Friday, April 18, 2014

instagram roundup: April 18, 2014


1) Amazing view of Manhattan at sunset from the 58th floor of the Empire State Building.
2) Melissa and I at the Mustang Unleashed Fashion Panel after party.
3) Pamela Love, Rogan, Anna Sui and more at the Mustang Unleashed Fashion Panel in the Empire State Building. 
4) ... You know I would, too.
5) Hard to believe this was about a year ago. Book photo shoots in the Meatpacking District.
6) Great mail day a few days ago. The latest issue of Reloved Magazine (UK) featuring three of my book projects, hand pressed flowers from an Etsy seller, and some "Thank You" gift cards from Converse/corporate!

Xo, Kirsten


Thursday, April 17, 2014

book highlight: Eat Pretty, Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out by Jolene Hart

As some of you may know, I went to school for nutrition. Given my health background, I was really intrigued by this title from Chronicle Books, Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out by Jolene Hart (Chronicle Books, 2014). Even after years of college and graduate school, it still amazes me how the human body works. Everything that you consume can impact another aspect of your body, resulting in a complex relationship that can influence your daily life. On a personal level, I've realized how healthy habits can influence my creativity and productivity, two things that are super important to me. 

If you pay close attention, you might have noticed that my health background has surfaced through DIY and this blog. I love a good gym appropriate project (such as the Elastic Hair Tie) and suggesting healthy alternatives for recipes (check out any of my past Foodie Moments) and creativity totally go hand in hand, more so than people think!

Recently, Chronicle Books sent me a copy to review (they must have been paying attention my interests!). Chronicle is actually the U.S. partner of my publisher, Laurence King, so I'm especially excited to share my thoughts on this title. Keep reading to see some of my favorite parts, below!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

diy: Rhinestone Padlock Necklace (Rodarte Inspired)

This week's DIY is inspired by the Rodarte Gold Padlock Chain Necklace! I could have sworn I saw a rhinestone version floating around - which is why this project made it to my "to do list" to begin with - but can't seem to find it. So here's this one instead:

Rodarte Gold Padlock Chain Necklace, $345
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For my version, I wanted to use rhinestone connectors to add a little (or a lot of) bling. There are many options for rhinestone connectors out there, ranging in shape, style and length. Try an Etsy search for some great choices; any charms or connectors with two holes will work great. You can even use rhinestone beads on a cord or thin chain, and attach the strand to the thicker chain and key ring. As always, you can use as little or as many as you want, depending on how much sparkle you prefer.

I'm always down for LOTS of sparkle, so I ended up using these gorgeous Crystal Leaf Charms from Wander & Hunt.

See how I made this designer inspired necklace, below!

a dash of inspiration: Rails, Antik Batik, Acne Studios

RAILS Harper Denim Button Down, $148 (Shop Bop)

Follow the instructions for the Lace Sleeved Chambray Shirt DIY, but replace the lace sleeves with plaid button up sleeves.

Antik Batik Ibiza Beaded Sandals, $278 (Shop Bop)

Can't ever go wrong with turquoise embellishments on brown summer sandals. Sew and/or glue turquoise pieces to scrap leather, cut around and glue to the sandals.

Acne Studios Anchor-Studded Slim Trousers, $670 (Barneys)


Hand stitch metal anchor charms to a pair of trousers to create the most nautical piece in your wardrobe. A little washable fabric glue wouldn't hurt, either, to really keep the entire charm in place.

Xo, Kirsten


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

art: Colorful Messes

Ink and some watercolor on Bristol paper. Just felt like messing around with color the other day!

Xo, Kirsten