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Links We Love
1. Style: On Wendy’s Lookbook made us love Skorts, which we thought was impossible.
2. Jewelry : Customizable Oliver Bangle
3. Fashion Flash Back: NY Fashion in the 60’s
4. Jewelry : The Watts shoulder piece
5. Healthy & Tasty : Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Greens
6. Beauty : Vacuum for your pores?!
7.Strong Women: Sheryl Sandberg in line for Disney CEO
8. For the Cause: Dermablend started a youtube confessional page to make a difference. Cheri’s story, amongst others were so moving.
9. Style: This casual and chic outfit from Damsel In Dior
10. Healthy & Tasty: I know this was posted over a year ago, but we can’t stop making this recipe.
Mar 13, 2014

Links We Love

1. Style: On Wendy’s Lookbook made us love Skorts, which we thought was impossible.

2. Jewelry : Customizable Oliver Bangle

3. Fashion Flash Back: NY Fashion in the 60’s

4. Jewelry : The Watts shoulder piece

5. Healthy & Tasty : Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Greens

6. Beauty : Vacuum for your pores?!

7.Strong Women: Sheryl Sandberg in line for Disney CEO

8. For the Cause: Dermablend started a youtube confessional page to make a difference. Cheri’s story, amongst others were so moving.

9. Style: This casual and chic outfit from Damsel In Dior

10. Healthy & Tasty: I know this was posted over a year ago, but we can’t stop making this recipe.

Duende is Launching a Custom Wedding Jewelry Design Service and Line at the Toasted Wedding Event Sunday, April 13th, at the Brooklyn Bazaar, 12pm-5pm. Come say hi!
http://www.toastedweddingevent.com/
Mar 6, 2014

Duende is Launching a Custom Wedding Jewelry Design Service and Line at the Toasted Wedding Event Sunday, April 13th, at the Brooklyn Bazaar, 12pm-5pm. Come say hi!

http://www.toastedweddingevent.com/

10 links we love:
1. Style: This Outfit by A Lacy Perspective.
2. Jewelry: The Cynthia Cross Body Chain
3. Travel: These 40 hotels 
4. For the Cause: Seth Rogen- alzheimer’s
5. Food: Dulce De Leche, @ Empire Cake. DROOLING
6. These Valentino Rock-Stud Look-A-Likes
7. NYC: Making our subway commutes a musical adventure!
8. Jewelry: The Jacqueline Brass Double Shoulder Piece
9. DIY: This future fashionistas paper dresses
10. For the Cause: Emily James and her haircut
Mar 6, 2014

10 links we love:

1. Style: This Outfit by A Lacy Perspective.

2. Jewelry: The Cynthia Cross Body Chain

3. Travel: These 40 hotels

4. For the Cause: Seth Rogen- alzheimer’s

5. Food: Dulce De Leche, @ Empire Cake. DROOLING

6. These Valentino Rock-Stud Look-A-Likes

7. NYC: Making our subway commutes a musical adventure!

8. Jewelry: The Jacqueline Brass Double Shoulder Piece

9. DIY: This future fashionistas paper dresses

10. For the Cause: Emily James and her haircut

Mar 3, 2014

From Start To Finish. Follow the design process here

Go ahead…
Feb 28, 2014

Go ahead…

The wise words of Grace Coddington.
Feb 27, 2014 / 2 notes

The wise words of Grace Coddington.

Feb 27, 2014

Links We LOVE

1. The IMAGINE cuff

2. Friend and Family Sales featured on Glitter Inc.

3. Ombre Lips tutorial by Keiko Lynn

4. This cause and friendship is #SoChocolateBar

5. This little girl collecting rocks / photo from HONY

6. The Einstein Bangle

7. These Puppies up for adoption now at Animal Haven

8. 35 Things you’ll need in your dream house.

9. This yummy S’More cupcake recipe by Bakerella 

10. This cute outfit from Bows and Sequins

Feb 27, 2014

If you don’t see it, you won’t wear it.

Here are 10 ways to display your jewelry as art.

More ideas here

Take Advantage of the little opportunities and you will not have to wait for the big one.
Feb 12, 2014 / 1 note
Ain’t it the truth!
Dec 16, 2013

Ain’t it the truth!


Artist Turns Her Small Studio Room Into Surreal Dreamscapes Without Using Photoshop. So impressed with the creativity! 
Dec 7, 2013

Artist Turns Her Small Studio Room Into Surreal Dreamscapes Without Using Photoshop. So impressed with the creativity! 

Oct 14, 2013 / 1 note

Help with the Creative Process

It just so happens that being an artist can sometimes be a pain. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. However, there are things to overcome like any other job.  The biggest struggle can sometimes be the core of what you do - the creative process. 


You’ll hit walls. I cannot tell you how many times I have spent days researching, sketching, sourcing, and actually attacking the project- just for it to turn out NOTHING like I had envisioned and I’m back to the drawing board.  It’s easy to feel defeated, but the way to stay creative has been an experiment. You have to learn how to keep the flow even when the flow isn’t quite happening. 

Somedays you’ll be on fire and you cannot stop the progress and it’s magical. Somedays I stare at a dress form, a wall of beads, a sketch board - and nothing comes to mind. Sometimes I’ll design something for days and then have to completely take it apart because it’s just not working. It’s easy to feel defeated and deflated, but then you have to find ways to push yourself forward. Because when you work independently… no one’s going to do it for you.

Here are some ways/rules to STAY creative: 

1. Make Lists

You don’t have to do everything all at once, but when you can’t work through something, revisit your list and see what else you can do. There are non-creative things you could be doing that will be just as important to fill in the time when you just can’t design; i.e. social media, data entry, etc.

2. Carry a Notebook Everywhere

You may be surprised at what inspires you. Be prepared. Always take notes. Sketch in the waiting room. Make lists. ^

3. Get Away from the Computer / Take Breaks / REST REST REST

Sometimes leaving the computer and getting some fresh air will allow you to reboot. It’s easy to get sucked into BuzzFeed, Pinterest or a Facebook black hole. Also seeing friends and loved ones always recharges your spirit. Human connection does so much more than your relationship with your computer to help the creative flow come back to life. 

If you’re brain is constantly on, sometimes it needs to be turned off. Watch some TV, order some take out, take a bath… just anything that is relaxing. You owe it to yourself. 

Sometimes you just need a nap. If you are an artist and make your own schedule- lucky you… everyone with “9-5’s” wish they were you. Take advantage of this gem of a situation. 

4. Quit Beating Yourself Up / Count Your blessings

Getting down on yourself won’t help you any. Sometimes writing down your accomplishments reminds you of your potential. It would also help to write down why you chose this path.  It may be the reminder you need to get back on board and try, try, try again. 

You probably chose a creative job because you just don’t operate the way the norm does. It scares you to even think of having a same thing, day in day out kind of job - so be thankful that your creative dream job is happening! If you aren’t there yet, but are in motion, just realize how huge of a step it is to follow your heart. It takes a lot of courage. It won’t always be easy… but it will always be worth it. 

5. Listen to Music

Music has such a huge effect on my mood. Another good creative booster. Put on something that reflects what you want to do at the time. Songza is my go to. It basically creates a playlist for the time of day, activity, and mood you want to create into a playlist. It’s brilliant and helps the creative flow get back into motion. It’s like free creative therapy!

6. Be Open / Go Somewhere New

Don’t expect to do the same thing everyday and get different results. Trying new things may seem daunting when you have your own way of doing things, but it may help you grow creatively. Even if things seem a bit backwards, try it anyway. What’s the worst that could happen? 

Sometimes the mind needs to be refreshed. Go and see or do something new. If you aren’t living outside your creative box, you won’t be so happy in it. Explore! It’s like pressing the restart button on your creative flow. 

7. Surround Yourself with Creative People / Collaborate

It’s infectious. 

8. Practice, Practice, Practice 

Ever hear of the 10,000 hour rule? “Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always innate genius or talent that will make you a success, it’s the hours that you put in, which means that ANYONE can do it.” More on this idea here: http://www.squidoo.com/10000-hour-rule

9. Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes / Take Risks

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

-Scott Adams

Sometimes you don’t do it right, but it will open doors to getting closer to doing it correctly. Sometimes it can be a mistake that you can use in the future for something else. Good mistakes exist.

10.  Stop Trying to Be Someone Else’s Perfect

Listen. I’m the same age as Gaga. You think I’m going to compare myself to her accomplishments? Nope. It’s common for people to see another artist that is excelling in their creative realm and then you look at your accomplishments and boy are you humbled. Just use other artists your age to inspire you. At the end of the day, no one creative has the same path- that’s the exciting part. Move at your own pace, make your own choices, listen to your gut and try to live authentically. Someday there will be someone you inspire too.

11. Clean Your Workspace

Yup, I said it. If you know me, you know when I get going, by the end of the day my studio is an absolute mess. I used to convince myself that if the studio wasn’t a mess, then I wasn’t creative that day. There is some truth to that, but there is such a thing as creative mess. I’ve learned to find my balance where essentially my style of chaos is now contained chaos - as conflicting as it sounds. I have drawers of projects that are in progress. They are put away, but they are still very much a mess of ideas. However, they are contained in a drawer. I can still see my computer and my desk and find the necessary things I need to keep a balance with other priorities without falling all over boxes of chain and loose beads fallen on the floor. With that being said, it keeps things functional and productive which is why you need to clean your workspace!

12.Have FUN! and FINISH Something

Have we forgotten why we decided to have a creative job in the first place? It’s because we never wanted to wake up and hate Mondays. It’s true. If you hate Mondays, you don’t actually hate Mondays - you just hate your job. 

You are lucky. You have a creative mind! You chose to wake up and LOVE everyday of the week because what you do is FUN! 

Creative minds are always churning and when one great idea comes, sometimes another one overlaps. Do attend to all great ideas (first rule of thumb was create lists!), but remember great ideas are just ideas. You can’t really take credit for them unless you bring that idea to life, which requires finishing it!

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
Quoting Napoleon Bonaparte
Oct 1, 2013
Oct 1, 2013 / 32 notes

Renaissance inspired ruff collar shoulder dress

“Don’t you long for something different to happen, something so exciting and new it carries you along with it like a great tide, something that lets your life blaze and burn so the whole world can see it?”
― Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows
Oct 1, 2013