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In Love With Lulu DK Jewelry Tattoos

August 19, 2014

I’m really in love with these Lulu DK jewelry tattoos which seem to be all the rage at the moment, so pretty and feminine… Especially in the summer when you’re showing more skin. Combined with a slight tan, these lovely tats from Lulu DK, who is designer Lulu deKwiatkowski whom you may remember from her frequent appearances in the old Domino issues, are stunners. I don’t talk much about jewelry on decor8 because I’m a total minimalist when it comes to bling, but these tats are definitely ones I’d love to wear. Have you tried them? What do you think?

In Love With Lulu DK Jewelry Tattoos

In Love With Lulu DK Jewelry Tattoos

In love!

(images: luludk)






Fashion + Accessories

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

July 7, 2014

Okay you guys. This is not going to turn into a baby blog, though I’ll confess that my Instagram has been invaded by a certain wee lad named Aidan. I’ve tried to keep him and baby stuff in general off of decor8, since lots of you get squirmy about kids’ stuff and I totally get it because for non-parents it’s a real snooze fest to suffer through, “My Baby Loves This” and “Today My Baby Did That” posts. BUT. But… I really have to inject a little bit of baby boy on here now and then because maybe 20 lots of moms email me asking where I shop for cool boy’s clothes. Apparently, most boy’s clothing sucks or at least has that reputation and you know what, if you shop at most stores I’d have to agree. Transformers this and Elmo that and blue Blue BLue BLUe and more BLUE. I don’t mind blue AT ALL but yeah, there’s more to life than the powder blue stuff that new mamas are swamped with at their baby shower. And while Transformers can be cute (?) and I’m sure Aidan will be dying for a Batman tee eventually (which is kinda cool), for now his wardrobe is in my control (insert evil laugh here) and I’m not about to put him in something that makes him look like he doesn’t have a fashion gene in his body because I foolishly believe that if I dress him right today then tomorrow when he’s in school he’ll care about matching his socks to his trousers.

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

A little back story. Before Aidan was born, I searched high and low for cool kid’s clothes. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a boy or a girl at first. If I was going to have a girl her name would be Stella and baby Stella would have dressed in a very fun style – lots of polka dot tights with skirts and dresses and super cute shoes – a little edgy feminine boho girl. If that is even a style. When I found out I was having a boy, which is exactly what I wanted my first child to be, I suddenly received a slew of comments all over the web about how I won’t have much fun dressing a boy and how terrible baby boy clothes are. And is sorta annoyed me because those comments were more commonly left than ones telling me how great it would be to dress a little boy.

Seems a baby boy, according to the internet, is not so much fun fashion-wise. Well, I like a challenge.

And so the fashion search began. Cute boy’s clothes for newborns to 12 months old THAT was my mission. In this post, I’ve added some of my research – my list of 5 of my go-to brands below and a few of my favorite things for each. I’ll do another post with 5 next week and so on until I’ve covered them all.

***And a big BY THE WAY because blogs have become a bit infested with affiliate links and stuff passed under the table… None of this is sponsored, none of my links give me any kick back and nobody gave me any of this stuff so I’d blog about it. I just like these brands, want to shout them out, and most importantly – I want baby boy mamas-to-be and new baby boy mamas to not feel like they are missing out on all of the fashion fun. It’s pretty damn cool to have a baby boy to dress up. In fact, my nearly 5-month-old has a better wardrobe than I do.

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

MINI RODINI: I love their stuff. Mini Rodini is really on trend and a bit edgy too.

My wish list: Pineapple sweatshirt // Giraffe body // Penguin long sleeve shirt // Tucan body with bib

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

STELLA MCCARTNEY KIDS: If her stuff for grown up girls wasn’t enough, you have to check out her kids line, particularly for babies.

My wish list: Dewberry body, Tinker body, Bitsy body, Twiddle body.

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

KIDS CASE: I love Kids Case bodysuits (so soft and look nice after many washes) and their jackets are great.

My wish list: Still baby green collection // Still baby blue collection // Ginger Baby suit // Jones Baby jacket

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

IMPS & ELFS: This Dutch brand is so cute. I have lots of their baby hats.

My wish list: This cardi with this body // Extremely funny shirt // these gray striped pant/tights combo // Little Monkey shirt

5 Cool Brands For Baby Boy Clothes

ZARA KIDS: This is such an affordable and beautiful line of fashion for children, especially for the baby boy. I own a ton of Zara stuff and it’s great and wears better than H&M, though I buy from H&M too. Also don’t miss the Brothers & Sisters photographs on the Zara site. They are seriously so lovely.

My wish list: Swallow print shirt // Striped leggings //classic leather Basketball boot // vintage leather Basketball boot // whale shorts // pineapple t-shirt

Okay so next week I’ll profile 5 more kids clothes makers with a wish list for each that focus on the little guy. I need to go feed my wee lad now and prep him for nap time. See you soon, everyone!

(image top two: zara, everything else linked above)






Fashion + Accessories

Inspired By Spring-y Handbags

February 6, 2014

You can really find inspiration anywhere, can’t you? Today it was in the low 50s and sunny, everyone was out getting ice cream cones and strolling along with friends and family. It felt like spring! It was a very lovely day and though my baby hasn’t arrived yet (I am 6 days late!), I loved being out seeing babies everywhere and enjoyed so much the companionship of my girlfriend and her new baby boy. With spring in the air, at least for today and this weekend, I thought I’d share some of my favorite handbags at the moment because after being outdoors, I started thinking about spring colors and how badly I want to incorporate some of them into my wardrobe in a few months… It’s funny but so many of these bags, clutches and wallets below turned out to be a direct reflection of what colors and patterns are inspiring me in the interior world lately. You’ll see a theme in a second… Here are the colors, patterns and textures that I have my eye on at the moment…

Inspired By Spring-y Handbags

 

1. Couverture and The Garbstore 2. Milk & Honey Handbags 3. Anthropologie 4. Anthropologie 5. Botanika 6. Foley + Corinna 7. Clare Vivier 8. Free People

Inspired By Spring-y Handbags1. Ralph Lauren 2. Pure Love 3. Pure Love 4. A-Thread

Inspired By Spring-y Handbags

1. Anthropologie 2. Kate Spade 3. Kate Spade 4. Orla Kiely 5. Stella McCartney

Inspired By Spring-y Handbags

1. Rebecca Minkoff 2. Rebecca Minkoff 3. Kate Spade 4. Acne Studios 5. Kate Spade

 

Inspired By Spring-y Handbags

 

All above from Anthropologie Spring 2014.

 

See a theme? Me too. I guess I would call it the colors of hope, happiness and peace which all happen to be feelings that I’m experiencing at the moment as I know I’ll soon welcome my baby boy. Tomorrow is the birthday of my grandmother and 7 is a very special number for us, so who knows right?

Wish you all a lovely day!

(images linked to their sources above)

 






Fashion + Accessories

How Do You Feel About Your Fashion Style?

July 17, 2013

I never ever EVER post about fashion, but I’ve decided to give it a try because I love clothes and find that my fashion sense is only a stone’s throw from my decorating style. I think the older you get, the more you see the red thread that runs through everything that you do and how your choices are tied together somehow, without any thought in advance. I just look at a dress and either like it instantly, or I don’t. And then I get it home and realize that it coordinates somehow with my interior style and I bask in the afterglow of feeling like my sense of style has finally come full circle and everything sorta works at last.

How Do You Feel About Your Fashion Style?

Lip Dress from Plumo.

Something I admired in others, their innate fashion sense, is a part of my life now too and it’s a peaceful feeling because it simply happened over time and as a result of being more aware of my personal style than ever before. Personal style is always evolving, true… But let’s face it, once you pass the teen years you most likely don’t swing from goth to geek, from preppy to punk. Our style may evolve, but the extreme swings seem to be left behind in our youth when all we wanted was to find out who we were and what we stood for. Once you’ve accepted the aging process, you notice that it’s actually a beautiful thing the moment you can concentrate less on finding yourself and more on finding the things you like and the people you want in your life – all the things that will fit into your “world”. The quest for self feels less hurried because you have a better sense of who you are which allows you to focus more on selecting what fits into your bubble. As personal style, home style, etc. evolves – and hopefully – gets better and better, you feel so good in your own skin. This process is different for everyone, may happen sooner or later (or never), but when it does happen (and can happen at any age), you feel so good knowing you are who you are and that truth is total freedom. It’s a defining moment really – when you look in your closet, in the mirror and at your home and the people in your  life and say, “Yeah, these things all work nicely together”.

My husband and I have a lot of deep conversations. Sometimes they go a bit too deep for me, as he is an intellectual and I’m more of a dreamer, but I still am quite interested in all he has to say because often he’ll just say something that makes me go, “Wow.” Recently when we were speaking about all of the many types of people in the world, he said that although we all share the same planet, we each live in our own world. It’s true, isn’t it? I live in the Holly bubble, it’s a place I’ve lived in since I can remember, it’s where everything is good and positive and at peace. I think we all have our bubbles or worlds, don’t you think? And we tend to congregate with those who share our world views because then our bubbles don’t burst. I’m much more comfortable in a room filled with sweet bloggers who are really passionate about their work vs. those die hard types who view blogging as big business and want to milk all they can out of it at any price.

Same with clothes and style and home sense. It’s all about how we want our bubbles, our worlds, to look to us. I often thought as a young girl that fitting in was really important to succeed. As I grew older, I realized that standing out matters and often those who stand out never fit in. And as more years roll by, I see that none of it matters – you just have to be comfortable in your skin and have great passion for what you do, a measure of talent and the ability to see things through. People are naturally attracted to that. You have to have your own world and be happy in that world and not make excuses for it or pretend to be something you’re not. Same is true of fashion and how you dress. Unapologetic. Free. Strong. Confident.

How Do You Feel About Your Fashion Style?

1| Lauren Moffatt backspin pintuck top, Steven Alan, $199. 2| Floral swing skirt, Anthropologie, €40. 3| Diae anchor blouse, Malene Birger, $197. 4| Natalini floral dress, Malene Birger, $397. 5| Bat t-shirt, Zoe Karssen, €60. 6| Darling sweater, J.Crew, €343.

How Do You Feel About Your Fashion Style?

1| Blog A lot shirt, Raygun, $20. 2| Stone mix necklace, J.Crew, $165. 3| Schoolboy blazer, J.Crew, €131 4| Paige Skyline Ankle Jeans, Anthropologie, €244.

I’ve pulled together a hand full of my favorite separates for summer at the moment. As you can see, like my interiors, my fashion is eclectic, playful, happy and soft. You can find all of the clothing linked under the images and many more gorgeous outfit ideas over on my ladies clothing pinboard.

So ladies, I have some questions for you. How do you feel about your fashion sense? Do you feel like you dress similarly to how you decorate your home? Do you feel like you have a defined sense of style? How did you find your sense of style? Has your style changed much since high school or college? When you go to blogger meet ups (or out with the girls) do you feel good about your fashion sense?

(images linked to their sources above.)






Books + Magazines, Fashion + Accessories

Fashion & Color From Matchbook Mag

April 2, 2012

The new April issue of Matchbook mag just went live and I’m loving the bright bursts of color and the fashion spreads. They’ve totally energized me today – hope that they do the same for you. What colors are you into at the moment anyway? I was just thinking about how much I want to work with peach, copper, mint and neon orange so I think I’ll put something together around that palette. Any color crushes that you’ve having lately?

Fashion & Color From Matchbook Mag

Fashion & Color From Matchbook Mag

Fashion & Color From Matchbook Mag

Fashion & Color From Matchbook Mag

Fashion & Color From Matchbook Mag

Beautiful spreads, Matchbook girls! Juicy fruity colors definitely work on this gray Spring day for me…

(images: matchbook mag)






Fashion + Accessories

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

November 16, 2011

Ready to enjoy something fresh and pretty? Dorlis Meier is a jewelry designer that I can imagine seeing in Anthropologie and Liberty. With gorgeous, quirky and very original work, her skill, trained eye and consistent vision make her pieces divine. I especially love that everything is truly one-of-a-kind and made by her own hands. Her brand is called le Superflu, which happens to be the name of her quaint little shop in Hannover where I live. I discovered this hidden gem while out on an aimless Sunday stroll last month and I vowed to return during store hours… I did as I intended and not only did I purchase three exquisite pieces that I’ll forever cherish, but I have a special shop tour and interview to share with all of you.


(a charming video produced by dorlis and her friend.)

But first, isn’t it amazing what a special necklace can do for an outfit and for the lady lucky enough to wear it? It’s the lipstick on your lips, the icing on your cupcake, the cream in your coffee. As a customer and a fan of Dorlis’ work, I thought that I’d set an appointment with her and drop in for tea and a chat to share on decor8 and that is exactly what I did. Dorlis surprised me with French pastries and many stories behind the designs in her display cases. She explained how items were sourced, from tiny glass vintage birds found at nearby flea markets to the metal that she pierces and then, stitches through which takes hours of concentration and skill. Talented Dorlis is completely in love with her craft and combines her finds, whether vintage lace or charms, with her own metal and stitch work along with semi-precious stones to create beautiful works of art that are lovely but not too precious (which I like). There is nothing in her collection that isn’t a labor of love. Some of her pieces are even found in the forest and then recreated into charms and decorative elements layered inside of a brooch or shadowbox-style locket. So imaginative!

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

During our tea and chat, we spoke of many things and then I jumped up, as I felt so inclined to capture the moment, and decided to snap some photos. I saw so many things that I felt you’d love to see, including Dorlis herself shown above. Would you care to listen in on our conversation to learn more about this German designer and what she loves? Of course you would!

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: Why did you choose the name, le Superflu? What does it mean and when did you open up shop here in Hannover, Germany?
Dorlis: My shop is actually called, “le Superflu cést necessaire”, (or Superflu for short) which is French and means that you can never have enough colour, ornaments, gemstones, bows – just anything beautiful! I like to make a little fun of the Bauhaus philosophy and try to not take everything so seriously. I opened my shop one year ago with the idea to create my own world and share it with people who have the same love for vintage finds and colourful gemstones as I do.

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: How did you become a jewelry designer?
Dorlis: First I had my apprenticeship to become a goldsmith. After that I went to Hamburg to work at Colleen B. Rosenblat, which was very inspiring. She is known for her huge colourful high class jewellery and an adorable showroom. After a few years there, I decided to find my own style and create something personal. I studied metal design at the HAWK Hildesheim and finished with a diploma. Georg Dobler was a great teacher and is a very popular jewelry designer. I am so thankful for his support.

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: When did you know you wanted to turn this passion into your career?
Dorlis: I started making necklaces when I was a little girl, spending all of my pocket change on beads and buttons. One day I took a weekend course at a goldsmith studio and after that I knew that this was my love! The smell, working with my hands — it was and still is a kind of meditation exercise for me.

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: What do you consider to be the most important accessory for a woman?
Dorlis: To me a necklace makes a woman even more beautiful. They give me the most opportunities for design to because I am not so limited in size and weight. It is important for me to make my jewelry comfortable to wear and feel.

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: Overall, how would you describe German design that you see coming from the independent movement here?
Dorlis: I think it is self confident, not so commercial, simple and focused on creating new functions and in experimenting with new materials.

Holly: Where do you look for inspiration and what are your five favorite things about living in Hannover?
Dorlis: I love to walk around and go to flea markets and galleries. Very often I take a bike ride and let my mind flow. What I love about Hannover is the Eilenriede forest, Herrenhäuser Gärten/Gartentheater, Cumberlandsche Galerie, Scilla-Blüte am Lindener Bergfriedhof and Lindener Marktplatz on Saturdays.

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: What are some of your current favorite trends that you see in fashion and for the home?
Dorlis: I adore the fifties-style, especially from Scandinavia and the range of colours from mustard to curry and amber. My favorite Wallpaper is “Woods” from Cole & Son. I also love the cozy “knit” trend using accessories made from yarn like rugs, cushions and bed covers…

Holly: What are some songs/artists that you enjoy listening to while you work?
Dorlis: Emiliana Torrini: Birds, Stacy Kent, Motown Funk and Soul, The Beatles

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: What is your favorite city and why?
Dorlis: I love Amsterdam! The product design, the architecture, the canals and bridges… It is just the right size to explore everything by foot or bike. There is a very inspiring jewelry scene there such as Galerie Ra, the Sieraad jewelry fair

Holly: If money grew from trees, what one thing would you buy?
Dorlis: A big old Victorian house at the seaside with a pony, donkey and rabbits in the backyard. Furnished with all my favourite design classics, of course.

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: I love Sundays in Germany because almost everything is closed except for cafes and museums. What do you love to do on Sundays?
Dorlis: I like to take a long walk in the forest with my family, where I look for nice branches, flowers, bugs and butterflies. After that, I end my day with a big plate of vegetarian Thai food – gorgeous!

Holly: For those visiting northern Germany, what are your favorite flea markets around here?
Dorlis: In Hannover – Leineufer, in Hamburg – Lehmweg and Turmweg and in Berlin – Arkonaplatz and Boxhagener Platz.

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Holly: What about German life and culture do you appreciate and value most?
Dorlis: To me the Adventszeit is nice because it is cosy with all the candles, cookies, crafting and knitting and the good smell everywhere! I love the smile on the face of my son Jacob when he opens the door of his Adventskalender! In summer I love BBQs at the Schrebergarten with good friends.

Dorlis, what a pleasure to know of you and your creations and decor8 readers, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this peek into the world of a local designer who lives in my city! Thank you Dorlis for allowing me to explore your atelier and to learn more about what you do!

Psst: If you like anything shown, you may order from Dorlis directly or ask her to custom make something gorgeous for you. You may also order things directly from her DaWanda shop here. If you happen to be in Hannover, you can see her work and buy it at the upcoming craft show over at the Handwerkskammer Hannover from November 26 – December 18 or at our annual indie craft fair,Designnachten, in Hannover on December 17 & 18.

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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