Grace Ciao’s Flower Dresses

by Anh-Minh on September 19, 2014

grace_ciao1With the various fashion weeks happening lately, it seems like a good time to post about the work of Singapore fashion illustrator Grace Ciao. As a kid, she would create frocks for her Barbie dolls from fabric scraps given to her by her grandmother. These days, she’s employing her talents to sketch dresses that incorporate flower petals. Gorgeous, right?

According to this BuzzFeed interview, it all started as an attempt to preserve the beauty of a withering rose. I love that she continues to share her inspirations and offers a peek of her process on her Instagram account.

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{ Images from Grace Ciao and her Instagram account }

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Maika Carryall Tote

by Anh-Minh on September 18, 2014

maika1I am a sucker for a good tote bag. And for me, a good tote bag should be simple enough in style that I can carry it on myriad outings: lunch dates, editorial meetings, interviews, photo shoots. It should be roomy (able to hold the basics—keys, wallet, phone, notebook—as well as a few copies of Anthology) and feature at least one internal pocket (so I don’t waste time fishing around for small things like my lip balm).

These bags by San Francisco-based Maika fit the bill, and I love that they’re available in a variety of patterns, printed on recycled canvas with eco-friendly inks. The leather straps with brass accents are classic. Bonus: The lining is waterproof. But if you’re not in the market for a tote, Maika also purveys other bags, travel cases, pouches, and buckets. And they currently have a bunch of stuff on sale!

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{ All images from Maika }

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StayGoldMaryRose

by Joanna on September 17, 2014

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Based in Brighton, England, StayGoldMaryRose is the Etsy shop of designer Abigail MaryRose Clark. Since 2004, Clark has repurposed vintage teacups into these oversized, fun bracelets. The teacups themselves come directly from the U.K.’s biggest manufacturer of china. By using seconds and damaged cups, Clark is able to give new life to pieces that would otherwise be tossed. The bangles have been featured in boutiques across the U.S. and the U.K., including Anthropologie. Don’t you just love the way each piece is cropped to showcase the traditional artwork in a modern way?

(Psst … Right now, with promo code SUMMERSALE15, everything in her shop is 15 percent off!)

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{ Images via StayGoldMaryRose }

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Quilts by Lindsay Stead

by Joanna on September 16, 2014

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Traditional quilts haven’t always done it for me. True, there is a nostalgic, Americana vibe that is not to be denied. But design-wise, they just didn’t excite me—that is, until I discovered these incredible quilts by Lindsay Stead. Graphic and modern, these strike the perfect balance between traditional quilting techniques and a bold new approach. I am truly obsessed with the “scale, asymmetry, negative space and the use of solid colors.” Each quilt is entirely handmade in Stead’s Toronto studio, making the process very personal and time-consuming.

Be sure to also follow Lindsey on Instagram for behind-the-scenes shots!

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images via Lindsay Stead

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Recipes Suspended in Mid-Air

by Joanna on September 15, 2014

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As if I needed another reason to play with my food, check out this Recipes series by Germany-based designer Nora Luther and photographer Pavel Becker. According to Luther, “the image serves as a foretaste not only of the dish but also of its preparation. The look of the ready cooked dish is left to your own imagination.” She came up with the concept, while Becker shot it.

The result is truly dynamic, energetic, and exciting—don’t you think?

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{ Photographs by Pavel Becker; via Honestly Yum }

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