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what is your favorite #fashion investment piece?

good morning, dreamL♥VERS! how the hell are ya, huh?! oh, how i’ve missed you, missed my creative outlet blog space…don’t worry: I’m not going away. i’ve just been super busy cleaning house and making beautiful memories offline with my lovely + amazing daughter, my soulmate.

you ever feel like no matter how many shoes, bags, wallets, clothes, accessories you have you just don’t have enough? well, i’m kinda feeling that way about wallets. yes, i have several, but i’ve been contemplating investing in another. recently i paid a visit to Michael Kors. Oh, Michael, you have all the girls going aflutter for you with your timeless, classic American designs, especially your Hamilton large totes. (i see them everywhere!)

handbags are essential, must-haves are satchel, clutch, crossbody bag, tote, and wallet, in my opinion.

i’d like to know what your favorite fashion investment piece, share, share–it’s caring after all.

xo, Glor

How to Make a #Vintage Patchwork Infinity Scarf

Hello dreamlovers!

Oh, how I’ve missed you all so much! How was your time with Jacqueline? I hope you all learned a thing or two from her! I read through her posts and loved them all!

Thank you, Jacqueline for all your great posts and for holding down the blog while I was out! I appreciate your time! xo

My vacation was superb, I definitely have lots of pictures to share, so stay tuned. In the meantime though, my fellow ModernMom.com mommy blogger, Jessica Begum, crafted this wonderful how-to post on creating a personalized vintage scarf that I love so much I had to share with you!

Jessica writes…

I love the look of an infinity scarf. It can instantly turn a dull outfit hip and fun. This infinity scarf is actually made from five vintage scarves I already had.

If you don’t have vintage scarves lying around, just visit your local second hand store and have some fun! If you are just too impatient to start a collection and need to have this scarf right away (which I totally understand,) you can just buy light chiffon or silk fabric.

Supplies

  • 5 scarves or fabric pieces cut down to 13″ x 16″
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Iron
  • Sewing pins
  • Embroidery floss and needle

Directions

Start by sewing all of the fabric pieces together to make one big circle. You’ll want to attach the 13″ sides.

You can neatly iron the seams together, fold, iron again and pin (pictured) to get nice, neat seams.

Or, you can end up just straight stitching the ends together because you find the slipperyness and sheerness of the fabric is just too much to handle, and don’t care if your scarf is a little rough looking. I’m not telling which method I did. 😉

Once you’ve got a nice big loop, you can fold down the sides, iron, fold again, iron and pin the edges. Then, choose a nice, bright embroidery floss, double it up, and hand stitch a wide straight stitch all the way around.

Do this on the other side and you’re done!

 

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I love scarves so this is definitely on my DIY to-do list! Are you a DIY junkie, check out ModernMom’s complete Craftoon series, you’re welcome!

xo, Glor

{this post, same title, was originally published on ModernMom.com}

{arm candy}

Stacked bangles + bracelets are so popular this season. The stacked look definitely completes any outfit. I’m crushing on these sets. Which is your favorite?

arm candy jewels

Amrita Singh set of bangle
amritasingh.com

Amrita Singh gold plated jewelry
endless.com

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian enamel bangle
eluxe.ca

Amrita Singh set of bangle
amritasingh.com

Neon jewelry
addisoncollection.net

Elie Tahari bracelet
bloomingdales.com

Black + Gold

My closet, especially my handbag collection is a great mix of designer inspired handbags like this Alyssa bag, (I totally scored at TJ MAXX). I am not a snob at all when it comes to fashion. Let me just say this:

Fashion doesn’t make me who I am, I make fashion a part of my personal style.

This very reason is why something that looks fabulous on one person might not look as great on someone else. I love the faux leather and gold-tone hardware; it adds that classic look to the bag. The design is super cool too; I love the versatility and wearability of the bag. It looks expensive, but it isn’t. Because let’s face it, we all want to look fashionable and in-style, but in this economy, we don’t want to break the bank doing so.

What’s your favorite inexpensive designer inspired item that you absolutely love? Please share in the comments.

xoGlor

#Baby Tested. Mommy Approved. Made by #Madden.

I bought this Steve Madden Satchel yesterday. What do you think?

Steve Madden satchel

Handmade necklace + Movado watch

Don’t let the small size fool ya! This satchel expands to fit my LV makeup bag, wallet, small notebook, a magazine, iPad and cell no problem! Love!

Arianna playing with Mommy’s new purse! This is who I come home to everyday, not bad at all, right!

I love coming to this face after a long day at the office! LOVE her!

Being a mom is one of my greatest joys.

She’s almost 7months old and loves grabbing everything, especially Mommy’s jewelry! I secretly hope she’s a fashionista like me!
What a perfect way to end my Monday! Hope you had a great day… Til next time, xoGlor!

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Floral dress on Arianna: Calvin Klein Jeans
Stripped Navy Blue dress on Me: Fun & Flirt
Necklace: Handmade vintage
Bag: Steve Madden
Watch: Movado
Sunglasses: Pixie Market

Turquoise Talk: An Interview With Designer Cat Horn

Last week I received an email notification from Twitter saying that a ‘@Katire1’ was now following me on Twitter. I am always interested in connecting with different people online via Twitter, and I found her profile, especially her bio line, which read, “Costume designer for this play we call life. Accessories and apparel design”, intriguing and so I clicked through her website link to learn more about her and her designs.

I was even more intrigued after seeing her jewelry designs and sketches on her website. I was so excited I had to have a chat with her to learn more about her designs and inspirations. Thanks to technology, we connected via Google Chat. I thought you would love her pieces too so I wanted to share a transcript of our chat with iamglor.com fans. Feel free to share your comments at the bottom.

iamglor.com: So, I just want to say thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. I really appreciate you taking the time—I know you are very busy. As I said in our email exchange, I am excited to chat with you about your work, which I love by the way!

Cat Horn: It’s not a problem, I’m flattered you wanted to write about my designs…thanks, I’m glad you like them. I am working on all new stuff for spring so I am always updating.

iamglor.com: So tell me, who is your inspiration?

CH: I am inspired by free spirited type of woman.  I cannot think of anyone in particular since it’s more the feeling I go with.  I love gypsy lifestyle, flapper. In general, [I design for] the type of woman who is individualistic, self confident and above all playful.

iamglor.com: Wow, that is great because your pieces are great…why accessories and apparel, and which do you enjoy designing the most, if you had to choose?

CH: I think accessories; I love to design clothes as well.  I have a degree in fashion design and worked in the industry for a while as a costume designer, which I loved.  But the way I dress myself is I choose very simple clothing and dress it up with a lot of accessories.  I really like how a simple outfit can be taken to another level with the right accessories and can give it real character. I always have on about five or six bracelets, a necklace, tons of rings and my hair done up some way or another but I am always wearing just a tee shirt and jeans.

iamglor.com: I can definitely tell that you love accessories, and you are right it does make a difference in the entire ensemble.

CH: Definitely…

iamglor.com: What was it like being a costume designer and where did you do it, locally in Philadelphia or NYC?

CH: I live in Philly, but I actually did Costume design in Pittsburgh, where I grew up.  I wanted to study fashion design to become a costume designer.  I worked on costumes for the Washington DC Opera and a History Channel movie called “Desperate Crossings”.  It was a blast.  I love historical dress, and it is really what inspires a lot of my work.  I hope to go back and do it again some day.

iamglor.com: So it sounds like you started out in costume design, how did you branch out into jewelry?

CH: I have been making jewelry since I was about 10.  I took a 3-week trip across country with my family that summer and I fell in love with Native American bead weaving and the colors and patterns they used.  When we got back, my parents bought me my first beading loom and I was hooked.  I taught myself how to bead weave, then macramé and eventually wirework. It had always been a hobby but one day a friend of mine told me I should sell my stuff on Etsy, and it just kind turned into a career path.

iamglor.com: your friend was right –you are talented! And Etsy is a great outlet for selling your handcrafted goods!

CH: I love Etsy; it is such a great community to be a part of. I can never say enough good things about it.  I know a few of my other designer friends got their start there as well.

iamglor.com: who do you design for—what age group?

CH: My target customer is 18-39-year-old woman; she is an Indie-type girl, or guy since I’m trying to design a few things for men as well.

iamglor.com: Cool, so tell us about your accessories / apparel pieces. What are your top five pieces, and why they are your favs?

CH: my number one favorite is my Fools Gold Silk Friendship bracelet, and in a close second, the Silver and Silk Friendship bracelet.  They were really the first thing I designed for the Etsy shop.  They were based on a song I learned as a Girl Scout that goes “make new friends but keep the old one is silver and the other’s gold.”  I think it is such a sweet, but not cheesy, way of showing you friendship.

iamglor.com: no, it is not cheesy at all. That is actually fascinating.

CH: …next, I love my brand new ear cuffs; I just put them up in the shop now. I always loved the look of having multiple ear piercing but was too scared to get more than the one I have. And, unlike wearing big heavy chandelier earrings that tug at your piercings, these are really lightweight and [they] don’t hurt to wear for a long time. Plus, I really love asymmetrical earrings.

iamglor.com: oh, yes, I saw those in your Flickr style group. I absolutely LOVE the leather cuff bracelet—the turquoise was a great color choice.

CH:  I was actually just going to say that my other two favorites are the Leather Cuff bracelets and the Chainmaille. The turquoise is awesome; it is a major player in my spring designs.  I think it is going back to my first inspiration with Native American jewelry that is probably why I like them so much.

iamglor.com: Yeah, it is really beautiful. You have great pieces in your collection and I can see your inspiration in each one.

CH: Yeah right now I am really inspired by Tribal cultures, art history, and geology.

iamglor.com: knowing that now, it makes sense and I can definitely see your inspirations in your accessories—really nice work, Cat

CH: Thanks!

iamglor.com: So tell me, who is you favorite jewelry designer?

CH: I think that is a tie between Digby and Iona and Erica Weiner.  Digby and Iona have a lot of really cool ornate casted pieces that are very whimsical.  I have a ring from them that is a roaring lions head on the body of a sea serpent type creature that wraps around the finer and I wear it all the time.  The thing I love about Erica Wiener’s work is that she uses a lot of vintage items and I think she is really inspired by history of costume as well.  She made my other favorite ring, which is a rough-cut crystal solitaire; very simple but gorgeous.

iamglor.com: A tie? Well, that is great that you love their pieces. So do you think your design style is more like Wiener’s?

CH: I think so, that is probably why I love her pieces.  Actually, I think her ring was the first thing I ever got from Etsy.

Quick Questions –seeing that Cat was so inspired by others’ works, I had to learn about her personal style.

iamglor.com: What is the ONE piece of clothing or accessory you cannot live without?

CH: Hmmm, tough one…there are so many pieces I wear almost every day… I think though [that] I would be lost without my Fender Watch.  I have worn a watch every day of my life, and I feel naked without it. And this watch in particular is awesome because it is big and chunky but very sleek…like the guitars it is designed after.

iamglor.com: Nice… that is great answer. I have a watch I got as gift and it definitely feels weird when I do not have it on…so we know we find and buy your pieces on Etsy, where else can we find your jewelry?

CH: Right now, I only sell in one other place, Beadworks here in Philly.  I hope to expand more into small boutiques in the coming year.

Horn’s top five pieces from her line:

  1. Fools Gold Silk Friendship bracelet

  2. Silver and Silk Friendship bracelet

  3. Ear cuffs

  4. leather cuff bracelets, and

  5. Cooper Chainmaille

iamglor.com: That’s so great—I hope you can expand because people would love your pieces. What’s next for you, you mentioned Spring collection –talk about that a little bit. What can we expect?

CH: Well, the collection is inspired by tribal culture, art history, and geology.  I plan to add a lot macramé and Chainmaille pieces.  The stones I am using will be several different types of Turquoise, Crystal, Agate and Jade, and Pyrite, and maybe a bit of Lava rock.  I am planning to use a lot of wood and shell, too. I am also looking for vintage pieces to use as well, like, clock keys and religious metals.

iamglor.com: Do you have any accessory advice or styling tips you could share with our readers? If we invest in one thing this season, what should it be?

CH: A big trend I am seeing is wrap bracelets.  I think specifically ones that can double as a necklace.  I love them because you pretty much get two-for-one. I’ve been calling them convertibles!

iamglor.com: HAHA. Nice that sounds innovative and smart!

CH: Yup, also really long necklaces can sometimes work the same way if they have a clasp.

iamglor.com: I know you are on Twitter, Etsy, and Flickr, where else can people find and connect with you?

CH: Well, people can connect with me on my Facebook page and I have a blog called Cat’s Cradle.

iamglor.com: well, THANK YOU again so much for taking the time to chat with me.

CH: Anytime, it was a pleasure.

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Cat Horn is an Accessories & Apparel Designer bases in Philadelphia. She has been working in the fashion / design industry for many years. To see the entire collection of Cat Horn’s jewelry, you may visit her Flickr photostream. Follow Cat on Twitter (@Katire1), and become a fan on Facebook. To purchase some of her cool jewelry pieces and accessories, visit her Etsy store.

I would love to hear from you so please share your comments and thoughts below. Thanks for reading and come again. (Thanks, Cat!)

–Glor