Nordic Print Fashion Inspiration

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As the weather gets colder, we take a fashion cue from Northern Europeans who are used to the blistering winter chill. We cuddle up in cozy sweaters and leggings in comforting Nordic prints. This festive print is characterized by wintery patterns of reindeer and snowflakes often seen on knits. We love combining a Nordic print sweater with a flannel underneath, a pair of jeans, and comfy boots. Or you can style Nordic leggings with a slouchy sweater! It’s the perfect print for a casual night spent with friends and family.

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Holiday Staircase Decoration Inspiration

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So you’ve got your tree decorated. Now what? How do you make your home even more festive for the holiday season? If you happen to have a second story, your stairway is the perfect canvas. There’s nothing like a garland wrapped staircase to really add that extra touch to any home for the holidays. Whether you’re working with fresh and fragrant evergreen branches, or decide to spruce up the spot with ornaments and decorations, this extra step really gives your home a feeling of holiday comfort and warmth.

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DIY: Leather Fringe Gloves

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Looking for a fun way to upgrade chic, but basic gloves? This tutorial shows you how to DIY a pair of average leather gloves into a high-fashion, cold-weather accessory by using fun leather fringe! DSC_0867What You’ll Need:

2” Faux Leather Cut Fringe

Leather gloves (H&M)

Needle and thread

Scissors

DSC_08711. Take your fringe trim and measure on the outside of the glove.

DSC_08732. Cut to size.

DSC_08753. Sew on the fringe around the opening of the gloves.

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Leather Glove DIY Roundup

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Leather gloves are definitely a high-fashion way to keep your digits from freezing off! But if basic leather gloves are a little boring, upgrade them with these fun DIY alternatives!

DSC_0378+web (1)Upgrade a basic pair of leather or faux-leather gloves with this fun Chanel-inspired DIY!

Final-11Brit+Co. gives us three luxe options for leather gloves!

Screen-Shot-2013-12-18-at-10.44.07-AMHere are two ways to add some edge to your leather with the addition of studs!

gloves2Need added warmth? Extend those gloves with a form-fitting sleeve!

 

DIY: Toast the Host Lace Candle Holders

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Looking for the perfect gift for your holiday host? This DIY is the perfect last minute present that is sure to dazzle! These lace votive holders will set the cozy mood for any soiree, and they may even use them for the party as soon as they get them! DSC_0314

What You’ll Need:

 Glass Votive Holders

4” Fine Metallic Lace

Scissors

Magna-Tac glue

 Small candlesDSC_03161. Wrap your lace around the candle holder.

DSC_03182. Measure and cut.

DSC_03193. Cut one edge off of the lace trim so that the bottom is relatively flat.

DSC_03214. Add glue to your lace and gently wrap it around the votive. Place on candle holder carefully, and let it dry.

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Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

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Milan Fashion Week may be over, but we’re not done drooling over the looks we saw just yet! Italy has some of the most stunning and unapologetic style, so we knew this week was going to be pretty epic. Some of our favorites are listed below!

Moschino Fall Winter 2014

Moschino is no stranger to pushing the envelope. This season Jeremy Scott pulled in some iconic characters and brands in both media and food for his show. Spongebob, McDonald’s and Froot Loops all made an appearance at this show; and while we may not be brave enough to wear these come next winter, we appreciate the ingenuity.

Prada Fall Winter 2014

Prada was on on fire with it’s saturated color palette, smart geometric shapes, and shearling accents. The shapes were strong, masculine and boxy, with colorful shearling to help take the edge off of some of the powerful pieces.

Pucci Fall Winter 2014

Of course the styles at Pucci featured some unforgettable patterns, their signature aesthetic, but we were really drawn in by the exquisite draping. The looks were very wearable, and would look fantastic on a fiercely confident woman.

Missoni Fall Winter 2014

The styles at Missoni were, dare we say, cozy? The abstract geometric prints in subdued shades, and the basic collared henleys made for a practical and wearable collection. Plus their sweaters looked so warm and welcoming, even with their modern design. They would have made the perfect addition to this year’s winter wardrobe!

Marni Fall Winter 2014

The Marni show might not have been your cup of fashion tea with it’s obtuse silhouettes and mixed bag of prints, but if you can rock it, why not? Each piece was more a work of architectural art, than wearable fashion and that’s totally fine with us. We loved the bold use of fur, shape and feathers this time around, and we can’t wait to see how style bloggers embrace these looks next year.

Which looks did you love this year? Whose collections do you keep coming back to? Let us know!

Sochi Style

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For the last two weeks athletes from all over the world have been competing to bring their country pride and recognition. It’s been a blast to see such committed athletes using their talents, but there’s another component that we can’t leave out. The fashions! Now that the Olympics are winding down, take a look at some of our favorite fashions from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony France

Leave it to the French to look totally chic and stylish with minimal effort. The khakis with the gray pseudo-blazer jackets are perfect! That’s some seriously timeless style.

Norway Curling Team Pants

Norway’s curling team did not stray away from daring fashion choices this week! Their pants were boldly printed, and they practically stole the show!

Meryl Davis and Charlie White Ice Dancing

Meryl Davis and Charlie White not only got the gold, but also featured some of the more ornate costumes to hit Sochi! The embroidered vest and the bedazzled dress, we couldn’t WISH for more from our Olympians.

Kaitlyn Farrington US Olympic Snowboarder

Olympic gold medalist, Kaitlyn Farrington, wore a fantastic quilt-inspired jacket that had the perfect amount of homespun Americana.

Canadian Fashion at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

Oh Canada, those mittens. We are so smitten with those maple leaf mittens, and the red and black jackets with toggles look pretty sleek and stylish too!

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski

When it comes to style trailblazers, we need to look no further than the commentators. Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been the shining stars of the Sochi Olympics. From pink blazers to sequined tops, they’ve really turned Olympic fashion on its head. We hear they even coordinated their outfits!

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 Recap

New York Fall/Winter Fashion Week may be over for 2014, but we’re still raving about this season’s collections! From classic rich jewel tones, to unexpected extraterrestrials; this week has been filled with gorgeous styles that we can’t wait to see off the runways and on the New York streets next winter. Here are a few of our favorite collections from this past week.

Zac Posen Fall Winter 2014As much as we love embellishments, sometimes the best style is determined by structure. Zac Posen’s dramatic gowns came in a limited palette without much pattern play. The magic of the styles was evident in their architecture, from gorgeous pleats to structured bodices.

Nanette Lepore Fall Winter 2014

Nanette Lepore went to a favorite palette for fall: berry and black. The silhouettes were simple and chic, and the lack of flourish made the collection look fresh and clean.

Ruffian Fall Winter 2014

In a dark and drab winterscape, Ruffian offers a welcome splash of color and shape!  Many of the pieces were dripping in luxurious silk, the perfect fabric for a glamorous winter gown.

Tadashi Shoji Fall Winter 2014

The looks at the Tadashi Shoji show were romantic and mysterious. With ornate and intricate details, gorgeous lace and velvet fabrics, and billowing light skirts; these styles are sure to be red carpet favorites!

Venexiana Fall Winter 2014

Venexiana’s collection this season had looks that were dark, daring and a little bit dangerous. Working with a cool icy palette, each style embraces the frosty season.

We can’t wait until Spring/Summer, but swooning over these looks might hold us over until then. For the time being, we’ll just imagine wearing these gorgeous frocks, while making our way through slush and snow of winter.

DIY: Warm Winter Headband

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Winter is definitely one of those seasons that makes looking flawless harder than usual. Why? Those bulky hats mess up your glamorous hairstyle! Don’t let itchy hats deflate your ‘do any longer! This DIY will keep your ears from freezing and leaves your hair in great shape AND looks adorable on. Three birds, one snowball.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1” Faux Leather Tape #48081

Pear Sew-On Stone #27474

Ear Warmer

Needle and Thread

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Loops

1. Cut 7 inches of your leather trim. Fold both sides into the center, so that each side has a loop.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Bow

2. Flip the adjusted leather piece over, and sew onto the center of the headband.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Leather Wrap

3. Take a smaller piece of leather, and wrap it around the center of the bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY Jewel

4. Sew your pear jewel onto the center of the leather bow.

Warm Winter Headband DIY from M&J Trimming

Now your ears are no longer a screaming shade of red, and your hair has that same volume it did when you left the house this morning. Take THAT winter!

Winter Headband DIY Roundup

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Headbands are the perfect cold weather solution for those who want to keep their hair on display, or find fumbling around with hats to be frustrating. Here are some ways to make them yourself!

Fleece Headband from Delia Creates

Delia Creates shows you how to make the headband above, and has a ton of other adorable alterations like bows and roses.

Braided Headband from Scarffaces

Remember that beautiful braided headwrap from yesterday’s post? This tutorial from Scarffaces shows you how to make your own!

Headband from Craft Snob

If you’ve never knit before, this tutorial from Craft Snob is the perfect introduction.You’ll learn a new skill AND get a cute headband out of the ordeal. Everybody wins. Or you just win twice.

Faux Fur Headband from Marly Made

This winter headband from Marly Made has everything the doctor ordered. It looks exceptionally warm, and in it you will look exceptionally cool. Just grab some faux fur trim, and you’re ready to go!

Headband Earmuffs from Studs and Pearls

This headband/earmuff combo DIY from Studs and Pearls is so cute and elegant! Get the warmth of  the earmuffs but the style of the headband. Brilliant!

So what are you waiting for? Get your DIY on today for a warmer and cuter tomorrow!