Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Re-Blogged: Free People Natural Dyes

I was reading this blog about natural dyes, meaning, using edible materials to use as dyes for fabrics.
The pictures and basically the instructions as well, I directly re-blogged it from FREE PEOPLE.
I just want to share this and sometime mid-September I want to play around with these dyes.
It's easy too!


What I got: red cabbage, lemons, oranges, beets, yellow onions, blackberries, blueberries, spinach.

For bluish/purple dyes:




Blackberries and red cabbage can be used to make bluish/purple dyes. It’s important to remember when working with natural dyes that experimentation is key – depending on the amount of ingredients you use and how long you leave a garment in the dye, the color you get can vary.

For pinkish/red dyes:




Beets and blueberries can make a really lovely dusty rose color.

For copper/orange dyes:



I never realized what a beautiful color yellow onions can have! Their skins can make an alluring mustard yellow, coppery color.

For yellow dyes:




Orange and lemon peels can be used to make a soft pale yellow dye.

For green dyes:



Finally, spinach can be used to make a beautiful shade of green.

Now what?

To make the dye, chop up your ingredients and put them in a pot with twice as much water as ingredients. Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for an hour. For deeper colors, you can leave the ingredients in the water (without heat) overnight.

Remove the hard materials from the mixture with a strainer, leaving you with the liquid dye.

Before dyeing, you will also need to create a fixative, which will help your fabric hold the dye.

When working with berries, use a salt fixative – put 1/2 cup of salt in 8 cups of water, put the fabric in and boil for one hour.

When working with vegetables, use a vinegar fixative – mix one part vinegar and four parts water, add your fabric and boil for one hour.

When you remove the fabric, rinse in cold water.

The fabric is now ready to dye! Just drop it in the desired color, let sit until it reaches the shade you want, remove and hang to dry.

For the full blog, click the link below:

Wednes-DIY: Making Natural Dyes

Have fun guys!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Art for the Soul Art Festival

 Save the date!! Saturday, September 10th. There's an Art Festival in town featuring "All Things Handmade." There will be local artists and a bake sale here and there. More good stuff: FREE ADMISSION!

Stillpoint, Center for Spiritual Development
8072 W Sahara Ave Ste D
Las Vegas, NV 89117

See you there!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hair Trend: Undercut

Remember when Chanel and Margueritte introduced tailored suits and Comme des Garçons? And how androgeny has been a favorite look in the models? Lately, a new approach to androgeny has taken place... in HAIR! This past couple of months, I've been contemplating to try to get an undercut. I was thinking of growing my hair long before shaving my sides, like Anya Aeyoung Chee. But I couldn't wait two years to have this edgy look. So! I finally got the courage to shave one side of my head and get steps!  

 Cassie with graphic steps and Alice Dellal with just a plain undercut

Anya Ayoung-Chee in the designers apartment
Anya Aeyoung Chee with both sides shaved and a simple step

Me with my one side undercut and two steps

I'm actually enjoying this new androgenous look.

Hair done by my friend Aika. Check out her BLOG for more hair ideas and her contact information if you need a cut.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Red, White, Blue & Blonde!

It's refreshing to see simple outfits put together, with only a thing or two that pops out & make the look complete. I saw this girl pass by me twice and couldn't stop looking at her look, it was perfect. The best part that made this complete was her tight blonde curls. I got the chance to talk to her and found out she was actually a model! I'm excited to work with her in the future.

I love how her hair complements the print of her dress.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Perfect day for Boba!

I love this salmon pink maxi dress from H&M for $20! it flows nice in a windy day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Casually Rugged

 I barely wear anything that's too shredded or rugged, but today I felt like matching the see-through polka dot blouse with the ripped jeans for an easy summer look.