utorak, 20. veljače 2018.

Painting On Clothes and Accessories With Textile Paints: The Pros and The Cons (Outfit proposal of the day: Magnenta with red accents)

Look at that happy grin on my face. What I could be so happy about? Well, I discovered a new cute spot by river Bunica. One could say that  I'm living the 'be a tourist in your own area' phrase and applying the philosophy behind it to the fullest. One of my favourite ways to apply this philosophy to my life is by exploring the area I live in by foot. I'm a firm believer in the benefits of hiking. In addition, long walks (be it in urban area or nature) have many benefits. Sedentary way of life hides many health hazards, so remember that and go for a walk. 

As long as I'm talking about this area, If you are thinking about visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina, do not neglect the area around Buna river (only 14 km from Mostar!). Buna and Bunica are two small rivers that join at one point and then they flow west for about 10 km and into the famous Neretva river. The area around these two rivers is lovely. I already wrote about this place a dozen of times on my blog, so not to repeat myself, I will leave you link to my previous visits and you can check them out if you're interested.


1. You can read about one of my earliest visits here (2013)
2. You can read about my encounter with Hoopoe bird here (2013)
3. You can see an outfit post with Buna in the background here (2013)
3.You can read about spring time and my love of flowers here (2017)
4. You can read about my most recent visit here (2017)
5. You can read about winter magic in Buna revisited post here (2016)
5. You can read about summer magic here (2015)

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Painting On Clothes and Accessories  With Textile Paints: The Pros and The Cons (Outfit proposal of the day: Magnenta with red accents)



Painting On Clothes and Accessories  With Textile Paints: The Pros and The Cons (Outfit proposal of the day: Magnenta with red accents)



Recently I've talked about how ways to dress more feminine during Winter (here). I've stressed that accessories can play an important role in making our outfits look more feminine, stylish and polished. Take this clutch for example. I don't know what it is about clutch bags, but somehow they always feel very feminine and chic to me. I know they might not be the most practical item, but a nice clutch bag always adds something to an outfit. Speaking about this clutch, you may notice that I hand painted this one.



The title of this post is Painting On Clothes and Accessories With Textile Paints: The Pros And The Cons  and that is what I will be talking about today. The pros of this DIY project are pretty obvious. When you paint on clothes (or/and accessories) you end up with a personalized item. Who wouldn't want that? What are the cons? Well, one of the downsides of painting with fabric/textile paints is that  you might not be happy with the result. This DIY project can actually turn out less  then satisfactory. I know, this might sound odd coming from someone who is always cheering for DIY projects and writing about them, but I'm also all for honesty. I don't regret painting a single clothing item or accessory but before you do it yourself, ask yourself will you regret it? Obviously, there is always a choice that a DIY project will not end up well. What is my advice? Think about what you really want. 


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I'm no stranger to colour and pattern, it's something I've always enjoyed, it's a part of my style, so when I do DIY projects connected with fashion, it is only natural that this 'love for colourfulness' translated to my fashion style as well. If you sense of style is more minimal and classical, you'll probably have to think for a bit, to figure out about how this project of DIY painting of clothes can work for you. If you're not too keen on colour, you might want to use only black and white textile paints. Similarly, if you're not into bold designs and print, keep your 'painting' minimal. Here I am wearing a pair of jeans with a flower print I painted myself, a bag with a heart print that I painted myself and a coat that has leopard print details. That's a lot of print. If you're not really into prints, there are many ways to keep your DIY painting more minimal. You can for example write something with textile paints, or you can create a more subtle effect by layering neutral colours lightly.






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How beautiful is this spot btw? Since I moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I really discovered the meaning of the phrase 'river magic'. I've fallen in love with river, streams and lakes here. Alright, now that you have seen the new spot, let's go to the old spot, the one you'd the chance of seeing many many times. There I'll show you the rest of my outfit, what I'm hiding under my coat (but not in a cheeky way!), you know just what I wore under, in this case a black blazer. Basically, the idea behind this post was to talk more about textile paints, and to warn you that once textile or fabric paints are applied, there is no going back. If you wash your clothes at 90 degrees Celzius, the fabric/textile paint will probably come off but most clothing items are not supposed to be washed at that temperature so this obviously posses a problem. Another possible downside is that you might regret it.  Here you can see what this pair of jeans looked like before I hand painted it. I don't regret painting them, but since I painted them they are definitely more 'loud' and less suitable for dressing things down. Once you personalize a clothing item, it becomes more 'special' but at the same time you end up with some style limitations. As they say, you can't have it all. Here you can see a similar pair of jeans, another pair that I have painted myself. There I used black textile paint, so the 'painting' is a bit less loud. I already wrote about painting with textile paints, so I'll just copy paste that section if you don't mind: 



How to paint with textile (fabric) paints? Well, as I have explained many times, the process is fairly simple.  There are basically two ways to paint on clothes (or bags and etc.), depending on whether  you want to paint a design/pattern/whatever by yourself or whether you want to copy a design (if you don't enjoy painting or if you don't think you're good at it). So, if you don't know how to paint, you can still do it by using the second method (copying some design). There are different kinds of fabric paints available on the market, I tried quite a few and as far as I can tell, they don't differ much in quality. So, if you want to give this DIY (i.e. painting on clothes) a try, buy some textile paints and get started. The only thing you should be careful about is placing something under the textile you're painting on, just to make sure that the paint doesn't end up everywhere. 



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Anyhow, the 'painting on clothes' dilemma often comes down to: Should we paint on our clothes? I love doing it but I'll be the first to admit that hand-painted clothes can be a bit challenging to style. When you hand paint something, you're basically adding both colour and print (in some cases pattern to it). I wrote a dozen of posts about how much I love painting on clothing textile paints, but everything comes with pros and cons. If you love some clothing item to bits, perhaps you shouldn't change it. Perhaps you should keep it the way it is. Perhaps painting with textile paints and similar kind of DIY projects work best when the clothing items we personalize (work on) are the ones we want to breathe new life in. Personalizing an old pair of jeans is always fun, but maybe we should think twice before painting on a brand new pair of jeans? Moreover, I'm always repeating how easy working with textile paints is - but I'm forgetting maybe it might not be so easy for someone who has never held a brush in their hand. Maybe it is better to say that it's relatively easy to use textile paints. 






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You have got to love those 'sunny winter days'. Is there anything more lovely than soaking in sunshine on a sunny winter day? Not that I mind sunshine in any season, but during the Winter, the sun is definitely more welcome. It's has been a bit colder than usual here but the cold is only welcomed by most. The almond trees have already started to bloom and that is always a certain sign that Spring is near. So, I don't mind a bit of cold. I made sure I dress warmly that day, and I was indeed very comfortable wearing this. By the end of this walk, with sunshine and all, it got so warm I actually took my coat off, but we'll save that for another post. 



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Coat: Bajina bašta
Blazer: Tailored for me
Jeans: Vintage+ DIY
Bag: Old+ DIY
Boots: Šimecki
Faux fur stole: old









ponedjeljak, 19. veljače 2018.

A Girl In a Red Gown ( Fashion illustration of the day)

Today I'm sharing a new fashion illustration with you. The medium is watercolour and markers on paper. The illustration depicts a girl wearing a red gown. I made this fashion illustration with the Chinese New Year in mind. I love the symbolism behind the colour red, so a red gown was a must. Another thing I love is this kind of dramatic and glam design, I mean what lady doesn't like over the top gowns with lots of details? This kind of dresses are enough to make us feel like princesses and queens, and we all need that once in a while.  This red gown also has flare (transparent) sleeves because I've been really into flare style lately. 


I wouldn't mind owing a dress like this one. Maybe I'll make it some day.  Who knows? Lately my eye wonders everything I pass by a textile/fabric shop. I'm always tempted to go in and buy tons of materials and fabrics, but I won't do that until I'm certain that I can commit to it. Making a dress is a very time-consuming process and I hate being wasteful so I will only buy a material if I'm certain that I will be able to make something out of it. Are you the same way? Anyhow, originally I planned to share this fashion illustration at the start of the Lunar year this Friday but I wasn't able to do it. I hope I'm not too late to wish you a Happy Lunar/Chinese Year. Thank you for reading. Have a lovely week everyone!

nedjelja, 18. veljače 2018.

Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!

Today's post is a continuation of the last one but with a new  and different location. Today I'm taking you to nature park and bird-watching site Hutovo Blato in Bosnia and Hercegovina. The photographs I shared with you yesterday where taken while I was hiking in the vicinity of this nature park, while the photographs I'm sharing today are from Hutovo blato itself. This is one of my favourite places in the world, my happy place if you will. If you want to see my previous visits to this part, you can check them out in the links bellow:

1. here and here (Winter 2017)
2.here  and here (Autumn 2017)
3.here (Summer 2016)
4. here (Spring 2015)
5. here  and here (Summer 2015)
6. here (Summer 2013) and here (Winter 2013)
7.here (photographs taken during Summer 2012 but published during Winter 2013)


Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!







Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!


Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!



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Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!


Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!




Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!

Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!

Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!




Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!


Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!



Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!





Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!

Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!









Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!


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Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!


Let's visit Hutovo blato together! Idemo zajedno u posjet Hutovom blatu!







subota, 17. veljače 2018.

How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day

How to dress feminine and  appear dressed up even in Winter? Today I will be sharing a few of my personal tricks. As soon as the temperatures drop we are all tempted to wrap ourselves in a blanket and leave the house that way, but that is not very practical. Unless you can actually belt that blanket you have decided to wear, and make it somehow look nice, in that case kudos to you and do share how you do it. Generally speaking, dressing can get tricky once it gets cold but it does not mean we cannot be both stylish and warm. 

1. Don't forget about layering.
I know it is pretty obvious but still. You need to stay warm. The best way to do that is layering. In addition, layering gives us more options. Creating a feminine outfit is easier once you master the layering. For example, when you want to wear a pair of warm leggings, consider wearing a nice elegant skirt or a dress over them. Wearing a dress or a skirt over leggings or even pants is a great way to fight the cold.

2. Pay attention to the accessories.
Anything from a nice scarf, leather gloves to a pretty necklace can take your outfit to a new level. Write down all the feminine accessories you can think of. Check out what you have in your closet. Remember that gorgeous pair of earrings you totally forgot about and finally wear them. You do not have to wait for the Spring to wear your favourite necklaces. Wear your necklaces over turtlenecks and scarves. 

3. Wear fitted items.

Fitted items are by definition feminine. They make any outfit appear more dressed up and feminine. If you cannot invest in tailored and fitted items right now, consider belting your clothes. A nice belt can create an illusion of a fitted cut. 


4. Skirts and dresses are an obvious choice.

Well, they are. Skirts and dresses are clothing items that are by definition feminine. Today dresses and skirts come in all shapes and forms, so finding a cut that suits you should not be a problem. The same goes for finding a style. From rock chic to classical elegance, there is a dress for every style.

5. Don't forget about 'formal' clothing items and luxurious fabrics. 

By formal clothing items I mean anything you would wear for formal meetings, special occasions or office. Most of us have shirts, blouses, dresses, blazers that fall into the dressed up category. Sometimes we do not wear them as often as we could. There is no reason why we should wait to be invited to a wedding so we could wear our best blazer. Moreover, when we think about formal clothing, there is often a connotations of a special type of fabric. Cotton, suede and denim are considered casual materials, while silk for example is considered a more luxurious material. Inspect your closet. Find those luxurious fabrics and think of a way to wear them.

6. Suit up. 


Wearing a classical suit is always a good idea. Whether it is a pants plus blazer or skirt plus blazer, a nice suit adds elegance into every look. If you want to look extra feminine when you are wearing a suit, do not forget to wear dressed up shoes, it does not matter whether it is a pair of heels or a pair of fancy flats, what matters is they match the suit and make the outfit more polished

7. Vintage

Yes, vintage especially vintage clothing from the fifties and earlier. Be it second hand, inherited, bought or whatever, a vintage clothing item can add femininity in our closet. There are many vintage shops out there, but if you are not in the mood for shopping, you can always ask your mothers and grandmothers, family members and friends and see if they have some item they would like to get rid off.  



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How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day



How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day



So, you might have noticed that I love hiking. Nothing like going for a little stroll to clear our head after a long week behind the desk and in front of a screen. Honestly, usually I don't dress any differently when I go hiking. I will wear what I usually do, I will just pay attention to footwear. Today I have talked about creating a feminine outfit. I think we can get away with comfy boots and leg warmers (I had these faux fur leg warmers for ages) as long as we keep the rest of our outfit more dressed up. As you can see, here I wore a skirt, a blazer, a scarf, a top, a pair of leggings, leg warmers and a pair of boots. Naturally, I also wore a coat. This time a short black coat. This was a very comfy outfit and I think it looked pretty cute.

How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day



How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day

I had a bit of natural ombre going on here and now that I see it, it looks kind of cute. It makes me regret I dyed my hair. Did I told you about my hair dying experience? I purchased a bronze hair dye but as you already had the chance of seeing in my previous posts, it didn't stick. I plan to dye my hair darker next month. The last thing I would add on this whole subject of dressing more feminine is to pay special attention to your hair. A nice haircut or hairstyle adds a lot to any outfit. Natural hairstyles can be very attractive as well. No need to spend hours in the bathroom every day. Some people like to wear their hair natural. In my case, that looks like this. My hair is really so straight that using a hair iron is totally unnecessary. Short hair can be just as feminine as long hair. It is all about what makes you feel pretty. Still, healthy hair always looks good so take care of your hair.  That would be all for today. If you have any tips for dressing more feminine during the Winter, do share. 




How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day


How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day


How to dress feminine in Winter ( even when you're going hiking)? 7 ways to look more feminine in Winter/ Outfit proposal of the day


to be continued.....