Human nature is astounding as people have adapted so much and so quickly during Covid-19. The pandemic has forced so many of us to make changes, and Couture Fashion Week is no exception. For the first time ever, Couture Fashion Week has been forced to go digital. From the 6th to the 8th of July, the prestigious couture designers will showcase their latest collections on a digital platform with live streams, films and digital lookbooks. Designers will now present their latest collections via a schedule of videos online. To keep up to date with Couture Fashion Week, head to hautecouture.fhcm.paris. We have decided to showcase the Dior autumn/winter collection for its outstanding cinematography and creativity as Dior invites you into a magical world of mystery via a whimsical fashion film in Dior’s Le Mythe Dior.
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This is a project that I have been in love with for years. The medium of these fabric sheets that you can run through any standard printer is really quite magical. I like everyone else who takes an average of 20+ pictures a day. Some get deleted and a tiny amount will get printed for my old fashioned photo album. However, the bulk of them live on my phone, then there is the other amount that go to the cloud. I still have yet to discover where this cloud is. I just pray that when the time comes I will be granted to wisdom and knowledge to find them. This is why I really love projects like this that can at least take one dearly beloved picture and turn it into something beautiful that I can admire day in and day out. The other bonus that I like about this project is that you do not need any special skills beyond the capacity to print and thread an embroidery needle with floss. If you are able to sew some hidden gems and beads lying around the house you will be a master at this game. What You Need Fabric paper Embroidery floss Needle Thread Extra beads and trinkets Embroidery hoop depending on size Disappearing ink pinks How To In the spirit of the BLM I wanted to celebrate the mixed racial background of my 2 daughters, so I chose this picture of them being silly and fab in front of our bathroom mirror. First, I edited the photo to black and white but obviously you can do whatever you want to your picture and whatever suits the pic and your decor. You just need to insert the 8×11 sheets into your printer and then remove the backing paper. You are then left with this awesome piece of fabric with your custom picture. You can add words or any other graphic of your liking to be printed on the sheet as well. Then really the fun begins. You can add ribbon, fabric scraps, beads, shells, or literally anything you have lying the house. Below is one that I did ages ago that included a favorite vintage piece of fabric. I think that is a good idea to lay out all of your elements to get a general idea of your layout. Once happy you can draw in your text. As you can see from the picture I asked my daughter to use her lovely handwriting but then thought it was too small so asked her to make it larger. At this point there is no need to “erase” it as the heat from your iron will remove all traces of ink of your Frixion pens once finished. It’s an awesome project to take to your garden, deck, or beach as it’s so small and easy. I especially love it as all mistakes just come off as “artsy.” Once finished, tie in all of your loose ends and place it in your embroidery hoop. Then, cut a 1.5 border of your excess fabric and hot glue the border inside the frame on the back. You could obviously opt for an actual frame if that is the look that you are going for. And voila! One less picture that is away from the mercy of the cloud and up and your walls to admire 24/7/365!
At the end of a charming flower filled cobblestone mews in Knightsbridge, one of London’s most glorious and prestigious neighborhoods, you will find the wonderful Judith Blacklock Flower School which has an exceptional reputation for teaching classic flower arranging skills and cutting edge floristry methods. In the early twentieth century, the mews houses that surround the school, served as the stables for the mansions behind them on Wilton Place. The horses were stabled on two floors and if you look around the cobblestone mews, you will see the stairs (which back then was a ramp) that enabled the horses to walk up to the second floor. The houses that surround the mews used to belong to the groomsmen, but are now glamorous and desirable mews houses worth millions. As you reach the Judith Blacklock Flower School you can’t help but notice the buckets full of beautiful and different varieties of flowers in all sorts of vibrant colours and fragrances. The flowers are used for the students. Most are delivered from Holland and some are bought from either the flower market or local sources. As you enter the school, you will immediately feel a sense of calm and serenity. It’s impossible to believe that this tranquil environment is just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the famous department stores and boutiques of Knightsbridge. The Judith Blacklock Flower School is widely acclaimed as one of the UK’s most renowned institutes for giving excellent flower arranging courses. The school offers a large selection of fascinating courses for all abilities. Judith takes pride in giving every student a personal learning experience in a warm and happy environment. She encourages every student to develop and reach their own potential. Judith Blacklock is the author of 17 bestselling books. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture, for whom she designed medal-winning stand at Chelsea Flower Show. She has taught floral design in many continents. She organised Flowers@Chicheley and Flowers @Oxford, the largest contemporary cut-flower events that have been staged in the UK. She has appeared frequently on television and has taught at Chelsea Flower Show, Bahrain, Canada, China, Dubai, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Turkey, UAE and the USA. Presently, the Judith Blacklock Flower School is closed due to Covid-19 but will re-open on July 21st. However, Judith is offering a 10% discount on three online courses. If you are looking to brighten your home and bring joy to your surroundings, why not learn a new creative skill with Judith. You don’t need to go out and buy your flowers, the courses can be completed with an order from the supermarket or an online local florist. Do contact the school if you would like more information at judithblacklock.com Why not start a new career. The Judith Blacklock Flower School also runs an accredited two-week professional business and events styling course enabling students to start their own flower business and make money with flowers. I recently had the honour of interviewing Judith. She is a warm, friendly, and highly inspirational person. If you want to give yourself or someone you know a special treat, I greatly recommend you sign up for one or more of her courses. Below is my interview with Judith along with a few videos she has put together on how to arrange peonies in your home. A beautiful flower arrangement is the perfect way to enliven and beautify a room or a table. Enjoy! How did you begin your career and where did you learn your talent? My mother was in inspirational amateur floral arranger. She won gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show and was founder President of her local flower club. She is 100 in July and still arranges flowers beautifully – far better than I will ever be. What inspired you to begin your career and when did you start? I had been living in Europe for 12 years where I met my husband. I returned to the UK with two small children and not sure of the route to take. My husband had been to INSEAD – the European business school at Fontainebleu. All his friends were seriously clever. I found I had to do something I could do well, and it was not being CEO of BP! My mother persuaded me that flowers could be the route. Until I started I didn’t realise just how much I loved it and had found my passion. Were there many women in business at the time? In my husband’s year at INSEAD there were 214 men and 6 women. Things have changed so much. My generation were brought up to be secretaries, nurses and teachers before getting married and becoming housewives. You had to be really clever to step outside this mould. Can you tell us about the Judith Blacklock Flower School? After studying floristry, I taught in a college part-time for ten years whilst I brought up the children and wrote my first book ’Teach Yourself Flower Arranging’. I knew location was extremely important, so when I was offered the premises in Knightsbridge I accepted despite being the grand old age of 50. The site is wonderful – I knew I would never have a second chance of finding somewhere so charming that is centrally located, pretty, safe and calm. How many books have you published? Seventeen – I keep vowing never to do another and am scared to tell my husband I have a suspicion of an idea for number eighteen! Can you please give some tips on making a flower arrangement for the home? Of course I can. These are my favourites: Find the right container for the flowers. One that is half the height of the stems always works well. Try and find a source of greenery to add to your flowers, it softens the looks and fills out the arrangement. If you are choosing flowers that you want to work together always include one type of flower that is round such as a […]
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