Recycled by Hyena: My work is infused with my ethic and each of my creations is the result of passion and dedication. My clothes are made from scratch but not from new materials. They are made with fabric from clothes I purchased in Goodwill stores and non-profit thrift stores.
I “believe” in the craft revolution and I think it is our future. The handmade and eco-friendly life is the only alternative to the consumerism destroying our planet and the living beings surrounding us.
As if you didn’t have enough decisions to make whilst planning your wedding you will have to think about what to wear on your head. For the groom this is fairly simple as most choose to avoid a hat unless you are having a grand affair and a top hat is required. Yet for the bride the decision about headwear is complicated and it is better not to choose a tiara before you have chosen your dress. However if you have chosen a vintage inspired gown then this headband from Chez Bec would be the perfect accessory.
Firstly a bride will need to think about how to wear her hair, up in a french pleat, half up or half down or fully down. Obviously this may depend on the style of dress you have chosen or you may have already chosen a beautiful tiara, like the slightly unusual motifs of pearls and crystals used in the design of the above tiara from Tiararama.
Whether you choose a tiara, hair slides or combs, veil or fascinator there is plenty of choice in styles available. Pearls are a traditional stone for wedding jewels and look great worn in the hair, as shown above in with the gorgeous tiara from Be Something New .
Yet you may want your headwear to add even more sparkle to your wedding day. Many jewellery designers can create bespoke tiaras, combs or headbands in a choice of Swarovski crystals to add colour to your day, as seen in the combs above from Tilley Jewels Bride.
Maybe pearls or crystals are not the look you are after but require a more dramatic statement piece. A fascinator is a great alternative to princess fairytale inspired tiaras, featuring feathers, netting and even pearls, crystals or rhinestones. Fascinators are also proving a popular choice for Mothers of the Bride and guests as an alternative to hats. Whilst you could stick to bridal creams and whites, a fascinator maybe your chance to add some drama, especially with this fabulous peacock feather fascinator from Nyjole J Walters Jewellery Design.
The one commercial product that I haven’t been able to completely eliminate from my cosmetic case is lipstick. I love red lipstick. And I’ve been hoping to find a handmade, non-toxic alternative to my former favorite brand of lipstick, which lands firmly on the most wanted list for lead content.
It is true. I can’t touch an avocado without risk of anaphylactic shock but own two of the four most lead laden lipsticks sold in America.
The humble safety pin. Its usual purpose is to act as an emergency fastener when a zip or button breaks, but it has evolved into a legitimate item of alternative fashion. Long gone are the days when it was only worn before the age of three to hold our nappies (diapers) together (scary! – how did our generation actually survive?) It quickly became an iconic symbol of British punk in the late 1970s, as sported by Johnny Rotten. In addition to holding together carefully and deliberately ripped jeans, the bravely stupid with a blatant disregard for hygiene safety, wore them through ear, nose and anywhere-else piercings.
The whole punk spirit is embodied in the above London Calling t-shirt by PaulinaClothing with mesh, rips and safety pins all over the union jack print. If it’s safety pins galore that you’re after, then take a look at the DeathBy13 store which sells some wickedly punky clothes, including these trousers with those massive pins all over.
They can be so versatile too: link loads together to make all kinds of necklaces, bracelets, key chains and use to pin on patches. So just reach for that annoying pile of safety pins in your stationary and other junk drawer when you feel your outfit needs a little bit of punking up. This men’s hoodie by 57thirtythree has a huge punk patch with safety pins all round.
When Liz Hurley wore that infamous Versace Little Black Dress to the premier of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994, the safety pin enjoyed a fashion revival and I remember a teen magazine suggesting we wear them in our hair – a look which I actually copied on a mufti day at school! She proved that they could be glamorous though, and I love the embellishment to this dress by lissabean.
Necklace above is from Wing and Wendy
Talk to me – who’s seen Whip It?
It’s out on DVD now and I highly recommend it. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Of course it inspired me to find a Roller Derby league to join. Though I gotta say while I’m into the racing around the rink – I am NOT into the bodychecking. So I’ll have to see if I can find a league that’s non-contact.
More than that it reminded me of being a teenager… I could relate to Ellen Page’s character in the movie big time. The junior high I went to – very preppy! And this was right around Kurt Cobain’s death and the apex of grunge culture. I was one of the very few students in my junior high who was big into everything alternative (I’ve lightened up a bit – you wouldn’t know about my “alternative past” looking at me now)!
Even more importantly the movie reminded me of two things – how many adventures I had when I was that age, as silly as they were – my friends and I were constantly pulling pranks and getting into trouble. The real message of the movie for me though? How great it is to get involved in something new – to take that risk and put yourself out there. To put your heart and soul into an endeavor and risk failure. But to be able to look back and see that what was more important was the journey. The friends you make, the new things you try, the experiences you would have otherwise never had.
Here are some Etsy roller skating and roller derby finds for all of you who love to skate!!