I’m finally back in Toronto and ready to settle back in with a full day of cleaning, unpacking and grocery shopping. But before I head off to do all that, how about we look at some fashion inspiration? Swedish stylist Mona Norremo has a great eye and talent for fashion, and creates stunning male and female looks in a diverse range of styles, shapes, materials and fabrics.
Layer upon layer, loose and form fitted, Mona puts together looks that are nothing short of fabulous, and always complete with the perfect accessories. This is one stylist who is not afraid of using color, and she uses it boldly. Whether it is pairing a hot pink men’s blazer with a white shirt and mauve pants, using multicolored print jumpsuits, or an all black look, Mona makes it look so effortlessly chic.
She has fun with fashion, and it shows. I love that the huge shoulder pads are back, but it’s also all about being yourself and representing your own style. Apparent in her work are boundless elements of fashion; prints, color, fabric, shape, and lots of texture; all that radiating intelligence and confidence. She accentuates femininity and bends the edge of style.
(images: mona norremo)
Happy Thursday everyone! It’s almost the weekend, and finally time for a new week of Etsy Love showcasing some beautiful shops of jewelry, art, fabrics and even cake!
Ayofemi jewelry is the shop of designer and student Ayo, in Phoenix. Ayo makes jewelry in her spare time, mainly consisting of pretty, charming necklaces, bracelets and earrings from a mix of gold and gorgeous soft colors like coral, lavender, and turquoise. Oh I plan to pay this shop another visit very soon!
Esther Ramirez is a talented crafter, designer and illustrator from Chicago, and sells her beautiful creations at Essimar. The abundance of color and pattern in her shop emphasizes the whimsical element in her screen prints and paper crafts, which are gently made one at a time in small collections.
For fun and quirky fabric design, handmade bags, and quilts, just head on over to Aunt June. Lauren Hunt designs and prints many colorful fabrics that could become totes, pillows, anything really as far as your imagination takes you! I love all her fabrics from the feathers, to boats, and bird prints too.
You can find absolutely anything on Etsy! Even the most precious cake bunting shop, Kiki La Ru for all things pretty, striped and flowered is available here! Homemaker and artist in Austria uses primarily vintage and upcycled fabrics and supplies thats she purchases on Etsy to create her sweet homemade cakes!
(images: sources listed above)
It’s so refreshing to see talented artists and designers emerging out of different parts of the world with distinct styles and inspirations. I find that a very big part of what makes traveling interesting. I always anticipate the beauty I will find whilst here in the Middle East.
Qatari-based fashion brand Toujouri, which translates to “treasure chest” in Arabic, was launched in 2008 under the creative direction of Lama El Moatessem. The striking Autumn/Winter 2010 collection combines traditional techniques with modern silhouettes to create a gorgeous, bright palette and Middle Eastern inspired beadwork.
I absolutely love the lavish fabrics (mainly consisting of silk georgette, crepe de chine, and silk twill) of the kaftans and use of intricate hand embroidery that creates an edge with elegance to the new line. The rich hues and geometric shapes and patterns only add to this new collection’s unique and exotic look and feel. Also detailed with jeweled cuffs, cutwork and statement oversized beaded necklines, the pieces range from soft and flowy kaftans to figure flattering cocktail dresses. Available in select boutiques across the world, I find these qualities are what distinguish this lovely brand with a style that one can usually find only in the Middle East.