Parasol Project was born out of my overwhelming ambition to produce one-of-a-kind apparel with recycled salvaged and vintage fabrics. By juxtaposing these Eco-friendly threads and my prairie/retro inspired designs, Parasol Project’s mission is to be a part of making this ‘green’ trend more of a vogue currency that never goes out of style!
Wearing your boyfriend’s clothes is one of those fashion trends that keeps coming back year after year in one form or another. Sure, it sounds easy enough – just throw on your man’s collared shirt – but for those of us who aren’t fashion models, this trend can be difficult to pull off. Those over-sized collared shirts can easily create a messy, even frumpy look. For women in need of something more tailored, there are plenty of handmade artists creating pieces that will keep you on trend, but still looking chic and pulled together.
I just love the look of this tunic by Ma chemise d’homme. Made from a man’s collared shirt, you still get the comfort and relaxed look that is typical of the boyfriend trend, but the round neckline, puffed sleeves and contrasting bias tape add subtle touches of femininity. Ma chemise d’homme’s entire shop features women’s clothing made from upcycled menswear and some of her designs are truly surprising – a must see.
If you love the relaxed look of boyfriend jeans, but are looking for something a little more tailored, the Charlie Pants by Three Little Ducks may be just what you had in mind. With a relaxed fit and flattering pleating across the front, these pants combine masculine tailored details with a feminine cut and fit, and could be easily dressed up for a night out or worn out while running errands.
This acorn yellow satchel by breagha is another great combination of masculine and feminine details. The leather shoulder strap and detailing along with the boxy shape mimic more masculine messenger bags while the bright yellow color and compact size make it perfect for female body types and taste. Made from tweed woven in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, this bag is both unique and utilitarian.
The sweet print featured at the top of this post was created by Sparklehen.
The lovely personalized stationery above is from up up on Etsy.
I’ve been designing new posters for my etsy shop the last couple of days so I’ve been thinking about patterns big time. How much is too much, and how little is too little?
When it comes down to it – the number one rule is – if you like it go with it!
Having said that I’ve noticed a trend recently that I personally like a lot. I think for a while pattern was everywhere – think bold in your face patterned shirts, homes decked out to the max with vibrant designs. Perhaps to counterbalance this – we recently saw minimalism take center stage. While still popular, lately I’ve noticed a new trend – mixing both trends in a fun way. Imagine simple interiors, with bright pops of color and patterns here and there to create visual interest. It’s a look I love personally, at times I find the minimal look can be cold – but too much color and pattern can be overwhelming for me. When you mix the two – I find a balance there that is really beautiful.
Here are some fun finds that I want to share – all with beautiful patterns and colors certain to brighten up you home or stationery collection.
The gorgeous business cards on the left are from the shop of Hong Kong based designer, Eva – Oh Smile. I loved learning a bit more about her and seeing all the wonderful inspiration she collects from all over the internet on her blog. Bangkok-based Be Still has a great line of patterned pillows – a perfect way to give your living room or bedroom that fun pop of color. Byrdie Graphics make beautifully patterned wall decals – just one more way to add a pop of color or pattern to your home.
If a room in your home needs just that extra “something” to feel complete, do consider adding a bit more color and a lovely pattern here and there to give it a fun look! You’ll find lots to choose from on Etsy and at your local fabric store if you’re a fan of sewing!
With the cold weather almost behind us, the spring trends are starting to emerge just in time for the warm weather. This season the nautical trend is back in full force featuring classic strips, preppy pants and boat shoes along with anchors, lobsters and any other sea animal that comes to mind. While most of us don’t have a boat upon which to enjoy the sunshine, you can still look the part in a few of these great handmade finds.
A great spin on the classic horizontal striped shirt, this navy blue and white top by tsifca features both vertical and horizontal strips for a preppy, yet modern look. Featuring a comfortable fit and wide elbow-length sleeves, this shirt is perfect for lounging, but could easily be dressed up for a night out. The light weight fabric will keep you cool during your time out at sea.
These forest green pleated summer shorts by Eleanor Rot are just perfect for enjoying some time out in the sun. The preppy pleats and cuffs fit perfectly with the nautical trend, but the unexpected color and large gold button keep them modern and a bit edgy. These shorts are the perfect compliment to a striped shirt, but be sure to tuck it in order to create a clear waist line.
This blue, red and gold-toned anchor necklace by Debbiecarroll Designs is the perfect way to add a little bit of nautical into your everyday wardrobe. The gold-toned anchor features a touch of red and is nicely complimented by bright red lucite beads, Swarovski crystals and other gold-toned vintage components. This necklace is a great way to add a bit of vintage glam to your striped shirt or dress up an otherwise plain outfit.
The digital sailboat print featured at the top of this post was created by JC Arts.
Do you have travels planned this summer? Then take along one of these adorable pieces of luggage from Another Jamie Davis. These upcycled suitcases, bags and purses are plucked from relative obscurity from flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales and renewed by artist Jamie Davis. Each piece is lovingly repaired, often re-lined and then hand embroidered with a tree theme.
I’ve made things all my life, bunk beds for my dolls when i was 8, dresses for my little sister when I was old enough to use the sewing machine. I dabbled in selling my jewelry and hand made purses at holiday bazaars in college but it wasn’t until after graduate school that I found etsy and fell in love with idea of selling my things online.
Jamie’s shop has been open since October of 2008, but she found her focus on upcycled embroidered handbags in April of 2009.
I’m really enamored with the luggage in my etsy shop right right now (could it be that I’m longing for a vacation?). I absolutely love this little yellow tree suitcase because it’s bright and fun. And I love the Black Wood Grain Hip Bag overnight bag because it’s perfectly practical, and big enough to carry everything you could need for a weekend away.
Jamie was born and raised in the Akron Ohio area — made things — went to art school at the University of Akron, studied Metalsmithing and sculpture — made things, moved to Massachusetts to go to graduate school — made things — got an M.F.A. in sculpture — made things. Are you catching a trend here?
You can find out more about the other stuff Jamie makes on her webiste: www.anotherjamiedavis.com