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Kaleidoscopes and Birds [Pattern Play]

6 Dec

Guess who remembered she has a blog! That’d be me. Time to recap the pattern of the month progress.

November was kate spade’s month of kaleidoscope motifs, though in a passive aggressive move, I didn’t post about it because they didn’t bother to put together a mood board. If you don’t care, why should I?! was the reasoning. I really showed them. Nothing about it came anywhere close to the kaleidoscopic loveliness of the opening credits for “Auntie Mame.” That’s how you do kaleidoscopes, people!

[from here]

They are now on to December’s latest pattern, Birds over Arches, which sounds like a card hand to me. “Birds over Arches! Read ’em and weep!” They were actually going for deco-resort-elegant, and the whole feel does leave me wanting to jet off on a beachy getaway, or at least feeling entitled to pull out some of the nautical garb I associate with summer.

For those of you keeping score at home, these were not on the list!

October Geometrics [Pattern Play]

9 Oct

Oh, hi not-quite-fall weather in Seattle. Great to have you! And hello to the latest kate spade pattern of the month, Geometrics! The colors featured this month are ultra fall, deep and dark, which I’m not ready since we’re still having sunny days. Though there is part of me that will get over the loss of sun for a chance to wear some of these new looks.

Looking back at the original guesses I’m not really sure what I was thinking — there were so many ultra specific options. But I did mention plaids and geometrics with abstracts, so guess who’s a winner? Uh, me. Move over Kreskin, I got this!

What are you loving from this month’s latest? My favorite dress, necklace, bracelet, bag and clutch are below.

ksny October Geometrics

Faux Bro Necklace [Magpie Indulgences]

11 Apr

kate spade may have moved on to Poolside Prints from Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral month, but I was still living the FloBro dream when I made this necklace. It’s my budget version of the Japanese Floral Necklace.

Seeing it on the Website, it didn’t seem like much; seeing it in person, I was enthralled. But, also having seen it in person, it was not where I wanted to spend $178. “Cotton pearls” is code for painted wood beads, and there wasn’t any of the ksny bling that usually sucks me in.

Before I could spray paint a bag of wooden beads from Michaels, I happened upon these ultra cheap plastic pearl necklace sets at Sam Moon in Houston. JoAnn had large enough bead caps that somewhat mimicked the style from the original (and were only $4 for a bag of 16, versus $1 each for a lesser style at the bead shop). A coat of black paint later, we were in business. It was as simple as stringing the little pearl sandwiches onto the ribbon. You should make one – it’s so easy!

Supplies:

  • Large pearl beads, 25 or so if they are about 1″ in size
  • Metal Bead Caps, 2 per bead (Blue Moon Beads Fashion Findings BM26556)
  • 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon – 3 yards just to be safe
  • 1″ Grosgrain Ribbon – 1/3 yard
  • Needle with large enough eye to thread ribbon (Size/No. 24/26)
  • Optional: Garden Glove or other grippy item to pull that darn needle through the beads

 Instructions:

  1. Spray paint  bead caps – front and back, let dry between each coat and very well before stringing
  2. Tie a basic knot at one end of narrow grosgrain ribbon
  3. Thread other end of ribbon through needle
  4. Start alternately threading bead cap, bead, bead cap – This is where you might need your grippy gloves to muscle the ribbon that has doubled over in the eye through the bead
  5. Tie a knot as close to the last bead cap as possible. Grosgrain ribbon is fairly easy to manipulate and chunky enough to mask some clumsy knots. If it’s not working for you, watch this for tips or search “pearl knotting”
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you get a length that will fit over your head when tied (tie ends loosely to test)
  7. Tie ends in knot and cut off any remaining ribbon
  8. Heat seal the ends using matches or lighter. FrayCheck or clear nail polish would probably work, too
  9. Use wide ribbon to create simple bow over the knotted ends, heat seal edges of bow to prevent fraying
  10. Enjoy!

Kate Spade Tour – Seattle Details!

15 Feb

Just call me the tour guide! I stopped into kate spade to get some more info about next week’s tour stop here in Seattle. Curiosity was really getting the better of me.

Details aren’t fully fleshed out yet, according to the shop girls, but it sounds a little like this:

  • Wednesday – Tour bus in Westlake Park, preview of goodies in the bus store, Show + Meet & Greet with Deborah Lloyd and The Vivian Girls at Nordstrom 6-8 PM
  • Thursday – Tour bus in Westlake Park, bus store open
  • Friday & Saturday – Tour bus at Seattle Center, bus store open
Here’s a preview of some of the Japanese Floral goodies in store. Love!

And all of this to look forward to next week!!

[photo via kate spade]

February [Pattern Play]

10 Feb

As you may recall, I decided to make a little challenge out of picking the possible kate spade new york Year of Pattern patterns.

I was thinking February was just a general Florence Broadhurst month, but kate spade’s email and blog cleared things up for me the other day. It’s specifically Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral month. 1 Point for me – Florals were on the list!

BTW, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend the book, Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives by Helen O’Neill. I think I picked it up a couple years ago at Anthropologie, but don’t quote me on that. There’s a new edition with a fancy Japanese Floral cover that should give you all the same info about her life.

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