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100 years of East London style in 100 seconds

August 31, 2011

Lucky Magazine posted this on Facebook and I had to share it. AMAZING!

Fashion and Dance = LOVE.

Mother Crafter, handcrafted happiness – My new blog!

June 4, 2011

I know I’ve been absent and not posting here much. You might be wondering where I’ve been all this time! I am ok. We are ok. I just was busy developing my new blog, Mother Crafter!

I created Mother Crafter to share tutorials, stimulus, fun giveaways, freebies, and information about living a design-conscious life on a low budget. And to keep me sane while staying at home. Ha!

Mother Crafter is about making stuff with our hands that makes us happy. It is about reusing and salvaging things as much as we can to make good for the planet. Mother Crafter believes you can boost happiness trough creativity.

Please go and check it out. I hope you will find creative ways to enhance your lifestyle and feel inspired by it. Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide – Knit 1, purl 2…

December 19, 2010

Winter. Rain. Snow. Cold. Time to knit!

Here are some picks for knit lovers:

Peace Love Knitting T-Shirt ~ Cafe Press $32

Soldered Yarn Pendant ~ laceramiste $29

Needle Bangle Bracelet ~ sassafrascreations $9

Interweave Knits Magazine Subscription ~ $25

Handspun Art Yarn~ barbesaintjohn $23

Knitting Is Sexy Necklace ~ kitschandkaboodle $16.95

Son of Stich and Bitch ~ Debbie Stoller $10.85

Knitting needles Organizer Holder ~ knitterbag $39.99


Holiday Gift Guide ~ Singing in the rain…

December 7, 2010

Continuing with my gift guide, this post was inspired after the big rain yesterday. I love the rain! Not too fun when you are driving across the bridge, but definitely when you can enjoy it at home drinking hot cocoa or taking a nice bath.

So here it is, part II of the guide: RAIN!

Raindrops on Railways Umbrella ModCloth, $29.99

Hiding From the Rain Art Print ~ pipodoll, $18

Fresh, All Natural Hot Chocolate Sampler Lake Champlain Chocolates, $26.50

Rain Parade by Phylones ~ Aldea, $32

Blue and Green Vinyl Dog Raincoat tuggiemacqueen, $22

12 Days of Christmas Festive Baths and Merry Showers ~ Lush, 74.95

Go Fish Rain Boots ~ Plueys, $60

Happy Weather Keychain Set ~ HappyCosmos, $15

And now, if you excuse me, I am going to drink my hot cocoa while in the bath 🙂


Holiday Gift Guide ~ A little birdie told me…

December 2, 2010

December is already here! And with that, the craziness of Christmas shopping. But who has the time to look for the perfect gift for everyone? Don’t you worry! Now in my 37th week of pregnancy and nesting at home waiting for my little screamer to arrive, I do!

So I will be posting a holiday guide until December 20th to help you with all your shopping. My little Christmas prezzie is due December 21st, so if she/he decides to come early… no more guide.

I will feature mostly independent artist and stores and/or handmade items, and I will categorize them by theme.

Today is: BIRDS.  I have been obsessed with all things birds lately. In the shape of  birds, with birds on it, you name it… Here are my picks. Enjoy!

Holiday Black Bird - Felt Christmas Ornament lowellandson ~ $ 9.50

Recycled Wool Scarf minniearabella ~ $45

Song Bird Baby Mobile with Flowering Tree pinkperch ~ $ 88

Verdigris Enchanted Sparrow Ring enchantedlockets ~ $ 15

Bird Customizable Address Labels

notesbyredletter ~ $ 6.00

Paperclip Perch - modcloth ~ $ 11.99

Rule the Roost Wall Hook ~ $ 9.99

Walking Phoenix Dress ~ $ 47.99

Bright in Flight Lamp - $87.99

Messenger Bird Card Holder ~ $9.99

Which one are you going to buy? And for who?

Labor Day Weekend with the belly at the pool or beach

August 24, 2010

Labor Day Weekend is approaching! For some of us, it is just the beginning of our Indian Summer here in SF, for others will be one of the last warm weekends before fall starts.  No matter where you are, what better way to enjoy the holiday that to head to the beach or have a barbecue at the pool?

If you are pregnant (like me) and struggling to find the perfect swimsuit, don’t you worry! I got you covered. I surfed the internet and here are my faves:

For a retro vibe, this navy inspired swimsuit is a must. I love that the legs feature drawstrings, giving you flexibility as your belly grows.

Figleaves - $58

This halterneck tankini with its delicate print is for flirty spirits. The empire cut and tie-side bikini will let you adjust it for a perfect fit, not only during your pregnancy but also post-baby tummy. Also available in Fuchsia.

Due Maternity - $57.40

And if you are feeling glamorous, this metallic grey with ruched sides tankini is the one for you. Not only the color screams charm, but the pleated bust will also minimize your growing bust offering the best support for “the girls”.

A Pea in the Pod - $119.99

And now that you chose the one for you, here are how to put together the looks

retro babe

flirty belly

diva belly

What is your favorite maternity swimsuit style?

Pssst: Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Altered Mind 2

July 28, 2010

The belly is growing and growing! So, continuing with the inspiration I got from the New Dress a Day blog, and because of the need of new clothing I can actually fit in, I looked into the clothes in my “alterations drawer”  and I found this pair of pants that my neighbor did not want a while back and I kept because they are super punk. They are huge! But you know me and know that I do not throw anything even if at that time I have no idea what I am going to do with it, but something always ends up coming to my mind, sometimes in weeks, sometimes in years. It’s just a matter of time. And making more space in the closet 😉

rock 'n roll

Two of the reasons why I did not want to get rid of these pants is a) the plaid pattern is very rock ‘n roll, and b) the zipper detail. The zippers! What better idea that to take advantage of the zippers for my now ever growing belly! So I cut down the pants below the rise, ripped the side seams and joined them creating a skirt. And just as I sewed the dress with flowers, I added the top of a cami, creating two pleats in front and one in the back so that the belly will still have room to grow.

expandable dress

punky baby

What I like most about this dress is that after the pregnancy I will be able to close the zippers and continue using it.

zip up! zip down!

Actually, what I like most is that I’m having a maternity wardrobe mostly done by me 🙂 My Aunt Melissa from Chicago is sending me two boxes of clothes to alter. Can’t wait for them to arrive!

DIY pregnancy

The cowboys of Argentina: GAUCHOS

May 15, 2010

The word gaucho could be described as a loose equivalent to the North American “cowboy”. Gaucho is a term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampas, chacos, or Patagonian grasslands, found principally in parts of Argentina. The term often connotes the 19th century more than the present day, when gauchos made up the majority of the rural population, herding cattle on the vast estancias, and practicing hunting as their main economic activities.

The gaucho plays an important symbolic role in the nationalist feelings of this region. The epic poem Martín Fierro by José Hernández used the gaucho as a symbol against corruption and of Argentine national tradition, pitted against Europeanizing tendencies. Martín Fierro, the hero of the poem, is drafted into the Argentine military for a border war, deserts, and becomes an outlaw and fugitive. The image of the free gaucho is often contrasted to the slaves who worked the northern Brazilian lands.

Clothing of the gauchos: LAS PILCHAS

All gaucho clothing is usually called pilcha. The typical gaucho dress has the imprint of the Andalusian horse rider with a poncho (large cloak or cape cut like a blanket with a slit in the center for the head), a facón (large knife), a whip and baggy pants called bombachas, held with a belt with a strip of woven wool usually with a decoration called guarda pampa for everyday use and a wide leather belt adorned with silver coins for special occasions, and a chiripá (cloth tied around his waist like a diaper). One of the functions of the chiripá was to protect the gaucho from the cold (the cold was called many times with the Quechua word: “chiri). According to their economics or labor, this ornament used to have luxury features, including coins or inlaid with silver and gold figures. Their torsos were covered with the poncho, which originated in northern Argentina and is also common in other parts of the Americas, and was often made of vicuña or from the hair of the guanaco belly.

The gaucho used to ride with botas de potro (horse boots) that had no heels and were open at the ends, so that the toes were uncovered.  Leather boots with heels (botas fuertes or strong boots) were expensive, although most of the Gauchos saved money for them and show them off in the Patron Festivities, holidays and in the dances. They were called “patriotic boots” because they were the same ones used by the soldiers. The northern Argentine gaucho boots often have folds that resemble bellows, i.e. leather legs “cordoned off” as a way of defending the forest and possible snake bites. These boots often have espuelas (spurs) attached to them, highlighting the large silver spurs called “Nazarene” (so called because their huge pricks remotely reminiscent to the crown of thorns with which, according to the Gospels, Jesus from Nazareth was tortured).

A strong Basque immigration occurred in the second half of the 19th and first half of the 20th century which spread the use of a black beret and the chambergo (a dark hat of medium wings) and “alpargatas” (the originals “TOMS”) among the gauchos.

I designed an outfit for a women inspired by the gaucho’s clothing.

– The poncho is made out of vicuña, loosely woven and dyed in a rich red. It has a wide stripe of raw leather at one of the ends adorned with chains and a horse shoe with a horse head in the middle, all made out of alpaca, a white metal traditional of Argentina.

– The loose pants are knee length and have a woven cuff with “guarda pampa” design, as well as a high and wide belted waist.

– The raw leather boots are knee length with details of “fuelle” (bellows) at the top, uncovered toes and chain detail interlacing from the top to the vamp, inspired by the “botas de potro”.

– I also designed a necklace out of a silver “espuela” (spurs).

– A simple vest completes the outfit, inspired by the evolution of the garment at the beginning of the century.


2010 Grammys Fashion

February 10, 2010

The fashion of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards left me somehow disappointed, with a few exceptions. Lady Gaga and Rihanna provoked in me a kind of spell that seems to be endless. I’m always waiting for them to see what will surprise me. Always controversial, Lady Gaga will never wear what many consider “normal”, both on and off stage. Many were surprised to learn that Armani Privé was the designer of her dresses, but this just reinforces my expectations for the future. Her attire is always futuristic, avant-garde and truly unique, although I feel sorry for the person who was seated behind her when she changed to her second dress.

Rihanna is another celebrity that I am always watching. I think the Elie Saab’s gown she wore was very ethereal and sexy, not just the color but the play of textures in the torso (feathers and embroidery) and the clever draping, which showed her spectacular legs. And the hair. Oh my, do I love her hairstyle.

I admit that I liked JLo. She and I do not agree often, indeed almost never, but the dress she wore was cool and very original. The asymmetric skirt and the union of the two fabrics at the center styled her a lot. Of course nothing can beat the memories of the green dress she wore ten years ago.

Pink surprised many with a metal to black gradient dress full of petals that was super elegant and chic, in contrast with the barely there outfit she wore for her performance that left more than one person with their mouth open.

Obviously, the ever-popular nude dresses had to be there. I confess: I am not a fan of nude dresses. Among my reasons is the fact that, even though they try and try, not everyone can pull it off successfully, unless you are Penélope Cruz or Angelina Jolie. The color has to be the correct one that complements your skin tone perfectly to not create the washed-out effect that makes you look pale, tired and gives the feeling that you are disappearing all together. I recommend most of my clients to avoid it. But if you want to wear it anyway, you have to go with strong makeup (like the super red lips Angelina) or accessories in saturated colors (like the necklace and hair piece I used for contrast in a photo shoot). An example of a wash-out was Heidi Klum, and at the other end was Katy Perry with her brown dress with gold sequins applications that did not look nice at all.

Adam Lambert looked great, always true to his glam-rock style with a modern and elegant look. Ricki Martin looked good as well. Usher, on the other hand, failed. His jacket and pants looked very wrinkled, athough the combination of the shirt and tie in different geometric motifs was fun. And what’s with the shoes? For a man who boasts himself of owning more than ten thousand (yes, 10,000) pairs of shoes, his choice seemed dirty or worn-out on the tip of the shoe, not at all adequate.

And finally, the “What the Fog!?” section: Natalia Laforcaude and Jessica Hudson thought they were going to the office. Beyonce and her always-the-same-silhouette siren dress overwhelmed the eye with too many details. And Imogen Heap with accessories (yet original, of course) that did not relate with each other or with the dress she wore. The neck piece reminded me of my dog’s cone of shame.

Vegan Boots

February 2, 2010

A good pair of boots should always be in your closet – especially to use in winter and autumn. They are the ideal type of shoe for those cold and gray days.

For people who choose a vegan life style, i.e. those who avoid using and consuming animal products, I surfed the internet looking for boot options. Here are my faves:

Vegan Chic offers these green flat corduroy boots, with foldover vamp with Velcro and details of 3 buttons across the vamp, ideal for the weekend or a casual look. The price, $58.99, is very accessible.

Also from Vegan Chic, I liked these patent-pleather boots with a 3” heel and bright buckles on the ankle and at the top of the shaft, that would look spectacular with a mini or skinny jeans. $ 56.95

Moo Shoes has this biker style boot from the brand Novacas (“No Cows” in Spanish, I loved that!) with a 1.25” heel and elastic on the shaft for $169.95.  Perfect for a punk look with skinny jeans and a pleather or PVC biker jacket. Or with a flowy knee length dress to play with contrast.

For rainy days, very common in this season in SF, these rain boots from Earth Elite Vegan at (my favorite), will set you apart from the rest with five different and bright colors: black, cherry, hunter green, yellow or plum. $99

And last, but not least, from one of my favorite shoe companies, TOMS offers this super hip and comfortable alternative, the Wrap Boot, made of canvas and elastic wrap extending from the ankle. TOMS gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair they sold. $98

Which are your favorite vegan shoes?

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