People I admire… Jessie Kanelos

I found Jessie Kanelos because of her blog The francofly. She is an american illustrator living in Paris and most of her drawings are about food (that´s why I love her drawings!!). She has a simple but lovely style I want to share with you. Enjoy!



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Credits: all the illustrations are from Jessie´s blog





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Obsess about this app… Clipcrop


I am always looking for new apps to manipulate and edit photographs. I wrote about some of my favorites apps here. And I am using my cellphone more than ever as a camera so it´s great to find tools to edit them on the go. In the search of good apps I found Clipcrop and I have to admit I am really obsess with this new app. It has amazing masks for cropping the photos and my favorite thing: it has all the alphabet to crop. The good new is that is free (for some masks you have to pay) but in my opinion the basic app has enough shapes to play with. Here are some sneak peaks of the masks:




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Have a lovely weekend,

Nina 🙂

People I admire… Garance Doré

Even she is better know as a fashion blogger, Garance Doré started her career as an illustrator in her natal France. She has a very particular drawing style that is so feminine and chic that the first time I saw it, I was hooked. She mixes very well thick and fine lines that she combines with perfect composition and lots of details . So here is my recognition to the “Garance artist” I admire so much. If you want to read her history from the illustrator Garance to the fashion blogger Garance click here(recommended!!) Or you can just visit her blog (which I do daily) and be amaze with her funny and real approach of life. I think she wouldn´t be catalog as a fashion blogger, is more as a real woman´s view of fashion. Enjoy!


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Have a great end of the week.

Love, Nina

Credits:All the pictures are from Garance Dore website.

Painting a wooden hand mirror..


In case you don´t know the earliest mirrors were hand mirrors (not the big ones we are used to). Their were very popular in Europe in the last century and were a “luxury item” made with silver and expensive materials. I thought it would be fun to have my own hand mirror so last week I bought a wooden hand mirror with an amazing shape in a craft store. The next step was to put all the colors i love and style it my way. So here is the result!diyhandmirror4I inspire myself in one of my own drawings to make the face even if then I change it randomly. Drawing in the wood can be very helpful to follow the design. The important thing is to paint coat by coat the different areas and take some time to allow the paint to dry. I used a variety of very bright colors of acrylics and add the word “beautiful” with a sharpie.diyhandmirror1diyhandmirror6 diyhandmirror5A very simple and fun project! Hope you try yours!

Love, Nina 🙂

When the fashion meet the week… Moweek Winter 2013


This weekend was the “Montevideo Fashion Week” Winter 13 edition or as is better know “Itaú Moweek”. That was the synonym of three days with the best of uruguayian fashion in one spot. The excuse is always good if you have to get in your heels and go to see beautiful clothes. Lots of people of this growing industry say hello this last weekend and it was worth it. Even if you are not like a fashion fan it was a great place to find inspiration (you know I am like an inspiration junkie!) So here is my little point of view of the event. Let´s keep doing things like this!


There were lots of stands with amazing uruguayans brands like MAMUT, BLACK AND LIBERTY, FASHION BOX, STRAWBERRY FIELDS and TELMA among others. Some of them are seeling worldwide like MAMUT shoes. This brand recently enter into the Solestruck catalog.moweek1 moweek3 moweek5

In the other hand were the advertisers stands with amazing activities. Sedal like other years present a “braid bar” where you were supposed to choose amongst a variety of  hairstyles. The new incorporation was the accessories diy area with amazing materials to play with (in love!). Lancome offered a beauty salon where they were doing the make-up. In the Philips stand their were offering amazing fashion advices and last but no least I was amaze by a very funny idea of drawing your dress design in a wood body frame by Viva.

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The runway was inspirational too and the most glamourous part! It was a real mix of aesthetics in the stage! The schedule was intense and I have to admit I didn´t enter to every show. Here are the brands and institutes that participate this year: EUCD / BETTY RIAL / CANDELA (from NYC) / ANA LIVNI / STRASSER INSTITUTE / BORISHKA / ROMEROGARNIE / LEMON/ CARO CRIADO / BLACK&LIBERTY/ INTEGRA PABLO GIMÉNEZ/ MARCEL SHOES / LUMINA PTA.CARRETAS/ JUAN IGLESIASmoweek12 moweek13

The special guest of the the event was Calu Rivero who was interviewed by Lucia Brocal in the Sedal Stand. Calu is a really know actress and model from Argentina.moweek10

This was such a good oportunity to new and old labels and products get known and to put in the national and international spotlight the uruguayan fashion industry. So even if I can´t consider myself a fashion expert, I really enjoy the experience! Seeing the evolution of this industry is amazing, we really have incredible talent in this tiny country 🙂 So proud!!

For more information of this event you can go to their website or to BlogCouture blog.


Nina 🙂

Friday inspiration… Mind maps

I found this amazings drawings in form of mind maps some time ago and I thought their were amazing. The man behind this project is Paul Foreman, a self taught ilustrator that had release lots of e-book with his drawings. I recommend to check his website where you can find mind maps of lots of different topics. I think was really inspirational material to finish the week! Have a great weekend!





Hope you like it,




DIY vs. BIY… shoe laces

shoelacesSince I bought me a pair of new shoelaces from Converse I had the idea of trying to make my own pair. It was really fun, easy and quick project. I really recommend it, because with new shoelaces you can refresh a pair of sneakers in a wink! For this project you would need: fabric (I recommend you to use an elastic one), adhesive tape, scissors, pins, needle and thread or in my case I used a sew machine.shoelaces11. 2. The first step is to cut the fabric in a very long rectangle shape. 3. Make a cut in the middle of the first piece of fabric, making two simetric rectangles. 4.5. Once the fabric is cut, you are going to have two identical pieces, so with the help of the pins fold it together and put some pins to help you in the sewing process. 6. Try to sew the two sides of the fabric as straight as you can, with a sewing machine it´s a very quick process. 7.To finish you can use transparent adhesive tape as a neat termination. You can roll the endings of the fabrics and add the adhesive tape. 8. Cut the remaining of the fabric. Finally choose a pair of sneakers to try your new shoe laces and voilá!shoelaces4Congratulations you have new shoe laces!!! I have the lucky to find a very similar fabric for this project but you can make them with the fabric pattern you like or even in a plain color!shoelaces5shoelaces3

Polka dots pants with polka dots shoe laces! What do you think??