Oct 31, 2012

Helloooooooooo Eilat!

Had a little quick trip down to Eilat the other day... the view from our hotel room was stunning!


 I really wish that we'd had more time, it's such a beautiful city! Got plenty done though, and here's hoping we'll be back again soon in December!

Oct 23, 2012

Mama's got a new blue dress!

We've got this gorgeous new blue dress we just put up!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/112834819/romantic-bohemian-gypsy-turquiose-maxi
Loving the whole drapey romantical maxi dress thing lately.

Oct 17, 2012

Dragonfly swingin' by

Got a visit from another adorable flying dude the other day. Apparently our studio is a magnet for cute bugs.

Oct 15, 2012

We've listed a one of a kind tank top that we really like and put it on SALE!

It's one of our chain tank tops which is open at the side for a cool and casual look.

Checkit out:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/112211900/sale-brown-green-open-side-chain-tank

Oct 10, 2012

Flan-Tastic!

So the other day we were out for lunch and this happened...




Flan (aka Malabi in Israel) has got to be one of the most play-with-your-food inducing desserts!

Sep 20, 2012

Batman = Weather Man


Seriously? We just couldn't resist this one.

Sep 6, 2012

Sep 5, 2012

Ron Arad 720*

We went to go see the Ron Arad 720* exhibit last week. It was pretty amazing.

Not only was the installation brilliant (not to mention STRETCHY!) but the video art displayed on it was original and inspired.

All in all, it was a pretty awesome exhibit. At one point there was even a dude inside playing the piano & singing songs!

If you ever get the chance to go see it, we highly recommend it!


Aug 30, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

We spent the afternoon yesterday enjoying a picnic in the woods for Andrea's birthday. Bubbles were obviously necessary

It was a pretty awesome day all around. The picnic was fun and afterwards we stopped by the Jerusalem museum to see Ron Arad's 720* exhibit, which was equally awesome.

All in all, it was a pretty magical day. Particularly when you consider that I spent the whole day trying to forget WHICH birthday this year was. Well, we all get older on the outside. It's what's on the inside that counts, right?

<3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">Andrea

Aug 23, 2012

Vest for Dudes

Sketching out some ideas for a new men's vest...

 Just thought we'd share with you!

Aug 20, 2012

We made a classic version of our button down sleevelss top. Looks super sleek and fab. Check it out online at:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/107321909/mens-futuristic-cyber-goth-sleeveless


Aug 15, 2012

Light Installation

Check out these amazing light installations by Laura Adel Johnson:

You can see more on her blog: http://lauraadeljohnson.blogspot.co.il/

Aug 8, 2012

Dashing Designer Portrait

We wanted to share a different kind of design with you this time

Andrea's been getting back into painting again (after a VERY long break) and she made this beautiful portrait of us!

For the curious, it's a combination of inks & acrylics.

Not too shabby eh?



Aug 6, 2012

We made this new romantic and bright colored necklace from lace and ribbon. We hand-painted the lace and secured it down and it closes in the back with ribbon. Isn't it adorable?



Available online:

Aug 1, 2012

Green and Jasmine tea blend

We recently discovered Jasmine tea, so we decided to create our own blend together with fresh green tea.

Besides being a tasty refreshing beverage, there's some great health benefits too:

- Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
- Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
- Jasmine helps to improve digestion, eliminate toxins and weight loss

Still - we drink it because it's tasty.

Jul 30, 2012

We made this cool new one of a kind sleeveless mens shirt.

Check it out online:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/105627030/mens-futuristic-steam-punk-sleeveless 

Jul 27, 2012

Romantic patchwork shrug in pink and white

https://www.etsy.com/listing/105235437/romantic-patchwork-shrug-in-pink-and
We're absolutely in love with this latest little confection we put together, all full of lace and satin and pink ruffles!

Jul 26, 2012

Angie Hiesl Installation Pieces

Senior Citizens Just Lounging 20 Feet Above Ground 



X-Fois Gens Chaise, or X-Times People Chair, is a site-specific piece created by German artist Angie Hiesl. During each performance, selected people between the ages of 60 and 70 float overhead on metal white chairs attached to the fa├žade of various buildings. As the performers sit, perched in the air, they conduct normal, everyday activities such as reading the newspaper, folding clothes, knitting, and having a snack—they just happen to be doing these activities from 20 feet off the ground!
The project is hilarious and passers-by can’t help but pause to take a look at the incredibly surprising display overhead. Hiesl’s intentions are to transform a recognizable place into what she describes as a “rearrangement of reality,” encouraging viewers to take a new look at what we once believed to be a familiar space.
During the piece, the performers ignore the crowds who stop to stare. When time is up, they simply climb down a ladder and walk away, stunning the crowds who have congregated below. Hiesl is well known for producing art in public spaces and has shown this installation piece all over Europe as well as in South America.
You can also check out a video of some live reactions to the public displays here on YouTube.

Jul 25, 2012

Pretty and white and lovely

We thought we'd share what's going to be our next project. Here's a little sneak peek at what is going to be an absolutely SPECTACULAR dress...

Jul 23, 2012

New men's shirt

We haven't made a new men's shirt in a while, but this one is definitely worth the wait.

Its a fitted sleeveless button down shirt featuring pyramid studs at the shoulders. Here in the picture you can see it in a size small in black and gray and it is available in other sizes and colors too!

Available online:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/105074371/mens-geometric-sleeveless-dress-shirt-in

Jul 18, 2012

Surprise! A Day at the Beach

So, the other day Shai got a little spontaneous and decided it was the perfect day for us to head over to the beach!

It was a spectacularly beautiful day, and it was so nice to just get lazy for an afternoon.

I think Noodle might have enjoyed our lounging beach time even more than we did!


Then there was this stunning sunset that we couldn't resist either.
To top it all off, we wandered into a bookstore and picked up an awesome book filled with all kinds of chocolate recipes - can't wait to try it out! But that's for another post...

Jul 16, 2012

Citrus and purple cuff bracelet

We made this new cuff with explosive colors and safety pins an studs for a punky edge. Great accessory to brighten up any oufit!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/104523374/citrus-delight-cuff-with-saftey-pins-and

Jul 13, 2012

Lovely Busty Corsety Goodness

https://www.etsy.com/listing/104209332/pretty-patchwork-bustier-in-pink-blue
We loved our last bustier so much that we couldn't resist making a new one, only this time, it's got a slightly bigger cup out of black & silver pinstripe. Pretty hot, right?



Jul 12, 2012

More Awesome Porcelain art...




We found some amazing porcelain art by artist Kate MacDowell - http://www.katemacdowell.com/portfolio.html

I don't know what exactly it is about porcelain artists, but they make some really amazing work.

Jul 9, 2012

A fantastic upcycled wedding


So - Shai and I are getting married (again - it's a long story) in December, and being designers, of course we're making all of our own wedding garments.

It's quite an adventure, and the beauty of it is that we're going to have full control over how everything turns out. Being the control freak that I am, you can imagine how happy that makes me. So keeping in theme with our Eco-consciousness, we're each creating our own upcycled outfits.

I think what I love most about upcycling, reclaiming, recycling etc. is the way that you can take something someone else has completely dismissed, has no interest in anymore and create this amazing thing out of it.

For Shai's outfit, we are working on a funky upcycled collarless dress shirt with some studs on the shoulders for added drama, with a vintage blazer and pointy silver shoes.  The dress shirt will be made out of two boring and plain mens dress shirts, deconstructed and reconstructed to become a super-tailored fitted sleeveless shirt. Color scheme will probably range between the blacks, gun metal, silver and blue. (Photos of the work in progress to come soon.)

The wedding dress will be a real challenge, to be unique and classy at the same time. Thoughts of  big poofy skirts starting at one spot and drifting off into flat or pleated areas, asymmetrical hems and other surprises. Pink and white will probably be the color scheme - either way, it's going to be a fantastical creation.

We're going to spend some time sourcing the materials at our local charity shop and getting to work on it.

Can't wait to share more with you!
<3
Shai & Andrea
We're really proud of this new necklace that we made. Its got our new triple-cluster look going on and it is covered of course in patchwork goodness!


Available online:


Jul 5, 2012

Sunglasses that'll make your jaw drop


We discovered these awesome sunglasses by Emma Montague - they seriously made our jaw drop, particularly when we found out that they're made of actual jaw bones. Pretty awesome. Talk about upcycling!

Jul 4, 2012

Ruffly gray bits {in progress}

We thought we'd share a little sneak peek at our newest creation-in-progress


We're trying out a more abstract approach. Can't wait to show it to you when it's all done!

Jun 28, 2012

DIY & Sustainable Lifestyles


Nowadays, consumers are becoming more and more aware of what goes into the products they consume. With this knowledge there are many who refuse to be a part of a system that endorses sweatshops, child labor, chemical additives, GMOs, out-of-control pollution, etc. Knowledge is power and in the days of instant information just Google that chemical listed as an ingredient in the cereal you like or look up the production for that brand of clothes that's so hip right now.

Besides just the ethical comforts, there is a charm in going back to the way our grandparents and great grandparents used to consume. It seems like the world was completely different back then. There wasn't "fast food" and there were no more than a handful of multinational corporations.

Though it's also key to remember that shifting over to a more sustainable lifestyle won't necessarily save you money. That said, you will get more value from your money, both for yourself, your family and for the planet.

There are a few simple steps you can take to ease into a more sustainable lifestyle:

1. If you can't make it/fix it it yourself, support a locally run business that can, rather than a multinational chain.

2. Learn to pull yourself away from the TV/computer and get outside. It's easy to forget about the importance of the environment's health on the drive from home to work/school in the morning. It's  especially important for us city mice to see what trees, birds and fresh water actually are. Otherwise these things just seem like images from travel websites or nice desktop backgrounds. Take a day trip and hike around in a nature reserve. Breath in the fresh air and just appreciate nature!

3. Make your own health a priority. Once you start doing a little research, you'll find that there are basic habits that most of us have that are ultimately unhealthy - and we're including mental health here as well, because mind and body have to work together. I mean, how many times have you come down with a cold when you're under a lot of stress? The key is to understand what stands behind the strange words that make up the ingredient list of all of the foods that we eat, more or less processed. The movie Food Inc. is a great place to start.

4. Exercise! Jog, run, do yoga, lift weights, pilates, anything Just keep your body active. We are creatures that are meant originally to hunt for our food, not just push buttons and sit comfortably eating it...

5. Step out of your comfort-zone. If you really want to make a change in your lifestyle, it means that you're not only going to have to stop certain habits, but you'll also have to try out some new things that may be uncomfortable at first - it's called building character. Don't be afraid to visit groups, places, forums, anywhere where you don't know anyone, and be willing to do it alone. Your current group of friends and family may not yet be willing to take that step with you, but that's OK. This is your opportunity to meet some new people who can help you. In fact, if you show up at a grow-op on your own, you'll be surprised at the enthusiasm from complete strangers willing to teach and help you learn!

It's often fun to fantasize about living a more sustainable lifestyle. It would be so much fun to be able to re-use, re-purpose and even fix the broken and worn out items that surround us instead of throwing out an buying new.

These are just a few possible ways to move towards this type of lifestyle. It is not something that is possible to simply switch into right away. There are no magical shortcuts, however these are some basic steps and methods that can be used to move your life in a more positive direction. 

<3
Shai & Andrea

Jun 27, 2012

Everyday Beauty

We do our best to try and find the beauty and mystery in everyday situations. Just take a look at the little pile of scraps we noticed on the floor the other day:
This silver tulle caught the light so prettily. It's the little things that bring moments of joy and light to our lives.

Jun 25, 2012

Ice Queen Cuff

We made this awesome new cuff from re-purposed vintage materials. It's got a super elegant look and just looking at it you get an icy chill...


  Available online:

Jun 22, 2012

Pink Punk Patchwork Clutch

Check it out, we've got a new clutch-bag we put together!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/102623774/colorful-punk-patchwork-clutch-purse
We covered it in all kinds of pink patchwork pieces, chains, jewelry, studs and other goodies!

Jun 21, 2012

Wine Stain Portraits

We found these fantastic portraits created out of wine-stains

There are a whole series of them on Amelia Fais Harnas' website - www.trulyamelia.com/

Jun 20, 2012

We love Old Jaffa

We spent last Friday having a lovely brunch with a couple of friends of ours at this great little cafe in old Jaffa. After a great brunch we wandered around the old Jaffa flea market and found all kinds of little curiosities like this glass-preserved flower.

Jun 17, 2012

Only on weekends

All week we watch what we eat but on the weekends...

Image by Super Silo

Jun 15, 2012

Fashionable eco tote bags

We've been working on a few different styles of eco-friendly tote bags. We've customized them with all kinds of awesome goodies like studs, paint, lace, ribbon. Take a look for yourself!


  

You can see all of them in detail in our shop!

Jun 14, 2012

Masses and masses of lovely lace

We love this amazing lace exhibit - too bad it's too far away for us to visit. Take a look at all the beautiful pieces there are here:
http://www.emptykingdom.com/main/featured/manuel-ameztoy/


Jun 13, 2012

Sunlight and coffee


When we were out for lunch the other week, our desert was nearly too pretty to eat! The sunlight filtered through the trees so artistically, it was just as sweet as the desert.

Life can be so beautiful sometimes.

Jun 11, 2012

We made a cool new Fiber art necklace that we are very proud of. It is completely handmade and upcycled and has a romantic feathery look to it. Check it out on our site.



Jun 8, 2012

Alice Inspired Dress

I've always been a big fan of Alice in Wonderland, so I guess it makes sense that we'd eventually create something inspired by her.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101582617/pretty-blue-ruffle-lace-dress-with
 I know it's a little abstract, but then, so's Alice in Wonderland.

<3
Andrea

Jun 7, 2012

8 Steps to Discovering Your Own Sense of Style

Whether it's Lady Gaga or Audrey Hepburn, we all have our fashion icons. People we look up to for their confidence, style and unbelievable ability to look fabulous no matter what. As different as they may seem, there's one thing they all have in common - their own unique sense of style.

And here most of us are, wearing the same pair of jeans to work/school everyday, without the slightest sense of inspiration. So what can you do to develop our own sense of style and bring out your inner fashionista? While it's not something that's easily developed overnight, we have a few pointers to help you cultivate your own garden of fashionable delights.

Of course, it's important to consider a few things that you won't be needing. For starters, style isn't something that can simply be bought. To be honest, if you've had trouble discovering your fashion-identity, you've probably fallen into the most common trap out there - the trend-aholic.

So with this in mind, let's take a look at some of the simple things that will help you cultivate that inner fashionista who's dying to step into the spotlight.

1. Make an analysis of your wardrobe - pull out all of your favorite pieces of clothing. Toss aside anything that's less than 6 months old. What is left are your go-to favorites. Anything that has stood the test of time and you are still happy to wear (even if it is only for that special occasion) is an item that bears in it the essence of what your own personal style is.

2. Pull out the old fashion magazines - Not the new ones with this season's hottest trends. You're looking at developing your own style, so avoiding trends is going to be important. Pull out an old Vogue or Style magazine from at least two years ago and flip through it and find the cuts, prints and colors that still excite you. Keep in mind that trends in fashion come and go and go round in never ending circles, so even though something is currently "out", it doesn't mean that it's not cool, fun or stylish and definitely does not mean that it won't make a comeback next season.

 3. Make a list - Of things that you feel are missing from your wardrobe. Separate the list to types of items, cuts, colors. Here's where this is going to get tricky. We all feel like sometimes there's this must-have item that's so hot this season and we can't live without it. Our wardrobe is just dying for it! Then 6 months later - you're stuck wondering what the heck were you thinking? So when you're making this list, be sure that the items you're adding here are really something that you've been missing for a long time. A really beautiful statement necklace, a hat for sunny days, a blazer that fits properly, etc.

4.  Clear out the junk - Anything you haven't worn for 6 months or longer needs to go. The only exception should be very seasonal items (If it's July and you haven't worn a wool coat for 6 months, we'll understand) and event-wardrobe pieces - evening dresses, tiaras, etc. Everything else must go!


5. Mix it up - Take items you haven't worn for a long time and try styling them in an unusual way. Turn your old cardigan upside-down or backwards. Pull up that maxi-skirt into a strapless dress. This is the perfect way to bring new life to some of the items that you never wear, but can't bear to part with either. Another important point to keep in mind - don't be afraid of getting creative here. No one is going to notice that dress is really a skirt; and if they do, they'll probably be in awe of your innovation!

6. Swap with friends - Always a good way to clear out something you no longer feel attached to and gain a sparkly new addition to your wardrobe. As they say "One man's trash is another man's treasure". So before you drag those old items to the Goodwill, get your friends together for a wardrobe-swap. It's a cheap way to inject some new life in your wardrobe and pair that with a few cocktails and a camera - you'll have a night to remember for years!

7. Accessorize - This is the biggest fashionista secret that there is. We all have days when you just can't be bothered to wear anything more than that black t-shirt and jeans. There's nothing wrong with that, just be sure to add a little flare. Whether it's a scarf, earrings, or FABULOUS pair of shoes, a little accessorizing will bring you from blah to BLING - effortlessly.

8. DIY - There are many awesome blogs out there that can give you short and easy to use tutorials to spice up that old faded denim jacket that you can't part with or turn that colorful scarf your Mom gave you into a purse, skirt, necklace, you name it! Here are a few of our favorites:


Developing your own sense of style is something that takes time, confidence, experimentation and most of all, patience. When you're experimenting and testing, remember that there are going to be great failures as well as spectacular successes. This process is meant to bring you out of your comfort zone, and at times it's going to be, well - uncomfortable. Being stylish is an adventure, so be brave, dress accordingly and most importantly - have fun!

Good luck and stay stylish!
<3
Shai & Andrea