Trends in Style -Contemporary Jewelry Design by Konzuk

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Konzuk -A Contemporary Minimalist Jewelry Line

Karen is the designer behind a remarkable minimalist celestially inspired modernist jewelry line Konzuk made for the architecture and designer lover. Called wearable architecture by Dwell Magazine, the pieces are hand made and feature diamond dust infused black concrete. We are so delighted to feature this Vancouver based artist and designer on the blog. Hope you enjoy her beautiful creations and learning more about the process!

Tell me about your training and path to making artisan jewelry?

I had originally attended art school where I studied sculpture. It was in an attempt to hone my sculptural skills that I took a jewelry class. I immediately took to it and there was no turning back! It was in my last year of school that I developed and production line, business plan and concept for my company. It’s been going for 20 years strong now!

 What’s the process for making the concrete and diamond dust pieces? 

For the Continuum pieces we hand form each of the dome shapes by using a dapping block and forming tools. The concrete and diamond dust is then applied to the surface in a thin layer of about 1mm and cured for three days to assure a hard enough surface and to prevent cracking. We then fabricate the final pieces using a laser welder and finish the process by hand.

 You have a new line, called Continuum, please tell me a bit about the inspiration behind these pieces? 

The continuum collection is an extension of our Stellar line which is inspired by capturing the stars in the sky. The main inspiration is drawn from Bauhaus ideals of simplistic and geometric forms.

Learn more about Konzuk on their website here

 

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KONZUK jewelry appeals to design-centric audiences around the world. Collaborations include Sir Paul Smith’s flagship stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2014, it was awarded an international design awards for its innovative Orbis line; and in 2016, Schwinn, Germany, will begin producing its unique line of concrete hardware.

 

Learn more HERE!

Jada Garvey’s Handmade Fairy Tale Wedding Dresses

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Jada Garvey - Designer Wedding Dresss

Jada Garvey of Fable Dresses is a bespoke wedding dress designer. Jada’s handmade gowns are always one of a kind, and each year the designer’s sense of artistic adventure and attention to detail determines a new series of dresses.

Jada has become beloved for her artistic and delightful creation of beautiful gowns embellished with handiwork, beading, embroidery, and a sumptous dash of found fabric. Hand dyed and lovingly made her gowns are absolutely extraordinary. She’s the go to designer for bespoke one of a kind wedding dresses for bride who wants something different.

 

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Jada Garvey Fable Dresses One of a Kind Gowns

 

This season the dresses have a delicacy, embellished with detailed beading, inspired by the idea of the bride wearing a gown, her companions riveted by the handwork.Inspired by fairy tales and stories, in particular by the other-worldly and ancient, as she makes each dress by hand she likes to imagine who will wear every dress and the setting as well, usually in the natural world….

“a meadow with fluffy seed pods floating in evening sun. Mossy forests or wonderfully dark and creepy woods and swamps. A sacred place, the desert, a tropical beach. My imagination helps to form each dress.”

 

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Each dress is time consuming to make, all the pieces are made from recycled materials and Jada spends countless hours sourcing these pieces, unpredictable work but an expression of the artist’s commitment to making sustainable designs and truly one of a kind items. She includes found items, and even creates her own dyes for some projects.

 

 

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“I use anything interesting or beautiful that I can get my hands on.  Linens, household items, old clothing or gowns, broken jewelry, so many different things are used in my dresses.  Lately I have been having fun stitching clear quartz crystals on my dresses that I dig up from a spot a few miles from my house. They give a very natural sparkle that you will not see on any other wedding dress. When I make my own fabric dyes, I go out into nature and pick berries, flowers, or roots of certain plants and fill my pack basket. Being able to include the natural world into my designs makes me happier than I could possibly describe. Putting it all together and creating a dress takes a lot of energy. Sometimes I feel like I have to try a thousand fabric and detail combinations before it feels right and a dress is born.

 

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What was your creative life like when you were a child, did you sew with your mother?

Jada: I grew up a bit poor. We did not have much and wasted very little out of necessity. When my mother taught me to sew clothing at 14, I was disappointed at how boring and uncreative sewing patterns felt. But one day I realized that I did not have to follow the rules of a sewing pattern. New fabrics were a luxury and I did not often like them, so I took my mother’s old clothes and whatever interesting used materials I could get my hands on and started patching, adorning, and recreating my own clothing with them. I started using sewing patterns as merely a guide, and I would redraw them or alter them to my liking.  It made me excited about creating clothing and I loved the idea of using materials that would otherwise be wasted.

 

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And so, the magic began! The vocabulary of traditionally women’s domestic arts or decorative arts in many ways is making its way into the contemporary art and design world, there is a kind of “renaissance.” What do you think about this and how do these traditions play into your own creations?

 

Jada: I am thrilled to see things like hand embroidery, crocheting, quilting, and other forms of folk art come back into the art world. They were once taught to children as a pastime and I think we need to bring them back into our family traditions, both my son and daughter know how to hand embroider and crochet. I have loved doing these lost arts for many years and I include these techniques in my dresses and the popular have hand embroidery or other stitching and details It is what I am known for and I admire other people’s work too and sometimes the more organic or handmade it looks, the more I love it.

 

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Visit Jada’s website Fable Dresses and see more beautiful creations. She even makes wedding party dresses and gowns for little girls as well.

 

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Seaside Styling -Curated by Kids Fashion Series!

 

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NEXT Dress + Jacket, “Because she so beautiful and you can do a pretty good dance in that dress.” (Charlotte, 5)

 

 

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Pineapples are the best beach food ever, and this cutie rocks her little pineapple look perfectly! From NEXT.

 

It’s almost beach season say my special fashion advisors ages five and seven and it’s “totally time for us to give fashion advice too!”

Now,  I try to take their advice with a grain of salt because they have a general attitude that often if an outfit is fabulous it benefits from becoming two outfits, e.g. they love to wear two outfits at a time, I mean why not?

Nevertheless, they have helped me pick out some super winners from the amazing world of kid’s creative style and fashion! Do enjoy my darlings!

 

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Monsoon SS 17

 

 

 

The Leotard Shop + To the Moon

 

 

 

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Mini Rodini

 

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Mini Moda

 

 

Sydeny Harbor Tee by TEA

Plus + a super cool cookie and a show stealer shark shirt from Hanna Andersson

 

 

 

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Dolce and Gabbana Summer 2017

 

According to my girls this is totally how they see their life “mommy is sort of yelling while smiling, and daddy is fixing himself something to eat.” Okay best picture ever of family life at beach goes to Dolce and Gabbana!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Harbor Tee, TEA COLLECTION

 

 

MiniBoden… + Mini Rodini’s Mr. Mouse Swim shorts,  SS17

 

 

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Dolce and Gabbana!

 

And now for this years amazing bathing suits for boys and girls, but mostly girls, because that’s what my advisors are most interested in ….

 

 

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Marysia Swim Bumby, Photo by Rubia Collective

 

 

Stella Cove 

 

 

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Look Lane UK, Narwal Sneakers

 

BESOS XXOOO, Don’t forget to make popsicles for the beach. It’s easy (Bianca, 7)


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Lemon Blueberry Popsicle from our kids’ latest favorite site Gemma’s awesome blog Bigger Bolder Baking! 

 

The New Feminine Style -Summer Time Inspired

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From Vogue India, Gupta

 

 

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Ink Blot Dress, Spring 2017, Khara Kapas

This season’s look is something spectacular, inspired gorgeous lush designs. Get ready for summer without losing the sophisticated touch of womanhood. Textiles, just a little peek of pretty summer skin, your bangles, sandals, and more….and by the way if you don’t know about the outrageously sexy thing that is Vogue India, you better check it out, the succulent print edition that is…

 

 

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Vogue India

 

 

Silver Cemile Ring Amrita Singh Jewelry

 

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Amrita Singh Jewelry and Chanel, Vogue India,

 

 

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Kalamkari via Minmit

 

 

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Via The Sartorialist

 

 

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Sand Castle dress, Spring 2017 by Khara Kapas

 

 

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And what would a South Asian inspired style blog be without a little wedding fun? Love this gorgeous photo by Mahima Bhatia of the Kaleera Drop! Her outfit!!!!

 

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Inexpensive Wedding Decor Ideas -Rose Gold Themes

Summer wedding coming soon? Don’t want to break the bank or spend tons of money on things that one just throws away? Want to be creative and make a visual impact? Try these pretty ideas and objects from allover the world. A wedding does not have to have a high price tag to be beautiful…

 

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Check out these craft supply and decorating sources for a beautifully curated wedding that reflects a certain sense of modesty and prettiness.

 

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Fleur Couture, Textile design by Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, Sarah Kate Studios Ribbon Typographic Napkins, Candle + Co. Ltd

 

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Pretty wedding ribbon from Crafty Wool Felt

 

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Lotus tealightsfor a wedding tabletop from Foiling Star Shop via Etsy

 

 

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Rose Gold Party & Wedding Tableware from Ginger Ray

 

 

 

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Mini Glitter Scallop Garland from Sisters Guild.

 

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Rose Gold Foil ‘Love’ Balloon from Jeremy’s Home Store

 

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Rose Gold Centerpiece Vases from The Bashful Bride via Etsy

 


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Dove Plate by Deborah Wilson from Sisters Guild

 

 

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Ideas for Spring Style -Best of Kids Fashion

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Singapore Style tastemaker ….Cavalier Kids -We love this brand because it’s just plain fun.

Children love to move so stretchy or loose fabrics are smart choices and soft on skin natural textiles like bamboo, cotton and cotton blends are best.

Bright funky colors take center stage today and pretty much anything with fun embellishment or a hint of the unusual when it comes to texture. And of course, we all know sporty looks and animals are always a sure hit!

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Koolabah

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So much fun with Munster Kids...and yes, a monster is definately a type of animal.

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Wolf and Rita has a line of gorgeously unusual pieces and not just amazing dresses, lots of fun tee shirts and short sets too.

 

We are madly in love with the British brand No Added Sugar too, because well, it’s just stylish pretty and sharp clothing that fits, and is adorable and practical.

 

 

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Ladida is full of gorgeous prettiness, and dresses you definitely want to save forever, as in tucked away in your top drawer til your baby has her own babies…Kahlo inspired designs for the spring-summer season will make your heart swell. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a model of bravery and brilliance, and so for me, she makes a great example for little girls. And everyday beauty was important to her as well, just a visit to her Coyoacán house tells you this story in the most thrilling of ways.

 

 

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Mini Rodini 

 

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Koolabah

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Oh Junkfood Clothing Co., definately top of my list of baby couture…awesome tees for your tiny mr. handsome face…

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H&M wins the prize for affordability with their incredible prices, cotton is the best choice for kids as their active lives mean appliques and etc will fall apart at this price point. But a cotton tee-shirt or dress can be washed on cold a dozen times. PLUS they have an affinity for patterns with cats…and dresses like this one come in @ $ USD 4.99

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H&M Girls

The Best Outfit Ever ….

Women’s style is constantly changing, and no matter your age some version of this classic look is an all time winner!

A flattering pair of jeans, feminine button down top and beautiful shoes, flat or high heels!

 

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Jeans with a blouse or button up shirt is a classic look with tons of variations, but it can be hard to get the combo just right, shoes, blouse, jean cut and a flattering assemble for your body type. Sometimes adding a body shape wear piece can make the look.

We think of shape wear as a special occasion undergarment but today there are so many great pieces that mold those curves just right and comfortably, adding beauty and confidence!

 

1. Pick jeans that flatter your shape…

 

 

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If that means 1 pair of more pricey jeans that’s okay. It’s better to invest in something you look great in –than to waste your money on 4 pairs that do not do you justice. Add a belt to show off your waist.

 

 

2. If you wish…. add Shapewear that you love

Try something that looks good if you catch a glimpse -such as when you were semi-transparent blouses, peaks through sweaters,  +  most importantly chose for comfort. Think of it less as hiding something bad, but a seduction of sorts, revealing a feminine foundation beneath..

 

The Lingerie Lesbian and Lena Lena Lingerie 

Try a sexy bralette under the shapewear in a contrasting color -strappy, halterback or lace, or if you need more support a underwire bra with detail, shimmer, maybe in a bright color . 

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Agent Provocateur

 

3. Add a favorite loose but elegant casual button down shirt in any color

 

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Camilla Pihl

 

Remember this look is about more than a tight shirt….another option is 

Feminine blouse with detailed buttons, patterns or in delicate luxe materials or at least fabric that looks like it!

 

 

 

 

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4.. ADD SHOES……

 

Chia Mihara Shoes

 

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Glamour and comfort with Yosi Samra Foldable Flats….

 

Anthropologie Boots and Coco Shoes Ankle Boots

 

Trending Style – Apron + Drape Dressing

The ultimate in feminine style, easy, washable, wearable, and adjustable sizing, drawing inspiration from the Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto-and even the traditional farm dress. Great for cool days and hot summers. Layer or wear with bare legs. Beautiful Simplicity.

Explore these fashion ideas and beautiful designs…

 

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Sewing Miette

 

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Linolin Sweden

 

 

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Yohji Yamamoto

 

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Fall Fashion-Classic Style for Women

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Loose yet geometric, a style that works amazingly during the transitional autumn, add a pair of boots + tights with a cozy sweater and it’s fall-winter ready. Image via vettacapsule.

 

 

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Reminds me of those beautiful summers at the lake, nothing like a oatmeal colored cozy sweater with simple black leggings, image via bethanymarie

 

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Classic beauty, white blouse with great pair of navy trousers…red nails and a chunky gold bracelet –via simply luxurious life

 

 

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I could lose the boots, but I love the stripes, classic bag and cute skirt, Madewell always gets the french look merged with prep just right

 

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Oh…the drape of this shirt, and it hides a bit around the mid area –important for us curvy girls…via death by elocution @tumblr

 

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Sexy look without revealing too much, soft texture of white sweater with thin gold necklace, sweetly feminine and wintery! via tendancies de mode

 

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A little more French style, Madame Dumas……

 

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Oh Jean, you are so classic, messy hair, button up blouse, red lips….

Curated by Kids -How to be Stylish

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Our survey of how to be stylish when interviewing our very own fashionistas mostly included discussions of sparkles, naturally.

Nevertheless, it was agreed by our very wise panel that a rule to be followed at all times is to always have a picture of an animal on your clothes, when asked for additional tips, one 4 yr old advisor summed it up succinctly: “What animal you like, or many animals.”

 

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Expert Tip: Begin with bunnies, says toddles, cause bunnies love you.

 

 

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