Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
This Rasta mama hemp chevron skirt is simply stunning for both a laid back or dressed up occasion. The artist "hand dyed hemp muslin in black, yellow, red, & green, cut the stripes out on an angle & sewed them back together in 4 panels that gradually get bigger at the bottom. This is one of those skirts that you will want to LIVE in & never take off." You can tell this skirt was made with precision, care, and love. Find it at http://www.artisticallystitched.etsy.com/ .
This Bob Marley messenger bag is actually one of my own creations. I started with a gently used Bob Marley t-shirt and just went from there, piecing the brilliant bold Rasta colors together wherever I could. The inside just pops with all the same colors as lining and pockets. You can find this bag, along with other fashionable creations, at http://www.arthiel.etsy.com/ .
This little Rasta wrist purse is just so cute I almost can't stand it! (In a good way, of course.) "It's complete with a wrist strap and a vintage style snap opening". The artist attached a silk black bow with mini pearls as an accent. This purse is perfect for all the little things like money, cards, keys. You can find it at http://www.furr.etsy.com/ .
These hand woven thread earrings, 'Rastafarian Classics', just speak for themselves. What a beautiful and fun way to "add a little spunk to you wardrobe. These earrings are lightweight and created using Alpaca Sterling, which will not rust or tarnish and is hypoallergenic." You will find these at http://www.sincearjewelry.etsy.com/ among several other color combination choices of the same style.
I'm thinking throw on a pair of favorite bluejeans, those earrings and this super sexy Bob Marley halter top, and you are irie and good to go! "This vintage tee got a mad*foxes makeover - now it's a slender cut girl's halter with a deep U-neck and halter ties." Find this and several other vintage and rock inspired girl's tops at http://www.madfoxes.etsy.com/ .
You may even want to slip this on your wrist before you call the outfit complete. This Rasta colors bangle is "made by Sema na Kufanya, a group of HIV+ widows in Kibera, Kenya (see http://www.kiberajewelry.googlepages.com) to learn more. 100% of all profits will reach them," making this fashion statement a good cause as well. You can find this at http://www.kiberajewelry.etsy.com/ along with other beaded pieces handmade from the same group of women.
While I would certainly not recommend wearing all of these pieces together at once (unless that's your style, of course, I won't hate), each of these creations packs a bold fashion flavor on it's own, or even paired up with one or two of the others. Have fun, be bold, Jah provide!
And remember to buy handmade!
You can visit my shop at http://www.arthiel.etsy.com/
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I love when pieces that don't necessarily match can be put together to form a cohesive look that is simply stunning and captivating. I am almost positive that whoever landscaped and painted that house would never imagine that such a beautiful look could not only be inspired by it, but possibly blend right in as well!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This Rainbow Fish inspired t-shirt gives you that unique aquatic-chic edge. This is a super-soft and stretchy grey skinny tee that I embellished with circular scales of various colors. The scales are attached by machine appliqué and cut from upcycled, gently used t-shirts. You can find this at http://www.arthiel.etsy.com/ along with pages of other fashionable creations.
Definitely throwing on the pink newsboy with my hair down! I love how this baby pink hand crocheted brimmed newsboy hat not only softens the look a bit, but it brings out the pale pink scales on the shirt as well. Best part is I don't have to worry about how my hair looks! You can find this hat at http://www.btrflymom.etsy.com/ with over a hundred others to choose from in a wide variety of colors and styles.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wow them all with this show-stopper! This deep v-neck sleeveless knit dress w/contrast tie belt really caught my eye on this mannequin; imagine how many eyes it will catch on a beautiful body! I love the plunging neckline which reaches daringly low to the dark blue sash tying high on the smallest part of the waist, lending to a slimming effect. You can find this dress, plus many other handmade beauties created by this Wisconsin artist, at http://www.minkstyle.etsy.com/ .
Alright, now let's add just a touch of contrasting color to really make this outfit radiant. This genuine turquoise and antique red coral long necklace will drape beautifully along your the revealing neckline, showcasing the elegance of your style. "This opera length necklace uses a traditional combination of materials to stunning effect. Gorgeous Kingman turquoise beads from Arizona are paired with antique red coral barrel beads. The gemstones are natural and undyed, a striking color combination that has been popular since ancient times...Larger sterling beads add drama and movement to the piece." Find this necklace at http://www.galinakirman.etsy.com/ along with other colorful jewelry that is sure to suite your taste.
Add another punch of color with this turquoise cuff bracelet, worn on the arm with the contrasting dark blue shoulder of the dress. "6 strands of turquoise are strung on beading wire to form this stunning cuff", demanding
that it be noticed next to your perfectly manicured hands. This piece can be found at http://www.lyndee495.etsy.com/ with pages of irresistible handmade jewelry creations.
Complete the look with a final splash of radiance by slipping on a pair of deep coral colored wedges with a touch of silver detail. You are ready to make the color statement of the evening with bold subtlety, as you stand apart from the little black dresses of the night.
And remember to buy handmade!
You can view my shop at http://www.arthiel.etsy.com/
For both comfort and sex appeal, the look begins with this 'real girl' dress that conforms to the body and is just the right length. One of a kind and handmade "from a white and gold striped stretch fabric, the bottom of the dress features a band with contrasting vertical stripes, and chunky turquoise cuffs" added to the sleeves. You can find this dress at http://www.heidiandseek.etsy.com/ . I love the length proportions to this dress and the high neckline, creating both a sense of modesty and flirtatiousness in one dress.
I absolutely know that I want to wear this handmade mojo love dress. I know nobody else out there will be lookin' like me, because this one is one of a kind. This Australian artist describes her process. " I hand-select materials one by one, then design and make each piece with care, expertise, and a unique sense of fun and colour." You can find this dress at http://www.heidiandseek.etsy.com/ along with a shop full of figure flattering, "vintage-inspired women's clothing handmade from reclaimed materials. Nobody else will own the same, and each garment reduces waste instead of contributing to consumption."
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This lemonade yellow jade bead crochet bracelet would steal the spotlight worn with a deep brown pantsuit and bright yellow or turquoise scarf.
The artist who created this piece "used an itty bitty crochet hook to create a strand that was then joined to create a seamless bracelet that rolls easily over your hand to hang gently from your wrist. The stones have a nice weight making this bracelet extremely comfortable to wear." Find it at http://www.beckyrose.etsy.com/
If I were to wear this skirt, I'd pair it with a simple fitted grey cotton t-shirt with a bright red scarf tucked in on itself snuggly around my neck. I'd accessorize with some chunky tan and brown wooden bangles to pull out the colors in the center. Purple peep-toe pumps would complete the look for a fashionable edge.
This fancy silk skirt on the right can be made custom in all sizes and colors. I personally love the colors shown in the display picture, but the artist has a few suggestions of her own. "I think red and robins egg blue, black with cream , ice blue and yellow and any other combination would look beautiful!" Hmmm, certainly don't forget about the newest rage of moss green and powder blue. I found this one at http://www.janebonbon.etsy.com/ and discovered a whole shop full of exciting pieces.
I would like to see this skirt in these colors paired with a soft, feminine silky blouse in a deep coral color, or even bright yellow, with maybe a fluttery collar, belted at the waist with a wide dark brown leather belt. I'd keep accessories to a minimum, perhaps some retro yellow ball earrings, and a smart watch, but really go larger than life with ultra-bright coral or yellow [depending on the top] strappy heels or flats. Carry a simple brown leather clutch.
This fabulous 'Squeeze' eco-friendly hemp tencel wrap skirt is by far one of my favorite handmade fashion finds. You can see this and a beautiful collection of other eco-friendly handcrafted clothing and accessories at http://www.jenniferjoycreative.etsy.com/ . Unfortunatley, if you don't act fast, you might miss out! "This is the last of its kind as I am retiring this design...Snatch it up while you can!"
I can see this skirt worn in a professional setting with a cream colored cropped blazer and some sage-green wedges. Add a lemon colored headband and you're ready to go! On the other hand, wear it with a simple yellow cotton tank-top and a pair of sandals, pack your favorite books and mags into your slouchy brown hobo, and off to the coffeeshop you go to not only catch up on your reading, but catch a few eyes as well!
Whatever stories you are interested in telling, there's no denying that your fashion sense speaks volumes about the 'you' you're trying to present to the world. So get creative and put on some conversation starters!
And remember to buy handmade.
You can view my shop at http://www.arthiel.etsy.com/