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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Repurposed Artwork iPad case

Via Anthropologie - For Your iPad - Aren't these amazing?
Repurposed artwork covers and protects your technology. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece by Leslie Oschmann for Swarm. One of a kind, leather, oil and acrylic paint on canvas; padded cotton linen.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Flare Pants 2012

In this Marie Claire YouTube video, check out DJ Chelsea's rock n' roll style with her flared jeans. Next, blogger Kelly models her flare pants with a dressy red blouse for a more dramatic look. The third woman, Athena, is an interior designer whose pant shows her sophisticated appearance. Multiple looks can be achieved with flared trousers.

Flared Pants Worn Three Ways

More Flared Pants

 Tips for Optimal Fit of Pants

While flared pants can be worn by a variety of women, the high-waisted flared pants look their best when suited to the particular woman's body shape. The optimal look is achieved when women match the width of the pant legs to the proportions of their bodies. A petite woman, for example, suits a pant that is of moderate width. For a curvy woman, the most flattering style is a well-fit trouser around the thigh with a slight bell curve at the hem of the pant. Too much flare over-emphasizes the hip area in the curvy body type.
Curvaceous women should also pay attention to the front pockets of the pants. Avoid pockets with extra material and zipper pockets that accentuate the hips and draw attention to the area.
For women who wish to create an even longer looking leg, adjust the length of the pants to fall to the floor. Streamlined looks are created. This tip works well for petite women.
Pair the flare trousers with close fitting tops to balance the shapes of the outfits. Geometric shaped patterns are also big for spring, making this particular shirt design a good choice to pair with the pants. Designers from Gucci to Donna Karen showcased the geometric designed clothing in their Spring 2012 Collections.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Handmade Jewelry for all Occasions

Handmade jewelry makes a great gift for birthdays, graduation or anniversaries! Below are 2 necklaces I just sold. Just finished wrapping them and now it's off to the post office. Stop by my shop to see some of my jewelry designs: www.etsy.shop/ViaLove

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sesame Kale Chips

From www.lakitchenette.com:

There’s just no denying it, a threshold has been crossed. I have become the type of person who drinks “coffee” from dandelions, makes “sour cream” out of cashews and now, creates “chips” from roughly torn kale leaves. I’ve been known to make these out of desperation. With no other snacks in the house and a head of kale in the crisper, a snack deprived person will resort to almost anything.
Of course I recognize that “treat” is subjective, but these satisfy the desire for something crispy and salty—and to have a snack in the richest shade of dark green is surely a bonus.
1 head of kale
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Rinse kale and tear stems off the leaves. Spin, shake, blot ALL moisture off of the kale. If in doubt, let air dry for 10 minutes as well. Once dry, place in a large bowl and sprinkle the olive oil over. Use your hands and massage the oil into the kale, coating each leaf. If it’s feeling a bit dry, drizzle extra oil, remassage. Once covered, sprinkle 1/4 cup sesame seeds over the kale and toss to evenly distribute.
Lightly sprinkle with sea salt (it’s easy to oversalt, be conservative).
Spread out on two baking sheets lined with parchment, avoid overlaps and bake for 20 minutes. Don’t allow the leaves to brown or the chips will be bitter. Optional + Recommended: sprinkle with smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne.
Enjoy immediately.

Warm Weather Fashion Inspiration

A little fashion inspiration now that the weather is warming up...brought to you by Free People, Sundance and Peruvian Connection