Inspiration Board

I have been  compiling things, and more things for what could probably make up 300 inspiration boards but I thought I’d share one, and deconstruct it.

Collecting inspiration is infinite and necessary for an artist, or creator of any sorts. But I believe everyone in any profession should make inspiration boards (or five). An inspiration board doesn’t require reason. It’s stuff you like put next to and overlapping other stuff you like. It provides motivation and inspiration to help you continue doing things you like. And frankly, they are really pretty, (if they are all things you like).

So here’s one of mine:

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Now I thought we’d dig in and go piece by piece so I can explain how this pile of crazy got on an inspiration board.

 

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1. I think this one explains itself but I live my life by this phrase.

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2. Every inspiration board needs a little humor. I love this.

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3. This Kimono! I love this look, the fringe and the hat. I need these two items in my life.

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4.I found this image on Pinterest and I just love how the textures and fabrics were assembled together. Plus the floral is just goregous

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5. Every inspiration board needs a picture of Florence Welch. She is my style inspiration, I love the boho flair she has. She is always on par.

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6. The many faces of Elle Fanning. She is one of my style inspirations and she is only 16!!!!!!! What a girl. Her hair is from the Gods!

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7.  This image just reminds me to by cozy. Warm socks and tea after a long day.

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8. This image is from Urban Outfitters and I NEED THOSE TIGHTS!  If you need them too you can find them here.

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9. This photo is apart of a year long self portrait series done by  the extremely talent photographer Nicole Mason. And she has killer style. Check out here blog here to see each weeks self portrait.

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10. I found this print on Pinterest. It is just too adorable.

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11. Daisies are my favorite

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12. THESE SHOES!  I don’t know where they are from but I need them!

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13. I collect tea cups, and tea. Let’s just say tea is an obsession of mine.

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14. This is a picture I found of FPme and lets just say I am in love with this style pic! And her hair.

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15. That is outfit is perf. enough said.

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16. Those sunglasses, the braids. So many feels.

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17. This is an untitled piece by Cy Twombly one of my favorite painters. I hope to paint as well as him when I am done with art school.

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18. If only I was as cool as this dog.

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19. This outfit has inspired me. I have purchase items similar to replicate it.

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20. I am really into Pineapple print lately and this set is so adorable. You can buy it here.

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21. The painting is by one of my favorite artist Joan Mitchell (no not the singer). I just love the colors, and the scribbles.

 

So there you have it. Inspiration boards don’t really need logic or order at all. They are just well, inspiring for lack of a better word. I hope this inspires you to make your own. (pun certainly intended).

All my images came from my Pinterest. You can find it here  and see about 6,000 more things that could land on my next inspiration board.

Heres one that almost made the board that just makes me giggle:

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(If you make an inspiration board please do share it with me, I’d love to see it!).

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DIY: Dream Catchers

The past few months I have been on a dream catcher spree. Making them left and right simply because they’re pretty…They are all over my room as you can see:

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This week I decided to make yet another dream catcher, using the naturally dyed fabric I did a tutorial on a few weeks ago. The results looked like this:

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So here’s how to make your own dream catcher!!!!!!

Here’s what you’ll be needing:

Supplies

-1/2 of an embroidery hoop. (each hoop can make two)

-Any color Fabric strips. (In my case I used my beet dyed muslin)

-Feathers (bought or found)

-Yarn (any color)

-An assortment of beads

 

Phase one: Covering the embroidery hoop.

1. Take a piece of your fabric and tie it to the embroidery hoop

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2. Wrap the fabric tightly around the hoop until you have cover its entirety.

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3. Secure the end with a knot and tuck it under the fabric so it remains unseen

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Phase two: The inside

1. Take a long piece on yarn, about the length of your wingspan, and tie one end to the hoop

2. Cross the yarn to the outside edge

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3. loop the yarn around the back of the hoop and cross in front of the yarn. This is your basic knot for each stitch

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4. Continue the stitches around the remainder of the hoop. (The closer together the stitches the more elaborate the design)

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4. Once you have completed the first row make a stitch onto the second row. You can do this by looping the middle of one of your first stitches. That brings the yarn inside.

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5. Continue making stitches until you have reached the center of the dream catcher. Then you will tie a regular know to secure it in place

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Phase three : (And my favorite part) The Fringe

1. Take the strips of fabric and cut them into various lengths.

2. Secure them onto the bottom of the dream catcher

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The amount of fringe is up to you, I say the more the merrier!

After your dream catcher should look like this:

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It still looks a little empty so

3. Take the leftover yarn and cut it into various lengths.

4.Tie the feathers onto one end of the yarn

5. Add beads if you wish

The final product can look like this!

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Or one of these

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All of these were done with the same tutorial. With slightly different fringe, and hoop sizes.

Let me know if this helps and post your dreamcatchers in the comments so I can see what you all are making!!!!

 

 

Land of the Free

Now, I am usually not the type to jump on holiday ware, or the over eccentric holiday enthusiast but I was listening to the radio on my way to work one morning and the radio announcers were explaining a study recently conducted. The results of this study showed that approximately 1 in 4 Americas don’t know why we celebrate the 4th of July. And 1 in 4 of the people who do know, cannot tell you what country we received independence from. This saddens me. To be honest, I took a citizenship  test in participation in government class just to see if i’d pass…and well let’s just say I’m glad I was born here. History is not my thing. But the 4th of July is at the core of our countries foundation. How can 25% of the country not know what happened on that day?

So I decided this fourth of July to grab my sisters, and some flags and really celebrate our freedom. To spend some time not only goofing off in the field but really remembering the people who still fight everyday to keep our freedom. So thank you to those who are serving and continue to serve.

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To get looks similar to our 4th gear check out Free People and Urban Outfitters

 

Thrift Shop Finds.

Who knew the Goodwill was home to such treasures. This outfit took several trips to the thrift shop to assemble but I am leaving the house today in an outfit that cost me less than twenty dollars… let the Macklemore song commence!  I used to find thrift shops overwhelming and the idea of people rummaging for items well, gross. There are just so many items all bunched together all smelling like mothballs. But now its all about the thrill of the hunt for me. Thrift shops are an adventure, there are so many hidden gems in what people don’t want anymore.

Here are some tips I have found helpful when going into a thrift shop

1. Have time. The treasures are usually hidden amongst items that should have been left in the eighties and those vacation t-shirts people only wear once.

2. When you find a hidden treasure try it on! If you don’t try it on it’s just going to end up right where you found it after it sits in your closet for a few months.

3. Examine your find. Check the tag, check for small rips and tears, look at for those stains.

4. Try on the funny stuff. If you see an item that is so eighties, or just down right strange. Give it a try, you never know.

5. Check the tag. Sometimes thrift shops have different colored tags, and everyday a different tag is 50 percent off.

6. WASH your clothes went you get home.

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She’s so Fancy: Throwback

I am dreaming of some cold weather right about now so I searched the archives for some winter weather style pictures.  Yes, I dragged my cousin and sister out into the woods but the results I think were worth the risk of frost bite.

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Now I’m not saying I’m ready for snow already however, I do miss going outside without sweating. And jackets….I miss jackets!!!!

Thanks to Emily and Annie for putting up with my crazy ideas.

The best way to achieve these looks are LAYERS! Layers, layers and more layers. Something that is not needed in upstate New York right now but definitely a trend I am currently missing.  Tie a flannel around your waist grab your favorite bomber and this look is yours. Its never too early to start searching for good transition pieces from warm to chilly weather.

 

Not So Plain Tee

Tees are essential to any girls wardrobe however, I find my self lacking in the “plain tee” department. Why do plain tees have to be so well, plain? New silhouettes spice up the notion of “the plain tee” and still give your statement pieces their time to shine. I am personal fan of these three boho cut tops.

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Pair this top with a tight fitting skirt and some statement booties for a night out on the town. This look is perfect for evening and to think you’re still wearing a tee shirt.

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Put this tee over a dress for a casual summer day of errands or outing with the gals. The high-low compliments the dress perfectly for those cooler days summer when you need those shoulders covered.

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Throw on your favorite flowing top paired with floral shorts and a flower crown for the perfect festival look. Comfortable fabrics in longing flowing layers are perfect for concert hopping. Honestly, it’s like you are wearing your jammies.

 

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None of these looks would be complete without a necklace (or two). Add some jewels and the new plain tees are set for any occasion.

To get the night look: Top Free People/ Skirt Forever 21/ Necklaces, Thrift shop find/ Shoes Free People

To get the day look: Top Free People/ Dress Free People/ Necklace Thrift shop find/ Sandals Urban Outfitters

To get the festival look: Top Free People/ Shorts Free People/ Flower crown icing/ necklaces grandmas jewelry box/ shoes marshals.

* Photocred to Annie Howell

 

She’s so Fancy (Photographer Edition): Molly

My mom’s friend Molly a few months ago did a photo session with my sister and I for a project she titled Made to be Free. You can find the full gallery here

Here is my personal favorite from this series.

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She has such an eye for expressing a person’s natural, God-given beauty and of course all she has a keen eye for fashion as well.

Molly is a beauty and here are some interesting facts about her:

1. Her dog has been to the vet more times than any other dog. Included but not limited to the time her eat a bag of expresso beans.

2. She works at a pregnancy center serving pregnant women. She’s a star!

3. She always seems to find the BEST thrift and consignment deals. Her talent is unrivaled, hands down. Needless to say I need to take her with me thrifting because I am not so lucky in that department.

Molly came up for a business trip to good ‘ole upstate New York and we made time to fit in a little photo session in my back yard. Here is some of her best shots.

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Molly’s entire philosophy surrounding her series was to live in the freedom we have been given, and to embrace all forms of beauty. In the end that’s what  Proprium Floris is all about. Embracing and expressing many forms of beauty, no matter what size, shape, height, color, complexion. This type of freedom currently isn’t embraced by the fashion industry so I want to encourage the broadening of the industry to include more types of beauties. Everyone is free to be beautiful and fashion is not just for models.

To find Molly and her work check her out on Facebook and her Website

To get inspired see Molly’s inspiration Pinterest board for her Made to be Free Project

To get Annie’s look check out The Gap

To get Jhow’s look check out Free People here’s a dress similar to mine ( check this out)