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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Not to mention the fact that watching it gives me some intense sense of calm and pure joy. Freaking brilliant.
(Story c/o HonestlyWTF)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I recently came across a dress on the world wide web that I fell in love with...come to find out it was from Reformation...and also come to find out it no longer exists on the site. BOLLOCKS. But, regardless, the more I explored the site (admittedly for the first time in quite a while, especially with a couple impending summer weddings in which I would delight in a new frock or two), the more a bigger problem reared its face.
I want to try everything on. I want to buy everything. I want to have costume changes at said love fests.
(All images c/o Reformation)
Up until this year, Marissa Webb always had her show next to us at Ruffian in the fancy pants tent that is NYFW at Lincoln Center. I always loved when she would arrive because EVERYONE knew it. Not because of any diva behavior, but because this little munchkin of a thing would sweep in like a tornado made of sunshine and smiles. She would greet everyone with a sense of familiarity that seemed quite genuine, even though you know she didn't know who half the people were that she was wishing a good morning.
I was never really struck by any of her collections...which I always found a real shame because I wanted to love everything about this bright little lady. And then, TA DA. Her Fall 2014 collection has gone and done it.
It's a bit naughty schoolgirl gone classy as hell. Leather, fur, silk...straight-up youthful foxiness. Will it change the world or the face of fashion? Not by a mile. But would dressing in this collection make me a happy girl? Oh hell yes. It's stylish and cool without going too far. Attainable and aspirational.
I want it. Check out the entire collection here.
(Images c/o Style.com)
I have fallen in love. With a store. Based abroad. Who doesn't ship to the United States. DAMMIT. Star-crossed fashion lovers. I came across & Other Stories in last May while I was visiting London and I was immediately taken. If Zara and COS came together to create an affordable and insanely cool line, & Other Stories would be it.
Their physical store is amazing. Their online shop has photography that is lovely but doesn't quite showcase how amazing the products are. Zara falls victim to this on the regular and it's a shame to see it here. But if you get yourself into a shop, be prepared to spend hours there. Their designs are couture level type s**t. Their fabrics and construction are stunning. And their prices are beyond reasonable.
The most excellent of all the excellent news is that this place has been started by the brainiacs being H&M and...you ready for it...THEY ARE OPENING A SHOP IN NYC THIS YEAR. Thank you, Fashion Gods, for looking down on me with this one. You are truly great and powerful.
Anyway, browse the site and, if you have the chance, get yourself into one of their stores...it's worth the price of the airline ticket, straight up.
(All images c/o & Other Stories)
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.
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.
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.
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.
(All images c/o Dreame)
Dream big. That's what 'Visit California' asked skateboarder Bob Burnquist to do...which is not only inspirational generally but also makes me super curious as to who the genius is behind the Visit California campaign.
Knowing that he had skated on basically every surface possible, Bob B and his team went balls to the wall to create something so brilliantly cool, and actually quite beautiful, that I am reasonably jealous of their imaginations. Skating on water. Game f**king on.
(Video and photo c/o Visit California)
My skull decor grows almost daily. Though at times I worry that I may be going overboard, I got pretty jazzed when I saw this bookshelf and it's understated design. I am not skilled enough to do this myself but maybe someday I can talk someone into making it work for me.
(Image c/o Design Inspiration)
As I am getting amped up for NYFW this weekend (where you should follow me backstage at the Ruffian show on Saturday morning on ALL the social medias), I would be amiss if I didn't mention the incredible Spring Couture shows we saw over the past few weeks. Instead of talking about the looks themselves, I wanted to pick out some of my favorite details from the shows...because isn't that REALLY what couture is all about? (It is, don't argue me.) First up in trusty ol' Chanel who nailed pastels as per usual. Leave it to Lord Lagerfeld to sneak in something a bit youthful and also questionable in the form of sneakers. But screw it, I would wear these kicks in a heartbeat. And if Karl told me to wear them with a tulle skirt, I would be all 'anything you say, you're magic'.
Raf Simons...you Dior designing gentleman who I wish I was my friend...you are able to use texture like it ain't nothin' and then it becomes EVERYTHING. It was slightly reminiscent of everyone's favorite merry-go-round centered Vuitton show but stood completely on its own. The use of artwork and the balance of pastel and deep navy is basically what I wish my wardrobe and life looked like.
Giambattista Valli kinda killed it when it came to the embroidery and embellishment game. The color palette was baller. The accessories were equally as baller. And dammit I wish I had the money/excuses to wear all of this.
Schiaparelli came flying in like the slightly more refined but still just as batty sister of Vivienne Westwood. And it's impossible to not love that.
And everyone's favorite Valentino went fashion balls out with fabrications. That lace, those feathers, the embroidery and, oh look, adorable lion prints! Gothic ballerina on safari. Well, that's a dream I never thought I would have and now can't stop thinking about...
(All images c/o Style.com)