It started by making a pair of test flower crowns prior to our DIY night, you know, just to be sure we knew how before we told other people how to make one. Why not show them off? With a photoshoot for our soon-to-be-relaunched website store in the works, we knew the clothes we had picked would be perfect with a flower crown to top them off. And so it went...
Models » Rachel Koprowski, Molly McNutt, Kyrian Poole
Photographer » Forrest Clonts
Hair & Makeup » Amy Schaming
Stylist » Denise Stahl
Let's be serious, we all see the bloggers and pinners (and crafty people alike) saying how easy DIY projects can be, giving you step-by-step instructions, but who wants to just do that alone in their apartment at night? So we decided to host a DIY night with a limited number of our customers and followers. We supplied all the materials and instructions, and also had some dips and store-made sangria.
OUR SANGRIA RECIPE: 1 double bottle of red wine (we used Yellowtail's Pinot Noir), 1 2-liter bottle of Sprite, 1 bottle of Simply Orange with Mango, 1 lemon, 2 oranges, and 3 limes. Squeeze some of the fruit into the bottom of the dispenser, and save some for decoration. Mix all the liquids. Stir well. Throw in some sliced fruit to make it pretty, and enjoy!
Our DIY project for the night was flower crowns, a huge trend right now while we're on the heels of festival season, inspired by swellmayde's DIY blog. We were first introduced to this DIY blogger while traveling to Vegas for market week where she hosted DIY events for business card holders and bracelets to break up the order writing. Her blog is a must-see, full of pictures, and easy-to-make, on-trend ideas.
TO MAKE A FLOWER CROWN OF YOUR OWN
Materials: brown wrapped wire; green floral wire; wire cutters; fake flowers (all of this can be purchased at your local craft store). We skipped the flower tape on ours, but it is recommended.
To prep flowers: Cut about a dozen pieces of green floral wire, each measuring about 4" long. Detach the flower buds from the bunch, leaving about .5-1" stem on them to wrap.
Step 1. Measure out the circumference of your head with the brown-wrapped wire, leaving about 3-4" on each end of excess. Cut.
Step 2. Take the excess on each side and wrap it gently around itself, pinching the ends, for added security and a thicker, fuller look on the part of your crown without flowers.
Step 3. Wrap each flower bud with the green floral wire, connecting it to the crown. We recommend splitting your flowers in half, and facing each half into the center of the crown so you can see the flower opening.
Keep in mind to overlap the stems of your flowers enough so that your crown looks beautiful and full. Voila!
Our first DIY night was such a huge success, we are now planning our next project (and more after that). Email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a few snapshots from the night...
And everyone left happy at the end of the night with their new flower crowns, each with its own style and personality.
Every year in April, the University of South Carolina's Fashion Board student organization hosts USCFW. As Columbia fashion events go, it's top notch. The students do a phenomenal job of organizing, decorating, and getting everyone involved. We always enjoy contributing our styles to the event for the finale sponsor show, along with our boutique neighbors, and seeing them come down the runway. Making it to the Student Designer Showcase earlier in the week is always a must for us so that we can see what the USC fashion-interested students are doing in their spare time. Who knows who the next big name will be? All in all, it's a busy week and one of our favorites of the spring season.
Every year in April - in the height of social events in Columbia, SC - the Columbia Design League puts on Runaway Runway, a fashion show full of recycled... junk. It's a stellar event in the capital city. This year was our first year sponsoring the event, and we were so glad to be involved. Contestants are forced to make the garments out of anything reused or recycled and there is no shortage of creativity. This year may have been the best ever?
Here's a look back at the night...
Photo op with the Bohemian girls.
An entry from a neighbor of ours, Merle, owner of Bones Rugs & Harmony.
And there was a photo booth, so we got at that before the night was through.
Looking forward to 2014's Runaway Runway!
People have been stacking bracelets for a while now, and have been calling it plenty of different things. Man Repeller coined it the "arm party" and others call it "arm candy". Either way, now is the perfect season to stack them high as our arms go bare. We chose two ways to do it - in warm hues or cool hues - but the beauty of arm candy is that you can make it as timid or crazy as you want, and mix it up.
Bracelets by Serefina and Ornamental Things.
This weekend, we celebrated the launch of the spring collection with the ladies of Southern & City in the shop. It's always a joy to have them visit from Atlanta (especially when they bring sweet treats and pretty clothes!) and we are thrilled for the spring line. It's a throwback to the 90's - full of daisy patterns, wide-leg pants, and bright colors. The whole spring collection is now available in the shop.
Here's a little recap of our afternoon together...
Also, check out their YouTube video about their visit!
In an unused facility in the downtown Columbia, we found solitude for the first photoshoot of 2013. With colorful, patterned dresses and rosy cheeks, we embarked on a chilly but magical day. A wall of ivy and abandoned houses made a dreamy background in the setting sun. And, yes, we even found a wall with tiny compartments formed from missing bricks.
Welcome to "The Secret Garden"...
Models » Rachel Koprowski and Lydia Gregory
Photographer » Sarah Kobos
Assistant Photographer » Forrest Clonts
Hair & Makeup » Amy Schaming
Stylists » Denise Stahl and Anna Williams