Sunday, 5 April 2015

LFC x Honey Bee Swim

I've teamed up the the super talented Billi Doyle, designer of Honey Bee Swim for a sultry photo shoot States side.

Here's a little teaser of what's to come. Watch this space for more!

Visit Honey Bee Swim for more sexy swimwear and resort wear here.
Model wears LFC Icaria lace up sandals in white. See them here.

DIY: Gold speckled easter eggs

I found this absolutely gorgeous tutorial on gold foil speckled Easter eggs on SheKnows, and decided to share it here with you. Anything with the words 'fool proof' in the description has my attention, as time is a priceless commodity!

Traditionally-dyed eggs are taken up a notch with a metallic gold leaf treatment. These eggs may look fancy and the leafing process intimidating, but the freeform application goes quickly and is nearly error-proof.
Supplies:
  • foam block (mine was 12 x 6 inch)
  • 48 toothpicks
  • dozen white eggs
  • set of food coloring
  • white vinegar
  • heatproof jars (large and deep enough to dip eggs into)
  • metal spoon
  • leafing kit (found at the craft store in the framing section) or:
  • metallic gold leaf
  • size (glue-like liquid for applying gold leaf)
  • leafing sealer (optional)
  • foam brush
  • masking tape for cleaning up metal leaf remnants
Instructions:

Hard-boil a dozen white eggs. While eggs are cooking, boil a small pot of water for the dye.
As you're waiting on the eggs and pot of water to boil, construct a drying rack with a foam block and toothpicks. Space the toothpicks about an inch apart. Every four toothpicks balances one egg, so you do the math!
In each jar, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and double the amount of food coloring drops that is indicated on the packaging (I followed the instructions for teal and dusty rose). Carefully scoop out a cup of just-boiled water from the small pot, and pour into one of the jars. Fill the other jars the same way.

Carefully place a hard-boiled egg on a spoon and gently lower into jar. It helps to hold the jar at an angle as you're dipping the egg in. The amount of time you leave the egg in the dye will vary depending on how deep and saturated you want the colors to be. I left my eggs in for less than a minute.
Scoop egg out of the jar with your spoon, and gently lay it atop the drying rack. As your eggs are drying, soak up the drops of dye that pool on the floor of the drying rack with a piece of paper towel.

When the eggs are completely dry, move on to the messy (but fun!) part of leafing. Gently tear a single sheet of gold leaf into quarters (it's very thin) and set aside. Holding an egg so that one side is facing you, use a small brush to apply a thin layer of size in small, random strokes. Take care not to cover entire egg; leave some areas size-free so that you get a marbling effect. Make straight and circular strokes, and add some dot-like dabs. Holding the egg, let it dry for a few seconds.
The size is very sticky, so be careful not to get any on the hand that is applying it, because, with this hand, you will then pick up a quartered sheet of metal leaf and lay it on the surface of the egg facing you. Rub down with either your free hand or with the foam brush. The excess metal will fall off while the rest becomes part of the surface of the egg.
Gently rub the gold leaf to achieve a random, but natural and smooth marbled pattern on the egg. Repeat this process on the other side of the egg. The leaf crumbles will create a mess that's difficult to sweep or wipe, so use a piece of masking tape for easy clean up.
If you emptied out your eggs and plan on keeping them for while, it's a good idea to apply a sealant to prevent the gold metal from oxidizing. Otherwise, your eggs are ready to display or hide for an egg hunt!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

OOTD: Lace and rose gold romance

My favourite Greek (goddess) blogger Konstantina Tzagaraki has paired LFC rose gold Plato sandals with a lacey dress and created a romantic look, dare I say, perfect for a beach wedding!

Get the look with your own sandals and lace dress.

Sandals: Love From Cyprus
Dress: Choies

You can follow Konstantina's blog - The Serial Klother, for more envious beauty and style inspiration. 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Let's play pretend: favourite finds for little ones on Etsy.

Hey lovers...so I'm house bound due a a back injury. I know...sucky! But this also means i've had a lot of time to use my imagination to keep myself entertained, as there isn't much I can do from my bed. I also watched a TED talk, where the speaker referred to research saying kids spend on average 8 hours per day online. That is shocking! I remember, growing up in the 90's, in a small town, where taking your bicycle and going to play at your friend's house for 8 hours was normal. I played with Barbies until I was 13. I know for some people it seems late, even my mother was concerned, but really, for me, it was wonderful!

I loved playing with my best friend, we'd make up stories and scenarios, and explain to each other the situation between our leading lady and her man. Even playing (fighting) with my brother was fun, cause we'd kick each other, and run away. Obviously I could run after being the older and taller one. He's get so mad...oh man! I'm going to hell for the torture that boy was succumbed to.

So this reminiscing led me to creating a colourful and fun kid's treasury on Etsy called 'Let's play pretend'. You can see the treasury here. These are all thing I've found which are fun, but also encourage imagination, creativity and smiles! Click on the Etsy treasury link to see the products, shop owners and listings.

Are you a cowboy or an indian, 
a superhero or a sailor? 
You can be anything you want to be, remember?  
It's all up to your wildest imagination.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

LFC summer Mama 'n me inspo: Larnaka and Plato

How cute is this little ensemble? Summer, here we come!
Matching 'mama and me' inspiration:

Womens Dress (a crochet version): http://bit.ly/1GDPUJ7
Womens Larnaka sandals: http://bit.ly/1tQTTR5
Kiddie dress (similar): http://etsy.me/1wFctHv
Kiddie Plato sandals: http://bit.ly/1K4rhe1



Friday, 13 February 2015

TGIF

Good morning lovers. It's our favourite day of the week again.


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

New LFC Nautical Collection is now surf safe

Feedback is very important to me, and at LFC we are constantly working on improving our quality and expanding our product range. Thanks to your feedback and requests, the new LFC Nautical collection is now made of stainless steel and is surf safe for all you sailors and mermaids.

We've also added two new designs do our range, the hook cuff and the anchor half cuff.
You can still customise your wrap, this time we've added more leather colours to the selection too.
LFC Anchor half cuff with turquoise / red rope.
LFC Anchor half cuff with purple / grey rope.
LFC Anchor with stone leather tie
LFC Hook cuff in silver tone.
LFC Hook cuffs available in silver tone and limited edition gold and rose gold plated.

Photographer profile: Can Dagarslani

Turkish photographer Can Dagarslani didn't study photography. Instead he studied architecture and became increasingly interested in photography when photographing different landscapes that would be used in architectural plans. Eventually the digital camera was put aside Can turned to the analog camera. Can now takes eeringly pretty pictures playing with light and form, his subjects being otherwise ordinary girls in extraordinary compositions. He seems to divide his time between Berlin and Istanbul.

You can see his full portfolio here.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Holding hands

Have you ever really held the hand of someone you love? Not just in passing, a loose link between you - but truly clasped, with the pulses of your wrists beating together and your fingers mapping the knuckles and nails like a cartographer learning a country by heart? 
― Jodi PicoultSalem Falls

YSL was a lover

Yves Saint Laurent lived in Marrakesh for a while with his partner, and he owned property there where he would holiday. Every new year, he would send his his clients and friends a LOVE card. A simple, but great message.
Today these postcards are on display at the Majorelle Garden, a 12 acre botanical garden. Here are some which I was able to find online. These cards originated in the 1970's, and were personally drawn by the designer. A tradition he kept for the next 30 years.