Japanese inspired fashion is one trend that seems to never vanish from American fashion, much like plaid button-up shirts. One aspect of Japanese fashion that seems to have never gone out of style is the traditional kimono. I have some from my grandmother’s and her mother’s closets that they have had since the 70s and on. Of course with time comes change, so they are not styled as traditionally as they once were. I came across Kimono cool takes over the street over on H&M’s website which, I think showed great variations of the kimono. Not too long after, I made the decision to shop for one. Many of the jackets resembled this one and started at $50. My dad has always stressed to me, “Don’t buy it if you can make it and save money in the process.” Quickly I concluded that I was going to make one and save myself $50+.
For the past week I have been watching my friends scramble to find the mothers in their family gifts for Mother’s Day. I am their go to person for gift ideas for whatever reason so I took it upon myself to gather a list of options before they came to me at the last minute. While on a hunt for possible ideas I came across Style.com’s post on Mother’s Day Gifts. I loved that everything about the post screamed femininity by playing on flowers and shades of pink/red. The ideas ranged from clothing, flowers, shoes, perfumes and candles. Also on that list were a stunning pair of Emar Batalha earrings. I know plenty of mothers who would love to have those earrings. However, the sound of a car skidding immediately played in my mind when I saw that they sell for $9,000. That is when I knew I had to try and make these earrings in the event that any of my friends did request information on how to obtain them which, a few have so far. I happened to luck up at my local Michael’s craft store and found almost identical pendants and beading.
Recently I came across this Oscar De La Renta necklace in Elle’s “Love in Lace” trend report and amongst the ample amount of lace items in the trend list, I was really stuck on it. At first I thought the necklace was actual lace until further inspection. That is when I realized the necklace is metal, which explains the price tag. I do like that the trend list had lace accessories as opposed to all lace clothing because I am not the biggest fan of lace as clothing. However, I do love lace as an accent. A part of me just had to give this necklace a go after seeing it. I do have skills in making metal jewelry, but for the sake of time, money, and the people who do not have the skills or access to making a metal necklace, I decided that regular lace would do.