Sharpies aren’t just for labeling your freezer bags anymore, kids. So hot right now Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock actually use them all the freaking time: “Last season we showed a number of ‘gunmetal’ lace pieces—which was actually gold lace completely Sharpied to look silver. Our intern deserved a trophy for that one. We also enjoy using Sharpies to deface silks, t-shirts, khaki from the Gap, AND—coming this November to a retailer near you—high top Converse.” After reading about their liberal use of everyone’s favorite black permanent marker we got to thinking: There are loads of style tricks one can accomplish with the help of a sharpie, like … Keep reading »
When I still lived by myself in Chicago, before I moved to New York and in with my then-boyfriend (now husband), I had a collection of coffee cups gathered from thirft stores, garage sales and inherited from friends, that I displayed on my kitchen walls in much the same way as the cups in this photo. The photo is part of a larger collection itself on Apartment Therapy of unique ways in which various collections are displayed. I got rid of all but three of four of my favorite mugs (two people can only squeeze so much into a one-bedroom Manhattan apartment), but seeing all these fun collections has me itching to start a new one. Even more reason to move to a bigger apartment in more spacious Brooklyn! [via Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »
Folks had fun with dry watercolors back in 1885 when they were originally developed, but we bet you can have just as much fun in 2009 transforming your photos with watercolors. We admit the Peerless Photo Tint Watercolors look a little tricky at first glance, but painting with these is actually quite simple. Each sheet is coated with a vibrant color that only needs water to make it come alive. And a swoosh of your paintbrush changes up the color of your photos instantly. [$18, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
Hermès is one of those intangibly expensive luxury brands that creates classic products you’ll always lust after but probably will never be able to afford. Perhaps the Parisian fashion house has decided to humor the less fortunate by putting out this free cutout design for its dog collar cuff bracelet (hey, pity gift or not, we’ll totally take it!). Download the PDF, cut out along the lines, then follow the step-by-step instructions for folding and gluing. The finished product is a completely believable Hermès replica. If you have a color printer, you can choose some of the snazzier designs, like an orange background with white print or a purple plaid motif. While we imagine your paper bracelet wouldn’t hold up as well as, say, a Kelly bag, you’d at least get an ephemeral taste of the brand, and a chance to practice your origami skills. If you have so much fun with your crafty cutout, you can also check out this hilarious Keyboard Cat project which has been circulating the interwebs of late.
Download the Hermès PDF here and see the rest of the designs at Lesailes.Hermes.com. Keep reading »
Your search for the perfect pair of jeans is over! Want to know who makes ‘em? You! indiDenim, a “virtual denim” brand, gives you the power to design your own pair. We aren’t talking about picking dark blue over light; we’re talking details from start to finish. The “design” process is pretty intense and starts with you selecting your ideal fabric (lightweight or thick), rise (high, mid, or low waist), leg, and hem, before delving into other details like belt-loop and stitching.
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We couldn’t be more excited about season two (FINALLY) being released on DVD, so we were double stoked to see this rather exhaustive article on The Washington Post‘s Express Night Out regarding the oft-overlooked sartorial brilliance that is Flight of the Conchords. They make a great point: “Sure, the wardrobe on ‘The Tudors’ probably took a bit more effort to create, but Conchords fashion is plenty evocative as well. Looking like a lascivious French royal would be expensive and ridiculous, but impersonating an expatriated New Zealander in a ‘guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo’ is both achievable and affordable. So true! If you’re as busy as we are on Mondays, you may appreciate that we’ve gone ahead and cut through all the superfluous details. [Express Night Out]
The quickie version of how to dress like Bret, Jermaine and Mel cheatsheet — and a hilarious song from season two — after the jump… Keep reading »