Lars Approved Brand Alert: Marimekko

Many of us are sprucing up our homes and planning to decorate for spring. Our Marimekko roundup highlights many home decor items that are perfect for new additions and finishing touches. You may even consider replacing some items like the old dish towels and oven mitts hanging sadly in the kitchen!

Marimekko for Your Kitchen and Dining

While we’re on the topic of oven mitts, choose from this oven mitt or this pot holder for pops of bright flowers in the kitchen. Or maybe you need a new set of dishtowels. The deep magenta and orange hues add a pleasant statement anywhere they hang.

Switch your current placemats to these bold prints. Add these plates or these and some glass tumblers or mugs to complete the table setting. The magic of Marimekko design is that there is no wrong combination of prints and colors! You can mix and match any design and surprise yourself in seeing that they somehow complement each other.

If you’re heading out for a picnic or plan to throw a party at home, make a theme out of Marimekko and use these paper napkins (1, 2, 3) as the source of your inspiration.

 

For Your Bedroom

Simple additions like wallpaper and new bedding create an entirely new atmosphere to a room. And we love a great accent wall! Use this striped wallpaper or floral mural to create a vibrant mood. Moreover, add these striped sheets on this comforter set and you will have encapsulated our Marimekko spirit.

 

Marimekko for the Minimalists

For those not so inclined to bold colors, Marimekko also offers neutral pieces that add the perfect amounts of pattern. There are cream colored hand towels or a chestnut colored polka dotted one, a beige polka dotted bath towel, an off-white and beige throw, a black and white floral bed sheet set, and these subtle pink vases (1, 2). Patterns and textures provide subtle accents in neutral pieces.

 

For the Everyday

Maybe you can’t make such dramatic changes at the moment. There are still ways to make big impacts with small changes. Switch up your bath towels for some red florals or red and pink stripes. You’ll feel like you rolled into Candyland! Or you can add these fun slippers to your everyday loungewear and carry a colorful tote bag on your weekly trips to the market. Switch up your makeup bag or create a smaller one for everyday use. Although we may have less reasons to go out these days, when the occasion arises, carry a chic clutch instead of a big purse.

Marimekko Dresses and Fashion

Embrace your inner Marimekko spirit and create your very own wonderland of vibrant colors and prints.

Marimekko Fabrics

One of my favorite parts of this bold Finnish brand is they also sell fabrics! This way you can give your home decor a fresh DIY makeover in full Marimekko style.

New Face Masks For The New Year

With how the past year played out, it seems difficult to imagine what our futures will look like. Will life ever go back to how it was before the pandemic, or will face masks stick around for good? Maybe we’ll adjust to (another) new normal within the next year. Now that face masks are widely distributed, it seems like a waste to eventually box them up and never use them again. Especially when they come in such cute patterns, who wouldn’t want to show them off?

New Face Masks Roundup

Whether face masks are here to stay or will eventually become unnecessary for everyday use, it seems like we’re going to be wearing face masks for a while. So why not make the most of it? Back in April, we shared our favorite face masks with you. It’s been a few months since then, and many more masks have been created in that time! We’ve got a new face masks roundup for you with masks from around the web. A new mask is the perfect way to head into the new year. Practical and stylish? Count me in!

Check out new face masks available below!

Face Masks We Love

Pattern Goals

Cottagecore Meets Color

A Face Mas(k)terpiece

Bold and Beautiful

Neutrals But Make Them Fun

A Subtle Statement

Accessories

Kid’s Face Masks

Making your own masks

If you prefer to make your own face masks, you can use the face masks roundup we curated as inspiration!  You could even make masks for the holidays like we did this past Halloween (maybe a Valentine’s Day mask for February?). Even after this pandemic is over, masks will come in handy for the colder weather! Pick out your favorite pattern, or make face masks for friends and family! Face masks would be great in a care package, plus they’re easy to ship!

Although this past year wasn’t what we had expected, you can brighten up the start of the new year with a new face mask!

A Lars Girl in Mexico City: Travel Inspired Design and Fashion

Mexico City definitely is at the top of my list of favorite trips. Truly, it is a place of dreams. The gigantic, bustling city is home to almost 9 million residents, and the feel of the city is indescribable. I’m trying to teleport there using fashion and interior design; I’ll let you know if it works!

I visited Mexico City a couple of years ago with friends Nadia Coates of Casa Palomi, Meta Coleman and Chaunte Vaughn. (You can find Chaunte’s work in our print shop here! And some of Meta’s curated home picks here.) We went to visit Abby Low, whose work is also in our print shop! Abby’s book This is Mexico City is full of the color, print, and culture that inspired today’s post.

I am imagining what A Lars Girl would wear if her wardrobe was inspired by Mexico City. And what her home might look like. After getting a feel for some of the amazing sites in our Mexico City guide here, explore the links below for A Lars Girl top picks for fashion and decor.

Mexico City Inspired Fashion

 

Accessories

 

Read more about this amazing place

La Ciudad

Ciudad de México is an ancient city. Long before the land was called Mexico, the Aztec civilization built impressive temples and monuments in the middle of what was then a lake. Due to Spanish imperial efforts, much of the ancient city was destroyed or buried beneath new buildings. Modern renovation projects have done a beautiful job of peeling back the layers, allowing the city to truly shine. Though its past isn’t pretty, a beautiful way of life and a unique design sense has developed literally out of the ruins. Now a modern and very cosmopolitan place, Mexico City is a truly fascinating spot. 

La Mezcla

Old-world European architecture meets older ancient architecture, and all of it fits into an amazing modern place. When I think of Mexican design, I tend to think of folk art and textiles brim with life! Bright colors are used on funky patterns. But when I think of Mexico City, complex stylistic ideas with refined elements come to mind. Once there, you’ll know what I mean. If you’re looking to steal the style, try designing with Old World tastes, then decorate with clean-lined modern elements that allow ornate intricacies to shine. Conversely, try designing in a contemporary, clean design, then add some flair with natural or folk elements. To see this mezcla (mix) work in real life, check out pictures of the Museo de Artes Popular! Its architectural style is stunningly simple art deco, while the works within it are traditional and FUN! 

The residents of this city know how amazing it is, but most are happy to share the place they call home. I became friends with my cabbie and the local barista pretty quickly, and they clued me into the real neighborhood spots. Only true locals know the local spots. So, make some friends and get exploring! While you’re there, or even if you’re just lazing around the house, bring a dash of la Ciudad de Mexico into your life! See our shopping list above and below for clothing items and home decor that we think make the mark.

Mexico City Inspired Interior Design

Artwork

Decor

 

 

The MVP – A Puffy Sleeve Dress

Trend Alert!

This summer we have been honing in more than ever on the fashion of A Lars Girl. If there is one thing us Lars girls could fill our closets with forever (and wear nothing else) it would be a puffy sleeve dress.

The puffy sleeve dress has been the dress of 2020 and 2019, and it doesn’t look like the crazy times have halted its popularity. If anything, it’s made me realize how versatile this dress can be. If you’re a regular around here, you know that I love dresses and wear them almost exclusively. I can’t have enough flowy gowns. It’s so simple to throw on a dress. Outfit done. Despite the simplicity, there’s still so much room for variation and personalization. Patterns, silhouettes, accessories, and styling all get the chance to shine against the backdrop of a funky dress. The puff-sleeved variety is no exception.

puffy sleeve dress for summer parties

When your statement dress matches your tablescape? This is what (my) dreams are made of. This dress has been my go-to for months now and there are many similar ones on our list here!

2020 Trend Alert: Embroidered Everything

The feel-good factor is just as important as a principle of design because when it is present, people notice. Embroidered work feels personal and intimate, tying the owner to the piece. It also carries with it emotion that otherwise would be lost in a different medium. Would Katherine Kelly care so much about that hanky if it was screenprinted? Not a chance! That hanky reminded her of her mother and represented a central theme of the movie – that old things, however quaint, could be replaced by modernity. 

Luckily enough for us, people love embroidery way too much to let it slip away into memory. We are some of those people!! Care to check? Search our website for the word “embroidery” – I did and counted the results until I got to sixty and decided that was enough. We have written about embroidery in sixty different blog posts. If you are a newbie to fabric arts, check out our results for some inspiration and even a tutorial on basic stitches.

embroidered fashion trend 2020

If you, like us, are fully on the embroidery train, don’t wait for someone to give you a hanky! With some help from the Lars team, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite embroidered items for purchase that we have compiled below. Feel free to peruse, and if you dare, shop!!! If you’d rather make your own embroidered item, go for it! From simple stitches to complex masterpieces, embroidery shines on everything.

Embroidered Fashion

 

Accessories

 

Embroidered home decor

 

All mood board photo sources can be found here on our Pinterest!

Loungewear in every color of the rainbow

Colorful Loungewear

This rainbow of comfort is sure to cure your quarantine blues. Find your hue! Or mix and match them to bring a smile to your face every day! Our top picks you should keep an eye out for are: wide-leg sweats that totally count as pants. Spring linen drawstring pants in amazing shades (if you still have enough self-control to change out of joggers every morning.) Lars approved Tie dye, so you can be totally on trend this season. And … all of it. We love it all.

 

Blue light glasses for working from home

Have you tried blue light glasses yet? Our team loves ours! Anyone who spends all day working from home on a screen should get a pair. I can work all day headache free with my blue light glasses. Try out one of the fun colored frames below!

 

Slip on shoes and sneakers to complete your loungewear look

 

Happy Rainbow Month!

Make life colorful: Rainbows for all!

Click on any photo below!

If you’re looking for rainbow items for your baby & kids, click here! Or here! And if you are looking for rainbow fashion ideas, click here! Our past rainbow roundups are packed full of even more color if you want more inspiration! This is a trend we have always loved, but it definitely seems to be at it’s peak right now. Especially in home decor, we are seeing rainbows adorning rugs, wall hangings, planters, and more.

Rainbow Projects

Some of our top rainbow projects from Lars days past. Add rainbow buttons to make a white button-down pop! Add a rainbow to your woven beach bag to level-up an already amazing trend! Or even go all out and paint your own rainbow headboard! You can do all these and more with our tutorials below:

Rainbow Workout Gear + Exercises!

Recently I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of working out and eating healthier. And it’s no cake walk, you guys! Trust me, if there was cake involved, I would be ALL in. Though I have found that having cute, colorful workout gear helps motivate me to get moving. Imagine that 😉 When I came across the shoe color selection Saucony offers, I was absolutely giddy! I couldn’t decide on just one color, so the whole team got a pair so I could live out my rainbow dreams because they come in the loveliest sherbert colors.

Now don’t be mistaken, I’m taking things slow. Nothing too intense or high impact to begin with, so these shoes are great for my long walks and low impact workouts. Of course, I’ll be wearing them all around town with my dresses too! Not only are they cute, but super comfy!

In addition to the shoes, we rounded up our favorite workout outfits to coordinate with our new, revolutionizing RAINBOW work out. Ha! An easy workout in every shade (and letter!) of the rainbow–P(ink), R(ed), O(orange), Y(ellow), G(reen), B(blue)because it’s always easier to remember when there’s a mnemonic device and we’re clearly fans of a rainbow. Plus, who doesn’t want to match their shoes to their scrunchie?

If you’re in need of some motivation to get moving, take a look at the shoes, gear and a few moves we’re trying! 

Fro the rainbow

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Rainbow fros by Ashish Fall 2016 ready to wear

As you are well aware by now, I love me a good classic rainbow wardrobe.  Add fros to that and now we are talking! British-based designer, Ashish, totally brought his rainbow game for the Fall 2016 RTW show for London Fashion Week. I couldn’t help put assemble it in a true Dress The Rainbow collage.

So rad!

Photos from vogue.com 

Dress the rainbow and This Week

COLOR COLLAGE for Dress the Rainbow

Since Dress the Rainbow ended I’ve been on full holiday mode and haven’t had a chance to come up for air. Phew! I’ve been working to share this 200 photo full color collage of all of you lovely ladies (and gents!) who participated in the 60 day project and boy, did you kill it! Isn’t it amazing how all of you can form one continuous, beautiful spectrum?! I haven’t officially announced the winner of the project along with all the honorable mention here on the blog (but I have on Instagram! See here!), but I’ll be doing that next week along with some of the amazing shoots you guys did. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, please admire all of these colorful participants in all their rainbow glory! And check out the hashtag here to see the full list of participants.

 

Here are some fun links for your weekend!

Have you gotten into the coloring book trend? This one is my favorite! 

I’d love your thoughts on this. I totally agree.

Sneak peak of a project I’m releasing soon!

Fun Halloween party supplies

Love this new series on T Style about the greats, like Karl

A new magazine from the founding designer of Kinfolk. It’s gorgeous! And love seeing my sister’s work in it!

QP is now selling beautiful new hats. So pretty! 

I just bought this complete set

Gold foil wall art! 

Beautiful outtakes from the book I styled, Playful

This chair makeover is so gorgeous! 

Dress the Rainbow book

Dress the Rainbow book

I’m sure you’ve all been wondering how you can get your paws on Dress the Rainbow in printed form–because I know you all want pictures of me on your coffee table (cough, cough)….Well, wonder no more! It’s here! I partnered up with Chatbooks to bring you the official Dress the Rainbow book. It’s a cute 6×6″ 75 pagephotobook of the full 60 day project along with the photos arranged in fun rainbow grids.

As you might know by now, Dress the Rainbow started out as a color project wearing a solid color against the same colored background. It turned into a more meaningful project when I asked my creative and inspiring friends to join in with me, each bringing along their own stories and perspectives. To see the full Instagram project, check the collective hash tag here, where I invited all of you to join in too, and my own photos here.

I’ve decided to give 20% of the proceeds from the book to support the Syrian migrant crisis through the Red Cross.

Purchase the Dress the Rainbow book here! 


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60 days of Dress the Rainbow

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60 days of Dress the Rainbow

60 days of dressing in every hue of the rainbow can lead to one beautiful long grid and one colorful slide show (press play for a delightful tune!). Thanks for following along on this color exploration! Check out the full Dress the Rainbow shoots here and stay tuned for a fun announcement this upcoming week!

Shop the Official Dress the Rainbow shirt!