Strangefolk Jamberry Nails Available Now!

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My friend Melissa and I have teamed up to make the coolest accessory ever in honor of Strange Folk Festival–custom nail wraps from Jamberry Nails!

Have you guys heard of Jamberry Nails before? They’re vinyl wraps that adhere to your nails with a combination of heat and pressure–no glue, stickyness, or top coats needed! They don’t chip, are non-toxic, won’t damage your natural nails and best of all, have no dry time. I’ve been trying them out for the past few months and really love them! I just use a blow dryer, cuticle pusher, and pair of small, curved scissors to apply and finish them and they always last at least a full week. Some people even get 2-3 weeks on fingers and 4-6 weeks on toes!

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Melissa is a certified Jamberry consultant and first fell in love with Jamberry Nails because she finally found a way to have cute nails that stood up to all her jewelry making and crafting wear-and-tear.

When I heard that you could design custom Jamberry wraps, I totally fell in love with the idea of putting my cute little Strangefolk characters on nails! Melissa helped me figure it all out and now you can order your own set here!

Here’s all the important info, straight from Melissa:

All orders AND payment for the Strange Folk nail design are due by Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014. Cost for each Strange Folk wrap will be $20 each via PayPal, no matter the quantity.

The order will be placed with Jamberry, Thursday, Sept 4, 2014, no exceptions. We need plenty of time to print & ship! Once we receive the wraps, they will then be shipped to YOU so you can wear them proudly at the Strange Folk Festival, happening Sept 27-28, 2014, in O’Fallon Community Park!

To find out more about Jamberry: http://melissavilladiego.jamberrynails.net

To order other custom Jamberry Nails by Melissa: http://www.pinterest.com/TwentyThree/jamberry-nails/

I had SO much fun designing (and obsessing) over each unique nail design. I think the colors look so bright and fun and can’t wait to see all the cute, matching fingers at Strange Folk! :)

Up and Away

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Andrew and I leave for Portland, Oregon, bright and early tomorrow morning–a little too early for my liking but whatever! We’ll be hanging out in a beautiful condo in the Pearl District, exploring the city and eating our way through for a whole week! Not to mention getting to see one of my old college roomates get hitched. I am psyched. :)

I did a little blog refresh over the weekend. I love using WordPress, but am never happy working on layouts/themes. The WP coding is too complicated for my poor little brain and I can never seem to find the right theme for me. Whenever I go to mess with the CCS, I always seem to break something else. :/ I like the way this one looks for now, but it’s awful on mobile. Sigh.

If anyone has some Portland favorites–food, shopping, whatever–please share! xo

FF35: Street Style

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Style Chic 360 | Photo by Fashion Bomb Daily

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The Print Fiend

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Romeo’s Fashion Fix

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Style Story | Superficial Girls

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Keiko Lynn | Ivory Jinelle

As transitional seasons creep up, I love collecting inspiring outfits to keep me excited about getting dressed. I’ve been thinking about wide-brimmed, black hats a lot lately. I always rule out hats because I have the fortunate combination of big head + big hair, but I just keep thinking about how cool a big black hat would look with some of my flowy, witchy looks I’ve been rocking lately… we’ll see. ;)

St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards 2014: Nominations Are Open!

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Nominate Creature Type in the 2014 STL Fashion Blogger Awards!

Alive Magazine adds some extra fun to Fashion Week by organizing the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards! I was lucky enough to be nominated in a couple categories last year and had such a blast at the Fashion Week kick-off party where they announced the winners. I’m just as excited for this year to catch up with my blogging buddies and meet all the newbies I haven’t hung out with yet. You know we all love any excuse to dress up. ;)

The official website for Fashion Week launched last week and you can check out the bloggers page here. Visit all the awesome fashion bloggers of STL and nominate your favorites!

How to Design Repeating Patterns

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I’ve never really done a “How to” or DIY post before, mostly because I just don’t feel like enough of an expert on anything to clog up the internet with yet another DIY. However, making patterns is something that differs enough artist-to-artist that I thought it would be fun to share my favorite technique and maybe inspire someone to try something new. :)

This is a pretty well-known technique for designing a seamless, repeating pattern. I remember how much it totally blew my mind the first time I learned it! In my opinion, this is the easiest way to design a really complicated pattern–although what I’m sharing today is pretty simple.

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Start out with a drawing or shape you want to use in your pattern.

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Once you have your starting image, you want to divide it in half horizontally and flip each half upside down. You can do this digitally or on a good old fashioned piece of paper. It’s important to make sure both halves touch the edge of your canvas exactly.

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Now we’re going to repeat that step, but vertically. So select each half and flip it vertically. If you’re working with paper, you’ll need to first tape together the pieces you cut in the previous step. Make sure you line up the edges exactly.

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Now you have this kind of scary looking, sliced up image. The next step is to just fill in that empty space with the rest of the drawings/designs you want. I love this technique because you can kind of make up a pattern as you go. Since you’re filling in blank space, you can kind of see where the drawing takes you and add things organically.

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I went with this simple, easy diamond pattern.

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Voila! You can save your pattern and tile it to see how it looks in action.

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I love that you can flip it in either direction. So fun!

If you’d like to see another artist apply this technique, check out this amazing tutorial on Design*Sponge by Julia Rothman! Hers is a great example of just how intense and detailed you can get.

Do you have a different method you like to use when designing patterns? I love seeing what others make!

OOTD: Still Into You

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Shirt, Vest, Shorts: Nordstrom Rack | “Hot Mess” Necklace: August Abroad | Crystal Pendant: Fable & Lore | D’Orsay Flats: Dolce Vita

This ensemble right here is officially my 2014 summer uniform, y’all.

On an especially hot day in July, I went into Nordstrom Rack on a mission. I wanted a light, comfortable outfit I could wear to work that didn’t look totally grungy like my at-home uniform of denim cut-offs and ripped, cropped tanks. I’m lucky that my job is super casual and clothes usually aren’t an issue, but I always end up feeling a little bad if I end up meeting clients or going on a quick photo assignment on a day I decided to be super lazy. I wanted a go-to lazy outfit that felt more put-together.

The heavens parted and a holy light shone down upon these shorts. They feel like pajama bottoms, have pockets, and sport a fun, but relatively neutral pattern. They have an elastic waist that lets me wear them high at my natural waist (my usual choice), or lower on my hips if they feel too short for the situation. The loose, peplum top has such a perfect shape! So flowy, but with a seam across the waist so it doesn’t look too big and shapeless. I love that I can wear it solo if I feel a bit daring and want to show off the back (also if it’s so hot I want as few layers on as possible) or I can throw on a vest or light jacket if I’m at work.

It’s been a little over two weeks since my bike accident and you can see that I’m healing up pretty well! There are still pink, post-scabby spots on my knees and hands and all the dings on my feet, but I’ve definitely come a long way! All the scrapes on my face are healed–thank goodness–and my giant yucky bruises are slowly fading away. I can’t help but look down at my legs and feel a bit nostalgic about scraped up knees in the summertime from when I was a kid. Makes me feel like I’m doing summer right. :) xo

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I own and love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.

FF34: All About the Backpacks

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1. Vintage Re-Issue Sling by Fossil
2. Nylon Flap Backpack by Dooney & Bourke
3. Karma Backpack by Deux Lux
4. Studio Legacy Backpack by Coach
5. Faux Leather Backpack from Forever21
6. Black Striped Canvas Backpack by BagyBags on Etsy

I feel like backpacks are having a moment right now. Think less camping and more Clueless. That always sounds like pretty solid advice in my opinion, but seriously–I feel like I’m seeing cute little leather bags slung across increasingly more shoulders on my favorite style blogs. I doubt that will change much as fall creeps up and we get more back-to-school nostalgic vibes.

I love that swapping a purse for a backpack can feel a little fun and atypical, but also super practical and inherently non-fussy. No matter how much you shelled out for that hip bag, you’ll always have a certain air of casualty and nonchalance, y’know? Plus it’s super easy to thrift a cute one and try out the trend on the cheap!

I wish I was posting more original content alongside my Friday Faves posts, but between working on longer term freelance projects that I can’t share yet and kind of hunkering down to bust out new inventory for my upcoming fall craft shows, it’s been a little tricky lately. Not to mention I’ve been nursing some ugly wounds from my bike accident and haven’t felt very photogenic. I can pretty much only wear the same beat up pair of open-toe Target flats everyday because the gross bruise on my right foot makes any other pair too uncomfortable. Haha, that definitely throws a wrench in my sartorial forms of expression! :(

Fun times are coming up fast, though! I’d love to share more about reconfiguring my craft show display, Strange Folk is right around the corner(eeeep!), and St. Louis Fashion Week will be here before we know it! Plus at the end of August, Andrew and I are taking a week-long trip to Portland, OR for a friend’s wedding and some general adventuring. Fall is always a busy time and I’m trying to ease into it more this year. Last year was a whirlwind! xo

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.

Meet the STL Craft Mafia

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During our last St. Louis Craft Mafia meeting–my first as an official member!–Michelle of Green Wall Studio stopped by to take some classy mug shots for us and they turned out a-ma-zing. Can you tell the mafia has been obsessed with Orange is the New Black? We met at Mad Art Gallery, which is located in an old police station. We got all up in that vintage jail cell!

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We came up with “prison names”… haha, I’m so bad at coming up with witty names! I’ll stick to drawing.

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We did some small group shots–these are the illustrator/photographer folks! Left to right, skipping me (obviously):
Mary of Unicorgi | Evil Little Girls | Jane of Jane Linders Photography | Jeffrey of Handmade Family

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Elizabeth of Just Liv

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April of Riley Construction

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Courtney of My Vintage Addiction

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Courtney of My Vintage Addiction | Stephanie of Ruby Francis Rags | Holly of South City Studio

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Renee of Strung Out and Wired (with bad ass tattoos by yours truly ;))

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Lauren and Renee of Strung Out and Wired | Kara of Irie’ Elements | Shelah of The Foundrie/August Abroad | Melissa of Villa Design

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Melissa of Villa Design

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Cristin of Cristin Rae Knitwear

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Phil of Belle Journee | Kathleen of Buddha Bath and Body | Alecia of Senora Muertos | Beth of Belle Journee | Kayla of Ghost Cat Studios | Amanda of Sprouted Designs

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Not going to try and ID each pretty face here, but shout-outs to all the other members!

 Beqi of Beqi Clothing | Eleanor of Scarlett and Maria | Andrea of Zenbot Design | Mary of Pairabelles | Rachel of Sew Good and Trendy | Suzanne of Suzanne Shenkman Designs | Amy of Stick to Your Knittin’ Kitten

Just a side-note here that ironically just after blogging about how impressed I’ve been with my cycling skills lately, I got into a bike accident on Friday. :( Haha, figures. I’m a mess. It was totally my fault, but I ended up flying over my handlebars and into the street face-first. Not cute. I’ve been laying low and whimpering and hobbling around ever since. I’m okay–just all scratched up and sore. Still ready for my little roadtrip this weekend and looking forward to partying with my favorites girls even more!

FF33: Etsy Love

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1. What Would Beyonce Do? Gold Foil Print by Charm & Gumption
2. Cat Face Earrings by The Pink Samurai
3. Wire-wrapped Amethyst Ring by Condensed Star Stuff
4. Blogger Badge of Honor by Stoic and Pariah Handmade
5. Daisy Rag Doll by Riley Construction
6. Retro Doughnut Wooden Sign by Slippin’ Southern
7. Wooden Meadow Flowers by Anna Wiscombe
8. Clueless Fashion Buttons by Butt’n Booty
9. Missy Elliot Votive Candle by Flaming Idols
10. Amethyst Point Pendant by Fable and Lore
11. Gentle Reminders Pencils by Amanda Catherine Designs
12. Personalized Initial Charm Necklace by Villa Designs

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve really been feelin’ the handmade love lately, so I decided to share some recent Etsy faves today. :)

I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend at home. Next weekend some friends and I are road tripping down to Springfield for a girls’ party trip, so I’m conserving my energy. ;) I might try to wake up in time to hit a few estate sales or go for a bike ride on Saturday. This week I tried a new trail and rode 8 miles–that’s an impressive feat for lazy ol’ me! I’ve never really paid attention to my mileage while riding before, so putting a number on it like “wow, I can ride 8 whole miles!” feels great. I might even try the whole back-and-forth next time. 16 miles! That sounds crazy but I know I can make it! Wish me luck, y’all. I hope you have a lovely weekend yourself. xo

Handmade Happy Hour: Summer in the City

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I had more fun at Friday night’s Handmade Happy Hour than I’ve had at a show in ages! The setting was amazing–a cozy side street downtown with trees, lively patios, lights, and a full stage. The weather was lovely and we had a fabulous, energetic crowd that was bustling all night. My booth neighbors on all sides were some of my very favorite ladies and we all just had a blast. :)

I’m trying to get my ass in gear for the rest of the summer and work on revamping my craft show set-up in time for Strange Folk. I got some free hand-me-down photo display walls and I have some jewelry display DIYs to work on finishing up. I want to expand past the traditional table and explore my retail display options! It’s time for an upgrade.

Photos courtesy ALIVE Magazine