabric was another piece laying around from a previous sewing project. 

After finally getting all the loose fur out of the scarf I have found it to be a fun staple to wear this winter. It goes with almost everything and it is super cozy and warm!



                                             

Monday, 8 February 2016

Designer: Valentino


When I first stumbled upon Valentino's pre-fall 2015 collection (using galaxy inspired design elements) I was in absolute awe of the whimsical feel of the line. This started my whirlwind search of all of Valentino's collections. It is safe to say that my initial admiration has not faded.

The haute couture house pays such immense attention to detail, from the strategically draped lightweight fabrics that give their clothes an airy feel to the ribbon embroidery they place on top of it. I can only imagine how long one piece takes to make, even with a team of the best dressmakers on board. 

There is a certain theme that encompasses each collection. Examples would be the pre-fall 2015 line featuring space elements like I already mentioned, a line featuring tiny plague doctor masks if you look closely, and a dress telling the story of Adam and Eve.  




Monday, 1 February 2016

Leopard Lights


I spent an exceptionally long time wandering the store pulling this coat on and off while trying to decide if I liked it or not. One minute I felt a bit too Macklemore-y, the next I felt as though I could be photographed for a British street style blog at any second. 

In the end I gave in, and since that I am so glad I have this coat hanging in my closet. It has become a staple piece to throw on over an all black outfit while going out in the evening. I've also tried introducing it to my daywear repertoire by pairing it with a long burgundy scarf, my super skinny black jeans from BDG and a striped blue and white tee.  

Outfit Details
Coat - Design Lab (The Bay)
Sweater - Urban Outfitters
Jeans - BDG (Urban Outfitters)
Boots - Step Ahead Shoes
Hat - Aldo

Photos by Andrew Mareschal