Monday, April 25, 2011

Omelets, Shopping & Cupcakes

Happy Monday Lovelies!  Did you have a nice Easter Weekend?  Of course it's always nice if you can spend it with your family.  Mine always gathers at my aunt's house and everyone brings a delicious homemade dish, but since I'm thousands of miles from there I decided to make it a "me" day and spend it doing things I haven't done much of in a while.  It was especially nice to just take it easy, since I spent last Saturday road tripping to Coachella & Sunday recouping. Click Here to see a few photos and read what one of my partners in crime wrote about our weekend away.

I thought I'd share with you the highlights of my day along with the new additions to my wardrobe.  I was in dire need of some bold stripes and fresh colored basics. Now I can play up that beloved 1968 vibe that's happening.

I got an early start on the day, and then wandered over to one of my favorite cafes, Solar De Cahuenga for a cup of rich coffee and a delicious omelet.

Omelet with sautéed spinach, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, mozzarella, and avocado.  I even went the extra mile and got the sweet potato fries. YUM!

Here's what I got into at Zara..
I love jumpers, they're easy and comfortable - it just sucks when you have to go to the bathroom.  Typically I wouldn't wear it with the leggings, I was just being lazy.
Sleeveless top with green stripes, need it!
I loved the lace, but wasn't a fan of the neckline and the color was a little off.
STRIPES! Gimmee more stripes! I felt like Twiggy. 
I couldn’t resist what Zara had to offer after seeing their lookbook.  I’d prefer not to shop pieces that are one of thousands manufactured, but I just can’t help myself at Zara. 
I’m always amazed at how quickly Forever 21 rips off designers.  They are a copy cat manufacturer that produces bad quality clothing for cheap.  I don’t mean to be rude, but I can’t help but want to throw up when I walk into Forever 21.  I decided to boycott it at the end of last year because the quality is really horrible, and I don’t like junk invading in on my life, not to mention Forever 21 conveys the wrong message to consumers.  It says, “buy more because it’s cheap, and who cares if it is destroyed after three go throughs in the wash, just buy another.” I say, “NOO, that is demeaning to art and fashion, not to mention incredibly wasteful.  I think we should have less things in quantity, and more pieces of quality. You should truly treasure and love what is yours, meaning every garment should be that of quality and beauty.  What you wear, and how you wear it says a lot about who you are.  So I say, let’s not wear cheap, mass produced pieces that are merely stolen designs.”  Okay, I feel strongly about that, as a designer, but I will digress.  After all I just stepped on my own toes by walking out of Forever 21, bag in hand.  But I promise you, I will go another 6 months before I step foot inside :)

Now for the dessert of the day.  Every Easter my grandma makes these delicious "Lamb Cakes" as we call them. Which basically is homemade pound cake baked in the shape of a lamb and covered in the best homemade frosting.  To bring them to life she adds jelly beans for eyes and nose, and then ties a ribbon around it's neck.  They are adorable, and probably my favorite thing about Easter.  Okay, so it ties with a good Easter egg hunt!  I was a little jealous, so I got myself a pistachio cupcake from Crumbs Bakery.  Not as good as the lamb cake, but it sure did satisfy my sweet tooth!
And here's what made the cut..

[xo] the garage gypsy

Friday, April 22, 2011

Coastal Rock Chic.

Coastal Rock Chic.
Coastal Rock Chic. by Natasha Kutrovacz featuring fishnet stockings
For a simple look that creates waves.. Pair a long seafoam green dress, fishnets, a leather fringe necklace from Garage Gypsy and funky wedges of grand taste!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Inside the ol' studio.

Here's a snapshot into my studio.  Jewelry hangs on walls, tools and materials cover tables; books, movies, and magazines fill shelves for inspiration.  A map of NY hangs for motivation, and artwork in progress lays awaiting.

xo xo the garage gypsy

Gimme Sun.

Gimme Sun.
Gimme Sun. by Natasha Kutrovacz featuring pink jewelry

Summer is on its way here! What better way to enjoy the day by spending the morning at the local farmers market, and afternoon poolside with your music, magazines, and sketch pad? For a simple, relaxed summer day, start with a cute bathing suit, a muted tank, primary colored shorts, and funky sandals to bring out the color in your suit. If your not in the mood to do your hair, pull it back into a high bun and keep back those bangs with a snazzy headband. Add zest to your look with a few pieces of Garage Gypsy Jewelry and don't forget the large round sunglasses! And, do more of what makes you happy!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Casual Spice

Casual Spice
Casual Spice by Natasha Kutrovacz featuring sleeveless tops

This is the the ultimate go to get up. It's chic, mellow, and basic enough that it doesn't take much time to throw together when you're crammed for time. So whenever you're in a what-do-where-today rut, just go for the black leggings, loose fitting white tee, faded denim shirt, black boots, bag and shades. Just don't forget that coral lipstick and a few awesome pieces of jewelry from Garage Gypsy!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Roaming the city of a thousand places.

I'd have to say that adventure has to be one of my greatest passions in life.  There is nothing more extraordinary than discovering a new place that you absolutely adore.  Even though I don't always have the time and opportunity to travel outside the boundary lines of Los Angeles, I am never short of new discoveries within this cultured city.  Just last weekend a friend of mine told me about this cute little bridge up in the hills, so Saturday morning we took a five minute drive up there and it instantly felt like we were in a whole different city.  It was pretty amazing.  Not so much that it looked a whole lot different, although the bridge was very Hansel and Gretel, it just had a very different energy.  Anyway, we did a little lookbook shoot for fun and I thought I'd share my photos with you.  Unfortunately, it was a really chilly morning so my outfit isn't very inspiring for spring.  This is for those of you that are still experiencing those frosty days.

And then there is Charlie Sheen.  [ha] [ha]

xo xo the garage gypsy