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0 In Art/ Fashion/ Illustration

Round Two of 100 Days Project

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First of all, the website was experiencing some technical problems, but they have all been resolved and I am back! I apologize if you were trying to check it out in between.

If you don’t follow me on Instagram (@q_annie) then you are probably missing out on my round two of 100 Days Project, and this time around I am pursuing illustrations! I began my journey in art a bit late – more at the end of middle school and beginning high school, and it quickly consumed me. I took every single art class I could, became National Art Honor Society president and even won a few awards in between. In fashion school, I continued my art journey and grew to love fashion illustrations, but after repeatedly hearing about “starving artists” and “fashion illustration is a dead career” I slowly let go of it and concentrated on my main goal of fashion design. Don’t get me wrong, fashion designing was my first love, but I had a second one that I treasured equally, which I slowly let go of. I would get a few commissions here and there, and my parents would always tell me I needed to pick it back up. But who wants to go on a dead-end route?

A year ago, while scrolling Instagram, I realized that it was NOT a dead end. The wonderful community of creatives is fighting to keep art alive and thriving, and I decided that I would pursue it again.

I started my 100 Days Project 24 days ago and have loved every. single. second. I didn’t realize how much I had missed it, and how beautifully it affects me. I really do hope I can continue because the peace and contentment I have garnered in the daily practice is like no other. I feel more confident, more happy and more at peace. It’s like I finally decided to follow what my heart was leading me to. Might sound a bit “woo-woo” to some, but trust me if you do what you love it always ends in something like this. And I hope you will! Follow your heart, do what you love and live everyday with gratitude.

I do want to thank everyone for all the lovely messages, calls, texts, DM on Instagram and in-person conversations. You guys are making this journey absolutely dreamy and I love that so many people are enjoying what I am putting out there.

Thank You!

0 In Beauty/ Fashion

Set Your Hair on F I R E | U N S E E N | Color-Changing Hair

 

I am super excited because my Harry Potter dreams may soon be realized! Alchemist, and self-proclaimed witch, Lauren Bowker of T H E U N S E E N has created the first color-changing hair dye. The F I R E dye is inspired by occult glamour.

Glamour – “originally was a term applied to a magical-occult spell that was cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wished them to see, when in fact it was not what it seemed to be.” – Wikipedia

F I R E can be applied as a semi-permanent dye, and is available in multiple color ranges from bright red to soft pastel blue. The hair literally changes color, like mood rings, due to temperature fluctuations. The dye launched during London Fashion Week in collaboration with Storm Models (Nymphadora Tonks could easily be behind this…right?!)! And to make it all even more amazing, F I R E celebrates women in science and encourage young women to seek opportunities in fields of science and engineering.

Via  T H E U N S E E N

0 In Fashion/ Jewelry

Modcloth Flash Sale Alert!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

If summer makes you dream of retro styles channeling the Notebook, then ModCloth is exactly where you need to go, and it’s the perfect time to do so! ModCloth is having a sizzling flash sale! Starting this morning at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 a.m. ET on 6/23, you can get 40% off stunning summer dresses, separates, shoes, and more.

But shop fast — this fab flash sale only lasts for 24 hours!

Deal: 40% off select summer styles for 24 hours only!
Start: Wednesday 6/22 @ 9 am EST
End: Thursday 6/23 @ 9 am EST

0 In Art/ Fashion

Fairy Tale Fashion | Exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Kirsty Mitchell, The Storyteller, from the Wonderland series. Photograph © Kirsty Mitchell, kirstymitchellphotography.com

Kirsty Mitchell, The Storyteller, from the Wonderland series. Photograph © Kirsty Mitchell, kirstymitchellphotography.com

Art has always been a huge part of my life, and it was definitely one of my biggest reasons for living in New York. I loved attending gallery openings, and visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art for exhibitions. And of course attending the Fashion Institute of Technology was a dream come true. The museum at F.I.T was a bit of a hidden gem, and an escape amidst all the chaos of being a fashion design major.

Apart from art, another obsession of mine is fairy tales. Therefore, an exhibition at F.I.T regarding fairy tales is the most amazing combination that my dreams are made of, and I am truly heart-broken that I am not in NYC getting to see the show in person. IF you are lucky enough to be in my favorite city, be sure to go see it before it ends on April 16, 2016!

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Snow White in “Fairy Tale Fashion.” Credit Eugenio Recuenco

Fairy Tale Fashion exhibition attempts to bridge the gap between the significance of dress within fairy tales and the use of the term “fairy tale” in fashion journalism and photography. Not all of the designs featured were inspired directly by the stories they represent, but they can be easily linked to the stories’ texts. This imaginative approach is influenced by the countless creative ways that fairy tales have been illustrated over time, as artists often must rely on limited descriptions to depict their characters.

Check out the online exhibition if you can’t go!

Via The Museum at FIT

 

0 In Fashion

Endource: a new way to shop!

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It’s no secret, I love to shop. I am constantly looking for new pieces to add to my ever-growing not-nearly-big-enough collection (don’t tell my husband though, he thinks I have a shopping addiction). A new fashion website that I will definitely be shopping, has been launched by Troy Collins, the creator of website Secret Escapes. Endource scours top blogs, magazines and websites for products that are endorsed by fashion editors.

The website curates pieces from high street retailers, designer brands and emerging talent, with every piece recommended by editors from the likes of Vogue, Elle, Grazia and the UK’s top bloggers including Coco’s Tea Party, Liberty London Girl, Red Carpet Fashion Awards and Style Bubble.

The influence of endorsements is the driving force behind the shopping experience. Basically, it’s like having a personal shopper providing you with the best reviews so you can make informed buying decisions.

“Fashion publications are without question, the experts, the taste makers, the arbiters of style in an industry that’s highly subjective, but in the past the publishers have struggled to find a way to connect the superb content they create with e-commerce and direct purchases. We’ve set out to help both publishers and retailers harness the power of endorsements to ultimately drive purchases.” – Collins

I am very curious to see how this shopping platform does.

Check it out here!

Via WGSN

 

0 In Fashion

Rodarte + & Other Stories

Get ready for the launch of the Rodarte capsule collection for & Other Stories tomorrow! The collection has a very 70’s vibe to it, and transports me to my relaxed La Brea, California days. I am especially loving the sequined dress!

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All the pieces are below $400, which definitely means they’ll disappear quickly! Good luck!

0 In Jewelry

Malin Henningsson Sustainable Jewelry

Sustainability is turning into an expected standard within the fashion world, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s wonderful to see makers turn everyday objects into incredible pieces of art. And when those pieces are wearable…what can be better?

MALIN HENNINGSSON is a Swedish jewelry brand, founded by jeweler and artist Malin Henningsson.

The world of MALIN HENNINGSSON is built by using unconventional materials and shapes. It is bold and inventive yet poetic and sophisticated with great attention to detail and texture. All products are handcrafted by Malin in her Stockholm studio or in collaboration with local craftsmen and she has great appreciation for the creative process and the time put into production. The objects are made to be loved as pieces of art and to last longer than transient trends.

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There is an architectural element to these pieces that resonates with me, as well as, the simplicity of them. I am IN LOVE with every single piece in their collection!

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Via Malin Henningsson

0 In Art/ Fashion

Ivano Vitali’s Zero Impact Global Art

Wearable art is something the fashion world is constantly discussing. Year after year, I come across fashion shows that delve into the conversation, and the question always lingers – how do we create recycled, wearable art? Ivano Vitali answers the question with his techniques. Vitali is an Italian artist and ecologist who has created wearable art from cast-off newspapers, plastic bags, eggshells, and aluminum foil since 1974. He has worked with waste paper as his only medium for the past 20 years.

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Through techniques such as weaving, knitting, crocheting, and sewing, Ivano manages to draw out the many expressive qualities that paper can produce. Each piece becomes a unique archive, gathering stories, images and advertisements of the past. – Fiberspace

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I am not sure how “wearable” these pieces are, but it definitely adds to the discussion of how we can convert waste and create alternative yarns.

Learn more about him here!

0 In Design/ Fashion

Pantone Fall 2016 Colors

Pantone has released its color forecast for the Fall 2016 colors. These are the colors most designers use to develop their collections, whether in home design or fashion. Prepare yourself because these colors will be everywhere! As a former forecaster, you better believe that a lot of research goes into picking colors. While some companies do the forecasting themselves, most use forecasting services like Pantone. A strong believer of collective consciousness, I believe that these colors are generally one’s that you find yourself naturally attracted to. These services combine research in all arenas and give a concise report that supports the idea.

Blue is forecasted to be the leading hue of Fall 2016 – following the softer Serenity that shares Pantone’s Color of the Year title with Rose Quartz.

The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.
Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Riverside

Airy Blue

Sharkskin

Aurora Red

Warm Taupe

Dusty Cedar

Lush Meadow

Spicy Mustard

Potters Clay

Via Pantone

0 In Fashion/ Photography/ Wedding

My Big Fat Indian Wedding / Atlanta, GA

Time has flown by! It’s 2016 already and I cannot believe that I have been married for almost 5 months! I am so excited to finally share a bit about our wedding planning and of course some of our treasured pictures.

All those that know me can vouch for the fact that I am very particular in my likes and dislikes, and have a certain vision going into all my endeavors. I can be controlling at times… okay most of the time. So imagine planning the biggest day of my life or rather five consecutive days of events! I couldn’t even fathom hiring a wedding planner to help me. Giving up that much control is a bit difficult for me. And of course, I knew what I wanted, so hard could it be? Oh boy! I had no idea! It took my husband and I more than a year to plan everything, and we could never have done any of it if it weren’t for our remarkable families and friends. We had the most amazing support system that took our vision wherever we needed it to go.

My biggest concern from the beginning was of course the venue and the fashion. Being a fashion designer, I have dreamt of my wedding dress(es) for as far back as I can remember. But it’s one thing to have an idea in your head and another to make it a reality. I was lucky enough to not only design most of my own clothes, but I sewed two of them myself, and designed most of my jewelry as well!

As for the venue, we both wanted to find something that would bring nature in. We wanted to keep our main reception day simple and elegant, and Ashton Gardens in Atlanta, GA gave us the perfect place to do exactly that. We wanted greenery all around us, and we found that and so much more!

The one aspect of our wedding that we weren’t at all worried about was the photography and videography. That can be unnerving for most, but the amazing Halie Johnson of Halie Johnson Photography helped capture our engagement party, and so we knew we were in trustworthy and magical hands with Halie and her assistant/ fiancé Alec Stanley! Due to an emergency Halie had the talented Kiyah Crittendon of Kiyah C. Photography on Sunday to help out. We met Stephen and Sofy Payne – our videographers – through Halie. We wanted someone whose style was similar to Halie’s, and we couldn’t be happier with Stephen Payne Photography. Our decorator was Beenish of Events InStyle by Beenish who is the sweetest and most accommodating. And for makeup I had my wonderful aunt, Ruby of Ruby Beauty Salon for three events (Mehndi, Pithi/Sangeet and Satada); and Anh of Beauty by Anh for Nikkah and Reception. Both Ruby and Anh are masters of their trade, and made me look amazing!

A few other vendors that made our wedding possible – our wonderful DJ from Sketch Sounds Productions , mehndi artists from Ruby Beauty Center, Invitations – XHD Invites, Cake – Inspirations Unlimited, live music mehndi night – DJ Akber Bhamani, Florist – Debbie, and Vintage Car Rental – Special Day Limos.

Day 1 – Mehndi (Henna) Night

Mehndi is the art of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna.

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Day 2 – Pithi

Pithi refers to a cleansing ceremony, in which the bride and groom are rubbed with turmeric paste in a beautification process. It is believed that turmeric softens and whitens the skin, so the purpose of this ceremony is to help the bride and groom be radiant for their wedding.

Day 2 Second Event – Sangeet

During the Sangeet, the bride and the groom’s family and friends sing and perform dances as a tribute for the couple.

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Day 3 – Nikkah (Religious Ceremony)

In Arabic, marriage is called Nikkah. The religious ceremony will consist of the recitation of Nikkah Nama (The Marriage Contract) in Arabic. This is followed by a translation, the acceptance from both the bride and the groom, and the signing of the Marriage Contract. After the ceremony, the family ties the ends of a shawl or scarf on the bride and groom in a sacred knot symbolizing everlasting togetherness.

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Day 3 – Khoba Khobi

The last ritual consists of the bride and groom sitting in front of each other with a bowl of rice between them. A coin is dropped inside, and the bride and groom have to search for the coin. Whoever finds the coin first, again, is considered to rule the household.

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Day 4 – Ceremony & Reception

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Day 5 – Satada

The intimate tradition of my family officially giving me away to Noordin- our See-Off Supper.

 

 Check out more of our amazing pictures on Halie’s blog here and Kiyah’s blog here!

And if you missed it – check our our wedding highlights by Stephen here!

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