Hand Woven...With Love From Nepal: GIVEAWAY.

There are some amazing people out there doing amazing things.  Ashley is one of those people.  With a familiar case of wanderlust and adventure, this lovely lady spent eight months traveling the world and exploring all it had to offer.  During her travels, she went to Nepal where she was introduced to the Women's Skill Development Organization (WSDO) and was taken by the people and their work. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/48191647]

This organization in a non-profit celebrating the country's beautiful traditional handicrafts, providing training to underprivileged women in order to help them learn to become self-reliant.  They learn how to perfect their crafts and key business skills that will help them sell their products and thus better their quality of life.  Ashley fell in love with this group and decided to set-up her own business to help and spread the word.  Bringing products made by the women of WSDO, Hand Woven...With Love From Nepal carries these handmade goods for a wider audience.

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From totes to make-up bags, wine carriers to passport bags, Ashley has a wonderful collection of goods at very reasonable prices that help make a difference as much as satisfy some retail therapy.  She has been kind enough to offer Thrill of the Chaise readers to win a large tote bag and matching make-up bag!  They are durable, fair trade and really stunning works of art with a lot of heart.

For your chance to win, 'like' Hand Woven...With Love From Nepal on Facebook here and leave a comment below with your name and contact information.  A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, May 13th!  Explore the entire collection here...some perfect Mother's Day gifts there, if you ask me...

(All images c/o Hand Woven...With Love From Nepal)

GUESS Watches Timeless Beauty: Make-Up Edition.

If you follow me on them social medias, you may have noticed that I took a last minute trip over to my true love, London, to manage a video shoot for GUESS Watches.  With the help of a couple of my very best friends (one behind the camera and one in front), along with a pretty stunning team of hair, make-up, photography and blogger greats, we created a three part series that we lovingly call Timeless Beauty.  For this edition, we created three different make-up looks inspired by our new collections of GUESS Watches and set out to teach YOU how to recreate the looks on your own! First up, inspired by our denim and blue collection, the denim smoky eye with Emma:


Next, get that perfect rocker chic look complete with glamorous chain detail watch with Natasha:


Last, but certainly not least, is our rose gold collection brought into a day to night look with Chloe:



Thank you so much to the entire team who made the shoot so amazing!  Especially make-up artist Mariam Jensen and videographer Mike Osaer, who dedicated a hella lot of time to help me out and made the shoot nothing but tons of fun.  And keep an eye out...we shot the next installment of Timeless Beauty last week in NYC and it's pretty cool indeed!

TACO EMERGENCY.

Listen, tacos are awesome.  And admittedly, sometimes I forget tacos exist.  Just because they fall off my radar on occasion.  Like any craving, tacos then barrel back into my life like a very aggressive food-based ninja.  Don't be mad at me, tacos, it's not you...it's me.  Please never change. Print from Paperchat on Etsy

Anyway, I'm tired and talking crazy so I'm going to cut to the chase.  If you ever get punched in the face by needing a taco, there is a brilliant website to come to the rescue.  Taco Emergency can be found at www.taco911.me and will save the day.  Click 'Find the closest taco' and this site literally gives you your latitude and longitude stats (which is kinda cool in itself), along with the closest place for you to order and enjoy tacos.

AWESOME.

 

Petal Power.

Sony is smart.  Sony is REAL smart.  Or at least their advertising agency is real smart.  To represent the number of pixels in the display of their new TV, Sony released 8 million stunning colored petals into the Costa Rican landscape for what is not only one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen...but also one of the most intensely creative. 2 3 4 5 6 petalscostarica1

Not to mention the fact that watching it gives me some intense sense of calm and pure joy.  Freaking brilliant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2DdtkDK7w0

(Story c/o HonestlyWTF)

Funny Little Easter Bunny.

Easter has never been a massive holiday for my family but it has always been an adorable one.  When I was a kid, my parents would hide our always glorious Easter baskets and, while hunting, we were greeted by beautiful foil-wrapped mini chocolate eggs and carefully placed jelly beans all around the house up for grabs.  My surrogate grandparents a few houses down would wake up early and decorate a small tree along the walkway to our front door with bright eggs before we had risen, so we would think the Easter Bunny had been extra nice to us.  And when we had finished our treasure hunt around the house, they would show up like clockwork at our front door with warm cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven, letting my brother and I tell them how cool it was that the Easter Bunny had made such a big visit to our home. 1

That being said, my mom has, in the last couple years that I have been back in the States for Easter, hidden my Easter basket.  Last year, she REALLY got me.  The entire hunt seriously stressed me out.  In thinking she would be harder on me as an adult when it came to a good hiding place, I was obviously reading too much into it.  (It was next to the TV.)

There's something so delightful about Easter.  Yes, I know it's a celebration beyond a terrifying woodland creature hiding chocolate around the house.  But there are so many cute ways to welcome the springtime for this holiday and I wanted to share some of my favorites this year.

Though I won't be decorating any Easter eggs this year, it doesn't mean I wouldn't be totally happy to do so.  (Don't think it hasn't been brought up in my apartment.  There was a look of exasperation mixed with patience when I was distracted to the point of almost drooling over a metallic egg kit.)

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Check out this super sweet tutorial on how to make these golden confetti dipped eggs from Studio DIY.  They are the perfect blend of my stylish maturity and my childish obsession of all things sparkly.

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These cutie pie bastards are the brain child of Miss Renaissance who appears to also share an affinity for a bit of gold leaf (and the introduction of some baller Washi tape).  Check out how to create these beauties here.

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Oh Happy Day decided to speak directly to my obsessive compulsive crafty side with these place cards.  There is glitter.  There is chocolate.  There are freaking lovely colors.  Find out how she made them here.

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Rounding out this series of Cutie McCuteness is Heart Made UK with these sweetie pie center pieces.  Augh, I want them to exist forever.  All over my house.  Sort it out, Easter Bunny.  (See the tutorial for these bad boys here.)

Now I have to figure out what I'm making for dessert for Easter Sunday.  And emotionally prepare myself to dive face first into a chocolate bunny/Peeps situation.

Sweet Dreams.

The Internet is an amazing place.  Couple that with cool, creative people creating cool, creative ideas to use said amazing Internet and all kinds of baller things start happening.  One of my favorites is Dreame, a place where social media, art and your crazy ass dreams come together.  You tell an artist about a dream of yours and they make it come to life.  What?!  I know.  Baller. Egle Kazdailyte

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Here's how this awesome-sauce place works:

- Choose an artist you like.  You can browse their profiles and some of their work to check out their aesthetic, which is cool in itself.  Getting to see how different some people see the world is pretty incredible.

- Choose your package.  Do you have a dream already that you'd like to have created?  Do you want to buy a voucher for when you have a dream that you deem worthy of being turned into art?  Or do you want to buy a gift for a friend so they can have their dream come to life?

- Explain the dream you want turned into art.  You can tell the whole story, making sure to tell the artist about the characters in the dream, your feelings, the location(s), the atmosphere and the time it took place.  Give as much detail as you can and make sure you note the ones that are important to you.  If you want to try to sketch out the dream yourself to give something of an idea to artist, there is a place to upload that, too.

- Hit send.

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For about $10 each, the artist will take the time to turn your dream into a piece of art.  This could be just a sweet little keepsake, or you could choose to have it made into a 19.5" x 27.5" poster for $30.  Soooooo basically the coolest thing ever.

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I want to try it desperately but the dreams I do have tend to be pretty weird and nothing I am super keen to see interpreted into art.  Working on it though.  COME ON, BRAIN, MAKE SOME MAGIC.

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(All images c/o Dreame)

A Tree Just Wants To Be A Tree.

I love the look of wood furniture that keeps the natural shape of the material.  This is a reasonably recent revelation and who knows where it came from.  Maybe it comes with a little bit more maturity and appreciating character in larger doses.  Or maybe I've just been hanging out with woodworkers and such on a more regular basis who have taught me to appreciate the craft.  OR MAYBE IT JUST LOOKS COOL.  (I was serious about the woodworker thing...check out the amazing video for my darling Johnny's shop below.) [vimeo 83286331 w=500 h=281]

I have been coveting a tree stump side table or two since I moved into my apartment about 7 months ago.  A bit of a juxtaposition against the quite lovely but character-deprived building in which I live.  Somewhere between not wanting to pay a ton of money for a literal tree stump someone else was calling a table on my behalf and coming up short with Google searches of 'where do I buy a tree stump', the search lost steam.

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And then this happened on A Beautiful Mess and be still my heart.  They took something I loved and put studs on it and now what the hell am I meant to do?!  Let it be known that the last time I decided on a DIY project for my place, it was a project from A Beautiful Mess and it took ages but looks awesome.

Back to that freakin' Google search then...

(Images c/o A Beautiful Mess)

I Know I Am Late To The Game.

So I saw this photo series of puppy and baby, Theo and Beau. weeks upon weeks ago and my heart basically exploded.  I stumbled across it again recently and, DAMMIT, it had to be shared.  And a cold January Monday seems like the perfect time.  Even if you've seen it before, just shut up, you know you don't hate it.

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Augh, BEST FRIENDS.  Why is there not a puppy asleep on MY neck?  In unrelated news, I seriously want those star sheets.

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(Images c/o 22 Words)