24 April, 2013

Story of Life: Aveda Earth Month Pop Up experience & Win Aveda Stress-Fix

Hi Loves,

I have some news for you about the Earth Month. Some of you may know this but if you missed it. Instead of one  day (the 22th of April) the whole month of April has the focus on helping our Earth with her environmental issues. Aveda is one of those brands that continuesly tries to raise awareness for different environmental projects all over the world.  It's a cosmetics brand with high quality products for hair and skin. The products consist of organic ingredients and are manufactured with 100% wind energy. Totally green!

Every year Aveda has an event called the Aveda Eart Month and this year Aveda introduces the Earth Month Pop Up experience; a mobile service to relieve you from your daily stress and all for a good cause. We like that!  
You can relax and sip a cup of tea while having a true Aveda massage ritual in exchange for voluntary donations. 100% of the proceeds go to the Global Fund Grants Green.
And if you like to donate more, you can purchase the Light the Way Candle for € 15,- or the organic AVEDA Earth Month Shopper for € 3,50.


Sounds great huh!

Now for the Earth Month Game...

20 April, 2013

Beauty Aspects: Chinoiserie Cherry Blossom Porcelain Nails

Chinoiserie is a western definition for the expression of Chinese Style in objects. Round the 18th century Art and Fashion was highly influenced by the Chinese culture. Prints and styles were copied and made global. The Rococo style was booming back then and the almost fairy tale like images of the Chinese Art fitted perfectly in this style. The Dutch based their "Delft's Blue" on the designs of Chinese porcelain. Typical for the Chinoiserie are the images of flowers and birds in soft pastel colors or bright radiant like sapphire green and golds.

Now back to the nails. Inspired by the style I made nails with cherry blossoms, a bird and a butterfly.

I used:
Base: Light Blue// Teez 
Dark Brown// Opi Express you Style
Arts: White// Essence Tip Painter
Beige/Light Pink/Old Pink// Bourjois
Yellow/ Chanel Mimosa
Top: So Matt// Bourjois

Tools: tiny brush of the Tip painter and a toothpick

1. First up choose your pastel base color. I've chosen for a light blue color that reminded me of the modeling paint at the art classes from high school. 
2. Ok now the branch. For the branch I used a tiny small brush its called tip painter from Essence. For the dutchies; Very cheap, you can buy it at your local Kruidvat store.  Set your fingers close to each other and try to make one branch for your nails. This way all the nails have a separate design, but still one story.
 3. So next the art. Before you start its best if you use a sheet of paper or plastic to put drops of nail polish on. This is also easy for mixing new colors. The color white is best for the first layer, your sketch.
 I wanted some animals but you can start with just the flowers. The animals are made with the tip painter and for the flowers I used a toothpick. The flower method is easy; dip the toothpick in your color and make 4 dots in the shape of a flower. The branch also need some buds so don't forget to put single dots at the end of the branches, this makes it more realistic.
4. When your done and you like the sketch, add some drops of color to highlight your design. I used the pinks and yellow. Make sure the first layer is completely dried up.
5.For the top coat I used a matte nail polish for the Chinese porcelain effect.
To make you design pop more, you can use a fine liner. This is also perfect to hide some mistakes.

Et Voila You're done.

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think.
Have a lovely weekend


18 April, 2013

Street Style: Coachella Round Up 1

Get in that pre-summer vibe with these inspirational street styles from the Coachella Festival weekend
...more to come...

Photos courtesy of & WWD

14 April, 2013

Item de SOYL: Body Chain Empress Reloaded


This Body Chain was inspired by two separate chains I designed, The Empress chain is one of them. I decided to combine the two for some extra dimensions. 
Stole the leather jacket from my sis. It's a old Levi's from back in the day and it haunts me ever since I laid my eyes on it. Love to work with contrasts so the base ball style of the jacket fits perfect with the elegance of the black skirt plus it balances the sexiness of the chains.
 Love to hear your thoughts.


ps. This chain is made to order. So for any requests send me a mail
For simpler styles of SOYL Body Chains Check it here in the Shop

Stories I'm working On: Illustrations

Hi Loves How's your Sunday?
It was a bit quiet around here lately due to me getting the flu and my inspiration level went passed 0.
Thankfully the soft Spring weather entered the Netherlands and brings some lovely energy...
I'm working on some new designs and illustrations. Can't wait to show you the finished products.. But first some illustration I'm working on...

Have a Lovely Sunday X

02 April, 2013

F for Fashion: Nadja Bender for VOGUE Japan April 2013

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