Flipping through photographer Alice Rosati shots can always guarantee you some classy unique trends. I've grown a liking for kittens-inspired-fashion hats after watching these shots. Fashion can really take you someplace else, your preferences can always be changed if the trends call for it. Im so 'Kitten'..oops! I mean 'Smitten'

Dont forget to participate on the current giveaway for Handmade  Bouquet, simply go here. This ends 15 Feb 2012.





Weddings always bring out the best in me :) Its the happy occasions of family and friends meeting up to celebrate the union of the happy couple...Great opportunity for presenting eachother with lovely gifts as well. Speaking of weddings, a week back I had featured an interview with owner of talented creative bridal design store named 'The Sunny B' and I had mentioned of my FREE Giveaway! Here it goes, arent the images below lovely? 

The SunnyB store graciously offered to giveaway one of her most popular bridal bouquet designs worth $72 which is  Natural Sola Wood Flowers, Vintage Paper Flowers, and Russian Netting Wedding Bouquet - Cream, Ivory! Visit the SunnyB store for more information on this giveaway

So my Fashionista's simply follow the instructions and enter all the mandatory requirements on Rafflecopter site click here and you could be the lucky winner :)  For your convenience the giveaway widget has been placed at top of my Fashionista Era page :) Make sure to fill up all the mandatory entries, else you wont qualify. This giveaway is open to U.S Residents Only. 

Giveaway Winner is Megan D! I will contact you shortly for your shipping details..:) Congratulations!




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The Spring 2012 collection of La Perla really has such great looks overall. I'm sure all you lassies would look for some great deals on the collection. I love the nightwear and it looks so good and each piece has such great style and lace naturally is one of my favorite materials. LA Perla is a such a great luxury brand and I absolutely adore their lingerie line. They being my lovely sponsor and additional to that imagine my excitement to share with you about the latest offer. Upto 70% off on sales of Swimwear to Lingerie and great stuff for Men too. Simply click here. after that select the option 'Outlet' 




As the beginning of this New Year, I felt it would be great to appreciate the new creative talent as well! Recently, I've begin to come across some really unique and beautiful stores, that offer a range of great collectibles. One of them being 'The SunnyB' store! Its a natural bouquet, that has classic yet very original styles of bridal bouquets, and the best part is they are reasonably priced! So I decided to get a lil more info from the store owner 'Sunny B' and tell us more about herself and her lovely creations :)

1) Firstly, welcome to Fashionista Era! We would love if you would share with our readers that besides creating things, what do you do?
I'm a school psychologist by profession, but after six years in the field I found myself burned out beyond repair. In August 2011, I made the decision to leave my career and focus on doing something creative. At the time, I didn't know exactly what that would be...Though, I figured it would likely involve freelance writing since I used to be active with two blogs. The name of my shop, "The Sunny B." is taken from my pen name, "Sunny." As it turns out, writing has actually taken a backseat to my bridal shop. I never expected my bouquets to turn into a full fledged business. It was scary taking the leap without really having a concrete plan, but it turned out for the best because the plan found me instead. Having left my position as a school psychologist, I am now able to focus on my Etsy shop full time. I love it. It's the best job on Earth!

2) What does handmade mean to you?
To me handmade involves craftsmanship. It involves both creativity and skill. Because of that, no two items are exactly alike, even if they are made to the same specifications. The process of handmade creating is more organic, so there is uniqueness inherent in each item. 

3) Who has been most influential in your craft?
Several people in my life have influenced my craft in terms of how I got started making bouquets. Mostly though, it's been about the process and turn of events that have unfolded in my life. I was widowed suddenly in November 2006. When my first husband passed away, I received tons of condolence floral arrangements. As a result, I came to associate fresh bouquets with sadness. Likewise, coping with the grief that resulted made it difficult for me to fully focus on my job demands as a school psychologist. That, and I think the suddenness of his passing changed me...It certainly changed my priorities; making me less willing to spend my life dealing with daily stress. He was young, just 27 years old when he died. I learned that we can never take tomorrow for granted. Because of that, I decided I wanted to do something less rigid than what I was doing in the field of education. His passing had a lot to do with why I left my career, but it isn't what lead me directly to Etsy.

Recently, in July 2011, I remarried. We only planned for a month because we had a small ceremony at a local courthouse. The time just felt right, so we acted on it. Though, because I didn't plan months in advance like most brides, I had trouble finding a bouquet. Fresh bouquets reminded me of funerals, so I knew I wanted something different...I wanted something lasting. To me, having a lasting keepsake bouquet felt symbolic of what I hoped to be a lasting marriage. And since I couldn't find anything that quite fit the bill, I went ahead and made a bouquet for myself. Having never done floral arranging, I didn't really have a plan. I simply approached it like I would approach putting an outfit together or decorating a room. What turned out was something I loved. And surprisingly enough to me, not only did I love it, but so did others. That's what gave me the idea to sell them on Etsy. If I had planned for months and months for my wedding, it's very possible that I would not have started my shop. But thankfully, as I said, the plan found me. I love that the path my life has taken allows me to now create lasting keepsakes for other brides. 



4) When did you know you were an artist/maker?
Writing my first blog definitely opened the door for me creatively, but I'm still getting used to thinking of myself as a designer. That "school psychologist" title is slowing being replaced, but I can't say that the process is complete at this point. Up until fairly recently, I didn't realize that I was creative. For some reason I thought being creative meant I had to know how to draw. I thought of art in a strict sense, which I didn't think included me, since I can't draw to save my life. 

5) How would you describe your creative process?
The creative process is very visceral for me. I just sort of arrange things that feel right together. When things work, I know it and when they don't, I feel unsettled. If something leaves me feeling unsettled, it gets redone until I'm happy with it. 

6) If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I live in a tiny, one bedroom townhouse, so my work space is very small. Sometimes that is a challenge for me. I'd love to peek inside the work spaces of other designers on Etsy to see how they do it. Organization is not my strength.

7) What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Around my house, I have several items that I purchased from Etsy and Novica. I love the craftsmanship and uniqueness of them all. I'd have to say though that my favorite is a mixed media piece called "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" by The Other Jeanie on Etsy. I love The Wizard of Oz. The story speaks to me and that piece brings a bit of the story into my home everyday. It's truly a treasure. 





8) How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I get out of creative ruts by looking around me for inspiration. Inspiration comes from the least expected places, so I always try to keep my eyes and ears open. Often I am inspired by nature. Sometimes my husband and I go to a park nearby and sit by the lake while I create. It's very peaceful. Going there is great for keeping me inspired.

9) Where would you like to be in ten years?
In ten years I would like to be the owner of a brick and mortar bridal boutique and flower shop. I have many ideas for expanding my craft to include birdcage veils, wedding decor, centerpieces, and even fresh flowers. I love fresh flowers; not all of them remind me of funerals. I'd love to get into fresh flower arranging so that I could combine them with wood and paper flowers in unique ways. I'm planning on taking some flower design classes in January, so hopefully soon that dream will become reality!

Thank you so much for such a lovely interview and sharing your personal thoughts. We at Fashionista Era wish you a fabulous new year and great success for your store. For more information on Sunny B's store, visit here.. Keep watching for a giveaway from SunnyB store by next week! So do come back for more details..!!











Images: RCFA 

I absolutely love the collection and the exquisite outfits of Gustavo Cadile. Such refined designs and if you see each dress of any of the collections, each piece looks totally different from another and so very breath takingly beautiful! Which is your favorite outfit? ;)

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"It's not money that makes you well dressed, but knowledge" -Christian Dior

In today's scenario, you go through catalogs and so many designers and its forever rising, but then they are those looks that you stop at and are amazed at the outfits which seem so loud yet so classy to wear. It feels that almost anyone can get hooked onto this fashion trend. Thats the feel Model Martha Streck did with the pictures in this shoot! The colors look loud yet, she has managed to carry it off with such ease and absolutely look stunning while doing it. I would love to own one of these pieces espiecally the purple one, oh what a delight to watch such luxury on me...hehe...Wishful thinking for now ;) 













No surprise here that LV is by far one of my favorite brands. We all know it for its class, elegance and the fact that it makes you feel priceless...No harm in indulging in that once in a while. All I believe is I see a lot of people who get so engrossed in getting the latest bag or collection..But remember, they call it 'accessory' as it only 'adds' to your look. Anyways, I decided to feature the 'Men's collection' as to change it up too. 

Besides I've noticed that the male followers on Fashionista Era has also gone up! This one is for all of them :) I'm sure we would want to our own leading men to be up to date with the trends! Here is the Spring collection '12! Essentially the obsession with 'possession' has taken us over, if a well known designer isnt mention then our attire simply isnt important. Similarly, remember people dont focus on 'possession' its about what you possess - The power to recognise that your unique, without your possessions!! ;)
























Recently coming across the brand 'Sportmax' its an Italian clothing brand and I found it quiet chic! The styles and textures have really appealed to me and it is one of my favorites right now! Check the collection out. Dont forget to shop at exclusive offer  to save upto $35 for my blog @ Romwe Store, offer only till 15 Jan. Just click here
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