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Pkelterele December 2008 Issue #01 Oa F 2 CT Ee OD Designer Spoilight Sarah Seven Need a coat? Bee ales ms AWA Mieasa Ws Lia) CoV (oA) Wear hand made On the cover White as Snow Dress Photography by Zachary Bascom Model Robin Hilleary December 2008 About Issue #01 VivaLaModa is a bi-monthly magazine created to show the greatest and coolest fashionable and hand made things that we can find. But we don’t want to talk only about fashion. This magazine will also host articles about green products, toys, decoration, and many more things. We want to support indie designers and crafters who make things with their own hands (not to forget we also love vintage!), and give readers information about the handmade world. This magazine is made with love, patience and a good eye for great products. And for that I have to thank all the fantastic collaborators. You can find them on the last pages of the magazine. A list of stockists is available on the website, in case you want to do some shopping ;) Editor's note Welcome to the first issue of this magazine! Here you will find the latest trends in coats for this winter, how to get Amelie’s look, cool trends, bags collections, art, recipes, and much more! Everything you need to have a good start on 2009. "i Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! UN0A ésovciex Fashion 6 Designer Spotlight: Sarah Seven 12 Winter trends: #1 Country chic 14 Feathery World 16 Get Amelie’s look 22 Outfit Makers 26 Need a coat? What's hot this season Cool Stuff 5 Bags addiction 13 Photo of the month 18 Art Loves Fashion 20 How green are your bath goodies? 23 I wish I had this when I was a kid 24 Funky Soaps 30 Hand made soap of the month 32 Hang this on your walls 33 Fashionably Delicious Extra Goodies 3 Editor's note 34 Collaborators bags addiction by Lova 2 1. Brown and white polka dot messenger bag. $15 - 2. Brown herringbone KOACH handbag $39.99 - 3. The Alice in brown damask. $32 - 4, Fresh green hobo. $39.99 - 5. The Gitana bag. $96 - 6. Wallet / Business card holder. $9 - 5 Designer Spothght Sarah Seven Tell us something about yourself and your life. Tam an independent designer living in Portland Oregon. Other than making clothing I enjoy going to concerts, watching black and white movies, coffee (stumptown!!), my hilarious friends and church. What first made you want to become a designer? How did you get into the fashion world? I first wanted to be a designer because I was inspired to make something beautiful. I became tired of all the mass produced mediocre clothing out there and decided to do something about it. What is your background in fashion? Do you have any fashion studies? I actually have a lot of designers in the family. My great grandmother was a designer so was my grandmother for a while. I went to school for about a year and a half. After that I got an internship with a well known designer in town Kathryn Towers, she taught me a lot! While I was working with her I started my own line and have had it for almost 2 years. How would you define your style? As extremely feminine, romantic, fancy and easy to wear. 2 ve wu es eee RATING \; Bi Iolo] Malis Fancy that Dress Photography by Zachary Bascom Model Robin Hilleary What inspires you when creating a new collection / garment? Tam very inspired by everything vintage, I love remembering a time when women always dressed up even to go to the grocery store. I love fabrics with dull colors, nature and using antique lace. I try to make every garment so that it can be stunning alone but also work with everything else in my collection. Do you think in any particular kind/style of women or special occasion when designing a new dress? Sometimes I think of the opera when I design, since it is quite the fancy event. I try to be very put together everyday so I often design for myself although I don’t get to wear my own items very often. What materials do you prefer to use? My favorite fabrics to work with are sheers- silk organza, silk and chiffon. I love how easy it is to manipulate them and how well they drape. What is your favourite trend or decade? I would have to say that the 1930's would be my favorite although that is a very hard decision. Imagine it is the Oscars night and one celebrity is going to wear one of your dresses. Which celebrity would you dream of and what dress would be perfect for her? I would really like to dress someone from young Hollywood. I wouldn't say that would be ideal but I think a lot of the young Hollywood actresses are constantly missing the mark when it comes to the red carpet so I would love to impress. I would say Kristen Stewart her style is very different from mine and I think the two styles could be great if they were combined. I would love for her to wear my pink petals dress or something from my spring 09 collection that no one has seen yet. Which one is your favourite dress? And, what would you combine it with? My favorite dress!! That is a hard one, I would have to say its a skirt and shirt combo- Tea and Crumpets. I would pare it with the "Battement Necklace", "Always a Lady Gloves" and "Winterberry Oxford shoes" all from Anthropologie. (Check next page) To finalize the interview, what can you tell us about future plans for your brand? T used to do all one of a kind designs I have been transitioning out of this working on putting out seasonal collections- spring, summer, fall and holiday. T hope to do all 4 next year along with at least 2 shows. I would love to live in New York sometime soon if only for a little while. To see Sarah Seven’s collections go to To buy one of her dresses go to her shop Teaand Crumpets combo Photography by Zachary Bascom Model Robin Hilleary bbider Verds # { County Chic the blog: gilbea.blogspot.ct Grey tweed kitty trousers. $30 - Hand painted silk scarf. $55 - Shiny silver faux fur vest. $125 - Vintage leather riding boots. $79 - Samantha coat. $125 - Red plaid felted wool newsboy hat. $35 - Vintage tweed haberdasher blazer. $35 - Travel bag in coffee brow. $169 - For more wintelit DPNANAWNE Nn Photo of the Month Round and Round by Tina L-anae r , LE Laman American again. Finally. An American with hope brewing quietly inside me, a waren optimism You would see if You lifted thelid and peered inside, _ Lori Round and Round... 8x10. $18 - 13 ee, Wola” Feathers have been “magical” in fashion for a long time now. Either to create impossible dresses, light and whimsy necklaces and earrings, or crazy and/or elegant headpieces. Enjoy this finds and add some “plumes” to your wardrobe to make your life a little more dreamy. 1. Peacock feathered bubble dress. $450 - 2. Feather and chain necklace. $35 3. Vintage peacock feather hair clip. $28 - 4. 70s Vintage chocolate fedora hat. $68 - 5. White cloud feathers (set of 3). $9 - 6. Olive green cocktail dress. $540 - 7. Feather earrings. $39 - 8. Bohemian feather headband. $22 - 15) Who hasn’t wanted to be a little like her at some point? Amelie is fantastic on the inside out; with a very classic style, that makes her look even more adorable. NTT Cm tee nell are) ae-1gOo18 a Or=) (ld 00 ee gma =d short hair, wear your hair in a neat bun. Add a simple think black headband if you want. She doesn’t wear much makeup, and no BTV evar] Add to your wardrobe some plain black tops and lots of floral and plaid dresses and skirts. Combine with different coloured cardigans: red, green,... And if it rains... get a cool trench coat and a bright umbrella! 5 1. The Ladybug Umbrella. $25 - / Uncle ae 2. Black and white hand made dress. $25 CPN Coy AT LATe MOTI 01 Ccle BS) aL ela lol Com@c-]a)el ey einen eee ee lt RTen aU le React) 5. Vintage Romantic red cardigan. $21 - Lela lso ale UR Aeel 6. Alessandra. $64.99 - 7. Vintage Military Spy Trench Coat. $38 - 8. Eyeliner Cocoa brown. $3.50 - Maar sie ke Ace Classy black shirts eyeliner Classic brown Art Q Fashion 1. Doris wright liked to borrow nancy's clothes print. $20 - 2. A Little Papercut (Rugged Up). $15 - 18 Not only you can wear fashionable clothes, but also now see them portrayed on paintings and prints you can hang on your walls. How cute is that? Here you can see a selection of fashion inspired art. I specially love the doll wearing DKNY! 3. Plasterdoll in DKNY. $20 - 4. Georgia Print. $20 - 5. Just a Fledgeling. $30 - 19 “ttow Green are Your Bath Green and handmade seems to go hand-in-hand when it comes to cosmetics; there is something utterly satisfying about making yourself look/smell/feel pretty and knowing what you're using extended from the hand of a small seller. Even so, it's important to read the ingredients labels before you buy anything: bath and body artisans choose what they put in their goodies for specific reasons - as a matter of what works, what is still affordable and what can be sustained long-term. Even when handmade, cosmetics and body goods are not automatically earth-friendly (even the vegan ones), so sometimes you need to ask yourself as you look for those small pleasures: 1. Do I understand what the ingredients are? Do I know where they came from? 2. Are the other ingredients sustainable? Rare expensive stuff like sandalwood is expensive and rare for a reason - plants are over harvested daily in our quest to enjoy luxurious scents. Many ingredients are also made with petroleum. 3. Is there a good reason for something to be artificial in this? Iam a naturalist, but there are special occasions where a little artifice is the environmentally preferable option. ineral Eyeshadow. $5 - coffin oodies P bydiann This includes times when a plant that you love the scent of is on the verge of extinction or, in the case of preservatives, when your well-being is actually protected by a chemical that prevents microbes and nasty germy things from growing in your lotions (or other goodies.) If you're looking for some really nice natural bath and body goods made by conscientious people, I can recommend the following shops: CoffinColor — mineral makeup, made with color intensity you might not find elsewhere. LusciousNaturals — Handmade soap and bodycare. Magickal Realism — Handmade natural perfume (full discloser, I own this shop) The Scented Djinn — Handmade soaps and perfume packs. AubreyOrganics — This company specializes in natural skin and hair care, and they practice full disclosure on all their products. I love this company and I've used them for years before I got into the handmade business myself! -Aloe Vegan Facial Toner. $10.50 - LusciousNaturals.é 21 22 OutFit Makers by EteParia A specific set of clothes is capable of defining one's style and portraying a sense of who we are. No one can disagree that clothing is essential to define and create an outfit that in turn, will give a certain message. But what is the element that is able to express one's personality and differentiate two people wearing the exact same clothes? An accessory not only serves aesthetically but as the key for the fashion code being transmitted. The same group of garments worn together can have radically different meanings when paired with certain accessories. The most valuable ones become just that - the ultimate piece that communicates not only a fashion style but a personal point of view. The four pieces shown here have surpassed their commonly perceived secondary state to become powerful outfit-making material. er 2. Ribbon#Bangle. $55 - une ib om 3. winterberry... the necklace. $47 - 4. Quote Street couture Square bag. $38 - 1 why i head thr. when 1 wo, o Kidd, by Lowi When my sister and I were little, there was nothing cooler than draping blankets over our dining room table and hiding out in our makeshift fort. We stocked it with snacks, pillows, flashlights, toys and even secret notebooks in which we wrote such brilliant observations as: 'Dad is always drinking beer,’ and 'Mom is making liver for dinner again. Barf.' Our forts never lasted long because every time we moved around all of our blankets came crashing down. Well, I wish I had this when Twas a kid. This amazing custom felt playhouse by missprettypretty is sized to fit right over a card table! This award-winning playhouse can be customized with your child's name and address; it comes in its own storage bag, and it has a ton of extra features like a workable door, mailbox, window, and apples you can pick Custom Playhouse $75 right off a tree. Your child can learn colors, shapes, and counting all while feeling like the king of his own castle. And missprettypretty (aka Julie) knows it takes a village because she also has a fire station, post office, beauty salon, and a deli for all of your other card tables! Now, where's my time machine? I know it's around here somewhere... Funky Soaps & Bath and beauty products are some of the staples of everyday life. But who says products that make the ordinary bathroom come to life with color and ingenuity. | the popsicle soap by BodyBeautiful looks good enough to eat. ShopRedLeaf goes Home of the curiously cute doll-soap collection, nostalgiaorganics also has a line « of mystery and magic to the bathroom. If someone special has a birthday approa: Bring your bathroom back to life with these bright bath and body products from t! Birthday Cupcake Bomb $8 All-Natural Bath Potions $9 Soft Bubble Bath Dough $10 nos 24 by Aster ‘hey have to be bland? These sellers break the mold to create unique handmade oveLeeSoaps’ jigsaw-puzzle design is perfect for good “clean” fun in the tub and utside the box to bring bubble-bath dough in nine exquisite fragrances. f organic aromatherapy perfume balm. UnicosCauldron‘s bath potions lend a hint ching, with them well with a cute cupcake bath bomb from feelingsmitten. ese talented artists. Candy Cane Soapsicle $5 Jigsaw Puzzle Soap $4.50 Aromatherapy Perfume }% Balm Butterflies For Nervous Jitters $5 jj 25 Need a coat? 2 From Scotland with love Tartan plaid is one of the most important trends this cold season, and of course there have to be plaid coats too! Combine them with jeans, tshirts, high heels and leather bags. 1. Emerald plaid 40s asymmetrical. $180 - 2. Vintage green and blue wool coat $50 - 3. The Lux Coat - Fuchsia plaid. $329 - 4. Yellow plaid vintage 70s trench coat. $45 - 5. Red plaid vintage blazer. $36 - 26 Military Style Double-breasted is inspired on military uniforms and it spreads to all kind of coats this season. They look great even with sneakers! Combine it with shirts, silk scarves, tweed bags and converse shoes. 1. Vintage 80s black wool peacoat. $26 - 2. Vintage white faux fur coat $55 - 3. Black Military women's coat. $295 - 4. 80s vintage gray herringbone warm wool peacoat. $64 - 2 1 Back to the 60s Three-quarter sleeves, clean lines and wide necklines. Inspired on the 60s, the chic and fashion decade, now it is your chance to look more Jackie, be a lady! Combine it with white shirts, pencil skirt dress or miniskirt, peep toe shoes and leather handbag/clutch. 1. Beige Coat. $225 - 2. Houndstooth Bubble Coat. $295 - 3. Organic Ketchup Coat. $188 - 4. Vintage 60s coat. $28 - 5. Zip front coat/dress. $170 - Indie Style Don’t care much about trends? Want something more independent, green and that expresses your inner self? Well, these are the coats for you! ~ — 1. Checked frock Coat with Goblin Hood. $410 - 2. Wow Rainjacket. $298 - 3. My favoritest Coat. $210 - 4. The Normanville Red coat. $295 - 29 ey peeve) ae ar oa er ee What makes handmade soap different from mass-produced soap? Handmade soap is softer and more luxurious than mass produced soap. It also is less likely to crack and dry out. This is because handmade soap keeps its glycerin, and mass-produced soap removes the glycerin, substituting instead with harsh chemicals, and additives. So how can soap still be an exciting gift? When you look for something totally IUTal(el Vn tp Rk OME] Leci nO Perfect as a hostess gift, or in bulk as a wedding favor, or special event gift, Petal Soaps are the luxurious, unique and elegant choice. Each petal is good for one handwash and looks beautiful clustered together in a crystal dish on your bathroom counter. To use, simply place one petal between hands and rub under water. How awesome.would it be to be able to take your soap with you everywhere? e Deel aSot it) & tal Soap by Karina The pouch is perfectly purse-sized and great to use after a workout, during a day at the office, or an evening out--- you never know where you'll need soap. And it gets even better: Petal Soaps contain NO artificial petal inside-- it's ALL soap, so with no waste, it's environmentally friendly too! 25 Rose Petal Soaps packaged in a vellum-frosted "Love" pouch, labelled with How To Use instructions and ingredients, ready for gift giving. Even the available scents are unique in its variety---Belladonna Lily, Lilac & Orchid, Pink Carnation, and Sweetheart Rose just to name a few. But wait--it gets better! Petal Soaps contain NO fake silk petal inside--it's ALL soap, so with no waste, it's environmentally friendly too! Give the gift of handmade this year, and if you're already a fanatic over handmade soaps, try something a little bit different. Your skin will thank you. Hang this on your walls by Randi oo Here itis my First pick on great handmade art. This whole, shop is fantastic because | love Hat shabby chic look. And, who doesnt love Pavis? Shabby signs Paris flower market. $45 - surprise cookiess by Kay Makes about 2 dozen ingredients: 13/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 12 large marshmallows, cut in half horizontally directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. 2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 3. Add egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add reserved flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined. 4. Using a tablespoon or 1 3/4-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, 10 to 12 minutes. 5. Remove baking sheets from oven, and place a marshmallow, cut-side down, in the center of each cookie, pressing down slightly. 6. Return to oven, and continue baking until marshmallows begins to melt, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. 7. Spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting over each marshmallow, starting in the center and continuing outward until marshmallow is covered. chocolate frosting for surprise cookies: 2 cups confectioners' sugar 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup milk 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Place confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in butter and cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla, and whisk until well combined. Beep 33 Collaborators ty! Gracias! Aster - At any given time, Aster usually has at least ten projects in progress. Miraculously, she has never been seriously injured by a stray knitting needle or pin in her crafting space and hopes to keep her clean record. She loves natural beauty, bold colors, and ingenious design. Kay Tse - T have been in the fashion and merchandising industry for 8 years and that's why I got the resources for all the beautiful and lovely fabrics and trims for my handmade bags. I'm very lucky to be able to do the things that I like at this moment. And I think I really "belong" to what I'm doing now. Enjoy the moment, enjoy a lifestyle with love. **It is the little things that make a difference in lives** Lori Ward - Lori designs jewelry conceived inside huge fortune cookies with an emphasis on necklaces for nursing mothers and bracelets that look good enough to eat. She has a degree in Education and after spending ten years working with very young children, she freely admits to having a raging passion for handmade toys. This magazine wouldn’t have become real without the help of all these great people. Thanks! Randi Eccleston - Randi has her Masters degree and Montessori certification in early childhood education. After spending 15 years teaching Pre-K she now stays at home to be mom. She also runs an etsy shop and has recently discovered that she loves to blog. Lora Dégraff - I'm Lora of CrochetRUs and I've lived in NY, USA all my life. I'm 13 years old and in 9th grade. I've been crocheting for 5 years. I currently offer fashionable items for kiddies up to adults in my shop. I have a strong passion for helping children and music. Karina Gallo - After studying the properties of essential oils and soap- making in England, Karina Gallo set up shop in 2001, and hopes to help make the world a cleaner place one person at a time. She makes a line of vegetarian skin-care products. She is originally from Canada and lives in New York City with her husband and two-year-old daughter. Thank You! Gracias! Diana Rajchel - www. Diana Rajchel writes, perfumes and puzzles at the mysteries of words and why we attribute meaning to endless links of sound. She is college educated but still feels herself an utter novice at life, and rather enjoys the freedom it gives her to wonder at the big bridges, broad sidewalks, towering skyscrapers and pulsing rivers of Minneapolis. Estefania Nava - Estefania is the result of educating the spirit of a designer in engineering. Currently studying an MA in _ Design. Ainhoa (Editor) - Engineers seem to have many hobbies, and some of hers are fashion, crafting and editing online magazines? This magazine was born because computer engineering is fun but not as glamorous as fashion! Hope you enjoyed reading the magazine! Check back for more fashion in a couple of months VivalaModa ued ETT ETT