Spectrespects, Esmeralda, and Pineapples: 221 Broderie Accessories + Discount Code

My quest for small shops to feature has led me to find many a talented artists and creators, but the shop I’m bringing to you offers accessories featuring the themes I love with a more unusual twist. Instead of the wood, acrylic, or plastic materials all of my other handmade brooches showcase, 221 Broderie offers accessories and artwork that uses embroidery. I absolutely loved the look of her minimalist character designs…

…but the design that captured my heart (and originally led me to finding 221 Broderie) was  her embroidered brooch depicting Luna Lovegood’s Spectrespects.

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I knew I would be proud to show off her work and wanted my readers to have the chance to fall in love with her unique work, so I was happy when she accepted my request for a collaboration. Although the price point is a bit higher than some shops, the amount of detail and extra work that goes into making embroidered, unique pieces is definitely worth the cost, and she happily offers custom pieces as well. In fact, she insisted on it! And we ended up deciding on a variety of items to show off her range: the spectrespect brooch, a pair of beaded pineapple earrings

…and a custom rendition of one of my favorite Disney dames (another one of those ladies who gets lost in official Disney merchandise), Esmeralda. I have a deep, deep love for her, and knew that Laureen, the artist behind the shop, would do her justice. Since her minimalist style was clear cut, I knew what Esmeralda would look like even before she arrived with her friends at my house, and I’m happy to say what I received did not disappoint.

I was unsure how the hand-embroidered pieces would feel and look in person since I don’t have any other accessories using this medium, and I was surprised to find that each item felt so different. Since Laureen makes use of additions like sequins and beads, the three items were of varying thicknesses and feels.

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Similarly, the backs of the items were lined differently. The earrings and spectrespects were lined with felt, whereas Esmeralda was lined with a thin, leathery material. The brooches have the fascinator simply glued onto the back. While I think this is fine with the Esmeralda brooch, I’m curious to see how the glue holds up with the felt. Hopefully well! They seem solidly in place for both at the moment.

I was so excited about these new accessories (that would fill out my Harry Potter and Disney brooch collections nicely as well as my growing earrings collection), that I donned them the next day so that I could show them off to my lovely readers as soon as possible.

I put together a summery outfit (still a necessity here in the desert) that I felt matched all of my items perfectly. Honestly, these shorts might be the most versatile items I own! The pineapple earrings and spectrespects brooch were the items I actually wore around that day.

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I will say that the spectrespects specifically were smaller in person than I had anticipated when looking at her photos online, but I ended up not minding this when actually putting them to use. I think they’re more versatile when they’re not…well….glasses-sized. In retrospect, the size Laureen made them is actually perfect.

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I am honestly so ecstatic about my Esmeralda brooch. I think that her wardrobe perfectly lends her to Laureen’s minimalist style as she retains recognizability even when details are softened. Of all the items, Esmeralda is the thinnest as she has no embellishment, so I anticipate having to take extra care with her to make sure she doesn’t bend, but my handy dandy brooch holders should keep her nice and safe when I’m not wearing her.

If you’d like to order one of 221Broderie’s pieces for yourself, you can enter the code “LARK221B” until October 31st for free shipping! She may be from France, but you won’t have to worry about insane international shipping costs.

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Weekly Outfit Roundup (08/14/2016-08/21/2016)

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I told you guys I’d be better about my weekly roundups! I’m back, baby!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Last Sunday’s Look

Yes, I cheated and am including last Sunday’s outfit since it didn’t get to show up on my blog due to it’s appearance at the end of my Week of Disneybounding. I just couldn’t wait to wear my first new Pinup Girl Clothing skirt in…god knows how long! Not a big fan of the shorter skirt (I sold all of my old PUG skirts that hit at my knee), but I love the print too much to return it. Just have to roll my petticoats up three times so they don’t show and it’s not a huge deal.

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Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Striped Top: Purchased in San Diego somewhere
Ariel Brooch: Disney pin
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Boats Border Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Red Heels: Thrifted

Monday’s Look

Another new PUG item featured today! I’ve been completely in love with the new printed PUG peasant tops, but couldn’t afford any when they were released. So happy when this Tiki printed one dropped with it’s gorgeous colors when I could afford it. I’m not huge on tiki themed prints, but this one reads in a less cliche way so I knew I had to have it! Plus, it featured the new bust design, so I was curious to see the fit (blog post coming). Also my first time trying out my new shade of Besame lipstick. Totally in love (also blog coming on all my Besame <3).

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Mint Tiki Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Horse Brooch: Thrifted
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Black & White Skirt: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Black & Mesh Heels: Thrifted

Tuesday’s Look

This is a look I featured on my blog, so you can head over there to see details!

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Vintage Straw Hat w/ Black Ribbon and Flowers: Gifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Blood Red
Pearl Earrings: Thrifted
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Marianne Floral Chiffon Party Dress: 1950sglam.com
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
Taupe/Mauve Heels: Thrifted

Thursday’s Look

I realized this week that somehow my roomie’s phone takes better images in our apartment than the camera. Does it make sense? Nope. Am I glad to have realized it? Yep. The intense shadows are so much softer! And you can actually see all of the featured colors. Yay! First time wearing my other new Besame shade, Carmine, an orange-y red that’s still a bit scary for me to wear.

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Purple Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Holly Glitter Hoops in Mint Green: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Carmine
Purple Striped Top: Etsy shop MissSarahBelle
Haunted Mansion Brooch ft. Disney Villains: Disney pin
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
Purple Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Lavender Lips & Roses: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Gold Flats: Thrifted

I am NOT a prize to be won! The Ambrosia Bowl’s Jasmine Brooch

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If anyone knows how very much Disney merchandise can flood one’s life, it’s me. And if you’re like me, you know that so much of the merch that Disney actually produces and sells in its shops are marketed  towards children and so made as flashy as possible. Although I love me some glitter and I adore the Disney princesses, I am frustrated every single time I head to Disneyland and peruse the pins in hopes for a princess who hasn’t had glitter thrown onto her mass produced artwork. While one reason I love acquiring custom Disney merch (like my recently reviewed Hercules-themed skirt from Vance Clothing) is that you can pick and choose your favorite scenes from any film you could desire, the primary reason is that my favorites simply don’t make their way onto merchandise as they should.

Jasmine, the only Middle Eastern princess who’s made it into the franchise, is one princess whose products are particularly disappointing. She primarily appears in one position when alone (though there’s a common pin of her with Aladdin that I plan to get my hands on), with the same passive expression all the princesses wear, and her wardrobe is glitzed up in a way that I find particularly unappealing – just doesn’t flow with the softness of her outfit.

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What a collection! I'm super proud of the designs I have so far, and am even more excited for what's coming down the pipeline! New releases will be arriving in the next few weeks ☺ All current designs are available for purchase in my shop at www.etsy.com/shop/theambrosiabowl and future releases will be announced here first, so be sure to follow me for updates! 😚 Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ❤ #brooch #brooches #noveltybrooch #disney #theambrosiabowl #disneyvillain #madammim #swordinthestone #ursula #thelittlemermaid #democrat #republican #berniesanders #hillaryclinton #donaldtrump #johnkasich #donkey #elephant #usa #ruok #ruokday #suicide #depression #eeyore #piglet #winniethepooh #stopthestigma #mentalhealth #inmemoriam #pinupstyle

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When I discovered The Ambrosia Bowl on Instagram, I was delighted by her existent wood brooches featuring Madam Mim (the first piece of merchandise I’ve actually seen for her!), Ursula with Flotsam/Jetsam, Piglet hugging Eeyore, and even Ralph Wiggum from Simpsons! Such wonderful characters who were being shown off by her work in cute, easy to wear ways. When she told me she was going to be releasing a new line of brooches and then later saw them, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw that she was creating three Disney princesses and Alice showing off what I feel to be definitive expressions that represent key moments in their films.

She kindly agreed to send me a brooch in exchange for a review on my blog, and, while I had trouble choosing between the Mulan, Jasmine, and Ariel, I ended up opting for Jasmine knowing I would NEVER find another brooch or pin showing off the fiery strength Jasmine shows in that moment. Plus, as a Middle Eastern gal, I have been trying (in vain) for quite a long while to acquire a Jasmine brooch for my collection.

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At around $20-$25, The Ambrosia Bowl‘s hand-painted wooden brooches are worth every penny. The artwork is absolute perfection on everything I’ve seen and my brooch is no exception. Every detail seamlessly matches up to Jasmine’s inspiration image from the original artwork. Not only do I get a brooch showing off Jasmine’s passionate moment of feminism, but I feel as if I’m wearing something that came directly from the original artists – much preferable to the mass-produced look she’s been given through the years. I do wish she was a bit less pale in the brooch version (though the discrepancy is much less obvious in person since my photograph of the brooch definitely washes out some of the intensity of the colors overall), but I wouldn’t change a single thing otherwise!

She matches a large chunk of my wardrobe brilliantly, the matte paint keeping it from clashing with prominent prints and bright colors while the metallic glitter of her jewelry makes it easy to match with my own gold accessories and helps her pop. I paired her with my simplest dress for this review in order to show her off as clearly as possible. I wanted Jasmine to be the focal point today!

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As I’m sure is quite obvious, I was only available to take quick photos at the worst time of day light-wise, so it was a tricky business capturing these for you without splotches of sunshine washing different parts of my body out, but you can easily see what an impactful brooch Jasmine makes! I feel empowered wearing her on my breast, and she helps remind me that there’s nothing wrong with the fiery passion and intense rage that so often courses through me. Just like Jasmine says, I am not a prize to be won.

If you would like to follow The Ambrosia Bowl in her endeavors, you can head to these social medias:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit Roundup Catch-up/Masterpost: (05/23/2016-07/03/2016)

It’s been more than an entire month since my last roundup! Figured I would put together a giant post as a catch-up.

Enjoy!

Miss Lark Bahar

Week of 05/23/2016-05/30/2016

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05/25/2016

This look was a bit out of the box for me, but I haven’t worn this skirt in ages and liked how the shades of the top matched the skirt when paired with a bright red belt to pull it all together.

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Gold & Pearl Earrings: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
1970s Leaf Top: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Wall-E Brooch: Instagram shop TiffysCraftCreations
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Green & Red Skirt: Gifted
Black Heels: Thrifted

05/28/2016

This look – while something I’d be more likely to wear in the cooler months normally – was thrown together for my review of the gorgeous Paris blouse.

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Black Hat: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
Floral Earrings: Instagram shop LFN Creations
Charm & Eloquence Blouse in Paris Print: My Premier Amour
Teal & Blue Catalina Top: Thrifted
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1960s Burgundy Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
Black Flats: Thrifted

05/29/2016

I love love love this outfit for a whole slew of reasons, but perhaps the most obvious one is that I so rarely find ways to create purple outfits (this skirt was the only purple item I owned), but I received the purple striped top with the bow tie, the earrings, and the belt all in the same week, and BOOM! Perfectly purple.

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Purple Earrings: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Purple Striped Top w/ Scarf: Etsy shop MissSarahBelle
Leaf & Lady Bug Brooch: Thrifted
Purple Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Lavender Lips & Roses: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
Purple Heels: Thrifted

Week of 05/30/2016-06/05/2016

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06/01/2016

Hands down one of my favorite outfits of all time! I just love these colors and everything matches so perfectly top to bottom. I felt so pretty! And this was the first time I took my Pinup Girl Clothing underskirt for a run.

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Pink Floral Earrings: Gifted from Hawaii
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
Pink Hair Scarf: Thrifted
Custom Mickey Mouse Club Brooch: Etsy shop HousewifeChicbyRuby
Bright Blue Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Pink Mary Blair Umbrellas: Pinup Girl Clothing
Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Red Heels: Thrifted

06/03/2016

I’m generally not a huge fan of red, white, and blue…but this outfit fit together too seamlessly to ignore! And I’m always glad when a chance to wear this hat arises as I don’t find it terribly versatile.

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1950s Red & Black Velvet w/ Pearl Hat: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
Red & Gold Earrings: Thrifted
Mickey Brooch: Disney Pin
Striped Top: Purchased in San Diego somewhere
Disneyland 60th Anniversary Bracelet: Instagram shop LFN Creations
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Red Felt Skirt: From Etsy shop TinyTemple
Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Red & Blue Heels: Thrifted

06/04/2016

I’m still kind of amazed at how well my outfit matched. Such unusual color pairings, yet I seemed to acquire every article of clothing in the world that features them.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
Parrot Brooch: Thrifted
Teal Button-Up Tie Top: Purchased at the mall ages ago
Floral/Tiki Shorts: Purchased in Turkey
Orange, Teal, & Blue Bracelet: Instagram shop LFN Creations
Cream Heels: Thrifted

Week of 06/06/2016-06/12/2016

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06/06/2016

I adore the sweetness of this outfit! Yellow’s another one of those colors I’m hoping to expand in my wardrobe – particularly yellows of the buttery variety. I’d always felt yellow would look atrocious on me, but I’m so pleasantly surprised.

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Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Merlot
White Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Ratatouille Brooch: Etsy shop Le Petit Mouse
1950s Yellow Gingham Skirt: Thrifted
Cream Heels: Thrifted

06/07/2016

This was another one of those “I probably wouldn’t be wearing this if I had to walk around at all today” outfits. Pencils are a no-no in 115+ degree weather! I wish I could use this skirt in the spring and summer time to give it the lighter look it deserves, but it’s just too hot normally.

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Heather’s Big Resin Tear Drop Earrings in Blue Glitter: Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Cherry Red
White Summer Blouse with Chicken & Flower Embroidery: Thrifted
1960s White Plaid Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
White Heels: Thrifted

06/08/2016

I try to avoid wearing this dress so much so it’s not repetitive…but it’s just too darn versatile to ignore! Matched my Belle Blossoms flowers perfectly.

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The Leilani Tropical Cluster Hair Flower: Belle Blossoms
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Chip Brooch: Hungry Designs
Jenny Dress in Paris Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
White Heels: Thrifted

06/10/2016

I like blue….that’s about all I have to say about that 💙

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1950s Blue Velvet Hat w/ Cranberry Embellishment: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
Red Earrings: Gifted
1950s Blue Blouse: Instagram/Etsy shop TrailerParkFlamingoVintage
Retro TV Brooch: Martinis & Slippers
1950s Blue Silk Skirt w/ Silver Triangles: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Gold Bangle: Poshmark
1950s Navy Heels w/ Gold: Thrifted

Week of 06/20/2016-06/26/2016

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06/22/2016

Had the pleasure of adding these capris to my wardrobe this past week. The first real tiki-style print I own! Also was working with my natural hair this week – which means my victory rolls were about 10x as large.

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Blue Snood: Belle Blossoms
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Leaf Earrings: Etsy shop CalliopeGirl
Retro TV Brooch: Martinis & Slippers
Bright Blue Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Tiki-Style Capris: Thrifted
Green, Blue, & White Heels: Nine West

06/23/2016

Haircut day! So I planned my outfit around a hat to camouflage my un-styled hair.

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Black Hat: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
Heidi Dress in Mary Blair Cats: Pinup Girl Clothing
Black Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
1960s Mesh & Black Heels: Thrifted

06/24/2016

Haircut! Yayyy. This outfit was thrown together as a last minute Disneybound of Dory to go see Finding Dory. Love that it came out feeling a bit ’30s with the darker look and shorter hair.

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Straw Hat: Amazon
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Noir Red
1950s Yellow Top: Etsy shop SmallEarthVintage
Blue & Silver Disney “D” Brooch: Etsy shop LilSweetumsBowtique
Vintage Yellow Chiffon Scarf: Thrifted
Navy Silk Skirt w/ Silver Triangles: Instagram shop Far From Here Vintage
Cosette Petticoat (x1): Malco Modes
1950s Navy Heels w/ Gold: Thrifted

Week of 06/27/2016-07/03/2016

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This Monday’s Look

This was probably my favorite look of the week as it incorporated a whole slew of “favorites:” favorite vintage top, favorite Pinup Girl Clothing top, favorite Disney brooch, favorite style of hat – even my coveted peplum “New Look” silhouette. I can earnestly say that I will spend my whole life trying to find more of these vintage Catalina tops. Still a bit heartbroken that I found a pink version but it came with the full play-set and sold almost immediately. Definitely the one that got away.

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1950s White Platter Hat: Thrifted
Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ American Beauty
Teacup Belle Handmade Brooch: Hungry Designs
Teal & Blue Catalina Top: Thrifted
White Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Pink Mary Blair Umbrellas: Pinup Girl Clothing
Cosette Petticoat (x2): Malco Modes
White Heels: Thrifted

This Tuesday’s Look

These shorts made their way into my wardrobe this week with the intention of using them for a future Disneybound. Of course then I realized I somehow don’t have nearly enough printed tops to pair them with! Most of my prints are represented in my bottoms. Guess I’ll have to change that….but hey, this outfit matched my new evil eye bracelets from Turkey perfectly!

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Besame Red
1980s Red & Gold Earrings: Thrifted
1970s Leaf Top: Instagram shop FarFromHereVintage
Handmade Floral Retro Disney “D” Brooch: Etsy shop Le Petit Mouse
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
1950s Red Shorts: Instagram/Etsy shop TrailerParkFlamingoVintage
Evil Eye Bracelets: Purchased in Turkey
Dark Green Flats: Thrifted

This Wednesday’s Look

Rainy overcast day means breaking out the “sleeved” shirts! Tried the “stripes as a neutral” look today and I can honestly say I’m in LOVE.  Must acquire striped tops now.  And I love that the red accents on the top matched the belt so well and pulled the look together so perfectly.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Victory Red
Green Scarf: Thrifted
Hoop Earrings: Etsy shop ilovetobuildhoops
Customized Pinup Brooch: Lillian Madison Designs
Striped Top: Purchased in San Diego somewhere on Pacific Beach…
Red Grommet Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Jenny Skirt in Queen of Hearts Border Print: Pinup Girl Clothing
Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Green, Blue, & White Heels: Nine West

This Thursday’s Look

To see details on this look, check out my previous blog post reviewing the gown 💙❤️💙.

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Lipstick: Besame Cosmetics’ Red Velvet
Rose Hair Flower: Custom made for me by the lovely owner of Le Bomb Shop
Graduated Champagne Pearl Necklace: Vivien of Holloway
Belle Brooch: Disney Pin
Blue & Burnt Red Polka-Dot Dress: Instagram shop Kunupa Butik
Canvas Underskirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Nude Heels: Bettie Page Shoes

Review: Hungry Designs Brooches & Postcards

With the debut of my new logo (as created by the wonderful Christine Geasey)…

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…I felt it only appropriate that I review one of my favorite art/accessory shops (previously featured on my blog in a Loves & Desires of the Week post) who recently sent me a care package. Though subtly done, my icon features elements of Disney (Belle’s blue dress, Meg’s white flower, Mickey brooch), and the care package so kindly sent by the wonderfully talented Hungry Designs beautifully fits into this aesthetic. Although I had no idea what she planned to send me, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the package all the way from Australia and found not one, but 3 brooches and a handful of her beautiful postcards!

Her postcards are absolutely stunning – I’m already trying to think of ways to display them in my room – and her brooches are absolutely perfect! Right up my alley. Her brooches are made by printing her artwork on wood, and then cutting them out with lasers. As such, they’re probably more susceptible to getting wet and less sturdy than a resin covered brooch, but this isn’t exactly a problem for a gal who lives in the desert!

My only note would be that the brooch backings she uses aren’t the kind that latches closed, but the kind that is simply pushed into place to hold. These are more difficult to manipulate for me when I’m trying to use them with a thicker material as they tend to pop open, but this is a rare occurrence and so not much of a worry.

Although I wore my Belle with teacups brooch with my outfit today, my other two brooches matched as well. Here they are in action!

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I’m so happy to have another Belle to add to my collection! As my favorite Disney character (and one I greatly identify with), I collect Belle brooches (particularly Belle in her blue gown) and I’m so happy that Hungry Designs sent me this interpretation of the character. The teacup design is to DIE for, and I love the little Chip shout out.

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Bambi

Bambi is one of those classic Disney films that I feel lacks the representation it deserves from the Disney-loving community. Bambi is a beloved character, and I’m glad to have a way to represent him in my wardrobe now.

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Chip

The fact that I’m a huge Beauty & the Beast fan was obviously not lost! My casual Belle Disneybound is now complete with this gorgeous Chip artwork now at my disposal.

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Selection of Postcards

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Hungry Designs definitely offers the widest range of Disney and other fandom pins without needing to dive into the territory of custom orders (though if she ever made customs an option, I’d immediately jump on that opportunity!) while still presenting unique artwork. This is what drew me to her shop originally, and seeing everything in person only solidified my love for what she does! Although she’s currently on vacation, I still have a large number of her designs saved in my Etsy cart for purchase later, and I can’t wait to see the new designs she returns with when the time comes! Her artwork is truly beautiful and a joy to own.

If you’d like to follow Hungry Designs to keep tabs on her creations, new and old, you can head to these links:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Lil Sweetums Bowtique Brooches

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I recently had the pleasure of working with LilSweetumsBowtique, a cute little Etsy shop that specializes in custom and handmade accessories, to receive a handful of brooches of my own.

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I found this Etsy shop when I was perusing Etsy for Disney brooches (as I often do), specifically looking for the retro “D” brooches that are so popular nowadays. As a Disney aficionado, I knew that I needed at least one of these classic designs in my brooch collection and was ecstatic to find LilSweetumsBowtique with her enormous range of colors and glittery fun!

And, to top it off, she had a cute variety of Mickey-inspired and poison apple brooches, and a nice variety of other items from various fandoms.

With her highest-priced single item clocking in at $12, her items are extremely affordable and worth every penny! I received five brooches myself, but already have my eye on the little mermaid Mickey head, the Harry Potter pin, and would love to add a green, purple, and red “D” brooch to my collection. When choosing my five, I opted for 3 of the retro “D” brooches, an Ursula-themed Mickey head, and a poisoned apple in the most gorgeous shade of light blue with white.

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Glittery White Retro “D” Brooch

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Ursula-Inspired Mickey Mouse Brooch

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Glittery Royal Blue Retro “D” Brooch with Silver Mickey Embellishment

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Mini Poison Apple Brooch in Light Blue & White

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Dole Whip Inspired Retro “D” Brooch

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And they all came in this adorable little box!

I’m completely smitten with my items and received them well within her 5 day turnaround time, and I couldn’t wait to add them to my new DIY brooch boards I created last week!

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Check out her Etsy shop for more items, and don’t forget to follow her Instagram to see sneak peeks of up and coming brooches! She has so much to offer.

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

 

Tuesday Tutorials: DIY Shaped Pin & Brooch Boards

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With my brooch and pin collection growing at a fast rate, I have been constantly on the lookout for a good way to keep them together in a way that I could see them all and make the best choice possible when choosing my accessories every day. For about a year now, I’ve used a temporary storage method I threw together composed of a hard three ring binder and pieces of felt. Lately, the felt has been ripping and the pages becoming harder and harder to quickly shuffle through as brooches are added to my collection, so I knew I finally had to take the plunge and try to make my own brooch board.

Several tutorials already exist on making simple, square brooch boards, and the general concept is the same as the more complicated version I have tried to execute. A slight disclaimer – I am not in the least bit crafty. Artsy? Sure. Crafty? Most definitely not. Unfortunately, I also don’t like to limit myself to the “easy” solution. While I did create a simple brooch board for my vintage and non-Disney pins at the same time as these by following tutorials like Junebugs and Georgia Peaches’, and Betties N Brimstone’s, I wanted a little something more to adorn my walls when it came to my Disney collection. As mentioned, I have absolutely no experience crafting, so was learning as I went along, but figured if I can do it, anyone can! I plan to make a set with Ariel and Eric when I have need of more space, and know that I can create more precise lines next time now that I know what I’m doing.

So without further ado, here’s how to make yourself a shaped brooch board!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  1. Some sort of material to cover the finished product (I opted for black felt to provide my pins with a softer surface, and to show them off with the greatest contrast.
  2. Thin, low-loft batting
  3. Cork board (I needed a sizable amount of cork board for the three separate brooch boards I was planning to make, so was quite restricted in my selection. Michael’s didn’t have anything large enough or affordable, so I went to Home Depot and purchased some “cork board” that I’m pretty confident is just particle board with a thin layer of cork on top. YOU LIE, HOME DEPOT, I know my cork board! I would definitely suggest finding a board that is 100% cork as it would make everything a LOT easier and it will be better for your pins in the long run.)
  4. Staple gun
  5. Hot glue + hot glue gun
  6. Scissors
  7. Silver sharpie (or something else that will show up on black felt to trace your images)
  8. Paper
  9. Pencil
  10. Jigsaw
  11. Picture hanger hooks – the kind that lays flat
  12. Hammer
  13. A helping hand (or two)!

When choosing a stencil, at least for your first attempts unless you’re an expert at operating a jigsaw, I would suggest selecting a simple design. While I would have loved to have full silhouettes, I knew this would be nearly impossible with all of the limbs sticking out everywhere (and not very conducive to maximum surface area), so I opted for the busts of my two favorite Disney characters: Belle and Prince Adam. I googled their silhouettes and quickly found one for Belle and realized that I would definitely need to create my own silhouette for Adam, so found an image of the scene where he’s holding Belle to draw inspiration from.

If you’re smart and think ahead enough (and have a pre-drawn version of what you want to use for your shape), go ahead and print it, cut it out, and boom! Stencil made. I naturally blanked on printing my images (despite the fact that I work in a copy shop), so had to free hand my silhouettes. I didn’t have large enough sketchbook paper, so drew my silhouettes on several sheets and just taped them together for use after cutting them out. All in all, while this took some unnecessary time, it was definitely the most fun (and most immediately successful) part of the process for me!

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After cutting out my stencils, I went on to trace the stencils on my so-called cork board as well as the batting.

This is where it gets complicated and a few helping hands are very handy! Using your jigsaw, follow the lines and cut out your shapes on the cork board. At this point, I was only a witness for a small part of the proceedings as we’d come to realize we needed a new staple gun so I had to make a hasty trip to Walmart. Watching my roommate and my sister struggle with this step made me glad I had other things to do – and extremely appreciative! Despite the occasional gasps and “oh nos,”Belle and Adam were finally cut out and ready to go. I had known going into it, that much of the detail and angling would be lost, so was more than pleased with the final results!

At this point, it was dark out, and we’d been driving around and working for a long time, so I figured it would be better to finish the project the following day (despite my stubborn unwillingness to leave something like this incomplete).

The next day, I pulled all of my supplies back out and continued my work. First, I traced along the edges of my two silhouettes with hot glue to glue down the batting I had traced and cut out the previous day. A quick note, if you get a board like mine that only has cork on one side, be sure the cork side is facing up! I definitely tried to attach the batting to the back at one point. Whoops!

The next step is probably one of the most complicated in the process: applying the black felt to the top. I cut the black felt in a large circle around each silhouette in order to provide plenty of extra felt to wrap around and staple on the back of my shapes. I knew this was going to be tricky, and I was right. The facial details were particularly difficult and I barely managed any definition at all – but I did! I realized as I sat struggling with Belle’s face that I could use a combination of methods: I decided to wrap the felt around everywhere but the faces where I would use the stencils to cut out the silhouette exactly and hot glue their features down. It was a bit too late to salvage Belle, but Adam definitely fared better with this method. When stapling the black felt around the rest of their busts, I consistently cut slits whenever an angle appeared in order to work around the formation with as smooth an effect as possible so the felt was pulled as tight as possible.

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Once that was done, I went in with my hot glue gun and glued down any areas where the felt was bulging or puckering out.

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I had originally started this project with the intention of lining the sides with a black ribbon once the layers were added, but quickly found out that this looked a bit strange and cheap, so opted out of it. Instead, I opted for a simpler solution (if not an infallible one) to cover any of the wood showing along the sides – black sharpie!

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Once this is all done the only step left is to attach your picture hanger hooks. (I did two on each, but this will change depending on the size of what you make.)

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And then you’re ready to hang them…

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…and add your brooches!

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Regretfully, I had to take down my Harvey poster to fit my new brooch boards, but definitely worth it! No more overflowing, clunky, awkward binder floating around my room. Instead, I have two of my favorite characters gracing my walls with a solid purpose! And I was amazed to find that I had more than enough space for the Disney pins and brooches I own (although I have five more on the way to me). Guess I need to acquire more 😉

Hope this learn-as-you-go step-by-step was helpful! This concept would work for a whole slew of shapes and designs as long as you take into account how much more difficult it is to work with small, curved details like lips and eyelashes.

Summary of Steps:

    1. Cut out stencil of desired shape
    2. Trace shape on cork board and batting, and cut them out
    3. Hot glue (or staple) batting to top of cork board
    4. Cut out large piece of felt with enough room to wrap around cork board figure everywhere except the face where there are small details and the felt should be cut to the exact shape of the stencil
    5. Carefully staple felt to cork board by cutting slits when needed to work around bends
    6. Hot glue the detail area down and hot glue anything along the sides that is sticking out
    7. Sharpie (or paint) any wood that’s showing along the sides
    8. Attach as many painting hooks as needed to the back
    9. Hang and attach pins
    10. Enjoy your work!

 

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Spotlight Saturday: An Ode to Disney Pins!

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Welcome to Spotlight Saturday!

These are the posts where I’ll be highlighting specific products, brands, beauty tools, styles – really, anything that catches my fancy and I find myself accumulating!

As many who already follow me on other social media platforms know, I’m a huge Disney fan and try to visit Disneyland as often as my pocketbook will allow me to. This love extends to Disney merchandise of all sorts, but specifically, I find it near impossible to refuse a finely crafted mug (being an avid collector of mugs in general)…and well…pins! I can honestly chalk up my love for brooches to the first time my sister came back from Disneyland with two Mickey Mouse pins as gifts for me, and I haven’t turned back since. My collection is only slowly growing and I can’t say that I’ve ever dropped much money on a single pin (though I have about a thousand of Belle in her provincial gown saved on eBay JUST in case…), but these pins serve as a crucial part of my wardrobe. I do have to be aware of certain materials that the push-pin backs won’t stay in on, and frustratingly enough,  they don’t photograph well at all, but they’re the perfect way to work a little Disney into my daily life no matter where I’m going.

As these pins don’t close like normal brooches, I’ve been struggling to find a way to display them properly, but I believe I’ve finally found a solution – a craft project I plan to share with all of you as soon as I acquire the means to create it!

Above is my current collection of pins, below are some pins I’ve been lusting after (none of these photos are mine – all from eBay!). Let me know if you have a favorite Disney pin you own or one you’ve been desperately in search of!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

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