Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Book Review: Parisian Chic

I know that most of us seek the little Parisian in ourselves, and why shouldn’t we? Parisians know what to wear and how, but above all they know what not to wear. It seems like French people inherit a special gene that enables them to look good in every situation.
People like us, not endowed by birth with style and an eye for perfect combination sometimes have to find a remedy.
I wasn’t actually trying to find a style guide in form of a book, I mostly scroll through my favourite blogs and try to mix it with my own pieces. But to be honest, I sometimes come to a point when I don’t know what to wear. It’s a rare moment, but it happens from time to time. All the more I enjoyed the surprise Christmas gift I got from a very good friend who seems to know me very good for I like the Parisian way of life and above all their sense of combination.



This so-called style guide “Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange“ features four categories revolving around what a Parisian wears, how she grooms herself, how she organizes and decorates her apartment and a shopping guide of Paris. That seemed like a really good package to me, given the fact that I have been fortunate enough to have been to Paris before and to repeat my visit in the future. Probably a few times.




To go into the actual review:
The celebrity model Inès de la Fressange manages it to reach the reader in a very personal and quite funny way, telling the inside story of how a Parisian woman thinks about fashion, trends, do’s & don’ts. Accompanied by nice little drawings (made by herself) and fashion photography showing potential combinations of a centrepiece with affordable basics, she teaches us how get a variety of outfits out of a few ingredients without paying that much money. What is more is that she also concentrates on what to wear on special occasions (dinner, party etc.) so you don’t need to feel insecure in the future.
The main topics are divided into little hints, nicely illustrated and contributing to the overall style of the guide, designed like a notebook with little photos and scribbling, which I like very much.




I was really excited to have a look at this piece of fashion literature and was even surprised to find a few of my own fashion rules in there (maybe I’m a Parisian after all). Personally it inspired me to save money for a few classics instead of chasing every trend that I see in magazines and after a few weeks on the streets (although street style is an entirely different topic).
However I have to say that “Parisian Chic: A Style Guide” can only be count as half a style guide for the other half contains a tour guide of Paris – shops, cafés, spas, restaurants, hotels… This can sound pretty nice, but the addresses presented here are nothing for a student’s budget and certainly not for mine. Besides that rather makes it to a lifestyle guide, but we don’t want to be pedantic.
To summarize all my impressions of this book I can say that if you are interested in a guide to Parisian style and lifestyle on a light and entertaining but at the same time informative basis I can really recommend this book, but if you are in search of something more profound and professional you may want to look for something different.


Saturday, 25 February 2012

Franka // 16 // Hamburg // Flea Markets

Jacket: Souvenir from the US, Top: Flea market, Shorts: Mum, Bow: Father, Braces: Somewhere from the Internet, Brooch: Flea market 

 
Purse: Flea market, Shoes: Beagle, Rings: Flea market, Bag: Mum

I know my ipod camera is terrible...

Name// Age // Dream Residence // Fashion Inspiration 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

From Sidekick to Hero - Cardigan DIY

Okay I admit it. I’m a cardigan-addict. There, now where can I find the next support-group..?
But seriously, a cardigan can be your helper in times of need, when it’s too cold outside to only wear a shirt or to support a fancy top. However, this little helper normally stays in the background, you could call it the Robin to your Batman, the Watson to your Sherlock Holmes, the – you know what I mean. This is why I decided to turn the tables and to make the sidekick to your hero:



How to pimp your cardigan


What you need:

cardigan in your colour of choice

satin ribbon in a fitting colour

hem tape (normally used to adhere hems)

yarn

mixed old buttons (ask grandma or get them here: www.dawanda.de)



  1. Measure the desired length of your satin ribbon and seal off the ends by sewing them or adhering them with hem tape
  2. Depending on the size of your buttons enlarge the button holes with a scissor
  3. Iron the hem tape onto the band of button holes, then place the ribbon on it and iron it again 
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  5. With a scissor cut the ribbon where the button holes used to be
  6. Sew the button holes by hand or with your sewing machine (if you have one)
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  8.  Cut off the existing buttons on your cardigan and stitch on the buttons of your choice


 




Now you’re ready to go!





Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Paula // 19 // Berlin // JAK & JIL

Sweater: Aunt, Shoes: Peak, Pants: Zara

Name // Age // Dream Residence // Inspiration

Friday, 10 February 2012

DIY Bobby Pin Statement Necklace

Statement pieces are essential in a fashion-addicted person's wardrobe, especially jewelry is able to add just the little something to an otherwise boring or ordinary outfit. My first and biggest love are probably rings, but since I have quite a lot already, there is no need to add another to my collection. It's different with necklaces, and since I saw something similar quite a while ago, I decided to make my own statement necklace by using mainly bobby pins. Sad thing is, that I couldn't remember the site where I got my inspiration from, I will add it in the case I find it.
And now, have fun.

What we need:
 Package of bobby pins in color of choice
 3 bobby pins in a contrast color
 chain (length depends)
 crimp loop + clasp
 tongs












1. Here you can see crimp loops and the clasp in detail, they are pretty self explaining
2. Connect crimp loops to the chain by using the tongs
3. Attach the clasp to it ( In case you do not want to ruin your nails: Use a finer pair of tongs)
4. Start to thread the chain through the loops of the bobby pins. This goes easiest, when they are still in order due to the packaging


5. Pull bobby pins loose from the packaging, so you have (in my case) six bobby pins on your chain
6. Now you add the pin in your contrast color. Repeat Step 4- 6 several times...
7. Adjust the length of your chain by holding it to your neck and cut it with the tongs. Connect the second crimp loop with the chain.

  
 8. Et voila: You can rock the streets.



I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and you may gained some inspiration 


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Valentine's Day Part 2

 
Like my friend Esther, I’m not a huge fan of commercial celebrations that will mislead you to spend all your money for candy and flowers. Valentine’s Day is such a thing, but as always in your life you can make the most out of it. I like the thought of it- a day to show love to someone special (which you can do every day, but what the heck), to give something to him/her that shows how much he/she means to you. However, why spend so much money on things when you can easily do them yourself?


DIY Chocolate Candy

What you need is:

  • ice cube tray in whatever shape you like (heart-shaped is recommended), alternatively you can use professional silicone trays
  • dark chocolate
  • white chocolate (for decoration)
  • marzipan
  • nougat
  • jelly (take your pick)
  • for look and taste: food colouring, rum, almonds (optional)


For marzipan and jelly-filled hearts:

  1. Melt your dark chocolate in the microwave or a double-boiler
  2. With a spoon fill the chocolate into the tray, spin it until the walls are coated and pour out the rest, let it dry in the fridge (you may want to repeat that process a few times)
  1. Cut the marzipan into chunks and mix it with a little milk
  2. Put it in your microwave (low temperature) or melt it in a double- boiler
  3. Fill it into a plastic bag cutting a hole into it (to get a piping bag)
  4. With the piping bag fill the marzipan into the moulds

  1. While letting it dry heat up the jelly until it’s fluid and fill it into the moulds
  2. Seal the moulds with a layer of dark chocolate
  3. Now melt the white chocolate and with a piping bag decorate it
Variation: Fill the moulds only with jelly:


For marzipan and nougat candy:

  1. Cut marzipan and nougat into square slices and stack them together
  2. With a fork dip the “cubes” into the dark chocolate
  3. Decorate it with an almond

Variation:
  1. Colour the marzipan and make little balls out of it, then dip it into the chocolate (you can make balls out of nougat as well)


Voilà:


Now put it in a cute box and give it to your beloved!




Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Valentine's Day Part 1

There are people who hate Valentine's Day. And seriously, I can understand most of their reasons. Of course, flower shops and chocolate factory earn heaps of money these days and all romantic stuff in a relationship should not be reduced to one day.
I do not even celebrate (Do you actually say so??) Valentine's Day, but that's simply because my boyfriend and me will have our two-year-anniversary just a week earlier, so it would not make any sense.
Still, I'm planning on a series of blogposts featuring Valentine's Day ideas. And I hope that all Valentine's Day haters will at least get some inspiration out of it (even all the singles).

So firstly I proudly present a present for a male (females can get this, too...) tea lover:

I present my tea bag DIY 

The German brand Donkey Product  sells pretty amazing tea bags. I love them. Still, you can easily copy them. Someone could call that mean, because, yes, we should support young designers. But I seriously hate black tea and most of the tea bags at Donkey Product are filled with that yucky stuff and it would be much nicer and creative to give a personalized set of tea bags to the person you love.






What we need:
white carton
tea bag
ball pen (ink not water based)
colored pencils
pencil
eraser
stapler
scissors

( photo, postcard, etc)




How to: 

1. Rip off the ribbon+tag of the tea bag
2. Draw the rough outline of half human being from the waist up on a folded carton so it would be mirrored on the fold after you cut it.
3. Cut it out.

4. Adjust your "human" shape
5. Lay the finished mask on the actual white carton.
6. Trace it with pencil

7. Start drawing a figure/character/someone you know with lead pencil
8. Of course you can leave the outlines and give your character the right shape
9. Trace it with a ball pen. WATCH OUT! Fountain pen or water-based ink are to be avoided, Disaster Alert!

10. Use your eraser for the leftover lead pencil
11. Start coloring in.
12. Ready!

13. Cut it out. Leave enough space around the neck and the arms, otherwise they could be to weak to hold the head/tea bag
12. My character with white area...
13. Use your stapler to attach your character to the tea bag.


 Enjoy your tea!



Poor Yamato man!




So, I hope you got some inspiration and have an amazing 14th Feburary... no matter, if you are single or taken...