I know I have done a number of floral crown and headband tutorials here on my blog, but how can I not? I just love them so much! This time is a little different though, because I decided to work with fresh flowers. I had never worked with fresh flowers to create hair accessories before. I found out that it's really fun, and even though real flowers don't last as long as fake ones, I personally like them more, because they add such a delicate and dreamy touch. Learn how to create your own fresh flower crown below...
1. Measure the circumference of your head where you would like your crown to sit, and cut a length of wire double that measurement. Create a wire loop the size of your head, and then wrap the remaining wire around the loop again for extra stability. 2. Cut your flowers, leaving about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of stem. 3. Starting at the center front of your crown, place one of your flowers onto the wire, and use the floral tape to attach it to the crown base. Place another flower next to the first one, and wrap tape around the stem to attach it as well. Continue this process to achieve your desired look. 4. I alternated blue Hydrangeas and Baby's Breath all the way around my crown, but you can use any variety of flowers you like. If you want a full floral crown, add the flowers going in the same direction around the wire base. If you want your crown to only have flowers on the front and sides, then attach the front flower, finish each side separately, and just cover the exposed wire in the back with floral tape.
It is a little time consuming to do a full crown, but I just love how lush it looks! I also want to mention that this is pretty much only good for a one time use. I made my crown the night before I took these photos, and stored it in a large Ziploc bag, with a a tiny bit of water sprinkled on top, in the fridge. After wearing it for a few hours, the petals were pretty much frail and limp from the summer heat, and the natural oil in my hair.
These crowns are perfect for parties, weddings, photo shoots, and just for fun! Possibilities are really endless, and once you get a hang of making them, it just gets easier! Plus, you can save so much money making your own, opposed to buying them from a florist.
I've been wearing this orange gingham dress a lot lately. Sometimes for multiple days in a row. It's the perfect vintage dress for summer, and I am just really in love with gingham right now. The shape of the dress is very loose, but in a really cute way. I threw a sweater over it the other day to go to work (yes, it was one of the consecutive days I wore it,) and added a vintage fruit necklace! I really loved how it looked, and can't wait to carry this dress into my early fall wardrobe.
Are you ever in need of shaking things up a little bit? The other day I found myself wanting a tiny bit of a change. I realized I had not done victory rolls in my hair, or worn cat eye liner, for the longest time. I really want to start pinpointed my own person style, and elaborate on all the looks I find so very "me."
I also want to start making it a habit to sew more dresses from the amazing vintage patterns I have, and to make more editorial type blog posts. I didn't make my dress that I'm wearing here, but it is one of my favorite retro inspired dresses I own, and this was the first time I had worn it in years. I threw it on, did my makeup and hair, and then I went in the kitchen and made a huge strawberry milkshake! I wanted to do a post of the day I went to the strawberry farm to pick the ones I used for the shake, but the pictures I took weren't that great, and I like this idea a lot more anyways.
I didn't use a recipe for the shake. I just mixed a few scoops of vanilla coconut ice cream, a couple of handfuls of strawberries, a little hemp milk, and a pinch of sugar in a blender. I added whipped cream, which melted surprisingly fast even on a cold day, and topped it with a cherry and paper straw!
So, I guess I shook things up in more than one sense! I'm so happy I did, and hope this is just the start of new and better things to come for myself, and my little blog.
Happy Saturday all! I just wanted to pop in and do a quick post with some photos I took last weekend at the Quinault Rain Forest. Seeing large growth trees in a deciduous rain forest was on my dad's bucket list, so Fermin and I decided to take him for a day trip to the woods!
It was really interesting, especially when we learned that the rain forest in the Quinault area had some of the largest trees in the world! Nature is so fascinating to me, and I don't ever think I will stop being amazed by it. It's so beautiful, and peaceful, and I think you can learn so much from your natural surroundings. It was funny though, that it did not rain one drop in the actual rain forest the entire time we were there. But I don't mind, because warm dry summers are what I live for!
We also paid a visit to the Olympic coast, and stopped at South Beach Campground. It was an amazing place that had a ton of rocks and driftwood pushed up against this really large hill, and then the flattest beach with powder soft sand. Being surrounded by the nature in these places really makes me realize that there is so much more to life, and that there are so many things more important than me stressing about posting products on Etsy, and working long shifts at the boutique.
The above image kind of really represents the feelings I was talking previously. Yes, we are all intelligent human beings, but when it comes down to it, we are all just animals. Every animal is fighting to make it in this world, and even the Earth itself is struggling to survive. Recognizing this makes me want to be the best being I can, not just for myself, but for all of humanity, animal kind, and mother nature. Sometimes all it takes is a trip to the forest to realize all those things I thought were insanely important, all the little stuff I stress over daily, are just so microscopic in the scheme of life.
Hope you enjoyed all the photos I posted of us posing with plants! And hopefully this post will inspire you to go for a hike, or a walk in the woods, because it honestly is a great way to unwind!
Describing my personal style is not that easy for me. I respect and enjoy so many different types of fashion, that it's hard for me to say I fall into the category of just one. I've had this constant battle within myself since I was getting my degree in fashion. I have struggled with deciding if my style is more feminine and sweet, with pastels and frills being what I favor most, or if I am more of a wild child, opting for bold bright colors and crazy silhouettes. I just love both ends of the spectrum so much.
When I was contacted by Julep to create my own nail polish color, I was so excited! I love creating and designing things other than clothing, because it allows me to step out of my comfort zone, and think outside of the box. But once I sat down and started brainstorming ideas for my perfect polish color, I once again felt the struggle of which way to lean aesthetically. Do I pick a softer pallet, or go with a really wild color? Then, I realized that this indecisiveness is who I am. I'm not sure if I will ever be comfortable picking just one style, so I decided to create a nail polish that incorporates both delicate and flashy.
Well, OK, I actually came up with two concept designs, seen below. Both have a base of dreamy blue/green, with brightly colored flecks of glitter. The one on the left has chunky pieces of chartreuse, as well as smaller glitter pieces in blue and silver. The one on the right is speckled with small bits of purple, chartreuse, and green. I really love them both, and wish I could paint my nails with them right now.
If you're interested, you can check out some of the new Julep nail colors here! They're also having an insanely awesome contest, where you have the chance to win a trip for two to New York Fashion Week, and a $5000 shopping spree! The sweepstakes is open until June 30, 2014, so hurry up and enter! You can find more info here.
I am so excited to be sharing my first ever lookbook with you all! I curated a small collection of vintage items, as well as a few handmade, for this lookbook. All items (minus a few accessories) will be available in my shop within the next couple of days!
Hey there cutie pies! Hope your week has been lovely so far!I just wanted to share some IG photos, because these days I seem to be taking more pics with my iPhone than with my DSLR. These pictures just represent a little bit of the past two weeks.
I've been staying busy working on a summer lookbook, have been happily baking doughnuts, and somehow finding time to frolic in sunny gardens! Now, I'm off to do a ton of work before my dad comes to visit next week!