Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What to Wear Wednesday: fancy hats

hats, fall 2012, burberry hat
pic via modella  black beret - check beret
Fierce and military, I love this hat.
hats, two tones
two tones hats pic via Elle - brown hat - yellow hat
Two tones: a pop of color.
sequin beret, turban beanie, studded cap
sequin beret - turban hat - spiked hats
The sequin beret can take you from day to night. The turban is a nice alternative to the classic beanie.
If you still didn't have enough of studs this studded cap is your cup of tea (DIY it?).

Now that temperatures go low it's time to get a nice hat for the city. Stylish and wearable.

DIY event! Free shoe customisation masterclass tomorrow in London

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Save the date! Tomorrow Underground shop in London will host a a series of Masterclass to inspire people to customize their Wulfrun creepers. The event is organized in collaboration with Rachel Matthews knitting and crochet expert and owner of the shop "Prick your finger".
During the evening you can join a competion to win a pair of Wulfrun creepers and a wool kit.

what: free shoe customisation lessons
where: Underground shop Berwick street, London
when: 29th November 2012   4pm-8pm
more info here

Vi trovate a Londra? Allora partecipate domani alle lezioni gratuite organizzate dal negozio di scarpe Underground in Berwick street in cui potrete apprendere come personalizzare le iconiche creepers
All'evento parteciperà Rachel Matthews, esperta di maglia e uncinetto e proprietaria del negozio Prick your fingers, il paradiso degli amanti della lana e della maglia.
Durante la serata sarà possibile concorrere alla vincita di un paio di Wulfrun Creepers e un kit lana.
L'evento è aperto al pubblico.

DIY event

cosa: laboratorio creativo per personalizzare le scarpe creepers
dove: Underground shop Berwick street, Londra
quando: 29 Novembre 2012   4pm-8pm
per saperne di più cliccate qui

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY 5 Christmas chic gifts for your friends and coworkers

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Less than a month to Christmas. It's time to find the perfect gift for anyone! Are you looking for the surprise effect? It will be easier to make unique gifts if you take the time to DIY them.

Today we'll make a gift for your friends and coworkers. Don't give the same gift to all of them, their tastes are different. This is a fun accessory to decorate your bag. Each friend has his own personality but all women love shoes just find the one that better suit them.

You can download the free pattern for all these small shoes  and join the fun!

Your fashionista friend is the one that wears the latest trends and shares style advices with the group. She'll love the iconic Armadillo shoe.

 The mommy in your work group is always busy with home, kids, work and still finds the time to make biscuits at home. How can she do it? Nobody knows. Her perfect shoe is the Zanotti heeless wedge, magically balanced.

Your youngest workmate is an enthusiastic but it's also inexperienced, she still walks the office in her sporty shoes. She'll learn from you how to be professional at work.

The reliable is your favorite coworker. If you give her a job she'll do it on time. You can count on her just like you can count on your classic pumps, they can save any look! We'll do a mary jane for her.

Each office has one, the coworker with the spirit of a leader. She can be aggressive sometimes but she's determined to do well her job, maybe her ideas will take the team to the next level. Her shoe is high and studded.

Natale è alle porte, pronte per la corsa ai regali?
Può essere molto stressante correre da un negozio all'altro tentando di accontentare tutti. Siete alla ricerca del fattore sorpresa? Fare un regalo unico sarà più facile se sarete voi a confezionarlo.  
Oggi realizziamo un regalo per le amiche colleghe che sono con noi tutta la giornata.
Guai a fare a tutte lo stesso regalo, sono tutte diverse ma ognuna di loro porta sempre con sé la sua borsa; oggi la decoreremo con degli accessori a forma di scarpa, una diversa per ognuna di loro.
Scaricate il modello gratuito delle scarpe  e 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

4 handmade Christmas gift ideas

custom camera strap, camera strap diy
clockwise: Romantic camera strap - ruched strap - bohemian strap
 I know most of you are bloggers themselves and or keen on photography. Unfortunately the fashion world isn't making many fancy camera accessories yet but don't worry, crafters already filled the gap.
Here's a gift that a photography addicted may like: a custom camera strap. You can buy one or DIY your own. There are an infinite variety of trims on the market that can give a different appeal to a camera strap.

So di parlare a molte bloggers che raccontano il loro mondo attraverso l'obiettivo di una macchina fotografica.  Gli accessori per la nostra amata reflex non sono ancora così diffusi ma non disperate:  gli appassionati di fai da te hanno già riempito il vuoto. 
Ecco un regalo che un appassionato di fotografia amerà: la tracolla personalizzata. Potete acquistarne una o realizzarla voi, ci sono moltissime trine in merceria da cui partire.

handpaintend silk ties
hand painted silk ties : purple - blue
Ties happens to be a common gift for a man just like silk scarves for a woman but they can be very special if they are handmade. These are handpainted on silk Silk painting is something I would like to try one day, see how many beautiful color effects can be obtained? In occasion of its first birthday, Dreammor shop is offering a 10% off discount until the 15th of December with the code FIRSTYEAR.

Cravatte per gli uomini e foulard per le donne, a volte diventano il regalo dell'ultimo minutoma possono diventare un regalo particolarmente aprezzato se sono fatte a mano. Queste sono dipinte a mano su seta. La pittura su seta ci permette di ottenere delle bellissime sfumature. In occasione del suo primo compleanno il negozio Dreammor offre il 10% di sconto fino al 15 Dicembre con il codice FIRSTYEAR.

animal gloves, crochet, knitted
funny gloves - fox - bear - ladybug
These gloves are adorable, don't you agree?
L'effetto tenerezza è assicurato con questi guanti a musetto di animale.
phone cover diy
iphone case: jewel - make up case
There's a competion between fashion week attenders: they all try to wear the quirkiest iphone cover. You can dress your phone according to your taste gluing an earring to its back or make it look like something else for example a make up palette.

Durante la fashion week gli invitati alle sfilate di moda fanno gara a mostrare a sfoggiare le cover per iphone più originali. Le possibilità di personalizzazione sono infinite; potete impreziosire il telefono con una spilla o un orecchino o persino ingannare l'occhio e travestirlo da un altro oggetto per esempio una trousse da trucco.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The cape coat DIY reloaded: Finishing

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The cape coat diy

cape coat sewalongCape coats are trending right now but you already know it!
A lot of you are making the DIY cape coat  I shared with you last winter season!
Since I received many questions about the finishing of the coat today we talk deeper about it.
These details are up to you. The coat can be done with one seam and will work without the collar but you can choose the level of customization you want based on your skills and taste.

This is what I did to finish my coat.

There is also another freebie for you, it's the corean collar free pattern I added to the coat.

I see dogtooth paired with brights in a lot of shops lately so I guess my cape will still be trendy this year! :D

For those of you that don't know anything about this cape coat you can download the free pattern here then follow the step by step tutorial to make it.

Le mantelle sono tornate di moda ma voi lo sapete già! Molte di voi infatti ne stanno realizzando una con il modello che ho condiviso con voi l'anno scorso. Avendo ricevuto molte domande sulle rifiniture oggi torniamo a parlarne.
La mantella può essere finita cucendo solo le spalle senza dover aggiungere colli o bottoni, le rifiniture poi dipenderanno dai vostri gusti.
Alla lista dei modelli scaricabili gratuitamente oggi si aggiunge anche il colletto alla coreana che ho realizzato per la mantella.
Se non avete mai sentito parlare di questa mantella potete scaricare qui il modello gratuito e poi seguire le spiegazioni per realizzarla.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What to Wear Wednesday: Parkas

sheep lined  parka - topshop parka - military coat
Parka with flag - faux leather sleeves parka - burgundy parka

I've never worn olive green or sporty coats. Since I wasn't going hunting or fishing I felt like I didn't need any of those functional coats with a lot of pockets or camouflage patterns. Not that I'm changing my habits, I still don't need to disguise between the trees but I'm reconsidering army green. These coats look super comfortable and warm with synthetic fur lining.

Parkas along with checked shirts and ripped jeans are having a moment. The deliberately messy style  that Grunge promoted is back on the streets even if maybe without the rebellion against the pop culture that it represented in the 90s.

How will you wear parkas? With a polished look or with messy hair like a 90's girl?

Per me le giacche verdi e piene di tasche erano relegate al guardaroba maschile per attività quali la caccia e la pesca. Francamente non ho mai considerato di indossare il verde bottiglia. Non mi dedicherò certo a nessuna di queste attività ma potrei riconsiderare le mie posizioni e fare un'eccezione per questi parka dall'aspetto caldo e confortevole. 
Parka e giacche militari indossati con camicie a scacchi e jeans strappati sono capi simbolo dello stile deliberatamente trasandato del grunge anni 90. Uno stile che oggi viene riscoperto e diventa trend di stagione (anche se forse svuotato del suo significato di ribellione contro la cultura pop).

E voi come indosserete i parka? Con capi bon ton o con i capelli spettinati proprio come una ragazza degli anni 90?

kate moss, parka

Monday, November 19, 2012

Old coat to new coat using leather

via Outsapop
via Outsapop

Leather is a wonderful material to work with for a variety of reasons, one of these is that it does not fray so you can cut it, slash it,pierce it and always obtain a refined look. Today I would like to share with you this beautiful refashioned coat made by the DIY Queen of Outsapop. In my opinion the leather applications give a whole new life to it The dogtooth pattern she chose is classical but made new by leather. I also like black on dark grey, it's sophisticated and wearable. I absolutely love it!

Una delle ragioni che rendono la pelle un materiale molto interessante con cui lavorare è che non sfila: la potete tagliare, bucare ed ottenere sempre un lavoro rifinito. Oggi vi propongo un cappotto reso attuale da delle applicazioni in pelle realizzato dall'esperta di DIY di Outsapop. Penso che questo cappotto sia moderno e sofisticato sia per la scelta del motivo pied de poule sia per l'accostamento dei colori nero e grigio scuro.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gold dipped walnut bracelet tutorial

diy, fashion diy, walnut bracelet
gold foil walnut bracelet
diy, fashion diy, wlnut bracelet

Do you know how to open a walnut without smashing its shell? I didn't know that was possible untill I saw that my friend Pietro was capable to do it.
Last year I started collecting pieces of jewelry inspired by nature (do you remember the leaves necklace tutorial?) and once I had these beautiful walnut shells available it was easy to figure it out how to use them.
I dipped them in gold using gold aluminum foil to exalt their own beauty and then used them just like beads.
I still haven't told you how to not smash the shell (but maybe I'm the only one who didn't know it!). You have to insert the tip of a knife in a hole between the two shells, pivot the hand clockwise and *click* the walnut opens.
I used a driller to pierce these walnut. Please be careful when using these tools.
Curious enough to see the full tutorial?

Sapete aprire una noce senza schiacciarne il guscio? Beh io non sapevo fosse possibile fino a quando non ho visto farlo dal mio amico Pietro. E' quasi una magia, si inserisce la punta del coltello fra i due gusci, si ruota la mano e tac la noce scatta come una serratura e si apre.
E' circa un anno che colleziono gioielli ispirati alla natura (vi ricordate il tutorial per realizzare la collana con le foglie?) e quando ho scoperto come salvare i gusci di noce ho capito subito come li avrei utilizzati.
Dopo averli cosparsi d'oro di pellicola dorata li ho utilizzati come perline.
Se siete curiose di vedere come ho realizzato il braccialetto?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What to wear Wednesday:something blue

clockwise from up left: black jumper - Stella McCartney dress - Mietta blue top - blue clutch - bug necklace

Gucci velvet dress - Asos blue dress - Zanotti boots

Snake shoes - Stella McCartney jumper - Chloe bag - Wide leg trousers

I'm mad for the latest Stella McCartney collection. The fitted and flared dress is amazing. The colored panels are vaguely sporty while the frills make this dress feminine and chic. Browns are well blended together but it's blue that gives that energetic touch to the dress. This winter if you want to wear brights you can choose blue.  I spotted a couple of runway look-alike looks while shopping online. This intarsia sweater is a tribute to Stella McCartney rich embroidered top and this draped Asos dress is clearly inspired by another amazing fall dress: the Gucci velvet number.
Stella McCarney also shows us how well blue, black and white go along together.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gold dipped nails DIY tutorial

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gold nails
 Lately I've been having some fun with foil sheets. Get them if you haven't already because you can make some pretty cool accessories with it. You can make "gold brooches" out of plastic toys or put some "gold" on your nails. Isn't it nice? Even better this manicure only takes a few minutes to make it.
If you love shiny things, you'll love aluminum foil.

you'll need:
  •  colored nail polish
  • aluminum foil adhesive (foil glue)
  • gold aluminum foil

Vi piacciono gli accessori luccicanti? Allora amerete la foglia d'oro. La pellicola dorata vi permette di ricoprire "d'oro" qualunque cosa vi capiti a tiro. Potrete trasformare dei giocattoli in plastica in spille dorate o dorare le vostre unghie e in pochi minuti, giusto il tempo di fare asciugare lo smalto!

Vi serviranno:
  • smalto
  • pellicola dorata per il foiling
  • colla per doratura

 Apply a coat of nail polish

Applicate uno strato di smalto

Apply foil glue on nails with a brush. You can apply it randomly.
When glue becomes sticky and transparent (in a couple of minutes) cut tiny pieces of aluminum foil and stick them on nails.

Applicate la colla per doratura sulle unghie con un pennello. Non è necessario essere precise, applicatela qui e là.
Quando la colla diventa trasparente e appiccicosa tagliate dei piccoli pezzetti di alluminio dorato e applicateli sulle unghie.

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 Press the foil on nails a little and then peel it off.

Premete la pellicola sull'unghia e poi rimuovetela.

That's it! You've done.
You can use the foil again to add only a tiny bit of gold on nails.
About top coat.  I applied a layer of top coat on one hand. The top coat makes the gold foil a little less shiny and mirrory but protects it .You can leave nails uncovered if the manicure is for one special evening only (avoiding the contact with water).

P.S. We'll use the foil again in another DIY project the coming week. Stay tuned!

Ecco fatto!
Potete usare di nuovo la stessa pellicola sulle unghie quando vorrete aggiungere solo un tocco dorato qui e là.
Se volete proteggere lo strato dorato dovette applicare un top coat sulle unghie però la doratura diventerà meno luminosa e riflettente. Se la manicure è per una serata speciale allora potete anche saltare il top coat evitando il contatto con l'acqua.

Vi è piaciuto giocare ad essere re Mida? Allora rimanete sintonizzate, useremo di nuovo la foglia d'oro in un altro progetto fai da te la prossima settimana!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

3 ways to wear mustache with style

mustache slippers
via Carolines Mode
similar mustache slippers can be found at Zara and Nordstrom

mustache scarf
Mustache neckwarmes : tweed and knitted one
mustache ring, mustace bracelet
mustache double ring - mustache bracelet

Mustache made a funny appeareance in fashion a couple of years ago and never left the scene ever since!
The hilarious trend is contagious. Mustache can be found on shoes, tees, scarfs, think something and you can find with mustache on it.
Ever though mustache could look good on a girl? 
Most of these mustache werables can be diy-ed, like the mustache neckwarmer for example sewing a piece of leather onto a scarf or even easier a piece of felt.
You can paint on your flats a pair of mustache or if you're keen on wire jewerly you can make a mustache bracelet.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY inspiration: honeycomb knitwear

alexander mcqueen sprng 2013, honeycomb, bees
Alexander McQueen spring 2013
honeycomb stitch, knit stich, sample
Honeycomb stitch knit via hello yarn

honeycomb, knitting, knit stitch
honeycomb stitch chart via Lion Brand

Honeycomb stitch video tutorial by Newstitchaday

Cold is here dear knitting enthusiastic and it's finally time to wear your masterpieces. You're planning your winter wardrobe and after learning the basics of knitting you're looking for a new stitch that will make your jumper unique. Since fashion is always looking forward why don't look at spring 2013 trends to find the right inspiration? Alexander McQueen spring 2013 collection is built all around bees and honeycomb shapes. With the honeycomb stitch you'll be able to create an incredible 3d effect.
Watch the video to learn the stitch then print the honeycomb stitch chart to keep it in hand.

Read also
How to start knitting
How to knit a rhombus

Il freddo è in arrivo care appassionate della maglia ed è finalmente ora di indossare le vostre creazioni. State pianificando il vostro guardaroba invernale e siete in cerca di un nuovo punto che renda unico il vostro maglione? Visto che nella moda si guarda sempre avanti ispiriamoci alle collezioni primaverili.
La collezione p/e 2013 di Alexander McQueen ruota intorno al mondo dalle api e alle geometrie degli alveari. Il punto alveare vi permetterà di ottenere un effetto tridimensionale. Guardate il video per impararlo e stampate il modello per averlo sempre a portata di mano.

Altri contributi sulla maglia
Imparare a lavorare a maglia
Come realizzare un rombo a maglia

Friday, November 2, 2012

How make a top inspired by comics + free pattern

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comics inspired top

"Everyone wants garments to be superheroes. This 'fill in the blank' should save your day, your week, your year." said Phillip Lim introducing his pre-fall 2012 collection inspired by Roy Lichtenstein the american artist famous for his giant cartoon pictures.
And while London fashion week opened with an capsule collection dedicated to Minnie Mouse, Iceberg pick chosen Valentina, a cartoon character of the 60's) as his muse.
Fashion fell in love with colors and graphical prints inspired by comics.
Are you joining the mania?
Today I'll show you how to decorate a t-shirt or a blouse with a cartoon drawing. You can download the free pattern here and continue to