January 22, 2012

Simple + Easy

As you could probably tell from my post yesterday, I'm currently into easy + simple style.  Sometimes when things are basic they just work.  Of course, it doesn't to have a pair of cool sunglasses on hand.  Here are some more recent favorite looks:

all photos via Elle

VvV Amanda

January 20, 2012

Remain Simple

I just came across this tumblr site that's dedicated to simple style called Remain Simple.  It's nice to see a lot of stripes and basics look so comfortable yet pulled together.  Basically I want to own all of these pieces and wear them everyday.  Here are some of my favorites photos from the site:

What do you think?
VvV Amanda

January 19, 2012

Lost Wax Casting!

Hello friends!   It's been awhile since I've last posted (sorry) but luckily Azzara has been writing about some cool things including Jason Wu for Target

I've been taking this "lost wax casting" jewelry and metalsmithing class for winter session and I love it so far.   Wax casting is basically using our little alcohol lamp flames and dental tools to shape wax into all sorts of shapes and textures.  After the wax is ready, you attach it to a "tree" of sorts that allows the liquid metal to flow and distribute evenly within the plaster cast.  The wax is burned out, the metal poured in, and voila, a piece of jewelry!  After the piece cools down you use tons of drills and pickling solution to finish and polish the metal.  Today we got back our first cast pieces ever so I thought I'd share some photos of the process in case any of you were curious.  I could definitely see myself doing more of this in the future.  It's so fun to mold the wax and create something magical out of nothingness. 

This is the bronze metal tree that the whole class shared.  The rings are attached by "sprues" which are the branch shapes that join to the tree cone. 

 This is my piece it's been cut off the tree (sprues still attached)

 Again from a different angle.

This is after the pendant has been placed in the pickling solution, scrubbed clean with a copper brush, polished, sprues have been detached. 

 The final piece!

After scrounging in my jewelry box I could only find this long chain with tiny pearls and an evil eye attached.  I kinda like how it all looks together. More photos and projects to come.  Our next project is to create a ring inspired by food (one of my favorite things) or a feast.  I think I'm going to do some sort of double ring since I've never had one of those.  Also I'm excite because I bought some silver to try out too even though I do like the effect of the bronze a lot. 

VvV Amanda

January 11, 2012

Jason Wu Woos

Buckle up guys, Jason Wu for Target is coming. I'm so so excited. I love Jason Wu, Target aaand, of course, getting a deal. How adorable are these looks? A-line dresses, flowing skirts, prints, stripes, lace, neutrals and BLUEBLUEBLUE! I want them ALL! I can't even handle it! Considering how intense the lines were for Missoni for Target, I'm not getting my hopes up. But they're all so amazzzzzing!

Who's excited?! (MEEE... if you can't already tell!)
♥, Azzara

January 10, 2012

Pre-Fall Prabal

We love kaleidoscopes here at Style Relish, especially printed on shirts, skirts and everrrrything in between. So naturally Prabal Gurung's pre-fall collection is totally up our alley. Check out the video below via style.com, featuring music by Pictureplane. Gimme gimme!

♥, Azzara


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