This time, I cut my cards into large shapes and added a piece of a broken vintage earring. I love the image of Cinderella's castle on the Disney Visa Cards... along with a nice rate, this is one of the main reasons I got the card. I may have also ordered the Priceline Rewards Card because William Shatner is on there Kung-Fu style, but that's neither here nor there.
My mom & dad used to own a jewelry store in the 70's. They closed up shop with stock left over, so, eventually, I inherited all of these lovely pieces of busted-up jewelry. Most are real silver with beautiful stones, and the only broken parts are clasps, chains or jump rings. I've only been hoarding them for, oh, 15 years or so. Any time I can use them, I feel like a real hero.
While credit card earrings are a decidedly funky look, pairing the plastic cards with the metals and stones of vintage jewelry can give them a 'dressier' tone, fit for the office. Here I am, ready to conquer the world and earn more money to pay off the Disney Visa card that is still in one piece.
you can see them working right from the draw designs for inspiration. Creativity in action! Thanks, Nautica, for sharing your dressing room with us!
Have you started your own fashion sketches yet? I'd love to see them!
Make a pair of ruby slippers with Rain's tested and fool-proof step-by-step tutorial.
Tonight on the Oscars, a beautiful tribute to The Wizard of Oz reminded me that movie magic can inspire in audiences of all ages.
And Whoopie's high-heeled salute to Dorothy's ruby slippers reminded me that wearing a piece of the action can bring the silver screen adventure to life. When you make a pair of ruby slippers, you've got a piece of movie inspiration to take with you. Dorothy needed confidence, tenacity, and faith to get through Oz, and sometimes a day at the office needs some of the spirit of Dorothy Gale to back you up.
Learn how to sketch fashion designs with these five easy tips from Rain Blanken. Fashion sketching is not only a great way to carry a concept from paper to runway, but it's also fun for brainstorming. If you are interested in pursuing fashion design, it is important to keep sketching. Create outrageous costumes and office wear... sketching all kinds of fashion will help to keep your creative mind sharp.
Here are my tips on sketching fashion designs:
fashion sketching tools
Fashion flats for details
Add fabric swatches
Make an inspiration board
From design to creation
Share your designs with DIY Fashion fans on Facebook!
I'm ready for trouble in the Film Noir belt and bracelet. During my latest New York Fashion Week frolic, I spent some time in the upstairs workshop of M&J Trimming. This is where Michelle Levy, the Lead Designer for M&J Trimming's Project DIY, brainstorms fun projects that come complete with a theme and everything you need to build them.
My latest Project DIY box doubles as a work space. Project DIY will send a box straight to your door that contains all of the jewels, chains, notions and even tools to make beautiful jewelry projects. Not only that, but they come with a theme. From hardcore punk cuffs to glittering baroque-inspired earrings, each box is a different world for you to explore in the best way... through jewelry! Actually, what I love best about the themes and materials is what you guys are out there doing with them. Not only can I build a Joan of Arc bracelet, but I get to see, through the Project DIY community, how everyone else interpreted the project. The January box was Film Noir themed, dripping with all the mystery of classic crime drama.
The finished Dark Romance bracelet included in the Film Noir box. See how I customized the Dark Romance bracelet to fit my personal vision of film noir....
I just realized, while looking through extremely frightening photos of Mardis Gras costumes, that I didn't post on the blog about my brand new yarn beard.
I made this beard while visiting Gatlinburg this past Thanksgiving. There's nothing like the mountain air and a moonshine distillery to make you want to have a beard. Mine is inspired by The Muppets... I call it the Electric Mayhem beard after thier house band. What do you think? Here is my Yarn Beard Tutorial with instructions on crocheting the base piece and adding the yarn strands for optimal fuzziness.
Rain Blanken at the Vogue Runway Retreat during Fashion Week, February 2014.
When I found out I would be in NYC for Fashion Week, I experienced a phenomenon that I wasn't really used to... when I vacation, I usually choose my most comfortable shirts, a few pieces of fun jewelry, and a nice sweater. Okay, usually I vacation at Walt Disney World, so there are some fairly ridiculous hats in there, too. I'd never been on a trip that centered completely around fashion before.
Coat #2 that I packed just in case., good enough for both sightseeing and arriving at Gordon Ramsay's London Bar in Manhattan.
My crash course in hob-nobbling with the fashion elite has culminated in my top tips for attending NY Fashion Week on a budget. These are just a few easy, no-fail solutions for those of us who don't have the moolah for a high fashion lifestyle.
Michelle and Rain above the every button and feather in the M&J Trimmings store
M&J Trimming, located in the heart of Manhattan, is a wonderland. Well, for the right person. On the first day of 2014 NYC Fall Fashion Week, my mother and I arrived at M&J Trimming fresh from the iconic Macy's on 34th street. I had just tried on a Michael Kors jacket and drooled over $89.00 DKNY shoes, so my inspiration palette was full. M&J Trimming was the perfect spot to find myself after a day of window shopping.
I know you've done this, too; When you're at Macy's in front of a pair of designer studded shoes, rubbing your chin and thinking to yourself, 'I could make this, if only I had...'.
Studded DKNY shoes at the 24th Street Macy's... only $89.99, eh?
Coming in off of the windy, snow-covered streets, I was suddenly surrounded by everything that I needed to complete the fashions that I had stood in front of just minutes earlier. This made me infinitely jealous of New York natives; in NYC, just pop down to M&J Trimming to find the studs, buttons, and feathers needed to finish the job.
But, this wasn't just any shopping trip. I was at M&J Trimming to interview Michelle Levy, the lead designer behind Project DIY. These kits contain everything you need to create unique jewelry styles inspired by the latest runway looks. After reviewing the Joan of Arc and Baroque & Roll kits from Project DIY, I was eager to meet the woman behind the projects and tutorials that I had enjoyed so much. Hey, you guys know I can appreciate a good tutorial.
After our craft session and interview, my mom looked down to see that Michelle was wearing a pair of cool studded boots. Surprise, the top was studded strap that Michelle had made... a technique I was just pondering in Macy's down the street!
Rain at the Vogue offices in Times Square
I hadn't expected to be in NYC this Spring to catch some inspiration for next fall, but luckily, I was able to get to the city with my mom for a few days of fashion craziness. Amid designer interviews, sightseeing, and a few runway events, we had an exciting evening on our schedule: the Vogue Runway Retreat VIP party!
Form Laurie: "Thank you so very, very much!!! You did such a great job making it and I loved how you described what you did step by step! I could not help but smile as well as be impressed!! I am all thumbs when it comes to being creative and I have about a dozen nicks on my fingers to prove it!! I love reading your blog!!"
Wow,that's why I love giveaways! Look out for another giveaway coming to the DIY Fashion Facebook page next week!