Friday, April 30, 2010

Crafty is launched Beta and my first class is up.  It's an intro into millinery, I am so excited! Check it out!

Bodysuits, Latex etc... Part 1

The etc... being above-the-knee boots, corsets, chains, bondage and hoods.  The leading ladies of pop are exposing their inner vixen, repeatedly.  Christina's, er, Xtina's new video "Not Myself Tonight" is the latest fabrication of the trend.


The corset, in all it's forms, has been around for quite some time and historically had negative connotations for the female: restriction, constraint, control, body molding. Victorian women hated it but it was improper to not wear one. Thank gawd, corsets are no longer being made to squeeze the ribs permanently into a tiny waist and mutilate the body but instead, with the helping hand of couturiers [inspired by fetish costumes] and pop divas who love designer wombats, corsets have evolved into a sexy & fierce must-have item...

Rhianna and Lady Gaga brought the strange and unconventional to main stream in music, it's almost pedestrian now for a celebrity, but it might be some time before we see these worn by women on their way to work.

Various casual styles of corsets can be found on the pages of a magazine, including the newest Elle UK cover with Demi Moore looking fabulous.

We can't forget Victoria Beckhams' awesome corset worn promoting the Spice Girls Tour. I had to throw it in here, it's my personal favorite. I would wear it... but not to work.

Fergies heavy metal corset for the Viva Glam campaign and Madonna's re-Disco Days in lavender, the two extremes. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

1950's Apron - Part I

I found these pictures of 1950's aprons online and I am inspired to sew one up.  I'll be working from these pictures to create my own pattern.  If I like what I came up with, I will post the pattern on Burda.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Belvedere Vodka

For the hostess with the most-ess, drink recipes galore! Na Zdrowie!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver is a breath of fresh air in the food culture, I write this as I chow down on a toaster oven pizza, ewww! What am I thinking? It is a vice I have to battle, but aside from the frozen-pizza-for-one, the remainder of my diet is excellent. I am a vegetarian, like a real one, most of the food I eat is raw veggies, sea weeds, bread so full of grains that it falls apart, cashews, almonds etc... Once in a while I have to have some dark chocolate and dismally, my childhood addiction - the plain, all cheese, Brooklyn style pizza.

It took me a while to get to this point, I had to educate myself on the level of poisons dumped into the food we eat daily. I ate school lunch everyday for 8 or 9 years; when I think about that I still get sick, that food is disgusting, and I had no clue. No one told me and I didn't ask.

Among the small army of my favorite chefs, health gurus and their books is Jamie Oliver.
Besides having superb vegetarian recipes, Jamie has a higher calling and that is to pass on the delicious, nutritious and healthy way of life.

Listen to Jamies TED talk then check out his petition and what it's all about and if you have some time left, pick a recipe for tonight's dinner. Bon App├ętit!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Six days to go.

With all the packing, final exams, costume work and social events I added an extra deadline into the mix. On May 1st, my spring hair accessories will be available for purchase. Crazy? Yes!!! I am incredibly nervous, but I am more excited. Millinery is my passion and I want it to work for me, failure is not an option. Must... try... harder!

April 25th. Daisy clips are a go.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Moving Mayhem

Nope, not at all actually. I have been packing for the last three weeks and have two more weeks to finish. I gave myself more than enough time to get organized and packed. This is very different from my college years when random items were thrown haphazardly into a large duffel-like bag and tossed onto the back seat of my friends car.

This time around I picked up boxes in three sizes, all relatively small and easy to carry, since most of my possessions are books and fabrics and clothes - all heavy. As I packed each box, on an excel spreadsheet I wrote down what it's contents were; gave it a number and wrote the corresponding digit on the box.

This is going to make my life so much easier when unpacking. I can pick and choose which box to place in what room, but also which box to unpack when. My winter coats and sketchbooks can hang out in their box for a few, my binders and millinery tools can not.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Just in Time for Spring

Whew! Barely made it with the head scarf samples. They are finally here and I love them all. Perfect for keeping hair up and out of the face during the warm spring and hot summer days. The fabrics selected for the collection range from edgy leopard prints, fresh floral prints and a red&white picnic checker - an homage to Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island.

Available for purchase 5/1, $5 and free shipping in the US. Here is a sneak peak:


Some basic facts:

- The caloric yield of carbohydrates is 4 calories per gram.
- Fats found in dairy and meat yield 9 calories per gram.
- Complete proteins: eggs and white or red meat [4 calories per gram]
- Incomplete proteins: beans [4 calories per gram]

- 1lbs of human fat = 3500 calories

source: BCC HWD