SHADES of Spring

With the weather starting to heat up in NYC, it's time to get serious about spring style. This season, spruce up your wardrobe with the latest "in" colors. Take a look below at what the fashion industry is loving through my eyes as a model.

ROSE QUARTZ

Pantone's color of the year is taking the fashion world by storm. Its surprising versatility makes it the perfect accent color to any outfit. Better yet, It complements every skin tone and complexion. Mix it in with a new hand bag or dress; or, show off your fashion sense with rose quartz nails. 

Loving this color? Use it to accent your home. Pair it with light wood, white, marble or copper. Add rose quartz pillows to your couch. Paint an accent wall. Or, play it safe and get rose colored candles. 

MY WORK WITH ROSE QUARTZ:

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for South Parade

Campaign for South Parade

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

SHOP ROSE QUARTZ BELOW:

Placid Blue

Move over Serenity! This season the fashion industry has opted for a more neutral (read androgynous) color: placid blue. Like rose quartz, it perfectly complements all complexions. Accent a simple outfit with a placid blue bag or shoes. Play it up by pairing it with a matching denim. Remember, it also looks amazing with white, rose quartz or silver.

Feeling especially brave? Dare yourself to try placid blue in your makeup routine this season. Get the look from my shoot with Danny Lim at Laura Mercier or Givenchy

 

MY WORK WITH PLACID BLUE:

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Campaign for Moda Operandi

Shoot with Danny Lim

Shoot with Danny Lim

Behind the scenes makeup on set

Behind the scenes makeup on set

SHOP PLACID BLUE BELOW:

PATINA GREEN

Patina green may be the hardest color to work-in this season, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. This very unique color made up about a third of my wardrobe for fresh off the runway retailer Moda Operandi, which means it's about to hit the market big time. Keep an eye out for patina green at H&M and Forever 21 this Spring and next.

If you want to get a head start, pick up a patina green colored v-neck or tank. Or, accent a plain outfit with a patina green scarf or bracelet. Adapt the color to fit your personality and complexion.

 

 

MY WORK WITH PATINA GREEN:

SHOP PATINA GREEN BELOW:

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is the perfect spring neutral. It's cool, casual and collected. This season, instead of a safe black, work iced coffee into your wardrobe. You probably have some items in this color lying around already! 

Pump it up with an iced coffee suede bag, dress, or a knit jacket. It's all about the texture to keep things interesting. To make iced coffee really pop, pair it with other neutrals such as white or cream, or go in the other direction and use it to accent rose quartz.

MY WORK WITH ICED COFFEE:

Backstage with Polo Ralph Lauren

Backstage with Polo Ralph Lauren

Glasses backstage at Gilt Studios

Glasses backstage at Gilt Studios

Campaign for Steve Madden

Campaign for Steve Madden

SHOP ICED COFFEE BELOW:

 

That's this season's color round up! I hope you enjoy the colors of Spring as much as I do, and feel inspired to incorporate them into your wardrobe.

XOXO

Grace

 

 

 

 

On Point

My Embroidery Obsession

Hand embroidery may seem like an anachronism in our day and age, a chore belonging to housewives of the past. But that is because we are looking at it as a practicality, not an art.

Just as the painter uses a brush to apply paint to the canvas, the embroiderer uses a needle and thread to bring life to the fabric.

And the results are as diverse as they are breathtaking.

As one can see, embroidery styles range from the abstract and the unconventional, to the classical and the hyper-realistic; and, the materials are just as varied. Although the traditional medium for embroidery is thread, the types of thread and amount of strings you use from the thread determine the look of the stitch. Beyond that, stitchers can add any assortment of embellishments to the thread, such as pearls and beads. One can even "upgrade" to silk strands for an entirely different aesthetic.

The art of embroidery has evolved over the years, but it has not strayed from it's roots. Embroidery still demands the knowledge of few basic wishes. I'll teach you three of them, that you are likely to need in any project, below: The Backstitch, The Running Stitch, and The Satin Stitch.

1. Back Stitch:

The easiest way to learn any stitch is by doing. The backstitch is no exception.  As you can see from this diagram that I drew, the thread loops behind and underneath the fabric:

In actual practice, it will look a little something like the top stitch on the right, depending on how many strings you use and their corresponding thickness.

The three stitches on my hoop.

The three stitches on my hoop.

2. Running Stitch:

Believe it or not, the running stitch is even simpler than the backstitch. The embroiderer quite literally "runs" the thread through the fabric, like so:

This creates a "dotted line", that is often used to outline a project. 

3. Satin Stitch:

The satin stitch is the main filler stitch. It's used in almost every embroidery project to "color in between the lines". I only filled in half of the triangle in the sample above, to show how it works. If I had kept going, I would have a completely black triangle.

This link perfectly explains how to effectively use satin stitch. I strongly suggest "coloring" your projects using the satin stitch before moving to more complicated fillers, like the french knot. 

 

Ready to get started? I highly recommend getting one of these fairly simple kits (or another that you have sourced) before getting into any original pieces. This will not only teach you the basics, but will also supply the materials necessary for the project. (These particular kits cost $12-$20. Remember hoops are included. Once you get the hang of things, you can buy patterns for approximately $5, or create your own designs!)

(**Please also note: the hedgehog "stuffed animal" does not come with a hoop and is slightly more complicated than the others. I recommend it as a second project.)

Fancy yourself crafty and want to go for it on your own? You'll need a hoop ($5), thread ($15), needles ($5), and fabric ($7). The cost is more than a kit, and a kit also comes with instructions and pattern on fabric! That's the downside. However,the upside is that you'll have enough materials to create a multitude of projects.

What do you think of embroidery? Fad? Or classic practice here to stay? Do you plan on giving it a shot?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy Stitching xx

Grace