A Week with TGIllustration: Brooches

Hello all!

Long time no see. Been bogged down with classwork as I dive into the last month of school before completing my Masters, so pardon my absence. I decided to take a brief respite from my papers to showcase a wonderful shop that I discovered while perusing Etsy for Harry Potter brooches: TG Illustration. I was quickly charmed by his artwork that was so beautifully painted on various wooden accessories, and happy when he agreed to collaborate with me. If you’ve been following my Instagram, I’ve spent the last 7 days featuring his wonderful designs on outfits put together specifically to showcase the brooches he sent me. I wanted to create a comprehensive blog post to show off his variety of designs and also give you guys a coupon code to use (scroll to the bottom of the post)!

The first of his designs I created an outfit for was this quirky, fun little octopus that I look forward to wearing particularly around Halloween-time next year!

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I paired the little guy with my custom playsuit from Ains & Elke Style Haus on Etsy since I loved both the play of the colors together, and the way the octopus tied into the water scene. Who knows what’s lurking in that peaceful scene?

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The second brooch of his that I showcased was this adorable Russian doll. While I chose to don a summery-er outfit for this look, she matches an insanely wide range of my clothes!

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For this look, I primarily focused on the color matching since I don’t have much in the way of Russian doll novelty prints (though I know they’re out there!), but it gave me the perfect excuse to wear one of my favorite vintage cashmere sweaters!

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The third brooch I styled is the brooch that led me to Tom’s Etsy in the first place. I appreciated that the color scheme of this Ravenclaw crest matched the books instead of the films, and loved the fierce expression of our beloved mascot!

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I naturally wore this brooch to the Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them premiere, and it went with my Ravenclaw look beautifully.

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The fourth brooch I featured was another near and dear to my heart, the rose from Beauty & the Beast. I love the affect of the paint on this number! Really gets the the look of glass across.

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This look, I paired with my new burgundy top from Devil Inspired as I loved the way the shade of the petals popped with the deep burgundy shade.

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The second to last brooch I styled was a drawing of his featuring the magic mirror from Snow White, and again, the way he emulated the glass with his painting is truly beautiful! I adore the affect.

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This brooch was surprisingly more difficult to style, but then my eye caught the skirt I was gifted last Christmas and I knew it was a match made in heaven! The trim matched the mirror’s frame perfectly, and the dark, almost faded fabric emulated the red tones along the frame, while the black made the actual mirror area really pop.

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My final brooch was this adorable, mustard-colored telephone. As I don’t have any other brooches that feature this shade, I was excited to play with the color! Plus, it reads very clearly.

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I naturally decided to pair my telephone with fall colors and immediately went to my abstract ballerina printed skirt that has so many shades to play with – including the mustard that previously never had a chance. I wanted to go with the autumn color scheme, and ended up with this sweater gifted to me by my roomie’s grandmother that also hasn’t gotten a chance to play yet. Finally, the weather permitted it!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the looks I created with Tom’s designs and I’m excited to work with them more.With all of his brooches clocking in at less than $6, they’re perfectly affordable without having to give up quality.

These cuties would make great gifts for fellow accessory enthusiasts, and he also offers a range of earrings, prints, badges and necklaces in his shops. Until November 28th, you can enter in the code LARK11 at checkout on his Etsy to receive 10% off on your purchase, making them even more affordable! (And for those fellow bloggers and ootd-ers out there, they’re VERY easy to photograph – a HUGE bonus, in my opinion.)

If you’d like to follow his designs, you can head to these various outlets:

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My blog will probably remain a bit slow for awhile as I finish up my degree, so you can keep checking my Instagram to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Happy holidays everyone,

Miss Lark Bahar

Spotlight Saturday: Fox Paradox + Discount Code!

Spotlight Saturday is back! At least for now….busy busy weeks coming up for me as the end of my final semester as a student looms ever closer.

Today I wanted to showcase a little shop I found when perusing Etsy for Harry Potter brooches. When I stumbled upon FoxParadox‘s little digital storefront, I almost fell over with excitement at the featured items. While it was her Hermione brooch that led me to her shop originally…

…it was her amazing range of Studio Ghibli inspired brooches that made me hastily contact her for a collaboration. With Disney and Harry Potter making up the majority of themed brooches inspired by fandoms, I was amazed at how many wonderful, neglected films Laura, the owner of Fox Paradox, showcased. From Hiccup and Toothless to Princess Mononoke, Fox Paradox has a small, but perfectly curated and chosen range of items that look and feel sturdy.

When making my own choices, I decided on her Hermione piece, a character who will always be near and dear to me for obvious reasons, her Kiki’s Delivery Service piece, a film I used to watch over and over and over again in my youth, and her Frozen-inspired piece, a brooch whose clear and etched detailing was incredibly appealing.

All of her jewelry is extremely affordable (the Kiki one clocking in at the highest price at only $16), and the detailing is absolutely more than worth Laura’s price points. Although she is based in France, shipping is only about $4 to the US, adding to the affordability (and you can scroll down for a code for free shipping!). When I received my three brooches in the mail, the Kiki arrived cracked from having traveled such a long distance – and the crack ran right across her throat in a rather macabre manner!

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So I contacted Laura about my beheaded Kiki, and she immediately offered to send me another for free without making me return the cracked one. My next Kiki brooch arrived quickly, safe and sound, with additional packaging to keep her safe on the long journey.

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With the complications of life, it took much longer than I would have liked to get these beauties on my blog, so I’m happy to finally showcase some of the highest quality, prettiest brooches around. One of my favorite things about these brooches is that they’re round, making them easy to pair with any outfit, and the perfect items to match together on a large collar.

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If you look above my (irritatingly cheap) bookshelf, you might even catch a glimpse of my little Harry Potter corner – an appropriate setting for obvious reason. The two wooden laser-cut brooches (Kiki and Hermione) mirrored each other perfectly in this outfit, and being able to carry around two of my favorite heroines all day was an absolute pleasure.

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The Frozen-inspired laser-cut acrylic brooch, (which is only available as a necklace on her website now), unlike its wooden sisters with their grainy feel, gave a cleaner look to my outfit, and in retrospect, I probably wouldn’t pair it with this look as I feel it doesn’t do the brooch justice. The dress is just a bit too drab for such striking colors and lines.

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Because of the affordability of these items, I already have another order placed (can’t wait to add the My Neighbor Totoro brooch to my collection!), and with this special code, you can order some items of your own with free shipping worldwide that will expire December 15th: MISSLARKBAHAR.

If you’d like to keep tabs on Laura and her wonderful shop (and I would certainly suggest you do, whether you’re on a budget or not!), you can find her on these sites:

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Love,

Miss Lark Bahar

 

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Book Release with My New Femme de Bloom HP-Inspired Brooches

This year marks a wonderful one for Harry Potter fans as we find event after event appearing to warm our Hogwarts-loving hearts. First, all of us near the West Coast FINALLY got our own Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios. This past weekend marked the first official release of a Harry Potter “book” in years and years. And before us lies the impending release of Fantastic Beasts featuring one of my biggest movie crushes, Eddie Redmayne. While 2016 has CERTAINLY proven to be a year where new ideas have been dashed in favor of bringing back old loves, I honestly can’t say that I mind Harry Potter making a come-back in pop culture. Though I can’t really say that the HP fanbase has ever died out, it’s nice to see it making headlines again.

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The anticipation for Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, the script to the new play once limited to its single production at the West End, has been almost painful, so as soon as bookstores began to announce good ol’ fashioned midnight book release celebrations, my best friend/roomie, lil sis and I immediately started planning.

We knew we had to dress up in some way, and I knew that my stand-by Bellatrix look I always leaned on due to my once-existent mass of black curls back when the original series was being released would be impossible now, so we opted to simply represent our houses: the other two as Hufflepuffs, and I as a Ravenclaw. My little cousin, whom we were planning to meet up with, would of course represent her Slytherin house.

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I unfortunately realized that, while my wardrobe is full of blue, most of it is a brighter blue that wouldn’t give a proper “Ravenclaw feel,” and none of my jewelry is bronze, so I opted to wear a black wiggle I’d been saving for the cooler months embellished with the odd blue, silver, and gold accessories to emulate the darker blues and bronze. My best friend suggested I try a blue snood, and I decided this would be the best way to show off the color, and topped it off with a silver hat of mine that doesn’t get nearly enough play. Although I have a great distaste for the way double victory rolls flatter my face from all but one angle, I didn’t want to make us any later by dabbling with new styles, so ended up settling and didn’t mind the end result.

 

My little sister borrowed my vintage yellow plaid skirt, and my roomie borrowed a yellow sash of mine to tie around her waist. I also allowed her to borrow my new Butterbeer brooch from the adorable Femme de Bloom while I wasn’t using it for the review (what better time and place to review HP-themed brooches, after all?), while I donned her Nimbus 2000 brooch.

Since we’d spent much of the day putting up everything that has to be hung in our new apartment, we ended up running a bit late – something I wouldn’t normally deem acceptable……..but I have to admit a small part of me had low expectations for the party itself given I was a Borders gal back in the day and we were stuck with going to Barnes & Noble. And these suspicions were confirmed by my cousin who arrived on time and said that people were pretty much just sitting around or playing board games. So when we were finally read to head off, I donned my cape, we each picked up our wands (aka the legs from an old chair), and flew off!

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3 Witches Trying to Decipher the Meaning of This “Muggle Wall”

When we arrived, we were glad that at least people had dressed up (though we saw no true-to-film cosplay level characters which had riddled midnight releases at our Borders back in the day), and each section was set up as one of the houses with individual activities with the Starbucks reigning as the Great Hall. The activities generally ran along the lines of party games, so we opted out of participating and ended up just wandering around and enjoying the bookstore and its little Harry Potter themed sections until the book release, holding a duel here and there to practice our magic, of course.

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Of course, then it turned out all of our dueling had ended up spelling trouble……

…not that you could tell by our sweet faces! 😘

One of the main reasons we focused on taking photos was because of my desire to use the opportunity to take pictures for my Femme de Bloom review. If you ever have the desire to have a photoshoot in Barnes & Noble…..well…….just don’t. My camera couldn’t handle the intensity of the lights, so we ended up having to switch to my roomie’s phone halfway through. Arguably the best duel of the night (since I obviously won against my little sister), was sadly recorded on the camera and resulted in a need for VERY heavy filtration.

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Ah well…at least it gave us something to do as we anxiously awaited the actual release of the book! Sadly, since my roomie and I are sharing a book at this point and are in different houses currently due to A/C problems at our new place, I have only read the first act. By tomorrow, that should no longer be a problem. My thoughts are manifold on what I’ve read though, so I’m in for any discussions! I will admit that it is difficult to ignore my desire for the book to be a novel by JK instead of the script for a play by Jack Thorne based mysteriously on a short story by JK that this novel should have been. It simply hasn’t read like a Harry Potter book so far, but I’m glad to have anything, and I’m definitely left bemoaning the fact that I’m stuck halfway through and can’t continue yet, and that I can’t see the play live yet!

But aside from my ramblings about the actual book…I’ll continue with my actual review of my brooches!

The first, and my favorite of the two – because how much I adore the importance of the Nimbus 2000 to Harry, and how magical its name feels (much better than Firebolt! Sounds like a Mac OS name…) – is a handcrafted brooch made from a bronze plated material. When I received it in the mail, it felt like the sturdier of the two brooches.

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As with all metallic brooches, it’s hard to see the detail in photos as it gets washed out, but as you can see in my close-up of the pin, the details are true to the online image. This problem with details getting lost is naturally not a problem with the second brooch. This one features a printed image instead of the carved details, so doesn’t have the same problem with shininess, and definitely reads easier than the Nimbus 2000 one.

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Sadly, the little clip on the back that wraps around to close the circle when clasping the pin broke off almost immediately as it wasn’t very strong; however, it’s easy enough to simply place the needle into the rounded circle as it’s a light enough brooch that I don’t have any worries of it coming undone.

Melanie, the adorable creator of Femme de Bloom, has an adorably kitschy range of accessories on her Etsy and what she offers is constantly changing, so I would definitely keep an eye out for her on social media:

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Did you attend a book release? Have you finished the book yet? Talk to me in the comments! Let’s rave about Harry Potter!

Love,

Miss Lark Bahar