BeautySkin Care Obsession: Algae Mask by Blue Lagoon Iceland

 
If you’ve never heard of the Blue Lagoon, they are a fabulous geothermal spa in Southern Iceland that is known for its heavenly blue waters, volcanic landscape, and natural silica mud that cleanses and treats the skin. I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend two days at the Blue Lagoon last summer, soaking in the silky pools and taking in the Icelandic landscape, and I couldn’t help but notice their seductive line of skin care products with ingredients based around the lagoon.
 
 
Now I am so excited to tell you about a special release algae mask from the skin care pros at Blue Lagoon Iceland! If you adore skin care, then you will enjoy using this smooth mask, which is unlike any I have ever tried. Instead of drying out my skin like a clay mask, the algae mask practically melts into your skin and rinses away with a clean and nourishing feel.
 
 

Fashion1970′s Music Inspired Fashion with Julie from Orchid Grey!

Fashion and music go hand in hand and who better to embody the whisimsical spirit of Stevie Nicks and other 70′s musicians than the beautiful Julie of Orchid Grey! Every Tuesday in June, Julie will be featuring another awesome outfit inspired by 1970′s female musicians!
 
So far she has featured a look inspired by Stevie Nicks complete with flowing layers and shawls.
Make sure to head over to her blog tomorrow for the newest post! I included a sneak peak below, can you guess what artist was the inspiration for this weeks post?

xoxo

ContestsName the Dress Contest #104!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Too Hip to Handle

Winner: Samantha

FashionNoritaka Tatehana: Studded Phantom Heels in the Making

  
You might remember a couple of weeks ago when the lovely Annie brought us a post about phantom heels, those bizarre yet mezmerizing heel-less platform shoes hitting the runways and red carpets like nobody’s business. To piggyback on that, I’m taking you behind the scenes with Susanna Lau of Style Bubble, who met up with famed phantom heel designer Noritaka Tatehana, who creates for the likes of Daphne Guinness and Lady Gaga.
What you will see below is one of the most incredibly bad ass pair of studded shoes I have ever seen. You’d have to have some serious guts to pull this off. And now, I’ll let Susanna take it away; watch, and be amazed:
 
“First he skived the edges of the leather sole so that the edges were thinner than the centre and trimmed it, in preparation for the shoe.”    
 
“After the imprint of his logo and the bending of the sole with expertly cut-out freehand slits means it’s ready to be joined with the grey suede and Swarovski encrusted upper (as instructed by Daphne Guinness).  Both sole and bottom of the shoe has to be brushed with glue and left for five minutes so that the surfaces will stick together properly.  I loved that Noritaka uses a Japanese calligraphy brush to apply the glue.  He won’t have it any other way.”
“Once both shoe and sole are properly sticky, then he puts the two together, hammering away at the sole so that it sticks there.  I thought there might have been a clamping process but it turns out Noritaka uses all parts of the hammer to really press the sole onto the shoe.  You can visibly see the bumps being ironed out with the curve of the claw, the handle of the hammer and a super smooth edge forming that comes from the leather having been brushed with water, making it flexible under pressure.”
And now you know how it’s done! For even more pictures and the rest of the article, hop over to Style Bubble and get your fill!
(All pics and quotes courtesy of Style Bubble.)

DIYDIY: Studded Shoes!

I hope you guys are ready for yet another stud-ly DIY project because this one is my favorite and I almost couldn’t wait to share it with you! Studded shoes add sass to any outfit and they can be worn so many ways that having a pair in your closet is a must. When studding shoes, it’s important to pick a pair with thin enough material to push the studs through. I chose to stud the outsides of these cute oxford heels with some gold star-shaped studs mixed in with tiny pyramid studs and they became an instant favorite.
 
Materials needed:
  • Various shapes/sizes of studs
  • Clothing item you’d like to stud (cardi, denim cutoffs, booties, etc.)
  

(We studded the Bonnibel Elodie Black Lace-up Oxford Heels and we got our cute studs from KitKraft.com)