Polka dots are fresh and vibrant these days and I am loving all the variety out there. Some standouts are the Juicy Couture Polka Dot Print Keyhole Dress ($138 at Bloomingdales) and the Cropped Polka Dot Top ($14.80 at Forever 21). I love that there are dots of all sizes these days and in bold colors to subtle soft ones for a very feminine look.
Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite handbag designers who has now branched out into clothing and shoes. You know I love me some DIY so I get extra giddy when I see designers share great projects. Now up on Rebecca's blog, Minkette, is this project to make DIY Nomad Tees. It's such a a great way to show off a favorite photo or vacation memory on tees, tanks, or even sweatshirts!
Here is this week's Web Snob with the latest in fashion, beauty, celeb, and lifestyle:
Fur bags are everywhere for fall, but who says you need actual fur – real or faux – to be on-trend? Anya Hindmarch’s shirred leather at Bag Snob has all the trimmings of a furry bag, but it’s somehow so much chicer.
Susi and Kat are following each task doled out by Tim Gunn to the Project Runway designers but are dressing Barbie dolls instead of real models. Here's what they made from last week's challenge using pajamas or bedsheets to create their designs. Susi's Barbie (pictured left) wears a dress made from a handkerchief and the jacket is cut from boxer shorts. Kat's Barbie (pictured right) used pajamas and a pillowcase to create her gown with matching jacket.
Starting today, Wednesday August 3rd until midnight EST on Wednesday August 10th, Isabella Oliver is offering Coquette readers 15% off the Isabella Oliver 365 AW11 collection. To redeem your discount simply enter the code COQUETTE15 at the checkout.
Offer Terms & Conditions
Offer is valid from Wednesday, August 3, 2011 and expires midnight EST Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Offer only valid on Isabella Oliver branded goods and cannot be used with any other promotional codes, offers or sale items. Normal return policy applies however where items have been bought during a promotion, we are only able to exchange an item for the same item in a different size or color. Isabella Oliver reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.
To celebrate the launch of AW11, Isabella Oliver is giving away an Asymmetric Neck Dress (in color/size of your choosing) to one lucky Coquette reader! This dress is based on the popular Ruched Jersey Dress, now with an asymmetric neckline for a modern twist. This versatile dress is sure to become a new season staple. The value of the dress is $159.
How to Enter
Leave a comment below telling me why you want this Isabella Oliver 365 Asymmetric Neck Dress and where you will wear it! All entries must be in by Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at Noon PST.
Contest Rules & Details
This contest is open to all and runs from August 3, 2011 through August 10, 2011. Last chance to enter is August 3, 2011 at 12:00pm PST. One (1) randomly chosen winner will be contacted on August 10, 2011, and will be asked for full name, along with their mailing address. There will be 2 email attempts within 48 hours to contact the winner. If no response is received by Friday, August 12, 2011 a new winner will be selected. Prize (1 Isabella Oliver 365 Asymmetric Neck Dress, retail value $159) has been provided by and will ship from Isabella Oliver. No cash alternative.
Thank you to Isabella Oliver for providing this fabulous dress for the giveaway!
Today I'm a part of the blog tour for Brett Bara's new book, Sewing in a Straight Line. Brett is one of those amazing crafters I have known for many years that can make just about anything. She's the host of Knit and Crochet Now on PBS, has a DIY column on Design Sponge, and crafts for her own blog, Manhattan Craft Room. She's got a great sense of style so it's no wonder that this book has some great fashion projects that are really easy to sew. In fact, all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.
The projects in the book are stylish and sophisticated but are really simple to make. Brett gives you the basic building blocks to basic stylish pieces that you can use again and again and customize to your own taste. She also teaches you more sewing skills as you go such as how to easily sew zippers and more.
As a fashion-lover, I adore the clothing styles in this book. Sew a one-hour skirt (video how-to is below) or a zig-zag belt. There are so many great clothing projects, I just can't decide which one to start first! A favorite of mine is the flowy easy, breezy blouse that you can sew up literally in no time. It's so stylish for a wonderful summer day and can also be a beautiful beach cover up. As a bag lover, I also love that Brett has projects that goes beyond the regular tote. She has a handbag project using faux leather that doesn't look handmade at all. It's gorgeous I tell you! Just think how fun it will be to sew up your own wardrobe!
The book also has some amazing home projects such as this duvet cover and folded flower bowls. (They look so Anthropologie, no? LOVE it!) Give a quick update your home with these easy DIY pieces that are fresh and modern. From 15 minute pillow shams to a stylish pixelated throw for your couch, there are so many great projects you can easily make for your home.
As a part of the blog tour, Brett is I'm giving away a Singer sewing machine and a Singer serger! Yes one winner gets both machines! This contest will be open for the duration of the blog tour, and the winner will be drawn on August 12. Enter the giveaway now!