Carven Resort 2018

With a new successor at the helm, Carven is back and honestly, the label is looking better than ever. For his debut collection, Swiss born Dior alum Serge Ruffieux turned to the founder of the storied French house, Madame Carven, for the core of his inspiration. Smocked collar shirts, panelled mini-length dresses, tailored cut out dresses, and knit jacquard vests – all with the most distinctive details – are meant to emanate Carven’s love of world travel, her propensity towards the color green, and her signature retro, aristocratic flair. And all those tassel adorned flats?! Mais, oui!

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Currently Crushing On: Coin Necklaces

Over the years, I’ve been slowly collecting vintage charms and pendants and more recently, I’ve been on a hunt for antique coins. I love the weighty feel of them and the ease in which they layer on varying chain lengths. Sadly, thus far, I haven’t come across any pieces that I’m truly connected to. If you’ve got any leads, please let me know! In the meantime, here are some inspiring examples . . .

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Learning New Skills

You guys. I’ve become a floral designer and a shoemaker! Well, that’s only partially true .  .  . Let’s just start by saying that I’ve always been intrigued by the craftsmanship behind floral design and shoe making. Years ago, I took a beginner’s flower arranging workshop and it completely changed the way I viewed, purchased, and arranged flowers. Since then, I’ve longed to deepen that experience further. And as most of you already know, I have a fascination with shoemaking. We’ve featured several designers on HonestlyWTF whose artisanal process has inspired us. So recently, when I was presented with the opportunity to take a couple of classes via Skillshare, an online learning platform with 15,000 classes taught by the world’s best practitioners, I excitedly added flower arranging and sandal making to my list of courses. I love the way the video tutorials are broken down into sections, making the experience unhurried and comprehensible. In just a mere 40 minutes, I learned so much more about creating an impressive centerpiece, as well as tips on how to choose the right color of flowers and how to keep the flowers long lasting. And in just a few days, I learned how to make shoes. I was skeptical about the promise of walking away with a pair of sandals from a single tutorial but was surprised that I actually executed sandals that I’d actually wear. I’m proud and ecstatic about my newfound skills and cannot wait to learn more. I encourage you guys to explore your undiscovered skills and thanks to our friends at Skillshare, you can. They’re gifting you two free months of unlimited access to stream their 15,000+ classes. Simply register here, or use code HONESTLY, to start your two free months. I’d love for you to share what you’ve created. Happy learning!

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Marialaura Fedi

It’s her love of nature, Italian Renaissance painters, and fashion trends that inspires artist Marialaura Fedi‘s captivating portraits. Her female figures are faceless yet full of bodily expression. Her choice of colors are muted, almost desert-like, yet each illustration exudes such charisma and attitude. Her compositions are unelaborate yet display strength. And of course, I’m just so smitten with the clothing (all the ruffles!). It’s as if any of these confident females could very well be me, my sister, my mom, my friends . . . my tribe. Love.

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A Pink & Green Kitchen

Design led furniture manufacturer deVOL just recently opened their second showroom in London’s St. John’s Square and it’s beyond stunning. The spotlight is on a custom pink and green kitchen that is enough to make anyone wish it was their own. Everything is perfect – the grayish blue-green hue of the cabinets, the brass cupboard catches, the hand-lettered “pantry” sign, the emerald green metro tiles, the pink painted walls, the hanging copper pots . . . I can go on and on. And on and on. If popping by the showroom isn’t of convenience, deVol has spelled out nearly every detail for you on their blog. Pink and green, would you do it?

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