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Sunday, April 20, 2014

[Style] White comfort

Personal style by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com

White comfort
 [Personal Style]

For the last couple years this snow-white sweater dress was my mom's absolute favorite piece. Until she accidentally washed it wrong and the dress shrunk from size L to S. I remember how seriously upset she was about and how hard she tried to stretch it back. But unfortunately there is not much you can do if a wool sweater has shrunk more than 2 sizes. And so the snow-white wool sweater became my favorite spring piece. Now I understand why my mom was so attached to the sweater. It is  really soft, warm and super comfortable. Perfect spring essential. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[DIY] Embellished Denim Shorts

How to revamp your old denim shorts with embellishment. Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for www.fashionrolla.com

Embellished Denim Shorts
[Old shorts makeover]

I love the current trend for ripped or washed out denim shorts. What used to be an inappropriate clothing for most occasions became now de rigueur. Whether you paire your shorts with comfy blazer or sophisticated blouse the main thing is that you look chic. The chicer, the better. And the best thing about the "worn off" shorts is that not only they are comfortable, but also affordable. Because absolutely everyone can grab a pair of scissors and turn an old jeans into trendy ripped hotpants.

Today I show you how to upcycle your recycled denim shorts. Yeah, I know. Fancy and environmentally friendly :). Inspired by the jeweled pieces of the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 14 collection I came up with an idea how to turn my old shorts into chic statement piece with vintage charm. I simply attached old necklace elements to the front of the shorts. Once you don't like the jewels anymore you can easily remove them anytime. This DIY was also featured in the latest issuer of the German fashion magazine COUCH.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

[DIY] "Evil Queen" Hair Band

How to make  the "Evil Queen" inspired hair accessory. Designed by Xenia Kuhn for www.fashionrolla.com


"Evil Queen" Hair Band
[Hair Accessory Tutorial]


My latest addiction is the popular fairy tale drama series "Once upon a time". For those who know nothing about the show here is a little spoiler: fairy tales go real life! Confused? Just watch the show. I am for my part watching it every day. It is such a thrilling show with twisted stories and complicated characters. My favorite show character is the Evil Queen. Mostly because of her bombastic wardrobe and her "I don't give a crap" attitude :). 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

[Video] Would You Have Sex With Paul Rudd for a Dollar?



Would You Have Sex With Paul Rudd for a Dollar?
[Video]

Billy on the Street is my latest discovers on YouTube Land. Billy is just such a crazy and talanted dude. He makes all kinds of hilarious/crazy videos with ridicules titles. "Would You Have Sex With Paul Rudd?" video is my favorite so far. Poor Paul looks so confused. I guess he is just surprised by the fact that so many passers are actually willing to have sex with him... for free! Respect Mr Rudd for the so much commitment to a good entertaining :). Only one question remains: where is my Dollar Billy??? 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

[Style] A very blue leopard

Blue leopard. Berlin Street Style by Xenia Kuhn for www.fashionrolla.com

A very blue leopard
[Street Style Berlin]

Classic leopard prints are absolutely not my thing. I do love the pattern, I just hate the typical orange/brownish color combination. It reminds me way too much of Peggy Bundy and her trashy style. And as a redhead I try to avoid orange colors anyway.  But an electric blue leopard print is something I can totally live with. Especially the combination of the contrast coloring and sporty shape gives it a special charm. 

The bottom line: say "Yes" to leopard/cheetah prints but pick the more elegant colors. I can imagine a pastel color combination would look pretty amazing. And please stay way from extra "eye catchers" like low v-neck or "it's not a belt, it's a skirt" shapes. The print itself is wild enough. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

[Decor] Vintage Wire Hat Stand

How to make a Vintage looking wire hat stand. Tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for www.fashionrolla.com

Vintage Wire Hat Stand
[Home Decoration]

For all the Mad Hatters out there- this vintage looking hat stand is pretty cool way to display your hats. I've discovered the idea on the pinterest and turned it into this simple tutorial. It looks hard but I assure you it is pretty uncomplicated to make. And the best part is the edgier you make your hat stand the better it look once you have finished it. So no worries if you got 2 left hands...

Monday, March 31, 2014

[DIY] Leather Cuff

How to make an elegant leather cuff with interesting closure idea. Tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for www.fashionrolla.com

Leather Cuff
[Easy tutorial]

I am not a fan of the whole exaggerated arm candy trend. I prefer one statement item with a great design rather than dozen of bling-blings. This leather bracelet has a beautiful puristic design and a smart closure solution. I've discovered the idea on the Pinterest and turned it into this easy fashion tutorial. You can play around with materials or colors. Just make sure to use stiff or thick material (felt, PVC) so the closure works perfectly.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

[DIY] Hat Decoration

Decorate your hat with a handcrafted leather butterfly. Easy fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for www.fashionrolla.com

Hat Decoration
[Easy tutorial]

Even though the handmade felt hats are really worth every penny spent not everyone is ready to pay hundred of euros for one headgear. Good thing that fashion retailers like H&M or Asos offer often affordable alternatives. Although the retail pieces are mostly pretty basic there are lots of creative ways to redesign the hats by adding little details, like a leather butterfly. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

[DIY] Triangle Leather Pouch

How to make triangle leather pouch. Step by step tutorial with free pattern at www.fashionrolla.com

Triangle Leather Pouch
[Tutorial with free pattern]

Every morning I grabbed some money and headed to my favorite coffee shop. And every morning I put the change into the pockets and forgot about it. Until a week ago my washing machine broke down because over 25 € in coins (accumulated through the years) blocked the water drain. I am sure you can relate to the story.

So to avoid the future washing machine disasters I designed this little portable pouch that has enough space for the change, my keys and even some little extras like lipgloss. And because it has a little carabiner you can hang it on the loop or your belt. Super handy, super chic!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

[Decor] Repurposing kitchen items

Little yogurt jars are really handy for storing of little items

Repurposing kitchen items
[Working space ideas]

For a Crafter or Designer it is important to have a well organized working space. Not only do you need to have a clear view of all your supplies and materials, but also your working space should be customized for your type of crafting. So here are some simple ideas how you can organize/customize your working space by repurposing some of the basic kitchen items. Seriously, who needs IKEA..?